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Mesa County Beacon Bits, November 2016

Nov 02, 2016 01:05PM ● By BEACON Senior News

Friendship Force hosts travel exchange

Six Friendship Force Clubs in the Rocky Mountain Region hosted 21 guests from the U.S., Canada and New Zealand recently. The Peaks to Plains Travel Exchange showcased highlights of Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. Visitors enjoyed home hosting by club members throughout their journey. The Friendship Force is an international organization that fosters cultural understanding and friendships between people. To learn more, call 260-4653.

Medicare Open Enrollment help

Personal walk-in counseling sessions with a Senior Health Insurance Assistance Project (SHIP) navigator are available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on November 4, 9 and 21 at RSVP, 422 White Ave., in the lower level of US Bank. SHIP navigators will help you consider your options and select an appropriate plan during Medicare Open Enrollment, which is now through December 7. Call 243-9839 for more information or to speak to a SHIP navigator.

Western Slope seniors’ advocate joins AARP Executive Council

RSVP Volunteer Manager Diane Barger will represent the Western Slope on the AARP Colorado Executive Council, which helps set the direction for advocacy and community relations. Barger has been a passionate advocate for older adults for more than 25 years. In addition, she has volunteered for a number of organizations, including Roice-Hurst Humane Society, HopeWest and Family Health West.

Changes to LEAP applications

The Mesa County Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is now administered by Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado. Applicants should not submit LEAP application to the Department of Human Services, as this will delay processing. LEAP is a mail-in program only. Return your completed 2016 application on or after November 1 by fax: 719-633-9098; mail: LEAP, PO Box 39200, Colorado Springs, CO 80949; or email: [email protected] For details, call 1-866-432-8435 or visit

Award-winning author seeks sweetheart stories

Best-selling author Jan Fowler is seeking stories for a forthcoming book about how boomer and senior couples met. You need not be married as long as you met after age 50 and are in a committed relationship. If yours is one of the 52 true-life accounts selected, you will be contacted for permission to publish your story. Describe your first encounter in several short paragraphs. Include your full name, email address, phone number and full address. Email this information to [email protected] or send it to Jan Fowler Senior Productions, 1554 Barton Rd., Suite 251, Redlands, CA 92373. Call 909-793-6419 with questions. The deadline is November 30.

Fruita’s 2016 Fall Speaker Series

The Fruita Community Center and Family Health West offer a free speaker series intended to help enhance one’s health and wellbeing. Local experts speak about health-related topics from 6-7 p.m. The next speaker is Jonathan Blaha, DC, who will be discussing low back pain prevention on November 8. All presentations are held at the Fruita Community Center. RSVP at 858-0360.

Publisher seeks former Trans-Alaska Pipeline workers

A nationwide search is underway for seniors who worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline project in the 1970s. The multiyear project built an 800-mile pipeline through the Arctic Wilderness. Pipeline veterans will receive a complimentary copy of “Four Years Below Zero,” by fellow worker Wilma Knox. If you are among this group, or if you know someone who is, please send a brief summary of where and when you worked there and your mailing address to [email protected] or The Tennyson Press, P.O. Box 1638, Deming, New Mexico 88031. A postpaid copy of the book will be mailed to you as thanks.


Family Health West is looking for volunteers to act as greeters at Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center or to assist with our activities in our assisted living facilities. To learn more, call 858-2211 or email [email protected]

Mesa County RSVP connects individuals 55 and older to volunteer positions in any of our member agencies. For a list of volunteer opportunities and to register, call 243-9839.

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to work with people, serve food, pack food boxes, clean house, sort food, stock food, take applications for assistance, answer phones, ring bells and more at their corps office, 1235 N. Fourth St., Monday through Friday. Volunteers can donate up to six hours of their time per day. Appearance must be neat and closed-toed shoes are required. Call Claudia at 242-7513.

Riverside Educational Center is looking for volunteers from 4:10 p.m.-5:30 p.m. one night a week to tutor disadvantaged elementary school students. No experience necessary and training is provided. Call or text Leslie Eslava at 462-2901.

AARP Foundation TaxAide is seeking volunteers to help Colorado taxpayers who need assistance preparing and filing their 2016 tax returns. For more information, visit ey/taxes/aarp_taxaide/ or call 1-888-687-2277. The application deadline is December 15.

Mesa County Spellbinders is looking for volunteers to learn a few story-telling skills and make a difference in children’s lives. Spellbinders tell stories to students in kindergarten through fifth grade once a month during the school year. To join, call 462-7346.


Mending Hearts is for any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one. Grand Junction groups meets from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Miller Homestead at HopeWest. Call 248-8844.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers support groups for family members of adults who have a serious mental illness and connection groups for adults living with a mental illness. Groups meet at various times and locations in Mesa County. Please visit or call 462-3989.

Western Slope Visionaries, a low-vision support group, meets from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 241-0315.

Compassionate Friends offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents. The group meets monthly at 7-8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesdays at Unity Church, 3205 N. 12th St. Call 434-3822.

MACHO Men cancer support group meets monthly at 5-6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesdays at St. Mary’s Hospital’s Java City Café. Call 298-2351 for details.

MS and Men, a support group for men living with MS, meets monthly on the third Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon at the Artful Cup. Call 241-8975.

MS Breakfast Group meets monthly at 9 a.m. on the first Tuesdays at Village Inn, 757 Horizon Dr. Call 241-8975.

GriefShare is a nondenominational Christ-based support group for those mourning the death of a loved one. This no-cost group meets from 1-3 p.m. Mondays. For location and details, call Vicci at 628-1453.

Grand Valley MS Self-Help Group meets monthly from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second Tuesdays (except in December) at the Central Library.