Local News Briefs: Oct. 23 | PostIndependent.com

Local News Briefs: Oct. 23

Achieve the American dream

CHFA is hosting a homeownership resource fair titled “Secrets to Affordable Homeownership” Friday, Oct. 25, from 6-8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2-4 p.m., at its downtown GJ office at 348 Main St.

For almost 40 years, CHFA has been helping low- to middle-income Coloradans realize their dream of secure homeownership with: purchase and refinance programs; downpayment assistance; conventional loan program (3% down and no mortgage insurance); in-person and online homebuyer education; and loans for people with disabilities.

Visit http://www.chfainfo.com/resource.icm for more information.


Way to go, Nisley!

The Colorado Department of Education announced last week the selection of Nisley Elementary School, located at 543 28 3/4 Road, in School District 51 as one of two Colorado 2013 Title I Distinguished Schools of the Year.

The award recognizes Nisley out of the more than 600 Title I Schools in the state that has achieved academic success and one that has made progress in closing achievement gaps associated with race and poverty. With nearly 80 percent of students eligible for free/reduced cost lunch in 2013, Nisley went on to demonstrate increased performance in both reading and math TCAP.

Congratulations to Nisley Elementary, home of the Grizzlies!


Win-win deal for pets & owners

Dog owners can save money and benefit Roice-Hurst Humane Society at the same time by having their pets vaccinated and microchipped at Fruita Co-op Country Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Co-op and Paul A. Grych, D.V.M., who will be conducting the clinic. Roice-Hurst representatives and a few adoptable dogs will also be at the event.

For more information, contact the Fruita Co-op, located at 1650 Hwy. 6 & 50, at 970-858-3667, or Shannon Freed at 970-216-5021.


Clean out your medicine cabinet

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is set for 10 am.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Folks with expired or no longer needed prescription or over-the-counter drugs can drop them off at the following locations:

• Grand Junction Police Dept., Fifth and Ute.

• MC Sheriff’s Dept., 215 Rice St.

• Palisade Town Hall, 175 E. Third St.

• Fruita Police Dept., 157 S. Mesa St.

Items that will not be accepted include needles and sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemo/radioactive substances, pressurized cannisters and illicit drugs.

Why should you make the effort? Because flushing them down the toilet pollutes our waterways, and tossing them in the garbage contaminates the landfill.


Dire call for volunteer drivers

Volunteers are needed for the Supporting Our Seniors (S.O.S.) program in Mesa County. S.O.S. is a volunteer-based program which allows seniors who no longer drive to receive one ride per week for grocery shopping, pharmacy or medical visits.

Drivers must be at least 25 or older and pass a background check. S.O.S. will reimburse $.55/mile. Call 970-248-2746 to become a volunteer.

The need is huge! Currently, the SOS program has only four drivers with more than 35 seniors needing rides.


Empowerment, confidence-building and more …

Girl Scouts is hosting an information night for parents and girls interested in learning more about what Girl Scouts has to offer in the way of joining a troop or becoming a volunteer.

The event is set for 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Orchard Avenue Elementary, 1800 Orchard Ave.

For more information, contact Virginia at 970-628-8009 or Virginia.brown@gscolorado.org.


‘Diabetes, What Is It?’

A diabetes open house information night is planned for 5:30-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, at the Colo. Mesa Univ. Ballroom. The public is invited for an informal gathering with professional speakers, people living with diabetes, and medical partners. Anyone under the age of 19 with type 1 diabetes is especially encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Diabetes Counts at 970-434-6223, dccgjt@gmail.com or http://www.diabetescounts.org.


Hoops time

The 10th annual Alex Bennett Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is set for Sunday, Nov. 3, at CMU’s Saunders Fieldhouse. Register online at http://www.bringitgj.info by Oct. 31 to play in this all-day, super-fun charity b-ball tournament.

Students grades 5-12 and adults are welcomed. Every team is guaranteed a minimum of three games. Players all receive T-shirts. Proceeds go toward scholarships to support area high school and CMU students. Cost $20/player. Teams can have 3-5 players.

For more information, call Steve Irion at 970-243-4878.



In last week’s story titled “Yoga West Collective under new ownership,” we incorrectly reported the dates of Judy Jehn’s aromatherapy workshops.

Jehn’s classes at Yoga West Collective, 1025 Main St., are: Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. which is free; Saturday, Oct. 26, 2-4:30 p.m., titled “Relieving Stress and Insomnia” – cost is $20; and Sunday, Oct. 27, 2-4:30 p.m., “Aromatherapy and Oils of the Bible” – cost is $20. For more information, contact Terry Talbot, 970-314-7718.

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