Gather, Learn, Play & Celebrate
The Mesa Community Center - managed and administered by Mesa Community Club - is a place for people to gather for events to learn, play and celebrate. It is funded by tax dollars generated by the Public Improvement District and by rental fees collected from those who use the building. All are welcome!
Join the host of events happening at The Mesa Community Center including kid's basketball, 18+ basketball and volleyball, community gardening, yoga, cooking and fiber arts classes, Halloween and prom parties, as well as an annual Easter egg hunt. Find out more by contacting one of our board members and subscribing to our email list.
Our Free Little Library, the Mesa Twig, is the best! Read all about it!
THE MESA COMMUNITY CENTER TWIG LIBRARY
BY SHERRIE GALLOWAY
In the early 2000’s, Mesa County Public Library helped us start a mini-library in Mesa at the Mesa Community Center. The Mesa Community Club provided the funding for construction of two closets with French doors in the meeting room. Mesa County Public Library provided the
shelving and books. Volunteers provided the staffing. The next big question was what to call this little library? Since we would not be an official branch library of the MCPL system, we decided to be the Mesa Leaf Library. Over time, and since leaves die and blow away, we settled
on morphing into the Mesa Twig Library. We are open every Wednesday from 10:30 am - Noon.
A local book group was started in 2003, and that group of volunteers took on the managing, staffing and fund raising for the Mesa Library. Book donations started overwhelming our shelving, so an annual book sale was held on Color Sunday. Proceeds from this sale provided
a computer, supplies and materials for children’s story time, purchasing books and equipment.
Supporting the Mesa Community Club’s children’s events with free books for Halloween, Christmas and Easter also become an annual tradition.
When the library first opened, we kept track of the books that were checked out with a log book and an entry for each family. Books were rotated with Mesa County and the titles were checked
out to us. As more and more books were donated and as the task of hauling books back and forth became a challenge, we now operate as a big “Little Free Library”. Take a book and bring it back if you want to and/or bring a book to donate. We have a small shelf of special historic
Plateau Valley specific titles that we do keep track of and expect borrowers to return. We also manage an official Little Free Library that lives in the playground area of the Mesa Community Center. Our library is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who share their time, talents and enthusiasm for life-long learning.
About 10 years ago, we decided to schedule guest speakers and special events. We have had experts talk about topics from bees to bats, geocaching to genealogy and from weeds to wiki-
ups. We have learned to crochet, knit, sew and weave. With support from the Mesa Community Club, we have used the MCC kitchen and hosted farm-to-table luncheons, learned to bake bread, ferment vegetables and make cheese. We have supported children’s programming such as Art Heritage classes, story time and bicycle safety. Other community events included fire safety programs where our speakers distributed information on fire mitigation practices and the MCC provided shovels, gloves and buckets to attendees. A few
years ago a floor loom was donated and we have acquired several other weaving looms and equipment; an active fiber arts groups has taught classes to interested future weavers. We have also been supportive of our community garden and yoga classes.
Periodically we get together to brainstorm ideas of what we’d like to learn, teach, or offer to the community. Upcoming events that are on the drawing board include art classes, cooking (bread, tamales, canning, making salsa, jellies and jams), fiber arts (embroidery, sewing,
weaving, knitting, crochet, felting), learning about our natural world (bird watching, living in bear country, foraging, hiking) and local history (guest speakers on topics of interest). Other ideas that have made it to our list include learning sign language, inviting guest authors, and sharing travel adventures. Most of our programming and events take place on Wednesday mornings from 10:30am - Noon. Join us if you can and check out the Mesa Community Center website to see the calendar of events: mesacommunityclub.org
Check out our calendar HERE If you have an event that you would like to host or a club you would like to start and have the MCC sponsor, please see our rental agreement HERE.
Do you have more questions? Contact one of our board members HERE.
SPOOKY HALLOWEEN FUN AT THE MESA COMMUNITY CENTER! NOVEMBER 5, 2023 The Mesa Community Club (MCC) hosted its annual Halloween Party on Saturday October 28, 2023, at the Mesa Community Center. The festivities began at 5 p.m. and were described by MCC Board member and organizer, Dustin Bryson, as “2 hours of positive chaos with kids (and adults) running around, playing games, and eating.” Cleanup didn't begin until after 7 pm, since many community members were visiting with one another, not ready for the night to end even though it had begun to snow! Over 150 participants, evenly divided between adults and children, enjoyed a variety of games and face painting while joining in best costumes, carved pumpkin, and dance contests. The contest winners were awarded gift cards from Taco Bell, Bananas Fun Park, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Enstrom Candies and the Picture Show. This year featured the addition of a potluck dinner. The community brought roast pork, salads, lasagna, various dips and MCC provided cheese, Hawaiian, 3- meat, sausage, and pepperoni pizzas. The Plateau Valley Fire Department took photos of participants with a flame and had a bean bag tossing game. There was a prize table filled with books, hats, gloves, bubbles, silly string, neon lights, dinosaurs, rubrics cubes, card games, puzzles, face masks, princess tutus, and lots more. Candy, popcorn, chocolate balls, and yogurt covered pretzels were given away at each of the tables with games. A BIG thank you to all the volunteers who helped decorate for the event, everyone who worked during the event including students from PVHS, and the numerous community members who helped clean up after it was all over. Special thanks to Dustin Bryson for managing all facets of the annual MCC Halloween Party. Our community members are what make our events possible! MESA COMMUNTY CLUB SURVEY RESULTS OCTOBER 16 ,2023 The Mesa Community Club (MCC) sent out a Needs Assessment and Satisfaction Survey to community members in Mesa and the west side of Molina in July. All the results have been tabulated and reviewed by the MCC Board of Directors. We would like to share these results with the public and will post the complete results on our website and on the MCC bulletin board. A total of 562 surveys were sent to postal customers in our Public Improvement District (PID). We received about a 20 % return to the survey which was just about the same response as the 2016 survey collected. The overwhelming majority responded that the Community Center’s programs and activities were very important to the community and they were overall very satisfied with the Center. The cleanliness, general maintenance and upkeep of the facility was mentioned many times. The ability to use the MCC Facility for meetings and private events was also very important. The most popular event by far was the Music in Mesa Summer Series. Community events, recreational opportunities and educational events held through the library programs were also well-liked. Requests for programs currently not offered ranged from various exercise programs and a farmers market to movie nights and more educational programs. The most important amenities offered by the Center were restrooms, kitchen and indoor space. Interestingly, the most requested addition to the Center was a swimming pool! The response to the question of improving one thing about the Center was to have more evening offerings and to complete the Historic Gym Basement floor. The Board of Directors recently voted to finish the basement floor in the coming months. Overall, the survey results were positive and very helpful in directing the MCC Board for future event and program planning as well as building improvements to serve our community better. We would like to thank everyone who participated for all their help in completing this important survey project.