Gray Gourmet, Mesa County’s senior nutrition program, hosts a luncheon program for area seniors on Tuesday, May 5 at the Palisade Community Center (120 W. 8th Street). Included with the lunch will be a program on dog agility presented by Nancy Schmidt and her Australian Shepherd “Koda.” Presenter Nancy Schmidt has been training dogs for agility competitions for nearly twelve years. Hercurrent student “Koda” is a nine-year-old “Aussie” who has won over forty awards at area competitions including the title of National Champion in the “Jumpers Section” at the Regional/National competition of Dogs on Course North America (DOCNA). “Koda” will demonstrate some of the typical competition moves, along with a few tricks plus a dancing demo. Nancy has been a volunteer for Gray Gourmet for ten years. She helps serve food weekly at the Ratekin Towers meal site in Grand Junction.

“Nancy and “Koda” are frequent entertainers at Gray Gourmet lunches,” offered Sheli Apodaca, Dining Site Program Coordinator for Gray Gourmet. “Everyone just loves the show – she and “Koda” are truly amazing to see, they really love working together,” she added.

Doors open at 11:30 am, with lunch served at 12 noon with the presentation to follow. The suggested donation for the lunch is $3.50 for seniors over age 60. No senior age 60 and over will be turned away because of inability to pay. Call the Gray Gourmet office at (970) 243-9844 x1 to make a reservation. A Cinco de Mayo themed menu is planned with Chili Rellano, Spanish Rice, Refried Beans and Sliced Pineapple for dessert. Milk and coffee are included too. Under age 60 attendees are welcome and will be charged the full price of $7.75. Gray Gourmet has been cooking and serving senior meals since 1974 and is sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital. The program produces and serves hot, nutrient dense meals for seniors at area dining sites and with its meals on wheels service for homebound seniors.

The May 5 program is being presented with cooperation with the Town of Palisade Recreation Department. Contact Gray Gourmet at (970) 243-9844 or For more on the senior lunches in Palisade visit: