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Grand Valleys a fun place to be

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The Battlement Mesa Kids Independence Day Parade, organized by Fran Storm of the activity center and sponsored by Battlement Mesa Co., was once again a huge success. Sam Whelan of the VFW Post 5485 led the parade. The parade ended at the Mesa Vista Assisted Living Center, musical entertainment was provided by the Episcopal choir, and a reception followed.Afternoon at the activity center grounds included a hot dog roast, ice cream social, treasure hunt and giant slip and slide. Thanks, Fran, for a great Fourth!

My family and I watched the fireworks on July Fourth in Rifle. We watched with a group of other Battlement Mesa folks, and the fireworks were just awesome. From the line of traffic coming home after the display, I would say a lot of us went to Rifle. Thanks, Rifle!

Dawn Till Dark Wilderness Adventure & Cookout on July 14 is for kids from 8-13 and will consist of a morning hike and exploration and observation of tracks, scat and wildlife. It will continue into the afternoon with a water balloon fight, games and a cookout. Everyone must meet at the activity center at 6 a.m. The cost is $15 per person. See the front desk at the activity center for registration and a list of things to bring. For more information or questions, call Tom Doudy at 285-9480 or e-mail

This is a three-week session with two classes per week on Mondays and Wednesdays at the activity center. The classes begin July 18, and the last class will be on Aug. 3. Kids ages 8-12 will meet from 10-11:30 a.m., and kids 13 and up will meet from 1-3 p.m.In this course, instructor Denise Amrie will start out with what was arguably the first forming method used to shape clay: pinching along with pinch forming. She will cover coiling, slab construction, extruding and press moulding. These techniques will be used to make a variety of functional and sculptural forms. Surface treatments will be covered using underglaze options in addition to the studio glazes, along with applications techniques. Wow learn all these methods to create something you will enjoy. The cost is $50 for all 6 class sessions or a $10 fee for drop ins. Check in at the front desk of the activity center.

Regular weekly local ride every Monday morning at 8:30 a.m., just meet at the City Market parking lot adjacent to the Recycle Center. Those riders who show up can decide which route to take that day. There are several routes in mind and hopefully an assortment can be developed to provide some variety. For more information e-mail

Beginning tennis lessons are at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the activity center tennis courts. These lessons are for both children and adults. Please bring your own racquet, but balls are furnished. Contact Sam Robinson at 285-9378 for more information.

Its time again to give blood to the Regional Blood Bank. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Holiday Inn Express parking lot. A photo ID is required.Mary Moores column, Grand Valley News, runs every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail her at

First place: Bailey Rowe & Bear Second place: Cory Hurt Third place: Benjamin Smith Fourth place: Elliott AmrieOther winners in the parade were: John and Desiree Smith, Heidi Koemig, Sharaejah Smith, Traci Lyn Smyth, Danielle Noble, Rachel Gouge, Bekah Gouge, Corrin Brady, Spencer Amrie, Duke Brady, Alex Schuckers, Erin Schuckers, Tyler Dove, Nicky Castle, Eric Doudy, Jessica Buderue, Caylee Merry, Bailey Ann Merry, Wyant Merry, Annica Merry, Megan Smith, Nicole Kibel, Patrick Nixon Doran, Garrett Smith and Lynsey Meek.

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