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Janet Day " Grand County a beautiful place to weather a recession

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Fraser Valley, Colorado

Summertime Savings. If the economy has you sticking close to home instead of taking a big vacation this summer, don’t feel bad ” there are plenty of free or low-cost ways to enjoy the many events and activities around the area.

If we have to ride out a nasty recession by staying home and not spending money, this is a pretty good place to do it. Hiking is still free. Hundreds of miles of bike trails don’t require entry fees. Stunning scenery doesn’t cost a thing.

How about free yoga classes? Yep, free. That’s what Mountain Moon Yoga in Winter Park is offering in June. Show up at the studio on Mondays at 9 a.m. for a free class suitable for all levels. All you have to do in return is bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to Grand County Food Banks.

Enjoy events for free by volunteering. Help out one day, get a ticket for another. The Seventh Annual Blues from the Top music festival is looking for volunteers from Thursday, June 25 (set-up) through Monday, June 28 (clean up). Depending on when and for how long you volunteer, you’ll get a T-shirt, ticket, food and drink. Interested? E-mail Garycherylkey@msn.com or call 970-726-8761 to sign up. Provide your name, phone number, e-mail address, dates and times you want to volunteer for and your T-shirt size.

Other activities come with a price, but it doesn’t have to be a lot. The Grand Lake Festival of Arts and Crafts kicks off the summer this weekend with artists’ booths set up throughout the town park offering everything from high-end paintings to gifts that cost just a couple dollars. Many artists I know, including myself, are reducing prices and creating lower-priced items so that everyone can enjoy unique and useful hand-crafted products instead of bland items mass produced overseas.

Another way to find great deals on gift items is at silent auctions. The one associated with next Saturday’s Habitat Hobble 5K run/walk looks terrific, with artwork, restaurant meals, lodging packages and a week at a Caribbean villa among the items available for bidding well below market value. The Hobble benefits Habitat for Humanity of Grand County and my accountant tells me race entry fees are tax-deductible.

Why not spend some time this summer learning to make things yourself? Could save you a lot of money come Christmastime. The Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District has a variety of how-to classes this summer, including beading, re-usable fabric gift bags, pottery, stained glass and silver clay jewelry.

Or stop by the Grand Arts Festival at the Winter Park Resort Village on July 11 to take advantage of free 50-minute arts and crafts workshops for kids and adults.

Artist Event. Congratulations to local artists Donna Lyons and Patty Alander who are showing their work at the 910 Events Gallery on Santa Fe Drive in Denver. Their show opens with a reception on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and both women will be demonstrating their work on Saturday.

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