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Yoga West Collective will host its annual Vibrant Wellness Challenge April 6-13.During that week, anyone can sample the more than 20 classes offered at the downtown studio at 1025 Main St. They range from a variety of sessions offering yoga, meditation, stress management, healthy eating, compassionate communication, and healthy eating.For information and schedule of classes, visit Easter 'Messiah' performanceA full performance of Handel's "Messiah" will be offered Easter Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., April 8, at the Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with a pre-concert informance at 1:45 p.m. This is the eighth annual performance by the Messiah Choral Society of Grand Junction and is offered as a musical gift to our community.Admission is free. The concert features four professional soloists, a 19-piece orchestra, and a 70-voice chorus under the direction of artistic director James Werner. For more information, visit resultsMunicipal elections were held Tuesday all over the West Slope. In a nutshell, here are the results for Fruita and Palisade:• Lori Buck was elected mayor of Fruita beating Terry Moss by 284 votes. Buck replace Ken Henry who's running for Mesa County Commissioner.• Fruita councilmembers Mel Mulder and Stacey Mascarenas were re-elected; Joel Kincaid was newly elected to city council.• Fruita citizens voted 2,070 vs. 760 to ban medical marijuana establishments in city limits.• Palisade Mayor Roger Granat, who went unchallenged, retains his seat.• In the Palisade Town Trustee race, Penny Prinster was re-elected; and Robert Magill, Cody Butters and Amanda Rich were elected.---------------------------Wildlife volunteers neededColorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for volunteers who enjoy adventure and wildlife to join the Grand Valley Wildlife Rescue Team. This group's duty is respond to reports of injured animals throughout the area.Interviews will be held 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the Northwest Regional Service Center, 711 Independent Ave.Equipment and training are provided, but volunteers must have a dependable vehicle.Successful applicants will be required to attend a team training session 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12. For more information, call 970-255-6100.---------------------------Call for artistsFamily Health West Hospital, through the Fruita Arts & Culture Board, is looking for artists to submit for exhibit at the hospital.Artwork may be submitted as images on a CD, thumb drive, or a portfolio (physical binder or folder with photographs of artwork) - you may pick up your media once the Arts and Culture Board makes a selection.The goal of exhibits and art displays in the hospital facility of Family Health West is to create a positive healing environment for patients, staff and public. The subject and content should reflect that.Submit proposals to the City of Fruita Parks and Recreation Department, 324 N. Coulson in Fruita by 4 p.m. Friday, May 4. For more information, visit 'Celtic Spirituality'American Lutheran Church women's ministry is holding a Day Retreat, "Celtic Spirituality," 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at 631 26 1/2 Road. Experience a day of quiet and rest, of renewal and laughter. Through story and song, silence and solitude, crafts and activities, participants will have the opportunity to experience the health and wholeness of Celtic Spirituality.Pastor Janice Johnson, facilitator, is an ordained Lutheran pastor with a passion for Celtic Spirituality. She has traveled in Scotland and Ireland and studied with Celtic scholar John Philip Newell. Registration is $10, with lunch provided. For more information, contact Judy Allen, 970-245-4623.---------------------------What to do with your kids this summer?The four words that teens most anticipate are "school's out for summer!" The words they dread are "get a job!"A group of community organizations has organized a first-of-its-kind, summer education and employment fair for parents and students of all ages from 4-7 p.m. Monday, April 9, at Bookcliff Middle School cafeteria. No cost to attend.Exhibitors include those offering all-day extended learning camps, science and math camps, performing arts lessons, 4-H programs and much more. Those with teenagers can visit with several exhibitors including GJ Parks and Recreation and the W. Colo. Conservation Corps which will have employment opportunities this summer for high schoolers.

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