It can be a good thing. Five fingers (including the thumb) on each hand. Five toes on each foot, except the big toe gets all the attention, stubbing itself at the worst time it seems.
Finding $5 in your pocket is a sweet deal and five scoops of ice cream, when you only paid for four calls for a happy dance.
However, in the two weeks time we put out a call for feedback regarding possible changes to the Weekly Calendar — we only received five responses. Ouch.
Not so good.
With that in mind, all good things must come to an end. The Sunday Weekly Calendar is set to ride off into the sunset after its last appearance Sunday, July 28. Prior to the final calendar's publication, clubs and organizations are highly encouraged to upload events and ongoing monthly/weekly meetings to the Sentinel's online calendar at GJSentinel.com. The link to get started is situated on the right side of the top rail, on our home page.
The Your Town column, celebrating 14 years on this page, will continue to highlight club and organization happenings and I need your continued assistance in that regard. Continue to send Your Town news and events, using the usual methods noted below.
In honor of the Grand Valley's World War II veterans, Western Region One Source and the Western Colorado Health Care System will host "The Greatest Generation" from 9–11 a.m. Friday at Western Region One Source 482 28 Road.
Coffee, tea, and breakfast sweets will be served and veterans are invited to join in the fellowship and fun. Call 257-3654 for information.
Vestafjell Lodge, Sons of Norway will meet Saturday at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road.
Social time is at 1:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 2 p.m. Take your favorite summer salads, fruits and dessert for the Koldbord potluck lunch as well as your own table service. The program is "Trolls & Peru" and there will be highlights of the June folk dance workshop.
Guests interested in Scandinavian heritage and culture are welcome. Call 245-5649 or 858-6702 or go to vestafjelllodge.org or search Facebook for "Vestafjell Lodge 6-146."
The Colorado Archaeological Society — Grand Junction chapter's annual summer picnic and atlatl throwing event is planned from 6–8 p.m. Monday at Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way.
"Come enjoy a relaxing potluck/picnic with fellow Archaeo-enthusiasts, friends and children, spouses or significant others," says the notes at the event Meetup site.
Take a chair and food to share if you wish (no alcohol).
According to atlatl.com, an "atlatl and dart" are the predecessor to a bow and arrow, that was used for "thousands of years."
Chapter members hope to have "atlatls and a target to throw them at," according to Meetup.
Visit meetup.com/CAS-GJ/events/262738291 for information.
HopeWest Kids is still accepting registrations for Camp Good Grief, a summer camp for children, entering third through eighth grades, who have lost a loved one.
The camp will take place July 19–21 at Camp Cedaredge, providing hope, healing, and support for nearly 70 children. Transportation to camp will be provided from designated locations in Grand Junction, Montrose, and Delta.
Supported by trained volunteers referred to as "buddies," campers are guided through activities to explore their grief in a safe, compassionate environment, a news release said.
"Children and teens will work in age-specific groups allowing participants to connect with peers facing similar experiences. Activities facilitated by the HopeWest Kids counselors include group exercises, a memorial service, and even a dance party, in an effort to bring a new understanding surrounding feelings of grief."
Registration is open until July 14. Cost is $35 per participant and includes transportation, room, meals, and activities. Scholarships are also available. Call 245-5377 or visit HopeWestCO.org/camp-good-grief-form-2019 for information.
The registration deadline for next month's National Night Out event is July 30.
The annual event on Aug. 6 in neighborhoods across Grand Junction "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," a news release said.
Grand Junction neighborhoods that register events with the Grand Junction Police Department will be eligible to have an officer stop by and visit during the event. Neighborhood activities can range from an ice cream or a lemonade social to barbecues and full-blown block parties.
Ideas and registration can be found at gjcity.org/residents/public-safety/police-department/national-night-out or call 549-5331 for information.
The St. Mary's Bloodmobile will be at the Mesa County Libraries Clifton Branch from 12:30–2:30 p.m. July 23 to receive blood donations.
One in seven people who enter the hospital will need blood, and one blood donation can save the lives of three people, according to St. Mary's.
Registration is limited. Prospective donors should register in advance at the Events Calendar at mesacountylibraries.org.
The 2020 Colorado National Monument Calendars are now available at the monument's visitor center featuring cover images by Judy Morehouse (photo calendar) and Spike Ress (art calendar).
Eventually the calendars will be available to purchase at Grand Valley Books, Enstrom Candies, Out West Books, Loki Outdoor Shop, and Redlands Gopher store.
Submit community news items by email to email@example.com, by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO, 81501. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.