Local Briefs 12-27-13 | PostIndependent.com

Local Briefs 12-27-13


Julie Morey, director of the Small Business Development Center, will give an overview of everything you need to know for starting a business during a workshop at the Central Library. It’s located at Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 9-11:30 a.m.

“Pumping Up the Dream: Starting a Business in Western Colorado” will cover topics such as business licensing requirements, the business planning process, and business financing options.

The presentation is free and open to the public, although advance registration is required by calling 970-243-4442.

Also, the Business Incubator Center’s Open Coffee Club will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 17, at the Central Library. This informal group invites anyone to stop by for coffee and networking with area business owners and consulting with Business Incubator staff.


The Grand Valley Model Railroad Club will continue a display at Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road, Dec. 28 and 29, and Jan. 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


In January, Mesa County Partners Program is hosting information sessions about the Partners Mentoring program. Learn about becoming a mentor and positive role model to a child, and Partners will buy your coffee.

When children enjoy regular positive activities with an adult volunteer over the course of a year, those children are 46 percent less likely to use alcohol and drugs; and 50 percent less likely to skip school. Mentors are needed to provide companionship and guidance.

Coffee and information sessions:

Main Street Bagels — every Friday in January from 9-11 a.m.

Traders Coffee — Saturday, Jan. 4, from 8-10 a.m.

Laughing Dog Coffee House — Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 8-10 a.m.

Four Winds — Thursday, Jan. 23, from 8-10 a.m.

For more information, call Partners at 970-245-5555 or visit: http://www.mesapartners.org.


Gluten Free Grand Valley is a community group that provides support and is a resource for the valley’s gluten-free population. The group will meet Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Ct. More information on Gluten Free Grand Valley, as well as recipes and restaurants, can be found on Facebook by searching for “Gluten Free Grand Valley.”


The Mesa Fiber Arts Guild meets Wednesday, Jan. 8, at noon, at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road, in Grand Junction. The meeting is open to anyone who enjoys or wants to learn about knitting, weaving, rug hooking, crochet, fiber dyeing, or other fiber arts.


Mesa County has had five hospitalized cases of Type A influenza this season. Human influenza Type A and B viruses cause seasonal epidemics of disease almost every winter in the United States. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness characterized by fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue, body aches and headaches. To avoid getting influenza, the Centers for Disease Control recommend the seasonal flu vaccine for individuals ages 6 months and older. Other ways to stay healthy include frequent hand-washing, staying home when sick, exercising and eating a proper diet, and getting enough sleep.

For more information, visit http://www.health.mesacounty.us.


All Mesa County Library locations will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday. Libraries will close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. Regular hours resume on Jan. 2. Full a full list of hours at each library location, please visit http://mesacountylibraries.org/locations/.


The National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Slope chapter will host a class, “Colorado Visions,” on Thursdays in January from 6:30-9 p.m. Admission is free, however registration is required. Childcare is not available.

This five-week course offers a balance of education, support, and advocacy training to parents and caregivers of children with mental health issues, and gives caregivers the opportunity to share mutual experiences and learn valuable lessons from one another. Topics include brain biology, ADD/ADHD, PDD/Autism, oppositional/defiant disorder, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder, depression and more.

For more information, visit http://www.namiws.org,call 970-462-3989 or email info@namiws.org.

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