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Janet Day – Find plenty to do this ‘Finter’

Janet Day/ Talk of the Valley

Abysmal Autumn: What a messy shoulder season it’s been. My favorite new word to describe this weather is “Finter,” courtesy of Devil’s Thumb Ranch. The calendar says it’s still fall but Mama Nature says it’s winter. Thus the combination: Finter.

The weather has a lot of people looking for indoor recreation opportunities and anxiously awaiting the new recreation center. Local artist Christine Minasian has created a “donor recognition” sculpture designed to look like an aspen grove. Supporters can purchase leaves for the trees and have them engraved to honor family members or others. Funds raised go to the Fraser Valley Recreation Foundation for use in enhancement projects.

The sculpture, constructed by local builder Toby Dellamano and iron fabricator Dave Zink, will consist of white-washed beetle-kill logs, wrought iron branches, and brass, nickel and copper leaves. It will be displayed in the Rec Center’s lobby. A model is currently on display at the Rec District offices in Fraser.

Snow finally ended the Pole Creek Golf Course season, meaning Bistro 28, the fun clubhouse restaurant, is closing. But it will re-open Nov. 26 and serve dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

On the Move: The Grand Foundation has a new office in Winter Park Station. Stop by Suite 1F to say hello or get information about events and activities that benefit the Foundation. A big event coming up is the gourmet five-course meal and wine pairing at Devil’s Thumb Ranch on Saturday, Nov. 14. It’s a popular annual event that has Chef Ken Ohlinger pairing five courses with selections from the Mendocino Wine Company. Mendocino partner Paul Dolan, a fourth-generation winemaker, will be the guest speaker. Only 92 seats are available, so make your reservation with the foundation soon.

Phone and Photo: Congratulations to Grand Lake photographer Mark Abusamra. One of his photos will be featured on the cover of the new Names and Numbers phone book. This is the third consecutive year that his work has been selected during a jury process in which judges did not know the artists’ names.

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Big Benefits: Don’t forget to get out this weekend, have some fun and benefit local organizations. On Friday, local photographer Melanie Stephens hosts her 5th annual Women’s Clothes Swap to benefit her Women and War project, which chronicles women affected by war around the world and supports organizations assisting those women. The swap is Friday at the Fraser Historic Church from 5:30 until 9 p.m.

Middle Park Land Trust hosts noted Colorado photographer John Fielder on Saturday at Middle Park High School at 6 p.m. Fielder will be showing slides from and talking about his new book “Ranches of Colorado.”

Meet Me: Join me at the Fraser Library Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to open an exhibit of my fabric artwork depicting historic local sites. Enjoy free refreshments and enter a drawing to win one of my products.

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