Toastmasters open house

Grand Junction Toastmasters will host an open house Tuesday morning, giving the public an opportunity to meet members, observe a meeting and learn about the importance of communication skills for today's professional.

"Members and guests will enjoy a typical Toastmasters meeting that will include prepared speeches, Table Topics™ (impromptu speeches) and evaluations," a news release said.

Speakers include Nick Nordquist, engineer and project manager at the Colorado Department of Transportation; Jay Ballenberger, reference and instruction librarian at Colorado Mesa University and Distinguished Toastmaster Penny Alleman.

The open house is from 6:45–8 a.m. Tuesday in The Garden Room at The Commons of Hilltop, 625 27½ Road.

Call Marianne Delany at 361-1806 or email for information, or go to to learn about the organization.

Seniors 'dealing with debt'

Colorado Legal Services Legal Assistance Program and the Pro Bono Project of Mesa County will present a free senior clinic on "Dealing With Debt" from 9:30–11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Grand Junction City Hall auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.

The clinic will cover issues of reverse mortgages, credit, dealing with creditors, debt repayment options and bankruptcy, including a discussion of exemptions for seniors, collection proof and judgment proof.

Call 424-5748 to register.

Teen volunteers needed

Teen volunteers ages 14 and older are needed to help with Summer Reading at Mesa County Libraries.

Volunteers will provide customer service, explain Summer Reading to participants, help library staff prepare for Summer Reading events, and shelve library materials. Volunteers can gain experience in customer service, communication, organization, group collaboration, leadership and more.

Summer Reading happens from June 3–Aug. 3. Volunteers can choose either June or July or a combination of the two months. Application are at Mesa County Libraries locations or at Call the volunteer coordinator at 683-2432 for information.

Watershed restoration

The Colorado Water Conservation Board awarded RiversEdge West a $150,000 watershed restoration grant earlier this year to complete river restoration projects through 2020.

RiversEdge West leads two landscape-scale riparian (riverside) restoration efforts in western Colorado.

The Desert Rivers Collaborative is improving riparian lands along the Colorado and Gunnison rivers in Mesa and Delta counties, while the Dolores River Restoration Partnership is restoring riparian lands across the Dolores River Watershed in Colorado and Utah.

The funds will help restore riparian habitat in the Grand Valley in areas that were recently affected by fire; reduce hazardous fuels in a riparian corridor running through a section of the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park; and the treating and follow-up on 248 acres of riparian lands in the Dolores River.

Visit or call 256-7400 for information.

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