Last weekend I was looking forward to spring cleaning, but I also wanted to put my feet up and watch some Rockies home opener baseball and the NCAA Final Four basketball games.

I surprised myself and did it all, but —unlike the Rockies home opener — I managed to hit the spring cleaning ball out of the park. When that was done, I slam-dunked a bucket or two of garage debris to the curb for spring pickup and dribbled a bit (of water) in the yard.

It's anybody's guess what happens this weekend. There's the Stanley Cup playoffs, The Masters, MLB, NBA, NASCAR ...

The Mesa County Historical Society and the Museums of Western Colorado will host a second presentation on "Cruising North Avenue — from First Street to Fruitvale: A History of the Development of North Avenue" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St., in the Community Room.

This was presented first in January and, because of its popularity, a second presentation was scheduled. Two hours have been set aside for the presentation to include audience comments and questions.

Call 260-5226 or 242-0971, ext. 209, for information or email

April's Oral History presentation will feature mining historian Larry Frank talking about "Colorado's Great Depression Gold Rush," a little-known gold rush that occurred in the high country.

"George and Robert Elder, the father and son team from Leadville, reopened the Oliver Twist Tunnel atop Mosquito Pass in the second highest gold producing district in the state," a news release said.

"Geologists and investors alike saw the mine as a million-dollar a year prospect, a sure bet during the woe and want of the Depression. The Elders endured enthusiasm, disappointment, mine accidents and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at 12,600 feet above sea level in the heart of Colorado's Highest Grade Gold Camp."

The program is from noon–1 p.m. Thursday at the Museum of the West, 462 Ute Ave., in the "Exploratorium" (formerly known as the basement). Take a lunch. Coffee and cookies will be available.

Call 260-5226 or 242-0971, ext. 209, or email for information.

In the effort to recognize April as Autism Acceptance Month, Autistic Angels Among Us Ltd. will host a dodgeball tournament from 5–8 p.m. April 27 at Bookcliff Baptist Church, 2702 Patterson Road.

Autistic Angels Among Us of Western Colorado seeks to "enhance the quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), so they can acquire the skills they need to have a voice and achieve their potential in life and learning," a news release said.

"We provide grants to partner programs that offer therapeutic services for the ASD community."

The vision of Autistic Angels Among Us is to collaborate with parents and professionals in bridging the financial gap toward access to therapeutic services.

"Often, these services are inaccessible to parents due to financial constraints and lack of financial support through their health care providers."

All proceeds from the tournament will go to scholarship programs. To register a team, or vendor table, or for information, visit

Mesa County RSVP hosted its annual Spring Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, celebrating its more than 550 volunteers' commitment and dedication to the community.

Volunteers with the local nonprofit organization donate their time and skills — more than 74,000 annual volunteer hours — to 60 local nonprofit agencies. Visit for information.

Fleet Reserve Association Branch 244 presented first and second place awards Wednesday to the local winners of the annual FRA sponsored Americanism/Patriotism essay contest.

The contest has entries from eight regions across the U.S. and includes all branches overseas in the Pacific and also includes all FRA branches overseas in the Atlantic North of the 40th Parallel.

Those receiving awards are:

■ 12th grade first place, Finn Doherty, Ridgway Secondary School, Ouray

■ 11th grade first place, Tessa Berry, Fruita Monument High School

■ Eighth grade first place, Alacrity Combs, Centennial Middle School, Montrose

■ Seventh grade first place, Jackson Barnett, home schooled, Montrose

■ 12th grade second place, Shyann Dahl, Montrose/Olathe High School

■ Seventh grade second place, Jack Flower, Centennial Middle School, Montrose

First-place winning entries were forwarded to the West Coast Region Americanism/Patriotism Committee for judging at the regional level. Berry's entry, a first place winner at the regional level, was forwarded to the National Americanism/Patriotism Committee in Washington, D.C., for final judging.

Author and Fort Uncompahgre volunteer historian Dave Fishell will present a program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St.

"Beaver Pelts & Slaves: The Story Of Fort Uncompahgre and the Old Spanish Trail" will detail the fort's function during the early 1800s. Once located near today's town of Delta, it was a busy fur trade-era post, a news release said.

Fishell will also cover horse stealing, the slave trade that probably passed through the fort, flintlock rifles and how not to throw a tomahawk.

The program is free and open to the public. Visit for information.

Submit Calendar and community news items by email to, by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO, 81501. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

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