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Janet day – Bowl your way into winter

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Fraser Valley, Colorado

Spare Time: The leaves are changing and temperatures dropping, leading many people to start thinking of indoor activities to complement the outdoor fun this winter. How about bowling? If you’ve got the moves or the shoes, consider joining a league of the Grand County Bowling Association, a not-for-profit association that has been around for more than 60 years.

There are openings for four two-woman teams on the Thursday morning league, one four-woman team on Monday evenings and one four-person mixed-gender team on Friday nights. All leagues play at Grand Lake Lanes. Enrollment deadlines for each league differ, so if you’re interested, contact Francie De Vos at 970.722.7707.

My own experience with bowling consists of having had my wedding shower in the old Celebrity Lanes in Denver just for laughs and repeatedly watching “The Big Lebowski” for even more laughs, but my friends who bowl seem to have an awful lot of fun.

Ho Ho Ho Time: This should get your attention: Christmas is just three months away. Time to start thinking about all those presents. Gift-shopping doesn’t need to be a big deal, requiring trips to Denver and a lot of credit card use. Just go to the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District’s Holiday Fair on Nov. 21.

The event, held at the Fraser Elementary School, is always a fun time where local artists and crafters sell their unique products, seasonal friends re-connect for the winter, kids can find a lot of activities and Santa makes an appearance.

If you’re an artist just getting started (and there are a lot of them among the newly unemployed), sign up for a booth. The district will even provide the table if you need one. Contact Michelle Lawrence at 970.726.8968 or Michelle@FraserValleyRec.org for details.

Speaking of art, be sure to stop by the Fraser Valley Library for another great exhibit. Local photographer Steven Willis is displaying his work through September. The Community Room wall holds gorgeous photos of our local scenery, including mountains, animals, close-ups of leaves and more. What fascinates me about Willis’ photography is his use of the sky. It serves as a background in many of the photos, but the dramatic clouds and color behind the mountain peaks, trees and animals are art in and of themselves.

Equally nice are Willis’ hand-made easels displaying some of the work – varnished logs tied rustically with thick rope, perfectly accentuating the natural elements in his photos. The easels, along with the artwork, are for sale.

The library has a great selection of activities planned for October. Learn to make your own felt, scare yourself silly with an old Stephen King movie or dress up your dog for Halloween. Stop by the library for a schedule of events or go to http://www.gcld.org.

This weekend, the library offers tips for keeping you and your family healthy. Local massage therapist Jill Suffin hosts Lynda Shelhammer, a nurse, wellness educator and more, at the library on Friday and Saturday. Her talks are free.

Donated Time: Still have time on your hands? Consider volunteering. Fraser Elementary School needs volunteers to meet with small groups of fifth-grade students twice a week. Volunteers lead discussions with students, helping them to better understand, evaluate, and make use of non-fiction materials they have been assigned to read. Volunteers also are needed for one-on-one sessions once a week.

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