Cathy Walton-Smith – How did we manage to get through that decade? |

Cathy Walton-Smith – How did we manage to get through that decade?

Cathy Walton-Smith / View from the LakeGrand Lake, CO Colorado

What a trip! It’s 2010! Is that two-thousand-ten or twenty-ten? Either way, it’s fun to type. How did we ever manage to get through the first decade of this millennium? Ten years ago at this time where were you? What were you doing? Did you live in the same place? Have the same job?Remember being worried about Y2K and the rumors that all our computers would crash because there were no dates beyond 1999? Nothing happened. Instead, technology has brought us things we never imagined. Like touch screen phones, google, and text messaging. You’re out of touch if you can’t understand, “u r my bff – lol!”It’s time to formulate that New Year’s Resolution. Let’s face it: Most of us fail when it comes to sticking to resolutions – so much so that many people swear never to make resolutions again. And yet the rest of us are eternally hopeful when the New Year comes around, believing without any credible evidence that we can improve our lives, that change is possible, that we’re not going to be stuck in the same old rut again. While I love the optimism of New Year’s Resolutions, unfortunately, the enthusiasm and hope often fades within weeks, and our efforts at self improvement come to a whimpering end. My resolution for this year is to “lighten my load.” I figure that can be taken in many directions, I can put just a little effort into it (take a bag of clothing to Changes), and I can claim success. Sounds like a good plan to me. A free Homebuyer’s Workshop, will he held at 5:30 to 9:30 p.m on Jan. 11 at the Grand Lake Fire Station. This class will help you to become a successful homeowner, and offers help in navigating this crazy buyers’ market. Learn about down payment assistance, special loan programs, and new tax credit programs. The class also includes a free workbook. Register in advance by calling 725-3071 or online at The class is sponsored by the Grand County Housing Authority and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. By completing this class, you’ll earn a certificate that could help you qualify for down payment assistance or special loan programs.The Juniper Library Adult Programs continues this month with Computer Tutoring at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11. Do computers baffle you? Come to a free tutoring session with a skilled volunteer. Please call 970-627-8353 to register (preferred), but come anyway even if you didn’t have a chance to sign up. Also offered Wed., Jan. 20, Thurs., Jan. 28, and Fri., Feb. 5. If square dancing sounds like fun, the Never Summer Squares are hosting a free Chili Social and dance demo at 7 p.m., Jan. 14 at the Granby Community Center. If enough Grand Lake people are interested, they will work on getting classes started in Grand Lake. For more information, call 887-2302. The Grand Lake Recreation District Nordic Center is open with exciting new trails, bridges, a renovated retail shop and clubhouse and new ski equipment. The whole family is welcome at the Nordic Center – children can tube on the sledding hill or play board games inside. And, the club house is a fun place to sit in front of the fire and have a warm, winter drink. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 9, Eat, Ski & Be Merry, featuring barbequed hot dogs and root beer floats. Then from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, it’s Learn to Ski For Free Day, presented by the Grand Nordic Club. Free Nordic lessons for Grand Nordic Members, includes trail fee and rentals. If rentals are needed, register at 9:30 a.m. Lessons start at 10 a.m. Non-members are invited to join Grand Nordic or pay a nominal fee for lessons, trail fee and rentals ($10 lessons, $5 trail fee, $5 rentals).Kids free lessons are on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 8, 15 and 22. Lessons are open to children ages 5 to 12 and limited to 20 participants. And, as always, Grand County kids ski free on Fridays (except holidays).The Winter Carnival Committee and the Grand Lake Chamber are busy planning the 2010 Grand Lake Winter Carnival. Choosing the theme, “Olympics – Grand Lake Style,” the committee is seeking to build on the excitement and interest that the Olympic Games generate every four years. While the traditional activities that are associated with the Winter Carnival will take place on Saturday, February 6, the Chamber is planning a three week marketing effort, around the actual day of the Carnival, to promote Grand Lake. Plans call for Grand Lake to be transformed into an Olympic Village with businesses flying the flag of the country of their choice and building internal promotions around their country. The Olympic “torch” will tour Grand Lake retail businesses and dining establishments. Its presence at a location will indicate to locals and tourists alike that special discounts or a unique dining experience is occurring. To be successful, additional businesses are needed to participate in the transformation of Grand Lake into an Olympic Village. Please help this effort to promote Grand Lake by contacting Suzi Maki with your country choice. Suzi will take your flag order as well as be able to provide additional details about the event and explain how you can help this to be a success. Call Suzi at 970-531-1914.