Cathy Walton-Smith: Try fill-in-the-blank New Year’s Resolutions |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Try fill-in-the-blank New Year’s Resolutions

Welcome to 2009 and to two months of figuring out how to change the date on every check you write. It’s much easier to change a 9 to and 8 than the other way around. It’s also time to make those dreaded New Year’s Resolutions that tend to get forgotten by April Fool’s Day. Could there be a connection?

This year, I’m trying a kinder, gentler approach. I have created a fill-in-the-blank list of five statements, which will then be sticky-note attached to a prominent spot on my bathroom mirror. Well, maybe not that prominent, but somewhere important.

Anyway, here’s the list in case you want to play along.

The person I want most to be like is …

The bad habit I want to kick is …

The new skill I want to learn is …

The project I want to finish is …

The relationship I need to improve is …

If I can accomplish two or three of these in the next 12 months, it will be a very good year.

The latest publication of Rough-Writers INK magazine is on the newsstand. This is the 10th edition filled with the creations of local writers and artists. You’ll love the art, the poems and the stories. Sales of this publication raise scholarship money for local graduates continuing their education in the creative arts. Pick up a copy today.

The Grand Arts Council will be hosting one more open house tour of the new Grand Arts Center on Park Avenue in Grand Lake. Stop by this Saturday at from noon to 1 p.m. Enjoy some goodies, sign the guest book and contribute your ideas for classes and events you’d like to see offered in Grand Lake . . . now that there is space. For information on rates, call Barbara Ahrens at (970) 627-3097.

Society of Song and Story will hold their next event is set from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at the Grand County fairgrounds. Here’s your chance to recite your poetry, essay or short story; sing a song, play a tune or just come and enjoy.

Admission is $2. Dessert and coffee is available for a buck or two. Proceeds go to the

Rough-Writers, INK Scholarship Fund for Grand County students going into the creative arts. Bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle, singing voice or whatever instrument you have, and join in the jam session at the end. There is nothing more fun than hanging with a bunch of creative and talented friends. Musicians, call Mike Music at (970) 531-2809 or Sarah Clements at (970) 531-7099. Writers, call Chris Tracy at (970) 531-1907.

The Brown Bag Book Group will meet at the Grand Lake Juniper Library, Thursday, Jan. 8, 12:30 p.m. The book to read is “My Sister’s Keeper”, by Jodi Picoult ” a New York Times bestseller with “a fascinating character study framed by a complex, gripping story … a beautiful, heartbreaking, controversial and honest book.”

If one of your resolutions is to get into shape, Never Summer Fitness will help you get it done.

Also, since readers suggested I send you information on what’s happening at Never Summer Fitness, I am! Their next 8-week session begins Monday, Jan. 12 to Thursday, March 5. Open registration will continue through the Jan. 11 through the Web site, or e-mail or call (970) 531-3541. There are eight different fitness sessions available and all the details are at the Web site.

Don’t miss the first Concert in the Pines coming up on Jan. 17. See Alex Komodore and Jeff LaQuatra a classical guitar duo in concert Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Grand Lake Community House, 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults with tickets available at the door. Wine will be available for $5 a glass. Sponsored by the Grand Arts Council.

Happy New Year!

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