In honor of Labor Day cookouts, I took a few minutes to sit down with our backyard grill to get the scoop on his grilling season — grilling the grill, so to speak.

Me: How was your summer?

Grill: Grate!

Me: All ribbing aside, what was your favorite marinade?

Grill: Au jus!

Me: Bless you.

Grill: Too much pepper makes my allergies flare up.

Me: Did you char anything to a crisp this year?

Grill: That's rare.

Me: Any final words as we approach the end of grilling season?

Grill: Put a fork (and a steak knife) in it, it's done (to perfection).

Happy Labor Day!

(How many grilling words did you find?)

The Riverside Educational Center robotics program is the recipient of more than $8,000 in donations raised at last month's meeting of The Mesa County Guys Giving Club.

The club meets four times a year to nominate, then vote on a nonprofit to receive funds. Each Guys Giving Club member then writes a $100 check to that nonprofit, the money is collected and given to that charity.

According to rec4kids.com, the Riverside Education Center program "has developed to so much more than after-school tutoring."

The enrichment classes at the center emphasize STEM-based topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and its outdoor programming is supported by strong partnerships with other organizations within the Grand Junction community.

The Guys Giving Club wrote in an email that "the donation (to the center) is an effective way of investing in today's children who are tomorrow's leaders."

The club will meet next at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 5 at SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St. Call Kevin Van Gundy at 243-8829 for information.

Fort Uncompahgre in Delta will host two upcoming Trade Days events that are poised to capture the spirit of the original purpose of the 1800s trading post.

Vendors are needed for the Fort Uncompahgre Trade Days, during which local folks can buy, sell and trade their goods, a news release said. The flea market-like atmosphere offers free space to anyone who wishes to set up and sell goods. Vendors should provide their own tables, chairs and shade.

Trade Days will happen from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sept. 7 and Oct. 5 at Fort Uncompahgre, 440 N. Palmer St., in Delta. Booth space is limited.

Call 874-8349 to reserve vendor space.

All female veterans are invited to the American Legion Women's Western Slope Post No. 1882's meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Western Region One Source, 482 28 Road.

Call/text Post Cmdr. Kari Grove at 985-5804 or email ALPost1882@gmail.com for information.

Court Mount of the Holy Cross No. 941, Catholic Daughters of the Americas will meet from 2:30–5 p.m. Sept. 8 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fruita.

This is the first meeting of the year and there are many items to discuss, a news release said. Light refreshments will be served.

Call Treva Teskey at 639-2209 for information.

If you or anyone you know ever attended the Old Eckert School in Eckert — even for one day — you are invited to join fellow classmates and students at the 14th annual Old Eckert School Reunion potluck luncheon.

The luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Eckert Presbyterian Church, 13025 Colorado Highway 65 in Eckert. Take a favorite dish to share. Table service and drinks will be provided.

"Although the school closed its doors in 1981, there are still plenty of us 'Seasoned Seniors' around," a news release said.

Call Pat (Carlson) Moore at 874-0126 for information.

Former Major League baseball player and manager Tommy Lasorda once rattled off that "driving is like baseball — what counts is the one who gets home safely."

There are still spots available for the next AARP Driver Safety class from 1–5 p.m.  Sept. 11 at the Colorado Christian University classroom, on the second floor of the Bank of the West Building, 2452 Patterson Road

Participants can register by calling Phil at 314-7408.

The Grand Junction High School class of 1969 will celebrate its 50-year class reunion later this month with lots of "outta sight" and "groovy" things to do.

Events for the Sept. 27–28 reunion include a Friday night mixer, a tour of Grand Junction High School, a rafting trip, golfing at Redlands Mesa, and dinner at Colorado Mesa University. Call Mark at 640-8277 or Sherri at 250-6768 for information.

The Future Tense

Here is a look at some upcoming events through September.

■ In the valiant effort to raise funds for Hilltop's Latimer House and Domestic Violence Services, brave men will strap on high heels (secured tightly with bright colors of duct tape) and take part in the Men in Heels relay race.

The race goes from 5:30–7 p.m. Sept. 12 on Colorado Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth streets.

Twenty-three teams are registered online to participate. Visit meninheelsrace.org for information and to donate to your favorite team.

■ Kids Walk for Water will sponsor a short walk in an effort to make a huge difference in the world.

The annual Walk for Water happens Sept. 14 in the Plaza at Colorado Mesa University. Registration is at 1 p.m. and the walk is at 2 p.m.

Participants will carry a gallon of water for one mile, representing the distance some kids need to walk to get clean water in undeveloped countries.

Registration is $10 and proceeds will go to Unbound to bring water and sanitation facilities to other countries. T-shirts will be for sale for $10. There will be games, pizza, and prizes

Visit facebook.com/KidsWalkForWater for information.

■ The public is invited to spend a "Night on the Street" to bring awareness and raise funds for homeless, unaccompanied youth in the community.

Night on the Street begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Colorado Mesa University Plaza. According to thehousegj.org/nots, there will be live music, food trucks and games followed by an optional sleep-out "where we literally sleep (outside), so homeless teens don't have to.

Proceeds will benefit The House, A Safe Place For Western Slope Teens. Visit the website to donate or register and for information.

Submit Your Town and community news items by email to communitynews@gjsentinel.com, 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 GJSentinel.com/calendar.

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