This weekend, Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, many faith-based organizations in the Grand Valley are participating in the sixth annual ShareFest 2013.ShareFest is a gathering of people from many local churches and denominations who come together for one weekend and serve the community, sharing the love of Jesus in a variety of ways, such as adopting entire neighborhoods and helping with yard clean-up. Others help the elderly by washing windows, turning mattresses, raking and weeding yards, and washing cars. One group will make care packages for Colorado Mesa University students for finals week.During the last five years, more than 50 faith-based organizations have participated. For more information or to be involved, contact Vicki at 970-778-4880.
Express Employment Professionals of GJ is hosting the 2013 Refresh Leadership Simulcast, a nationwide event featuring an all-star lineup of speakers who have proven they don't just understand the principles of leadership - they live them.Featured speakers include founder of Alltop.com and best-selling author Guy Kawasaki, Pro Football Hall of Famer and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday Terry Bradshaw and more.On Wednesday, April 17, the simulcast will be broadcast at Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., room 221. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m., broadcast at 7.Business leaders and professionals can register at www.refreshleadership.com/live. No cost to attend, however, a donation to the Kiwanis Club of GJ is welcome.
Mesa County Pro Bono Project is presenting a free clinic to learn about seeking "Adult Guardianship" without the assistance of an attorney. It will be held from 1:30-3:45 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the old County Courthouse, 3rd floor annex, training room A, 544 Rood Ave.; use the Sixth Street entrance.The clinic will provide attendees with an overview of the concepts and processes involved in obtaining a Guardianship for an adult. Space is limited; RSVP to 970-424-5748.
This year's JUCO Banquet keynote speaker is Las Vegas sports writer Rob Miech, author of "The Last Natural," a chronicle of former JUCO player Bryce Harper who now plays for the Washington Nationals.The pre-tournament banquet is set for Friday, May 24, at Two Rivers Convention Center. Tickets are on sale for $40 each. Purchase them at the Home Loan building at Fourth and Rood.
Hospice & Palliative Care of W. Colo. is hosting an event for folks to learn more about the grief process while exploring ways to support family and friends in their time of loss. Free and open to the public, "How to Help Someone Who is Grieving" is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Hospice Care Center, 3090 N. 12th St., room 102.Snacks and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Jim at 970-683-7637.
Registration is open for the fourth annual "Connections Conference - Putting the Pieces Together for Persons with Autism," Saturday, April 20, at Victory Life Church, 2066 Hwy. 6 & 50, Fruita. The conference is designed to provide education and networking opportunities for parents, educators and other service providers. The primary objective is to increase the knowledge base, sensitivity and collaboration among family members of children, adolescents and adults with autism.Keynote speaker is Raun Kaufman, former CEO of The Autism Treatment Center of America and a person with autism who speaks of his own personal history. There are also several breakout sessions and vendors with information of interest to people dealing with autism spectrum disorder. Registration is $30/person or $50/couple, with lunch included. Scholarships are available. To register, contact Monika at 970-254-5304.
Extraordinary Women 2013 is a fundraiser for Hilltop's Latimer House, with all proceeds benefiting those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Funds are raised through the sale of collectible mugs featuring original artwork by local artist Dianna Fritzler. There are four editions available this year: • Extraordinary Women mug filled with goodies including chocolate, beauty products, coffee, tea, energy bar, lip balm, toffee bar and more for $35. • Limited-edition Enstrom's mug filled with Enstrom's toffee bars, chocolate bars and boxed truffles for $50.• Travel mug for hot and cold beverages filled with related goodies for $20.• The Extraordinary Women collectible mug for $15.Mugs are on sale from April 15 to May 17 and can be ordered by calling 970-244-0436 or online at ExtraordinaryWomenMugs.org.