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Janet Day – New Fraser Valley bike paths beckon, old ones fade

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Fraser Valley, Colorado

Room to Ride: I’m liking the newly painted bike lanes going from the Fraser River Trail through Old Town and to Winter Park Resort. They’re highly visible, wide and sensible in keeping bikes out of traffic lanes.

But what happened to the great bike lane painted last year on the Meadowridge hill? The road was re-striped last summer so that a wide bike and pedestrian lane was created on the west side of the road. But after a year’s worth of snow, rain and gravel, the stripes wore down to barely visible. For some reason, the re-striping earlier this summer stopped just behind Safeway, again turning the hill into a dangerous route for people on bikes or on foot adjacent to inattentive tourists or speeding locals.

Faces of Art: Local artists Polly Cullen and Heidi McNinch have a fun display at the Fraser Library’s Urban Community Meeting Room this month. The “Friends, Family and Funny Faces” show combines McNinch’s beaded ceramic masks with Cullen’s pastel paintings. My favorite is probably McNinch’s “Old One Eye” mask, but Cullen’s pastel version of a century old family photo, called “The No Necks” is a close second. The display will remain at the library through the end of August.

Sink or Swim: I’ll admit I’m a weak swimmer, so the idea of pretending to be Michael Phelps in open water scares me, but the challenge energizes other people as evidenced by Saturday’s open water swim for more than a half-mile from Point Park to the Grand Lake town beach to raise awareness and money for the Heart of the Mountain Hospice.

My money, in the form of a pledge, is on Karen Conger to be among those who make it from shore to shore. For more information, or if you’re nutty enough to try it yourself, contact jenniferneumann@coloradoweblink.com by Wednesday.

Brunch and a Benefit: Those who prefer their events stay on land can help the Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) program with a brunch on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Lodge at Sunspot atop Winter Park Resort. CASA works to help abused and neglected children in our area, many of whom would not otherwise have a voice in court proceedings.

The brunch begins with a ride up the Zephyr Express chairlift at 10 a.m. and includes speakers hoping to raise awareness about CASA and child abuse or neglect issues in general. Those attending the brunch will receive an all-day pass for use at Winter Park’s base activities (alpine slide, mini-golf and more) as well as a pass to use on the mountain bike trails the day of the brunch.

The Dog House: The popular Cosmic Dog hotdog cart in Winter Park is looking for a winter home – one that’s indoors. The Dog is hoping to find a good lease deal, but it will be hard to beat the low-overhead outdoors location just north of Gasthaus Eichler.

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