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The pool at the newly opened Fitzmorris Recreation Center makes quite a splash P4
KIDS WITH KIDS: Districts around the metro area help teen parents stay in school P31
LUAU WOW: Annual Sand in the City may be one for the record books P19
HAVE A BLAST: From Stenger to the Capitol, all your Fourth of July info is here P16
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Board of education approves 2018-19 budget at final meeting STAFF REPORT
The Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education approved the 2018-19 budget June 7 at its final regular meeting of the school year. The new fiscal year begins July 1. The budget process began in December with public input, staff proposals and committee recommendations. When final funding levels are determined by the state Legislature in May, allowing districts to finalize the process. The 2018-19 budget includes a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for all employees. Jeffco Public Schools has provided a cost-of-living increase only twice since 2009, and the 3 percent adjustment is the highest in 10 years for the district. The board also approved compensation agreements with both employee associations — the Jefferson County Educators Association and the Jefferson Education Support Professionals
Association. The agreements include pay increases in line with established compensation schedules, the release says. Jeffco Public Schools has provided various increases (annual step increases, performance increases) in past years, but continues to make slow progress in increasing compensation deficits from frozen-salary or salary-reduction periods in the past eight years. “We were thankful our state Legislature chose to reduce the Negative Factor [budget stabilization] that affects Colorado K-12 public education funding,” board President Ron Mitchell said in the release. “Instead of $75 million of state underfunding, we were only shorted $61 million. This enabled us to provide fair compensation to our employees as well as fund a few new endeavors that benefit our students. I am pleased we can make this happen, even though we have $2,500 less per student than the
FOR MORE INFO The full budget can be viewed at: www.jeffcopublicschools.org/finance/ national average.” Other additions in the 2018-19 budget include more funding to schools, a portion of which addresses equity issues; more support for schools, such as mental health and security; and a capital transfer increase to support infrastructure upgrades. The board also met June 11 for its final study session of the year. Topics at that meeting included the community climate survey and future funding planning. Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass reported on two recent surveys that show the majority of the community believes Jeffco Public Schools is headed in the right direction, and more funding is needed, the release says. Possible revenue sources such as bonds, a mill levy override, and the
pending state ballot issue (Initiative 93) were discussed. The Board of Education directed staff to prepare funding options for the board to review in August. The board will decide in August whether to ask Jefferson County voters for school funding in November. “Though we received more state funding this year, it’s sobering to think this is the best it will ever be financially for our schools unless something changes,” Glass said in the release. “The economy is good, yet the state is unable to fund schools at the prescribed level. If the economy continues to improve, we will face TABOR refunds instead of recovering school funding. If we don’t seek new funding options now, our students will not have the resources they deserve.” For more information on Jeffco Public Schools future funding, go to www.jeffcopublicschools.org/futurefunding.
Man sentenced to life in horrific murder of Arvada mother STAFF REPORT
A man with a history of domestic violence, found guilty of killing his girlfriend by setting her on fire while camping near Idaho Springs, will spend the rest of his life behind bars. John Vasquez, 34, of Arvada, was sentenced today to life imprisonment plus 21 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, after being convicted by jury on April 26 of multiple charges, including felony murder by arson, child abuse causing serious bodily injury and violatVasquez ing a protective order. Investigators said Vasquez lit his girlfriend Christina Archuleta-Blasier on fire, after he chased her down and doused her with gasoline. The crime occurred in June of 2016 in the early morning hours at a wilderness campsite off in the
summoning first responders to the wilderness campsite. The six-year old victim suffered second degree burns attempting to put out his mother who was on fire and has since physically recovered. Both boys recounted the horror of that early morning murder during trial proceedings. Vasquez had previously been found guilty of an act of domestic violence against Archuleta-Blasier in 2015. During sentencing, family members remembered Christina and lamented all of the lost life experiences the defendant caused, as well as the lifelong mental scars on the children. The two children remain in the care of their father, who was divorced from Aruchuleta-Blasier, and their stepmother. Bruce Brown, 5th Judicial District Attorney, who tried the casenoted that it is shocking that over 15,000 people a year are the victims of domestic violence. “Christina however, isn’t just
Barbour Forks area of the Arapahoe National Forest, south of Idaho Springs. According to investigators the episode started with an impromptu trip by Aruchuleta-Blasier, her two boys, and Vasquez heading from Arvada to the campground, late at night. At the campsite, Vasquez was violating his court ordered terms by drinking, leading to an argument over his continued alcohol drinking. The victim, after being burned, was flown via helicopter to a University of Colorado Hospital Burn Unit with third and fourth degree burns over 60 percent of her body. Fourth degree burns are relatively unheard of and go bone deep. She succumbed to her wounds 33 days later, dying July 20, 2016, without ever being able to communicate how she received her injuries. She is survived by her oldest son and two younger sons; the younger boys both witnessed the incident and bravely tried to rescue their mother,
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Jeffco Conservation Summit Series debuts June 30 New series of talks focuses on outdoors STAFF REPORT
A new series of talks with a focus on outdoor conservation is coming to Jefferson County. Called the Jeffco Conservation Summit Series, the talks will focus on two main topics: addressing visitorship, stewardship and enjoyment of Jeffco’s open space parks; and enhancing understanding of the management of
open spaces. The inaugural event of the series takes place 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 30 at Boettcher Mansion and the Lookout Mountain Nature Center, 900 Colorow Road in Golden. This first session is called Celebrating Visionary Women and include issues surrounding gear disparity, self-perception and inequity in the outdoors. Guest speakers are Jennifer Barbour, the executive director of Team Evergreen Cycling; Niki Koubourlis, an entrepreneur and founder of Bold Betties; and Alexia O’Connor, a health coach and postural therapist
with Title Nine. Veteran conservationist Lise Aangeenbrug, the executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, will serve as moderator. The event also features a post-lunch yoga instruction by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Celebrating Visionary Women is free but space is limited and reservations are required. Jeffco Conservation Summit Series is being put on in partnership by PLAN Jeffco and Jefferson County Open Space. To learn more about the series or to register for Celebrating
LOVE OPEN SPACE? PLAN Jeffco, which advocates for and supports the mission of Jeffco Open Space, is looking for a few advocates to join its Board of Directors. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at St. Anthony Hospital in the early evening, except in December. Interested applicants should email John Litz at jklitz@Comcast.net Visionary Women, visit www.planjeffco.org.
Property Taxes in 2019 Will Be Based on the Value of Your Home This Saturday Colorado’s constitution mandates that every county assessor base the assessment of real estate taxes on the full market valuation of each parcel as of June 30th of every even-numbered year. That valuation will be mailed to every property owner on May 1st of 2019, giving owners a month or so to challenge the valuation before it is finalized. As usual, my first column next May will contain information on how valuations can be challenged. (You can read my May 4, 2017 column at www.JimSmithColumns.com). So, if you are wondering how much your property taxes might go up for tax years 2019 and 2020, you need only compare what your home might have sold for on June 30, 2016, with what it might sell for this week. Although June statistics aren't yet available, I can give you an approximation by looking at last month’s statistics compared to June 2016.
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With REcolorado (Denver’s MLS) as my source, the average price per square foot of condos and townhomes in Jefferson County rose from $186 in June 2016 to $229 in May 2018. That is a 23.1% increase in value. By themselves, condos increased their PSF values by 20%, and townhomes increased their values by 24.7%. During that same period the average price per total square foot (that includes basements, whether finished or not) of detached single family homes rose from $175 to $206, a 17.7% increase. The median sales price rose by only 10.4% during that time, but I consider price per square foot a more reasonable measure. You can figure that the increase in your property valuation will be somewhere in the middle — between 10 and 18 percent. For condos and townhomes, you can figure between 20 and 25 percent. These calculations are for Jefferson County as a whole. There will, of course, be greater or lesser valuation changes in every city and in every subdivision. Here are the increases I calculated for the period June 2016 to May 2018 for single family detached homes in Jeffco with the following city addresses (includes unincorporated areas): Arvada 20.9% Lakewood 21.4% Golden 8.8% Littleton 13.6% Wheat Ridge 24.3% Valuations also can vary based on style. For example, ranch style (1 story, with or without
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basement) saw an increase in price per total square foot of 15.4%, whereas 2-story homes saw an increase of 17.9%. The age of the home can make a difference, too. Single family detached homes built before 1990 saw their average PSF values increase by 18.8%, whereas homes built in 1990 or later increased by 12.7%. All these variations in value increases point to only one conclusion — that you need to use the tools provided on the Jeffco assessor’s web page (which I’ll explain in a May 2019 column) to determine whether the assessor’s computer has applied the right valuation increase to your particular home. Last May I challenged the increase on my own home, and, by using the eligible comps listed on the assessor’s website, I received a reduction of nearly $150,000. Lastly, I need to share how the Gallagher Amendment to the state constitution serves to moderate (reduce) the impact of increased valuations on residential property tax bills. That amendment fixes the assessment ratio for non-residential property at 29% of the full valuation. For example, if a non-residential property has an actual valuation of $1 million, the mill levy is applied only to an assessed valuation of $290,000. Because that ratio is
fixed at 29%, and because the Gallagher Amendment says that non-residential property taxes should constitute 55% of the property tax revenue statewide, the ratio applied to residential properties keeps dropping from its original 21%. Last year, that ratio dropped from 7.96% to 7.2%, and it is projected to drop to 6.11% next year. The end result could actually be a reduced assessed valuation even in the face of an increased full valuation. For example, if your home was worth $400,000 two years ago, the mill levy is being applied to an assessed value of $28,800 (7.2%). If your home increased in value by 20% to $500,000, and if the assessment ratio is reduced to 6.11% as expected, the mill levy will now be applied to an assessed value of $30,550 — an increase of less than 6.1%. Moreover, mill levies keep declining as a result of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) provision of the constitution, so your actual tax bill in the above example could well be less than 5%. While researching this article, I met with the Jeffco assessor and learned, among other things, that his office replaced its 30-year-old in-house software (which was broken) with better software from Thomson Reuters.
Last Week’s “Personal” Column Touched a Nerve
When I took the unusual step of devoting last week’s column to politics, my broker associates and I had little idea what the response from readers would be. Would you like to know? It’s unusual to get one or two emails or calls from readers about a column, but last week I received over 60 emails and many calls thanking me and only 3 emails of a negative nature. There were so many emails that I created a separate folder in Outlook to save them. Common themes were to acknowledge my “courage” in risking the loss of business for me and my agents, and many of the writers said they would use Golden Real Estate because they were so pleased that I spoke out. Four people came to my office on Friday to thank me in person. Several readers, including Rep. Ed Perlmutter, liked my suggestion that the Democratic leadership create a “Shadow Cabinet” which would monitor and comment on the largely uncovered actions and pronouncements of Trump’s cabinet members. This level of response was all the more remarkable since, by eliminating all branding in the ad, no phone number, email address, website or other contact info appeared with the column. My blog post of that column has additional content: www.JimSmith145.blogspot.com.
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Fitzmorris Recreation Center SPLASHES into summer
A ceremonial cannonball broke in the pool at the new Fitzmorris Recreation Center in Arvada.
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A ceremonial group cannonball dive marked the opening of the pool at the new Fitzmorris Recreation Center. The 8,500 square-foot recreation center and pool, located at 6340 Independence St. adjacent to Fitzmorris Elementary School, represents a longterm partnership of three entities: the Apex Parks and Recreation District, the city of Arvada, and Jefferson County Public Schools. “We thank the community, our partners, and the voters for their dedication, support and sustained effort to make Fitzmorris a reality,” said Vicki Pyne, vice president of the Apex Park and Recreation District Board of Directors at the June 23 grand opening. Apex placed the Fitzmorris project on the May 2016 ballot, and voters approved a bond issue to build this facility along with five other projects. The city of Arvada contributed over $3 million towards the facility, and Jeffco Public Schools shared the land to become an integral part of the Fitzmorris Elementary School campus. “Because of that deep community collaboration, today we have a model
Open swim hours at the pool are noon to 6 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Heidi Reinhardt, 3, plays in the children’s pool at the Apex Park and Recreation District’s new Fitzmorris Recreation Center. of efficiency and partnership in the region — one we haven’t seen in a very long time,” said Lauri Dannemiller, executive director of Apex PRD. “The health of a community is often measured by access and we’re so lucky that this is a neighborhood recreation center that can be accessed so quickly.” Before the partnership came into being, the community provided the initial spark of energy, enthusiasm and devotion.
“The neighborhood really provided the motivation to get this across the finish line,” said Jeffco Board of Education member Brad Rupert. “This is going to be around a long, long time.” The community had called for a replacement of the Fisher Pool. Fisher Pool opened in the Ralston neighborhood in 1958 and closed in 2005 after a bond measure to cover increased maintenance costs failed. Two more bonds failed in 2006 and the pool was demolished in 2008.
Arvada City Councilman John Marriott recounted summers riding his bike to Fisher Pool as a child. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of everyone involved in this,” he said at the June 23 grand opening of the Fitzmorris Recreation Center. “The partnerships are what makes this such a special place.” Operating hours at the Fitzmorris Recreation Center are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Open swim hours at the pool are noon to 6 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
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Good things come to those who wait. Those people with the petition clipboards sure are in a rush to get your signature so they can try once more to permanently change Colorado’s laws and constitution. In their haste, they’re not telling you about the devastating consequences some amendments could have for our whole state—lost revenues for schools and local governments. Higher taxes. Wait a minute! Who wants to sign up for all that?
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Library board selects four finalists vying for executive director position Pam Nissler to retire in August BY CHRISTY STEADMAN CSTEADMAN@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
About 100 people attended a community forum on June 18 to meet the four finalists hoping to become the next executive director of the Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL). The new executive director will take over for Pam Nissler, who plans to retire in August. Beginning the process with 32 applicants representing library professionals from across the country, the JCPL Board of Trustees narrowed the search down to seven semifinalists in May and announced the four finalists on June 14. The final decision is expected to happen by mid-summer. “We are pleased to present this slate of finalist candidates,” said Julia Hill-Nichols, chair of the Board of Trustees in a press release. “We believe any one of these could provide accomplished and visionary leadership to JCPL.”
Meet the finalists Midori Clark Current position: director of community relations, development and strategic initiatives for the Pueblo City-County Library District. Professional accomplishment I am proud of: “Creating a legacy of literacy in Pueblo through the All Pueblo Clark Reads program.” The monthlong annual program promotes literacy and encourages dialogue through events and activities themed by a common book. More than 40,000 people participated in 2017. To me, a library is… “a cornerstone of a community where people come together to connect, learn and grow. Library services today are more essential than they ever have been.” Roberta Phillips Current position: director of planning and projects at Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina. Phillips
Professional accomplishment I am proud of: Overseeing the renovation and creation of 10 Richland libraries. Seven are finished and three are currently under construction. “These beautiful facilities are a place where people can achieve their goals.” To me, a library is… “the heart of the community it serves. A library gives its community a sense of ownership. It is the place where all people can connect, create, discover, learn and dream. Problems are solved, ideas are explored, risks are taken and innovations happen.” Laurel Prysiazny Current position: acting dean for the Library and Student Learning Support Services Division at Fresno City College in Fresno, California. Professional accomplishment I am proud of: Creating the Information Center for People with DisabiliPrysiazny ties at the Long Beach Public Library. The center provides librarians and volunteers who offer one-on-one assistance with technology and/or basic computer
instruction. “It’s designed to level the playing field for people with disabilities.” To me, a library is… “a place to meet with success. We connect people to the information or experience they need to be successful. For example, we can connect people to jazz music, computers, robots and, of course, books.” Donna Walker Current position: director of public services for the Jefferson County Public Library. Professional accomplishment I am proud of: “Bringing the Jefferson County Public Walker Library system into the 21st Century.” Initiatives included updating spaces; increasing materials, staff and programs; and outreach. “We’re more proactive and out in the community more.” To me, a library is… “everywhere. We are more than just our buildings. We go where you are — we can meet in person anywhere in the community to answer your questions or bring you library materials. And we’re available 24/7 through our website.”
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Arvada announces two finalists for police chief BY SHANNA FORTIER SFORTIER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
After a nationwide search, the city of Arvada has named two finalists for the city’s next police chief. Both candidates already work for the Arvada Police Department. The two officers vying for the position are Ed Brady, current interim chief of police for Arvada Police Department, and Link Strate, current deputy chief of police for Arvada Police Department. Former Arvada Police Chief Don Wick retired in December of 2017. Since that time, Brady has served as interim chief. Brady joined the Arvada Police Department in 1994. He was promoted to sergeant in 2003, to commander in 2007 and to deputy chief in 2014. During his tenure, Brady has been
a field training officer, a firearms instructor and a narcotics detective. He has overseen training, administration and a patrol sector in his leadership capacity. As the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accreditation manager from 2011-2013, Link Strate he facilitated Arvada’s accreditation effort, securing the department’s ninth award. He has since become a CALEA assessor himself and assessed four other agencies. Strate joined the Arvada police department in 1987. During his 31Ed Brady year career, Strate has overseen the Community Response
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views and a reception over the course of two days at the end of June. One interview panel will be made up of members of the community including volunteers, representatives on boards and commissions, and graduates from the Citizens’ Police Academy.
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with government in one convenient place, saving them time, worry and frustration. It utilizes technology to give people back more time for family, work and the recreational activities so many of us love about living in Colorado.” Gov2Go makes it easy for citizens to access government services anytime, anywhere. After users download Gov2Go and create profiles, they’ll receive reminders when their vehicle tags are due and can complete the transaction online. Users can show their stored electronic receipts, if needed, until their vehicle tags arrive in the mail. However, Gov2Go isn’t just a singlepurpose application. “Gov2Go is a platform that makes it easier for citizens to interact with government on all levels,” CI president and general manager Fred Sargeson said in the release. “Although users initially will see its convenience for handling vehicle registration renewals, Gov2Go will help them stay on top of election and voter information and government holidays, receive AMBER Alerts and purchase digital passes for select federal parks, including Colorado National Monument.” Now in all 50 states, the Gov2Go platform is designed to expand as new services become available. Learn more about the app at https://www. colorado.gov/gov2go.
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Arvada SilverSneakers instructor earns national honor Margaret Agnew was named SilverSneakers Instructor of the Year
nated her to be the SilverSneakers Instructor of the Year. And out of 36,000 nominations, Agnew came out on top earning the national honor. “I’m overwhelmed,” Agnew said of the award. “But I’m also just so delighted because I love the SilverSneakers program. My people are fabulous.” SilverSneakers is a free fitness program for seniors. In Arvada, classes are hosted at the Apex Community Recreation Center and the Apex Center. Agnew teaches nine SilverSneakers classes a week ranging from circuit to yoga and weight lifting, which reaches about 500 senior residents. She teaches a total of 15 classes a week at Apex. “You’re touching a lot of lives Margaret and it shows here today,” Jeff Glenn, Apex board president, said June 19 at an awards ceremony. At the ceremony, held in Arvada, more than
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Margaret Agnew has been a fitness instructor for 34 years — the last 14 teaching SilverSneakers classes in Arvada for Apex Parks and Recreation District. He students describe her as flexible, positive, encouraging, enthusiastic, caring and easy to identify with. “Margaret is just one of the best instructors I have ever been to,” said Gloria Terry, who attends Agnew’s yoga and circuit classes. “And she is so caring. She’s just a great person.” This year Agnew’s students nomi-
250 SilverSneakers members attended to honor Agnew. “The thanks today go to Margaret for representing us and contributing to our community,” Glenn said. “We are blessed to have you.” Agnew’s dedication to the SilverSneakers community and the lasting impression on her members earned her the national award. “You’re passionate and inspiring,” said Paul Wimer, chief experience officer at Tivity Health, which runs the SilverSneakers program. “You epitomize the energy and character that instructors in SilverSneakers want to have.” For Agnew it’s all about being herself and doing what she loves. “I’m a senior too, so we help each other out,” Agnew said. “My members motivate me and I love what I do. We’re in this together because if we don’t use it, we’re going to loose it.”
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Jazz group brings sparkling sound to stages in area Vocalist Steve Lippia will perform with the CJRO’s Arvada Center Concert, presenting “Basie and Sinatra at the Sands.”
Ensemble is concluding its fifth season as premier orchestra BY SONYA ELLINGBOE SELLINGBOE@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
When vocalist Steve Lippia joins the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra at the Arvada Center on July 21, the audience will time-travel to 1966 to hear music from the classic jazz album, “Basie and Sinatra at the Sands,” originally recorded in Las Vegas in 1966 by the Count Basie Orchestra — the first live performance recording by famous crooner Frank Sinatra. (Pack a picnic or purchase food from local vendors.) The CJRO, completing its fifth season, boasts a repertoire that includes tunes from the libraries of Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington and Maynard Ferguson, plus its own arrangements of classic jazz selections, according to director/saxophonist Art Bouton, who lives in Lone Tree, performs widely and teaches at University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. The ensemble has recently performed at the PACE Center, the Arvada Center and the Rialto Theatre in Loveland. Sinatra’s memorable music is in the extensive repertoire of singer Steve Lippia, who will perform music — arranged for the Count Basie Orchestra by Quincy Jones — and recorded live in the Copa Room of the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1966. Lippia, who lives in Las Vegas, has performed at Colorado’s Aspen Jazz Festival and across the United States with symphonies, at clubs and at special events, as well as on televised musical programs. His “Steve Lippia Live” recording received a Grammy nomination. The audience will enjoy Sinatra’s famous songs, “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Luck be a Lady,” “My Kind of Town” and standard Basie hits presented in CJRO’s skillfully blended big band style. Many CJRO musicians perform nationally, so at times there is an empty
IF YOU GO “Basie and Sinatra at the Sands,” with the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra and vocalist Steve Lippia, will be at 7:30 p.m. on July 21 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Tickets: $18-$40. (There are lawn and covered seats.) Picnics or food from local vendors. arvadacenter. org or 720-898-7200.
seat or a substitute, but members of this orchestra, in addition to Bouton, include: saxophonists Sam Williams, Tom Myer, Eric Erhardt and Wil Swindler. On trombone: Scott Bean, Paul McKee, Steve Weist, Jim Gray. On trumpet, the CJRO includes: Greg Gisbert, who grew up in Colorado and is a founding member of the jazz ensemble, “Convergence”; Jake Boldman, Al Hood, Dawn Kramer. The rhythm section includes Eric Gunnison, piano; Bijoux Barbosa, bass; Mike Marlier, drums and Mike Abbot, guitar. Vocalists are Heidi Schmidt and Robert Johnson. A number of these performers are also jazz educators and perform with other groups in Denver, New York and elsewhere. The orchestra’s 2018-2019 season will include: Sept. 21 — CJRO Sextet: “Robert Johnson: Blues + Jazz = Soul” at the PACE Center in Parker; Oct. 12 — CJRO Sextet: “A Night in New Orleans with Robert Johnson” at the PACE Center; Oct. 20 — “The CJRO Goes Latin” at the Arvada Center; Dec. 6 — “Christmas With the CJRO” at Lakewood Center for the Arts and Humanities; Jan. 19 — “Down With the Count: A Basie Bash” at Arvada Center; Feb. 8 — “Ella and the Great Ladies of Song, featuring Heidi Schmidt” at the PACE Center; March 3 — “Music of Ray Charles, featuring Robert Johnson” at the PACE Center; March 16 — “Overjoyed: The Music of Stevie Wonder” at the Arvada Center; March 29 — “CJRO Sextet Presents: A Latin Happening, featuring Heidi Schmidt” at the PACE Center; May 11 — “A Tribute to Maynard Ferguson” at Arvada Center. Mark those calendars! CJRO recently released its first CD — “Invitation.”
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For the past five years, Aaron Jones, 39, of Arvada, has been on a journey. A friend introduced him to the Spartan races and workouts at age 34. He started slow with small obstacle course races, Now he’s hooked and training for the upcoming Colorado Rockies Ultra, Beast and Sprint Weekend in Breckenridge. “I started working out with the Spartans and just loved the camaraderie and community,” Jones said. “It’s just an amazing inspirational ride I’ve been going on for the past five years and it’s just a blast.” Jones was one of over 30 residents in the Denver Metro area to join the Spartan Strong Workout Tour held June 23 at 24 Hour Fitness Arvada. The two-hour class led by Spartan Coaches and 24 Hour Fitness SGX Certified Personal Trainers is geared toward helping athletes get Spartan ready. Inspired by Spartan’s world-renown obstacle race events, the workout is a combination of high-intensity resistance training, bodyweight moves, dynamic stretching and cardio-focused drills to increase strength, endurance and mobility. The tour is part of a new nationwide partnership between 24 Hour Fitness and Spartan Races. The Arvada stop was the only one in Colorado. “As a proud sponsor of Spartan Races, we are thrilled to offer another Spartan-focused opportunity to our community,” said Chris Roussos, CEO, 24 Hour Fitness. “Race participants come in many shapes and sizes, but
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VOICES Expect annual boom in lowbrow behavior
t doesn’t hurt to ask, but I know what you’re going to say. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Fourth of July came and went without any residential explosions? They’re illegal. They’re annoying. They’re inconsiderate. They negatively impact those who experience PTSD, those with pets (especially dogs), and those, like me, who consider them a juvenile form of entertainment. “Look, it blowed up.” It goes on every year because we’re entitled to do as we please, no matter how it might affect others. Americans are not widely known for being considerate. We take spray paint into national parks. Earlier this year, Delaware resident Michael Rohana was accused of break-
ing off a terracotta warrior’s thumb at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute. On the way back QUIET to Delaware, Rohana DESPERATION allegedly bragged about sneaking into the exhibition and stealing the thumb. If you don’t consider either of those a big deal, please move on to another column. Wouldn’t it be much nicer if everyone celebrated July Craig Marshall Fourth with backyard gatherings that maxiSmith mized conversation and minimized skyrockets and mortar shells? Nah. When it comes to the Fourth,
silence isn’t golden. Far from it. “It’s a tradition,” I’m told over and over. So is hazing. Hazing will never end as long as there are fraternities somewhere. Boys will be boys, you say? Ask your son who went through it. I am a wet blanket. A spoilsport. No doubt about it. Maybe I was raised wrong. I guess if something I were to do might bother someone, I wouldn’t do it. That’s why I don’t mow my lawn at midnight, even though I am always up, and there’s plenty of lamp light. My neighborhood sounds like a war zone on the Fourth. Then, late, it goes quiet. Have there been times when I wanted to get out the mower? Absolutely. But, like I said, I was raised wrong.
My father always said, “Be considerate of others.” It’s a lost cause. I heard a cell phone ring in church one day. I heard a cell phone ring in an art museum one day. If you don’t consider either of those a big deal, please move on to another column. I would leave the country and take the dog with me, throughout July — if I had the money. Then I wouldn’t know or care what anyone around here might do. Oh, I’d read about it, just like I do every year. Someone always gets killed or maimed. Of course, there are risks everywhere. I was at Altamont, hoping to hear the Jefferson Airplane. Or, as SEE SMITH, P13
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A children who are separated from their families. It would also make it law that kids can’t be unnecessarily separated from their families so this never happens again. This bill also requires training for staff in childhood trauma and child development, critical to ensuring these children get the care they need, especially if they are in a dangerous situation. I urge Senator Gardner to support the Keep Families Together Act (S. 3036). America has always been a beacon of hope and refuge – it is what makes our country great. Mary Catherine Kimling, Wheat Ridge
s a Dad, most of the movies I have gone to see for, oh, the last 20 years or so, have been at the request of someone else. Sometimes, this is a bad thing (see: “Twilight,” and its three sequels), but, largely, this has been a pretty good thing. One of my favorites from all those years is “The Incredibles.” One of Pixar’s first, HITTING and one of its best. So, I had mixed feelings heading into HOME the theater to see the sequel last week. For one thing, sequels have a mixed track record — as good as “Empire Strikes Back” was, you also get dreck like “Grease 2.” Likewise, Disney/Pixar are hit or miss on sequels—“Cars 2” devolved into an environmentalist fable, and you probably never even heard of “Burn-E,” the sequel to “WallE,” did you? Plus, as a friend put it, Michael Alcorn “The Incredibles” was a nearly perfect movie, which makes it very difficult to anticipate a sequel with anything other than a mix of excitement and anxiety. Well, let me tell you, “ii” was wonderful! The premise was as clever as the first, the animation was great, the voice actors were pitch perfect, and the story moved along at a brisk pace. The villain wasn’t quite up to par with Syndrome, but the soundtrack, by the increasingly brilliant Michael Giacchino ( “Jurassic World”), more than made up for it. And, best of all, there are moments in this movie that had me laughing so hard I was in tears.
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I said later, “I went to a riot and a concert broke out.” I don’t celebrate the Fourth of July. At least not with a pack of matches. I’m not sure what’s wrong with hamburgers and hot dogs and a vivid discussion about the moisture they found on Mars. I can hear the crickets, and your one word: “Boring.” Fireworks bore me. They are tedious and repetitious. They haven’t changed since I was a kid, and offer me no amusement. I’m not certain which is worse: Fourth of July fireworks or Christmas music in November. I can avoid one (to an extent) but not the other. When the Criblecoblis family down the street sets off a rocket, the harsh noise it makes is as much mine as it is theirs. And they don’t care.
It might have been Dad-specific sort of humor, but it was wonderful! I know this column isn’t supposed to be movie reviews, but, I like letting people know when somebody gets it right. And, with all the ugly, terrible, mean, petty things we see going on all around us, I know we could all use a brief respite to sit back and be entertained. ••• On the corner of 80th and Simms in northwest Arvada lays a lot that sometimes looks abandoned. In fact, my second daughter is 100 percent convinced that the house on the corner is haunted. But lately, if you drive past that lot, you might notice a lot more activity, as large pieces of wood are being turned into amazing pieces of art. The owner, a friendly retired
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Education overcomes fears Your Rocky Flats article noting the difference between the 5,000 acre buffer zone (now mostly the US Fish and Wildlife Refuge) surrounding the 1,300 acre former core production area is indeed welcome. The buffer zone is completely safe and will make an ideal recreation area for bicyclists, hikers, bird and wildlife watchers, researchers and picnickers. For the seven school districts to not allow their students to visit the site is to me an educational sin. The flats contains the highest quality undisturbed xeric tallgrass prairie in the state. It contains abundant wildlife, deer, coyotes, elf, eagles and an abundance of grassland birds. To not allow students, the future leaders - of America, to experience this piece of a native ecosystem that greeted the early settlers is a crime. Many experts worked hard to create this refuge, and make it part of the extensive open space stretching from the foothills to the areas east of Indiana — a great open space area on the outskirts of a major city to be enjoyed by its citizens. Let us hope that the seven school boards you list talk to some real scientists and experts and change their .wild, uninformed decision. Dr. Paul Kilburn, Arvada
Thanks for helping to stop evil Thank you to all journalists who are reporting on and making sure the American public knows about the atrocities our government is engaged y in as they separate children from their families. Please continue your work to make us aware of the inhumane treatment of children and their parents just because they’re from Latino countries.The entire world is learning to hate and distrust us; not fear us as Mr. Trump wants; just hate us. I am writing to you in the press to express my support for your reporting
sheet metal worker named Don, saw me looking around and came out to meet me. He seemed happy to show me around the lot, from the production room where he is assembling a custom-ordered bench with owl faces at each end, to the yard, where you can see rough pieces of wood just starting to be shaped, to half-finished projects in need of sanding and lacquer. The most impressive room is the sales studio. In here are dozens of finished projects—eagles, bears, foxes, rabbits, an elephant … there is even an odd goat holding a pole-axe, a remnant from the town of Nederland’s “Dead Guy Days” Festival. I ask Don about the skill and talent it takes to make some of these pieces. He tells me a fully-developed eagle will take about 12 hours of focused work, just to get the details right about the feathering of the wings. Then, the artist comes in the room, sweaty from working in the hot sun. Don found him at a craft
fair, recognized his talent, and hired him on. His name is Dee, and, it turns out, Dee is an immigrant, a man who fled the tribal warfare in South Sudan with his wife in 2006 and made his way to America. He learned to sculpt in Africa with a knife and pieces of chalk, then pieces of wood, then metal, and found he could draw beauty out of nothing. Now, he does it for us here in suburban Denver. It is an extraordinary thing, to be able to draw beauty out of nothingness. It is well worth the side trip to this corner of the metro area to see the artisans at work. You might just find yourself inspired! Michael Alcorn is a teacher and writer who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. His novels are available at MichaelJAlcorn. com. His opinions are not necessarily those of Colorado Community Media.
and ask that you not give up or lessen the pressure on us. Require us to act! I am writing to my congressional representatives and I’m encouraging all citizens with a conscience to do likewise.Demand that our country treat all human beings with dignity and care. Chris Bentson, Lakewood Trumped by Trump Some unfit parents ignore the fact that they are subjecting their children to the possibility of abandonment, or becoming orphans while committing a crime in the US. Trump is attacked viciously, although parents and traffickers are responsible, and Obama had originally put the kids in cages, ostensibly for their safety. Trump originally did want to stiffen enforcement for picayune offences. Now Trump, with his executive order, has left them with nothing to say, except the same old phony skepticism. To detain families together likely will require amending the old law that calls for 20 days of separate holding. Jailing children and and parents along with adult criminals will cause critics to scream. It’s reported that 0.6 percent of families also are apprehended for smuggling, with many detained. Therefore, togetherness, without co-habitation with the riff raff will require nice garden apartments or hotel suites, financed by money dropping from the sky. Could such money fail to materialize? Of course Trump edicts are only good until sundown. Who can predict? Complementing the fiasco are “factfinders” and “problem-solvers” galore heading south. U.S. representatives Diana DeGette and Mike Coffman are adding their pulchritude to the border gathering. “We can be compassionate and honor the law.” Will anyone buy that anymore, when what I suspect the real campaign, open borders, revives? Tom Graham, Arvada
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Leaders react to family separations on border White House rolled out, then halted, the policy of separating children BY ELLIS ARNOLD EARNOLD@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Images of children in large cages created by chain-link metal fencing and a former Walmart-turned-migrant shelter near the U.S. border with Mexico have turned attention to the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy toward illegal entry into the country in recent weeks. But the administration reversed course — to an extent — with a June 20 executive order that aims to detain and hold migrant families together, instead of separating children from their families during the process.
In the days leading up to that shift, a growing chorus of critics including Republican lawmakers decried the policy. “We support the administration’s efforts to enforce our immigration laws, but we cannot support implementation of a policy that results in the categorical forced separation of minor children from their parents,” said a letter written by 13 Republican senators, including Colorado’s Cory Gardner, a Republican from Yuma, that was addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and released June 19. But with more than 2,300 children already separated from families in May and early June, the ripple effects — for families, Congress and the White House — will likely continue to reverberate. The practice began in April, when Sessions announced a zero-tolerance policy to prosecute as many bordercrossing offenses as possible, national outlets reported. As a result, virtually
all adults crossing the border are subject to criminal prosecution, with their children taken and placed in shelters. One such location is a former Walmart in Brownsville, Texas, with dorm-style bedrooms. It houses about 1,500 boys and had to act to expand its capacity in recent weeks, national outlets reported. A detention facility in nearby McAllen, Texas, one of the places where families are held together initially, uses a series of large chain-link cages where groups of people sit in areas with small mats and “Mylar”-type thin, plastic blankets, the Associated Press and other outlets reported. Some migrants at certain entry points along the border can attempt to seek asylum — legal status for people who have been persecuted or fear persecution based on race or other characteristics — but even some asylum-seekers have been turned away and told facilities are too full for them, several outlets
have reported. About 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from families have been reunited, a Trump administration official told the Associated Press June 22, but it was unclear what the ongoing process to reunite families would be. A government hotline was set up to help parents locate children, but lawyers said some parents have been deported without their children, the New York Times reported June 17. Meanwhile, Colorado’s lawmakers and governor have weighed in on the policy: • “Americans of all political stripes have spoken out against this immoral policy. Yet the president and his administration continue to perpetuate falsehoods and blame others for their own cruelty,” said U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a DemSEE HOLIDAYS, P15
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4crat from Denver, in a statement. • “Tearing children from the arms of parents and then isolating them alone is antithetical to the America I grew up in, and to the America that I have many times fought to defend,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican from Aurora, in a tweeted statement. “This isn’t who we are.” • “Enough is enough. (Homeland Security) Secretary Nielsen should resign or be ﬁred from her post,” U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat, said in a news release. “She has overseen an unprecedented humanitarian crisis ripping away thousands of young children from their parents without a clear path to reuniﬁcation.” • “Despite days of lies and misdirection, it is clear President Trump had the authority to stop these inhumane practices all along,” said U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat from Arvada, in a statement. • The Trump administration’s “practice of separating children from their parents when arriving at the southern border is offensive to our core values as Coloradans and as a country,” an executive order signed June 18 by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper said. The order bars Colorado from using state resources to separate children from their parents or legal guardians on the sole ground of immigration status.
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Since 2010, Denver’s Civic Center Conservancy firework show has been one of the top July 4 events in the metro area. COURTESY OF CIVIC CENTER CONSERVANCY
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ndependence Day offers a wealth of options for those looking to see the night sky lit up with color and sound. One of the biggest celebrations has been held at Denver’s Civic Center Park for the last eight years, and this year’s is shaping up to be bigger than ever. On July 3, the free event features Chris Daniels and the Kings along with the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard. There will also be vendors, games and more. Produced by nonprofit Civic Center Conservancy with many partners, the evening ends with the longest rooftop fireworks finale in the concert’s history. The Denver City and County Building adds to the entertainment with a synchronized light show. “A National Historic Landmark, Denver’s Civic Center Park is the perfect place for a patriotic celebration that connects us as a commu-
nity to both the past and present,” said Amanda Johnson, marketing coordinator with the Conservancy. “Having 100,000 people gathered together to take in the music, lights & fireworks in such an urban setting is truly unique, and it’s an aweinspiring experience.” Some of the biggest firework shows are also the longest running. Take Bandimere Speedway’s annual Fourth of July event, which has been around since its first “Family Festival” 20 years ago. “After three years the Family Festival was combined with another existing event, the `Jet Car Nationals,’” said John “Sporty” Bandimere III, general manager of the speedway. “Combining the two events brought together the best from both events making July 4 one of the largest attended races on our schedule.” This year’s event at the speedway in Morrison will feature 10 jetpowered dragsters and funny cars capable of running the quarter mile at over 280 mph, Ed the Outlaw Jones with his Jelly Belly wheel stander and more than 150 sportsman racers competing for event titles and MagnaFuel Super Series points. There will also be carnival games, rides, live music, pie/watermelon-
eating contests, military salutes and a Wounded Warrior tribute. And fireworks. “This is a great family-friendly event for kids and families of all ages and as Bandimere Speedway celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year’s event is sure to be one of the best yet,” Bandimere said. Those looking for a new experience can attend Lakewood’s very first Big Boom Bash, which will be held on July 4 at Jeffco Stadium, which culminates in a 20-minute fireworks display at dark. The event includes children’s activities, a community art project, vendor booths and local food trucks. There will be a beer garden, and MIX 100 radio station will be on-site with prizes and fun. The fireworks display will be choreographed to music simulcast by MIX 100, and spectators outside of the stadium are encouraged to tune in to 100.3 FM to enjoy. “The last time we had fireworks in Lakewood was 2011, and we heard from our residents that they wanted to have an event again,” said Allison Scheck, public engagement and operations manager with Lakewood. “Our city council wanted to do something great for residents and give them an event they can be proud of.”
ariety is the name of the game at the Lakewood Cultural Center’s newly announced LCC Presents 2018-2019 season. “We’re just a 320-seat theater, so every performance here is very intimate,” said Karyn Bocko, marketing and promotions supervisor with the city. “When you see a show here, you’re really going to feel like you’re connecting with the performer.” Beginning in September, the season will bring a range of performances, including music, dance and theater. It starts out on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, with The Flying Karamazov Brothers, who bring juggling feats, laugh-out-loud comedy and wild theatrics to the stage. The season continues COMING with the Mirari Brass ATTRACTIONS Quintet on Friday, Oct. 5, Sybarite5 Thursday, Oct. 11, and gives the stage over to children with “Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition” on Thursday, Oct. 25. October ends with Nobuntu, a fivemember female a cappella ensemble that Clarke Reader performs a fusion of Zimbabwean-rooted music, Afro jazz, gospel and crossover music on Saturday, Oct. 27. There’s also the opportunity for audiences to learn hands-on about the form with an African dance workshop led by two members of Nobuntu that afternoon. From there, Aquila Theatre presents “Frankenstein” on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9, then Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas on Saturday, Nov. 17, and the year ends with the return of Timothy P. and The Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2. Once 2019 gets underway, BODYTRAFFIC dance company is stopping by on Saturday, Feb. 16, followed by the childcentric “Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon” on Sunday, Feb. 17. The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado comes by on Thursday, Feb. 21, and CATAPULT: The Amazing Magic of Shadow Dance arrives on Saturday, March 2. Grammy-nominated musicians Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez perform on Saturday, March 9. The final run of performances includes The Swingles, a London-based a cappella ensemble, performing “Folklore” on Saturday, March 16. “Crazy for You” co-presented with Performance Now Theatre Company takes the stage on Friday on Saturday March 22 through April 7. SEE READER, P17
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Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience performs The Fab Four’s classics on Friday on Saturday, April 12 and 13, and the season ends with the Takács Quartet on Saturday, April 20. “We want to expose audiences to artists they wouldn’t see in places like downtown,” Bocko said. “Our main focus is really, really high quality performances on our stage.” Season subscriptions and “Create Your Own” packages are now available at Lakewood.org/LCCPresents, 303-987-7845, or the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway. Tickets for individual performances go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 1. Clarke’s Concert of the Week — The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks There are some performers who, thanks to top notch performing skills and a dedicated fan base, have made Red Rocks their home over the years. The Avett Brothers are one such group and their annual weekend runs at the Rocks are always incredible. This year, The Avett Brothers are
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setting up camp at Red Rocks, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1. The band has a different opening act each night David Crosby on the first, Mandolin Orange on the second, and finally Jill Andrews. Multiple-night attendees will be rewarded, but even just one evening on the Rocks with the Avetts is practically guaranteed to be one of your best shows of the year. Rush over to www. redrocksonline.com for tickets. Drink whiskey and fight cancer It is difficult to imagine an event more perfectly tailored for Coloradoans than to combine tasting beers and whiskey with raising funds to fight cancer. If that sounds like a promising mix to you, you’ll want to attend Lone Tree Brewing Co.’s CancerBlows Beer and Whiskey Dinner on Friday, July 6, at Snooze an A.M. Eatery, 10002 Commons Stree in Lone Tree. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6 p.m. This annual benefit will feature live music by Ryan Anthony and the H2 Big Band, and a special beer and whiskey dinner expertly curated by chefs from Snooze and Suga Me Sweet of Highlands Ranch. The food will be paired with whiskey from Stranahan’s
Colorado Whiskey, an IPA collaboration with Cannonball Creek, and select beers from Lone Tree Brewing Co. The funds go to CancerBlows, which uses unique musical events featuring the talents of brass musicians worldwide to raise awareness and money to encourage research for cancers with a focus on blood cancers & multiple myeloma. Tickets for the 2018 CancerBlows Beer + Whiskey Dinner are $80 each
and can be purchased at eventbrite. com along with sponsorship options, and at the Lone Tree Brewing Co. tasting room now through July 6 while supplies last. Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached email@example.com.
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Renaissance Festival comes to life BY JESSICA GIBBS JGIBBS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
he Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur opened its doors for the second weekend this summer last weekend. The festival, inspired by the 16th Century, boasts a village of permanent structures that come to life with hundreds of actors over the summer. The actors, portraying “merrymakers” living and working in the village, stay in character as they interact with guests of the festival. Shows and various acts take over seven stages throughout the day, entertaining large crowds. Eventgo-
ers also line up for elephant rides, enjoy jousting competitions, small rides and numerous other activities. Many people who attend carefully craft on-theme costumes to wear during their visit. On June 23, Gabie Chamness, of Westminster, wore a green, leafy ensemble complete with a staff of greenery. Chamness said she’s a regular at the festival and this year wore a costume inspired by her love of nature. “I come every year that I can,” she said. “I try to come every weekend.” The festival is held at 650 W. Perry Park Ave. and runs through Aug. 5. For more information, go to coloradorenaissance.com
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Beach party in Arvada attempts to break world record BY CAITLIN DANBORN SPECIAL TO COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA
housands of Arvadans flocked to the parking lot of Arvada West High School for a weekend of food, fun and sand castles this weekend at the annual Sand in the City event. With more than 100 vendors ranging from local food trucks and breweries to local businesses as well as sand sculptures created by Arvada businesses, the main attraction was the world record attempt. Sand in the City attempted to host the world’s largest hula dance, a record currently held by Miyokojima City in Japan with 1,509 participants. Per the requirements of Guinness World Records, participants donned Hawaiian-themed clothing during the five minute dance. A drone flew overhead, capturing footage that will be used by Guinness to count the participants along with the tallies from volunteers at the event. Only participants over the age of 10 were counted. “It’s typical Arvada, where everybody comes out and supports everybody,” said Arvada Mayor Marc Williams in a speech to the recordattempting crowd. The final count will be determined by Guinness, which will announce whether Arvada did indeed break the record in 10-12 weeks. Besides the world record attempt, the usual sand sculptures drew Arvada businesses and organizations to participate in the sculpture contest. “The reason we chose this sculpture is because obviously it goes along with our mission and helping people being able to find their emotions, express their emotions,” said Melissa Strohfus, whose team from the Jefferson Center for Mental Health created a sculpture based on the Disney-Pixar movie Inside Out. Jefferson Center’s sculpture won second place from the judges. Each team was supervised by an official Sand in the City coach. The coaches, who come from all across the nation, arrived on Thursday to set up the sand and spent Friday assisting various teams. “We help them, make sure they’re pounding things up right and give them techniques as they’re carving to make sure they end up with a nice sculpture,” said Kevin Schluckebier, a Sand in the City coach from Omaha, Nebraska.
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CLUBS Editor’s note: Send new listings or changes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mondays Arvada Chorale: an auditioned community chorus, rehearses Monday evenings from September to June at Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St., Arvada. The chorale performs three concerts a year plus many community events. For audition information, call 720-432-9341, or email email@example.com. Divorce Workshop: 5:30-7:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Sheridan Library, 3425 W. Oxford Ave., Denver. Covers legal, financial and social issues of divorce. Check-in from 5:15-5:30 p.m. Register online at www.divorceworkshopdenver.com. Volunteer presenters include an attorney, mediator, therapist and wealth manager. Discussion items include co-parenting, child support, family coping, tax consequences, property division, hostile spouses and more. Contact 303-210-2607 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop-In Discovery: 10 a.m. the first Thursday and the third Monday of each month at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Explore different themes using hands-on activities, books, puzzles, crafts and more. Info: arvada.org or 720-898-7405. Golden Chapter, Order of DeMolay: 7 p.m. every first and third Wednesday in the town of Golden. For young men ages 12-21, DeMolay offers character building, leadership training, and life skill development. Contact email@example.com or www.coloradodemolay.org and visit Golden’s page under the Chapter tab by clicking on the Golden
photo. Golden Nar-Anon Family Group: 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1320 Arapahoe St. Enter on the east side of the church and follow the signs to the upstairs meeting room. Contact 800-477-6291 or go to Nar-Anon.org. Grief Support Group: 6-7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Apex Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd. Have you lost someone you loved? Often walking through this time with others helps the journey. Call 303-425-9583. Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club: 7-9 a.m. Mondays at Davies’ Chuck Wagon Diner, 10151 W. 26th Ave., Lakewood. Meeting fee is $5 (cash preferred). Order from diner menu (pay on your own). Call Fred Holden at 303-421-7619. Republicans, especially students, youth and women, welcome to join. Job’s Daughters, Golden Chapter: meets the second and fourth Monday of each month in Golden. Join girls and young women ages 10-20 to learn leadership and organizational skills in meetings with support from friends. Rewards of membership include life skills, community work and significant scholarships for college. Contact 303-204-1572. Mesas de conversación en inglés/English Conversation Tables: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays at the Wheat Ridge Library, 5475 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge; and 6-7 p.m. Mondays at the Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. Suitable for high beginners, intermediate and advanced English learners. Go to http://jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235JCPL (5275).
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Open Mic Night: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays at Living Water Unity Spiritual Community, 7401 W. 59th Ave., Arvada. Gives teens the opportunity to express their performing art including voice and instrument, acting, poetry, stand-up comedy, mime, etc. Open to all students in sixth to 12th grades. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Square Dancing: 7 p.m. Mondays at the Wheat Ridge Grange, 3850 High Court. Want some fun exercise? Learn to square dance. Call 303-973-9529. Wheat Ridge Rotary Club: noon to 1:30 p.m. Mondays at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. Come as our guest and learn about our service projects for the community. Tuesdays Applewood Kiwanis Club: 7-8 a.m. Tuesdays at the Applewood Golf Course, 14001 W. 32nd Ave., Golden. Goals are to serve children worldwide and in our community. We ring the bell for Salvation Army, deliver Christmas baskets to needy families and, assist the Jeffco Action Center with school supplies for children from low-income families. These are just three of our many projects. Contact Fred McGehan at 303-947-1565. Arvada Fine Arts Guild: 2-4 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Indian Tree Golf Club, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, in the restaurant/clubhouse. Meetings are free and open to the public. Go to http://arvadafineartsguild.com/ Arvada Sunrise Rotary Club: 7-8 a.m. Tuesdays at The Arvada Center for The Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Learn about community service projects and what Rotary does in the world to help people. Denver Apple Pi: 7-9 p.m. the third Tuesday each month at the Applewood Community Church (downstairs), 12930 W. 32nd Ave., Golden. An Apple/Mac computer user group. Go to denverapplepi.com. Golden Optimist Club: 7 a.m. Tuesdays at Windy Saddle Café, 1110 Washington Ave., downtown Golden. The primary activity of the Golden Optimist Club is our bicycle recycle program. We fix donated bicycles and offer them for donations at reasonable prices, $20 for an adult bicycle and $10 for a child’s bicycle. Helmets given free with every bicycle sold, and locks also available for sale. For someone who cannot afford these prices, we will give away the bicycle, helmet and lock.
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Golden Rotary: 7:15-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Rolling Hills Country Club, 15707 W. 26 Ave., Golden. Visit www.rotayclubofgolden.org or contact Pat Madison at 303-279-1021. Lakewood Chapter of Retired and Active Federal Employees: 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of most months at the Episcopal Church, 10th and Garrison. Call Greg Kann at 303-718-7307 with questions. Lake Arbor Optimist Club Bringing Out the Best in Kids: 7 a.m. Tuesdays at Indian Tree Golf Course, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Breakfast served. Contact Terri Kearney, president, 303-506-6692; or Ralph Schell, treasurer, 303-886-5134. New members welcome. Northside Coin Club: 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at 12205 Perry St., at the Friendship Hall in the Cimarron Village in Broomfield. A group of collectors promotes the hobby of numismatics. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Go to www.northsidecoinclub.org. Master Networks of Belmar: 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays at DeMarras Bourbon Bar & Eatery, 11100 W. Alameda Ave. For entrepreneurs and professionals interested in growing their business and personal connections. Call Suzie at 303-979-9077 or email Littleton@ Mathnasium.com. Ports of Call Singles Club, 55 Plus Social hours take place from 4-6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at 3 Margaritas in Lakewood (contact Carol at 303-389-7707), and the fourth Tuesday of each month at Chads in Lakewood (contact Darlene at 303233-4099). Denver meetings are the fourth Thursday of each month at Baker St. Pub, 8101 E. Belleview, in the Tech Center (contact Harold at 303-693-3434). For information and a monthly newsletter, call JoAnn, membership chairperson, at 303-751-5195, or Mary, president, at 303-985-8937. Rocky Mountain Team Survivor, a health, education and fitness program for women of all abilities who have experienced cancer or are currently in treatment, offers weekly free, fun, supportive activities. Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Boulder Creek Walk (meet at Boulder Public Library main entrance). Tuesday, 11-11:30 a.m., Yoga, Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Avenue. Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Training, Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, 311 Mapleton Avenue (entrance on Maxwell Avenue.). Learn more at rockymtnteamsurvivor.org. SEE CLUBS, P21
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Wednesdays at Indian Tree Golf Club, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd. The club engages in a variety of community service projects, with emphasis on assistance to and support of Arvada’s youth. Visitors are always welcome. For additional information visit www.arvadarotary.org or call Matt Weller 303-4805220 or 303-908-7165.
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Wheat Ridge Art League meets at 7 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at the Active Adult Center, 6363 W. 35th Ave, Wheat Ridge. Social time starts at 6:45 p.m. Enjoy an art demo by an award-winning artist each month at 7:30 pm. All art mediums and abilities welcome. Contact Pat McAleese at 303-941-4928 or mcpainter03@comcast. net for information. No meeting August or December. Wheat Ridge Historical Society: 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the red brick house at Historic Park, 4610 Robb St., Wheat Ridge. Social begins at 7 p.m. Info: 303-421-9111 or www.wheatridgehistoricalsociety.org. Wednesdays Adult Roller Skating is offered from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Wednesday at Roller City at 64th and Sheridan, Arvada. Cost is $5 plus $2 to rent skates. Contact Toni at 303-8688273. American Legion Auxiliary presents Burger Nite, 5-7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Post 178, 1655 Simms St., Lakewood. Members, their guests and active military invited for varied food and reasonable prices. Visit www.alpost178.org.
Buffalo Toastmasters meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Denver West Office Park, 14142 Denver West Parkway, Building 51, Suite 195, Golden. Go to www.buffalotoastmasters.org or http://www.meetup. com/Buffalo-Toastmasters-Golden/ for more information. Buffalo Toastmasters, where public speaking and leadership excellence is encouraged in a safe environment. Dawn Yawn Toastmasters: 6:45-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Mimi’s Restaurant, 14265 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Do you communicate with confidence or are you worried about your next presentation or job interview? First three meetings free. Contact John Googins, VP of Education, 303-547-0084, john. firstname.lastname@example.org; or Jean Kelly, president, 303-560-4827, email@example.com. Foothills Music Teachers Association meets 9:30 a.m. to noon the third Wednesday of each month. FMTA is a local group of independent music teachers, affiliated with Colorado State Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. Call Kathy at 303-988-9565.
Arvada Business Connection is a friendly group of Arvada Business owners who meet once each month on Wednesdays at various restaurants in the Arvada area. All are welcome - friends, kids and spouses, too. We collect a $5 donation, which is given to one of the attendees to donate as they wish. They share how they donated the money at the next meeting. For meeting and contact information, check the Arvada Business Connection Facebook page @ArvadaBusinessConnection or call 303-995-9919.
Golden Elks Lodge meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 16795 W. 50th Ave. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-279-2740 for more information, or to learn how to join.
Arvada Jefferson Kiwanis meets from 7-8 a.m. Wednesdays at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., for a breakfast meeting. We invite you to join us for great fellowship, interesting programs, and the satisfaction of serving your community. This Kiwanis organization supports the Arvada Community Food Bank, the school backpack program, Santa House, Ralston House, and many other local organizations. For information or to visit a meeting, call Brad at 303-431-4697.
Kiwanis Club of Lakewood: noon Wednesdays at the Egg and I, 7830 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. Weekly programs pique the interest of members and guests. Lakewood Kiwanians support projects including Lakewood High School, Lakewood Elementary playground, Catch-a-Calf, Alive at 25 Teen Driver Education, Jefferson County Business Education Alliance, Ronald McDonald House, Colfax Marathon, Kuddlez for Kids, Write Stuff School Supplies, Donations for Hurricane victims in Texas, plus many more. Volunteer as little or as much as you want. Contact Kathryn Williams at 812-599-3339
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Kinship Caregiver Support Group: 10 a.m. to noon the second Wednesday of each month at Community First Foundation, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada. Contact Carrie Savage at 720-799-9254 or kinship@ ccdenver.org.
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or go to http://kiwaniscluboflakewood.org/ Kiwanis Club of Alameda West: 7-8 a.m. Wednesdays at Garrison Street Grill, 608 Garrison St., Lakewood. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The Alameda West Kiwanis Club is dedicated to serving the community through various service and fundraising projects. Our club has been of service to our community for more than 35 years. Join us at one of our meetings or for a service project. Contact Bob Zachman at 303-9885678 or visit us at Alameda West Kiwanis on Facebook. Music Teachers Association Suburban Northwest meets 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of the month at Community in Christ Church, 12229 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Meetings are open to the public and include refreshments, business meeting and program featuring music teaching professionals from around the state lecturing on the latest teaching developments. New Apostolic Church Food Pantry: Open from 9-11 a.m. every Wednesday at 5290 Vance St., Arvada, rear entrance. All are welcome. We provide food to anyone in need. Please visit us once a month. Call 720722-FOOD (3663) or email email@example.com. Go to http://www.nac-denver. org/foodbank.html. Order Sons of Italy in America/Denver Lodge 2075 meets every third Wednesday of the month at 5925 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and meeting follows at 7 p.m. Lots of fun activities planned for summer meetings. Everyone welcome. Call 303-238-8055. Professional women NW Metro Business and Professional Women meets the first Wednesday of each month from September
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Wheat Ridge Quilt Circle: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month in the red brick house at Historic Park, 4610 Robb St., Wheat Ridge. Info: 303-421-9111 or www.wheatridgehistoricalsociety.org. Thursdays All Comforting Things of Colorado Inc. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing comfort and encouragement to individuals by providing them items made by hand. We encourage you to bring your skills and enthusiasm to our fun group. We meet at 10 a.m. the third Thursday of each month at Phillips Methodist Church, 1450 S. Pierce, Lakewood. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Arvada Associated Modelers hosts training night from 4-8 p.m. Thursdays from May to September (weather permitting) at the Arvada Airpark, 7608 Highway 93, Golden (use the Pioneer entrance between Leyden Road and 64th Avenue). Anyone interested in learning to fly radio control models is invited to take a no obligation, introductory flight with an instructor. No previous experience is needed, and the club provides radios and airplanes. Training is free and open to everyone. It’s fun for the entire family. Go to www.arvadamodelers.com/pilot-training/. Business spirituality Business Honoring Spirituality meets 7-9 a.m. every Thursday at the Community Center of Mile Hi Church, 9079 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. Meetings include networking, a brief meditation by a licensed practitioner, guest speaker and breakfast. For additional information, visit www.bhsmilehi.org or call Patty Whitelock at 303-274-0933.
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HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Editor’s note: Send new listings or changes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is noon Wednesday a week before publication. Event Red, White and You Need: July 3 (event day) and July 4 (the day after) - help with set up, parking lot crew, fireworks safety line (best seat in the house for fireworks viewing) and clean up after the event. Contact: Lora Knowlton, 303-973-1209 or go to www.ifoothills.org/events/red-whiteand-you/#volunteer. Ongoing Founders and Friends of Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge: Restores native habitat and wildlife; provides opportunities to experience wildlife and nature; promotes awareness and appreciation of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Need: Volunteers needed to update website and Facebook page by developing relevant resource materials, articles about refuge events and calendar postings; assist with developing a short introductory video for website; manage and organize volunteer activities; maintain and update information posted in the refuge kiosks; remove noxious weeds from the refuge; and perform regular clean-up and maintenance (picking up trash, spraying weeds, cutting grass with weed whacker) of the kiosk areas. Location: Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge is at 9210 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Age requirements: Adults, or children with adult supervision; training will be provided if needed. Contact: Janet Torma-Krajewski, 303-4232069 or email@example.com.
Gateway Battered Women’s Services: Serves domestic violence victims in Aurora and Arapahoe County. Need: Volunteers for various fundraising, planning committees Contact: Jeneen Klippel, 303-343-1856; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Girl Scouts: Youth organization for girls. Need: Volunteers for jobs ranging from running troops to helping with a science event or office work Age requirement: Men and women, 18-plus Contact: girlscoutsofcolorado.org, email email@example.com or call 1-877-4045708 Global Goods and Coffee Shop: Supports the efforts of Global Refuge International, which provides medical support and training to refugees in Uganda. Shop sells fairly traded global goods and coffee, lattes, homemade paninis and pies. Need: Cashiers at the coffee shop; barista experience a plus but not required. Also need musicians to provide live music in the evenings, especially Fridays and Saturdays. We’d love to hear a sample of your music. Location: Olde Town Arvada Requirement: Must be at least 16 years old; cashiers must be willing to volunteer at least one shift per week, for at least six months. Must love coffee and serving others. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the shop to fill out a volunteer application. Global Orphan Relief: Develops and supports programs bringing light, comfort and security to orphans around the world. Need: Super stars with website develop-
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ment, users of the abundant resources of social media. Those with great connection ability are needed to help with the development of the donor pool. Contact: Those interested serving this faith-based Colorado nonprofit can contact Deitra Dupray, 303-895-7536 or dadupray@ comcast.net. Golden Optimists Bicycle Recycle: Group helps repair or recycle bicycles in the community. Need: All ages, knowledge levels to work on bicycles Contact: www.goldenoptimists.org Golden Visitors Center: Provides information about Golden and surrounding areas. Need: Volunteers to man front desk and greet visitors, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; two 4-hour shifts offered Requirement: Must be 18 and older, training provided Contact: Mary Gomez, 303-279-2282 or email@example.com Habitat ReStore: Nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers. Need: Volunteers for Wheat Ridge, Denver or Littleton Habitat ReStores, helping with the cash register, dock and warehouse floor Contact: 303-996-5468, email Alice Goble at Alice@habitatmetrodenver.org Hospice of Covenant Care: Nonprofit, faithbased hospice. Need: Volunteers to support patients and families Contact: 303-731-8039 Legacy Grace Community Development Corp.: Starts social enterprises, provides low-cost transitional housing and job training/placement for all people in the Denver area. Need: Volunteers to help with resumes, 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Also need help in the art gallery (from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday); training provided. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Rick Roberts, 303-815-4914 Lutheran Family Services: Cultural Mentoring Program: We welcome refugee families and help them adjust to their new home. Need: People who can commit to working with refugees on skills for self-sufficiency and helping them learn about their new home. Requirements: Must be 18 or older (although children of volunteers are welcome to participate). One-hour training and orientation required. Contact: David Cornish, 303-225-0199 or email@example.com; go to www.lfsrm. org. Lutheran Hospice Need: Volunteers to assist in a couple of areas: 1. Be a friendly visitor by providing companionship or emotional support to patients and families in their own homes or visit patients in nursing facilities. Visits may include providing respite for caregivers. 2. Work at the Collier Hospice Center reception desk, welcoming family members and visitors, and assisting with administrative projects. Contact: Patty Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-403-7274.
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Jefferson County Library Foundation: Supports Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy.
Need: Volunteers to help book sales and sorting book donations at the warehouse year-round Age requirements: Ages 12 and older are welcome Contact: 10790 W. 50th Ave., Suite 200, Wheat Ridge; call 303-403-5075 Nature’s Educators: Volunteer driven educational wildlife program that cares for non-releasable raptors, along with reptiles and amphibians for educational programming. Need: Tasks include cleaning enclosures, feeding and leading programs. Requirements: Must commit to 10 hours per month for at least a year. Must be 18-plus, have reliable transportation and be able to check email regularly. Fee applies that covers the volunteer equipment needed to do programs. Contact organization for details. Training: All training done on site; however, animal experience is a must. Contact: email@example.com or www.natureseducators.org. PeopleFirst Hospice: Denver hospice Need: Volunteers to provide companionship to hospice patients and their families. Contact: Rachel Wang at 303-546-7921
Seniors’ Resource Center: Nonprofit onestop shop of community-based services and care designed to keep seniors independent and at home for as long as possible. Need: Drivers to help transport seniors to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, the hair salon and more. You choose the areas, days and times that work for you. Seniors live in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver and Jefferson counties. Mileage reimbursement and excess auto insurance provided. Drivers may use their own car or one provided by the center. Requirements: Must be able to pass a background check (paid for by the center) and have a good driving record. Contact: Pat Pierson, 303-332-3840 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to www.srcaging.org Victim Outreach, Jefferson County: Offers support and access to resources during critical stage of trauma. Need: Volunteer victim advocates to respond on scene, to ensure victims’ rights are upheld Requirements: Must be 21-plus, pass background check and attend 40-hour training; training provided Contact: Jennifer at 303-202-2196, email@example.com or www. victimoutreach.org Warm Hearts Warm Bodies: Group makes live easier for Colorado’s tiniest residents. Items made are donated to hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, shelters and individuals in Colorado. Need: Volunteers to sew, knit, crochet and quilt for prmature infants and babies. Meetings: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 10001 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Requirements: Bring machines, scissors, crochet hooks, knitting equipment, etc., to help make accessories such as bibs, burp cloths, blankets, and more. Also bring a potluck dish. Contact: Glenda at 303-975-6394 or Jean Jones at 303-239-6473; firstname.lastname@example.org. SEE VOLUNTEERS, P24
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THINGS to DO
“The Secret Garden”: weekends through July 1 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. Learn more at performancenow.org or call 303-987-7845. Denver Magic Show: 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 2 at Avenue Theatre, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver. Show features three or four magicians on the first Monday of the month. Learn more at denvermagicshow. com. Puppets & Things on Strings: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www. apexprd.org.
“HMS Pinafore” or “The Lass That Loved a Sailor”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15 at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Laked wood. Tickets: https://lakewood. showare.com/eventperformances. asp?evt=292; 303-987-7845; or email@example.com. Learn more at http://elps.org/h-ms-pinafore/
“Lost in the Woods”: juried exhibit by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists is on display through Sunday, July 22 at Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St., Lakewood. Opening reception from 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Learn more at http://www. valkariefineart. com/ Beaded Wrap Bracelet Tutorial: 4-6 p.m. Friday, July 6 at Balefire Goods, 7417 Grandview Ave., Arvada. Led by Jen Forker. Cost includes all materials to craft one bracelet. Sign up at https://balefiregoods.com/products/chan-luustyle-wrap-bracelet-class. Photography by Jeff Strahl: exhibit opening from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 6 at Balefire Goods, 7417 Grandview, Arvada. Strahl will exhibit his Vallari series, which explores modern-day goddesses representing music, painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and photography. Exhibit runs through July. Art Classes: painting, 12:30-3 p.m. Tuesdays from July 10 to Aug. 21; stained glass, 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays from July 11-25; scrapbooking and card making, 3-5 p.m.
Lakewood. Democrats and unaffiliated voters invited to meet and eat with 2018 candidates for office in Jefferson County. Go to https:// tinyurl.com/DemsBBQ.
this week’s TOP FIVE Lakewood High School Class of 1978 Reunion: Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1. Get reacquainted party from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. June 29 at Rock Rest Lodge, 16005 Mount Vernon Road, Golden; garden party from 6 p.m. to midnight June 30 at Ironworks Brewery, 12354 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood; family picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 1 at Morse Park Pavilion 1, West Side, 8180 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood. Contact: Tom Gardner at 303-668-2969 or Carrie MaKenna (Greiner) at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and sign up for Saturday day time activities Colorado ACTS: “Zorro’s Back! Alas! Alack!”: 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30 at Colorado ACTS Theatre, 11455 W. Interstate 70 Frontage Road North, Wheat Ridge. Contact: 303-456-6772 or http:// www.coloradoacts.org. On Their Shoulders We Stand: Unsung Heroines of Women Suffrage: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at Next Gallery, 6851 Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Visual artist Melody Epperson hosts League of Women Voters open house. Learn more at https://lwvjeffco. org/#event
Monday, July 16; art basics, 1-3 p.m. Fridays from July 13 to Aug. 17 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www. apexprd.org. Sewing Basics: 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays from July 11 to Aug. 1 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www. apexprd.org.
Evergreen Music Festival: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Buchanan Park, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen. Festival includes 14 groups, including FACE Vocal Band and soul band The Burroughs. Go to http://go.evvnt. com/2119840?pid=4951 Free Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5 (Jim Hyatt Band); Thursday, July 12 (The Crystal Swing Band); Thursday, July 19 (Stereo Collision) at McIlvoy Park, 5750 Upham St., Arvada. In case of rain, concerts move to Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www. apexprd.org. Golden Summer Jam: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at the Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden. Live music by three Golden bands, The Great Salmon Famine, Chris Thomson & Friends, and Burn it Blue. Explore
Car and Motorcycle Meet: 5-8 p.m. Sunday, July 1 at Reel Factory, 10488 W. Centennial Road, Littleton, in the Ken Caryl Business Center. Gathering of vehicle collectors and enthusiasts also is a fundraiser for the Danny Dietz Foundation, named for the longtime Littleton resident and Navy Seal team member killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2005. Those with a customized, collectible, classic or otherwise cool car or motorcycle is invited to arrive between 4:30 and 5 p.m. to stake out a spot. In the event of active local thunderstorms at the planned start time, the meet may be rescheduled for Sunday, July 8. Go to www.reelfactory.net/events. The Carolyn Sills Combo Performs: Tuesday, July 3 at Rock-A-Billies, 12363 W. 64th Ave., Arvada. Awardwinning country Western swing group from Santa Cruz, California. Learn more at https://rockabilliesbar. com or call 303-421-1799.
the more than 100 locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses at the museum, and take a ride on the Galloping Goose Railway. Learn more at http://www.goldencivicfoundation.org/ Intro to Line Dance: 2:15-3:15 p.m. Thursdays from July 12 to Aug. 30 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www. apexprd.org.
Food Truck Fridays: 5-9 p.m. Friday, June 29 (Ralston House) at Lamar Street Center, 5889 Lamar St., Arvada. Bands, drinks, automotive gallery and more. Donations accepted for a different organization at each event. Friday, July 13 (Food For Thought). Learn more at www. lamarstreetcenter.com or call 303424-0208. Lunchbox Express/Free Summer Lunch for Kids: 11-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 17 at Wheat Ridge Library, 5475 W. 32nd Ave. Open to anyone ages 18 and younger.
Chirp Chirp-Impromptu Bird Walks: Sometimes you just feel like you need to get out and enjoy nature. If you like bird walks and want to join fellow birders on short-notice bird walks, sign up to the Chirp Chirp list Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. A notification will be sent by email or text no later than 24 hours prior to the bird walk. Go to https://arvada.org. Coffee and Conversation with Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp: 8-9 a.m.
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Thursday, June 28 at La Dolce Vita, Olde Town Arvada. Contact 303866-2950. Faith on Wheels Neighborhood Car Show: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at Faith Community Church, 6228 S. Carr Court. Contact Joe Unrein Sr., 303-918-3800 or email@example.com. Firecracker 5K: 8 a.m. Saturday, June 30 at Clement Park. Free hot dogs, apple pie and frozen yogurt at the finish line. Kick off the holiday weekend while supporting Bonfils Blood Center. Go to RunningGuru. com and search “Firecracker 5K” to sign up. Fourth of July Parade: 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Wheat Ridge Library, 5475 W. 32nd Ave. Children can decorate strollers, scooters, bikes and themselves then head to the Senior Resource Center for a parade. Big Boom Bash: 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Jeffco Stadium, 500 Kipling St., Lakewood. Fireworks begins about 9:15 p.m. Olde Town Telescope Night: 8:3010 p.m. Friday, July 6 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Drop in to look through a telescope and learn about some nighttime nature. Meet in the center square just west of the library anytime from dusk to 10 p.m. Annual Summer BBQ and Festival of Games: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at Morse Park, 8180 W. 20th Ave.,
Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at Wheat Ridge Library, 5475 W. 32nd Ave. Teens will play mini golf on a glow-in-the-dark course. Snacks provided. Open All Breed Horse Shows: July 8 at Indiana Equestrian Center, 7500 Indiana St., Arvada. Registration at 7:30 a.m.; classes at 8:30 a.m. Call or text 720-935-2026 or 720-560-3646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to www.coloradostockhorse.com. Party Bridge: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 and July 24 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www. apexprd.org. Welcome Meet and Greet: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www. apexprd.org. Wild Sense: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Wheat Ridge Library, 5475 W. 32nd Ave. Denver Museum of Nature & Science educator guides explorers as they smell out their food like a squirrel, hunt in the dark like a raccoon, and use infrared detection to see prey like a snake.
Historic Brewing with Avery Brewing Company: 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Golden History Museum and Park, 923 10th St., Golden. Led by Travis Rupp, lecturer at CU Boulder, and beer archaeologist and innovation & wood cellar manager at Avery Brewing Company, lecture is on the development of his Ales of Antiquity Series. The program will focus on his most recent research regarding early monastic brewing, ancient beer culture in the environs of the Dead Sea, and ancient Iberian brewing. He will also discuss his newest project, which brings the Ales of Antiquity Series home to Golden. Registration required. Learn more at https://www.goldenhistory. org/event/travis-rupp-alesof-antiquity-series/?instance_ id=265. SEE CALENDAR, P24
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HEALTH Nutrition Seminar: Hidden Sugar: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 30 at Natural Grocers, 7745 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Guest presenter Nicole Dalby. Learn more at www.naturalgrocers.com/store-location/arvada-north-wadsworth/ Keto Diet 101: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at Natural Grocers, 3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Call 303-989-4866 or go to www.naturalgrocers.com/events. Essential Oils for Beginners Class: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at Earth Sweet Botanicals, 1224 Arapahoe St., Golden. Learn more at www.earthsweetbotanicals.com/ or call 303-278-1260.
June 28, 2018J Damselfly YogaSpa, 12500 W. 58th Ave., Unit 102, Arvada. Learn more at www. damselflyyogaspa.com. Healthy Back Workshop: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, July 7 to July 28 at Damselfly YogaSpa, 12500 W. 58th Ave., Unit 102, Arvada. Learn more at www.damselflyyogaspa.com/ Creating a Healthy Home: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at Natural Grocers, 3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Get tips and tricks on creating a healthy home environment. Go to www.naturalgrocers. com/events. Eye Glass Servicing: 9 a.m. to noon Monday, July 9 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www.apexprd.org. Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Checks: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www. apexprd.org. Yogalates: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursdays from July 12 to Aug. 30 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www. apexprd.org. Experience health benefits of pilates and yoga.
A Taste of Mindfulness: 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, July 1 (Mindful Choices); July 8 (Favorites) and July 15 (Letting Go) at
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Whiz Kids Tutoring: Nonprofit, faith-based program that provides free tutoring to lowincome and academically low-performing students. Need: Volunteers to read, help with homework and play education games with teacher selected students. Requirement: Typically age 16 and up, but exceptions made for teens who have a parent participating; must pass a background check. Commitment: Tutors work for an hour and a half, from October to April; may chose day (M-Th) and location
“Divorce and Your Home” Book Signing: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at Barnes and Noble Denver West, 14347 W. Colfax Ave., Golden. Go tohttps://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2877
Learn about Leadership Golden: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Old Capitol Grill, 1122 Washington Ave., Golden. Join alums and board members for free appetizers and a cash bar. RSVP to Deborah Deal, Deborah@ixpower.com. Go to www.leadershipgolden.org for application; deadline to apply is July 31.
Nuts and Bolts Summer Writing Book Camp: 8 a.m. to noon July 23-27 at Lakewood High School. Participation limited to incoming ninth grade English honors students who will attend any high school in 2018. Contact: TigerBoots4749@gmail. com for details and registration by June 8. Drop-In Book Club “Little Fires Everywhere”: 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www. apexprd.org.
Meet a Birder, Become a Birder: 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Learn to identify common local birds by sight and sounds. Led by bird expert Joe LaFleur. Contact: 720-898-7405 or https://campscui.active.com/ orgs/MajesticViewNatureCenter# to register. Editor’s note: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. To place a calendar item, go to eventlink.coloradocommunitymedia.com.
Parkinson’s Care Partners: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-4259583 or go to www.apexprd.org.
Contact: Angie Kinney, 303-669-7339, email@example.com or http://www. whizkidstutoring.com. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide: Free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Need: Help older, lower-income taxpayers prepare their tax returns. Requirement: All levels of experience are welcome; training and support provided. Contact: 1-888-OUR-AARP (687-2277) or www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter: Provides care and support to 67,000-plus families dealing with all kinds of dementing illnesses.
Miners Alley Playhouse
Need: Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee members. Contact: Deb Wells, 303-813-1669 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
members and general office volunteer support. Contact: Amy Boulas, email@example.com, 720-409-3143.
Animal Rescue of the Rockies: Rescues homeless dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters. Need: Foster-care families for death-row shelter dogs and cats Contact: www.animalrescueoftherockies.org
AYUSA: International Youth Exchange Program: Promotes quality exchange programs for high school students from around the world. Need: Host families for international high school students ages 15-18 studying in the Denver area. Requirements: To provide students with a safe home, meals and transportation for 5-10 months. All family types are considered. Must fill out onlilne application and pass background check. Contact: Adrienne Bivens, 720-467-6430 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to www.ayusa.org.
Arthritis Foundation, Colorado/Wyoming Chapter: Helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to care, advancements in sciences and community connections. Need: Walk to Cure Arthritis committee
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Misc. Notices Arvada Church of God 7135 West 68th Avenue 1 time food bank for the Arvada Area Providing Food, Hygiene Items and Gift Cards Available one time only Call Carmen Terpin at 303-232-6146 Want To Purchase minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: P.O. Box 13557 Denver, CO 80201
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New & Used Electric Bikes & Trikes Starting at $995 The Largest ebike Store in the Country Best Selection & Discount Prices
Moving Sale Friday & Saturday, June 29th & 30th, 8am 6756 Taft Circle 80004 Tools, Sports Equipment, Craft Supplies, Household Goods, Snow Blower, Portable Heater, Workout Equipment, Small Appliances, too much to list
Castle Rock Huge Garage Sale! Everything but the kitchen sink Household items, Going out of Business Mechanic, Too much to list 1091 Lake Gulch Road July 5th, 6th & 7th
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Vista’s Flanigan named AD after years in tennis
Ashley Boswick lowers herself into the cockpit of the car as she waits her turn on the starting line at the June 23 session of the Division 5 Junior Dragster Championship races at Bandimere Speedway. The Centennial resident was among 122 drivers who competed in the races. PHOTOS BY TOM MUNDS
dragsters Young drivers match skills against opponents the same age
BY TOM MUNDS TMUNDS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Dillon Sipes drove his sister’s car in the June 23 session of the Division 5 Junior Dragster Championship races at Bandimere Speedway. The Green Mountain resident was among more than 100 young drivers competing in the races for the division championship trophies.
The normal roar of powerful drag racer’s engines that gave Bandimere Speedway its nickname of Thunder Mountain was replaced by the pop-pop-pop of one cylinder motors junior dragster engines during the June 22-24 Division 5 Junior Dragster Championships. Junior dragsters events are the National Hot Rod Associationsanctioned competition for 5 to 17-year-old drivers in the cockpit of race cars that are half-scale replicas of the powerful top fuel dragsters. But while top fuel dragsters are powered by 10,000 horsepower engines the junior dragsters are powered by engines that produce about 35 horsepower. Dillon Sipes sat in the cockpit of his dragster in the staging lanes, waiting his turn at the starting line.
Drivers and crews wait in the staging lanes during age division time trials June 23 at Bandimere. The half-scale cars were piloted by drivers ranging in age from 6-17 and the cars were powered by 35 horsepower motors. “I started driving today to help out my sister who usually drives the car. She wanted to attend a birthday party for a friend so I am driving the car today,” the Green Mountain High School student said. “I have raced quite a bit. I think the most fun is the burn outs and of course going fast.” Sipes was one of 121 drivers who competed in the Division 5 Divisional Championships. Teams from Colorado and a number of other states attended the event. The large pit area was lined with the vehicle trailers used to transport the race car, tools and spare parts. Many of the trailers were pulled by motor homes that become the residences for racing families during competition. Junior dragster drivers range in age from 5 to 17 years old. The field is divided into age groups to make the competition as fair as possible.
im Flanigan has a new job at Mountain Vista. He is now a maintenance man. No, not that kind of maintenance man. Flanigan, the tennis coach for S the past 13 years at Vista, is the school’s new athletic director. S He replaces Shawn Terry, who f moved closer to home to become a the AD at Rocky Mountain in h OVERTIME Fort Collins. Flanigan taught his final social studies class last month and will take the reins of an established athletic program that already has won Jim Benton plenty of championship hardware to display. “Mountain Vista isn’t broken, we need to maintain,” said Flanigan, who plans to coach next season and transition out of coaching and hire a new coach. “Success has been here. The main reason is the coaching staff. Most of the coaches have been here 10plus years. “I’m not going to do any overhauling, just maybe a little tweaking. I would like to upgrade the facilities a little bit. We have a lot of the original stuff from 18 years ago.” So Flanigan will have to polish up on his fundraising abilities, but one glance at the refurbished Vista tennis courts hints that Flanigan is the man for the job that he’s had his eye on for many, many years since he started teaching.
Belarus bound Madison Hema, a 6-foot-2 seniorto-be at Castle View, has made the New Zealand U17 women’s basketball team that will be playing in Belarus. Hema has dual United States and New Zealand citizenship since her dad, Matt, the head girls coach at Castle View, was born and raised New Zealand before moving to the United States. Last season Hema averaged 8.6 points and 7.8 rebounds with 3.6 blocked shots a game for Castle View. She will be one of the trailblazers for New Zealand, which will be playing for the first time in a global FIBA-age group event.
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At the June 22-23 races there were three racers in the division for 6- and 7-year-olds, 19 in the 8- and 9-year-old division, 45 in the 10- and 11-year-olds division, 23 in the 13- and 14-year-old division and 21 in the 15- to 17-year-old division. Each driver makes time trial runs down the track. The best time set in the time trials establishes what is
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Student athletes After each sports season the Les Schwab Academic Award winners for boys and girls athletic teams are announced. Lakewood and Littleton were at the head of the class in 5A and 4A for
visiting our friends in Northglenn,” she said. “The son of family we are visiting drives that blue dragster pulling up to the starting line. Driving a car like that looks like fun but unfortunately we don’t have a drag racing track so I’ll just watch.” Families from Colorado and surrounding states attended the races June 22-23 races. The pit area was lined with white vehicle trailers, some pulled by pickups and some by motor homes. Some of the vehicle trailers were large enough to hold two cars as well as the tools,
spare parts and equipment. Sam Wilson, his wife, his son and his daughter drove in from Iowa in a motor home pulling the trailer containing the race cars. “Both my son and daughter race so we make the events a family outing,” he said as he tuned the engine on his son’s car. “This is our first time at this race so we will be staying in the area to make it like a family short vacation. We have tickets for a Colorado Rockies game and we are looking forward to that.”
the recently completed spring sports seasons. The Tigers had the highest gradepoint average in seven sports, with the Lakewood girls tennis team edging the girls soccer team, 4.41 to 4.29, in grade -point averages to take top honors in the school. Littleton was tops in five events in 4A with the girls tennis team coming in with a school-high team GPA of 4.264.
Golf qualifiers Centennial residents Janet Moore and Sherry Andonian-Smith were two of the four golfers June 13 at Common Ground Golf Course to qualify for the first U.S. Senior Women’s Open to be held July 12-15 at the U.S. Chicago Golf Club. Andonian-Smith, an instructor at Valley Country Club, was the qualifying medalist with a 1-under-par 71 while Moore, who will play in her 26th USGA championship event, tied
for second with a 74. Hailey Schalk, the 16-year-old junior-to-be at Holy Family High School, won her second straight girls Colorado Junior PGA championship and will advance to the girls national junior championship July 9-12 at the Kearney Hill Links in Lexington, Kentucky. Schalk, the two-time Class 3A state champion, carded 5-over-par 77 on June 13 at the Air Force Academy’s Eisenhower course to finish the tournament with a three-round total of 228.
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Colorado to adopt California’s stricter car pollution rules BY DAN ELLIOTT ASSOCIATED PRESS
Colorado’s governor has ordered his state to adopt vehicle pollution rules enforced in California, joining other states in resisting the Trump administration’s plans to ease emission standards. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on June 19 told state regulators to begin writing rules that incorporate California’s low-emission standards with a goal of putting them in place by the end of the year. Hickenlooper said the strict standards are important to Colorado, citing climate change and noting the state’s elevation makes pollution worse. “Our communities, farms and wilderness areas are susceptible to air pollution and a changing climate,” his order said. “It’s critical for Coloradans’ health and Colorado’s future that we meet these challenges head-on.” Hickenlooper’s order came about three months after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would not implement stricter emissions rules adopted by the Obama administration. Those rules would have started with the 2022 model year. California has a waiver under federal Clean Air Act allowing it to impose tougher standards than the U.S. rules. Currently, California’s standards are the same as the federal standards. But if the Trump administration forgoes the stricter Obama-era rules, California could still impose them or others. The law allows other states to apply California’s standards. Colorado would be the 13th state, excluding California, to do so, said Luke Tonachel, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s clean vehicles project. The District of Columbia has
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Preventing dropouts among pregnant, parenting students Programs work to ensure education for young people amid big challenges BY SHANNA FORTIER SFORTIER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
During her sophomore year of high school, Leslie Belmontes found out she was pregnant. Not feeling like she could continue at her traditional high school, Northglenn High, Belmontes transferred to New American School in Thornton for her junior year. She thought the nontraditional school would be a better choice for her to continue her education while she prepared to become a mother. But after giving birth to her son, Aaron, during winter break, a lack of support from school staff, babysitting needs and additional medical attention for her son, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome and a heart murmur, made Belmontes feel that she couldn’t go to school anymore. She became part of the 90 percent of pregnant and parenting teens to drop out of school, according to the National Dropout Prevention Center. The center, a nonprofit based in South Carolina dedicated to increasing graduation rates, also published a self-reported study that said 28 percent of female dropouts cited pregnancy and the health concerns associated with it as the reason for dropping out of school. Another 25 percent cited
Leslie Belmontes playes with her son, Aaron, at the Bear Valley Branch Library in Denver. SHANNA FORTIER becoming a mother. Lack of childcare is one of the biggest reasons for this. But some school districts in the Denver metro area are trying to cut down this percentage by providing resources for pregnant and parenting students to continue their education. Jeffco offers program In Jefferson County Public Schools, the Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program is based at McLain Community High School in Lakewood. The program provides wraparound services, which include mental health
support, allowing students to earn their high school diploma while also receiving parenting and child-development education. On-site day care is also provided. “It’s about removing the barriers of what am I going to do with my child and how am I going to keep going to school,” said Sara Killian, JCAPPP district nurse based at McLain. As Jeffco schools’ only teen parenting program, JCAPPP has been around for 45 years — housed in Arvada until the McLain campus opened in 2000. The program ended
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The following resolution can be viewed in its entirety in electronic form by going to www.arvada.org/legalnotices and clicking on Current Legal Notices. The full text version is also available in printed form in the City Clerk’s office. Contact 720.898.7550 if you have questions. Resolution 18-052: A Resolution Accepting an Annexation Petition Concerning White Annexation No. 2, 7519 Simms Street, Finding Said Petition Substantially Compliant with C.R.S. 31-12107(1), and Setting a Public Hearing for July 16, 2018, 6:30 P.M. at Arvada City Hall for City Council to Determine Whether the Area Meets the Requirements of C.R.S. 31-12-104 and 105, and is Considered Eligible for Annexation Legal Notice No.: 402576 First Publication: June 7, 2018 Last Publication: June 28, 2018 Publisher: Wheat Ridge Transcript and the Arvada Press Public Notice
NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that disbursements in final settlement will be issued by the Arvada Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., July 10, 2018 to Diamond Contracting Corporation for work related to Project No. 17-WA-01 – 2017 Water Main Replacement and performed under that contract dated June 5, 2017 for the City of Arvada. Any person, co-partnership, association of persons, company or corporation that furnished labor, material, drayage, sustenance, provisions or other supplies used or consumed by said contractor or his sub-contractors in or about the performance of the work contracted to be done by said Diamond Contracting Corporation and
NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that disbursements in final settlement will be issued by the Arvada Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., July 10, 2018 to Diamond Contracting Corporation for work related to Project No. 17-WA-01 – 2017 Water Main Replacement and performed under that contract dated June 5, 2017 for the City of Arvada. Any person, co-partnership, association of persons, company or corporation that furnished labor, material, drayage, sustenance, provisions or other supplies used or consumed by said contractor or his sub-contractors in or about the performance of the work contracted to be done by said Diamond Contracting Corporation and its claim has not been paid, may at any time on or prior to the hour of the date above stated, file with the Finance Director of the City of Arvada at City Hall, a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim. Dated this June 12, 2018 CITY OF ARVADA /s/Kristen Rush, City Clerk
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the 2017-18 school year with 11 active students. The nontraditional enrollment program accepts and graduates students throughout the year based on need. About 20 students utilized the program throughout the year, four of whom were young fathers. One struggle the program has is that some people within the district aren’t aware of what is offered. “We’re continuously reaching out to counselors so they know where to bring students for support,” said Holly Davidson, director of the early learning center at McLain. “Some girls want to stay in their home school, but we need to not just meet them as students but also as parents.” Davidson said the peer support from other pregnant and parenting teens is something the program at McLain offers that they don’t have in a traditional high school environment. The program staff also act as mentors for the students. “Parenting is a unique experience but we still find there are similar worries,” said Katy Waskey, JCAPPP director. “I think having a mentor to work through the process gives you more confidence moving forward.” The goal of the program is to both create confident, capable parents and break barriers in teen moms earning their high school diplomas. Englewood provides support Englewood Schools offers a similar program. With a district of about
City and County Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing will be held before the Arvada Planning Commission on July 17, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., Arvada Municipal Building, 8101 Ralston Rd., Arvada, when and where you may speak on the matter to rezone (and amend the official zoning maps) from City of Arvada R-L (Residential Low Density) and B-2 (General Business District) to PUD-BPR (Planned Unit Development-Business/Professional/Residential), and consider a preliminary development plan/plat for HASKINS STATION, located generally on the northwest corner of Quail St. & Ridge Rd. Additional information can be obtained from the Community Development Dept. or written comments may be filed therewith no later than 8 days prior to the hearing. CITY OF ARVADA PLANNING COMMISSION /s/ Patricia Connell, Secretary Legal Notice No.: 402722 First Publication: June 28, 2018 Last Publication: June 28, 2018 Publisher: Wheat Ridge Transcript and the Arvada Press Public Notice NOTICE OF HEARING UPON APPLICATION FOR A NEW OFF PREMISE CONSUMPTION 3.2% FERMENTED MALT BEVERAGE LICENSE OF 7-ELEVEN, INC. D/B/A 7-ELEVEN STORE 38226H 8790 INDIANA STREET Notice is hereby given that an application has been presented to the City of Arvada Local Liquor Licensing Authority for the Retail 3.2% Beer Off-Premises License of 7-Eleven, Inc. d/b/a 7-Eleven Store 38226H, located at 8790 Indiana Street, Arvada, Colorado, whose sole shareholder is 7-Eleven, Inc., 3200 Hackberry Rd., Irving, TX 75063.
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NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that disbursements in NOTICE OF HEARING final settlement will be issued by the Arvada UPON APPLICATION FOR A NEW Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., July 10, 2018 to OFF PREMISE CONSUMPTION BVB General Contractors for work related to ToBEVERAGE advertise yourProject public No. notices call 303-566-4100 3.2% FERMENTED MALT WW-01-15 – West Woods Golf LICENSE OF 7-ELEVEN, INC. Clubhouse and performed under that contract D/B/A 7-ELEVEN STORE 38226H dated March 20, 2017 for the City of Arvada. 8790 INDIANA STREET Any person, co-partnership, association of perNotice is hereby given that an application has sons, company or corporation that furnished labor, material, drayage, sustenance, provisions been presented to the City of Arvada Local or other supplies used or consumed by said Liquor Licensing Authority for the Retail 3.2% Beer Off-Premises License of 7-Eleven, Inc. contractor or his sub-contractors in or about the d/b/a 7-Eleven Store 38226H, located at 8790 performance of the work contracted to be done Indiana Street, Arvada, Colorado, whose sole by said BVB General Contractors and its claim shareholder is 7-Eleven, Inc., 3200 Hackberry has not been paid, may at any time on or prior to Rd., Irving, TX 75063. the hour of the date above stated, file with the The license would allow sales of 3.2% FermenFinance Director of the City of Arvada at City ted Malt Beverage in sealed containers not for Hall, a verified statement of the amount due and consumption on the premises at 8790 Indiana unpaid on account of such claim. Street, Arvada, Colorado. Dated June 7, 2018 Said application will be heard and considered by CITY OF ARVADA the City of Arvada Liquor Licensing Authority at /s/ Kristen Rush, City Clerk a meeting to be held in the Arvada Municipal Complex Council Chambers, 8101 Ralston Legal Notice No.: 402724 Road at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018. First Publication: June 28, 2018 The application was submitted on June 4, 2018. Last Publication: June 28, 2018 For further information call Teri Colvin, Deputy Publisher: Wheat Ridge Transcript City Clerk, at 720-898-7544. and the Arvada Press Dated this 28th day of June, 2018. /s/ Teri Colvin, Deputy City Clerk CITY OF ARVADA, COLORADO Public Notice Legal Notice No.: 402723 First Publication: June 28, 2018 A public hearing will be held before the Arvada Last Publication: June 28, 2018 Planning Commission on July 17, 2018, at 6:30 Publisher: Wheat Ridge Transcript p.m., Arvada Municipal Building, 8101 Ralston and the Arvada Press Rd., Arvada, when and where you may speak on the matter to consider a preliminary development plan for INDIANA PLAZA AT Public Notice CANDELAS COMMERCIAL FLG. 3, generally located at the northwest corner of Indiana & W. NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT 91st Pl. Additional information can be obtained Notice is hereby given that disbursements in from the Community Development Dept. or writfinal settlement will be issued by the Arvada ten comments may be filed therewith no later Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., July 10, 2018 to than 8 days prior to the hearing. BVB General Contractors for work related to CITY OF ARVADA PLANNING COMMISSION Project No. WW-01-15 – West Woods Golf /s/ Patricia Connell, Secretary Clubhouse and performed under that contract dated March 20, 2017 for the City of Arvada. Legal Notice No.: 402726 Any person, co-partnership, association of perFirst Publication: June 28, 2018 sons, company or corporation that furnished Last Publication: June 28, 2018 labor, material, drayage, sustenance, provisions Publisher: Wheat Ridge Transcript or other supplies used or consumed by said and the Arvada Press contractor or his sub-contractors in or about the performance of the work contracted to be done by said BVB General Contractors and its claim has not been paid, may at any time on or prior to the hour of the date above stated, file with the
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Leslie Belmontes, 19, reads with her 2-year-old son, Aaron, at the Bear Valley Branch Library in Denver. Belmontes dropped out of high school after becoming a mom. SHANNA FORTIER
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3,000 — significantly smaller than Jeffco’s 86,000 students — Englewood did not need to utilize its pregnant and parenting program this past school year. “We haven’t had that many students use the program in recent years, but the graduation rate has increased because they have the support,” said Callan Clark, executive director of student services for Englewood Schools. Unlike Jeffco, the Englewood program is run at each of the two high schools in the district, Englewood High and Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice. District nurses take the lead teaching health and skills needed to prepare to be a mom — including parenting and first aid. “We want to support all our kids no matter what they’re going through, and if it’s pregnancy, we want to support it,” Clark said, adding that some pregnant students throughout the years have chosen to attend Denver’s Florence Crittenton, a school specializing in education for teen moms. Florence Crittenton, a nonprofit, has a public-private partnership with Denver Public Schools for its high school, which is celebrating 35 years. The high school provides wraparound services for pregnant and parenting students ages 14 to 21 from throughout the metro area. Services include academics, postsecondary support, parenting and nutrition classes, an early childhood education center and a Denver Health center on campus. “The number one reason a teen girl drops out of school is pregnancy, so we are here to serve that population,” said Julia Goodman, marketing and communications coordinator for Florence Crittenton Services. The school, which also has open and rotating enrollment, serves about 200 students throughout the year. “We’re teaching them to be wellrounded, responsible, thoughtful members of the community here on our campus,” Goodman said. “We real-
ly are focused on that two-generation approach helping the young mother to succeed but also her child.” Focused on success One young mom who was able to create a cycle of success is Dakota McGrath, now 20. McGrath initially dropped out of high school after giving birth to her son, P.J., the first week of her junior year. “It was really hard to be at school and have him at home,” McGrath explained. “I wanted to be there, but I couldn’t.” Lack of adequate and safe childcare kept McGrath out of school for four months. But with the help of her son’s father’s family, McGrath was able to go back to her school, Denver Center for 21st Century Learning, and earn her high school diploma. “I wanted to finish school,” McGrath said. “I love school. I like to learn and take notes. I missed my son every day. But it was worth it.” McGrath said that she wants to teach her son to value education. “I want him to be a good person,” she said. “I need to put priority on things like education and being a good influence for him.” To continue her education and get support on being a teen mom, McGrath turned to Hope House, a nonprofit based in Arvada that empowers teen moms and moves them toward self-sufficiency. “For me, Hope House is a place that I can go and I can just be a mom,” McGrath said. At Hope House, she participates in fellowship nights with other young mothers and is part of the college program, in which she is studying for a career in legal office administration. Belmontes has also found love and support at Hope House. After dropping out of high school, the young mom learned of the nonprofit that also facilitates GED classes. Now, she’s one test away from completing her GED. “It means that I will be able to work and save money to go to college,” Belmontes said of earning her GED. “I want to be a nurse and then eventually a doctor.”