I’m not saying I have “2020” vision but I really can see into the future, thanks to the online events calendar at GJSentinel.com.

It’s a slow time of year, but because of the online calendar listings and a number of clubs and organizations that have already submitted information about January meetings, I am able to highlight some of those events here, on this final Sunday of the decade.

Do you remember this time, 20 years ago, when the world was fretting about issues that might occur with banks and other financial entities because of the switch from the year “1999” to “2000?” Alas, nothing catastrophic happened when the clock struck midnight in the various time zones. Looking back though, it’s an understatement to say that a lot has happened since Y2K with advances in technology and beyond.

I am counting the many blessings of this past year (and the past decade too) and anticipate a prosperous and joyful new year. And, I wish the same to you, my faithful readers.

Be safe and Happy New Year!

The Mount Garfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will have its monthly meeting on Jan. 11, featuring a program on the “DAR Good Citizens,” by Anita Caldwell.

“The DAR is a nonprofit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing American’s future through better education of children,” a news release said.

Call 719-580-0948 for information.

Cattlemen and women are invited to attend the Western Slope Beef Cow Symposium taking place Jan. 10, at Friendship Hall at the Montrose County Fairgrounds.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and features full day of education and networking. The symposium features industry-leading speakers from Colorado State University, IMI Global, Superior Livestock Auction, the Livestock Marketing Information Center, and more.

Topics include Identifying and Managing Calf Health Issues, Returns to Beef Quality Assurance in Video Auctions & PRF Insurance Decision Tool, Cattle Market Outlook: Fundamental Drivers Impacting Marketing Decisions, Value Added Programs, and Marketing Cattle in Western Colorado.

The $35 registration fee includes lunch, access to the trade show, and entry into the door prize drawings. Registration is required by Jan. 3. Go to 2020bcs.eventbrite.com or call 249-3935 for tickets and information.

Save a life by donating blood at the blood drive happening from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Jan. 10, at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gunnison River Drive in Delta.

Donors will receive a free cholesterol screening when they donate in January.

Call 298-2555 for information.

Here are some events gleaned from the GJSentinel.com online calendar:

n Embroiders Guild of America, Desert West Chapter meets from 10 a.m.–noon on the first Tuesday of the month at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road. The chapter welcomes all ranges of abilities, from beginners to experts. Call Sally at 858-2002 or go to egausa.org for information.

n Are the Christmas bells still ringing in your ears?

It’s either time to pack away the Christmas decor or plan to attend the upcoming Tinnitus Support Group meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 15. (Symptoms of tinnitus include a constant ringing in your ears).

The support group meets the third Wednesday of each month, January through October at Community Hospital, 2351 G Road, in Legacy Room 1.

Call 589-0305 for more information.

n The kitten room at Roice-Hurst Humane Society, 362 28 Road, is the setting for the next Kitten Yoga session, happening from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Friday.

Certified yoga instructor Matt Angleman will lead the Gentle Flow Yoga class “so not only do you get the relaxation from yoga you also get kitten therapy,” according to the online calendar post.

This class is open to the public for a $10 donation. Bring a clean yoga mat and wear long pants and shirts with sleeves. Registration is required and space is limited. Register by calling 434-7337 ext. 103 or email ashley@rhhumanesociety.org

n Today is the final day of the Grand Valley Model Railroad Club’s annual model trains show, on display at Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road.

The show features indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) exhibits.

Visit museumofwesternco.com for information.

n San Juan Skijoring will host its fourth annual skijoring event Jan. 11–12, at the Ouray County Fairgrounds in Ridgway.

The public is invited to watch the fast-paced sport of skijoring, where a horse and rider pull a skier or snowboarder through gates and over jumps. The event includes food venders and a beer garden. Spectator tickets cost $10. Go to SanJuanSkijoring.com for tickets and information.

n Former uranium and nuclear weapons workers are invited to celebrate the new year at Nuclear Care Partners‘ upcoming Lunch & Learn, beginning at 11 a.m. Jan. 8, at Olive Garden, 2416 U.S. Highway 6 & 50.

Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act benefits specialist Lori Shanks is hosting the event to provide expert answers to former workers’ EEOICPA benefits questions. Former workers also have the opportunity to connect with one another with a complimentary lunch.

Former workers should call 361-3066 to RSVP to the event or go to nuclearcarepartners.com for information.

n Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s next Firkin Fundraiser will benefit the 4 Corners Rugby Academy.

The fundraiser happens from 5–10 p.m. Jan 6, at the brewery, 1960 N 12th St. According to the calendar post, a specialty cask of beer (a firkin) will be tapped at 5 p.m. and proceeds from donations and pint sales will go to the academy, located in Grand Junction.

Members of the academy come from “miles around.” Its “goal is to provide a safe and fun place to practice and play the glorious sport of Rugby.”

“We provide training for all ages on safety, rules, officiating, and play strategies and tactics. We also have a grand time participating in the fun.”


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