Check out the new Fraser Valley rec center on Facebook |

Check out the new Fraser Valley rec center on Facebook

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Fraser Valley, CO Colorado

Sneak Peak: If you’re interested in what the soon-to-open new rec center is going to look like, become a Facebook fan of the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District. They’ve posted photos of some of the on-going interior construction projects, including a nifty indoor water slide, water play areas and a pretty stone fireplace. This isn’t going to be anything like the disinfectant-smelling, harshly lit, institutional-looking rec centers of my childhood.

While you’re noodling around on Facebook, become a fan of local businesses. There are a number of Facebook-only promotions, specials, giveaways and other discounts. Among the businesses using FB as a marketing tool are the Tabernash Tavern, Winter Park Pub, Adventures in Whitewater, Rocky Mountain Roastery, Mirasol Cantina, Winter Park Sushi Bar, Winter Park Resort, the Winter Park Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce, Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Frank Expressions and more. If you’re a business without a FB presence, head to the Granby Library on Nov. 11th to learn how to “Facebook Your Business.” The 1 to 3 p.m. class is $25. Participants must be registered by Nov. 10.

Learn more about many local businesses by attending the chamber and Business Without Borders 5th Annual Business Expo on Wednesday from 4 until 6 p.m. Dozens of local businesses will have displays and information at Winter Park Station and some will be promoting job opportunities. Participate in the Scavenger Hunt and try to win a huge gift basket or free Winter Park season pass.

Time Flies: Ski and board season is almost here, which means local shops are getting things tidied up and filled out. Epic Mountain Sports in Winter Park is using the time to celebrate its one-year anniversary. The shop’s open house will be next Wed., Oct. 28, from 5-10 p.m. They’ll have food, drink, door prizes and an appearance by Chris Anthony, the host of the new Warren Miller film. The party will also introduce Powder Addiction, a new snow cat skiing operation that sounds intriguing. Where, when and how will it operate? Stop by Epic’s party to find out.

Seven Sisters is moving down the road. Look for the fun store full of great women’s clothing and home furnishings in Cooper Creek Square, next to Star of India on the second level. Cheryl Key’s already shopping for new items from Peru for the store.

Saving Time: Renowned Colorado landscape photographer John Fielder’s new book takes a stunning look at the Ranches of Colorado and he’ll be in Grand County to celebrate its publication with the Middle Park Land Trust. Fielder, who’s an engaging speaker and friendly sort in person, remains fascinated with the traditional way of life in the West. Ranches “tell of a life that is fast disappearing,” he has said.

Fielder is promoting the book and ranch preservation issues by joining with land trusts around the state to present slide shows and book signings. The free MPLT event with Fielder will be held Nov. 7 at the high school in Granby starting at 6 p.m.

Pennies for Presents: Who doesn’t have piles of change on dresser tops, in drawers and stuck between the couch cushions? Dig it out and take it to the Recreation District office or Fraser Elementary School in the next month. The money collected in the ASP elves program will be used to buy holiday gifts for local families in need. Donations are being accepted from Oct. 20 to Nov. 19.

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