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Cyndi McCoy: Give a cold shoulder to boredom

Just because it’s the “shoulder season” in Grand County doesn’t mean we’re left out in the cold with nothing to do.

Open mic nights throughout the county offer a sampling of at least a handful of local musicians and, for as many restaurants that are closing for at least a couple weeks to winterize their offerings (Daven Haven, Rapids, Gasthaus Eichler, and Untamed Grill are the ones that have let me know ” I’d advise people to call before they go out), there are plenty staying open. It’s a good time to try a new place (for those of us not getting the opportunity to visit Bali before the rains begin). Try the chicken spedini at the Riverside for starters. It’s incredible.

Get those muscles in shape for the ski season by taking a crack at free chiropractic services in exchange for five non-perishable items or canned goods with Shadow Mountain Chiropractic Clinic. New patients are welcome to take advantage of the deal Oct. 27 to 31, with Oct. 29 set aside for existing patients.

We’re less than a month away from the opening of the Winter Park Ski Resort, which also marks the opening of several new restaurants in the Fraser Valley. There’s buzz about Sushi King, Pasquini’s Pizzeria and the Star of India should be opening its doors at Cooper Creek Square by then. Also, when the Rapids reopens in December, check out their new a la carte menu.

There’s also a ton of movies out or about to come out: Kevin Smith’s comedy “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” Angelina Jolie in Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling,” Ed Norton in “Pride and Glory,” Mark Wahlberg in “Max Payne,” Oliver Stone’s “W.,” and to prepare for next week’s haunting thriller “The Haunting of Molly Hartley” and horrors “Splinter” and “Saw V.”

As the holidays draw closer and our days are filled with the routine traditions and hooey, this may be a time to plan ahead. Mark your calendars for Motorhome on Nov. 7 (they open for Oakhurst in the Silverthorne Pavilion tonight) and on a blues note, make sure to secure tickets for the Grand County Blues Society’s Tab Benoit concert and food drive Nov. 16. Also, for early Christmas shoppers, only about 20 giclees remain of Howard Neville’s watercolor of fall aspens. They are $45, available at the Granby Chamber and Fraser Visitor’s Center. Proceeds benefit the Granby Main Street Program.

Other things to check out include free and legal music downloads for your iPhone or iPod from Tribe of Noise, a music community aimed at connecting artists, fans and professionals (with a special license musicians can allow their tunes to be distributed freely).

Books to “check out” include Sara Gruen’s endearing and delightful “Water for Elephants” (which I read in two weeks which is unheard of for me) and “Gonzo,” which is a chronological look at the life of Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson through those he worked with during his incredible career (with forward by Johnny Depp).

Food for thought: “May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.” – Irish blessing. “Boredom comes from a boring mind.” – Metallica.

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