MONTROSE - This year’s annual Week of Unity and Peace, beginning Saturday, Sept. 14, is “Peace in Our Community: Who Will I Make Peace With?”
The week starts with a Crop Walk that benefits Sharing Ministries locally, and helps to feed the hungry globally.
Participants gather at the West Main trailhead at 9:30 a.m., and start walking at 10 a.m.; the Open Heart Drum Circle will play as the walk takes off from the trailhead to the Horsefly Brewing Company, at 846 E. Main Street, and back. An exhibit of the International Peace Pals Children’s Art Exhibit will be on display downtown, at a to-be-announced location.
Opening Ceremonies take place Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m., at the Peace Symbol, 138 N. Mesa, Montrose, led by Rev. Arlyn Macdonald of the Spiritual Awareness Center. The Peace Poster Art Show will open on Monday, Sept. 16, with artwork from children, adults and seniors in the community, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 22, at the A+Y Design Gallery, 513 Main St. The show’s winners will be announced Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. Art show winners take home a $25 prize, and their work will be featured on next year’s Peace Posters.
The 2012 Emmy Award-winning documentary, Journey of the Universe, will screen Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Lions Park Community Building, 602 N. Nevada. An interactive discussion will follow. Admission is free.
A special honor breakfast, “Honoring All Who Fight for Peace,” will be served at the Warriors Center, 11 South Park, Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 8 a.m., featuring a guest speaker, with music from Janelle Hawk.
On Thursday, Sept.19, at 7 p.m., Globalized Soul, about wisdom from empowered global peacemakers, screens in the Chipeta Room at the Ute Indian Museum, 17253 Chipeta Road (free admission); a discussion follows.
On Friday, Sept. 20, the Annual Peace Dinner is hosted by the Western Colorado Friends of the Himalayas at Guru’s Restaurant, 448 Main Street, at 6 p.m. Reservations are requested (call 970/252-8777 or 252-0908); the 2013 International Peace Award will be presented, followed by a special program titled “Faces of Peace.”
The Grandmothers of the Shining Valley will “stand for peace” on Sept. 21, at 10 a.m, in Demoret Park, on the corner of Main St. and Townsend Ave.; all are invited to stand together for peace on this International Peace Day. The 2013 Peace One Day 24-hour concert will be broadcast from the Netherlands via the internet; visit either the Peace One Day website or www.spiritaware.org and click on Peace Code to listen.
On Sunday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m., community churches are invited to talk about Peace for the World during their Sunday services; the Spiritual Awareness Center will have a Peace Service at 10:45 a.m. at the Lions Park Community Building, 602 N. Nevada. At 1 p.m., a Prayer Gathering takes place at the Peace Pole in Ute Indian Park (across the road from the Ute Indian Museum), followed by Closing Ceremonies with the Flags of All Nations and prayers for the healing of Mother Earth and world peace. Donations are gratefully accepted.
For more information on these events, call 252-0908. Sponsors for the Week of Unity and Peace are A+Y Design Gallery, Crop Walk, Debbie Ferris, Guru’s Restaurant, Fran LeBlanc and Dick Drake, Grandmothers of the Shining Montrose Library District, Open Heart Drum Circle, Ute Indian Museum, Welcome Home Montrose, Western Colorado Friends of the Himalayas, Arlyn and Donald Ludlow, and the Spiritual Awareness Center.
The Montrose Library will have a themed display of books about Peacemakers of the world throughout the week.