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Wright’s Mesa Harvest Dinner Tickets Going Fast NORWOOD – What better way to celebrate season’s end and the region’s long Indian summer than with a sunset-filled evening of fine food, wine and entertainment? The community is invited to partake in the first annual Wright’s Mesa Harvest Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. at the historic Joseph Ranch in Norwood. The event is a charitable fundraiser for the Wright Stuff Community Foundation and the Norwood Farm and Craft Market, featuring a five-course meal prepared using locally grown food.

Five-star chef Julie Thorneycroft will prepare the evening’s meal using produce donated by vendors from the weekly Norwood Farmers Market, as well as regionally hunted wild game. The working menu, which is subject to change based on the harvest, includes a salad of roasted beets and fresh greens, rich pumpkin soup, goat cheese tart with chanterelle mushrooms, wild goose breast with bacon ragout over potatoes and root vegetables, and baked apples stuffed with apricots and toasted pine nuts. Each course will be specially paired with a different wine from Jack Rabbit Hill, a biodynamic vineyard located in Cedaredge, Colo.

Guests will enjoy live entertainment, including a reading by Colorado Book Award-winning author Amy Irvine. Those in attendance will receive a signed copy of Irvine’s creative biography, Trespass, Living at the Edge of the Promised Land.

The event is limited to 45 people; tickets cost $100, with proceeds benefiting both the Wright Stuff and the Norwood Farm and Craft Market, two organizations dedicated to providing resources for creating healthy, independent living. More information on both non-profit organizations is available on their respective websites, and

To make reservations, contact WSCF Executive Director Andrya Brantingham at 970/327-0555, ext. 11.

Region 10/AAA Ombudsman on ‘How to Choose Your Nursing Home’

MONTROSE – Region 10 Area Agency on Aging Ombudsman Jane Poulos offers guidance for those facing tough questions about nursing home care in a free seminar, Friday, Oct. 22, from 1-3 p.m. at Delta County Memorial Hospital’s Oncology and Education Center. Poulos will explain State Health Department reports, provide an overview of the points used to evaluate nursing home facilities and offer examples of excellence and failure in local nursing homes. This informational seminar is intended for the general public, and does not endorse or support a particular care facility or program.

To learn more about the free seminar, contact Poulos at 970/527-7055. The ombudsman program is federally funded, and contracted through the Area Agency on Aging, a division of Region 10. AAA is dedicated to developing a network of services for adults age 60 and over to assist them in maintaining their independence within their communities. To learn more about AAA programs and services, call Michele Gad or Lee Bartlett at 970-249-2436.

Montrose Bands Together to Help Dad With Brain Tumor

MONTROSE – When a father becomes ill, the whole family suffers. Montrose resident Greg Merling was diagnosed with a brain tumor recently, so a group of friends and colleagues have decided to lend a hand. This Saturday, Oct, 9, five local bands – Alan Vigil, Donny Morales, Rusty Strings, the Jason Hunter Band and Last Bus – will perform a benefit show at Turn of the Century (117 NW Fourth Street in Montrose) from 4 p.m.- midnight, with a family hour, 4-6 p.m., followed by music, dancing, a silent auction and door prizes. Admission is $10; children under 12 free.

Donations are also being accepted at Nu Vista Credit Union, (970) 249-8813. For more information on the benefit or about opportunities to help the Merling Family during this stressful and difficult time, please call Elaine Stewart at (970) 901-1242.
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