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Grand Valley gears up for homecoming, Octoberfest

Grand Valley NewsMary MooreGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

This Friday, Sept. 28, is Grand Valley High School’s homecoming. The volleyball games begin at 4 p.m., with varsity play scheduled to begin around 6 p.m. and the football game begins at 7:30 p.m. We are hosting the West Grand Mustangs. Be sure to stop by the booster club table for all your homecoming memorabilia. The Grand Valley Quilt Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Battlement Mesa School House. The Grand Valley Historical Society and the Battlement Mesa Sew & Sew Quilters sponsor this event. Admission is a suggested donation of $3, and light refreshments will be on sale.The Annual Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce Octoberfest is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, at Cottonwood Park in Parachute. Festivities begin at 5 p.m., with dinner featuring brats, sauerkraut and potato salad. There will be a Bump n’ Jump for the kids and a live band will be on hand for entertainment. Grand Valley High School Key Club members will be selling cotton candy. Food will be served and the Bump n’ Jump will continue until dark, when the spectacular fireworks display will commence. The band will not play during the fireworks display, but will begin again after and continue until 11 p.m. From my past experience, remember to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for sitting. It will be cool, so bring extra outer clothing and a flashlight because it really gets dark, but that makes the fireworks even better. This is a wonderful community event and worth the effort of coming down and enjoying.The Friends of the Parachute Library Book Sale will be held from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, for Friends members; from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, for the general public; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Parachute Senior Center. Most hardcover books are priced at $1 each and most paperbacks at 50 cents each. All proceeds support the Parachute Branch Library and memberships to the Friends of the Library are available at the door for $5.The third annual KSUN Community Radio Benefit Dinner will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Happy hour with a cash bar begins at 5 p.m. with dinner and Randy Hampton, guest speaker following at 6 p.m. Randy was formerly the news director of KNZZ Radio; he is now the spokesperson for the Department of Wildlife. Randy will be speaking about the importance of community radio and how interested persons can make a difference by volunteering. KSUN Radio is a nonprofit community radio station that broadcasts 24/7 and has a listener range from DeBeque to Rifle. It plays a variety of music from classic artistry to smooth jazz, and recently added several syndicated music programs. KSUN is also developing an interactive Web site and plans to be a major news source for local happenings. But remember, all this depends on volunteers and donations – so make plans now to attend. The dinner price is $15 per person and is sponsored by Easy Cuisine.Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail her at (underscore between n and 3).

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