I'm amazed by the variety of green hues that spring has to offer this year, especially since we've had so much rain.
A link at crayola.com/explore-colors brings up 49 different names for its green-based colors.
I got lost exploring them all before I found "spring" green. There was olive green, pine green, chartreuse, fern, scream green, metallic seaweed green, emerald green, jungle green, asparagus green, inchworm green, grass green ...
Notable colors that should have been with the others were "Kermit the Frog" green, "green-with-envy," and the grossest of greens — "booger" green.
While the greens were fun to browse, the reds really popped: brick red, radical red, lobster red ...
What — no sunburnt red?
The blues were stunning: indigo, midnight blue, parakeet blue, wild blue yonder. The browns had desert sand and earthtone, among others.
There's a clever formula going on here. Grass green. Sky blue. Desert sand. Sunburnt red.
Forget the "bleached-white toilet bowl" and "tawny brown dust bunny" shades I've been working with while spring cleaning. I'm opting for the adventurous and more vivid outdoor palette.
Look out forest green, here I come.
The Huntington's Disease Support Group invites the public to an open house retirement celebration for the "Bicycling Grandmas" from 3–5:30 p.m. Saturday at Brown Cycles, 549 Main St.
The Bicycling Grandmas — Charlotte Reicks and Marie Nemec — have raised money for the Huntington's Disease Society of America with yearly bike rides across the country since 1999.
According to a Feb. 14, 2019 story posted at bicycling.com, Nemec was inspired to ride for HD after attending the 1998 HDSA convention in Denver.
"When she met Reicks, who was going to ride across the country with another friend and distribute information for the American Bible Society, she decided to join, but riding for HD," according to the website.
"On that first ride, they loaded up their bikes (Reicks's bike towing a trailer and Nemec's Trek 520 with bags strapped to many of the tubes) and rode roughly 3,000 miles, unsupported, from Santa Monica, California to Arlington, Virginia and back."
Through the years, Reicks and Nemec have pedaled more than 20,000 total miles.
"They crossed 48 of the 50 contiguous states, connecting people and communities while growing their mailing list, their main source of donations through which they raised $743,733 (to date) for the HDSA."
The "Bicycling Grandmas" completed their 20th and final ride in 2018, riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County's Women Build event will happen from 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Habitat Subdivision off D Road.
The goal of Women Build is to empower women to help local families build strength, stability and independence. No skill requirements are required to participate. Attendees will work alongside future Habitat homeowners in the effort.
Lowe's Pros will provide free how-to clinics during the event. At the end of the day, treatments will be offered by a local massage therapist and Arbonne representatives.
Registration is $40 and includes a T-shirt, lunch, gloves and a pink hard hat. Space is limited. Register at habitatmesa.org or go to the Habitat ReStore, 2936 North Ave., (9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Saturday) to pay the registration fee.
Visit the website for information.
The Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction announced Aaron Livingston as the club's Citizen of the Year and Amanda Talley as Educator of the Year during the club's annual awards ceremony Thursday at Bookcliff Country Club.
Livingston is an associate director of Young Life in Mesa County, an organization that promotes the spread of Christianity among young people.
He has been a staff member at Young Life for eight years, a news release said. He and his wife Sarah helped grow the organization at Grand Junction High School for two years, then helped lead the organization at Fruita Monument High School.
He also works with the middle school Wyldlife programs at Fruita Middle School, Fruita 8/9 School and Redlands Middle School and facilitates Young Life camp experiences across the western United States.
Talley is a fifth-grade teacher at Pear Park Elementary School and also coaches volleyball and track.
She volunteers for Girls on the Run, Americorps and Camp Cedaredge, is a coordinator for the Family Resource Fair and manages 200 fruit trees on her property.
Visit kiwanis-gj.org for information.
Palisade Art Lovers will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Palisade Branch, Mesa County Libraries, 119 W. Third St., in Palisade.
The meeting topic is a gentle critique session, " What Do Judges Look For," led by artist and sculptor Gary Hauschulz.
Artists are invited to bring their artwork for critique.
The public and new members are always welcome.
Western Colorado Girl Scouts gathered Wednesday to celebrate advancing from their current Girl Scout level to the next.
The Bridging Ceremony is a "defining moment when a Girl Scout celebrates her achievements and looks forward to new adventures and responsibilities," a news release said.
Members of the Junior Service League were invited to the ceremony in a show of gratitude for their continued support of Girl Scouts throughout the western Colorado region.
Visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org for information.
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