News Briefs: Child safety checks, library events, Colorado River clean up and more |

News Briefs: Child safety checks, library events, Colorado River clean up and more


Didgeridoo Down Under will perform an outdoor concert on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Mesa County Libraries Central Library (Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, Grand Junction). The performance is open to the public at no charge. Ice cream will be available as well.


Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Redlands United Methodist Church will host a child safety event on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. It will cover information on walking or biking to school, care seat safety, dealing with strangers and dealing with bullies. It is free and open to all ages.

For more information, call 970-245-1478.


Vestafjell Lodge of the Sons of Norway will celebrate their annual Viking Day on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 1-5 p.m., at Hawthorne Park (corner of Fourth Street and Gunnison Avenue, Grand Junction). Noted Scandinavian history experts, Tom Sorensen and Roric, will present “Women Living in Viking Times.”

A picnic lunch of pulled pork sandwiches plus the trimmings will be provided by the lodge.

Guests interested in Scandinavian heritage and culture are welcome.

For more information, call Barb at 970-245-5649, or visit the lodge website at


Come by CRYSTAL Books and Gifts (439 Main St., Grand Junction) as they host their summer “Off The Shelf” Author Series on Thursday evenings during the Downtown Farmer’s Market. It is free to the public and is a great opportunity to meet local authors while enjoying fun, educational and entertaining presentations by them.

On Thursday, Aug. 6, two notable local Authors of Mystery will be joining us for this special event. Starting at 6 p.m., Judith Blevins, author of “The Legacy,” “Double Jeopardy” and “Swan Song” and Carroll Multz, author of “The Devil’s Scribe,” “The Chameleon” and “Shades of Innocence” will co-host a presentation on plot and character development. This will be a great evening for readers and writers alike.


Mesa County’s newest philanthropic organization — The Giving Club — has completed its first full year, with its all female membership awarding more than $45,000 to local nonprofits. The group also announces the initiation of a new and parallel effort: Guys’ Giving Club.

A simple nominating process considers three nonprofit organizations at each quarterly meeting of The Giving Club, with the full membership voting to determine one agency to receive all contributions. Club members pledge to make four-$100 tax-deductible contributions each year, and also kick in $25 per meeting for hospitality.

The Giving Club will meet on Monday, Aug. 3, at 5:15 p.m. at Springhill Suites on Main Street in downtown Grand Junction. The Guys’ Giving Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the same location.

Subsequent meetings will be held on the first Mondays (women) and Tuesdays (men) of November, February and May 2016.

For more information, visit or contact Judy Vanderleest at 970-260-6140 or or Kevin Van Gundy at 970-243-8829 or


Brown Cycles (549 Main St., Grand Junction) will host a multimedia slideshow by author and intercultural adventure cyclist Jamie Bianchini on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages.

For more information, visit


The Grand Junction Symphony is looking to cast the treble role of Amahl in the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian-Carlo Menotti. This will be a fully staged/costumed production of the opera at the Avalon Theatre. We are looking for two children (boy or girl) to split performances of the role. Auditions for the role will be Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Colorado Mesa University Recital Hall (1100 North Ave., Grand Junction). We are asking each child to prepare two selections for the audition. A pianist will be provided for the audition.

To schedule an audition time and receive audition selections, please contact Grand Junction Symphony Executive Director Kelly Anderson at or by calling the Symphony office at 970-243-6787.


A fundraiser is set to benefit local mental health and suicide awareness local nonprofits at Spin City (24 1/2 Road, Grand Junction). The event is set for Friday, July 31, from 3-10 p.m.

For more information, call 970-260-8913.


Kannah Creek Brewing Company will host its eighth firkin fundraiser for 2015 on Monday, Aug. 3. A Kannah Creek brewer will hand tap the firkin keg at 5 p.m. with sales benefiting the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Colorado Grand Valley Chapter.

A firkin is a unit of measure and also the size of a particular kind of keg used for cask conditioning beer. The beer in the firkin is cask conditioned, mildly carbonated and served around 55 degrees. The style of beer in the firkin for the fundraiser is a Peach Porter. Pints will be sold for $4 and the fundraiser will go until Kannah Creek closes at 10 p.m.

Kannah Creek taps a firkin keg every Monday but only the first Monday of every month is a fundraiser. The firkin fundraiser scheduled for September will benefit the Grand Valley Trails Alliance and has been moved to the second Monday of the month due to Labor Day.

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