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Cathy Walton-Smith: If you believe the Farmer’s Almanac – here’s what to expect this winter

Aspen viewing is not totally over. However, this may be the last weekend for a show of color. The reds and golds have been fantastic this year ” I have heard that’s because we had such a long snowy winter last year. If you believe the skunk cabbage wife’s tale (the snow will be the same depth as the height of the seed stalk), then we’re in for another snowy winter. Here is what the Old Farmer’s Almanac has to say about that:

“Winter will be much colder and drier than normal, on average, with snowfall above normal in the north and below normal in the south. The coldest temperatures will occur in late December; early, mid-, and late January; and early February. The snowiest periods will be in mid-November, early and mid-December, mid- and late January, and late February. April and May will be cooler than normal, with slightly above-normal precipitation.” Get out and enjoy our beautiful fall days while it lasts.

There is a benefit concert for Zack Peterson this Saturday at the Grand Lake Community House. Co-sponsored by the performers, Peggy Mann, Steve Cormey and Brad Pregeant, and the Grand Arts Council, the event is from 5 to 8 p.m. with a $10 donation for admission.  It’s hard to believe it’s been over two months since his near-fatal car crash. In addition, there will be food and other items which have been donated for the benefit. Don’t miss this big event where we will all join in concert to welcome back Zack. Maybe he’ll feel up to joining us. All proceeds will be deposited in the Zack Peterson Fund set up at Grand Mountain Bank.



It may be that you love horses, but it’s impractical to own one. You can still help out by supporting the Troublesome Horse Rescue. This facility offers sanctuary for old, injured and malnourished horses, and finds new homes for them. There will be a fundraising dinner next Saturday, Oct. 18, at Caroline’s Cuisine. Dance to the music of the Blue Rhythm Boys, participate in silent and live auctions, and more. Carriage rides and cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. with the prime rib and salmon buffet dinner beginning at 7 p.m. All for $65 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Fraser Visitors Center, Granby Veterinary Clinic or from Troublesome Horse Rescue at (970) 724-3231.

The next few weeks are packed with classes. It’s a good time to do something for yourself before the holiday rush. On Saturday, from 1 to 2 p.m., stop by the Juniper Library in Grand Lake for a free Intro to Feng Shui, the centuries-old Chinese science of design, taught by Wendy Erickson. Learn how to arrange your home and work environment to promote health, happiness and prosperity. Bring a sketch of your floor plan and explore how your living space is affecting your life. 



Grand Lake artist, Patty Alander, is teaching a series of silver jewelry classes in the technique of precious metal clay. There is a class this Sunday, Oct. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Fraser Rec, then Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Mountain Bank in Grand Lake, Tuesday Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Mountain Bank in Grand Lake, this class is focused on rings, Tuesday Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Mountain Bank in Grand Lake, Wednesday Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fraser Rec. Each two-day class costs $95 all materials are included. Please call Fraser Rec at (970) 726-8968 to register.

A free Homebuyer’s Workshop will he held Oct. 22, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Town Hall board room. This class will help you to become a successful homeowner, and offers help in navigating this crazy buyers’ market. Learn about down payment assistance, special loan programs, and new tax credit programs. The class also includes a free workbook. Please register in advance by calling (970) 887-7271 or visit http://www.grandhousing.org. Sponsored by the Grand County Housing Authority and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. By completing this class, you’ll earn a certificate that could help you qualify for down payment assistance or special loan programs.

Ladies, start working out those kinks in your bones, and join the new fall session of Belly Dance classes. Learn isolation, coordination and new ways to move and stretch. Wear comfortable clothes and plan to enjoy this great invigorating class. All movements are low impact and appropriate for all ages. Classes are on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Granby Recreation/Senior Center. These 1-hour classes are ongoing and you are welcome to join any time for the $10 drop-in fee, or sign up for the next six-week session, beginning Oct. 9, for $50. To sign up, call me at (970) 531-3055.


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