Local Briefs, Jan. 11, 2011

Community Services West marks 1st year

Mesa County is inviting the public to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its Fruita office from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at 215 N. Plum St. in Fruita

Mesa County’s Community Services West building is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday, excluding holidays, allowing residents of the western Grand Valley to reach important county programs offered by the Health Department, Department of Human Services and Mesa County Workforce Center.

Refreshments will be served, and attendees are welcome to tour the facility.

For information visit http://www.mesacounty.us.

How to reduce your risk of identity theft

A free identity theft presentation will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday by Kristine Novinskie, a certified identity theft risk management specialist, at Remax 4000, 120 W. Park Ave.

It will cover the five types of identity theft, understanding the types of coverage available and how to reduce your risk.

Military valentine workshop planned

Military Families of America will have a valentine workshop for the public to make free valentines to send to troops serving overseas, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mesa Mall, in Claire Court.

All supplies are provided by Michael’s Arts and Craft.

For information or to make a donation to help with postage, call 623-0146 or visit http://www.militaryfamiliesofamerica.webs.com.

Tickets on sale for Civics Celebration

Feb. 1 is the deadline to purchase tickets for Kids Voting Mesa County’s sixth annual Civics Celebration Banquet on Feb. 17 at the Mesa State College Center Ballroom.

Guests will enjoy dinner, student entertainment and a program that will include a welcome from Tim Foster, president of Mesa State College, and keynote speaker Corey Hafey, principal at Taylor Elementary School.

The event will also include guests judging the student-created table decor.

Call Martha Graf at 245-3414 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). org for ticket information.

King celebration planned at college

A coalition of groups will sponsor a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Mesa State College ballroom.

The event will include speakers, dancers and music. The public is invited to bring donations of gently used and new children’s books as well as personal items,  which will be given to the Homeward Bound Homeless Shelter.

Call Shari Daly-Miller at 242-8949 for information.

Scholarship applications accepted

Applications will be accepted through March 1 for the William Arthur and Harriette Marie Colline Lingham Memorial Scholarship, which was established to honor the Linghams as Montrose County pioneers and to provide financial assistance to a qualified recipient.

Application forms are available for qualified applicants at the counseling offices of Montrose, Nucla and Olathe high schools, as well as the administrative offices of Montrose County School District RE-1J in Montrose.

Call 249-7726 for information.

Colorado National Monument and the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture have announced the Art Exhibit of the Century juried art contest winners.

Winners were selected from more than 100 entries of a variety of mediums including photography, watercolor paintings, oil paintings, pen and ink drawings and charcoal. All works portrayed the landscape, environment or wildlife of Colorado.

Marea Goodman Ross received Best of Show for “Sunshine After the Storm” (oil on canvas); Rose Nordenberg first place for “Just a Pushover” (pen and ink);  Fred Honchell second place for “Spring Snow” (watercolor); and Steve Traudt third place for “Shadow Riders” (photograph).

All contest entries are on display at City Hall through March 31, then will be at the Mesa County Community Services Building from April 1 through June 30.

The public is invited to participate in the People’s Choice contest by voting for their favorite online until Feb. 28. Visit http://www.coloradonma.org.


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