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Spring is right around the corner in Grand Lake not

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

Its funny how they never talk about global warming in the winter. I wonder why? Maybe its a silly subject when two thirds of the country is suffering from the deep freeze. Still, the days are getting longer (by about 20 minutes thanks to my trusty Farmers Almanac), and it warmed up to 20 degrees at my house earlier this week. Spring is just around the corner.We seem to really be getting in the mood for Winter Carnival on Saturday, Feb. 7. Its time to get together your team for the bed sled races. If you have a team, but no bed sled, skis, mattresses and other materials are available from the committee. In an effort to encourage more even competition in the bed sled race, there will be divisions this year at least for seniors and gals or think up your own division or challenges. It would be fun to see if other fire departments have got what it takes to unseat the Grand Lake Fire Department champions.This years theme is The Pirates of the Caribbean … which is hoped will be reflected in the parade, snow sculptures, bed sled designs, snowman contest, and Mardi Gras costumes. Sponsorships are still needed for the King & Queen contestants. New this year … tag football in the snow. Sign up for these events today. Tickets for the Mardi Gras Ball at Pancho & Leftys will be on sale soon for $10 per person. Get yours at Pancho & Leftys or RE/MAX. To sign up for any of the team events (bed sled races, flag football, teapot curling) or for more information, call Suzi Maki at 970-531-1914 … aaarrrrrgggghh.The Grand Arts Council will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at their newly renovated Grand Arts Center on Park Avenue in Grand Lake. There will be tours, coffee and a dessert potluck before the general membership meeting. The public and all current members are invited to attend. Members (even new members) will be eligible to vote for new board members and participate in the annual meeting. Agenda items will include a discussion on future uses for the facility. Please plan to attend and learn how you can participate in this great non-profit endeavor.The Terrace Inn will be offering a $14.95 8 ounce Sirloin Steak Special every Thursday night. The special includes baked potato and vegetable. Hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Blue Waters Bakery, is now open in the space formally occupied by Black Bear Caf. Featuring an array of baked goods, coffees, breakfast items, sandwiches and soups, the bakery is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.On Saturday there will be the first Full Moon Ski of the year for cross-country skiers at the Grand Lake Touring Center. There will be complimentary cocoa and marshmallows around the campfire. For more information, call (970) 627-8008. With all this new snow, it should be a great evening. 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 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults with tickets available at the door. Wine will be available for $5 per glass. Sponsored by the Grand Arts Council.Im back in business as a blogger on the newspapers Web site. Go to skyhidailynews.com and choose blogs under the opinion tab. Ive decided to focus my discussions on the current state of real estate in the Grand County area. Check it out and send me your comments to waltonsmith@rkymtnhi.com. You can also use that e-mail address to send news for this column.

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