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Inside Giving: Sewing club helps needy with

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Homemade gifts: Local mom creates special holiday crafts.

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Cookies: Christmas Fruit Drops fun to make a swap with friends. Page 12 Quick tip: How to make old fashioned hot chocolate.

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Hometown Holidays

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Events: Find out what holiday events

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Right, Dayna Geiger wowed the audience along with her fellow carolers during the Christmas Parade in Golden. The parade drew quite a crowd to Washington Street and fun was had by all in the gorgeous weather. Photo by Charlotte Cowie-Bozner Cover photo by Justin Sagarsee

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Stitch by stitch Sewing club makes gifts for the needy By Darin Moriki dmoriki@ourcoloradonews.com

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Golden resident Mary Kuhns has sewn almost everything from wedding dresses to motorcycle seats, but for the past six years, she and about 30 other members of the Golden Community Center’s Sew N Sews Club sew for a new cause. Each year, Kuhns and other Sew N Sews Club members sew tote bags and Christmas stockings that are then stuffed with various necessities for abused or neglected children, low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Jefferson County. Kuhns said the group’s efforts begin each August. Some club members are assigned to make tote bags from donated upholstery fabric, while others fashion lap blankets, paperback book holders and Christmas stockings in a wide spectrum of designs and colors. “They’re always ready to help,” Kuhns said of the club’s volunteers. “We have a great group, and it has just been awesome.” The process to sew each item together is

not an easy one. In some cases, Kuhns said it takes about two and a half hours to sew an individual bag together — it takes several more hours to measure, sew and tie together a lap robe. She said the feeling after completing each one is priceless. “I think there’s a good feeling that you’ve given something to the community, especially when it’s something that you’ve enjoyed so much,” Kuhns said. “I love Golden, and I’m just lucky enough to be able and healthy enough to be able to do this. It has been very rewarding.” Kuhns said some of the handsewn items made by group members are eventually sold throughout the year to purchase toys, snacks, robes, blankets, slippers and nightgowns used to fill the remaining tote bags and stockings that will be donated. At the end of November, the Sew N Sews Club hosts an annual potluck, where group members stuff the Christmas stockings and tote bags with the purchased items. The bags are picked up later that day by Jefferson County Community Assistance Division employees to distribute to their clients around Christmas time.

Golden residents Mary Kuhns, left, and Dorothy Paltenberg, right, display two of the handmade lap robes and tote bags that they and nearly 30 other sewing club members make each year for abused and neglected children, low-income seniors and persons with disabilities.

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HOMETOWN HOLIDAY EVENTS BELMAR RINK OPENING Thursday, Nov. 15, all day The Plaza at Belmar Alaska Street and Teller Street, Lakewood There will be free skating all day with a toy donation for Cops Fighting Cancer Toy Drive. Kick-off is 6-9 p.m. with a tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Bob Murphy, live entertainment and hot cocoa. BELMAR DATE & SKATE NIGHT Tuesday, Nov. 20, 5-9 p.m. The Plaza at Belmar Alaska Street and Teller Street, Lakewood Enjoy 2 for 1 skating and dining at participating Belmar restaurants this holiday season. Pick up your date night passes at the Rink at Belmar Airstream each Tuesday after 5 p.m.

CHAINSAWS & CHISELS ICE SCULPTING EVENT Friday, Nov. 23; Saturday, Dec. 15; Saturday, Dec. 22 The Rink at Belmar Alaska Street and Teller Street, Lakewood Time to be determined Dueling chainsaws, chisels, blowtorches, ice picks and artistic talent are among the tools that two master ice carvers will apply as they compete at The Rink at Belmar.

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Nate Ramirez, 2, of Denver gets a little help from his uncle, Scott Linsky of New Jersey at the ice skating rink at Belmar, which opens Nov. 15. The Rink at Belmar is one of the Denver metro area’s only outdoor rinks. File photo

FIFTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY FEAST OF THE ARTS (Purple Friday) Friday, Nov. 23; noon-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21; 6-9 p.m. Anam Cara Studio & Gallery 445 S. Saulsbury St., Studio B Lakewood

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FIND OUT MORE For more information about the Sew N Sews Club and its outreach efforts, contact Mary Kuhns at 303-278-2058 or Dorothy Platenberg at 303277-9654. Inquiries may also be sent to goldensewnsews@comcast.net.

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Susan Franklin, a Jefferson County Community Assistance Division project manager, said many of the children and seniors who receive the tote bags and Christmas stockings are touched by the group’s efforts. For some clients, Franklin said it is the only gift they may receive that year. “We really appreciate having people who are supporting those who may not necessarily have the best of Christmases,” Franklin said. “These women put their heart and soul into this stuff. It’s incredible.” Dorothy Platenberg, a Golden resident and Sew N Sews Club member, said many of the women also benefit from the group’s efforts, because it gives them a reason to so-

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clients to a network of resources and programs in the community that improve their education, health care, housing and employability. In 2011-12, more people than ever, came to the front door asking for help. “Many hoped this struggling economy and resulting increase in need in our community would be just a bump in the road. It is not, it is the new normal,” said Mag Strittmatter, executive director of the Action Center. Last year, the Action Center: served 28,000 Jefferson County residents; distributed 62,944 fiveday supplies of food; provided toys to 4,415 lowincome children through Santa Shop; provided 6,513 Thanksgiving meals; gave School Supplies to 5,120 children; gave away 189,684 articles of clothing; provided 5,630 nights of shelter; and distributed $400,494 in utility assistance. From the donors who make financial contributions and drop off food and toys to the volunteers that help at the Action Center each week or at a special event – it is only through the generous support of the community that the Action Center is able to serve thousands of people in need. In addition, more than 92 percent of everything we receive, goes directly to programs! To learn more about how the Action Center serves the community or how you can get involved, join us on one of our weekly tours! Visit www.theactioncenterco.org for more information or call 303-237-7704.

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HOMETOWN HOLIDAY EVENTS CASTLE CLAY ARTISTS HOLIDAY SHOW AND SALE Thursday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jefferson Unitarian Church 14350 W. 32nd Ave., Golden One-of-a-kind sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, wood and glass creations from the top artists in the area.

Beginning at 11 a.m. Adults $12.99, children $5.49.

THANKSGIVING WORSHIP SERVICE Thursday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. Arvada United Methodist Church 6750 Carr St., Arvada Gather for a service of gratitude and music featuring the Jeffco Brass.

CANDLELIGHT WALK Friday, Nov. 30 Foothills Art Center 809 15th St., Golden Walk begins at 6:30 p.m. Then enjoy snacks, entertainment and musical performances. Call the Golden Chamber of Commerce at 303-279-3113 for more information or visit www.goldencochamber.org.

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sounds you can produce. Not only is all of your mind involved, but much of your body – your breath, your spine, your arms and hands, your eyes, your balance and most of all your ears. In the process, you develop patience not only with yourself but in breaking a difficulty into components and mastering them one at a time. And it is all honest work. It is never too late to start and the pleasure of working at it and seeing yourself improve is satisfying at all levels and ages. A good teacher will help you understand the importance of the routine, and you relax into it and surprise yourself with the enjoyment you have working with the music. Music is yours to explore and enjoy. Music is good for you. Valda May/May Music/303-432-3209

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When it comes to craft show season, Westminster resident Tabatha Durham said she hopes for cooler weather. In her experience as a crafter, business seems to always do better during the holiday season when people are bundled up for winter weather. “When it feels like the holidays outside, then people feel like shopping,” she said. Durham sells homemade children’s accessories such as hair pins and bows at local craft shows. She started more than four years ago when she was laid off from her job. Since then she’s expanded her creative endeavors to include tiaras, super hero masks and hand-painted gourds. “I have a daughter so that helped because I wanted to start doing stuff for her,” Durham said. “Plus after I got laid off I needed something to do. And then people liked what I was doing, and they were selling.” With Christmas on the way, Durham focuses on holiday-themed products. She makes poinsettia, Christmas tree and snowflake hair pins and candy cane hair bows. She’s also busy transforming gourds from her garden into decorative snowmen. She recently sold her products at the annual craft bazaar on Nov. 3 at the MAC in Westminster. “This was my third year at the bazaar, and I always enjoy myself,” she said. “All of the other vendors are really nice and friendly, which you don’t always find at craft shows. Plus there are so many vendors that people really have a lot to choose from.” Durham said the money she makes is enough to keep gas in her truck, and not much else. But to her it’s not just about the money. She said she enjoys the creative aspect and seeing the fi-

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While checking things off of your list be sure to tour MorningStar! Take a first-hand look at the Dining Room, where MorningStar residents enjoy three delicious, Chef-prepared “from scratch” meals each day. View the Activity Room where residents participate in daily exercises, such as yoga and balance training. Visit MorningStar’s charming Chapel - a peaceful, contemplative space. Warmup in the cozy Library and welcoming Parlor room, both of which feature fireplaces! And be sure to experience MorningStar’s State-of-theArt Theatre, where Classic Holiday TV specials -- Andy Williams, Bob Hope, and Bing

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Kole Silz, a marketing employee with Tree Land, secures a Christmas tree to the top of a customer’s vehicle at Heinie’s Market in Wheat Ridge last Christmas season. Silz said he had sold hundreds of trees at his grandfather’s market in the lead up to the holiday. File photo by Justin Sagarsee

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HOMETOWN HOLIDAY EVENTS Events continued from Page 7 OLDE GOLDEN CHRISTMAS ON PARADE Saturday, Dec. 1 Washington Ave. in Golden Between 12th and 13th Streets 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Floats, clowns, Christmas characters, music, Santa and elves. Catch a free horsedrawn carriage ride after the parade. Children can enjoy a free ride in a Newfoundland dog cart. ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET Sunday, Dec. 2 Arvada United Methodist Church 6750 Carr St., Arvada 9 a.m. – noon Make a difference by shopping for a life-giving present of trees, health care, clean water, education or skills training for children, women and families. Local charities are also sponsored. JSO HOLIDAY CONCERT & SILENT AUCTION Sunday, Dec. 2 3 – 5 p.m. Colorado School of Mines Green Center 924 16th St., Golden The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will perform traditional holiday music. During intermission, a si-

lent auction will feature products and services from area businesses as well as unique handcrafted items. This is the symphony association’s largest fundraising event of the year. HOLIDAY CELEBRATION ON RIDGE AT 38 Sunday, Dec. 2 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. The annual holiday lighting ceremony event is moving from the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center to Ridge at 38. The event will be on the Green at 38th and High Court, just east of Wadsworth on 38th. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Saturday, Dec. 8 9 – 11 a.m. Buffalo Rose Event Center 1119 Washington Ave., Golden Tickets are $8. Reservations are required by calling 303-279-0200. WORSHIP SERVICE OF HEALING AND WHOLENESS Saturday, Dec. 8 Arvada United Methodist Church 6750 Carr St., Arvada 7 p.m. The Spiritual Connection committee of the church is providing a service similar to a Blue Christmas service. It will provide an op-

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