Your Town, Jan. 27, 2013

I vote that we lead today’s Your Town column with an upcoming event celebrating a nonprofit organization that teaches kids about voting.

The votes are tallied and the winner is:

Kids Voting Mesa County will host its eighth annual Civics Celebration Banquet, celebrating “Students Have Voices,” from 6–8 p.m. Feb. 21, in the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom.

Members of the community have several ways to help — attend the fundraising banquet; buy a table ($500) or half-table ($250) at the banquet and attend or donate the table to local students/young adults; or make a tax-deductible donation to Kids Voting Mesa County.

Kids Voting encourages young people to be informed voters and knowledgeable and engaged citizens. Students vote in yearly student elections that promote actual candidates and issues from the adult ballot. More than 17,000 students (public/private/home-schooled) voted in their 2012 presidential election.

To register for the banquet or to make a donation, visit http://www.kidsvotingmc.org, call Martha Graf at 245-3414, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Do you sing? Would you like to improve your vocal and performance skill and have a regular dose of music in your life?

Grand Mesa Chorus Sweet Adelines International is inviting women to attend its guest night from 6:30–9 p.m. Tuesday, at the Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way.

A news release from the chorus notes that “members are a wonderful variety of personalities with a wide range of occupations — working, retired, married, single, moms and grandmas.”

Call Shirley at 255-9419 or visit grandmesachorus.org for more information.

American Legion Post 37 has donated $500 this month, to Catholic Outreach.

According to Pat Elsberry, past commander, and current senior vice commander of the post, the funds were designated to purchase food for the homeless.

Colorado Discover Ability received a donation of $1,074.33 from Fraternal Order of Eagle Auxiliary, at the 595 Aerie’s 109th anniversary banquet, earlier this month.

Colorado Discover Ability designs and provides adaptive outdoor recreation to children, adults and veterans with disabilities to assist in their rehabilitation, build their self-confidence and improve their quality of life.

“We’re very pleased to accept the generous donation from the Eagles Auxiliary,” CDA board secretary-treasurer Donna Iovanni said in a news release.

CDA’s 17th annual Vertical Ski Challenge is set for Feb. 2, at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Families, company teams and skiers of all abilities are welcome to participate in the race to ski as many vertical feet as you can on that day. To register or learn more about the event, visit http://www.coloradodiscoverability.

The F.O.E. Aerie and Auxiliary contributed a total of $25,609.26 to a variety of nonprofit group using proceeds from year-round fundraising.

The Colorado Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots, is offering a spring Flight Without Fear course, beginning Feb. 26, in Denver. The eight-week class is a partnership between the Ninety-Nines and United Airlines and is designed to help individuals who want or need to fly but are anxious or nervous about doing so.

Cost is $550 and includes field trips, books and study materials and a class graduation trip on a regularly-scheduled commercial flight. Attendance at a pre-course orientation meeting is required.

More information can be found at http://www.colorado99s.org/FWF.htm.

The Mesa County Republican Women’s luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Feb. 4, at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Guest speaker Sharon Barnes, vice-chair for the membership committee of the National Federation of Republican Women, will speak about “Membership.”

Call Linda at 434-9378 for reservations and more information.

Here is the last of the young men to achieve the Eagle Scout rank in 2012:

■ Tala Atoafa, Crew 190, Meeker, Meeker Food Bank project, 221 hours

■ Matthew Head, Troop 485, Delta, flags for city of Delta, 250 hours

■ Justin Peterson, Troop 491, Montrose, four-square pad for Colorado West Christian School, 100 hours

■ Jacob Taylor, Troop 478, Montrose, computers and workshops for retirement center, 105 hours

■ Lucas Freeman Jackson, Troop 491, Montrose, upgrading concession stand for Montrose High School, 123 hours

■ Ladibel Bonilla   Troop 242, Carbondale, maintenance shed reconstruction for baseball field, 160 hours

■ William Scoggins, Troop 150, Rangely, Tsehootsooi Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Ft. Defiance, Ariz., 216 hours

■ Shawn Carter, Troop 323, Fruita, Frisbee Golf Course up-grade, Fruita

■ William Moore, Troop 303, Loma, animal shelter pet/owner greeting area up-grades, 231 hours

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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