Alyssa Roberts

Alyssa Roberts
Grand Junction, CO

Monday, August 6, 2018

Palisade Peaches

A quick and easy guide to picking the perfect peach in Palisade, Colorado.
Each fall, delicious Palisade peaches show up at grocery stores, roadside stands and Colorado farmers markets.
Locals will tell you Palisade peaches are the best, simply because they’re ripe, sweet and loaded with chin-dripping juice. The Grand Valley’s hot days and cool nights are perfect for bringing out the natural sugars in the peaches and growing big fruit. In comparison, peaches from other areas, such as California, seem invariably dry, mealy and tart because they must be picked green to survive traveling and won’t develop any more sugar once they are picked.
Two varieties of peaches grace local stands: early season cling peaches and freestones. The names “cling” and “freestone” refer to the peach pits and mean what they sound like. A “cling” peach will stick to the pit and a “freestone” is not so securely attached, particularly when they are fully ripe. Freestones are larger, juicier, sweeter and easier to work with in the kitchen since the pit pops right out of a ripe peach. 
To select the perfect Palisade peach look first around the stem. If the skin is green near the stem the peach was picked green. Use these for recipes where a firmer peach is needed, such as grilling. If the skin around the stem is yellow or red then the peach is ripe. If it yields easily to pressure then it is very ripe and will bruise easily. These peaches must be handled with care and are perfect for eating right away. Fresh peaches should be available until the first or second week of September.
Don’t miss the Palisade Peach Festival in August, featuring live music, chef demos, a peach eating contest, and lots of peach tasting. It’s a lot of fun and a chance to take a box of sweet, Colorado mountain sunshine home with you.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Get Well Gifts

At Cheeriodicals they create and deliver more than get well soon gifts and big green boxes! The boxes are amazing (a great alternative to flowers gifts or gift baskets) and are filled with a variety of items that will be sure to brighten anyone’s day – man, woman or child. But the real “get well gift” is the surprise and the feeling of knowing that someone cares enough to send something unique and personalized during the times when a smile is most needed.

https://www.cheeriodicals.com/get-well-soon-gifts/

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Botanical Gardens

The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens / Butterfly House is a paradise found, with a butterfly exhibit as well as over 600 exotic tropical plants from around the world. Enjoy a tranquil moment watching the fish, looking for the resident toads, turtles, or tree frog, or watching a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis. Outdoor gardens include the Rose, Herb, Native, Western Heritage and Children's Secret Garden.

https://www.visitgrandjunction.com/art-culture-museums/western-colorado-botanical-gardens

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Camp 7

Located in Collbran, Colorado, Camp 7 is a summer day camp for kids.  Camp 7 has over 40 acres and adjacent to land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which is features unlimited rolling hills and mesas.  Campers enjoy a natural camp environment with exceptional opportunities for summer fun and growth.

Here in Collbran at the site of Camp 7, our goal is simple; we get these kids to Camp 7 and create an environment that fosters self discovery, teamwork, gratitude, and enrich the drive to reach for greatness.  All along preparing them for the day they leave camp and ready to contribute the journey to climb their own summit.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Host a Student

Hosting an iE exchange student is a life-changing experience for the entire family that lasts well after the time of the exchange. Open your heart and home to a student that wants to share in your life, community and culture.
Host Family Provides-a private or a shared bedroom, three meals a day, local transportation and a quiet place to study.
Student Provides- money for all personal and school expenses and insurance.
iE Provides- a local coordinator to help select a student that is right for your family and provide one on one support throughout the entire experience. Host families do not receive any form of payment.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities in GJ

Catholic Outreach of Mesa County is looking for volunteers to help with three different programs that they offer, performing a variety of tasks:
  • Day Center - Receptionist, Laundry, shower and storage supervisor, mail and message deliver, cleaning and maintenance. Call 970-263-3658 for more information.
  • Outreach Center - Receptionist, Interviewers, clothes sorters, data entry, story readers, food sorting, administrative, cleaning and maintenance. Call 970-241-3658 for more information.
  • Soup Kitchen - Cooks, food prep, dishwashers, food sorters, servers, food pickups, recycling, cleaning and maintenance. Call 970-243-0091 for more information
Colorado National Monument is looking for volunteers to help work the visitor center desk as well as a few other opportunities. For more information, visit their website.
Community Hospital is looking for volunteers to assist the operation of the hospital in a variety of capacities. For more information, please contact Bev Stephens at 970-298-6260 or karen.martsolf@gjhosp.org. You can also visit their website.

Food Bank of the Rockies is looking for volunteers to working in the warehouse filing orders, performing light cleaning and completing occasional office work. For more information, please contact Betty Heath at 970-464-1138or bheath@foodbankrockies.org. You can also visit their website.
Grand Junction Police Department is looking for volunteers to help with two different programs.
  • Public Safety Volunteers help by performing clerical work, computer entry, statistical analysis, providing tours, extra patrol, investigation assistance, community presentations, neighborhood speed controls, graffiti, and vacation checks. For more information, contact Jeannie Lewis at 970-549-5130.
  • Victim's Advocates are available to provide support, information, and resources for victims during ongoing investigation. Serve 4, 12 hour on-call shifts a month. For more information, please contact Mary Harmeling at 970-549-5290.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

FIVE UNEXPECTED ADVENTURES IN THE GRAND JUNCTION AREA

Discover These Hidden Gems
The landscape surrounding Grand Junction provides an ideal environment for year-round outdoor adventure. With plenty of sunshine and mild weather, almost any day is perfect for 18 holes of golf, an epic mountain bike ride, or a scenic hike in Colorado National Monument. But did you know Grand Junction has several lesser known activities worthy of checking off any bucket list. Here are five ideas for discovering some of Grand Junction's hidden gems.

1. Rock Climbing, Canyoneering, and Adventure Hiking
2. Unique River & Lake Adventures
3. Dinosaur Museum, Trails, and Digs
4. Tour The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range
5. Agritourism in Action