A Second Amendment rally is set for Saturday, Jan. 19, in front of the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. The event starts at noon, and is sponsored by the Mesa County Patriots, the Pro-Second Amendment Committee, the Colorado Liberty Alliance (formerly known as the Western Slope Conservative Alliance) and more.Open-carry is welcome and participants are asked to bring signs supporting the right of self-defense and the Second Amendment. For more information, call David Cox, 970-201-6839.
Hospice & Palliative Care of W. Colo. is looking for 100 folks to volunteer to provide support and companionship to members of the community.If interested, Hospice is hosting a Volunteer Information Session to learn more about volunteer opportunities in the GJ area. The session will be held noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Hospice Care Center, conference room 101, 3090 N. 12th St., unit B.For more information, call Diane Dickey at 970-257-2378.
As part of national Give Kids a Smile Day, Marillac Dental Clinic, 2333 N. Sixth St., plans to provide free oral exams, X-rays, preventative (cleaning/fluoride) services and urgent treatment including extractions to low-income families from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.To be eligible, children must be uninsured and not have a Colorado Medicaid card or private dental insurance.Appointments for this event are limited and are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, call the clinic at 970-298-6320.
There are three upcoming opportunities for local, regional and national artists to show their works in the exhibition spaces at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.The National Juried Contemporary Exhibit is taking entries through today, Friday, Jan. 17, for works in photography, painting, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. The Art Center Member's Exhibit is an open entry annual show. Any current Art Center member can submit two works on the drop-off date of Jan. 28.The final entry is for The Fine Art Auction which has a juried deadline date of Feb. 4. For dates, fees and entry forms for these exhibition opportunities, visit www.gjartcenter.org or call 970-243-7337, ext. 2 to have the entry sent to you by mail.
Colorado National Monument plans to waive entrance fees Monday, Jan. 21, in recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.The normal entry fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle to Colorado National Monument is $10 for 7 days. An annual pass can be purchased for $25.
Rib City Grill in Fruita and the GJ Rockies baseball team are hosting a meet-n-greet with David Dahl, the 2012 Pioneer League MVP, 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Joining Dahl will be Corky the mascot and the Rib City pig. Food and drink specials will abound, and the public is welcome to attend. Dahl will be taking pictures and signing autographs. Rib City is located at 455 Kokopelli Drive, Fruita.
The 11th Annual Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley to benefit United Way of Mesa County is set for 4-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Two Rivers Convention Center.Buy tickets now at all City Markets, Home Loan State Bank, United Way office and Mesa Mall Guest Services. Cost in advance is $13/adults, $10/seniors and students with IDs, and $6/children. Prices go up $2 per ticket at the door.The event features booths offering food and beverage samples provided by the Grand Valley's finest restaurants, caterers and food vendors.
The next Mesa County Safe Kids Community Class is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at GJ City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.The topic is "A Parent's Guide to Synthetic Drugs and Club Drugs." Parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend. This class seeks to educate teens and parents on the dangers of drugs that are becoming increasingly more popular in schools, college campuses, and nightclubs.RSVP at www.mesacountysafekids.org. Seating is limited.Sponsored by Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Crime Stoppers of Mesa County.