The "cornucopious" month of November is upon us.
Dressed in the root word "cornucopia," the "horn of plenty" represents an overflowing abundance.
November blesses us with "copious" amounts of Halloween candy to consume before filling our Thanksgiving plates with ample heapings of turkey and the trimmings.
(And this is where I sneak in a subtle transition about giving of our bountiful blessings).
These community organizations are worthy recipients of our generous "cornucopiousness."
■ The Salvation Army Grand Junction Corps is now accepting donations for Thanksgiving. Take 20-pound turkeys to The Salvation Army offices, 1235 N. Fourth St., or call 242-7513 for information on other items needed.
■ Christmas applications and adoptions are now available through HOPE of the Grand Valley, which serves the ever-increasing population of hard-working, low-income families.
This segment of the population is growing, typically overlooked and often struggling. These are children with parents that make a little too much money to qualify for government assistance, a news release said.
The Christmas program helps take the stress off this population of families and enables them to have the money they need to pay their bills come January.
To adopt a family or register a family, go to hopegv.org/christmas_with_hope.html.
Soup's on! Orchard Mesa Lions Club will host its annual Soup Supper Extravaganza from 4:30–7:30 p.m. Saturday in Building C at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50.
The all-you-can-eat supper features five soups — turkey noodle, green chili, potato, ham and bean, and taco soup, along with corn bread, tortillas and a beverage.
Cost is $7 in advance or $8 at the door. Active military and children younger than 7 eat free. Tickets can be purchased at area True Value stores. Bring a copy of the ad in the Friday, Nov. 8 Out and About and receive a free spin of the cake raffle wheel.
Proceeds go to organizations that serve children. Call Cheryl at 250-7324 for information.
Vestafjell Lodge Sons of Norway invites those interested in Scandinavian heritage and culture to join lodge members at the monthly meeting on Saturday at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road, (enter through the south door).
Everyone should gather at 1:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 2 p.m. with a traditional potluck turkey dinner. Bring generous "ready to serve" hot or cold side dishes, salads, fruit or dessert.
Members will elect officers and the board for 2020 and will present the annual salute to veterans. There will be a silent auction of gently used treasures, many of them Scandinavian.
Norway and Sweden calendars will be available to purchase at the cost of $12 each.
Guests are welcome. Call 245-5649 or 858-6702, or go to vestafjelllodge.org for information.
Kannah Creek Brewing Co., 1960 N. 12th St., will host a firkin fundraiser on Monday to benefit the Community Hospital Foundation.
The firkin will be tapped at 5 p.m. and pints will be sold for $5.50. Donations and pint sales will support the mission of Community Hospital and its commitment to take care of people in a patient-centered environment, a news release said.
Kannah Creek taps a firkin keg every Monday, but only the first Monday of every month is a fundraiser. December's event will benefit the Grand Mesa Nordic Council.
Kiwanis Clubs will be out in force on Saturday to collect non-perishable foods to benefit Mesa County's Kids Aid Backpack Program.
Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction, Fruita Monument High Key Club, the Circle K Club, Aktion Club, Golden K Kiwanis Club, Caprock Key Club and Kids Aid will collect food items from 10 a.m.– to 2 p.m. at City Market stores on Aspen Street in Fruita, 12th Street and Patterson Road and 24 Road and Patterson Road and at Safeway on Horizon Drive.
The backpack program collects food and stores it in backpacks for families in need to take home on the weekends, a news release said.
Go to Kiwanis-gj.org for information.
The Redlands Lions Club members and volunteers will place more than 700 flags for Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11.
Weather permitting, flags will be placed early that morning and picked up later the same day. Areas served are Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama, Redlands Village and other subdivisions. Flags will also be displayed at Community Hospital and some Redlands-area businesses.
The flag service honors nine holidays throughout the year. Cost is a $35 donation for residents. Call Lion Lance Wade at 270-4658 or Lion Dave McIlnay at 433-7961 to sign up or volunteer to help.
The Friends of St. Mary's Medical Center will take orders next week for poinsettias that will be available to pick up Nov. 22.
Visitors can order and pay for the poinsettias from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Nov. 14–15 in the main lobby of St. Mary's Medical Center. Cost is $15 each. Net proceeds will benefit the St. Mary's Fund and the Micah S. Montag Pediatric fund.
VCA Tiara Rado Animal Hospital is accepting donations for its annual pet food drive to benefit the Community Food Bank.
Donations of dog food, cat food, cash and checks will be accepted through Nov. 15 at the hospital, 2245¾ Broadway,
Call 243-4007 or go to vcahospitals.com/tiara-rado for information.
The Western Slope Patriot Guard Riders and Wreaths Across America are seeking sponsors to place almost 4,000 wreaths at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado and the veterans section of the Orchard Mesa Cemetery.
Cost to sponsor a wreath is $15. Call Art Edwards at 250-1174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
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