Your Town, Nov. 25, 2012

Leftovers, as defined by http://www.merriam-webster.com is: something that remains unused or unconsumed; especially leftover food, served at a later meal.

Used in a sentence, Webster writes: “Are we having leftovers again?”

This sample sentence leads me to believe that perhaps the Webster family Thanksgiving leftovers were rehashed well into December.

As you’re spooning out the last of the mashed potatoes or savoring that last slice of pumpkin pie, while reading your Sunday paper, take note of these ongoing community needs noted below:

■ SPUNK — needs new Socks, Pajamas and Underwear for Needing Kids:  243-3404.

■ The third annual food drive to support local veterans continues through Dec. 3, Grand Junction Vet Center, 2472 F Road, Unit 16. Info: 245-4156.

■ The Salvation Army: blankets, sleeping bags, tents, winter gear and stuffed animals for families/individuals in need. Hours are 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to 918 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Info: 945-6976.

■ Hope of the Grand Valley Adopt a Family for Christmas, focusing on working parents who don’t have funds to provide Christmas for their children without additional stress to the family. Applications for adopting a family or for assistance at http://www.hopegv.org. Info: 778-4880.

■ Wreaths Across America, drive for wreaths to be placed at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, during the Christmas season. To sponsor a wreath, call Art Edwards, 250-1174 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

■ Operation Interdependence Adopt-A-Box, $30 donation will ship box of 50 Civilian Rations (C-rats) in your name or the name of a loved one, to deployed U.S. troops. Info: ww.oidelivers.org, click on Adopt-a-Box; mail donations to Operation Interdependence, 2695 Patterson Road, No. 2-147, Grand Junction, 81506; email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 523-4217.

To assure that four-legged creatures have a happy holiday also, Kokopelli Animal Hospital is hosting a pet food drive, through Dec. 20, at 456 Kokopelli Blvd., Unit E, Fruita.

Donations of dog food, cat food or kitty litter will benefit CLAWS, Grand River Humane Society, Mesa County Animal Services and Roice-Hurst Humane Society.

An event featuring pet pictures with Santa is planned for 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 1, at the animal hospital. For a donation of the above mentioned items, pet owners will receive a free professional picture of their pet with Santa.

Without a donation, pictures will cost $10 and all proceeds will go toward the purchase of pet food for these shelters.

Call 858-4299 or visit http://www.kokopellianimalhospital.com for information.

Delta Kappa Gamma will host a silent auction featuring holiday gifts and unique service gifts (art classes, cake decoration, etc.) from 7–7:46 p.m. Monday, at West Middle School cafeteria, 123 W. Orchard Ave.

Families are invited to browse and bid on the many types of gifts for all kinds of shoppers. There will be door prizes and snacks.

Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Mu (Key Women Educators) is a group of retired, semi-retired and currently teaching educators who support the importance of education within the community. Proceeds will benefit a Colorado Mesa University female education major.

Email Ann Peterson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

The December meeting of the Grand Mesa Jeep Club will be the traditional Chili Run and Christmas Tree Cutting Dec. 1.

Members will meet at the pull-out on Colorado Highway 141, just across the Gunnison River bridge in Whitewater. Departure time from the pull-out will be shortly after 9 a.m. Members and guest vehicles will proceed up Colorado Highway 141 to the Cactus Park turnoff.

Take chili to be mixed in the group chili pots or shared separately. Participants should take eating utensils and anything to share with the group, such as bread or dessert items. 

Donations of the use of a propane stove and large pots for the chili will be appreciated.

The meeting will take place at the Cactus Park destination along with induction of new club officers for 2013.

Participants will need to obtain a tree cutting permit from the Bureau of Land Management prior to the trip.

Visit gmjc.org for information.

American Rosie the Riveter Association is trying to locate women in Grand Junction and the surrounding area who worked on the home front during World War II.

Thousands of women worked to support the war efforts as riveters, welders, electricians, inspectors in plants, sewing clothing and parachutes for the military, ordnance works, rolling bandages, clerical and many other jobs such as volunteer workers collecting scrap metals and other critical materials.

These women have stories of their WWII experiences that are of historical value and perhaps have never been told. The organization, whose purpose is to recognize and preserve the history and legacy of working women during WWII, is in the process of collecting these stores to be place in its archives.

Founded in 1998, the patriotic/nonprofit organization has more than 4,000 members nationwide.

If you are a woman or descendant of a women who worked during WWII or for more information call 888-557-6743 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Send letters to American Rosie the Riveter, P.O. Box 188, Kimberly, Ala., 35091.

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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