News briefs: Bike Rodeos, sewing events and more — Aug. 28 through Sept. 3
GRAND VALLEY CONTRA DANCE
La Puerta Dance Studio will host a Grand Valley Community Contra Dance on Saturday, Aug. 29, starting at 7 p.m. Entrance fees cost $8 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for children 10-17.
For more information, call 970-260-5852.
FRUITA BIKE RODEO
The City of Fruita Recreation Department, Fruita Police Department, Coloramo Federal Credit Union and Grand Valley Bikes will host a free back-to-school bike rodeo on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the Fruita Community Center (324 N. Coulson, Fruita). It is free and open to all ages.
For more information, call 970-858-0360.
PTA FALL CARNIVAL
Tope Elementary will host a PTA Fall Carnival on Friday, Aug. 28, from 5-8 p.m. There will be food, games and fun for all ages. Wristbands cost $10 for children, which allows unlimited access to fun stations. Parents are free. The event is set at 2220 N. Seventh St., Grand Junction.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-254-7070.
First Presbyterian Church (3940 27 1/2 Road, Grand Junction) will be offering a Divorce Care program beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m.
This is a weekly seminar and support group being offered to women who are separated or divorced to gain valuable information on how to heal. The Divorce Care program will run each Wednesday for 13 weeks. Child care will be available with advance notice. The coursework fee is $15.
For more information, call Kathy with questions or to register at 970-812-6712.
Bernina of America will host a Sewapalooza event at Clarion Inn (755 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction) on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The event will include hands-on sewing, embroidery and quilting workshops. It costs $79 per person and includes lunch and supplies.
For more information or to register, call 970-242-1890 or visit http://www.hifashiongj.com.
CRYSTAL BOOKS AND GIFTS EVENTS
Crystal Books and Gifts (439 Main St., Grand Junction) will host an event on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. The event is free to the public. Dulce Bell-Bulley will present “Astrology 101.”
Marcus Straub and Robin Stevens will host presentations on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m.
For more information, call 970-242-5181.
SMALL GRANt FUNDS AVAILABLE
The Western Colorado Community Foundation is currently accepting applications to the Mesa County Small Grants Fund. Small grants, in the range of $250 to $500, are available for Mesa County projects where a small amount of dollars in the right places will make a difference. Applications are available on-line at wc-cf.org/nonprofits/grantmaking.
Organizations must be a registered 501(c)(3) with both the IRS and the Colorado Secretary of State. Applications must be received by Tuesday, Sept. 15.
For more information, contact Tedi at 970-243-3767.
GRAND JUNCTION VOLKSWAGEN OPENS TEMPORARY SALES FACILITY
Grand Junction Volkswagen opened a temporary sales facility on Aug. 23 at the corner of 24 and F 1/2 Road in Grand Junction, near Regal Cinemas. To mark the occasion, Grand Junction Volkswagen will host an NFL Network Tailgate Tour at the temporary facility on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Construction is expected to be completed on the new Grand Junction Volkswagen and Subaru dealerships by late fall or early winter.
For more information call Grand Junction Volkswagen at 970-255-6677.
INTERNET & SMARTPHONE SAFETY
Redlands United Methodist Church and Mesa County Sherrif’s Department will host an internet and smartphone safety course on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 6:30 p.m. The event is set for 527 Village Way in Grand Junction. It is free and open to all ages.
For more information, call 970-245-1478 or visit http://www.redlandsumc.org.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS EVENT
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley (UUCGV) will host an open house, Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. to dedicate their new downtown church at 536 Ouray, in Grand Junction. A DJ, tours, music, free barbecue, children’s art and face painting, and Bump’n Jump festivities will culminate in a ribbon cutting at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 30, Nancy Bowen, the regional head of the Pacific Western Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), will formally install the Rev. Wendy Jones in a public ceremony, “Walking A Sacred Path.”
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