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COMMUNITY AUTHORITY

Welcome to winter and (almost) spring!

In this newsletter you will find information about fun events happening around the community, celebrations, and helpful tips for making this a wonderful time of year.

Winter Driving Safety Tips

We’ve had a relatively mild winter so far, however, we’re not out of the woods yet. According to Pennsylvania’s infamous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, who saw his shadow on Friday, February 2nd, we’re in for another six weeks of winter. Here are some helpful tips to help keep you safe on the roads, should Mother Nature ever decide we should get some (much needed) snow!

Make sure your car is ready for winter driving.

If you haven’t done so already, take precautions to ensure that your vehicle can handle winter driving conditions by checking tire pressure, fluids (windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze, and oil, just to name a few), windshield wiper blades, brakes, belts, and battery, oh my!

Prepare your emergency kit.

Create an emergency kit (or dust off your current one) and make sure it’s accessible! Your emergency kit should be tailored to fit you and your family but here are some items to help you get started: »» fully stocked first aid kit »» flashlight and extra batteries »» portable phone charger »» blanket(s) and spare clothes (socks, gloves, hats, etc.) »» nonperishable foods (energy bars, unsalted nuts, dried fruit, etc.) and bottled water »» hand warmers

Stay safe around snowplows.

Driving near snowplows can be dangerous (not to mention scary!). Keep your distance - if you’re following a snowplow, stay at least 70 feet behind it. Never pass a snowplow on the right, that’s where they are pushing the snow! Keep in mind that big machines, like snowplows, have several blind spots and never assume that they see you. Also, be aware that some plows could be equipped with extended blades and that all blades stick out several feet in front of the vehicle.

Proper tools can help save the day.

Keep tools such as an ice scraper, compact shovel, chain or tow rope, long jumper cables, basic car tool kit, car jack and wheel wrench, spare tire, rock salt, sand or kitty litter (for traction) in the trunk - you never know when you’ll need them!

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Need Help Preparing and Filing Your Taxes? Every year qualified volunteers are available to help prepare and electronically file taxes at no charge. See page 14 for a list of items you may need to bring with you. You are required to be present while having your taxes prepared. If you have questions or need assistance with scheduling an appointment, please contact your Senior Services Resource Coordinator. West Boulder Senior Center · 909 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 14th, 2018 By appointment only Call 720-475-6639 to make an appointment CU Boulder, Leeds School of Business · 995 Regent Dr, Koelbel Bldg. Room 375, Boulder Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., through April 7th No appointment necessary Lafayette Public Library · 1290 S. Public Road, Lafayette Wednesdays through April 11th, 2018 Make your appointment online http://cotaxaide.org/appt or call 303-661-1163 Longmont Senior Center · 910 Longs Peak Avenue, Longmont Tuesday and Thursdays through April 12th, 2018 Call 303-774-4429 to make an appointment

Boulder County Senior Centers Senior centers offer older residents a place to meet other seniors and stay connected to the community with activities like day trips, classes, entertainment, support groups, fitness options, health screenings and meals. Check each center’s website for details and a complete schedule. West Boulder: 909 Arapahoe Ave. | 303-441-3148 | www.BoulderSeniorServices.com East Boulder: 5660 Sioux Drive | 303-441-4150 | www.BoulderSeniorServices.com Lafayette: 103 S. Iowa Ave. | 303-665-9052 | www.CityOfLafayette.com Longmont: 910 Longs Peak Ave. | 303-651-8411| www.ci.Longmont.co.us/sen_ctr Louisville: 900 W. Via Appia | 303-666-7400 | www.LouisvilleRecreation.com/SeniorWelcome.php Lyons Golden Gang: 335 Railroad Ave., Bldg. B | 303-823-6771 | www.LyonsGoldenGang.weebly.com Nederland: Various locations | 303-258-0799 | www.NederlandAreaSeniors.org

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Senior Day at The Capitol 2018

Hosted by

with support from local organizations!

SAVE THE DATE!

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Winter Well-being for Seniors

Your Presence, Your Voice - YOUR DAY!

Morning Session: The Colorado State Capitol 9:00 to 11:30 9AM 11:30 a.m. nd North 2 Floor Mezzanine and Old Supreme Court Chambers

200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203 Continental breakfast served at the Capital fromin 8:00 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast 8AM to 9AM served ThetoCapitol Lunch Session: Scottish Rites Masonic Center Noon toto2:00 p.m. (Noon 2PM) 1370 Grant Street (across the street from The Capitol)

Visit website to RSVP, purchase lunch and Visit our their website to RSVP, purchase lunch learn moremore aboutabout Colorado SeniorSenior Lobby.Lobby. and learn Colorado Seating served with thethe disabled Seatingisisfirst firstcome, come,first first served with and seniors given seating preference. disabled and seniors given seating preference. Questions? Call Colorado Senior Lobby at 303-832-4535. Governor Hickenlooper is invited!

Why attend? Meet your legislators, elected officials, Senior Day Sponsors, learn about programs and legislation affecting older adults.

www.ColoradoSeniorLobby.org Event will be streamed in the morning. Find details on the website. Event Sponsorships available – Call Karin at 303-794-0799

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Family Self-Sufficiency Family Self–Sufficiency (FSS) is a five-year academic, employment and savings incentive program designed to help low income families gain education and career skills to move toward self-sufficiency. Through case management, the program provides life-skills guidance and linkages to network service providers.

FSS Family Self-Sufficiency

Participants are expected to make continual progress towards their educational and career goals while meeting the additional program requirements of the FSS program in order to graduate successfully in five years. While FSS does not provide funding for employment or supportive services other than case management, it can facilitate collaborative relations with local agencies to access additional resources for its participants. For more information or to apply, please visit us online at www.FSSBoulderCounty.org. In this section of the newsletter, we’ll welcome new FSS participants, brag about some of our recent FSS successes, and highlight our FSS academic and program graduates.

Congratulations and welcome to the following new FSS participants: Seham T. Katie W. Andrew J. Maira G. Jessica R.

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Tonni T. Andrea N. Crystal M. Deanna C. Frances J.

Riley V. Julia L. Amirah C. Irene J. Crystal M.

Rebecca F. Mary Lu G. Destiny J. Annette C. Dorris O.

Arlette N. Corinna L. Yvette S.


This section is an opportunity to highlight all of the GREAT things that FSS participants are doing, each and every day! If you are an FSS participant, be sure you let your case manager know if you have an accomplishment that deserves recognition! Keep up all of the amazing work! »» A participant was promoted to Department Manager and got a raise. »» A participant was promoted to Lead Preschool Teacher and got a raise. »» A participant was hired as the Culinary Manager at a local grocery store. »» A participant was promoted to a lead position and offered a $2.00 raise. »» A participant maintained employment as an MA for 1 year and earned a $0.50 raise. »» A participant graduated from IBMC with her Dental Assistant Certificate and was hired full-time at Adventure Dental. »» A participant was awarded the Colorado Merit Scholarship at FRCC. »» A participant started a full-time position with benefits with SVVSD. »» A participant was inducted into the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success. »» A participant completed her Ophthalmology Program at PIMA with a 3.9 GPA and found full-time employment at an eye care center. »» A participant found full-time employment. »» A participant graduated from Colorado Christian with her BSN, passed her NCLEX and found full-time employment as a nurse. »» A participant celebrated 13 year anniversary with King Soopers. »» A participant earned a 1% raise. »» A participant was promoted to Operations Manager at a local moving and storage company. »» A participant passed the A+ 1 & 2 Certification exam and the Security Plus Certification exam. »» A participant was hired as a full-time MA at UC Health. »» A participant hit her 90 day anniversary at work and earned full benefits. »» A participant was accepted into CU Boulder. »» A participant was voted to be the President of the International Affairs Club at FRCC. »» A participant earned a $2.00 raise at work. »» A participant was promoted to a chef position at her work. »» A participant was promoted to Director earned a $2.00 raise with SVVSD Community Schools Program. »» A participant earned her CDA Certification. »» A participant graduated from FRCC and was hired as a medical assistant at an endocrinology clinic. »» A participant passed her Language Arts GED exam. »» A participant was hired full-time with benefits at Woodley’s Furniture. »» A participant graduated with her LPN and was hired as a nurse full-time. »» A participant was hired at Boulder Community Health full-time in accounts payable. »» A participant was promoted to site manager at the storage company she works for. »» A participant earned a promotion to supervisor assistant at Imagine. »» A participant passed her Language Arts and Social Studies GED exams.

Family Self-Sufficiency

FSS Participant Brag Wall

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LEAP

Second Wind Fund of Boulder County

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) assists low-income families and individuals with their heating costs. LEAP is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating, but can help stretch your funds through the winter months. The program runs through April 30th, 2018.

The Mission of Second Wind is to decrease the incidence of suicide by removing financial and social barriers to treatment for at-risk youth through the funding of direct counseling services. Second Wind provides free counseling to kids ages 10-19 who are not insured or are under-insured, making it difficult for their families to afford therapy.

Applying For Assistance

To print and complete either an English or Spanish application please go the State of CO LEAP website: https://sites.google.com/a/ state.co.us/cdhs-leap/home To have an application mailed to you call the Colorado Department of Human Services customer service hotline at 1-866-HEAT-HELP (866-432-8435). Scan and email your completed application to: leap@BoulderCounty.org Mail or deliver it in-person to our Longmont office at 515 Coffman St., Longmont, CO, 80501. Allow 50 days for processing an application. An approval or denial notice will be mailed to you. Please call 1-866-HEATHELP (1-866-432-8435) to inquire about the status of your application.

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If you receive a shut-off notice after submitting your application you should immediately contact the LEAP office at (303) 678-6097 or fax a copy of your disconnect notice to (303) 678-6050.

In order to be considered for a referral by the Second Wind Fund of Boulder County, the youth must be under 19, at risk for suicide, and face a financial barrier to receiving therapy on their own. A youth may be referred to our program by a Qualified Referral Source (QRS), which may include but is not limited to school counselors, members of faith communities, nurses or family practitioners, and probation officers. Please speak to your school if you need more information around who is a QRS. Please leave an email at swfbc.org@gmail.com or call the Second Wind office at 720-212-7527 to speak with Faye Peterson, Executive Director. All therapists in the SWFBC program are private therapists who are licensed by the State of Colorado, maintain malpractice insurance, have experience with teens at risk for suicide, and have agreed to see Second Wind clients at a significantly reduced hourly rate. Nationally, suicide ranks as the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15-29, behind only homicides and accidents. Each year, there are approximately 12 suicides for every 100,000 adolescents, with approximately 12 young people between the ages of 15 and 29 dying every day by suicide. If you are having suicidal thoughts, feel you may hurt yourself, or are concerned that someone you know may be in danger of hurting himself or herself, please: 1) Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) 2) Call the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) 3) If Spanish-speaking, call the Kristin Brooks Hope Center Spanish suicide support line at 1-800 SUICIDA (1-800-784-2432) 4) If gay/questioning youth, call the Trevor Project at 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386) 5) In an emergency, call 911 No hotline is a substitute for professional counseling. If you are depressed or thinking about hurting yourself, it is strongly recommend that you seek counseling from a mental health professional.

720-212-7527


Naropa Community Counseling integrates contemplative approaches with modern clinical practice to assist their clients in reaching their highest level of emotional and mental well-being. They provide cutting edge, transformative intervention across a broad range of therapeutic services. Naropa Community Counseling serves Boulder and Front Range residents with low to moderate income, with sliding scale services from $30 to $90. We also accept Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program). Ideal for those interested in contemplative and mindful healing: »» Somatic therapy: Focusing on the body’s role in transforming behavior, integrating body awareness and movement with counseling skills. »» Contemplative therapy: Merging in-depth training in cultivating mindfulness and compassion with therapeutic work. »» Transpersonal therapy: Reconnecting the spiritual dimensions of human experience with traditional theoretical perspectives. »» Wilderness therapy: Integrating therapy with experiential and nature-based wisdom. »» Create effective change: Naropa Community Counseling interns are trained in stages of change/ motivational interviewing, and are ready to help you make positive changes in your life. »» Referrals: If an initial evaluation reveals that your needs would be better served elsewhere, they will provide referrals to local therapists and resources.

Family Self-Sufficiency

Naropa Community Counseling Center Serving Community Through Affordable Access

Client-centered and wellness-informed model »» Their focus begins and ends with the needs of each client. »» Treatment plans are reviewed by the director, and evaluated at least every six months. »» As a wellness-informed model, they specialize in treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement, and adjustment issues. »» Group and individual services are available. How To Make An Appointment Naropa Community Counseling is located at 3400 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, and are open Monday– Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please fill out their pre-screening form on the webpage to get on the waiting list. For all other inquiries, you can reach Naropa by phone at 303-546-3589 or at counselingclinic@naropa.edu. Please note that Naropa students can contact either Naropa’s on-campus Student Counseling Center or Community Counseling Service for any therapeutic needs. Information Regarding Students of Naropa University Seeking Counseling Services Students of Naropa University can access free counseling services at our sister center, Naropa Student Counseling Center on the Arapahoe campus. Naropa Community Counseling Center is the best way for students with Health First Colorado to access affordable ongoing services. Students who wish to pursue this opportunity can begin by calling NSCC at 303-245-4630. For more information please see the website https://tinyurl.com/yda2bqru

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City of Boulder Food Tax Rebate Program

Boulder International Film Festival: February 22nd - 28th

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Since the passage of a voter initiative in 1967, the City of Boulder has operated a program that provides refunds of estimated sales tax on the purchase of food to qualifying low income families, seniors, and people with disabilities. To be eligible to receive a refund, residents must: • Meet financial eligibility guidelines • Live in Boulder for the entire previous calendar year • Be age 62 or over for the entire previous calendar year; or • A person with a disability; or • A family with children under 18 years of age in the household for the entire previous calendar year. For more information, including eligibility requirements, please visit www.BoulderColorado. gov/seniors/food-tax-rebateprogram. Applications will be accepted beginning March 1st, 2018.

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The 14th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) is pleased to announce its full program of 72 films, including seven films straight from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and seven films recently nominated for an Academy Award. This year, BIFF welcomes Oscarnominated actor Elliott Gould who will be in Boulder for a Q & A after a screening of his hit new film Humor Me, which was Executive Produced by Boulder-based Superlative Films. Academy Award winning filmmakers and BIFF alumni Louie Psihoyos and Morgan Neville are among the list of filmmakers, directors and producers who will be screening their latest projects in Boulder.

New This Year: Augmented Reality

BIFF be will one of the first film festivals in the world to have an augmented-reality-enabled printed program, created by Pat Mallek of Boulder’s Mighty Fudge Studios and Larry Miller from Edutainment Systems. Simply download the BIFF app, hold your smartphone over a film image in the program, and you’ll see the film’s trailer come to life. Save the BIFF program book, it’s nothing less than a technological milestone! “We are so excited for this year’s stellar lineup of films, as well as our new BIFF app and Augmented Reality printed program, said Robin Beeck, BIFF Executive Director. “We encourage everyone in Colorado and surrounding areas to visit Boulder – book a room, buy a festival pass and have a total film, technology and food immersion vacation.”

Check out the schedule of events by visiting www.biff1.com. CineCHEF 2018 – Denver vs. Boulder

Friday, Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m. | Rembrandt Yard CineCHEF is a BIFF signature event that challenges nationallyrecognized chefs on the Front Range to create film-inspired dishes based on a movie theme. New this year, BIFF is adding a Boulder vs. Denver twist to the culinary competition, showcasing four chefs from Boulder and four chefs from Denver. May the best chef…and the best city win! More details and full chef line-up at www.biff1.com/CineCHEF.


The BIFF Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of local teens whose passion and hard work make the Youth Pavilion possible. Throughout the year, the YAC provides support for film clubs at local middle schools, creates film projects together and helps program the Youth Pavilion.

Youth Pavilion Workshops Registration Required. Visit www.biff1.com/youth-pavilion for more information.

Family Fun

BIFF Youth Pavilion, Boulder Public Library Canyon Theater: Feb. 23rd - 25th

Virtual Reality (VR)

Saturday, February 24th | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Boulder Public Library Canyon Theater - North Entrance Learn how 360 films are made! The VR experts from Boulder’s Reality Garage will give a demo and “tech talk” on Virtual Reality. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, they will scan a few attendees, create models from their scans, animate them, and create a short VR piece that attendees can view. If you’ve never experienced VR, it will change your world!

Animation Station Workshop (Ages 6+)

Saturday, February 24, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Boulder Public Library - Arapahoe Room Explore the wonders of stop motion animation in a fun, easy way that gets kids moving! Presented by ASIFA and Mighty Fudge Studios.

Tween and Teen Film Workshop (Grades 5+)

Saturday, February 24, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Alfalfa’s Community Room, 1651 Broadway, North Entrance Learn some tricks to help get you started with filmmaking. Teens from local high schools will teach some filmmaking basics as well as some fun techniques you can add to your filmmaking toolbox.

Parent/Child Filmmaking Workshop (Ages 6+)

Sunday, February 25, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Alfalfa’s Community Room, 1651 Broadway, North Entrance BIFF Youth Advisory Council members will help kids create a story and transform it into a film. All participants in the workshop will receive a copy of their film. Parents must attend the workshop with their kids.

Zombie Workshop (Ages 8+)

Sunday, February 25, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Alfalfa’s Community Room, 1651 Broadway, North Entrance Learn to transform yourself and your friends into ZOMBIES! Warning: workshop materials include latex and skin paint.

Kid Flix 1 (Ages 3-7)

Family Friendly Films

Saturday, February 24th, Noon - 1:00 p.m. | Boulder Public Library Canyon Theater, North Entrance A diverse community must put aside their differences to enjoy a tasty meal; a hungry creature devises a way to get his fill; and a young croc enjoys a tasty treat. From the NY International Children’s Film Festival 2017, Kid Flix is truly delicious.

Kid Flix 2 (Ages 8+)

Saturday, February 24, 3 - 4:10 p.m. | Boulder Public Library Canyon Theater, North Entrance A teenage monster confronts a bully; a Japanese-Australian boy finds adventure in his lunch box; and a competitive swimmer must prove that big talent can come in small packages. Shorts from the 2017 NY International Children’s Film Festival offer witty and wise takes on friends, family and fitting in.

Pick of the Litter

Sunday, February 25, 1:15 - 2:45 p.m. | Boulder Public Library Canyon Theater, North Entrance This film follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. Only the best of the best make the cut, the pick of the litter.

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Rainbow Roasted Vegetables Rainbow Roasted Vegetables are the perfect way to enjoy eating healthy, colorful vegetables for adults and kids! The vegetables used in this recipe can be chopped and stored ahead of time if you prepare your week’s cooking on the weekends.

Ingredients

2 red bell peppers cut into 1” chunks 4 carrots cut into 1/2” thick coins 2 yellow squash cut into 1/2” thick half circles 1 pound broccoli trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces 1 red onion trimmed and cut into 1/2” thick wedges 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 3 tablespoons canola oil

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. In one large bowl add 1/2 tablespoon of oil and gently toss onions, then place onto tray. Do the same for every veggie except the broccoli. Coat the broccoli using one tablespoon of oil. 3. Arrange the veggies in a single layer on your cookie sheet in the order of the rainbow: red bell pepper, carrots, yellow squash, broccoli and red onion. 4. Sprinkle on Kosher salt and black pepper. 5. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until they’re just starting to brown and the carrots are fork tender. Here are some fun alternatives to the veggies used above: Red: beets, radishes, red potatoes, tomatoes Orange: orange bell pepper, butternut squash, pumpkin, acorn squash, sweet potatoes Yellow: yellow bell pepper, yellow beet, yukon potatoes, yellow tomatoes Green: brussels sprouts, green bell pepper, asparagus, green beans, zucchini, snow peas Blue/Purple: eggplant, purple cabbage, purple asparagus, purple carrots, purple potatoes Recipe compliments of Dinner then Dessert, Chef Approved Recipes https://dinnerthendessert.com/rainbow-roasted-vegetables/

Corner Bookmarks Check out these cute and colorful corner bookmarks we found on www.redtedart.com/corner-bookmarksdesigns/. Red Ted Art includes tons of designs, instructions and even helpful YouTube videos to get you started. Use supplies you have lying around the house and see what you come up with!

Polar Bear

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Hedgehog

Minions

Sesame Street

Darth Vader


Family Fun

Free Days for the Family Denver Zoo

www.DenverZoo.org 2300 Steele Street, Denver 720-337-1400 November 9th & 12th

Denver Art Museum

www.DenverArtMuseum.org 100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver 720-865-5000 March 4th, April 7th & 29th, May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th, September 1st & 8th, October 6th, November 3rd and December 1st Note: General museum admission free for kids 18 and younger every day.

Denver Botanic Gardens

www.BotanicGardens.org York Street: 1007 York Street, Denver 720-865-3500 February 19th, March 22nd, April 8th, June 5th, July 19th, August 29th and November 3rd Chatfield Farms: 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton March 6th, April 3rd, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, November 6th & 8th

Children’s Museum

www.MyChildsMuseum.org 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver 303-433-7444 Play for free the first Tuesday of every month from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.! Sponsored by Target.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

www.DMNS.org 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver 303-370-6000 April 9th & 29th, June 3rd, July 5th, August 13th, September 12th & 30th, October 14th and December 9th

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

www.DenverCenter.org 1101 13th Street, Denver 303-893-4100 Discounts: $10 tickets to all locally produced Theatre Company productions on select dates, plus occasional discounts to Broadway and Cabaret shows. Visit denvercenter.org/dcpaccess for details.

And don’t forget some of Colorado’s hot spots that are ALWAYS FREE! Hudson Gardens Chautauqua Mountain CU Art Museum Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Lookout Mountain CU Museum of Natural History Colorado State Capitol US Air Force Academy Visitor Center & Chapel United States Mint Fort Collins Museum of Art

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Consideration Counts With winter upon us and spring not far behind, we would like to remind all community members to be considerate of their neighbors.

Please keep these things in mind: Supervising Children: Please supervise your children at all times and make sure you are outside with them. This is for their safety as well as the consideration of your neighbors.

Please keep your patio and public areas clean and toy free: Please remember to keep your patio area neat and clean. It is also important to have your children pick up their bikes and toys to prevent any possible thefts from occurring. Toys left in the middle of the sidewalk or in the road are a hazard to other residents, so please have your children place their toys in a safe area when they are finished playing with them.

Develop relationships with other residents: Please take the time to get to know your neighbors in the community. This can be as simple as saying “hello” and briefly introducing yourself. It’s easier to solve problems with people when you’ve already had contact with them. Getting to know who lives in your community will also help you identify when someone doesn’t belong on the property.

Respect boundaries: If you have a concern with someone, speak to him or her directly. Try to put yourself in your neighbor’s place when issues come up involving you or your child(ren), and treat others like you would like to be treated.

Keep noises levels at a low volume: Keeping music, conversations and other noise at a low level is important especially after 9:00 p.m. Please remember that even in the summer, some people work and attend school and have to get up early in the morning.

It’s Up to All of Us Keeping our communities clean, safe and enjoyable is up to all of us! Please keep in mind the following: 1. Please clean up after your pets. 2. Be careful not to track ice melt into your home where it can be a hazard to you, your family, and your pets. Wipe ice melt off of your shoes before going into your home or other buildings. 3. Please keep all pet food in sealed containers or plastic bins. This will prevent mice issues during the cold Colorado months. 4. During very cold and/or freezing Colorado temperatures, please open up cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathrooms. This will help prevent the pipes from freezing. 5. Keep it warm! If you are going to be away from your home for a few days, set your thermostat to 62 degrees. 6. Ensure all garden hoses are disconnected during the winter months. 7. Please don’t dump furniture in or around the dumpsters. These items need to be disposed of properly. If you need assistance, call Maintenance for help (service fee applies).

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Kestrel, Boulder County Housing Authority’s newest community of below-market-rate rental homes, located in Louisville, is almost fully leased! We’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the features that make Kestrel an amazing community.

Three Story 55+ Building with 71 Rental Homes

Housing News

Property Spotlight: Kestrel

Kestrel Features:

129 Mixed Age Rental Homes

»» Community Center with activities space and kitchen »» Community gardens »» Parks and walking trail »» Multi-use rooms (55+ building) »» Yoga room (55+ building) »» Rooftop deck (55+ building) »» Free Eco-pass for all residents »» Rents priced below-market-rate »» Utilities are included in the rent »» Close proximity to shopping, transportation and services »» Sustainable building practices, including geothermal heating and cooling, recycling and composting services, low/no VOC paint, carpet and cabinets »» Energy Star appliances »» Full size washer and dryer included in every home »» On-site Senior Resource Coordinator »» Pet friendly »» And more!

LOUISVILLE, COLORADO

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Get Your Taxes Done for FREE! Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, is a free tax preparation service, sponsored by the IRS, but performed by certified volunteers. You can get your taxes done by friendly, highly skilled tax preparers in a well-equipped and comfortable environment. VITA volunteers’ computers use up-to-the-minute software and can electronically file your return when it is finished, which is faster, more accurate and more secure than sending a paper return through the mail. In Longmont, you have a choice of two locations operating from the beginning of February and tax day on April 17th. For the 2017 tax year (filed in 2018) this service is available for basic returns with income up to $54,000. The income limitation is per return, so couples filing joint returns must have a combined income of $54,000 or less. In Colorado, the filing deadline for this year is Tuesday, April 17, 2018. However, Longmont VITA’s last day will be Saturday, April 14, 2018.

2050 Terry Street, Longmont, CO 80501 (next to Elevations Credit Union) Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. January 31st through April 4th, 2018 · Walk-In Only, No Appointments Longmont Senior Center · 910 Longs Peak Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501 Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. February 1st through April 12th, 2018 · By Reservation Only (303-774-4429) What you need to bring:

»» Photo ID: You must bring your photo ID for both yourself and your spouse. Unfortunately, VITA is not allowed to prepare your tax return unless they see your photo ID. This can be either a Drivers’ License or another form of Photo ID. Even if they’ve have done your taxes in previous years, they are required to see the Photo ID before doing your taxes. It may seem bureaucratic and inconvenient but it prevents a criminal from pretending to be you and stealing your tax refund. »» Social Security Cards: You must bring your Social Security Cards, ITIN paperwork, or your Social Security Statement (SSA-1099) for yourself, your spouse, and any dependents you will be claiming on your return. Due to new guidelines of the VITA program, VITA sites are not allowed to use memorized numbers, or numbers off other tax documents, even if you had your tax return prepared at the same site in previous years. This might seem inconvenient, but it is your defense against identity theft. »» Your Spouse: If you are filing a married filing joint return, both of you must be present to sign the required forms. »» Birth Dates: Birth dates for yourself, your spouse, and any dependents you will be claiming on your return. »» Previous Returns: Bring your last year’s State and Federal return if you have them. They don’t always need them but sometimes they speed things up. »» Bank Codes: Bring your check book. Direct deposit is the fastest and most secure way to receive your refund. And if you would like to set this up, your check book has the needed bank routing numbers and account numbers. »» W2: Bring all your wage and earnings statements. This includes forms W-2, W-2G, and all types of 1099 such as SSA-1099, 1099-MISC, 1099-R for both you and your spouse. Your employer(s), banks and brokers should have given you all the necessary forms at the end of the tax year. »» Alimony: Any alimony paid, and the recipient’s Social Security Number. »» 1095-A: If you purchased health insurance through the Federal or Colorado State Marketplace, bring your 1095-A. »» 1098: If you paid home mortgage interest, property taxes or any other real estate taxes you should receive a 1098. If you had educational expenses for college or other tuition you should have received a Form 1098-E or 1098-T. »» 1099: Information on investment income or from the sale of any stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. »» 1099-G: If you itemized last year (that is, your return included a Schedule A), you will need to bring documentation of the amount of state tax you were refunded last year. Generally, this is reported on form 1099-G. »» Day Care: If you paid for day care for your children or dependents, bring the day care provider’s Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number and documentation of the amount you paid. »» Receipts: Bring your receipts for any medical or dental expenses you paid that were not reimbursed by your health insurance. This includes premiums for medical and dental insurance that are paid by you. Amounts paid by your employer do not qualify. If you have a home business, bring receipts for business expenses. If you made charitable donations, bring receipts you received from the charity or religious organization. If you believe you may be able to itemize deductions this year, bring any receipts and other supporting documentation. »» Homebuyer’s Credit: If you received a first-time homebuyer’s credit in a previous year, bring information on the purchase date of the home and the amount of credit you received. »» IRA Contributions: If you made a contribution to your Roth or Traditional IRA bring information on the amount paid.

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Emergency savings to avoid future debt

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Using today’s tax return to better your tomorrow is the smart and responsible thing to do, right? Sure, it sounds easy, but when it comes down to it, how do you actually make it happen? First, we suggest thinking about what you want - what are your top financial goals? It may help to write them down, create a vision board, or talk to others who’ve been there and done that. Second, how realistic are your goals? Do you need to break them up into smaller, more digestible chunks in order to reach them? Knowing how much effort or how long it will take to reach your goals prior to starting will help set you up for success. Third, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Our team of professionally certified financial coaches is here for you! Our services are free, confidential and open to everyone! To make an appointment, visit us online or give us a call. www.BoulderCountyHC.org 720.564.2279

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Want to learn more about Boulder County Housing & Human Services and the work we do? Check out our Building a Community of Hope Report at www.BoulderCountyHHS.org

Contact us: Email:

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Phone: 303-441-1000 Benefits: 3460 Broadway, Boulder 515 Coffman, Longmont

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BCHA Newsletter (January-March, 2018)  

In this newsletter, you will find information about fun events happening around the community, celebrations, and helpful tips for making thi...

BCHA Newsletter (January-March, 2018)  

In this newsletter, you will find information about fun events happening around the community, celebrations, and helpful tips for making thi...