School starts on Monday.

Along with welcoming the students back, let's tip our hats to the dedicated teachers and staff who are tasked with inspiring these young minds to reach their greatest potential.

What's your favorite subject in school?

I enjoyed the composition classes — not so much the reading or 'rithmetic. My math answers were always wrong. When I was in school, 63% of the students in my class excelled at math. I was one of the other 27%.

Thankfully composition answers were always write.

Happy back to school!

Scooter riders ages 18–80 will gather in Grand Junction this week to "Beat the Heat" during the seventh annual scooter rally, organized by The High Desert Scooter Group and Blue Ribbon Kings Scooter Club.

"Enthusiastic scooter riders from as far away as Oregon and California have attended the annual rally to ride the many unique scenic routes including McClure Pass, Colorado National Monument and Black Canyon as well as touring Fruita, the Palisade Peach Festival, and other Grand Valley attractions," a news release said.

More than 50 scooterists are expected at this year's rally that follows the theme "Beat the Heat."

"Scooter riding has grown in popularity worldwide over the last decade with a range of 50cc commuter scooters to 650cc tour scooters. This year's rally includes classic Italian Vespas and new Yamaha XMAX models."

Rally activities will include group restaurant meals, a rally barbecue at the "Scooter Sanctuary" on B½ Road, a raffle of a custom 1987 Honda Elite scooter, ice skating and more, including a scooter "beauty" contest with various awards.

Call Scott Payne at 250-8670 or visit beattheheathighdesretscooterrally.com for information.

Veterans Affairs and Western Region One Source will sponsor a women's Tea and Garden Party from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday at Western Region One Source, 482 28 Road.

The tea is open to all women veterans and will feature a light lunch, a guest speaker and information on VA programs.

Call 257-3764 for information.

Western Slope Blue Star Moms CO8 will have a fall yard sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to  5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Elks Lodge, 249 S. Fourth St.

Proceeds will go toward postage costs for deployed troops' packages.

The public is invited to browse the offerings and learn more about the organization and meet the "Moms."

Grand Rivers Humane will sponsor a dog adoption event from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 2464 U.S. Highway 6&50.

There will be a variety of dogs for the choosing: male, female, active, lap dog, big and small. Bring your dog for a meet 'n' greet.

Cost is a $120 adoption fee, cash or check.

Call 257-0070 or search "Grand Rivers Humane" on Facebook for information.

Is your dog a wiener? He/she could also be a winner at the annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Dog Races on Saturday between innings of the GJ Rockies vs. Orem Owls game at Suplizio Field.

All proceeds from the race will go to the Roice-Hurst Humane Society.

Humans who have a dachshund — registered AKC or not — can go to wienerschnitzelgj.com for entry forms, rules and information. Race entries are due by 5 p.m. Monday.

The Mesa County Historical Society and the Museums of Western Colorado will sponsor the next Oral History program at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

A representative from the Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management, Grand Junction office, will present on the "Atomic Legacy Cabin: History of Uranium on the Colorado Plateau." The presentation features historical photos of western Colorado and its residents during World War II through the Cold War uranium boom.

The ongoing efforts to clean up and address uranium legacy environmental issues in the area will also be highlighted.

Call 242-0971, ext. 209, for information.

The Grand Junction Lions Club is in a giving mood and has recently designated funds to local community organizations.

Presentations include $16,000 to Western Colorado Dragway for bleachers and facility improvements; $10,000 to The Center for building improvements; and $5,000 to fund a truck for the Community Food Bank.

Proceeds were raised at the Grand Junction Lions Club's 90th annual Carnival and Parade this past February.

AARP Driver Safety classes will be offered from 1–5 p.m. Aug. 14 and Sept. 11 at the Colorado Christian University classroom on the second floor of the Bank of the West building, at 2452 Patterson Road.

Participants need to register by calling Phil at 314-7408.

The Mesa County Women's Network will meet from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Tuesday at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive.

The luncheon program is "Crafting Your Pitch," hosted by Julie Morey with the Grand Junction Incubator. Take cash to purchase tickets for the opportunity basket that will benefit Project Linus.

Visit mcwn.org or search Facebook for "Mesa County Women's Network," for information, or call Brenda Briles at 261-3446.

The Colorado Archaeological Society, Grand Junction Chapter's monthly meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday at Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way.

Members should bring five to 15 photos of "somewhere" they have been (on a thumb drive) to share with the group.

Bring your own dinner, along with enough to share with others for the potluck, if you wish. Also bring your own place setting, beverage (no alcohol), serving spoon, etc. Diners can eat indoors or out.

Visit meetup.com/CAS-GJ/events/263322904 for information and to register.

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