National Night Out happens Tuesday in neighborhoods across Mesa County — including yours.

Don't panic! There are no toilets to scrub, or dust bunny eradications, or stuffing the dirty dishes in the oven in the effort to hide them from unexpected company.

The premise of National Night Out is for folks to turn on their porch lights and go outside to meet and mingle with neighbors.

It is an "annual event that helps fight crime in our neighborhoods by building camaraderie and familiarity between neighbors, while also sending a message to criminals that our neighborhoods are willing to fight back against crime," according to a news release from the Grand Junction Police Department.

Potluck barbecues, ice cream socials, lawn games, youth activities, scavenger hunts, music ... the list of possibilities for your neighborhood gathering is endless. Call 549-5331 for information and neighborhood block party ideas.

HopeWest will host a volunteer fair from  9 a.m.–noon Friday in Room 102 at the HopeWest Hospice Care Center, 3090 N. 12th St.

Immediate needs for volunteers include:

■ Patient and family support to provide companionship to patients, share hobbies, listen and read to patients, run small errands, and relieve a caregiver for appointments.

■ Heirlooms for Hospice: Display merchandise, greet and assist customers, run the cash register, sort and re-purpose items.

■ Tanglewood Gardens: Garden maintenance, floral arranging, merchandising at Artful Cup, and seasonal decorating.

■ The CLUB Volunteers: Learn about future volunteer opportunities for the CLUB, a vibrant place for seniors to make friends and have fun all in one convenient place (coming this fall).

■ Other opportunities are available based on your interests.

Refreshments will be provided at the fair. Call 241-2212 or visit for information.

The Friends of St. Mary's Medical Center will host a jewelry sale to benefit the Micah S. Montag Pediatric Fund.

Hours for the Carol Young Fashion Jewelry sale will be from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Friday in the main lobby of St. Mary's Medical Center. Prices will be marked from $5–$25.

The Central High School class of 1969 is seeking classmates for its 50-year reunion  Sept. 24–26.

Central High casses from 1967–71, as well as students who attended Orchard Mesa Junior High (class of 1969), are invited to attend a morning coffee from 8:30–10:30 a.m. Sept. 25 at Long Family Park, Grand Mesa Shelter.

Visit for a schedule or email for information.

Mesa County's The Giving Club will begin its sixth year at a meeting on Monday at SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St.

The women's club will meet at 5:15 p.m. with the goal of donating about $19,000 to a Mesa County nonprofit. To date, the group has donated more than $330,000 to 21 Mesa County organizations — $100 at a time.

New members are always welcome and can simply show up at SpringHill Suites, a news release said. The club engages a simple nominating process that considers three nonprofit organizations at each quarterly meeting, with the full membership voting to determine one agency to receive all contributions.

Club members pledge to make four $100 tax- deductible contributions each year, and also kick in for food and drink at each meeting.

With close to 200 members, the donations add up quickly.

"Each member of these clubs makes a modest contribution, yet the collective gift is one of significant impact," the release said.

Visit or call Michaelle Smith at 644-8126 for information.

The Bray Cares Foundation announced a new funding opportunity for organizations that are working to address housing-related needs in Mesa County.

Grant funding will target projects that provide emergency shelter and rent assistance, offer affordable housing and housing for those dealing with special needs, and those that focus on helping seniors and veterans stay in their homes.

Grant awards will range from $500–$5,000. Eligible organizations must be a 501c3, or other qualified tax-exempt, charitable entity.

The Bray Cares Foundation grant is managed by the Western Colorado Community Foundation, and the application deadline is Sept. 16. Visit for information.

Volunteers are needed to help with a cleanup of the Clifton Nature Park from 8–10 a.m.  Aug. 11.

The public is invited to pack sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks and water and meet at the Clifton Nature Park parking lot, on the south side of D Road, between 32 ¼ and 32½ roads, next to Clifton Sanitation District.

Wear a long-sleeve shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Some gloves will be available, but if you have a favorite pair, bring them along. The event includes the opportunity for a descriptive nature walk after picking up trash and clearing out some weeds.

The event is sponsored by Mesa County, RiversEdge West, Clifton Sanitation District, Grand Valley Ducks Unlimited and Toxic Calls. Families are welcome but should be aware that hand-held power tools will also be in use at the event.

Call Teresa at 257-9336 for information.

Rotary Club of Grand Junction has uploaded its weekly meeting to the online calendar at — have you?

The club meets at 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, and visitors are welcome.

The evening group meets from 5:30–7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at Handlebar Tap House, at Monument Road and Broadway.

The Rotary Club of Grand Junction and area nonprofit groups are gearing up for the "Snowball Sweepstakes" March 7 at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Visit or call 234-5030 for information.

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