It was during the Civil War that then-president Abraham Lincoln wrote "Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause ..."

A few centuries later, the late poet Maya Angelou included in a similar sentiment women who are also serving: "How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our 'heroes' and 'she-roes."

Thank you — to all men and women veterans — for your service.

Chinle Cactus and Succulent Society will meet from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley, 536 Ouray Ave.

There will be a viewing and judging of photos submitted by members to the annual photo contest, a drawing for a plant, a short business meeting and a social break. Guests are welcome.

Information is at chinlecactusclub.org or call Kate Weissenburger at 773-7637 or email kate@chinlecactusclub.org.

The Grand Junction Teachers Association will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Redlands LDS Church, 2235 Kingston Road.

The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in teaching music. A discussion will focus on "How to be a good listener" followed by the set-up for the annual Ribbon Festival that will take place on Saturday.

More than 100 students and 16 teachers have been preparing for the festival that offers participating students a ribbon, a certificate and encouraging comments.

Call Linda Jenks at 243-0047 or Malinda Lyons, 245-5632 for information.

The public is invited to review driving skills in a classroom setting and get a discount on car insurance through an AARP Smart Driver class, scheduled for 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Nov. 20.

Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Call Tom at 319-0137 for information and to register.

Mount Garfield Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will have a card and games benefit from 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Moose Lodge, 567 25½ Road.

Cost is $10 per person and includes door prizes and finger foods. Call Dorothy Inscho at 245-2645 or Bonnie Karp at 243-7374 for information.

The Guys Giving Club selected High Desert Opera as the recipient of $10,000 at its meeting earlier this month.

"This meeting's winner is working hard to keep the joy and love of this passionate art form alive and well in our community," a news release said.

"The Guys Giving Club is excited to be a part of High Desert's growth and development. We can't wait to see what's next for them."

The club meets four times a year. Members are invited to nominate a local charity of their choice at each meeting. Three nominees are chosen at random. and after a brief explanation about "why" a nonprofit was nominated, a vote is taken and a winner chosen. Each club member writes a $100 check to that nonprofit and the funds are given to the charity.

The next meeting is at Feb. 5 at SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St. Call Kevin K. VanGundy at 243-8829 or Steve Doyle, 917-363-3719 for information.

Grand Junction Lions Club presented its "last big check of the season" on Tuesday during its noon meeting at Bookcliff Country Club.

According to a news release, Colorado West Land Trust received a check for $10,000 for its Lunch Loop improvement projects. Proceeds were from the carnival and parade that took place in February.

The Grand Junction Lions Club has granted more than $145,000 to 19 organizations this year through its Community Betterment Committee.

Roice-Hurst Humane Society, 362 28 Road, will offer a low-cost vaccine clinic from 9 a.m.–noon Nov. 17.

According to a GJSentinel.com online calendar post, "pets are seen on a first-come, first-served basis."

All vaccine costs are in addition to a mandatory $15 pet exam fee.

Call 434-7337 or go to the clinic page at rhhumanesociety.org for information.

The Pastel Society of Colorado will have its regular monthly meeting from 1–3 p.m. Saturday at the Bray Education Center, 640 Belford Ave.

Local pastelist Penny Creasy, who is known for her wildlife portraits, will share some of her techniques at the meeting that is free and open to the public.

Go to pastelsocietyofcolorado.org for information.

The Grand Junction Vegan Thanks-Living potluck is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lakeside Community Room, 3150 Lakeside Drive.

Take a dish, free of animal products, to serve eight as well as the recipe with all ingredients listed, your own place setting and beverage. The event is free. Donations are welcome.

For information and to pre-register, go to meetup.com/VegGrandJunction/events/265826243 or call Marian at 255-0417 or Rhonda at 242-2089.

Professional archaeologist Marilyn A. Martorano will speak about lithophones at the next meeting of the Colorado Archaeological Society, Grand Chapter meeting, on Monday at Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way.

According to meeting notes at meetup.com/CAS-GJ/events, Martorano's talk will address the question: Did Prehistoric Artifacts Known As Lithophones Play First Music In Colorado?

"A new class of prehistoric artifacts known as portable lithophones has been identified from Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado," according to the notes.

"'Litho' is Greek for stone and 'phone' means sound; a lithophone is a musical instrument consisting of a purposely selected rock (often formally shaped) that is tapped or rubbed with friction to produce musical notes."

Monday's meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Donations are accepted for rental of the meeting room and speaker expenses. Board elections will also take place at the meeting. Visit the website for information.

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