Is the January chill creeping in through the cracks?

It could be time to fire up the caulking gun, or perhaps a visit to is what you need.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac website offers a variety of fun links for the clicking and, much like comfort food on a cold winter’s eve, it offers a bit of soul nourishment and anticipation of the seasons to come. Along with food, home/health, gardening and astronomy links, there’s also a bit of mental meatloaf, if you will, like this bit of lore, regarding the first month of the year:

January was named for the Roman god Janus, known as the protector of gates and doorways, which symbolize beginnings and ends. Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking into the past, the other into the future — a fitting symbol for this first day of the year. It’s natural for us to reflect on the past year and also look forward to the new.

As the protector of gates and doorways, I would think Mr. Janus spent a good portion of January, caulking gun in hand, sealing door jam cracks in the effort to keep out the cold.


The Latimer House will benefit from The Gatsby 2020 Murder Mystery Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd.

The event is hosted by Posh Salon and Boutique, and all proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will go to the Latimer House. Tickets cost $65 per person and include one drink ticket, dinner and entry in the murder mystery game. A cash bar will be available.

Cocktails and the silent auction will start the evening, followed by dinner and rules on how to play the game. The cocktail attire-event features a “Great Gatsby” theme, so 1920s gangsters and flapper dresses are welcome.

Purchase tickets at or email for information and to reserve tables (for eight).


The public is invited to attend a community discussion about Colorado’s water future, co-hosted by Grand Valley Audubon Society and Audubon Rockies, from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Meyer Ballroom at the University Center at Colorado Mesa University.

This is a big year for Colorado water and that includes the “update of the Colorado Water Plan, the beginning of the renegotiation around the Colorado River, and performance of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plans, a temporary yet broad agreement to reduce water use and ensure that Lakes Powell and Mead continue to provide a reliable water supply,” a news release said.

The evening will include dinner, discussion and a Q&A with panelists from local, state and national water, agricultural and environmental stakeholders, and a short film.

The event is free and open to all, but registration for dinner is requested. Go to for information and to register.


The next Quarterly Veterans Memorial Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, in the committal shelter at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, 2830 Riverside Parkway.

Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard, along with Team III COARNG Honor Guard will “perform military honors as a tribute and final salute in memory of all veterans who had no military honors during their committal for the preceding months of October, November and December,” a news release said.

The program will also include members of the Patriot Guard Riders, a dove release by Crys Garner’s Love Doves, pipers from the Rocky Mountain Scots, the tolling of the Veterans Memorial Bell, and a shot from the Cemetery’s Memorial cannon. The ceremony is open to the public.


Here are some events from the online calendar:

There are a number of Alzheimer’s Association support group meetings posted at the online calendar. Here are some of the meetings happening in January:

n Alzheimer’s Association Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Aspen Ridge. The next meeting is Jan. 14. This in-person support group is beneficial for caregivers of persons living with dementia. Call ahead before your first visit to confirm the time and location. Info: 800-272-3900,

n Alzheimer’s Association Support group for adult children meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Alzheimer’s Association, 2232 N. Seventh St., Suite B1. This month’s meeting is Jan. 21. This in-person support group is for adult children of people living with dementia, even if they may not be the primary caregiver. Call ahead before your first visit to confirm the time and location: 800-272-3900,

n Alzheimer’s Association support group for caregivers meets from 1–3 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month at the Alzheimer’s Association, 2232 N. Seventh St., Suite B1. This month’s meeting will be Jan. 24. Info: Call ahead before your first visit to confirm the time and location: 800-272-3900.

Also, from the online calendar ...

n Pureland Security will present the nationally recognized, award-winning crime prevention seminar, Refuse To Be A Victim®, from 8–11 a.m. Saturday.

The seminar is open to the public at no charge.

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

“Seminar participants are presented with a variety of common sense crime prevention and personal safety strategies they may integrate into their daily lives.”

Pre-registration is required. To reserve a spot, email Suzanne Masterson at

n The Dual Recovery Anonymous meeting is at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays in Abe’s Room at the Grand Junction Alano Club, 404 Glenwood Ave. The 12-step fellowship program is open to the community and for those living with a dual diagnosis, i.e. mental illness and addiction.


Online calendar items can be uploaded at Submit Your Town and community news items by email to, by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO, 81501.

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