July 27 - Intro To Mental Health First Aid An instructor certified in Mental Health First Aid from Mind Springs Health will provide information to help people understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse.6pm Garden Room
July 30 - Mesa Top Trail Hike Beat the heat atop the Grand Mesa as we hike this trail and turn around at the 3 mile point that offers views of Granby, Battlement Mesa Reservoirs and Delta. There should also be plenty of wildflowers in bloom. 9 am at the Mesa Top Trailhead
July 31 - Board Meeting Please contact us if you would like to attend or have an interest in joining the board. 6:30 pm
Aug. 3 - Baseball Night Join everyone for an evening of baseball as the GJ Rockies take on the Helena Brewers. We'll meet early to get tickets together. Children are absolutely welcome.
Aug. 24 - UniversiTea Join everyone for some philosophical discussion on a challenging subject. Stay tuned for more info. 6 pm Garden Room
(Events are subject to change and we are busy working on adding additional events.)
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May started with HDG having guest speaker John Seager from Population Connection speak about the challenges of rapid population growth. The event was well attended and we learned about a variety of problems and possible solutions. It was one of those presentations that had people talking to each other afterward in the parking lot about the presentation and situation we're in.
Our second event in May had our volunteers out cleaning up our stretch of adopted highway. We made good progress and it was nice to cleanup after the winter season. This event was also an experiment with doing volunteer work on a weeknight and it worked out nicely. Our treasure finds this time around were fairly tame.
We next gathered atop the Colorado National Monument for an evening of science fiction and astronomy. We played a sci-fi radio show from the 50's and a short story by Arthur C. Clarke before we joined the Western Colorado Astronomy Club to gaze through their impressive telescopes. We were able to see things like the moons and bands of Jupiter and even a supernova from another galaxy.
For our fourth event of the month we gathered at the Garden Room for a game night. We tried out several games most of us had never played before. Several of the games had a comedic angle to them that kept the evening lighthearted and full of laughs.
Our final event of May was a hike to the waterfall in No Thoroughfare Canyon. Our hikers were treated to pleasant weather, wonderful sights and good company along the way.
We started off June with an opportunity to learn more about one another while enjoying some amazing food in the process with our Personal Story Potluck. Everyone brought a dish to share and talked about the personal relevance of the dish. We learned a lot about everyone's past in the process and we're certain that nobody left hungry. Special thanks go out to Roger and Luxe for hosting this event at their gorgeous home.
Our annual meeting and barbecue also took place in June. We experimented with moving the date back a bit and we think it paid off with much warmer weather. Everyone was thrilled with the great turnout and it was a nice opportunity to recognize the contributions of all of our members and volunteers. The warmer weather also made it possible to play some games like disc golf. We think we'll stick with the later date in the future. If you paid membership dues and are owed a volunteer shirt, please contact us and let us know.
For our June outdoor event we rode bikes from Glenwood Springs to Carbondale and back. Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch together before heading back. There were a couple of bike malfunctions along the way, but our riders managed to persevere.
Our final event saw our volunteers staffing a booth at the Grand Junction Farmers Market. We were able to raise over $100 from people making donations for succulent plants. As always, the event proved to be a good way to interact with the public and showcase some of the many things our members do on a regular basis.