Cathy Walton-Smith – If this is global warmng, we’ll take it |

Cathy Walton-Smith – If this is global warmng, we’ll take it

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

I can’t believe we are in November already. You’d never know it by the weather we’ve had this past week. If this is what global warming is all about, I really have no objections. It’s time to make your list – and check it twice, as we begin the mad dash to the end of the year. These next eight weeks will be full of events and activities for the whole family.Winter will be showing up sooner or later. The Mountain Family Center is in need of warm winter coats in all shapes, colors, sizes and ages. Between now and Dec 18 they will be accepting coat donations at two locations: Granby Ranch Real Estate Office across from SolVista Basin and at Winter Park Market’s new location next to the Fraser Valley Rec Center. Clean our the closet and help to keep all of our neighbors warm this winter.Tickets are now on sale for the Independent Sports Club Holiday Gala to be held at Caroline’s Cuisine on Saturday, Nov. 28. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. with a full buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Dance to the music of Nine Toed Bob and Super Dave and bid on both silent and live auctions items or win a door prize. The cost is $50 per person and tickets are available at all Grand Mountain Bank locations or by calling Dee at 627-5078 or Laura at 887-1282. Black tie is optional.The U.S. Postal Service announces dates to mail to Canada, Mexico & internationally by Christmas; also U.S. & overseas military deadlines – For delivery of holiday cards and packages by Dec. 25 to international addresses, the U.S. Postal Service recommends the following: The general deadline is between Dec. 11 to Dec. 14 for sending holiday letters and packages to most international countries and destinations including Mexico, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, to Australia and New Zealand, and to Asia/the Pacific Rim. (See dates below.) The general deadline is Dec. 4 for mailing to countries in Africa, Central and South America. Express Mail is still available to most international countries until around Dec. 17.Online customers can also save on postage, order free shipping supplies or schedule free package pickup. Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes for international shipping are available in four sizes, with shipping prices starting as low as $10.95 to Mexico and Canada, or $12.95 to most countries. Flat-Rate boxes are free at any Post Office, or can be ordered online at Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online any time using Click-N-Ship at Grand Lake Area Historical Society will have an open house at the Kauffman House museum on Nov. 27 and 28, Dec. 26 and also Jan. 2, 2010, from 1-4 p.m. They would like to have a display of antique winter toys. If anyone has some antique winter toys they would be willing to loan for the open houses – please call The Historical society at 970-627-9644 and leave a message or call Kathy Means – 970-627-8978.The Terrace Inn has reminded me that they are one of the only restaurant’s in Grand Lake open right now. They will, however, be closed during the week and will reopen on Friday and Saturday. Other restaurants remaining open are El Pacifico, Sagebrush, Bears Den and Johnson’s Landing.The Juniper Library has a busy schedule for us this week. Thursday, Nov. 12, at 12:30 p.m. join the Brown Bag Book Group at the Juniper Library, reading Identical Strangers, by Schein and Bernstein. In this transfixing memoir, Bernstein, a freelance writer, and Schein, a filmmaker, recount the story of how each woman discovered she had an identical twin sister, and the reunion that followed. Bring your lunch and join in the discussion.Then, on Friday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. Maintain Your Brain will be presented by Emmalie Conner, Regional Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Fort Collins. A fun, interactive program on promoting brain health. It’s free, and light refreshments will be served.And next Mon., Nov. 16, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. there Computer Tutoring will be offered. 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. There are still a few booth spaces available for the 2009 Olde Fashioned Holiday Craft Bazaar on Nov. 27 and 28. Please call Barbara at 970-627-3097 to secure your space.