Cathy Walton-Smith Robins and rain: It must be spring in Grand Lake |

Cathy Walton-Smith Robins and rain: It must be spring in Grand Lake

Cathy Walton-Smith / View from the LakeGrand Lake, Colorado

Back to my annual obsession with signs of spring. Petra Recor writes: Has anyone seen robins yet? Otherwise Eden and I can report the news of a whole fat “flock” of at least 3-4 on our property, seen Saturday afternoon. In addition, I saw my first marmot scamper across Highway 34 this week. Various other rodent-types have also been popping their heads out of holes all along County Road 41. And the final sign of spring for this week… as I sit writing this, its raining outside!The Grand Lake Women’s Club will meet Thursday, April 16, at the Grand Lake town fire station at 1 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Grand Lake Elementary School principal. All women are welcome to attend.The talent line-up for the Cabin Fever Follies is just about full. This local talent show is April 25, at the Historic Grand Lake Community House. The Mountain Man Ballet is still in need of local guys willing to get up on stage and participate in the surprise finale act. Call me at 531-3055 for details. Tickets are now on sale at the Grand Lake Art Gallery, adults – $12, kids under 12 – $5. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community House.Local Artist Donna Lyons has donated a framed original watercolor titled “Beaver Pond Study” (valued at $250) that was painted plein air in Rocky Mountain National Park/ Kawuneeche Valley to be given away on May 23. To be enteredinto the drawingplease bring 2 non-perishable food items to The Grand Lake Art Gallery, fill out the entry form and await your chance to win this beautiful painting. Any non-perishable food items are appreciated but most needed are: Mac & Cheese, soups, Tuna & Hamburger Helper, rice, spaghetti, ramen noodles, peanut butter.The Rocky Mountain Coffee Company and Deli has announced Spring Value Meals. Any breakfast sandwich plus 16 oz. coffee for only $4.25. Any 6 inch sub, chips, and soda for only $6.50.The 9Health Fair continues for one more week in Grand County. The Fraser fair is April 25, 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the elementary school. You can pre-register for these at With many locals not being able to afford health insurance and a majority of others with high deductibles, this is an important event for our community. Take advantage of more than 20 free and low-cost health screenings and education. Vision, blood pressure, oral health, foot health, mental health, hearing, skin cancer, breast cancer, finger-stick glucose test and more. For the cost of a co-pay, you can have a 31-component blood chemistry screening. You must fast for 12 hours prior to blood draw, you may drink water, black tea or coffee. (Be sure to take all prescribed medications and diabetics should not fast.) Dont miss this final chance.The Circle H Lodge will be finishing up the winter Audio and Visual Enlightment event the end of April. They will continue in the month of May if musicians want to continue playing on Thursday nights and continue to have community support. The response of the musicians has been great, they all love this venue, and are playing for just the cover charge at the door, so it is nice to see the locals supporting them. Please let April and Ken know if you think there would be support in May, or if you would like to entertain. Call 531-1267 or e-mail This Thursday stop in to see a Grand County favorite, Gary Key and visual artist Beth Kurtak (Gary’s special request), she is a long time local and favorite as well.The Circle H is also planning a Barbeque and community yard sale over Memorial weekend May 23rd & 24th. They will be selling some wares of the lodge that are no longer needed and are inviting folks to bring a few of their own treasures to sell from their lot. Call to reserve your spot for just $10 per day, no other commissions or fees. They promise to have live music, the Barbie going and of course the lounge will be open.Its Springtime in the Rockies. Cathy Walton-Smith,

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