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This week’s … Local News Briefs

Symphony Storytime

Members of the Grand Junction Symphony will use stories and music to introduce youngsters to string instruments at Symphony Storytime set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Central Library, Fifth Street and Grand Avenue.

Young children will learn about the sounds and history of various orchestra instruments. Children and their parents are encouraged to attend and ask questions about the instruments, the orchestra, and performing. The event will begin with a story or two, followed by a musical demonstration, questions and an instrument petting zoo.

The Nov. 16 Symphony Storytime is the first in a series of such events at the Central Library. Brass and woodwinds will be the topic on Feb. 1, 2014, and percussion will be the topic on May 3, 2014.

The mother of all art & craft fairs

An annual Art Center tradition, the 42nd Holiday Fine Art and Craft Fair, is set for Nov. 22-24.

Art Center members can preview the fair from 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 22; the fair is open to the public Nov. 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Nov. 24 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

This juried art fair features the very best in arts and crafts. There will be gift ideas for all ages, male or female, and all budgets. From a handmade clay bowl, a handcrafted wooden wine stopper, to a hand-painted silk throw, these are the kind of unique gifts that will be handed down for generations. This event is the second largest fundraiser for The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

Also, the Art Center Guild will be selling delicious homemade pies and other baked goods, as well as hand-sewn purses and other accessories.

Book donations sought

The Friends of the Mesa County Libraries are accepting good-quality, gently-read books for their upcoming sale. Donated items may be placed in the Friends Book Depository on the west side of the First Congregational Church, 1425 N. Fifth St., across from Grand Junction High School.

The Friends are particularly interested in items suitable for holiday gifts, such as art books, cookbooks, children’s books, local history books, and fiction that has been published after 2010, as well as CDs and DVDs.

The book sale will take place from Dec. 2, through Dec. 14 at the Central Library, Fifth and Grand. For more information or to volunteer at the sale, call Maggie Lopez at 970-201-0868.

Raising awareness for Nat’l Adoption Month

More than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system are awaiting permanent, loving families. In Mesa County, there are approximately 20 children each year who become available for adoption through the MC Dept. of Human Services and are in need of a permanent and stable home. These children are generally over age 7 and may have developmental, medical or other special needs. They may be part of a sibling group or have ethnically diverse backgrounds.

National Adoption Month is an effort to raise awareness about the adoption of children from foster care and to honor those adoptive families who have opened their homes and hearts to become the lifelong families for these children.

If you are interested in obtaining more information, contact Dena Neujahr at 970-248-2818 or visit

Holiday volunteers needed

The local Salvation Army is gearing up for Christmas, but needs your help.

“We are looking for bell ringers, businesses, churches, organizations or clubs, we could really use your help. Challenge your fellow office mates, youth vs. parents, department vs. department. Make it a team-building event and give some of your time to help others less fortunate,” said spokeswoman Claudia Jackson.

Also needed are volunteers to sit at the “giving tree” inside of Mesa Mall. Call 970-242-7513 if you are available to volunteer this holiday season.

Sign up for emergency notification alerts

The GJ Regional Communication Center (911 dispatchers for all of Mesa County) has an Emergency Notification System in place but only 7,000 residents in the county have signed up.

The system enables emergency responders to send critical alerts to the devices you register, such as your mobile phone, tablet or email.

This system is a crucial tool in keeping people safe by instantly providing the public with information. Examples of alerts include: A message telling you to get out of your house now, or to lock the doors and shelter-in-place; or for those affected by a disaster where to go for shelter, or when they are allowed to return home after an evacuation.

The public is encouraged to sign up at

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