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Janet Day: Help needed, help available

Janet Day
Talk of the Valley
Winter Park, Colorado

Helping Hands. Spend a Mud Season Saturday night having fun and helping others. The Grand Foundation is looking for a few volunteers to assist with the Grand Gala on May 9. Donating time is an easy, fun and affordable way to help out.

This year’s gala again ignores the standard boring seated-dinner format for a progressive cocktail party through the Devil’s Thumb Ranch complex. Diners will tour the Lodge, Heck’s restaurant, the Broad Axe Barn, Timber House and Ranch House restaurant, enjoying a variety of food and drinks, live music and a big silent auction.

Volunteers are needed from 5 to 11 p.m. for registration and check-in, auction coordination, food and beverage support, and from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for cleaning up. A volunteer buffet dinner will be served and full training provided. I’ll be there helping out and keeping an eye on the bidding for some of the goodies I’d like to have from the silent auction.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Grand Foundation Development and Marketing Manager Helen Sedlar at (970) 887-3111, ext. 5, or helen@grandfoundation.com.

Helping Hounds. If your canine or cat wanders off, make sure it comes home again by having the animal microchipped at a discounted clinic on April 19. The event, sponsored by Dr. Mike Brooks and Grand County Pet Pals will offer the first 50 microchips and registration for $40, a $15 savings from the normal $65 procedure.

Microchipping provides a permanent way to identify a pet and link it back to the owner. The chip, a tiny transponder, is about the size of a grain of rice and implanted just under the skin between the shoulder blades. The chip’s unique number is then registered to the owner.

The clinic will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Brooks Veterinary Services in Granby. All proceeds except the $12 chip registration fee will go to Pet Pals.

Max’s Full Belly Deli will be at the clinic to take pet food donations and distribute to needy pet owners. For details about the effort, visit http://www.lostcoonhound.com.

Helping Homes. Kudos to Destinations West for developing a win-win promotion during a down time in the lodging business. The vacation rental company has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to turn one person’s vacation into funds for another’s home.

Destinations West is offering 20 percent discounts for guests who make lodging reservations through the Vacation for Habitat campaign with half of the savings donated directly to the Habitat for Humanity 1,000 Homes Campaign. Guests can even choose their favorite Habitat organization anywhere in Colorado to receive the donation.

Sign of the Times. It looks like the town of Fraser has finally gotten its sign right. The cut metal script sign located on the east side of U.S. Highway 40 between Winter Park and Fraser has been unreadable for months as shadows cast by the raised sign obscured the word “Fraser” and the mountain/river design.

The sign disappeared for a few days recently and returned set flush against the wood so that the contrast of light brown wood and black metal makes the sign readable.

Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com.

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