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Wreath sponsors for vets’ graves sought

The Western Slope Patriot Guard Riders and Wreaths Across America are seeking sponsors for their annual wreath program. The goal is to have a wreath placed on every grave at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction. If you have a loved one buried there or would like to sponsor a wreath(s) this coming Christmas, call Art Edwards at 970-250-1174 or email harleyroadk@yahoo.com.

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Put your wits to the test

Since it’s common knowledge that all the brainiacs in GJ read the Free Press, here’s an important announcement for you.



Saturday, Oct. 19, is the National Testing Day for Mensa. Locally, the test will be held at 2784 Crossroads Blvd. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the test begins promptly at 1. The cost is $40.

Mensa is an international organization founded in England in 1946 for people who measure in the top 2% of the population in IQ tests. Mensa’s purposes are: to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; to encourage research in the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence; and to promote stimulating intellectual and social opportunities for its members. (Learn more at:

For more information, contact the local secretary Barry Barak at 970-640-8214 or email him at bbarak@bresnan.net.

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Do you know a ‘Champion of the Arts’?

It’s that time of year again to place nominations for the GJ Commission on Arts and Culture’s annual Champion of the Arts Awards. This program is two-fold:

Call for nominations: The Champion of the Arts Awards are given to honor business, individuals, organizations or institutions which exemplify outstanding support for the arts, assistance to local arts and cultural organizations, commitment to our cultural community, and/or promotion of area artists. Any organization, business, group, or individual may make a nomination.

Call for commissions: The Arts Commission would like to purchase two works of art which will be awarded as the prizes to the winners of the Champion of the Arts. Open to all Mesa County artists, the value of the artwork should not exceed $1,000. A limit of two pieces may be submitted for consideration.

Applications for both must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Both forms may be found on the main page of http://www.gjarts.org or by calling Lorie Gregor at 970-254-3876.

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Seminar on Alzheimer’s planned

“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s,” a free educational seminar, is planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at RSVP, 422 White Ave., lower level US Bank Building.

Do you understand the difference between normal age-related memory changes and more serious memory problems that should be evaluated by a medical professional?

Learn the common causes of memory loss, health risk factors, and the importance of an accurate diagnosis. Alzheimer’s Regional Coordinator Teresa Black will also discuss the impact an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can have on the patient and the patient’s family. Questions are welcome. Seating is limited. Call 970-243-9839 for reservations.

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Free legal clinic on the docket

A free two-part legal clinic titled “A Guide to Small Claims Court in Mesa County” and “A Guide to the Mesa County Self Help Center” will be presented 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at GJ City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St. RSVP by calling 970-424-5748. The clinic will cover what services are available at the Self Help Center, how small claims court works, what kind of cases are appropriate for small claims court and more.

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Dine-out fundraiser set

Nosh on a spicy tuna roll at No Coast Sushi, located at 1119 N. First St., on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and support Roice-Hurst Humane Society.

From 5-10 p.m., No Coast is donating 25% of total sales including food, alcohol and take-out. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 970-255-1097 or online at nocoastsushi.com.

In honor of the restaurant’s sixth anniversary, owners Elizabeth and Christopher Boyd have launched “Give Back Night.” This is the third of six Give Back Nights that the Boyds are hosting. The selected local charities are: Goose Liver, Mesa Land Trust, Roice-Hurst, Grand Valley Zoological Quest, The House, and The Steven Davies Memorial Fund.

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Essay contest

The Mount Garfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring an essay contest for students in grades 5-8.

The theme is “The Lives of Children During the American Revolution.” Students are asked to pretend they are a boy or girl during the colonial fight for freedom. Using historical facts, discuss how the war affects your life as a colonial child.

For more information on the essay, contact Sherri Brown at mtgarfieldDAR@hotmail.com

The deadline to submit an essay is Nov. 13.


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