Cathy Walton-Smith: Keeping food on the table, gas in the tank |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Keeping food on the table, gas in the tank

OK so gas is over $4 a gallon. We can worry about whether the vacationers will come (oh, they will Grand Lake falls within the radius of a stay-at-home-vacation for everyone in the state of Colorado). But more importantly, what adjustments can you make so that the increased budget for gas doesnt take food off your table. Here are some suggestions: Buy gas close to home if you get 20 miles to the gallon or less it takes two gallons or more to drive to Granby and back. Thats more than $8. If youre not saving at least that much, its not worth the drive.Use your cruise control youll go a lot farther (up to 20 miles) on a tank of gas and save yourself the price of a speeding ticket if you get caught not paying attention (especially in that new zone in Granby where the speed limit is lower eastbound than westbound on Highway 40).Bundle your errands when you need to run to the opposite end of the county, do your banking and shopping along the way.Car pool coordinate errands with your neighbors and friends, and make an outing of it.Dont leave Grand County if you dont have to. Is there really anything over that hill that you cant get here? Again, bundle those errands. And, if you must go, ask friends and neighbors if you can run any errands for them.Opening Night of Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatres fortieth season is June 13, at 8 p.m. with Oklahoma! This all-time favorite showcased some of the most beautiful songs ever written for the stage and has something for the entire family. Season tickets are still available at the box office. Call (970) 627-3421.The Grand Lake Elementary PAC invites you to buy and sell merchandise at their June 14th Flea Market. Anyone is welcome to rent a table for $25 in the Grand Lake Elementary parking lot from 8 4 p.m., this Saturday, June 14th, to sell their stuff. Booth fees will go toward local youth programs and help pay for a truck to pick up unsellable items at the end of the day, but you get to keep your profits. If you have any questions, please call Schelly Olson at (970) 627-9402.Tickets are going fast for the Art and Architecture Home Tour, Saturday, June 28th, from 1 to 5 p.m. Its your only chance to get inside those houses youve always wanted to see. This years tour also offers a Sixth House Gourmet Dinner catered by Carolines Cuisine. The tour only is $25 per person. The tour, 6th house & dinner is $150. Advance reservations can be made now by calling Barbara Ahrens at (970) 627-3097, or get tickets at the Grand Lake Art Gallery or Elk Horn Gallery in Winter Park. This tour is limited and is always sold out.Grand Lakes historic Yacht Club will be the venue for the third annual Tops of the Rockies fundraiser for the Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Sponsored by the Friends of the Grand County Library, Inc., this evening of entertainment will also feature wine tasting and light hors doeuvres as guests mingle among the decorated table tops. Set aside Friday, June 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 in advance, reserved online at For more information, call (970) 627-0557.Brooks Gallery, located at 1036 Grand Avenue (upstairs, above the Emporium) is worth the climb to see great local photographs, pottery and art. Artists and proprietors, Lenny and Gail Brooks are having a 50 percent off sale on all matted photographs through the end of June. Be sure to stop in.While youre out and about this week, ask Suzi Maki if shes older than me yet . . . ask Suzi Maki if she plans to have her cake and eat it too . . . and ask Suzi Maki why we all raise the American Flag on her birthday.Will the wind ever stop?

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