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The Grand Junction High School Class of 1943 will be holding its annual Christmas Dinner at Berna B's Restaurant, 2913 Patterson Road, Wednesday, Dec. 5. Ever since their 50th reunion in 1993, the lady classmates, and spouses of classmates, have met for lunch on the first Monday of each month.

This year's affair will mark the 69th reunion and 20 or more are expected to attend. It is customary for attendees to bring toys which are delivered to the local Toys for Tots program. The GJHS Class of 1943 wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. For more information, call Paul Coe at 970-245-7158.

The Center for Independence is hosting its first ever Canine Christmas 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at 740 Gunnison Ave.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the entry fee is $20 which includes, one photo with Santa by professional photographer Tammy Leatherman from Picture Perfect Studio (additional photos $4), one doggie goodie bag, and two tickets for a chance to win a door prize. Cost for each additional dog is $10 (includes Santa photo/doggie goodie bag).

Other activities: Lunch at our "Chilly Dog Bar" ($5 for a combo), face painting for kids, and shopping for dog beds, leashes and dog treats handmade by members of CFI's Vocational Program.

Participants must provide proof of current vaccinations at registration.

Contact CFI for preregistration and more information about the event at 970-241-0315.

Grand Junction Police Department and State Liquor Enforcement are teaming up with seven local liquor establishments to crack down on fake IDs.

"Cops In Shops" is a voluntary program to better train those selling alcohol and to help get fake IDs off the streets. There is no cost to the businesses to participate.

Participating businesses schedule times for liquor enforcement officers to be present in their stores and restaurants so that the officers can work with the employees who are checking the identifications of those buying alcohol. The officers teach the employees how to spot fake IDs.

Businesses participating are: Country Club Liquors, College Liquors, Old Chicago's, Loco Food Store at 1st and Grand Ave., Rockslide Brewery, North Avenue Liquors and Pete's House of Spirits.

Other businesses wanting to sign up for "Cops In Shops" can call 970-248-7133.

Mesa County Coffee with elected and high level staff is set for 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at The Strayhorn Grill, 1369 12 1/2 Road in Loma.

The public is invited to meet their local elected leaders, ask questions, share concerns, or simply say hello.

Who'll be there? Current county commissioners Janet Rowland and Craig Meis, commissioners-elect John Justman and Rose Pugliese, Treasurer Janice Rich, Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner, and District Attorney Pete Hautzinger. County Administrator Chantal Unfug, Health Department Director Jeff Kuhr, and Road and Bridge Manager Eric Bruton will also be in attendance.

Senior Health Insurance Assistance Project (SHIP) Navigators will host the final 2012 Medicare annual Enrollment Event Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the RSVP office, 422 White Ave., suite 090, lower level US Bank.

Walk-in times are 9 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m.

Bring all insurance cards, prescription bottles or print out of current medications.

Call the local RSVP SHIP office at 970-243-9839 for more information.

The Medicare enrollment period ends Dec. 7.

Revolution Salon, 616 North Ave., is holding Cut-a-Thon fundraiser all day Sunday, Dec. 2.

Proceeds will go to 2-year-old Matix Smith who has been recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Revolution Salon will be cutting hair for kids and men for a donation, as well as offering a full blow-out for women.

Mesa County Libraries and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach are working together to help local needy families during the holidays. Giving Trees decorated with gift requests from underprivileged Mesa County residents are available at the Central Library and library branches in Clifton, DeBeque, Fruita, and Palisade.

To help someone in need this holiday, stop by a participating library location and select a tag describing a gift to purchase. Provide library staff with your contact information. After you have purchased the gift, bring it to the library unwrapped and with the Giving Tree tag attached.

Gift wishes are from all ages, from newborns to seniors. Gifts are meant to be about $25 or less.

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