Western Colorado is fertile ground for growing a variety of fruits, and people from all over are drawn here to start new home-grown enterprises. On Monday, Jan. 14, from 8:30 a.m. till 4:15 p.m., Colorado State University Extension and the Western Colorado Research Center will team up to offer an in-depth, one-day class for beginning commercial fruit tree producers. Five different experts in specific fields will explore topics including:• Basic tree structures• Principles of fruit thinning• Pruning and Training trees• Water management• Nutrition and fertilization• Managing insect, diseases and weeds• Marketing and creating an enterprise budgetThose who have been growing fruit trees for commercial purposes for fewer than five years will benefit greatly from the workshop. There will be an hour-long Q&A session, and participants will leave with a CD that covers the material in the class.The cost is $50 and includes a box lunch. It will take place at the Western Colorado Research Center on Orchard Mesa at 3168 B 1/2 Road. Payment must be received by Jan. 10. Call 970-434-3264, ext. 201 for more information.
Should we have the occasion for more snow, city officials want to remind property owners to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice within 24 hours of a snowfall. The elderly and disabled are especially inconvenienced when sidewalks are not cleared, and it becomes extremely difficult and often dangerous for them to get around in the snow. If that's not reason enough, well then, how about the fact that it's a city ordinance.
The month of February is open for artist exhibiting at the Fruita Civic Center, 325 E. Aspen. If you would like to exhibit in February, contact Fruita Parks and Recreation at 970-858-0360, ext. 6431.
All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2013 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Holy Family Catholic School, 786 26 1/2 Road.Winner progress through local, district and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state level competitions. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and parental consent. For entry forms or additional information contact John Withers at 970-261-3415.
In last week's story "An Herbal Apothecary," the Free Press incorrectly reported the address for Orrs' Trading Company.The correct address is 411 Main St. in downtown Grand Junction.
The Grand Junction group of Overeaters Anonymous is celebrating OA's 53rd birthday on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the basement at Unity Church, 3205 N. 12th St.The event is open to all current and past members as well as those interested in finding out more about the group. The only requirement for OA membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. Join in for speakers, skits and sharing. For more information, call 970-257-1692.
Mesa County School District 51 will be hosting Open Houses across the Grand Valley to showcase the calendar options presented to the Board of Education in December 2012. These events will provide an opportunity for parents, business owners, staff, students and the community to see each option and learn more about them from the District 51 Calendar Committee members and executive team. The Calendar Committee developed these options based on the board's goal to shorten the summer break and increase student contact time. These options include a traditional calendar, a four-day calendar and an extended five-day calendar with some variations of each theme. The board has not yet made a decision and is seeking public feedback as part of their decision-making process. The Open Houses will be Thursday, Jan. 10, from 5-7 p.m. in the following locations: • Shelledy Elementary School cafeteria - 353 N. Mesa, Fruita • Pomona Elementary School cafeteria - 588 25 1/2 Road, Grand Junction • Bookcliff Middle School cafeteria - 540 29 1/4 Road, Grand Junction • Palisade High School library - 3679 G Road, Palisade
Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado on Thursday introduced new legislation to Congress to ban high capacity (gun) magazines, reports the Associated Press. High-cap magazines allow users to fire dozens of bullets without pausing to reload.The AP reports that the odds are slim that DeGette's proposal will pass through a Republican-controlled House of Representatives.