Grand Valley news briefs Sept. 11-17 |

Grand Valley news briefs Sept. 11-17

Take the dogs for a dip

Join Grand Junction Parks and Recreation for the 11th annual “Dog Days” at Lincoln Park Pool on Sunday, Sept. 13. New this year from 10-11:30 a.m. will be small dogs only (25 pounds or less), from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be open to all dogs.

The pool will be open to canines only. Fifty percent of the entry fees will benefit Roice-Hurst Humane Society and 50 percent will benefit the Reach Out to Kids (formerly known as Grant-A-Wish) program. Cost is $5 for each dog, and up to four dogs per family can swim for $12.

For more information, visit or call 970-254-3866.


The weekly children’s Story Time at the Mesa County Libraries Fruita Branch, 324 N. Coulson St. in the Fruita Community Center, is moving to 10 a.m. each Monday, beginning Sept. 14.

Fruita Story Time currently takes place on Thursdays. By moving Story Time to Mondays, the library will open up more event possibilities at the Fruita Branch.

A representative of the Social Security Administration will present “Social Security Benefits and You,” an overview of benefits available through Social Security, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library Community Room, Fifth Street and Grand Avenue in Grand Junction.

Topics to be covered include retirement benefits, disability benefits, Medicare, and online Social Security services. Printed materials will be available for the audience.

The presentation is open to the public at no charge.


Mesa County Search and Rescue will host a Rock and Raft event on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 1-7 p.m. Boats drop in and float from Cork Lake State Park near Clifton and end at Watson Island near Edgewater Brewery. From there a giant after party is set at Edgewater Brewery (905 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction) which includes music from Wrong Impressions, DJ Killah B and more. A cornhole tournament is also set. Each team of two costs $40 to enter the tournament.


Crime Stoppers of Mesa County will host a golf tournament on Sunday, Sept. 13, at Adobe Creek Golf Course. It starts at 8 a.m. Cost is $400 per team or $100 per individual.

For more information, visit


To commemorate Grand Junction’s sister city relationship with El Espino, Cuscatlan, El Salvador, the City of Grand Junction will host the First Annual Sister Cities Celebration and Proclamation from 5-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

This special event, which will take place in front of City Hall, celebrates 10 years of the sister city relationship between the two communities, facilitated by the Foundation for Cultural Exchange (FCE), a nonprofit organization that promotes cultural understanding and solidarity between the people of the Grand Valley and El Espino.

For more information, visit


Community Hospital will offer a weight management class for children and adolescents beginning Monday, Sept. 14. Shapedown is a 10-week class for youth ages 6-18. Shapedown is physician-approved.

The class is taught by a registered dietitian, behaviorist and physical therapist. Shapedown is being offered by Community Hospital to help youth enhance self-esteem, improve peer relationships, adopt healthier habits and begin to normalize their weight within their genetic potential.

Classes will meet Mondays from 5-7 p.m. for ten weeks. There is a fee for this class. However, insurance is accepted and several scholarships are available.

For more information or to register for Shapedown, please call Gussie Nishi at 970-263-2642 or email at


CLUB 20 will host the 2015 fall meeting on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11-12, at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction.

The fall meeting is a great place for members, guests and others to meet local, state and federal elected and appointed officials and offers an opportunity to learn about various issues from experts. Friday evening, the CLUB 20 Steak Fry is hosted at Cross Orchards Living History Museum.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, we will feature presentations on a number of relevant topics impacting Western Colorado including presentations by U.S. Congressman, Scott Tipton, Henry Sobanet, Reeves Brown, U.S. Senator. Michael Bennet, and Mark Hermundstad.

The event is open to the public.

For more information and to register call the office at 970-242-3264.

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