Earlier this year, I challenged "time" to a staring contest and guess who blinked?

Then all of a sudden, September was in queue at 30,000 feet in the air, going through its approach checklist waiting to hear from the air traffic control tower that it's ready to land.

Static ...

Tower: "September two zero one niner cleared and ready for approach after August two zero one niner has departed."

Static ...

Pilot: "Copy that, sir. Landing gear down on September two zero one niner. We're coming in."

Who says time doesn't fly.

International Overdose Awareness Day will be observed from 6–9 p.m. Saturday on the lawn at the Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

The event is sponsored by Healthy Mesa County and Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Voices for Awareness Foundation, Counseling and Education Center, Mesa County Public Health, MarillacHealth and Western Colorado Area Health Education Center in the effort to raise awareness and to commemorate those who have been lost to drug overdose.

The public is invited to honor loved ones by including their picture in the memorial slide show. Send your loved one's photo, including first name and age, to marchfirst1980@gmail.com.

The Western Colorado Astronomy Club will sponsor a stargazing event Friday at Highline Lake, 1800 11 8/10 Road in Loma.

The public is invited to see the splendor of the night sky through several telescopes that will be available. Weather permitting, you can view the moon, planets, galaxies and more.

The viewing will begin approximately 30 minutes after sunset. Visit wcacastronomy.org for information.

Former Rocky Flats workers are invited to gather at 11 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month for lunch at Golden Corral, 1100 Independent Ave.

According to a news release, "This event is an opportunity for Rocky Flats atomic energy site workers to visit with former coworkers and to meet new friends who moved from the Front Range to the Western Slope. Workers are encouraged to bring a family member or friend, if they'd like."

The group will meet at the front entrance before sitting down to eat together. Lunch will be paid for by Critical Nurse Staffing LLC.

Call Mollie Shepardson, the community outreach liaison for Critical Nurse Staffing LLC, at 712-3413 or email at mollie.shepardson@cnscares.com for information.

Richard and Kim Manzanares, along with their daughter Isabelle, were named the Family of the Month for June by the Knights of Columbus No. 1062.

Mike Arguello was honored as Knight of the Month for June, and Ron Manzanares was designated Knight of the Month for May.

"The three Knights are active in many club activities, including working on pancake breakfasts at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the current selling of raffle tickets for an all terrain vehicle, collection of coats for children and the delivery of food baskets during the Christmas season," a news release said.

The Knights meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the St. Joseph Parish Hall. Call Carl Malito at 243-9871 for information.

Wheels West Car Club continues its weekly tradition of Saturday Nights at Sonic Drive-In, 2833 North Ave.

Join the club at 5 p.m. Saturdays "for some good food, cool cars, and lots of storytelling," according to a Facebook event page.

"We look forward to hanging out with the 'ol gang' and meeting new friends!"

The Future Tense

Here's a look at some events coming up in September.

The Mesa County Women's Network will meet from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Sept. 10 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive.

The program will be an activity titled "Social Media Hacks." Bring cash to purchase tickets for the opportunity basket that will benefit Grant a Wish Program.

Pre-register for the luncheon by Sept. 4 to receive advance reservation price. Cost for the meeting and lunch for members is $18 with a reservation by the due date, or $22 for all guests. Reservations are not accepted after the deadline. Prepay at mcwn.org or call Brenda Briles at 261-3446 for information.

Western Colorado Area Health Education Center will sponsor a free Run, Walk, Roll: Against Bullying event at 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at Canyon View Park

Race registration is online at formstack.io/A2ABD. If you are interested in having a booth at the event, email Kirstie at karagon@wcahec.org or call 434-5474, ext. 6, for information.

Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado has partnered with Saluting Branches Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance for a service project event next month at the cemetery, 2830 Riverside Parkway.

"Saluting Branches is a great opportunity to honor our veterans by making their final resting places beautiful and safe for their loved ones to visit," a news release said.

"Join thousands of the nation's most dedicated arborists and tree care professionals as we unite and do what we do best — provide exceptional tree care as our small way of saying thank you to those who have given so much."

The day will include mulching, watering, and raking, along with hazard tree removal and pruning. New trees will also be planted.

This year's event is set for Sept. 18. In 2018, more than 3,000 volunteers donated their talents and services to the caring of trees at 53 veteran cemeteries in 37 states and one in Mexico, equalling more than $3 million in donated services.

Volunteers are needed in a number of capacities, including individuals in the community as well as tree care companies, arborists and industry professionals. Everyone who signs up and volunteers will receive a free T-shirt on the day of the event.

Material donations are also needed, such as trees, materials/supplies, soil, food and drinks, tools, equipment, labor, time, vehicles, gloves, educators, coordinators, pruning, gift cards and monetary donations. Checks can be written to "Saluting Branches."

To learn about the event or to sign up, call 263-8986.

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