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New Briefs: Call for volunteers, donations and more

STRIVE EVENT

Families of children with autism who have found success in education and employment will be the featured speakers at STRiVE’s free KNO Night — Kids’ Night Out and KNOwledge for Parents — on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to all ages.



For more information, call 970-256-8661.

REVOLUTION DANCE EVENT



Open audition for the 2015-2016 Rev Dance Student Company is set for Saturday, Aug., 22, at 3 p.m. at 835 N. 26th St., in Grand Junction. The program is open to ages 6 and older, and all levels are welcome.

For more information, visit http://www.revolutiondancegj.com.

GRAND MESA NORDIC COUNCIL RECEIVES DONATION

The Guys Giving Club recently voted to donate $2,700 to the Grand Mesa Nordic Council at their first meeting. Modeled after the much lauded Women’s Giving Club, the Guys Giving Club meets four times a year. At the meetings, each member donates $100 to the group’s chosen charity. Any local charity can apply for funding via a member’s nomination at the quarterly club meeting. New members are welcome, as the club wants to quickly reach 100 men, so that they can give away $10,000 at the next meeting.

For more information, email guysgivingclub@gmail.com.

CRYSTAL BOOKS AND GIFTS EVENT

CRYSTAL Books and Gifts (439 Main St., Grand Junction) will continue its “Off The Shelf” author series on Thursday evenings during the downtown farmer’s market on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. It is free to the public and is a great opportunity to meet local authors while enjoying fun and entertaining presentations.

Marcella Martyn, author of “I Am Here: Channeled Wisdom for Changing Times” and “New Ages and Other Wonders,” is an energy worker, channel medium, Reiki master and teacher. She channels teachings and guidance for spiritual growth. Marcella will be sharing clearing and grounding techniques for energy sensitive persons.

Following Marcella at 6:30 p.m., Debra Anderson, author of “Strange Magick,” will discuss how she came up with the plot for her book since it is one of the most asked questions. Debra will present a quick summary of how she wrote the book during breaks and lunches at one of her jobs.

For more information, call 970-242-5181.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Learn about Vincent van Gogh, Michelangelo and M.C. Escher. Mesa County Valley School District 51’s Art Heritage Program is about to begin a new year of providing art history and hands-on art experiences in elementary classrooms throughout our valley. This program, unique to Mesa County, provides training and materials to volunteers. In turn, the volunteers arrange with classroom teachers to present the classroom lesson. No need for art talent or experience. If you enjoy working with children and “oohing and ahh-ing” over their artistic creations, this is the job for you.

Volunteers sign up for a one-year stint, attend a 90-minute monthly training, and provide a 60-minute lesson in the classroom six months during the school year.

Visit http://www.artheritageprogram.org, your local school office, or contact the coordinator, Connie Robbins-Brady at 970-254-5489, or email connie.robbins-brady@d51schools.org for more information.

DONATION ALLOWS PHYSICS PROGRAM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLS

The generous support of an anonymous donor will allow middle school children across School District 51 to get a head start in physics.

District 51 recently received a $286,000 donation that will bring a physics curriculum specifically designed for middle school students to seven District 51 middle schools (Bookcliff, East, Grand Mesa, Mt. Garfield, Orchard Mesa, Redlands and West) and Fruita 8/9 School this year. West Middle School piloted the physics curriculum from the nonprofit, See the Change, last year.


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