We encourage you all to get involved in Grand Valley Days of Action planned by local churches, nonprofits, activist groups and The Mesa County Democrats, which is a sponsor and is helping organize the signature event: The Women’s March in Grand Junction Saturday, January 21, 12:30 p.m. starting at 7th and Grand in the old R-5 High School parking lot. We look for a large turnout for this important show of support and respect for women — come join in! The march will wind down Main Street to the parking lot next to Two Rivers Convention Center for a rally and music.* The 20+ GV Days of Action organizing groups have a page on Facebook for more information and to help you make plans to participate in these empowering and exciting events:

Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Day
• 12:30 p.m.: the program begins at the Grand Junction City Hall.
• 1 p.m.: March from City Hall to the Handy Chapel, 200 White Ave., for the MLK program. More information on Facebook: Grand Valley Martin Luther King March and Celebration.
• 5:30 p.m.: Colorado Mesa University will host an MLK program in the CMU Ballroom.

Wednesday, January 18: A Reading in Support of MLK Day & the Women’s March:
5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Lithic Bookstore & Gallery, 138 S. Park Square (upstairs), Fruita, CO

Thursday, January 19: Women’s Roundtable for Reproductive Rights
5:30 to 8 p.m., Unitarian Congregation, 536 Ouray Ave, Grand Junction. Panel of speakers and personal accounts of access to reproductive healthcare from teens to menopause.

Friday, January 20, Candlelight Prayer Vigil
5 p.m. in front of the Federal Building at 402 Rood Ave, Grand Junction

Saturday January 21, Women’s March for Grand Junction
12:30 p.m.: see details above.
3 to 6 p.m.:  “A Toast to Diversity” at Charlie Dwellingtons, 1st & Main, Grand Junction. Music, Speakers and Fun!

Friday, January 27, Film: East of Salinas
7 p.m. at Grand Junction City Hall. A history of Immigration, Childhood and Circumstance. Film followed by discussion.

Saturday, January 28, Discovering our Immigrant Stories
2:30 – 4 p.m., Community Room at the Mesa County Central Library, Grand Junction. Listen to a panel from the community and share experiences of coming to places called home. Through stories we sense our common humanity.

*(There is a sign-making party on Sat., Jan. 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. to prep for the Women’s March. Some cardboard, markers, paint, and other materials will be supplied. Bring your imagination, good, positive slogans and your friends and kids to help. I’ll get some snacks! Questions? Contact Kayla Dodson, 970-787-5371 or kaylaafuera@gmail.com)

Other Important Date Reminders:

Monday, January 23, 5:30 p.m., Mesa County Democrats monthly meeting at the Unitarian Congregation, 536 Ouray Ave, GJ, across from the Library. All are welcome!

Saturday, February 4, 9:30 a.m., Mesa County Democrats reorganization meetingplace TBA. This is your opportunity to run for local leadership. All welcome.

March 11: Colorado Democrats 84th Annual Dinner at the Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California St. Denver. If you have questions or need additional information please feel free to call or email Beverly Ryken: (303) 210-8775 or bryken@coloradodems.org.

Saturday, April 22, Mesa County Democrats annual fundraiser and dinner: The Spring Fling! at the Doubletree Hotel, Grand Junction. Music, big-time speaker, great silent auction—we’ll have it all! Pre-order your tickets by mailing $55 each to: Mesa County Democrats, PO Box 2361, Grand Junction CO  81502

Also, we will send out a request for donations to support Mesa County Democrats for 2017 — watch your mail. But why wait? Send donations now — or whenever you can — to Mesa County Democrats, PO Box 2361, Grand Junction CO  81502We do a lot with a very small budget and need your support to do more! This fall we had hundreds of volunteers working their tails off for our candidates. Please support our efforts as best you can. Century Club is still $100, but feel free to send more.