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Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 147, Issue 52

Jeffco Open Space working to fix Apex Park Close to $605,000 in damage reported to FEMA By Amy Woodward

awoodward@ourcoloradonews. com Open space staff — along with 160 volunteers — have worked continuously at 12 of Jeffco’s park since the September floods that produced record setting rainfall and left behind significant damage. A public information meeting held by Jeffco Open Space on Nov. 19 at the American Mountaineering Center revealed unprecedented trail damage at 12 out of 28 parks in Jeffco, which left behind sink holes around 5 feet deep and almost twice that across, as well as erosion, and rock and boulder debris that block the paths along the trail. Damage to the parks has been reported to be around $605,000, according to Jeffco Open Space. Most of Jeffco’s parks have reopened with the exception of a few trails at North Table Mountain and West Wild Iris Loop at Alderfer Three Sisters Park.

Apex Park, which received the most damage is still closed, and is anticipated to remain closed throughout 2014. “It’s nasty,” Kim Frederick, trail services supervisor at Jeffco’s open space said on the damage at Apex. “The way the damaged showed up is really what compromised our ability to keep it open.” Sink holes and washed out paths replaced with rock and boulder debris are some of the major road blocks to Apex’s quick recovery. “We’re actually going to try and focus on opening the east and north end of the park but the Apex trail itself will remain closed, that’s the area that has the most damage in particular the lower portion of the Apex trail, that’s the bottom of the drainage,” director at Jeffco Open Space, Tom Hoby said. “If the weather holds up, we’ll keep working at this all winter and maybe we’ll get it open early next year, we just don’t know.” Over 750 volunteers have registered at the Jeffco’s Open Space website, and registration is still open. “That’s really an incredible testament to how much people love Jeffco open space and how willing

A lone cyclist begins his trek up the steep mountain trail known as the North Table Mountain Loop at North Table Mountain Park on November 19. The Rim Rock trail has remained closed since the September floods, but will re-open in a few weeks with Mesa Top at Waterfall trail still closed without an anticipated opening date. Photo by Amy Woodward they are to be involved and volunteer,” Hoby said. He added that the most important factor for rebuilding Apex is ensuring the park, like other parks that have been repaired, is built to withstand future floods. “We want to rebuild these trails

in a sustainable way, if we just do a `throw it down and build’ type situation we’re going to be back there and frustrated as time goes on,” he said. Hoby also gave a little teaser as to what the 2013 Master Plan holds for new trail construction

including a connection between White Ranch Park, Coal Creek and Golden Gate Canyon state park. To register as a volunteer email inquiry to: To receive Apex updates email:

Hudak in a crunch: Lawmaker weighing options in potential recall By Vic Vela State Sen. Evie Hudak could be in a loselose situation, and she knows it. The Westminster Democrat acknowledges that if organizers behind a recall effort collect enough signatures to force a special election, there is only one sure-fire way that she will remain a senator. “The way I win is if they don’t get enough signatures,” she said during a recent interview with Colorado Community Media. “Other than that, I think you’re right, that I’m in a lose-lose situation if they get enough signatures. People will be angry if I were to resign. People would be angry if I were to be recalled.” Hudak refused to answer affirmatively if she will run in a recall election, if things go that far. “Obviously, people like you have forced me to contemplate,” she said. “The reason I can’t make a decision is because I don’t know if they’re going to have enough signatures. There are a lot of things in play. “Right now, I want to remain a senator. I think I’ve done a good job.” Hudak was asked whether it would send a bad message if a lawmaker steps aside from office, through the mere threat of a recall — without even fighting back in an election to keep his or her seat. “You’re expressing why it’s so difficult, and why I can’t give you an answer right now,” she said. Organizers have until Dec. 3 to submit 18,962 valid signatures of District 19 voters to the secretary of state’s office. Hudak’s district includes Westminster and Arvada. Hudak has run in tough elections bePOSTAL ADDRESS

Chris Leinster of Westminster talks on his smartphone while seeking signatures for a petition to recall Democrat state Sen. Evie Hudak of District 19 on Nov. 1. Recall effort supporters had tables set up on both sides of Wadsworth Boulevard north of West 80th Avenue. People with placards in opposition to the recall stood on the sidewalks near the tables including Arvada’s Nick Dogich, center background, and Liz Geisleman, at right in background. File photo fore. She initially won her Senate seat in 2008 with 51 percent of the vote. Last year, Hudak was re-elected by a slim margin of 342 votes over her Republican opponent, and one where a Libertarian candidate received 6.5 percent support. Hudak is the third Democratic lawmaker to be targeted for recall. The other two, former Senate President John Morse

of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, lost their races. The group that is behind the recall effort, which calls itself Recall Hudak Too, has a laundry list of reasons why she should be recalled. Clearly, though, Hudak is being targeted over her support of gun legislation that was signed into law this year, and because she is a vulnerable Democrat whose

loss in a special election could flip control in the General Assembly’s upper chamber to the Republicans. That’s why there has been chatter among state politicos that Hudak could end up resigning from office, a move that would allow another Democrat to hold that important seat. “At this time, I have no intention of resigning,” she said. “I hope I won’t have to make that decision.” Mike McAlpine, who is organizing the recall effort, did not respond to multiple requests for comment on this story. Learning from recent recall efforts Hudak and her campaign manager Chris Kennedy say they learned from what happened in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. “I don’t think we knew how serious it was and how capable these guys were,” Kennedy said. He said because of that, the Hudak campaign has sent volunteers door-to-door, as well as positioning volunteers in areas where petition gatherers are attempting to collect signatures. The actions of volunteers on both sides of the recall attempt have been the story within the recall story, as efforts on the part of some groups have stirred controversy. The Democracy Defense Fund, A proHudak group — one that the senator says she is not affiliated with — has directed robocalls that warn District 19 voters that some of the recall petition gatherers have criminal backgrounds. “We’re trying to get the message out, why it would benefit people in the community not to sign the petition,” Cheryl

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Jo Schantz of Golden was selected as the new executive director of Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance or COCA. Her position will be active as of Sunday, Dec. 1. Her most recent position comes from the Mile High Youth Corps as director of development. Schantz graduated magna cum laude from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in English/journalism, and she earned her master’s degree in nonprofit management at Regis University. She has more than 20 years of senior-level experience at various nonprofits in management, fundraising and communication. The Jeffco board of county commissioners appointed her to the Jeffco Community

Services Advisory Board earlier this year, and she is a member of the West Chamber, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Regis University Alumni Association.

Choir Performance at GHS Golden Community Choirs presents an evening of festive choral music in celebration of Saint Nicholas during “A Feast of Saint Nicholas” at Golden High School located at 701 24th St. Golden 80401 on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $3 for children. For more information contact Brian Birch at 303502-6351 or via email at: btbirch@

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Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by the Colorado Railroad Museum to collect letters and hear gift wishes from Colorado’s kids on Saturday, Dec. 7; Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, and Saturday, Dec. 21, at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those who drop off a letter to Santa in the railway post office car will receive a special keepsake. The event costs $5 for children, with free admission to children under 2 years old. Tickets for adults are $15, and seniors over 60 are $10. Admission is free for Museum members. Families with two adults and up to five children can purchase tickets for $30. For more information contact Donald Tallman at 303-279-4591 or via email at

November: A time to remember and act Before he served in Congress and before he went to the White House, Lt. John Kennedy was the commander of torpedo boats in the South Pacific during World War II. His distinguished military career resulted in being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart. He was proud of his service and once said, “I can imagine no more rewarding a career.” The president must have given thought to his own years in combat when, on Nov. 5 of 1963, he issued a proclamation for Thanksgiving, a holiday he would not live to see. In the proclamation, he wrote in part of the nation’s gratitude to America’s veterans. “Much time has passed since President Washington led a young people into the experience of nationhood, much time since President Lincoln saw the American nation through the ordeal of fraternal war,” he wrote. “As we express our gratitude, we must

never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Those words ring just as true today as they did 50 years ago — perhaps even more so. It goes without saying that we should thank veterans for their service, that we should recognize their important contributions to our freedom and honor those who paid the supreme sacrifice. But, as President Kennedy stressed, “the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” The highest appreciation Coloradans can show is to ensure that

their homecoming will signal the start of an important next chapter in their lives. For young veterans in particular, that begins with a good job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, post 9/11 veterans have an unemployment rate of 10.1 percent, nearly 3 percent higher than the national average, and among this group the unemployment rate for women veterans is even higher. At the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and at state and county-run Workforce Centers, we take pride in assisting veterans year round, ensuring they have the preparation and readiness to make a successful transition into the civilian workforce. We are a conduit to employment and training but the real heroes are the employers who give them a chance to show what they can do.

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Wink says goodbye to chamber Gary Wink, president and CEO of the Golden Chamber of Commerce, announced his resignation on Wednesday, Nov. 20, after serving the Chamber for 19 years. “It’s been a great 19 years,” Wink said. “There has been a lot of teams built and those teams have done a fantastic job taking Golden to the next level.” Wink’s decision to leave the chamber was influenced by his desire to spend more time with his family, and focus on his health. He has played an active role in building many of the city’s events such as the Fine Arts Festival, Farmers Market, Street Fair, Olde Golden Christmas, and many more. “It is difficult to summarize the impact that Gary’s leadership at the Chamber has made on Golden’s economic development in all areas of community, education, transportation and beyond,” the board of directors for the Golden Chamber of Commerce wrote in a statement. “Gary has made an indelible mark on Golden and has made the lives of those around him infinitely better with his kindness, friendship and unwavering support of the businesses of this city.” A search committee will be created by the board to look for a replacement for Wink, who will remain as president and CEO through Jan. 15. Any questions can be directed to the staff at

HOLIDAY CLOSURES In observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday this year, Jefferson County offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) and Friday, Nov. 29. The closure includes the county motor vehicles office, and the clerk and recorder. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, Dec. 2. On Friday, Nov. 29, the courts side of the Jeffco Administration and Courts facility will be open for business.

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County eyes open space PLAN Jeffco hosted meeting looks at next 40 years By Amy Woodward Jefferson County residents are looking into the future with the help of scientists who revealed current trends that affect open space conservation. PLAN Jeffco, an organization of citizens devoted to open space conservation, met in the main exhibit hall at the Jeffco Fairgrounds Nov. 16 to discuss the next 40 years in Jeffco open space conservation. The discussion was led by eight speakers, experts in fields ranging from Colorado Parks and Wildlife to geophysicists. “This conference is specifically about looking as far out as any of us can,” Amy Ito, park planning and construction manager said. “Many of these themes carry beyond in our case five years, we hope that our vision and some of our goals continue beyond that.” Jefferson County Open Space revises its mas-

ter plan every five years, with the latest plan released on Tuesday, Nov. 19. It is currently available online at updated master plan includes a mission statement, and eight goals with an annual report that will be released to indicate how the organization is meeting those goals. Citizen feedback is welcome and essential in guiding the master plan. Public comment is open until Dec. 30. In 1972, PLAN Jeffco was established due to the location of the county between downtown Denver and open spaces along the Front Range. Organizers have since been advocates for open space conservation, and campaigned for the Open Space Resolution which established a one half percent sales tax collection to help fund open space acquisition in the county. During the first half of the conference, Scott Babcock, planning manager for Colorado Park and Wildlife gave a presentation on the recent trends in Colorado specifically where Coloradoans prefer to travel for outdoor recreation. “Increasingly you’re becoming a destination for people outside your county,” Babcock said. “Most recreation takes place in North Central

and throughout the northwest regions.” Perhaps one of the most pivotal discussions came from Kevin Trenberth, a distinguished senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, who discussed the cause and effects of climate change, and the damage left behind due to the recent September floods. “The last part seemed to be the most appreciated part by the audience, I was just sitting back there thinking why is it we don’t see anything happening in terms of local planning to take some of these factors into account,” Todd Hoffman, Golden resident said. “People that control the land use and the growth issues aren’t particularly interested in open space and climate change issues, as climate change causes more and more cost, at some point our policy makers can no longer just deny there’s nothing we can do about this.” Other key speakers included Mat Alldredge, a zoologist and bio mathematician, who discussed the impacts of humans on wildlife in the Front Range, and Dr. Mark Johnson, who shared research on human health and the benefits of being outdoors.



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School chiefs share concerns at forum Funding, testing, reform among issues discussed By Vic Vela School superintendents from around the state converged on Denver Nov. 19 to address a myriad of issues facing Colorado schools — and it was clear from the discussions that there are no easy answers to many problems. Concerns over funding, student and teacher assessment testing and parental involvement were among the many issues tackled by 10 superintendents during “The State of Our Districts” forum inside the Denver Center for Performing Arts. The timing of the forum, which was put on by the Public Education & Business Coalition, was apt. It was two weeks removed from an election where a major, statewide school funding initiative was rejected by voters. Superintendents who supported Amendment 66 — which sought to overhaul public school funding by way of a tax hike — are still stinging from the defeat, as they continue to deal with budget shortfalls.

“Opportunities for kids across the state should not be determined by the property tax in their area,” said Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg. Not everyone was upset over Amendment 66’s failure. Douglas County Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen said that full-day kindergarten — one of the key selling points behind the funding measure — would have caused facility issues in Douglas County. “Frankly, for us, it was a significant issue that we would have had to deal with,” she said. Much of the discussion centered around reform initiatives, and state and national assessment mandates, and the challenges districts face surrounding their implementations — something to which each of the superintendents could relate. For example, Adams 12 Five Star Schools Superintendent Chris Gdowski said abiding by certain online assessment standards means that the district has to come up with up to $15 million to ensure that its information technology systems can adequately support the testing. “It’s a classic example of wanting wellintended outcomes,” Gdowski said. “But $10 (million) to $15 million is an enormous investment for a district that’s really strug-

gling right now.” Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson talked about those same challenges and how they can result in “tension” among Jeffco teachers. Stevenson said that the district is trying to juggle multiple assessment mandates on a budget that is below 2009 funding levels. “We ask more and more of our teachers and principals, and we’re giving them fewer resources,” she said. “We tell them, ‘Here’s a reform to implement, and we’re not going to give you any more resources. By the way, you’ll have new training, as well.’” Littleton Public Schools Superintendent Scott Murphy blasted what he calls the “Washington D.C.-ing of Colorado.” Murphy said that many of the national assessment mandates simply aren’t good fits for every state. “(Those mandates) may not apply to a state that’s rich in agriculture, mining and, frankly, independence,” he said. One key national assessment mandate that will be implemented next year will be tied to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which will require that K-12 students receive instruction under more rigorous standards. Over the summer, the Douglas County school board rejected implementation of the Common Core stan-

dards, opting instead to institute its own. “Common Core standards are not high enough for what we’re aiming for in Douglas County,” said Fagen. Boasberg said he appreciates the standards that are put in place through Common Core, but said that there’s a reality that districts face. “The standards are wonderful,” he said. “But you don’t just wave a magic wand and say to a kid who is struggling to read something in seventh grade that you should be doing this in fifth grade.” The superintendents were also asked about the challenges associated with getting parents more involved in what’s happening at their schools. Boasberg said that Denver Public Schools reaches out to Spanish-speaking parents through a daily Spanish program, and through a home visit program, where teachers ask parents about their child’s “hopes and dreams and what we can do to help.” Gdowski said that poor parents are highly involved at Adams 12 schools, but acknowledged that there are challenges in fostering greater involvement. “We haven’t quite yet figured out the tools to provide them to support their kids academically,” he said.

Action Center targets funds for office By Clarke Reader

Action Center executive director Mag Strittmatter talks with supporters after a meeting on Nov. 19. The Action Center is moving forward on a capital campaign to expand its effectiveness and reach. Photo by Clarke Reader

The Action Center’s capital campaign to expand its services and space is more than halfway through its first phase. During a meeting on Nov. 19, Joe Haines, Action Center director of development announced phase one of the center’s capital campaign raised $2,414,456 — 57.5 percent of its $4.2 million goal. The $4.2 million will go to the purchase of the Cottonwood office complex, which is next to the center’s current location, and renovation of the new space. “The planning for the capital campaign began in 2007, and we’ve been discussing how to help people more effectively and help them on the way to self-sufficiency,” Shermita West, a member of the capital campaign committee said. “In July of 2011 we purchased the Cottonwood property, and that’s when the campaign really be-

gan.” Phase one, which West said aims to provide more effective services for clients, involves the costs of renovating the new space and paying back the loans necessary to purchase the property. The aim is to get the final design work done for the new space in the new several months, and start construction in late winter-early spring of 2014. “We want to have it built and ready for the next peak season, which is October through December,” Roger Mattson, a past Action Center board president said. Jefferson County commissioner Don Rosier was on hand at the meeting, and spoke about how many people in the community the Action Center benefits. “We have seen the needs for this increase in Jeffco, and I want to thank you very much for the work you do,” he said. “It’s heartening to see so many people working on this.” Ward 4 councilman Adam Paul spoke

about how excited he and the city of Lakewood was that this project is going to help residents not only of Lakewood, but all over the county. “The people who are benefitting from this working two, three, four jobs, and they’re the kids in our schools,” he said. “It’s wonderful that the Action Center can provide this service to people, and do it with dignity.” Mag Strittmatter, the center’s executive director, closed out the evening speaking about how excited she was that the eight year process was moving forward. “We had to be brave and we had to be bold to get this going,” she said. “This process is not about the buildings — it’s about doing things better, and getting at these core issues. It shows what we can accomplish together.” For more information on the campaign, visit

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Jeffco board upholds zoning decision By Amy Woodward Jefferson County Board of Adjustment upheld a decision by the county zoning administrator during an appeals hearing on Nov. 20 which allowed for the construction of a dirt track for motor bikes located on the property of a private residence — a decision unfavorable to a neighbor whose property is used as a vacation rental. Jeri Mickels, who lives in unincorporated Jeffco on Blueridge Drive nestled between Highway 40 and Interstate 70, just east of Genesee, has rented out her previous home as a vacation rental to national and international guests for a couple of years. But when her neighbor decided to build a dirt path for the purpose of riding dirt bikes, Mickels became concerned about the noise impact on her business. “I’m afraid for my business,” Mickels

said. “It is very, very, very noisy, and in fact you can’t be inside and enjoy the peace and quiet of your property.” Her property was zoned as a planned development in 2009 to fit county regulations for operating a bed and breakfast type business. If the county allows for the use of multiple dirt bikes next to her property, and in an agricultural zoning like her neighbor’s property, than this can happen anywhere, Mickels said. But the issue of noise is not an issue the Board of Adjustment handles. “We understand there’s a problem with noise, that’s not a problem we can address here,” Ed Ford, chairman for the board of adjustment said. Instead, Mickels will need to address her problems with noise to the sheriff’s office. Although her neighbor’s property is zoned as agricultural, specifically, an A2

zoning, which does not list motocross, or motor bikes as a permissible use for the property, other sections in the zoning resolution states that a motocross track is a use by right. “This is a 10-acre property, and people can operate vehicles on their property as they see fit, the only criteria that the zoning resolution has is non-commercial type vehicles shall be considered accessory to residential uses,” Mike Chadwick, zoning administrator said. With or without county interference, riding bikes would still go on at the property, he said. Since the property owner is building jumps and has been grading, the owner is required to have permits, for which the owner is in violation of obtaining. That matter will be handled by a county court next month. In the meantime, the best solution the board sees is making sure

the property owner is in compliance with county regulations, and to ensure the dirt path has a defined space in order to minimize drainage to Mickels’ property, to limit erosion, and prevent sediment accumulation, which has also been an issue Mickels has had to deal with, she said. Chadwick stated that any damages she feels she has received will need to be dealt with in a civil court and is not an assessment the board of adjustment can make. “The county is trying to get control on this project, is trying to maintain control on this project over the long term as opposed to just ignoring it,” Ford said. “With the conditions that Mr. Chadwick has proposed, there will now be an accessory use permit that will have to be renewed, everything I have heard from this testimony so far indicate that given the options this is the best possible solution.”

Christmas concert to Children learn with animals help Boys and Girls Club Key figures in club’s implementation to be honored By Clarke Reader The Lakewood Symphony Orchestra, Rocky Mountain Ringers and Lakewood Stake Choir are teaming up for a Christmas concert to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County. The “Sing, Choirs of Angels” concert will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 6465 West Jewell Ave. on Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. The show is first come, first serve. “This is our second show like this. Last year we did one that benefitted the Action Center,” Anne Jefferies, public affairs representative for the Lakewood Stake said. “We’re taking donations of gifts, toys and financial aid for the Boys and Girls Club.” The evening is honoring the work of those who made it possible for the group to set up its first Lakewood location at O’Connell Middle School. Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey, Lakewood mayor Bob Murphy, Lakewood Ward 3 councilwoman Sue King, Lakewood Police Chief Kevin Paletta and executive director of the Alameda Gateway Community George Valuck are being honored. “We wanted to highlight some of the changes that have happened in the area since the (Boys and Girls) club was founded,” Jefferies said. “We’ll also have some students from the club singing on a few songs.” Valuck said that in the three years that

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the club has been at O’Connell, it has served more than 1,000 students in the community. “About 150 kids are served a day,” he said. “According to the Lakewood police department, since the club opened juvenile crime in the surrounding area has declined by 15 percent.” King said that the group is thrilled with the recognition, and the fact that some of its members will be singing during the performance. “The club is something very meaningful for the kids to have,” she said. “Gives them a lot of focus, and provides them with a sense of community.” Jefferies said that the great impact the Boys and Girls Club has had on the community was the reason it was selected to be the recipient of donations this year. “It gives students an opportunity to do good things,” Valuck said. “Kids are taught to become responsible citizens, and it helps them to avoid the effects of gangs, violence and drugs.”

There is an undeniable bond between humans and animals. A pet can be a friend to talk to, an exercise partner, a protector, a service animal, a lap warmer, and much more. Pets offer great companionship to people of all ages and teach compassion. According to the Humane Society responsible pet ownership starts with children. For more ideas to help teach children responsibility see What to do: Using animals as an education tool is an excellent gateway to learning about compassion, care, and responsibility. Adults can teach many lessons through animal interaction and discussion. Asking about children’s favorite pet or what kind of pet they would like to have is a great way to engage in a conversation. This can evolve into a discussion about responsibility and what care needs to be provided for their favorite animal. If the family thinks they might enjoy having a pet, research their needs together like feeding, enrichment, cage recommendations, cleaning, time commitments, and cost of care. Information source Your local humane society is a great place to find information. Teaching children about proper care and treatment of animals needs to happen at a young age to create the responsible pet owners of the future. In addition to learning about necessary care prior to acquiring a new animal, it is equally important to learn about which pet is the right match for your family. This may mean an older dog is a better match than a puppy based on your family’s activity level, but it may also mean a dog is not an appropriate companion all together. Perhaps a guinea pig is a better match. Local humane societies are great places to learn about which

animal is right for you. Grandparents and grand kids are welcome to volunteer as teams at most humane societies. Check age requirements for volunteer children and visitors in your area. While volunteering, children can get hands-on experience with the daily cleaning of animal cages, exercising, and learning about animal behavior and appropriate interaction. Compassion Volunteering with animals is a great starting point to teach children compassion and empathy toward all creatures, which often times naturally spills over to similar feelings toward human-kind. Very young children can help with a relative’s or neighbor’s pet. In turn pets are great listeners while children practice their reading. Many studies indicate young caring volunteers become adults who contribute to the community and give back throughout their lives. Adults can use the strong human-animal bond to interest children in volunteering and learning about the concept of giving time to those in need. Anita Ganeri writes a series of pet guides for young children available at libraries. Esther Macalady is a former teacher, lives in Golden and participates in the Grandparents Teach Too writing group.

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Information is not the public’s enemy This week’s release of a report summarizing the investigation into the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary offers a glimpse into the horror of what happened on Dec. 14, 2012. It, however, is not a complete accounting of what happened. The state police’s full report was not included and it is not known when that will be released. At the same time, media outlets are fighting for the release of 911 tapes — which generally are considered public record. Indeed, nearly a year later, the Newtown, Conn., tragedy is still marked by a measure of secrecy. We’re not going to argue what should and shouldn’t be released in the Sandy Hook investigation. Records in this case, in which a gunman killed 28 people, including 20 children, should be handled delicately. The victims’ families deserve that.

our view What we will point out, though, is that the slow release of information — and the outright withholding of some records — is not limited to high-profile, horrific cases like Sandy Hook. It happens every day in Colorado, most likely throughout the nation. “Ongoing criminal investigation.” That’s the phrase routinely used to deny reporters and the public information about a case. The Colorado Open Records Act allows for this. Law enforcement agencies may deny the release of records when doing so would “be contrary to the public interest.” Generally, the “ongoing criminal investiga-

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tion” phrase is invoked. Further explanation will sometimes yield that releasing the information could jeopardize the case against a suspect. Maybe it could put witnesses in danger. What often happens is that the local law enforcement agency gives out some initial nuggets of information — which may or may not include an arrest report or other official documents. After the agency finishes its investigation, the case moves on to the district attorney. Then, for a period of weeks, or months, or sometimes more than a year, no further details are released. Generally, you have to wait for trial to get anything near the full story. This process leaves more than just reporters unsatisfied. The American Civil Liberties Union joined with a local couple last week to sue the Town of Castle Rock, its town clerk and the police chief for

refusal to release records related to an incident in February. The couple’s car was hit with a bullet, they say, after a police officer fired his gun at a burglary suspect. They say they want more answers about what happened before and during the shooting. Thing is, it’s an ongoing investigation. We won’t argue what should and shouldn’t be released in this case either. We don’t have enough information to do that. Surely there are some cases in which a successful prosecution and people’s safety depend on keeping things under wraps. But “ongoing investigation” has become a stock answer, and as such, we’ll say the spirit of the open records law is being violated on a regular basis in Colorado. All too often what’s contrary to the public interest is being left out in the dark.

Giving thanks for even the rough stuff There is a doctrine in my Faith that is embodied in the lyrics of a song: Blessed be Your Name, when the world’s all as it should be, When the sun’s shining down on me, Blessed be Your Name. Blessed be Your Name, On the road marked with suffering, When there’s pain in the offering, Blessed be Your Name. The is idea is that Thankfulness is not something that should be reserved for times and places when life is good, but that Gratitude is a quality that shows even better when times are tough. I tend to think that Gratefulness, therefore, is not an expression of character and an acknowledgment of events, but, rather, a shaper of character and an influencer of events. So this Thanksgiving, I’m choosing to give thanks for some of the things from my past that are, well, not exactly my best moments. This year, I am thankful for the stupid events at a retreat in high school that ended up in me being suspended for five days. Yeah, really. But it’s okay, because, up until that point, I’d been skating through school without a lot of ambition; that embarrassment was the kick in the behind that I needed to get on track, and I do look back on that as one of the seminal moments of my life. I am also thankful for a few of the really dumb things I did in college which, blessedly, did not end up in the hospital or the police station, though they easily could have. Let’s just say there were few times that I “leaped before looking.” Going through those taught me the difference between calculated risks and just being dumb, and that’s a pretty important lesson to learn. I am thankful, also, for the women in my life, and, oddly, for some of the bad, mean, stupid, shameful things I said and did when I was younger. Though thinking back on those still causes me pangs

of embarrassment, it’s that little pain that informs me better ways to deal with the women in my life today. And, sure, I’m still frequently listed in the Annals of Stupid Husbands, but we’ve been married for almost 19 years now, so I think something must be working. And, for the record, ladies, if the statute of limitations hasn’t run out yet, I am sorry. I am thankful for weird turns in my career. Believe me, I am not, right now, where I always pictured I would be. But those weird turns have opened up a lot of other opportunities to me, and have allowed me to explore other interests, one of which you are sharing with me right now. It has to be said that, in each of these instances, I did not escape greater trouble by my own wit or talent. In some cases, better people than me kept things in check; in others, blind luck played a role. But, in most cases, I am here today because somebody else took into account the nature of my screw-ups, and showed me a little Grace and Mercy. Without that, the police station, or worse, was a very real possibility. So, this Thanksgiving, remember to Give Thanks for some of the things in your life that, shall we say, leave you a little rough around the edges and don’t make you very proud. Those rough edges are exactly tools that you need to sculpt you into who you are. Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School.

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Changing newspaper business: From a Rodeo photographer’s perspective Rodeo photography was my profession. Not only did I sell black and white photos to the cowboys, but also to the Rodeo Sports News. In August of 1971 at the Colorado State fair in Pueblo, I was poised to catch a photo of the next rider out of the bucking chutes. My boots were planted deep in the dust of the rodeo arena and I looked through the viewfinder of my Pentax. “No women allowed in the arena—get out!” stock contractor Harry Knight hollered and rode up next to me. Startled, I lowered my camera and whirled around to look up at the loud mouthed kingpin. While he distracted me from my job, a loose bucking horse galloped over me over from behind. Damn! I could have been killed, and it would have been Knight’s fault. He messed up my day. And I climbed out of the arena dirty from being run over by the horse. My camera was covered with dust. What Knight didn’t know, or care about was that I’d photographed rodeos all over the state of Colorado. When I stood in the

arena near the chutes at rodeos, the best spot for a photographer, no other stock contractor had ever commented. A writer from the Pueblo Chieftain must have seen and heard Knight eject me from the arena. She interviewed me, photographed me and wrote an article titled “Liberation Day a dud for Golden girl at fair.” (She referred to women’s liberation which commanded much attention in the news at that time.) This reporter was sharp to write this timely story about my experience at the Colorado State Fair and connect it to liberation. I didn’t think of my work as “liberated”, I just thought I was using a skill I had. But Knight may have seen me as a threat.

A cowboy told me later, “Harry Knight is from the old school. He thinks if a woman is seen in the around the bucking chutes, it makes the event look less dangerous.” Whatever his reasons for kicking me out of the arena, Knight didn’t stop me from working. I continued to photograph rodeos for several years. That was then, the early l970’s. Fast forward to 2003 or 2004. Lyn Alweis an old friend and excellent WOMAN photographer for the Denver Post , recently met me at a Starbucks in East Denver. For many years she had photographed news events in the Denver area. Lyn was a few years younger than me. She was working, and had her laptop on the table as we drank coffee and chatted. “What’s it like working at the newspaper now?“ I asked. “It’s completely changed with Internet and e-mail,” she said. “I don’t even go into the paper anymore, I just email in my photos.” “No darkroom at the paper anymore?” “All gone.”

I wondered how Lyn would interact with the staff. And how would photographers and journalists compare notes and give each other ideas if they emailed in their work? “That sounds isolating,” I said. She nodded as she typed. I remembered my darkroom where I developed my rolls and made prints. It was hard to believe newspapers didn’t need darkrooms anymore. A few years after Lyn and I met at Starbucks, she retired and moved to another state. Even though I enjoy memories of taking action photos of bullriders and bronco riders, I don’t want to get stuck in the past. Now I take shots of my grandkids with my iPhone. While it feels good to savor memories, I believe it’s also important to make new ones. And that’s exactly what I’m doing. Happy Thanksgiving Mary McFerren Stobie is a freelance writer who is syndicated by Senior Wire News Service. Contact her at mry_jeanne@yahoo. com

Railroad museum to highlight the lives of hobos Last week I made a little joke in this column about changing the words to some of our favorite Christmas songs to sell cars and diamonds and whatever else they advertise on television or the radio but truthfully we all remember some silly words, both naughty and nice, that all the kids were singing just for laughs. Now that I’m an adult I have been working on my own version of a classic titled “All I Want For Christmas Is A Good Night’s Sleep.” I haven’t gotten much farther than the title, but it pretty much sums it up for a lot of us during this busy season. But as much fun as it is to put a new spin on things, the Holiday Season is really about tradition. No matter whether you celebrate by lighting a Menorah for Hanukkah, discussing the seven principles of Kwanzaa or decorating a Christmas tree, the atmosphere of the season is always filled with memories. One of the favorite Christmas traditions for children is writing a letter to Santa. Of course there was 8 year old Virginia O’Hanlon that decided to write her letter to the New York Sun in 1897 asking if Santa was real to which the editor famously replied “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause” but most kids write directly to the North Pole. Now, you can just drop those letters off at the post office, but that’s kind of boring and I have a better way to do it that combines a little bit of old with a little bit of new. The Colorado Railroad Museum will be running the Santa Clause Special train on Saturday, Dec. 7, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, as well as Saturday, Dec. 21. The train departs every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The “old” part of this equation is that for over 100 years trains equipped with

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railroad post office cars crisscrossed Colorado delivering the mail and that included letters to Santa. The Santa Clause Special has just such a car where the kids can mail their letters the good old fashioned way. The “new” part of the equation is the you can download a pre-printed letter that the kids just fill out and color that will also gain them an entry into a sweepstakes where they can win a brand new bike from Bicycle Village for Christmas. Just go to the website at www.coloradorailroadmuseum. org/events/special-events/santa-clausspecial/ and read the text. There is a place where the word “here” is in red so click on that to get to the page with the letter. In addition to the Santa Clause Special the museum will be serving hot chocolate and their gift shop will be stocked with a lot of railroad toys and other items perfect for gift giving. Admission is $5 for children (under 2 are free), $15 for adults $10 for seniors (over 60) and $30 for families of 2 adults and up to 5 children. Rails and Cocktails The Colorado Railroad Museum isn’t just for kids and to prove it they are offering a terrific adult lecture series about various subjects that highlight how railroads helped to shape the American West. The next one is titled “The American

in getting these talented men and women into good paying jobs are critical to Colorado’s competitiveness. The investment we make in helping veterans make the leap from the battlefield to the business world will be paying all of us dividends throughout the century. To every business that knows the value of helping veterans succeed, the Department of Labor and Employment says thank you. Our work on behalf of veterans (we are currently serving more than 44,000) draws its strength from you. Your investment in your community and in the veterans who are a part of it, gets to the heart of what President Kennedy spoke of just 23 days before his death. Gratitude must be more than words. It must be lived. This article was contributed by executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Ellen Golombek.

Hobo” presented by museum curator Lauren Giebler. It explores how hobos started riding the rails almost since the day the tracks were laid and how they fit into our Colorado history. This lecture will be on Friday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. and advanced tickets are required. Prices are $10 for teachers, $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. You must be 21 years of age to attend and the price includes a beverage of your choice, beer, wine or soda, as well as snacks. The doors open at 6 p.m. so you can get there

early to check out the museums other attractions. For more information about these events just go the their website at www. or call them at 303-279-4591. John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/ drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multimedia


Raymond E. Bettinger Raymond E. Bettinger 87, of Golden, passed away on November 18, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann and youngest son, Timothy. Survived by daughter Barbara Ann: sons Gregory(Joanne), David(Marilyn), Raymond Jr.(Pat), Thomas(Karen); grandchildren Amber(Rob), Crystal(Doug), Emmy, Ashley, Tyler, Kelly(Jeff), April, Scott(Carrie): great grandchildren Amanda, Brittney, Mathew, Riley, Ryan; and many nieces and nephews. Raymond (Bud) was born in Englewood, CO. He was the oldest son of 10 kids from parents Peter and Anna Bettinger. His siblings were Mary Ann, Rosaline, Lucille, Irene, Patricia, Walter, Donna, Ronald and Robert. His family moved to Golden CO where he attended High School. He joined the Army Air Corp. at the

end of World War II. He worked for Adolph Coors Company for over 30 years. Raymond met his wife Mary Ann at a square dance at Souderstraum’s Dance Hall in Denver. They loved dancing at other venues such as the Denver Dancing Academy, Rockrest, Fenders and various VFW dances. Ray (aka “Bud”) was a “Super Dad” raising 6-kids. He loved Colorado, taking many camping, hunting and hiking trips to the mountains. Most of all he loved his family and family functions. A Viewing and Rosary were held on Friday November 22, 2013 at Olinger Woods Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday November 23, with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Bettinger was honored by the United States Army for his military service.

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“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” runs through Dec. 22, at Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden. Doing the classic story of George Bailey and his guardian angel Clarence as a radio show, allows for a story within a story and we get to see the everyday interactions of the cast merged with the storyline of the live broadcast. The talented cast includes David Blumenstock, Christian Mast, Haley Johnson, Jason Maxwell, Samara Bridwell and Bryanna Scott. Several of the actors

For a truly enjoyable evening of family entertainment, I highly recommend “Jackie and Me” a story revolving around the famed baseball player, Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in baseball. This could easily have been a preachy tale but it isn’t. Instead we are gently but firmly led through a sad and troubling period of our nation’s history. The vehicle for the storyline is a young time-traveling Little League baseball player who has the ability to transport himself back in time.

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Joey Stoshack is given an assignment by the teacher of his Black History class. He chooses to do his paper about Jackie Robinson. After transporting himself back to 1947, he finds that life was very different then. And, it wasn’t just the technology. For starters, Joey is white when he leaves the present; however, when he arrives in 1947, he discovers he is now black and must live with the unbelievable prejudice of the day. “Jackie and Me” plays through Dec. 22. For tickets and information, call 303-8934100 or visit the website What a great gift for the entire family. Columnist Harriet Hunter Ford may be reached at


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Season’s readings: Some great holiday books to share Book gift ideas for everyone on your list Doesn’t it seem like your gift list grows each year? One new member of the family by birth, three more by marriage. Two “adopted” kids who call you Mom or Dad just because. Friends who have become dear. A new Secret Santa program. It adds up, as it subtracts from your holiday budget. But here’s a great suggestion: books! Books are cost-effective. They’re like taking a trip without going anywhere. They give and give again, and they’re shareable. What more could you want to give? So. Without further ado, here are some great books you can give to the people on your give list this holiday season. First, the housekeeping: some of these books may be challenging to find. Release dates are approximate. Titles may be slightly different. Still, there you have it: gift ideas for everybody you love. And if you don’t see the perfect book on this list, throw yourself at the mercy of the friendly bookseller in your hometown. She knows books and making someone smile makes her smile, too. Season’s readings!


Insider” by Victoria Houston, for the most thrilling gift you can possibly give. If a danger-filled novel is what that certain someone on your list would love, look for “The Return” by Michael Gruber, a book about a man who isn’t who he seems. Yes, he looks like an easy-going guy, but revenge is really what’s on his mind … and he’s not going to stop until he finds it. Wrap it up with “Island of the White Rose” by R. Ira Harris, a historical novel of revolution (in Cuba) and intrigue, love and danger. For the reader who loves a good murder novel, “Love Gone Mad” by Mark Rubinstein might be what you want to wrap. When a famous heart surgeon and a nurse meet at work, it seems like romance is in the air. But no, it’s danger they sense, and a fight for their very lives. Wrap it up with “The Russian Endgame” by Allan Topol, an international thriller with political undertones, and watch your giftee smile. The person on your list who loves a good romance will enjoy “Love Rehab:

A Novel in Twelve Steps” by Jo Piazza. It’s a story filled with all those things you DON’T want to do when lookin’ for love. And for something different, wrap it up with “Dying for Dinner Rolls” by Lois Lavrisa, the first in the Chubby Chicks Club mystery series. Food and murder… what more could you want?

GENERAL NON-FICTION If there’s a poker player on your gift list this year, then you’ve got to wrap up “Straight Flush” by Ben Mezrich. This is the story of a bunch of college buddies who start an online poker site and rake in the cash … but the U.S. Department of Justice wants them to fold. For sure, your giftee loving this book…? Yeah, it’s in the cards! Why did you pick the gift you picked? Was it just because you knew your friend well, or was there another reason? In “You Bookworm continues on Page 10

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Perfect for historians who love a good novel, “The House of Special Purpose” by John Boyne takes a fictionalized trip back to czarist Russia with an elderly man who must lay secrets to rest before he dies. Give this book as a gift – and borrow it back! Does your giftee like the kind of novel that’ll keep her guessing? Then “The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards” by Kristopher Jansma will be exactly what you want to wrap up. At first, it seems like this is a book about rivalry between two writers, but there’s so much more to this story. Suffice it to say that unwrapping this book isn’t going to be the only surprise your giftee gets – particularly when you pair that book with “This is How You Die,”

an anthology with the premise that every character knows the end is near … they know how, but they don’t know how… So how well do you know that new family member? In “The Darkling” by R. B. Chesterton, a family takes in a teenager who’s been orphaned and hire a tutor to get the girl up to speed. But there’s something about the girl that just doesn’t seem right – something that will scare the daylights out of your giftee. Wrap it up with “Seduction” by M.J. Rose, which is a literary-based novel of suspense and chills. For the person who likes a little terror with their holiday, “The Demonologist” by Andrew Pyper will give them that, abundantly. This is the story of a professor who accepts a dark offer that’s too good to be true. Problem is, it’s not to good to be horrifying. Wrap this one up with “Domino Falls” by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, for a perfectly frightful night-ful. If your giftee loves a novel that sprang from real events, then wrap up “My Mother’s Secret” by J.L. Witterick, a fictionalized tale of two women who sheltered a Jewish family in their Sokal, Germany home during World War II. It’s a bit of a thriller, made even better because it’s based on a true story. Fans of suspense won’t be able to resist opening the covers of “Storm Front” by John Sanford. In this thriller, an ancient stone has been stolen, which sparks an international manhunt that settles in Minnesota. Yes, it seems like a movie plot but for fans of this genre, this book is far from mere drama. Team it up with “Dead

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from seventeen celebs who loved the mag as much as you did. The giftee who loves to study ancient history, particularly that of Egypt, will love reading “The Shadow King” by Jo Marchant. It’s a book about King Tut’s mummy: where it’s been, what we’ve learned about it, and why we’re still so fascinated with it. Students of culture and politics will smile when they unwrap “Clash! 8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are” by Hazel Rose Markus, PhD and Alana Conner, Bookworm continues on Page 11

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PhD. This book looks at eight common them-vs.-us themes: east vs. west, men vs. women, and more, and how it affects us an individuals and the world at large. For the person who has it all, how about a very unusual book? “Roy G. Biv” by Jude Stewart is a book about color” myths about it, history of reds and oranges, purples and blues, what the colors mean in culture, and what they do to us. Be sure to wrap it up with “The Handy Art History Answer Book” by Madelynn Dickerson for a truly colorful gift. It seems like everybody’s got somebody on their list who’s single, doesn’t it? And the person on your list will love reading “Modern Dating: A Field Guide” by Chiara Atik. This humorous book isn’t just funny – it also offers real advice and tips on loving one’s singlehood, dating etiquette, make-up-or-break-up tips, and more. It might not put a ring on someone’s finger, but it’ll make them smile. Be sure to wrap it up with “Data, A Love Story” by Amy Webb, which is the story of Webb’s experiences with finding love by online dating. Is your giftee happy as a clam this time of year? He’s cool as a cucumber opening gifts but excited as a pig in tall corn underneath? Then wrap up “Similes Dictionary” by Elyse Sommer and you know you’ll get a smile as big as the world. Wrap up “Hard Times Require Furious Dancing” by Alice Walker, a book of verse to inspire, sooth, and provoke thoughts; or “A Slap in the Face” by William B. Irvine, which is a book about insults, subtle and not-so-subtle, where they come from and why they’re so darn barbed. The newlywed, newly single, or new college student on your list will love “Don’t Screw It Up!” by Laura Lee. This is a book offers household tips that will make life run more smoothly, whether it’s with finances, home maintenance, cooking, or another of life’s sticky situations. And then – just because screw-ups are unavoidable, show your giftee that it’s okay by pairing that book with “Always Look on the Bright

Side: Celebrating Each Day to the Fullest” by Allen Klein. The title says it all… For the person who loves historical photographs, look for “The Big Picture” by Josh Sapau. This book is filled with panoramic photographs from the days when film only came in black-and-white and people dressed up to look good for posterity on Picture Day. Even the size and shape of this book says “fun!” Make it an awesome gift by adding “The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend” by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. For the wanderer on your gift list, wrap up “The Turk Who Loved Apples” by Matt Gross. This is a book of unexpected travels and surprising journeys around the world in unusual places. Wrap it up with “Hidden Cities” by Moses Gates, in which the author travels to unusual sites within larger metropolises. For the giftee who claims to have had the oddest childhood, you can challenge that assertion by giving “Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid” by Joshua Safran. It’s the story of the author’s childhood on the open road with his mother, who seemed to be forever search-

ing… And if your giftee really cherishes his individualism, wrap it up with “The Last Wilderness: Alaska’s Rugged Coast” by Michael McBride, the story of a married couple, the business they built, and their life in America’s northern most state. I’m pretty sure the environmentalist on your list is going to cheer when she unwraps “Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Environment” by Kenneth Worthy. This is a heavy-duty book and not for the casual reader, but anyone who lives the Green life will think it’s the best gift ever. Pair it up with “Future Primal” by Louis G. Herman. It’s a book on our past, our future, and how understanding one can affect the other. Editor’s Note: Part two of this book list, including health, business, travel and religion book recommendations will be published in a future edition of the paper.

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Category: Public Works Status: Open Closing: Dec. 5, 2013 10:00 AM

with the Public Works Department, closing, December 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Applicants mud be able to acquire a CDL-B within 6 months of hire. Must be able to work in all weather environments, occasionally lifting of 50 lbs and up to 100 lbs. Must have a good driving record and able to pass physical with drug screen and full back ground investigation. Pay range $29,300 to $41,000 per year.

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It’s time to go with the glow City streetlights, even stoplights dressed in bright red and green, and purple, and yellow, and orange will dazzle downtown Denver dwellers and visitors beginning with the Grand Illumination at 6 p.m. Nov. 29. The city’s celebration begins with opening day of the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, at 16th Street and Arapahoe, beginning at 10 a.m. daily through Feb. 16. Skating is free with skate rentals at $2 (skate rental on opening day is free). More information: Your Keys to the City, a public piano art program created by the Downtown Denver Partnership, returns along the 16th Street Mall with five winter-themed pianos painted by local artists. The pianos, which will remain along the mall until Dec. 30, are available for free public play 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. At 6 p.m. Nov. 29, Denver’s historic D&F Tower will turn on its holiday lights, and more than 550,000 energy-efficient LED lights will illuminate the 16th Street Mall, California Street between 14th and 17th streets and Curtis Street between 14th and 16th streets. Meanwhile at Union Station, LoDo District Inc. will present a holiday-themed choir, a Children’s Museum craft table, treats provided by LoDo restaurants and a visit from Dinger Claus (the Colorado Rockies mascot in costume). The City and County Building, lit entirely in LED lights, will be illuminated nightly from 5:45 to 10:45 p.m. through Jan. 26.

Charity CD coming

Twenty-five years of in-studio performances will be celebrated with 18 new songs from the KBCO Studio C vault, which will be released on its annual charity CD beginning at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at all seven Paul’s TV locations inside Furniture Row and at Denver Mattress in Boulder. The CD features music recorded live on the radio from the Boulder/Denver radio station’s performance studio, KBCO Studio C. 97.3 KBCO has hosted thousands of intimate KBCO Studio C sessions with artists and bands from all over the world for 25 years. The KBCO Studio C 25th Anniversary CD will feature performances as far back as 1994 with the Dave Matthews Band along with songs recorded over the last year from artists like Imagine Dragons, Phoenix, Capital Cities and Phillip Phillips. The CD will benefit the Boulder County AIDS Project and Food Bank of the Rockies. Because of high demand, there will be a limit of two CDs per person and the collection will be sold for $12 each. Traditionally the annual CD release sells out in less than a day, with avid KBCO Studio C fans lining up before sunrise to get their copies of the coveted charity disc. A complete list of Paul’s TV locations and all additional details are available by visiting

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Festival Playhouse production taps into Christmas spirit By Clarke Reader Everyone has certain images when they think of Christmas, from baking cookies and decorating the tree to opening presents and visiting family. The warmth and comfort of these images is what the Festival Playhouse looks for in its Christmas plays, and have tapped directly into it with Pat Cook’s “Somethin’ Special for Christmas.” “I looked back and since 1995 WHAT: “Somethin’ we’ve done 20 productions of Special for Christmas” Pat Cook works. Most everybody WHERE: Festival likes him, and the reason they Playhouse do is that it’s a show that you’re 5665 Olde Wadsworth going to watch and feel good,” Blvd., Arvada Charley Ault, the show’s director WHEN: Nov. 29 - Dec. 15 and actor said. “Everyone can Friday and Saturday just sit back and enjoy it.” 7:30 p.m. Set on a ranch in west Texas Sunday - 2 p.m. during the 1950s, the story foCOST: $15-$17 cuses in on three ranch hands: INFORMATION: Smitty (Miles Silverman) the 303-422-4090 or www. foreman, Bubba (Charley) and Eddie (Jim Hoover). The three men live a simple life on the ranch, and are devoted to its widowed owner Sara Prientess (Donna Sweet Ault) and her daughter Jordan (Abcedee Theodoratos), though times are hard for all involved. When Jason Benedict (Sean Thompson) tries to buy the ranch, Sara decides to give her daughter one last special Christmas with the ranch hands. However, when they get drafted into playing the three wise men in Opal Robinson’s (Karen Johnston) school play and they try to bring Santa to life for Jordan, things go hilariously awry for everyone. “Everything turns out all right in the end, which is what you want in a Christmas show,” Charley said. “It’s fun, whimsical stuff, that really captures the life of Christmas.” This is the first show for Theodoratos, who is 9 years old, and has been taking acting classes at the Playhouse. “I think she’s (Jordan) kind of sassy, and confident with herself. I like her attitude,” Theodoratos said. “I’ve done some school plays, but this is my first play. I just like acting.”


Above, from left to right, Bubba (Charley Ault), Smitty (Miles Silverman) and Eddie (Jim Hoover) talk about their future on the ranch. Top, Jordan (Abcedee Theodoratos) and Sara Prientess (Donna Sweet Ault) talk about the future of their ranch in “Somethin’ Special for Christmas.” Photos by Clarke Reader Silverman, Charley and Hoover, all describe the their ranch hand characters as not the brightest of men, but make up for it with the size of their hearts. “Smitty is like a favorite uncle to Jordan, and he really looks after her,” Silverman said. “He’s a real ‘salt of the earth’ type guy, but is really a romantic at heart.” Charley said that Bubba has a heart of gold, but not a lot going on upstairs, while Eddie is the type of person that people meet and immediately say “bless his heart” according to Hooper. Donna said that while Sara is constantly taking care of who she calls the “three idiots” there is a real soft spot for them in her heart. “They’ve been with her through the thinest of the thin, and she is grateful” Donna said. All involved with in the play agree that the show is perfect for families looking for something heartwarming this holiday season. “It’s a simple story, but I think it’s very moving, especially since it’d told through the eyes of a little girl,” Silverman said. “There’s a great message of hope throughout,” Hoover said.

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fee includes wreath form, boughs and wire.

TURKEY CHASE Join the Denver Rescue Mission on Thanksgiving morning for a run/walk along Van Bibber Creek Trail. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. at the Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Ave., Arvada. Visit or call 303-313-2454. FRIDAY TO SUNDAY/NOV. 29 TO DEC. 1 CRAFT FAIR The 34th annual Holiday Craft Fair is Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Kick off the holiday season with purchases of artwork created by more than 150 artisans in all mediums. Visit or by call 720-898-3380. FRIDAY/NOV. 29 TO DEC. 15 HOLIDAY SHOW The Players Guild at The Festival Playhouse presents “Somethin’ Special for Christmas,” a Yuletide slice of life that celebrates the hope and faith of one family. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 15, at The Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-422-4090 or go to for tickets and more information. Age appropriate for all. SATURDAY/NOV. 30, DEC. 1, DEC. 7-8 GARDENING PROGRAMS Echter’s Garden Center, 5150 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada, plans a number of seasonal events and classes. Visit for information. Upcoming are: NOV. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8: Wreath making, 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 and Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Sunday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 8. One of Echter’s most popular, hands-on classes is back. Create your own handcrafted wreath using fresh aromatic boughs. Bring pruners. The usual time to make a wreath is about 1 to 1-and-a-half hours, and classes are offered Reservations required; call 303-424-7979. Materials


NOV. 30, Dec. 1: Porch pots, dress up your entry, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Create beautiful containers with seasonal style using holiday greens and decorations. Transform your summer container gardens into festive porch pots that bring holiday ambiance to your home. Demonstrations are in the holiday greens area. No fee or registration necessary. SUNDAY/DEC. 1 AUDITIONS The DJC Youth All-Stars is looking for a high

school banjo/guitar or replacement drum set player. Audition music and recording have been posted at Auditions will be 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Flesher-Hinton Music Store, 3936 Tennyson St. in Denver. Intermediate to advanced jazz experience is necessary. For information, or to schedule an audition, email ecan11@msn. com or call 303-328-7277.

MONDAY/DEC. 2 LIFE ENHANCEMENTS PranaTonic Life Enhancing Products & Services, 807 14th St., Golden, presents Jorgenson and Kimball Cicciu, L.Ac., who will present “Herbal Body Care” 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and your skin is probably starting to feel dry. Join us to learn how to make your own herbal body care delights that make excellent holiday gifts. Whether you are looking to spoil yourself or someone you love, we will teach you how to make sugar scrubs, body lotions, and facial masks. Includes goodies to take home. Call 303-274- 5733 or go to www.pranatonic. com for information on costs. TUESDAY/DEC. 3 LIFETREE CAFÉ Storytelling and listening will be explored at Lifetree Café at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 5675 Field St., Arvada. The program, “The Art of Listening: An Act of Love,” features a film of NPR’s StoryCorps founder, David

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Arvada adds eatery The folks at Udi’s Foods were slated to open Braun’s Taphaus & Grille in the old space of the Archive Room in Olde Town Arvada on Friday, Nov. 22. Eater Denver reported Braun’s will serve “traditional German cuisine and American comfort food with 20 rotating beers on tap.” Located at 5601 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Braun’s is in the heart of a burgeoning area in Arvada that will only grow when the RTD FasTracks Gold Line opens in 2016. The Archive Room opened in 2009 and recently former Dixon’s chef Aaron Youngblood revived the menu for bar fare to more of a seasonal offering, but the place closed last summer. See the full story at www.denver.eater. com/archives/2013/11/13/udis-foods-willopen-brauns-taphaus-grille-a-german-taphouse-in-arvada.php.

Brews per Breslouer Thrillist Denver writer/photographer/ videographer/pontificator Lee Breslouer has made it his journalistic duty to sniff out our state’s best breweries, beers and places to drink them, but now he’s sharing his supreme suds list with all of the Thrillist Nation. Breslouer did exhaustive and thirstquenching research to compile The Definitive Colorado Beer Guide, released in Monday’s Thrillist Nation blog. Read the whole guide at, a national restaurant and food trend website with a dedicated Denver edition, just announced its Eater Awards 2013, as chosen by local editors in 27 cities. Here are the winners: Restaurant of the Year: Old Major Chef of the Year: Jennifer Jasinski So Hot Right Now: Comida Bartender of the Year: Bryan Dayton Stone Cold Stunner: Izakaya Den Empire Builder of the Year: Troy Guard See the whole story at:

Isay. StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Participants will discover practical tools for connecting deeply with others. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or

perform with the Lakewood Symphony and Lakewood Mormon Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 6465 W. Jewell Ave., Lakewood. Visit www.lakewoodsymphony. org. The Ringers also perform with the Arvada Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 7755 Vance Drive, Arvada. Visit www.arvadachorale. org.



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WEDNESDAY/DEC. 4, DEC. 11 CHOIR MEETING Concordia Lutheran Choir meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 13371 W. Alameda Parkway in Lakewood. You are welcome to join. THURSDAY/DEC. 5 CONCERT LAKEWOOD Chorale will perform its traditional concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Contact the Lakewood Cultural Center at 303-987-7845. Tickets for this concert may be purchased only through the Lakewood Cultural Center. Seating is reserved.  THURSDAY/DEC. 5 INFORMATION NIGHTS The Manning School, 13200 W. 32nd Ave., Golden, will have a parent information night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the school’s auditorium. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY/DEC. 5-6, DEC. 13-14

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CRAFT FAIR The Jeffco Holiday Craft Fair is planned 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the exhibit hall at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden. Parking is free. The Lucky Clover 4-H Club will be managing the food booth. The event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Fair, a nonprofit community service organization and coordinated by Iris McIntosh who will answer questions at 303-934-3171. COMING SOON/DEC. 6; RECURRING/THROUGH DEC. 29 ART MARKET The annual holiday art market is open Nov. 16 to Dec. 29. More than 100 Colorado artists offer ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, paintings, woodworking, photography, holiday items and more. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. It’s closed on Mondays. Admission is free, and donations are accepted. Kids can have their photo taken 4-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, with Santa before he leads the Golden Candlelight Walk. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. The Foothills Art Center is at 809 Fifteenth St., Golden. Visit COMING SOON/DEC. 6-7

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Randy E. Johnson, an owner-agent for State Farm Insurance (, is an official drop-off location for the global anti-poverty organization, Soles4Souls Inc. Johnson’s office is at 8925 Ridgeline Blvd., Suite 101 in Highlands Ranch. “We are encouraging the community to join us in giving back by dropping off any gently worn or new shoes to our office during business hours and we will ship the shoes to Soles4Souls,” Johnson said. “We are proud to be partnering with this organization doing so much here in the United States, as well as globally.” It is estimated that approximately 300 million children worldwide — almost as many as the entire U.S. population — live without shoes. Lacking proper footwear, countless children will not be able or permitted to attend school. Tens of millions poverty-stricken, barefoot boys and girls will be infected with soil-transmitted parasitic diseases. For more information, call 303-791-




St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

Proclaiming Christ to the Mountains and Plains 12735 W 58th Ave · 80002 · 303-420-1232 Daily Masses: 8:30 AM, Mon-Sat Confessions: After Mass, Mon, Wed-Fri; Sat: 9:00-10:00 AM; 4:00-4:45 PM Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00 PM Sunday Masses: 7:30, 9:00, 11:30 AM, 5:30 PM


Arvada Christian Church 8010 West 62nd Avenue


Worship.............................9:30 am Wed. Night Bible Study/meal...6:00 pm Nursery Available




SERVICE TIMES Sunday: 9 aM and 10:30 aM WedneSday: 6:30 PM

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY FOR ALL AGES 9725 W. 50th • Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 (303) 421-3800 Main


George Morrison, Senior Pastor

Please join us for our weekend and mid-week services

62nd & Ward Road

Family Worship Center Saturday ....................................................5:00 pm Sunday ..................................9:00 am & 10:45 am Wednesday ...............................................6:30 pm

4890 Carr Street

Sunday ....................................................10:30 am

Unity of Evergreen at Red Rocks

Reverend Julie Armour Home of the Daily Word

The Chapel at Red Rocks 905 Bear Creek Ave • Morrison 3rd Entrance into Red Rocks Park

303-697-1533 Sunday Service and Youth Education Program at 9:30 A.M. A Path for Spiritual Living


Golden First Presbyterian Church

On the round-about at South Golden Rd. and West 16th Ave. Sunday Praise & Worship................. ......9:00 am Fellowship Time .....................................10:00 am Church School ................................ .......10:30 am

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Miriam M. Dixon

Nursery provided

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Jefferson Unitarian Church 14350 W. 32nd Ave.

303-279-5282 A Religious Home for the Liberal Spirit Service Times: 9:15am / 11:00am Religious education for all ages. Nursery care provided.

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Christmas ConCert Augustana Arts presents the Colorado Choir Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver. Experience over 80 exceptional musically blended voices. Call 303-388-4962 or go online to www. Coming soon/DeC. 6-8 holiDay show The Lakewood Cultural Center presents Timothy P. and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers Dec. 6-8 at 470 S. Allison Parkway. Timothy P. and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers make their annual return at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Tickets on sale. Go to, call 303-987-7845 or visit the box office.  Coming soon/DeC. 6-29 theater show The Edge Theatre Company presents “Gifted,” by Carrie Printz and directed by Sarah Roshan, Dec. 6-29. Cultures and generations clash in this funny, poignant tale of a 21st century family. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. Call 303-232-0363 or go to The Edge Theatre is at 1560 Teller St., Suite 200, Lakewood. Parking is free.

jewelry. Silent auction winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. RSVP required no later than Dec. 2. Contact or call 303-916-9244 for information on ticket cost.

Coming soon/DeC. 7 high tea Daughters of the Nile plans its holiday high tea at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the El Jebel Temple, 4625 W. 50th Ave., Denver. Cost includes a bazaar and entertainment. Reservation deadline is Friday, Nov. 29. Call April Huskins at 303-886-6854 about costs, and mail checks payable to El Mejdel Temple No. 47 to Kathrine Shaeffer 9255 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada, CO 80002. Coming soon/DeC. 8 holiDay ConCert Kara Guggenmos, lyric soprano, and Brian Stinar, tenor, join the Jefferson Symphony for its holiday concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Green Center, Colorado School of Mines Campus, 16th and Cheyenne Streets in Golden. Season and individual concert tickets may be purchased in advance at, by calling 303-278-4237 or at the door before the concert. Coming soon/DeC. 8, feb. 16

Coming soon/DeC. 7

ConCert season The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert featuring traditional Respighi holiday music is at 3 p.m. Dec. 8. A tribute to Haydn concert is Sunday, Feb. 16. The international young artist competition winner will perform Sunday, March 23. A concert to celebrate spring is Sunday, May 4. All concerts are at 3 p.m. at the Green Center, Colorado School of Mines Campus, 16th and Cheyenne streets in Golden. Tickets can be purchased at www.jeffsymphony. org, calling 303-278-4237, visiting the Jefferson Symphony office at 1204 Washington St., Golden, or at the door before the concert.

PanCake breakfast Community Recreation Center

Coming soon/DeC. 10

Coming soon/DeC. 7 45th reunion The Arvada High School Class of 1968

will celebrate its 45th reunion Dec. 7. Classmates that are interested and have not been contacted should contact the reunion committee at or Judy Graves-Jessup at 303-903-1920.

presents a pancake breakfast and surfin’ with Santa at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. To go www.apexprd. org or call 303-425-9583 to register (by Dec. 4).

Coming soon/DeC. 7 holiDay tea The Arvada West High School Foundation is sponsoring a holiday tea 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the high school, 11595 Allendale Drive, Arvada. Seating is limited, and RSVP is required. The event will include catering, Nutcracker music, entertainment, a silent auction and art/crafts and

Christmas lunCheon Denver West Women’s Connection presents A Glamorous Christmas Luncheon, noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Concordia Lutheran Church, 13371 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood. For information on cost, and for reservations, call 303-985-2458. Wear your favorite fancy holiday duds for our in-house fashion show. Coming soon/DeC. 11 genealogy Program The Foothills Genealogical Society

will meet Wednesday, Dec 11, at Applewood Valley Methodist Church, 2034 Ellis St., Golden. Roundtable discussion is at

noon; bring lunch to enjoy during discussion, “Come Find it at the Library,” which starts at 1 p.m. Presented by James K. Jeffrey. Email or call 303-935-9192.

Coming soon/DeC. 12 Volunteer rounD-uP The National Western Stock

Show and Rodeo needs 150-200 volunteers in guest relations, children’s programs, horse and livestock shows, and the trade show. The 108th stock show is Jan. 11-26. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities and to set up an interview for a volunteer spot, attend the National Western volunteer round-up 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. For information and to fill out a volunteer application, go to or contact Kellie at 303-299-5562.

Coming soon/DeC. 12 Painting teChniques Complete a picture in five hours with the Bob Ross painting technique, offered noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Register by Dec. 9 by calling 303425-9583, or online at A materials fee is due at class, and all supplies are provided. Coming soon/DeC. 12, Jan. 9, feb. 13, marCh 13 membershiP meeting American Legion Post 161 has monthly membership meetings at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13 at 60th Avenue and Lamar Street. The group gets veterans to help veterans. Coming soon/DeC. 12-13 holiDay ConCert Golden High School’s music depart-

ment presents its holiday concert, which includes the band, orchestra and choir, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 13 in the Golden High School auditorium. Credit card, cash and checks are accepted. Contact Angela Becker at

reCurring eVents ConCorDia lutheran Church Choir is starting its fall choir program and is looking to add new voices. The choir is a great cross section of the community and welcomes newcomers who have a desire to praise God with their voice. This year Concordia Lutheran will be directed by Dr. Frank Eychaner of Colorado Christian University. The choir meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The choir assists in Concordia’s traditional worship service three out of four Sundays per month.  The church

is at 13371 W. Alameda Parkway in Lakewood (the church nestled close to Green Mountain). If you have a desire to sing and are interested in joining, please contact Joan at joan@ or 303-989-5260.

arVaDa running Club is offering $1,200 in college track or cross-country scholarships to one or two graduating high school girls for the 2013-14 school year. Eligible students must live in Arvada and/or attend an Arvada-area high school and plan to participate in a formal track or cross-country program during their freshman year in college. This is the third year in a row the club has offered scholarship funds. Applications are available on Arvada high school Naviance websites. For more information, contact or women’s networking group in Arvada has openings for women in business who can commit to a weekly Wednesday morning meeting. One member per business category. Contact or call 303-438-6783. through noVember art eVents/Classes The Lakewood Arts Council presents

classes and ongoing events in November, including acrylics plus, with instructor Marcia Brill, 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays; watercolor basics, with instructor Kathy Cranmer, 1-3:30 p.m. Fridays; open studio 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays; and group critiques 1:30-3:30 p.m. every third Monday. All classes take place at the Lakewood Arts Council Art Center and Gallery, 85 S. Union Blvd., Lakewood. Call 303 980-0625 to sign up. Recurring/Through Dec. 1

Playwriting initiatiVe The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is launching a new playwriting initiative for Colorado high schools students. The center will first send professional playwrights into high school English, language arts and drama classes to provide workshops in writing a oneact play. Then, the program will host a statewide competition for original one-act plays written by high school students. The plays, which are accepted Oct. 1 to Dec. 1, will be judged blindly by Denver Center professionals. The competition will result in 10 semifinalists, three finalists and one winner. For a full timeline and rules, visit or contact looking aheaD/DeC. 6, Jan. 3, feb. 7, marCh 7 rounDtable breakfast American Legion Post 161 Your Week continues on Page 19


crossword • sudoku

GALLERY OF GAMES & weekly horoscope

ARIES (Mar 21 to Apr 19) A project benefits from your organizational skills that get it up and running. Your success leaves a highly favorable impression. Don’t be surprised if you get some positive feedback soon. TAURUS (Apr 20 to May 20) Spend time on practical matters through the end of the week. Then begin shifting your focus to more-artistic pursuits. Resist being overly self-critical. Just allow yourself to feel free to create. GEMINI (May 21 to Jun 20) Restarting those creative projects you had set aside for a while will help provide a much-needed soothing balance to your hectic life. Besides, it will be like meeting old friends again.

crossword • sudoku & weekly horoscope


CANCER (Jun 21 to Jul 22) A change in plans could make it tough to keep a commitment. But stay with it. You’ll get an A-plus for making the effort to do what’s right and not taking the easy way out by running off. LEO (Jul 23 to Aug 22) The Lion’s enthusiasm for a workplace policy review is admirable. But be sure you know who is really behind the resistance to change before pointing your finger at the wrong person. VIRGO (Aug 23 to Sept 22) You can expect to have to do a lot of work through midweek. Devote the rest of the week to checking your holiday plans in case some need to be adjusted to accommodate changes. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) Try to avoid signing on the dotted line in the early part of the week. You need time to study issues that weren’t fully explored. Later in the week might be more favorable for decisionmaking. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) A new development could snarl travel schedules or other holiday-linked projects. Some flexibility might be called for to deal with the problems before they get too far out of hand. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) Relatives seek your advice on a matter you’d rather not be involved in. If so, use that sage Sagittarian tact to decline the “offer,” so that no one’s feelings are needlessly hurt. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) A shift in planning direction might help you speed up your progress toward achieving that long-planned goal. Trusted colleagues are ready to offer some valuable support. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) An unexpected demand for settlement of an old loan could create some pre-holiday anxiety. But you might not really owe it. Check your records thoroughly before remitting payment. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) It’s a good time to get into the social swim and enjoy some well-earned fun and games with those closest to you before you have to resume more serious activities next week. BORN THIS WEEK: Your ability to sense the needs of others makes you a wise counselor for those seeking help with their problems. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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hosts the Arvada Roundtable Breakfast at 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 7, at 60th Avenue and Lamar Street. The meeting is open to the public and allows attendees to hear what issues are being addressed by city, county, state and federal levels of government from the government representatives.

RecuRRing/Tuesdays ThRough dec. 10

childRen’s TheaTeR Heritage Square Music Hall Children’s Theatre presents “Santa Needs A Holiday” at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 16 to Dec. 28. Group rates and weekday performances available by calling 303-279-7800. Show presented a Heritage Square Music Hall Children’s Theatre, 18301 W. Colfax D-103, Golden. Visit RecuRRing/ThRough apRil 30 QuilT donaTions The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is

yoga classes Golden Yoga Studio presents a Body

Balance six-week series 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 5 to Dec. 10 at 805 14th St., Golden. Enjoy exercise to release tension and encourage presence and a deeper mind-body connection. Classes include gentle movements from yoga, Pilates, Feldenkreis, developmental movement and Bartenieff Fundamentals. Class also will explore visual imagery and meditation practices to develop deep embodiment. Improve your alignment physically and emotionally. For information on cost, and to enroll, call 303-547-2221 or go to

asking for donations of new quilts to benefit flood victims. Quilts must be made of 100 percent cotton fabric, and twin, full and queen sizes are needed. Deliver donations 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1213 Washington Ave., Golden; or 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the museum office, 651 Corporate Circle, Suite 102, Golden. Donations will be taken through April 30, 2014. Call 303-2770377.

looking ahead looking ahead/dec. 13

gifT caRd drive Resort 2 Kindness (R2K) hosts its BIG GIVE

oRchesTRa conceRT St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and the

RecuRRing/ThRough dec. 16 VolunTeeR fiRefighTeRs The Golden Fire Department

is seeking volunteer firefighters. The department provides initial certification and training, equipment and uniforms. To be considered, you must be at least 19 years old, have a valid Colorado driver’s license, and pass required testing and a thorough background check. Both residents and non-residents of Golden are welcome to apply. Applications can be found on the City of Golden website via the following link: The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16. If accepted, the Fire Academy starts March 1, 2014, and runs through June with classes scheduled on two weekday nights and Saturdays.  For more information, contact Lt. Matthew Kasriel at 303215-8885 or

looking ahead/dec. 15 gifT shop Are you looking for the perfect hand-crafted

gift? Visit the Craft Carousel Gift Shop 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, and see a variety of handmade items from more than 100 consignors, including scarves, jewelry, purses, aprons, quilts, baby gifts, holiday decorations, hats, mittens and much more. There will be special holiday shopping hours 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

looking ahead/dec. 15 aaRp nighT Join AARP at a Denver Nuggets game on Dec. 15, and bring in a children’s book suitable for ages kindergarten to third grade to donate to Serve Colorado. Stop by the AARP booth and learn about issues impacting those 50 and older. Discounted tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to looking ahead/dec. 15, MaRch 2, May 2, June 1

RecuRRing/ThRough dec. 15 2013 gift card drive to benefit the Colorado flood victims. The drive runs Friday, Nov. 15 to Dec. 15. R2K will collect unused, unexpired gift cards valid at any restaurant, grocery store, home store or retail store in Colorado. All cards will be given to the Emergency Family Assistance Association. Gift cards can be mailed to Resort 2 Kindness, 9781 S. Meridian Blvd., Suite 200, Englewood, CO 80112. Monetary donations can also be made online at

Dec. 15, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1600 Grant St. Contact Margaret Stookesberry at

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado present “A Salzburg Christmas: Echoes of Christmas Past” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road; at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St., Denver; and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St., Denver. Go to or call 303-298-1970.

looking ahead/dec. 14 Big Talk Join seasoned business and transformational Coach Roz to participate in an informative and energetic group discussion regarding your unique business challenges. The Big Talk for Young, Entrepreneurial Mothers discussion is from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in Arvada. Exact address will be provided upon RSVP at 303-953-2344. looking ahead/dec. 14-15 conceRTs The Columbine Chorale presents “O Magnum Mysterium” featuring four settings of the text by Palestrina, Poulenc, Lauridsen and Ivo Antognini.  Also featured will be Christmas carols and music by Healey Willan, Gustav Holst, Kevin Memley, Dan Forrest and David Heck. Concerts will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 1390 Brentwood St., Lakewood; or at 4 p.m. Sunday,

conceRT seRies St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Confluence a cappella choir presents its 2013-14 season of concerts. Concerts are 3 p.m. and take place at the church, 9200 W. 10th, Lakewood. Call 303-279-2932 or visit for tickets and more information. Schedule includes: dec. 15: “Festival Service of Lessons and Carols.” This service features the St. Paul’s Church Choir and Confluence, a child soprano singing the traditional opening verse, and returning this year, the Park Hill Brass Quintet. Besides kicking off the Christmas fun at St. Paul’s, this service celebrates all the various outreach groups involved with St. Paul’s and in Lakewood. MaRch 2: “Brahms Concert.” The choir will perform Nanie

and parts of the German Requiem, along with the famous, light-hearted Liebeslieder, accompanied by two pianists.

May 2: The Parish Choir of St. Paul’s will entertain all comers with their excellent Variety Show. Every Sunday the choir leads us in worship. Come to see and hear their hidden talents. June 1: The concert series wraps up with the world premier of “When God Lets My Body Be,” commissioned by Confluence from composer Jan Krzywicki. Mr. Krzywicki and his wife, collaborative pianist Susan Nowicki, travel from Philadelphia, to join the choir in presenting the featured piece and many

others of Mr. Krzywicki’s compositions.

looking ahead/dec. 19 conceRT The Golden High School rock band and drum line will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Golden High School auditorium. Tickets available at the door. Cash and checks are accepted. Contact Katharine Parker at khparker@ or 303-982-4187. looking ahead/dec. 23-27 Building caMps The Wheat Ridge Recreation Center hosts two superheroes-themed LEGO building camps for youth, ages 5-11, Dec. 23-27. Junior superheroes for ages 5-6 is 9 a.m. to noon, and superheroes engineering for ages 7-11 is 1-4 p.m. Camps will focus on building hideouts and vehicles of favorite superheroes. Engineering camp will explore how inventions such as Spider-Man’s web shooter work using the concepts of physics, engineering, and architecture. Both camps are taught by an experienced instructor from Playwell Teknologies. Call 303-231-1300 or visit to sign up and for information on costs. looking ahead/dec. 27 fRiday cineMa Living Water Spiritual Community presents its Friday Cinema program at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and Dec. 27 at 7401 W. 59th Ave., Arvada. Participate in discussions, sharing of viewpoints, life experiences, and a whole lot of fun. Popcorn and candy are available. Discussion will follow the feature presentation. Some films may have language or subject matter unsuitable for children. Call Kay Ford Johnsen for information at 720-933-4964 or email kayfordjohnsEn@ looking ahead/Jan. 8 genealogy pRogRaM Foothills Genealogical Society will meet Jan. 8 at Applewood Valley Methodist Church, 2034 Ellis St., Golden. Book Nook is open before and after the meeting; program begins at 1 p.m. and topic is “The African American Experience in Colorado,” presented by Terry Nelson. Email or call 303-935-9192. looking ahead/feB. 21 Band deadline Jam Out Hunger is seeking area high school bands for its first battle of the bands. Deadline for entries is 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21; judges will select six high school bands to compete on Friday, May 16, at the Arvada Center. Visit

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REDEMPTION’S BELL BOOK SIGNING DEDICATION REDEMPTION’S BELL BOOK SIGNING DEDICATION will be Saturday morning November 30 at 9:30am at TABLE MOUNTAIN INN, 1310 Washington Avenue in Historic Downtown Golden. TMI will be hosting a Holiday Book Signing from 10:00am to 2:00pm by a local author Coni J. Billings. Her latest book is Redemption’s Bell. While turning the pages of this delightful historical novel you will be caught up in the lives of the characters who worked together to build the community of Golden with humor, grace and love. Dedication Ceremonies are scheduled for 9:30am.

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OLDE GOLDEN CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT WALK OLDE GOLDEN CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT WALK is Friday, December 6 at 6:30pm. Dress festive and gather at 6:00pm at 15th and Arapahoe Street for caroling and get prepared for the Traditional Olde Golden Christmas Candlelight Walk. The Golden Lions Club will be serving hot beverages at the top of the hill. The Chamber will be selling candles for 50 cents and flameless LED tea lights for $1.00. THE WALK WILL BEGIN at 6:30pm. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided at businesses and cultural facilities. Come on out and enjoy the beauty of Golden all decked out for the holiday. For more information and a full calendar of holiday events call 303-279-3113 or on the web at or


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LUNCH & LEARN LUNCH & LEARN on Wednesday, December 11, will be from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the GOLDEN CHAMBER AND VISITORS CENTER Board Room, 1010 Washington Avenue in Historic Downtown Golden. Come hear and learn from the internationally acclaimed corporate trainer and author, RANDY FERGUSON, MA present


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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA is on Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 to 11:00am at BUFFALO ROSE EVENT CENTER, 1119 Washington Avenue in Historic Downtown Golden. Under the direction of emcee Joe Fowler and entertainment coordinator Coach Stacy Fowler, “Sundown Social” singing and dancing by Nikki and Lindsay Smith. Elf Laura and Santa’s elves will participate in the festivities. Golden Library presents “Cowboy Christmas” a Reader’s Theater. Entertainment sponsors are Mutual of Omaha Bank and Hampton Inn Denver West Golden. Reservations required by calling 303-279-0200 and the cost is $10.00.

THE GOLDEN CHAMBER TEAMS UP WITH COLORADO CHAMBER WEBINARS Each week Colorado Chamber Webinars hosts FREE weekly business webinars that are sponsored by the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Chapters and The Knowledge Group, Inc. These webinars will help you as a local business owner grow your business and answer many of the challenging questions you face in today’s business world. The great think about these webinars are that you can watch and learn all from the comfort of your office or home. These are strictly educational and there is no selling on the webinars. To see a list of all the upcoming schedule of webinars just visit Go there now and register for the next webinar coming up and while you’re there watch the replay on “What’s Your Reputation Worth? – it’s a great sample of what’s being presented. Scheduled webinars are on Wednesdays: November 20, “Getting Your Business Ranked in Google”, December 11, “Advertising Your Business on Facebook”, December 18, “Mobile Websites and Text Messaging”.

UpcOMING cHAMBER FUNcTIONS Thursday-November 28Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center Closed for Thanksgiving

Friday-December 6Olde Golden Christmas Candlelight Walk in Historic Downtown Golden

Saturday-November 30Olde Golden Christmas on Parade in Historic Downtown Golden

Saturday-December 7Book Signing Dedication Ribbon Cutting at Baby Doe’s Clothing

Saturday-November 30Book Signing Dedication Ribbon Cutting at Table Mountain Inn

Wednesday-December 11Lunch & Learn by Randy Ferguson “OVERCOMING OVERWHELMNESS”

Saturday-November 30Ribbon Cutting Celebration of 100 Years at The Foss Building

Saturday-December 14Breakfast With Santa at Buffalo Rose Event Center

PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR ALL OF THESE GREAT FUNCTIONS BY CALLING THE CHAMBER OFFICE 303-279-3113 OR THE NUMBERS LISTED WITH THE FUNCTION Events and functions with a cost require advance reservations with guaranteed payment. Walk-ins to these events will be welcome; however members with a reservation will be guaranteed a seat and a meal, if one is to be part of the program. Cancellations require 24 hours notice prior to the event. No-shows will be invoiced

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Sigg sentenced to life in prison By Ashley Reimers Jefferson County District Court Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger sentenced 18-year-old Austin Sigg to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 40 years, plus an additional 86 years for the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Ridgeway. Although Sigg is eligible for parole, due to the sentencing of the 14 other counts, he will live the rest of his life behind bars. “I can’t emphasize enough how this crime affected the court, the community and the families,” Munsinger said on Tuesday. “Why an intelligent young man with a good family who loves him, decided to kidnap and kill a little girl is still a mystery. But evil is real and present in our community.” The sentencing came after one and half days of testimony and comments from Jessica Ridgeway’s family. After the conclusion, District Attorney Pete Weir said he was pleased with the outcome and thought the judge’s sentence was thoughtful and appropriate. He said with Sigg behind bars, he will never have the opportunity to prey on a member of the community, and although justice has been served for Jessica Ridgeway, the damage and loss from the heinous crime remains. “We hope for some closure for the families. We know the legal process can’t solve all the pain and the loss,” Weir said. “This sentencing can restore the confidence lost in our community.” Jessica’s disappearance on Oct. 5, 2012 prompted a massive volunteer search for the 10-year-old girl and a collaborative effort from 75 law enforcement agencies to find and later



solve the crime. After her body was found days later, the search turned into a communitywide commitment to bring justice to Jessica. Mike Rankin, FBI assistant special agent, said the case was one of the most significant illustrations of collaboration among law enforcement agencies that he’s even seen. “Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk and his staff are second to none,” he said. Leading up to the judge’s decision was testimony from Anna Salter, a clinical psychologist. She’s worked with violent crime offenders for many years and has a master’s degree in child study. She did not interview Sigg personally, but did review reports and interviews between Sigg and law enforcement. After spending hours on the case, she described Sigg as a sadist with psychopathic characteristics due to the nature of the crime and his actions leading up to the murder, including viewing child pornography and videos of body dismemberment. “In an interview Austin said the moment Jessica Ridgeway was in the car he knew she was dead. My opinion is that he already planned to kill her and planned the whole thing,” Salter said. “He only felt remorseful after

he realized he would be caught and turned himself in because he wanted to make it easier on his mom and the Ridgeway family.” Monday’s hearing also included comments from many of Jessica’s family members including her grandmother, aunt, great-aunt and great-grandmother as well as a short statement from Sarah Ridgeway, her mother. Each person who spoke to the judge expressed feelings of loss and urged Munsinger to seek the maximum penalty to the crime. Rebecca Ridgeway, Jessica’s aunt, described Jessica as her “mini-me and her daughter from another mother.” She said Jessica was her life, and it was a privilege watching her grow. “Jessica was a silly, curious, helpful and kind little girl,” Rebecca Ridgeway said. “I choose to remember the good times, not what happened to her. And I know in my heart, justice for Jessica will be served.” Sarah Ridgeway chose not to address the case or the crime. She simply said, “I am not saying anything because the defendant doesn’t deserve to hear how this has affected me emotionally. I will not remember him after I walk out these doors, I’ll only remember Jessica and her legacy.” During the sentencing hearing Sigg chose not to make a statement to the judge, and his family members present also did not approach the judge. At the end of Tuesday’s hearing, Munsinger ordered Sigg back to prison “for the rest of his natural life.” He quoted Sigg in an effort to understand why Sigg murdered an innocent child saying, “I’m a monster for what I’ve done.”


group meets 7-9 p.m. every third Monday at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. The group will cover all the information needed to successfully fix and flip or buy rentals with positive cash flow.

OPEN MIC Living Water Unity Spiritual Community

presents open mic night – celebrate your teen self 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays at 7401 W. 59th Ave., Arvada. This program 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

REPUBLICANS MEN meeting The Jefferson County

Republican Men’s Club meets 7-9 a.m. Mondays at the Howard Johnson Denver West, 12100 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Call Fred Holden at 303-421-7619 for more information. All are welcome, not just Republican men from Jefferson County.


tired and Active Federal Employees meets each second Tuesday at the Episcopal Church, 10th and Garrison. Call Ann Ornelas at 303-517-8558 with questions.

NETWORKING MEETINGS Elevate West Metro Business Networking “Business Professionals: Raising Opportunities” are weekly meetings 8-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Vectra Bank, 7391 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. For more information, call Jennifer at 720-947-8003 or Matt at 720-947-8005. WEDNESDAYS ARVADA BIZ Connection Arvada-Business-Connection/ is an informal networking event that brings together local entrepreneurs. Meetings are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at various restaurants in Olde Town Arvada. A $5 fee is collected from each attendee, which is then donated to a local charity at the end of each quarter. The 4th Quarter Charity is the Dan Peak Foundation who assists families in need. For information, call Micki Carwin at 303-997-9098. ENTREPRENEURS CLUB The Lakewood Chapter

Lutheran Entrepreneurs meets 8-9 a.m. on third Wednesdays at the Bethlehem Chapel Coffee House,

located in the medical office building just south of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. The chapter coordinator is Denise Rolfsmeier. For more information, call 720-379-5889 or email

52nd and Wadsworth Boulevard to try to bring an end to the wars. Signs will be furnished for those who do not have them. Contact Cindy Lowry at 303-431-1228 or

MUSIC TEACHERS Association Suburban Northwest meets from 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.

sources at the Conscious Creation Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Clements Community Center, 1580 Yarrow St. in Lakewood. Learn from holistic-health practitioners and get information about products, services and alternative/complementary therapies through learning-lab presentations. Admission fee applies; for more information, contact Cheryl Roach at 303-885-8584 or go online to www.

WOMEN NETWORKING Women’s Business Group Wednesday morning networking group in Arvada has openings for women who can commit to a weekly morning meeting. Limited to one business per category. Call for available openings, 303-438-6783, or go online to PROFESSIONAL WOMEN NW Metro Business and Professional Women meets the first Wednesday of each month from September to May. Our mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. Call Marcia at 303-827-3283 to RSVP. THURSDAYS 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. or call Patty Whitelock at 303-274-0933. COMMUNITY COFFEE Join Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp

on the fourth Thursday of each month to talk about issues that are important to you. Community Coffee will be from 7-8 a.m. at La Dolce Vita, Ice Cream Room, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; and from 6:307:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 10450 Town Center Drive, Westminster.

INVESTORS’ MEETINGS The Rocky Mountain Inventors Association meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month (excluding November and December) at Vesta Technology, 13050 W. 43rd Drive, Suite 300, Golden. Presentations in marketing, manufacturing, engineering, finance, business and legal, followed by networking. Go online to www.rminventor. org for details. SATURDAYS COLORADO CITIZENS for Peace meets from 10:30-

11:30 a.m. every Saturday at the intersections of West

CONSCIOUS CREATION Explore holistic health re-

ONGOING /EDUCATION DISCUSSION GROUPS Covenant Village hosts Wednesdays at 2 p.m. This series of monthly events features expert speakers on a wide variety of educational and entertaining topics. Please plan to attend one, several or all of our programs, held at 9153 Yarrow St. in Westminster. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Call 303-403-2205 for driving directions and to reserve your place. Come early for refreshments; fellowship lectures begin at 2 p.m. To learn more about the residency options and lifestyle at Covenant Village of Colorado, call us at 303-424-4828. ESL CLASSES — Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6100 W. 44th St. in Wheat Ridge, is sponsoring a free series of English as a Second Language classes for adults 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday nights. These classes will emphasize a conversational method of instruction. Beginner through advanced classes are offered. You may register on any Thursday night. For directions or more information, call the church at 410-442-5800 or go to our website at

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ONGOING /FINE ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT CONCORDIA LUTHERAN Church Choir meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The choir assists in Concordia’s traditional worship service three out of four Sundays per month. The church is at 13371 W. Alameda Parkway in Lakewood (the church nestled close to Green Mountain). If you have a desire to sing and are interested in joining, please contact Joan at or 303-989-5260. DANCE CLUB — Blue Nova Dance Club meets 2:304:30 p.m. on the first and third Sundays every month Clubs continues on Page 23

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Sharpshooting Elk’s at annual event Several shooters advance to districts — maybe further By Daniel Williams GOLDEN — Some young sharpshooters took their best shot at the 25th annual Hoop Shoot contest at last Saturday at Welchester Elementary School.

Held by the Golden Elks Lodge #2740 since 1988, the contest is a free throw competition where each contestant shooting 25 free throws. Several shooters will now advance to the district contest including Ryan Matsuo who went 5-for-25 in the 12-to-13year-old group. Joey Aigner also advanced after going 14-for-25 in the 10-to-11-year-old category.

In the 8-to-9-year-old group Torrik Wheeler advanced after making 14 of his 25 shots and Desiray Glasmann advances in the girl’s group after going 7-for-25. The event is a five-tier contest going from Lodge to district to state to regional and then nationals. If there is any substantial travel or overnight stays required the Elks pick up expenses for the contestant and his family including meals. The national contest is a multi-day

event with many planned activities and a banquet which includes a well-known sports figure as a speaker. The winners get their name inscribed at the National Basketball Hall of Fame and top winners get invited to the Elks National Convention to address the delegates. Over a million contestants participate every year in the Elks National Hoop Shoot.

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Former Ralston Valley Mustang Shea Scarlett was hired to lead a very good Golden team to the promise land. Photo by Danny Williams

Scarlett hoping to be starlet for Lady Demons 26-year-old coach already has long coaching history By Daniel Williams GOLDEN — Jeffco’s oldest and most senior-laden team just hired the youngest head basketball coach in the league. Shea Scarlett has been tabbed as the new head coach of the Golden Demons girls’ basketball program. The 26-year-old is a former Ralston Valley Mustang who is very familiar with Jeffco hoops. Scarlett has previously been coaching at Emporia State University as an

assistant over the past couple seasons but he is also off the John Andersoncoaching tree, having served under the longtime boy’s varsity coach as a junior varsity coach four years ago. “I am really excited about the opportunity. I had my eye on this job for a while,” Scarlett said. His familiarity with Jeffco basketball is likely what helped land the very young coach the gig. A recommendation from an old rival in Anderson was perhaps what pushed Scarlett over the top. Anderson was also very familiar with Scarlett from coaching against him when Ralston Valley was a 4A rival of Golden’s years ago. “He was a great player, and he is go-

ing to be a great coach. Golden got a good one in Shea Scarlett,” Anderson said. But as a former men’s collegiate coach, why did Scarlett have his eye on the Lady Demons’ gig? “I coached a girl’s club basketball team one summer and it made me enjoy coaching girls. It’s a whole different deal and it is a big adjustment for not only the girls but for me as well,” Scarlett said. However, while most new coaches — no matter what the sport — take over struggling programs, Scarlett is taking over a team that has a chance to be the best in 4A Jeffco. “Most of the time when a coaching change happens you are coming into a

struggling situation. But I am coming into a great situation and I couldn’t be happier,” Scarlett said. The Demons finished 12-12 last season. But they also lost just one senior to graduation and returning is Haley Blodgett, perhaps the best players in all of Jeffco, both 4A and 5A. Golden is expected to push D’Evelyn this season for a league title and they perhaps even have the goods to make a deep playoff run. “Coach Scarlett has taught us a lot already and he has us really excited about what we can be this season,” Blodgett said. In addition, longtime Jeffco coach Tom Baker as named the girl’s junior varsity coach.

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But prep powerhouse still does not have a football league By Daniel Williams HIGHLANDS RANCH — Like it or not, Jefferson County League athletics — minus football — is set to welcome back Valor Christian into its league starting next

SPORTS QUIZ 1) Name two of the three major-league players to be Rookie of the Year one season and a Most Valuable Player the next. 2) The New York Yankees have won the most World Series titles. What is the second-highest-ranking A.L. team when it comes to World Series crowns? 3) Who was the last linebacker to be taken No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft? 4) When was the last time a Mid-American Conference men’s basketball team secured an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament? 5) Which was the first American franchise in the NHL? 6) Of the past 40 men’s tennis grand slam singles events (2004 to 2013), how many have NOT been won by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic? 7) In the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans race, what was the highest finish by a car other than a Porsche?

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and Dustin Pedroia (2007-08). 2) The Oakland Athletics franchise, with nine. 3) Aundray Bruce, by Atlanta in 1988. 4) Miami of Ohio, in 1999. 5) The Boston Bruins, in 1924. 6) Five. 7) Ninth.

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season. The juggernaut that is Valor athletics — a 4A-sized school — will join Jeffco’s 5A league, the Classification and League Organizing Committee (CLOC) decided last Tuesday. All of their athletic programs, beside the football team, will play in Jeffco from 2014-2016 at the minimum. Valor’s football team is still awaiting a conference. A decision on what league the team will join will be made at the end of November.

The school was formerly independent of a league during their current two-year cycle and had wished to join the Centennial League, but Centennial previously denied Valor’s request. And through a 6-4 vote, the CLOC placed Valor in the Class 5A Jeffco League. Valor previously played in 4A Jeffco from 2010-2012. “That’s our job to put them in a league. They had to be in a league,” CLOC chair Tom Arensdorf told

“Every member has the right to be in a league after they’ve done their probationary period. They were not placed in a league two years ago ... because basically their membership was in jeopardy. We felt it was best at that time not to put them in a league. No one wanted them, but the reasons for not wanting them were based on past issues that were pretty valid.” In addition, Littleton High School will leave the Continental league and join Jeffco as well.


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at the Wheat Ridge Grange, 3850 High Court in Wheat Ridge. For more information or dance lessons, contact Dave at 303578-6588 or email

MUSIC PERFORMANCES Patrice LeBlanc performs on keyboard and vocals 6-9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at Purple Ginger Asian Fusion Restaurant, 2610 Youngfield St. Call 303-237-1133 for more information. SINGERS NEEDED The Troubadours Choir is looking for a director and new members. This is a volunteer choir, comprised mostly of seniors. The Troubadours meet at 9 a.m. every Friday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 45th and Wadsworth. For more information, call Gary at 303-477-1380. SYMPHONY AUDITIONS The Lakewood Symphony is holding auditions for concertmaster (includes an honorarium), principal viola (includes an honorarium) and all section strings. Also, we are auditioning for subs in other sections. Rehearsals are 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays, September through May, at Green Mountain United Methodist Church; concerts are at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Call 303-980-0400 for requirements, appointment and further information. WEEKLY MUSIC Jazz @ the Creek is every first Wednesday of the month at Living Water Unity, 59th and Vance in Olde Town Arvada. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Come listen to an hour of great jazz. For more information, call 720-935-4000 or email

ONGOING /HEALTHCARE BOOT CAMP Get out of the gym and get results. Front Range

Boot Camp provides dynamic, unique and results-driven fullbody workouts exclusively for women. All ages, sizes and fitness levels will succeed. Revamp your fitness routine by getting out of your routine. Indoor location is just behind Super Target at Kipling Street and 50th Avenue. Outdoor location is Skyline Park by Stenger soccer fields. Email or go online to

HEALTH GROUP A women’s health group with the motto “Your health, your life: Take charge” meets noon-1 p.m. Fridays at 9797 W. Colfax Ave, No. 3AA, in Lakewood. Learn about natural alternatives to health concerns. No charge to be part of this group. For more information, call Linda at 303-883-5473 or email HOME CARE Always Best Care Denver West provides in-home care, skilled nursing and free senior community placement. Always Best Care provides every individual and family with well-trained personal care attendants and expert nursing support. We help families make informed decisions about senior care, and guide them through comprehensive solutions designed specifically for their unique situations. To learn more, go online to or call 303-952-3060. TAI CHI is now taught at Lakeview Wellness and Event Center 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 2-3:30 p.m. Fridays. Call 303-9896300 or 303-730-0986 for cost information and reservations. WEIGHT LOSS — The EZ Weight-Loss Challenge 12-week program meets10-11 a.m. Tuesdays at Arvada Church of God, 7135 W. 68th Ave. Free coaching, metabolism test and nutrition information. Cash prizes awarded to the top three biggest achievers. For information on cost or to preregister, call Chris at

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YOGA FOR SURVIVORS Whether you’re a longtime cancer survivor, in treatment or a caregiver to a cancer survivor, Yoga for Cancer Survivors & Caregivers is a great way to live more comfortably in your own body. Benefits include decreased stress and pain, improved sleep and energy, improved lymphatic flow, reduced nausea and a greater sense of well-being. Class led by Shari Turney, a registered yoga instructor with specialized training through Yoga for Survivors. Class offered 1:30-2:45 p.m. Sundays at Duncan Family YMCA, 6350 Eldridge St., Arvada. Contact Shari Turney at 720-319-3703 or szturney@ before taking your first class to ensure a safe practice.

ONGOING /RECREATION, CLUBS AND SERVICES AA MEETINGS There are more than 1,000 AA meetings in the Denver metro area every week. If you think you may have a problem with alcohol, come see us. Call 303-322-4440 for a meeting in your area, or visit the website at BUFFALO TOASTMASTERS meets the first and third Wednesdays at 44 Union, Lakewood, at Golder and Associates, check in on the third floor. The meetings run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Toastmasters is an international organization that is a fun and supportive environment to learn and practice public speaking skills.More information is available at www. or All are welcome to attend our Wednesday meetings. Clubs continues on Page 24

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Cheney, a Democracy Defense Fund volunteer said. On the other side, the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners has said it will be giving away an AR-15 rifle, as part of an effort to boost petition volunteer efforts. Cheny called that effort “disgusting” because it is was the weapon of choice in the Aurora Theater and Sandy Hook elementary school mass shootings. “We’re doing whatever we can to get the

DOG TRAINER program Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue is offering a “Become a Dog Trainer” program in Arvada and Denver. The licensed nonprofit organization rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes dogs at risk, regardless of breed or mix, behavior or medical issue, or amount of time needed. The dog trainer program includes puppy, basic obedience and behavior solutions. Email or call 303-239-0382 for an application or more information. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES The Lakewood Chapter of Retired and Active Federal Employees meets at 1 p.m. every second Tuesday at the Episcopal Church, 10th and Garrison. Call Ann Ornelas, 303-517-8558.

FIGHTING FRAUD The District Attorney’s Office offers free Power Against Fraud seminars for groups of all sizes and people of all ages. Don’t become a victim of identity theft or other consumer fraud. Contact Cary Johnson, 303-271-6980, for more information. signatures for recall,” Danielle Thompson, a spokesperson for RMGO said. “It’s not a sensitive issue because the AR-15 is the most popular rifle. That’s what’s going to turn people out.” All of this will go on for a few more days. In the meantime, Hudak said she appreciates the support she’s been receiving through all of this. “I am just very honored that so many people come to me and tell me that they support me and feel bad that I have to go through this,” she said. “They feel like this is happening to them too, because they were my supporters and they kind of put themselves in my shoes.”


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