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New office hours at GJFP

Effective Friday, July 5, the Free Press office, located at 145 N. Fourth St., will be closed on Fridays.

Business hours will be Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for customers who want to place classified ads, purchase some end rolls, drop off press releases, etc. As always, a green newsstand outside our building’s front entrance has the latest Free Press edition to pick up 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Advertising sales reps are available to meet Fridays by appointment; call Linda Findley at 970-234-4827 or Tammy Morris at 970-433-0586.

For more information, call the Free Press at 970-243-2200.

Attention artist-teachers

Riverside Educational Center is seeking interested artists to provide creative, diverse and innovative classes for its after-school program that will run on Thursdays from 4:30-5:45 p.m. in fall 2013. A grant from the GJ Commission on Arts and Culture has made this program possible.

REC is looking for six artists to provide unique artistic experiences for K-8th grade students. Each class runs about 5-6 weeks long.

At the end of the semester all the classes will demonstrate their work through a “Look What I Did” special open house event for families Dec. 9. If interested in applying, contact Steve Langley, program coordinator, at 970-462-2901 or email Langley@REC4kids.com.


Grand Junction Parks and Recreation has begun “phase 3” of the Lincoln Park project, which will include a complete tennis court and track renovation. The tennis courts have been demolished and the construction of four standard tennis courts, four quick start youth tennis courts, and four Pickleball courts will begin July 8.

While the Lincoln Park tennis courts are closed, folks may use the courts at Canyon View and Pineridge parks.

The track resurfacing project is scheduled to begin July 8 as well, with a projected completion date of July 22; during this time, the track will be closed to the public. For walking and jogging purposes, try out the meandering hard surface path in Lincoln Park; hard and soft surface path at Canyon View Park; hard surface paths around Eagle Rim and Sherwood Parks; and Riverfront trails.

For more info, call 970-254-3866.

On the move

The Good Samaritan Clinic is moving from its location on Patterson Road to the building next to the Central Library; that new address is 536 Ouray Ave. Until the building sells, the library has offered the space to the clinic for free, and it’s much larger. The clinic is moving June 29 and anyone available to help is appreciated. Movers, packers, trucks and trailers are needed. Show up at 8 a.m. Saturday at 2470 Patterson Rd., Unit 1B.

Also moving is the Grand Junction Symphony office, which long held court in the Alpine Bank building downtown. They are moving to 414 Main St. to share space with Colorado Public Radio. Moving begins the week of July 8 and will be completed by the middle of that week. Welcome to Main Street, GJ Symphony!

Make the switch

The City of Grand Junction is now offering e-billing for utility customers. E-billing provides the option of receiving an email notice instead of a paper bill in the mail. This step will improve customer convenience while helping to reduce paper consumption and postage costs.

The service is free and easy to set up; all that is required is your eBill-Online Authorization Code. The code is printed on your utility bill or you can have it emailed to you by calling City Customer Service at 970-244-1579. To access the e-billing website go to http://www.eBill-Online.com.

Honor Flight documentary special screening

HopeWest is set to host a screening of “Honor Flight, One Last Mission” 2 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the University Center at CMU. Doors open at 1:30 and the event is free to the public.

“Honor Flight” is a heartwarming documentary about four living World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of WWII veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial constructed for them in 2004, nearly 60 years after their epic struggle.

Donations will be accepted to support the We Honor Veterans Program at HopeWest (formerly Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado). For more information, call 970-683-3208.

New Montessori preschool

The new Fruita Montessori Preschool, 140 N. Plum St., is opening Aug. 12 for children ages 3-6.

A Parent Information Night is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, or Thursday, July 11, for parents wanting to tour the school and learn about the Montessori philosophy.

For more information, visit fruitamontessori.com or call 970-462-6097.

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