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Your Town: Jan. 19, 2020 | Columns


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A few years ago, I wrote about a bed of daffodil bulbs at The Daily Sentinel building, outside a window that faces south toward a courtyard with overgrown trees. The south sun bounces off the window, warming the little corner nook where the bulbs for years have emerged in mid- to late January.

Year after year, I’ve seen these little bulbs grow into the brilliant yellow flowers, with weeks of winter still to go.

This year, their little green heads popped out well before the first week of January. A photo I captured, date stamped Jan. 3, shows an inch or so of green already showing, with a contrast of snow patches and frozen icicle drips from the gutter in the background.

If you’re needing a reprieve from the January funk, head south on Seventh Street and pop in to see these little beauties and their promise of things to come. Pop in to say “hi” while you’re at it.

We’ll say “hi” back!

Middle and high school girls are invited to attend the annual Secrets to Success event from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Saturday in the University Ballroom at Colorado Mesa University.

Women from a wide variety of professions will visit with the girls — speed dating-style — describing the path they took to their job, what they love about it, what classes to take, etc. Girls can ask questions and learn from each professional for five minutes, before moving on to visit with the next professional. Rinse, repeat.

Professions represented include a judge, wildland firefighters, a forensic scientist, the head of the school district, the executive director of the Eureka! Math and Science Center, a paleontologist, a veterinarian, the owner of Boneshakers Adventures, a reporter, Bureau of Land Management professionals and more.

A panel of female CMU students will share their stories about college life and answer questions prior to the event. Snacks will be served during a break.

The free event is sponsored by Alpine Bank and Girl Scouts of Colorado. Girls do not have to be a Girl Scout to attend.

Registration starts at 9 a.m.

Parents can take a tour of CMU’s campus during the event and obtain information on how to help their child succeed in the world.

The Rotary Club of Grand Junction is the 2020 sponsor of the Clifton Neighborhood Movie Night that takes place monthly at Rocky Mountain Elementary School.

The club will present a check Wednesday to cover the annual movie license renewal. A movie license is required to show movies in public spaces, including schools, a news release said.

The Clifton Neighborhood Movie Night is part of the Community Transformation initiative, facilitated by Mesa County Public Health. The coalition of organizations and individuals works to improve social connectedness, neighborhood by neighborhood across Mesa County, the release said.

“The Rotary Club of Grand Junction is proud to help projects such as the Clifton Film series that helps to build a better community for us all,” said club President Peter Booth in the news release.

As many as 50 children and adults from Clifton neighborhoods attend the movie night.

Bingo nights with the Knights of Columbus 1062 will happen Jan. 24 and Feb. 14 at St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 330 White Ave.

Cost is $10 for the first packet of bingo cards.

After a break for Lent, bingo nights will resume April 24 and continue on the second and fourth Friday of each month.

Call Carl Malito at 243-9871 or Mike Moran, 270-6162 for information.

Western Slope Knitted Knockers meetd from 10 a.m.–noon the fourth Wednesday of each month at Black Sheep Handworx Studio, 310 N. Seventh St.

According to a GJSentinel.com online calendar post, “we are knitters and crocheters in western Colorado making Knitted Knockers.”

“Once a month, we meet to make Knockers for St. Mary’s Cancer Center and Community Hospital’s Grand Valley Oncology Center,” the post said.

Knitted knockers are a soft, comfortable, light alternative to traditional breast prosthesis that can be worn with most regular bras and can be worn shortly after surgery. They are made by volunteers and are adjustable for those going through reconstruction.

Approved yarns are available for purchase, and knitters should bring US 4 dpns or a G hook.

An east valley meeting is also available from 10 a.m.–noon Feb. 8 at Spun, 237 S. Bower St. in Palisade.

Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction is seeking corporate sponsors for its Pancake Day event from 8 a.m.–noon June 6 at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Sponsorships range from $250–$1,500, depending on sponsorship level. Sponsors receive mentions in publicity at the event and books of tickets to Pancake Day.

Pancake Day proceeds are donated to local nonprofit organizations that help children. The event includes a silent auction, live music and activities for all ages. Individual tickets are $6 for one adult and child younger than 12.

Katmandu Paonia is now a state of Colorado nonprofit corporation.

The cattery arm of the now-closed Black Canyon Animal Sanctuary, Katmandu Paonia began in 2011 and is a small organization with five foster homes in Paonia, Delta, Montrose, and Fruita. It has an elected board of directors and established bylaws and is in the process of applying for the IRS Tax Exempt 501©(3) designation, a news release said.

Last year, Katmandu Paonia fostered 50 juvenile and 14 adult cats.

“All but a few of the newest fosters have been adopted by wonderful families,” the release said.

To donate, adopt, or volunteer, call 527-3424 or go to katmandupaonia.org for information.




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