Paul E. Anna: High Points |

Paul E. Anna: High Points

Paul E. AnnaThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

This has been the October that just keeps on giving. To date the weather has been, to use a basketball phrase, nothing but net. But alas there is snow in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. We’ll see how accurate this forecast is, but let’s assume we can still get some of the great fall activities in that are planned for Saturday. One event that will surely go on, rain snow or shine, is the Aspen Valley Hospital’s Mid-Valley Health Day. If you have not been to your doctor lately or have not had any blood work done in a while, this event, and others like it, are a great way to affordably get a baseline for all of your most important numbers. There are free screenings for blood pressure, eye pressure and vision exams. You can also have your knees examined for free. There are also low-cost options available for lab profiles and PSA tests. Plus you can get a flu-shot. All easy-peazy. The event takes place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the El Jebel Community Center in the Eagle County Government Building. You can get more info by calling 544-1296 and you can schedule an appointment for a blood draw online at So assuming you have gone to get screened, may I suggest heading over to Whole Foods to pick a little bakery item from the Midland Bakery to get your blood sugar back up before going to Basalt High School for some softball action. The Lady Longhorns have been banging the ball hard all season. They take a 13-6 record into the regional playoff series at the high school, a field where they are 8-0 so far this year. At 10 a.m., Basalt hosts Peak-to-Peak High and if they win that tilt, they play at 2:15 p.m. in a regional championship game to determine if they move on the state tourney. The ‘Horns have put up 213 runs in 19 games this year, including 20-plus run outings versus Aspen (twice) and Grand Valley. A state appearance would be a real accomplishment for Coach Bruce Matherly and the girls. After the first game you can head up to Aspen for the final Farmers Market of the season. It is hard to believe that market season has come and gone. I remember the first week of the market during Food & Wine weekend. It was packed and bigger than ever. But personally, I prefer the Market at this time of year – when the apple juice is at its sweet peak, the crowds are slim and most of the faces belong to locals. This is a great time of year to stock up on some of the final veggies, get some grass-fed beef for the freezer and say goodbye to all of the vendors. Lots to do in the Roaring Fork Valley as always, but if you prefer, there is always the option of simply taking in the fall colors. Enjoy.

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