Your Town, Jan. 16, 2011

How are the resolutions holding up two weeks into the new year?

Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’ve found it difficult to follow through. It seems experts in the field are now recommending that you don’t make resolutions as the new year rolls around because most of the time folks just disappoint themselves. One celebrity suggested people might be better off making “intentions” rather than “resolutions,” thereby not raising the bar so high.

I agree. “I intend to ...” sounds less threatening than “I resolve to ...”

Regardless, it doesn’t really matter if it’s January or September that you decide to start eating healthier, stop smoking or explore something new to embrace. Every new day is a new opportunity to change for the better.

How about volunteering?

What a coincidence, I know just the place to start.

Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado will host volunteer information sessions for anyone interested in learning more about Hospice volunteer opportunities in the Fruita and Grand Junction areas.

Fruita volunteer positions are available for patient and family support and certified massage therapists.

Grand Junction volunteer positions are available for administrative support, patient and family support, certified massage therapists, Heirlooms for Hospice resale shop and Spoons bistro and bakery.

Sessions will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20, at the Family Health West Nursing Home, 228 Cherry Ave., Fruita; and from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 25 or noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 27, at the Hospice Care Center, Room 101, 3090 N. 12th St., Unit B.

Refreshments will be provided. Call 257-2378 to RSVP or visit http://www.hospicewco.com.

 

Orchard Mesa Lions Club will have its 14th annual ham ‘n’ bean fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29, at Mesa County Fairgrounds, in Building C.

Tickets are available at the door for a $5 donation. Ages 7 and younger are free.

Call 208-7937 or 227-9619 for information.

 

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to enjoy an evening out and get a sneak preview of plans and activities for 2011 during the Friend of McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area social mixer at 6 p.m. Thursday at Hot Tomato Cafe, 124 N. Mulberry St. in Fruita.

Visitors can partake of food and drink and FMC will sell copies of its documentary film “Stories from the Land: McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area” and the new note cards featuring winning artwork from the 10th anniversary art competition. The Bureau of Land Management will give away T-shirts and other items commemorating the 10th anniversary of the designation of the NCA.

There will also be a short talk about William Minor, an early 1900’s rancher, botanist, writer, photographer and explorer of the canyon country now comprising the NCA.

Call 270-7853 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

 

The Grand Junction High School class of 1958 will gather for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, at the Feed Lot, 456 Kokopelli Blvd. in Fruita.

Call Laverne at 245-5950 or Jackie at 242-1270 for information.

 

Former Montrose-based archaeologist John Cater will speak about his many years of research into prehistoric violence at the next meeting of the Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society in Montrose.

“Patterns of Anasazi Violence” will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at Montrose United Methodist Church, 19 S. Park Ave.

The program is free and open to the public.

Call 249-6250 for information.

 

More than 50 agencies and service groups will be on hand at the Help for Hard Times Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Road in Montrose.

Workshops will be presented to help get through hard times, with a focus on energy savings from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

All Points Transit will offer free rides on all city buses so those without transportation can attend.

The event is made possible through contributions from local businesses, agencies and a grant from the Governor’s Energy Office.

Call 252-0908 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

 

Submit your Planner and community news items by e-mail to communitynews @gjsentinel.com, 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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