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Cathy Walton-Smith/View from the LakeSky-Hi NewsGrand County CO Colorado

I went on a quest the other day, for one of Grand Lake’s most varied of natural resources … weeds. Being the crafty person that I am, I decided they would be a great design element for a project I’m working on for the Olde Fashioned Holiday Craft Bazaar coming up Thanksgiving weekend. The landscape in our area is pretty much an even golden color everywhere you look. But when you get up close, the variety is pretty amazing. In a few short minutes, right outside my door, I found several types of wheat-type grasses, puffy things on stalks, dried flowers, pods, and some heavenly smelling sagebrush.A short drive down Highway 40 brought be to a beautiful patch of cattails and I was able to harvest some prime specimens. I happened to leave them in my car over night, where they were apparently irresistible to the resident mouse in my garage. The next day, the inside of my car looked like the cattails had exploded. The cottony, fuzzy stuff was everywhere. I’m still picking it off the seats.The next Art Out of Thin Air get-together is this Wednesday at the Grand Lake Art Gallery from 5:30-7:30 p.m. All local artists are welcome to stop by and talk about art, any art related events and to show what you are currently working on.This Wednesday, Oct. 28, is Movie Night at the Juniper Library. At 6 p.m. join friends and neighbors for a free showing of The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds and Betty White.As expected, there will be plenty of opportunities for your costuming efforts to be rewarded on Halloween. Start early with dinner at the Bears Den. Enjoy live music from the band “TNT” while you dine in the haunted forest or the graveyard. You can win cash and prizes at the Lariat, Grumpy’s and Johnson’s Landing. Johnson’s is also serving free tacos to everyone still out at 11 p.m. Of course there will be music and dancing everywhere.For the youngsters, Moms & Tots will meet at the Juniper Library to go Trick or Treating this Friday, Oct. 30, 11 to noon followed by a Halloween Scary Story Party from 1-3 p.m.The Merchants of Grand Lake are hosting a Trick or Treat Hunt and costume contest Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m. at Town Park. There will be lots of candy and prizes. Prizes are still needed, along with donations of “Candy for the Troops.” Call Vickie Johnson at 970-627-3385 for more details.If you have “computer issues”, on Friday Oct. 30, from 10-11 a.m. there is Computer Tutoring at the Juniper Library. Come to a free personalized 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. A second session is offered Monday, Nov. 16.Production work has started for the 2009 holiday melodrama. Auditions will be held on Nov. 4-5 from 6:30-8 p.m. There are 12 characters, 4 male and 8 female or possibly 5 and 7. There are no children’s parts as such, though two of the female parts could be younger females (teenage types). If you are interested in being in this year’s production, be there at 6:30 p.m. For more information call Barbara Ahrens at 970-627-3097. Volunteers are also needed to help with lighting and other backstage duties.I know that many of you were disappointed when we were no longer able to recycle in Grand Lake as the community recycling program had been eliminated. Jesse McWilliams has been operating Curbside Recycling in Grand County and has recently expanded his services to the Grand Lake area. Please consider continuing to recycle waste items by supporting Curbside Recycling or other recycling options (i.e. the dump) still available in our community. The cost of Curbside service is $25/month for one 18-gallon bin, picked up every other week, and additional bins can be purchased for $15/month per bin; a 30-gallon bin is available for $32/month. To sign up for service or for more information: