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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Beginning Sept. 16, Mesa County Libraries and other community organizations will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, a nationwide celebration of Hispanic Americans who have enriched society and the nation. Events planned include:

A kick-off event featuring music, food, and an appearance by Colo. Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Central Library, Fifth and Grand.

A free Spanish-language kids puppet show, “Los Tres Cabritos,” at the Central Library. Performances in Spanish are scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 16; 10 a.m. Sept. 18; and 10 a.m. Sept. 20. Performances in English are set for 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1; 2 p.m. Oct. 2; 10 a.m. Oct. 3; and 10 a.m. Oct. 5.

“Immigration and Citizenship” presentation by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Denver Field Office Director Andrew Lambrecht, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Central Library.

National Voter Registration Day – Voter Registration Drive, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Central Library.

“Bless Me, Ultima” free film screening and discussion. Two events: 7 p.m. Sept. 25 and 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Central Library. Free tickets will be available one week before each event at all Mesa County Libraries locations.

“Latino History in the Grand Valley” presentation by Dr. Tom Acker and “Baile Folklorico – El Valle Lindo” with explanation of dance and costumes, 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Central Library.

‘A Day in the Life’ of funky Fruita

Photographs that were selected for the “A Day in the Life of Fruita” photography contest will be exhibited at the Fruita Community Center from Sept. 15 to the end of December 2013.

An Open House is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the FCC.

The Fruita Arts and Culture Board is hosting the exhibit as a way to gather images of the people, scenery and funkiness of Fruita. All photos were taken between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

Politics of climate change

Tim Casey, professor of political science at CMU, will present a lecture 4-5:15 p.m. Sept. 16 at Saccomanno Lecture Hall, Wubben Science Building, room 141, on the politics of climate change.

The presentation is part of CMU’s Fall Seminar Series, “Natural Resources of the West: Global Change.” The series is presented in cooperation with the Water Center at CMU. No registration is required and the lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Casey will address the challenges of developing and passing effective public policy on climate change in the U.S. and around the world as well as discuss the different political dynamics of enacting adaptation policies vs. prevention policies.

County gets an A+

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has reaffirmed Mesa County’s bond rating with a grade of A+ after review of the county’s general fund balance and overall debt levels. This is the third year Mesa County has received an A+ rating.

While standard government finance best practices recommend a reserve fund balance of 5%-15% of overall expenses, Mesa County closed 2012 with a reserve balance of over $14 million dollars, or nearly 26% of mandated appropriations and expenditures. Review a copy of the S&P report at http://www.mesacounty.us.

Which Fruitian has the finest, weed-free yard?

The City of Fruita Parks and Rec Advisory Board is seeking nominations for Fruita’s Yard of the Year. To be eligible, you must have at least one tree in good health, appropriate to the site and the yard must create a pleasing appearance with planting and lawn complementing each other.

Nomination forms are available at http://www.fruita.org and can be turned in at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Couslon St., or email to recreation@fruita.org and include the address of the nominated yard, name of the owner and a telephone number. Also provide your name (nominator) and telephone number.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30.


In a FreeTime story Sept. 6, we reported the wrong date for the Darden Smith concert at Roper Music Ballroom. The concert is today, Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Also, in a Sept. 6 article about Colorado Backcountry Biker, on second reference the business was abbreviated as BC Bikes, which was a total fail. Sorry, Colorado Backcountry Biker staff, and congrats on your new Fruita storefront location! For more information about them, visit backcountrybiker.com.

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