Today is Groundhog Day and it’s also Super Bowl Sunday.

If Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes sees his shadow today, will there be six more weeks of winter?

Wait … I’m getting my events mixed up.

If legendary Punxsutawney Phil connects with San Francisco 49ers’ running back, Raheem Mostert, like he did in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers …

Boy, am I off on the wrong foot, right out of the chute.

Who let the rodeo in?

With the dynamic trio of Mahomes, Mostert and Phil, it’s pretty much a hat trick in the making.

Seriously? Hockey? Now I’m really treading on Thin Mints, er, I mean thin ice.

Nice transition.

Yes, today is also the opening day for Girl Scout Cookies sales.

New this year is Lemon-Ups, a lemony cookie with motivational words baked in the top surface. Lemon-Ups replace Savannah Smiles and join favorites Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Dos-Si-Dos, S’mores and the gluten-free Toffee-tastic.

S’mores and Toffee-tastic cost $5 per package and all other varieties are $4 per package.

Sales will go through March 8. Dial into the “Cookie Locator” mobile app to search for booth sale locations and dates.

Go to to get started.

The February meeting of the Chinle Cactus and Succulent Society will feature a presentation by Panayoti Keladis from the Denver Botanic Gardens on: “Succulents Around the World.”

The meeting is from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley, 536 Ouray Ave, according to a calendar post.

Go to or call 773-7637 for information.

Friends of St. Mary’s Medical Center will have a sweet fundraiser this month, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Gourmet fudge will be for sale from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Feb. 13–14 (or until sold out), in the St. Mary’s Medical Center lobby and at the Pavilion. Cost is $4 for a quarter-pound of fudge or 1¼ pounds for $18.

Chocolate, wooden and lighted roses will also be for sale for $2 each, as well as pre-made vases with roses and a charm for $7 each.

Net proceeds will benefit the St. Mary’s Fund and the Micah S. Montag Pediatrics Fund.

Black Canyon Camera Club meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month (Feb. 4) and at 11 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month (Feb. 11) at the First Church of God, at 11th and Howard streets in Delta.

Bring up to three photos for review. This month’s program is bird photography. The public is welcome to attend at no charge.

Go to or email rae-anns@live for information.

Mesa County’s The Giving Club (women) will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday at SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St.

“New members are always welcome and can simply show up at SpringHill Suites and join in the fun,” a news release said.

The club engages a simple nominating process that considers three nonprofit organizations at each quarterly meeting. Members vote to determine one agency to receive all contributions. Club members pledge to make four $100 tax-deductible contributions each year, and kick in for food and drink at each meeting.

Subsequent meetings will take place the first Monday in May, August and November.

The total giving is anticipated in the $19,000 range for the February meeting. With close to 200 members, the group has donated more than $371,000 to 22 Mesa County organizations since it began six years ago.

Call Michaelle Smith at 644-8126 for information.

The Grand Junction Symphony Guild welcomes guests and prospective members to its meeting on Friday, featuring symphony music director Charles Latshaw and violinist Rachel Lee Priday.

Latshaw and Priday will discuss Beethoven’s only violin concerto, plus Haydn’s Symphony No. 60, both of which will be performed in Symphony concerts Feb. 8– 9 at the Avalon Theatre.

Guild meetings and membership are open to all who would enjoy supporting the Grand Junction Symphony and meeting new people through entertaining gatherings and fundraising events.

Friday’s meeting is at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27½ Road. Call the Symphony Office at 243-6787, or go to for information.

An AARP Smart Driving class will be offered from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Thursday at the Western Slope Driving Institute, 2486 Patterson Road.

Cost is $20 for nonmembers and $15 for AARP members.

Email Chris Loffredo at or call 303-241-3414 for registration information.

Are you a veteran facing eviction or currently homeless on the Western Slope?

Veterans Assistance Program hosts screenings from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Volunteers of America, Western Colorado, 740 Gunnison Ave.

You do not need to be eligible for VA benefits to qualify; however, program eligibility requirements apply. This is not a voucher program.

“We help veterans with honorable, other than honorable, general, medical and some types of bad conduct discharges,” according to the calendar post.

If transportation is an issue, a representative will meet you at your location for a screening.

Call 644-5220 for information.

The nationally recognized, award-winning crime prevention seminar, Refuse To Be A Victim®, will be conducted by Pureland Security from 8–11 a.m. Feb. 15.

“The single most important step toward ensuring your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it,” according to the calendar post.

“NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® program teaches the tips and techniques you need to be alerted to dangerous situations and to avoid becoming a victim. Participants are presented with a variety of common sense crime prevention and personal safety strategies and devices they may integrate into their daily lives.”

Topics include Mental Preparedness, Home Security, Physical Security, Travel Security, Cyber Security, Automobile Security, Personal Protection Devices and The Psychology of Criminal Predators.

The seminar is open to the public at no charge. Pre-registration is required. To reserve a spot, email Suzanne Masterson at

Call 970-270-3203 or go to for information

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