Cathy Walton-Smith: Grasping for sign of spring " real or imagined |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Grasping for sign of spring " real or imagined

Signs of spring are showing up everywhere.

Here are just a few:

Our month-old calf is kicking up her heels with excitement.

Jim Cervenka has spotted our first robin red breast.

Dal is no longer wearing socks with his flip-flops.

There are pussies on the willows.

The iceberg (nicknamed Titanic) is gone from my deck.

We had our first campfire last weekend.

My car won’t stay clean (however, this is universal for all seasons).

The snowmobilers are gone.

There are only four-days left in March.

I’m pulling at straws for any signs.

I saw the first Mountain Bluebird this week. I actually saw two in one day. Yes, siree Bob ” signs of spring are everywhere.

Election day is Tuesday. If you live in the Town of Grand Lake, this year’s election promises to be interesting with three people running for mayor and four running for Town Trustee. Incumbent mayor, Judy Burke, is up for re-election. Also running are Glenn Harrington and Russ Martin. On the trustee side of things, Pat Engelhardt and Glenn Harrington will be leaving the board. Up for re-election is Kathy Lewis. Others running for a seat are Joanne Jewell, Gary Gates and Elmer Lanzi. We need responsible and informed people running Grand Lake. Please get out and vote.

Grand Lake artist Patty Alander will teach the fun art of creating silver jewelry with precious metal clay. This unique material is made of powdered fine silver and an organic binder. You create pieces as you would if you were using clay. Once the pieces are dried and fired, you’re left with a piece of .999 fine silver jewelry. This class is sponsored by the Fraser Metropolitan Recreation District and is being held at the Grand Lake Art Gallery, April 15 and 22, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $95, and participants will be able to make between three and five pieces of jewelry. Call the Fraser Rec. District at (970) 726-8968 to register.

On Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn gourmet cooking at Caroline’s Cuisine. For $30, learn from a master chef and enjoy the fabulous food you’ve created over lunch. Sign up through the Grand Lake Art Gallery. Call (970) 627-3104. Limited to 10 lucky people.

Fans of public radio will be happy to know that KUNC has started a fundraising effort to bring that station’s radio signal back to Grand County listeners.

No one knows why we ever got it in the first place, but when they moved things around last summer it went away. A $42,900 fundraising campaign is underway in an effort to bring reception back from one of two towers in Grand County. If you would like to contribute to this effort contact KUNC at (970) 350-0818, or drop off your donation at any Grand Mountain Bank location.

The Bear’s Den is having another Murder Mystery Dinner to to help get us through the next few months of cabin fever. On April 19, it’s “Murder at the 4 Deuces” in a ’20s gangster setting. Then, on May 17, drag out your poodle skirt and roll up the sleeves on your t-shirts for “The Sock Hop.” Call (970) 627-3385 for reservations as seating is limited.

Caroline’s Cuisine is also hoping to perk up your week by offering a dinner special for just $19.95 on Wednesdays. In the words of Jean-Claude, that’s “Spring Madness.” Order soup or salad, choice of entree and dessert from their special menu. Wine tasting also continues every Friday evening by reservation. Call them at (970) 627-9404.

May the bluebird of happiness fly up your nose.

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