You have to give credit to the chrysanthemum for waiting until autumn to add its brilliant color to the changing palette of the season. The deep purples and maroons, sunny yellows and fiery rusts in the flower bed only complement what's happening with the trees' changing leaves.

Add a deep blue Colorado sky, the sun at a slightly lower angle, and you have a perfect recipe for a feast for the eyes.

Not sure why, but my mums are just now in the beginning bud stage. Too much water? Not enough water. Sun? Who knows? They're in planters so maybe that has something to do with it.

Allen and I discussed them over lunch the other day.

Me: The chrysanthemums are finally starting to bud.

Allen: What's that?

Me: The mums. They're starting to bud.

Allen: No, what is that?

Me: Those plants out front and in the frog planter on the patio table.

Allen: What are they?

Me: Chrysanthemums!

Allen: No, what do they look like?

Me: Oh. They look like mums.

Allen: (Eye roll).

Me: (Googling images of "c-h-r ...") How do you spell it?

Allen: Spell what?

Me: (eye roll) Never mind. Just take my word for it, they'll be gorgeous when they finally bloom.

The 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.

Speaker Bret Seligman will give "A Review of Highly Endangered Cactus Species." Guests are welcome. The meeting will also include a plant drawing, a short business meeting and a social break.

Email, call 773-7637 or go to for information.

Heartbeat, Survivors After Suicide Loss hosts a monthly coffee social from 1:30–3:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Trader's Coffee and Tea, 2648 Patterson Road.

The informal gathering offers survivors of suicide loss the opportunity to meet and support one another. Email or call 778-9274 for information.

The October meeting of the Grand Junction Music Teachers Association is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday at Church of the Nativity, 2175 Broadway.

Members should bring registration sheets and fees for their students to participate in the Ribbon Festival, taking place in November. The program will feature members sharing music and performing. Lunch at La Cabra Mexican Restaurant, 421 Brach Drive, will follow. Anyone interested in teaching music is welcome.

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

Grand Valley Equine Assisted Learning Center will host bingo sessions at 6 p.m. Mondays, beginning Oct. 7, with proceeds going to support its capital campaign to purchase Moon Farm.

Sessions will be at Gold Mine Bingo, 511 28¼ Road.

Call the center board member, Judy Alexander, at 261-9180 for information.

Members of the Grand Junction Geology Society participated in a sign replacement event last month, led by Bureau of Land Management geologist Eric Eckberg at Devils Canyon in the McInnis Canyons area.

Along with volunteers from the Colorado Mesa University American Association of Petroleum Geologists Student Chapter, the Grand Junction Geology Society Foundation replaced a number of old, sun-damaged interpretative signs along the Mike Williams Geology Trail.

Mike Williams was a geology teacher at Fruita Monument High School when he died of a heart attack in May 2007.

A June 2014 story in The Daily Sentinel detailed that nearly two dozen interpretive signs were erected that month on Opal Hill and in nearby Devils Canyon, in his memory.

Kannah Creek Brewing Co.'s Firkin Fundraiser at 5 p.m. Monday will benefit a land-locked western Colorado pirate crew.

The brewery taps a specialty cask of beer (the firkin) on the first Monday of each month at 1960 N. 12th St. Donations and pint sales ($5) from October's firkin will go to The Highland Rogues, a nonprofit organization that specializes in re-enactment, entertainment and education of the golden age of piracy, including small weapons, gun demonstrations, skits, a land-lock ship and more.

Search Facebook for "The Highland Rogues" for information.

Mesa County Genealogical Society will host a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday titled "Prairie Star Pioneer Cemetery: From Prairie to Beans and Corn and Back."

When Richard Boston was researching his family history, a small pioneer cemetery was rediscovered after being farmed over for years, a news release said.

"Come hear the story of how the presenter, with the help of complete strangers, rehabilitated the cemetery and hear stories of the lives of those who are buried there."

The meeting is in The Garden Room at the Commons of Hilltop, 625 27½ Road.

The Mount Garfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will have its monthly meeting Saturday, featuring a program on the American Legion presented by Dave Haake.

The DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through better education for children. Call 719-580-0948 for information.

Mesa County School and Public Employees Retirement Association will host a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at The Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd.

Retired PERA members, those nearing retirement, and their guests are invited. Cost is $17. The featured speaker is Emma Donahue, the new program manager at Secure PERA. The luncheon will include an orchestra group performance and a brief presentation on the upcoming School District 51 School Bond election.

To reserve a seat, call 361-8053 by Oct. 9.

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. Calendar items can be uploaded to the online calendar at

Unreleased track from Franklin coming

NEW YORK — Christmas is bringing the gift of a previously unreleased Aretha Franklin recording.

"Big Band Holidays II" from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis has a holiday album that will feature the late icon singing "O Tannenbaum."

Franklin performed the song as she played the piano at a 2015 holiday concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center; her performance of the classic, in both English and German, was a surprise.

It will be featured on the album, which is being digitally released on Oct. 25 and will be in stores Nov. 8. Few songs have been released from Franklin since her death in August 2018.

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