Your Town, Oct. 28, 2012

Souptober.

That’s what this month should be called. There’s something about the seasonal temperatures that begs for a steaming bowl of warm broth, spicy chili, or a concoction of goodness, slurped out of a spoon.

While we’re waiting for Zoup! to open next month, at the corner of Seventh Street and North Avenue, make plans to attend this soupy event to benefit a cancer patient.

Suzanne Lavender, a pilates instructor at the Pilates Space, is organizing the event for a friend whose first name is Kohl. Setup is at up 5 p.m., and tasting at 6 p.m. Nov. 3, in the courtyard and lower lobby, at 634 Main St.

Make your favorite soup and enter for $7, or come to taste all the soups for $5. To vote for a soup, drop $1 in the jar.

Soup makers should take disposable bowls/cups, spoons and napkins, plus other “souper” sides (such as crackers, cheese, sour cream, bread and cilantro).

“The Pilates Space will provide electricity, a good atmosphere, soup sample cups, drinks, music, desserts and of course, moral support,” Lavender wrote in an email.

Prizes for winning soups will be awarded.

Call 314-6778 for more information.

Stockton Rock earned the rank of Eagle Scout in September.

Rock is with Team 383 in Grand Junction and his project was care packages for troops overseas. It involved 193 hours of dedicated work.

Grand Valley Young Life is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a fundraiser and banquet from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Two Rivers Convention Center.

J.C. Bowman, the first area director 30 years ago, will be the main speaker. A light supper will be served.

Call 243-7684 or visit gvyounglife.com for more information and reservations.

Hope of the Grand Valley has put out a call for the community to Adopt a Family for Christmas.

This year, the organization is focusing on working families — parents who are working but do not have the funds to provide at Christmas without additional stress to the family.

More information and applications for adopting a family are at http://www.hopegv.org.

If you are, or know of a family in need of adoption this season, visit the website to submit an application for assistance or call 778-4880 for information.

Roman Family Chiropractic is participating in the country-wide Help a Neighbor in Need food drive and is inviting the public to take donations of nonperishable and canned foods to its office, 2584 Patterson Road, through Nov. 15, in exchange for a complimentary gift certificate for a chiropractic consultation and evaluation or $10 off a one-hour massage.

Donations will benefit Food Bank of the Rockies.

Call 243-8896 for more information.

The Salvation Army in Glenwood Springs is seeking help from the community to provide winter supplies for families and individuals in need.

Take donations of blankets, sleeping bags, tents, winter gear and stuffed animals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to The Salvation Army office, 918 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs.

Call 945-6976 for more information.

This week I’m shining a special spotlight to honor my dad, who passed a year ago, after struggles with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. The spotlight is on a helpful organization we turned to after Dad’s initial dementia diagnosis — the Western Colorado Regional Office of the Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter.

According to the bio submitted earlier the year, the “chapter serves Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Moffat, Garfield, Rio Blanco, Gunnison, Pitkin and Lake counties. It provides local support groups, education classes for persons with dementia, their families and friends, one-on-one family care consultations, a 24-hour helpline, resource referrals and safety services, training for healthcare professionals, and help with the many challenges of a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.”

Ongoing support groups are offered at 3 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month in the Senior Room at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson in Fruita; 1:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Grand Junction Alzheimer’s Association Office, 2232 N. Seventh St. Suite B1; 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month, at Aspen Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, 622 28 1/4 Road, (supervised care available); and at 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Colorado State Veterans Home, 851 E. Fifth St., Rifle.

Upcoming classes are:

■ Savvy Caregiver (four sessions) will begin from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday at the Alzheimer’s Association Office, Grand Junction.

■ Orientation to Early Memory Loss, 10 a.m.–noon, Nov. 13, at the Alzheimer’s Association Office.

■ Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters, 10 a.m.–noon, Nov. 14,  Alzheimer’s Association Office.

Participants must register in advance for the classes by calling 256-1274. Additional classes are planned for December.

Visit http://www.alz.org/co for 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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