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Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 29, Issue 23

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Tighe topples Odom In a turn-around from early election results, Tighe defeats Odom By Glenn Wallace

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Deborah McAllister uses an umbrella to shade her canvas while painting a scene at Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge Nov. 20. McAllister is with Plein Air Artists (of or being a style of painting produced out of doors in natural light), that as a group meet once a week in various locations. Photo by Andy Carpenean

City considers smoking ban Commission proposes ‘no smoking’ signs in parks, open spaces By Sara Van Cleve

svancleve@ourcoloradonews.com A new rule in Wheat Ridge may be a breath of fresh air for residents. The Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Commission is advocating for a rule prohibiting smoking in certain locations. “The latest compromise would be that smoking would be banned from all parks, open spaces and playgrounds in Wheat Ridge, as opposed to Breathe Easy’s proposal of banning it from everywhere,” said Parks and Recreation Commission Chairperson and District III Representative Guy Nahmiach. The proposal would place “no smoking” signs in parks and open spaces prohibiting smoking in those areas. The rule would not

be a law or ordinance, though, and would not be able to be enforced by fines or citations. “What we’re trying to do is empower parents in parks to simply point to a sign and say, ‘Please put out your cigarette. There’s no smoking here.’ We don’t want to use up valuable city resources, calling police to the park for somebody smoking,” Nahmiach said. He said the goal of the proposal is to protect children who are playing at the park so they do not have to be exposed to secondhand smoke and don’t have to move from where they are playing to avoid it. “It will make it a legitimate rule to protect my kids and other kids so they don’t have to move,” Nahmiach said. Whether smoking is allowed in parks is a

common question Nahmiach, a Realtor in Wheat Ridge, receives from clients. He said he thinks the rule can greatly benefit Wheat Ridge. “It is moving forward. Wheat Ridge is moving forward,” he said. “We’re continuing to see a majority of people expressing support for it.” If approved by council, Nahmiach said he thinks most Wheat Ridge residents will respect the rule. “It protects non-smokers, which is the majority of parkgoers,” he said. “It’s just considerate. It’s basic human decency and we have a lot of that in Wheat Ridge.” The Parks and Recreation Commission has been working on the proposal with City Council and Wheat Ridge Breathe Easy for about six months. Nahmiach said they expect the proposal to be voted on by council in December or January.

Sharing the spirit of season Santa, tree lighting highlight holiday celebration in heart of Wheat Ridge Staff Report Santa Claus, and much more holiday fun, is coming to the heart of Wheat Ridge. The Ridge at 38 is hosting a holiday celebration 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, featuring a visit with Santa, the tree lighting and

other holiday activities. All night Wheat Ridge residents will have the chance to enjoy specials on goods, food and drink at participating Ridge at 38 businesses as well as shop at the pop-up artisans’ market, cast their vote for the best decorate storefront display, enjoy live

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holiday music and chow down s’mores at Right Coast Pizza, 7100 W. 38th Ave. At 6:30 p.m., the holiday tree will be lit on the Green at 38, West 38th Avenue between Wadsworth Boulevard and Reed Street, and guests can enjoy free hot chocolate, cider, cookies and snacks as they watch the city turn on the holiday cheer. From 4:30-6:30 p.m., celebration attendees can meet Santa at Wheat Ridge Cyclery, 7085 W. 38th Ave., and children can get their photo taken for free with him courtesy of Sarah Zollo Photography. During the two-hour celebration, residents can also participate in holiday arts and crafts activities at Teller Street Gallery and

Studio, 7190 W. 38th Ave., take a horse-drawn hayride down W. 38th Avenue and listen to carolers as they stroll the Ridge. After the tree lighting, Right Coast Pizza will host the Jingle Mingle, which gives everyone wearing a souvenir event glow necklace drink and food specials at the restaurant. The storefront decorating contest winner will also be announced during the Jingle Mingle. The Ridge at 38 is a commercial district in Wheat Ridge on West 38th Avenue between Sheridan and Wadsworth boulevards. The celebration will be on 38th between Upham and Reed streets. For more information, call 303-231-1300 or visit www. ridgeat38.com.

Casey Tighe is the new 2nd District Jefferson County commissioner. The county clerk and recorder certified the votes for the 2012 General Election on Nov. 21, and the final tally put the Democratic candidate Tighe ahead of appointed incumbent John Odom by 738 votes. Tighe’s 136,164 votes gave him just enough of a cushion to avoid triggering a mandatory recount. Tighe “I’m honored by the voters of Jefferson County, and I hope I do a good job,” Tighe said last week. The race results remain close enough that Odom or the Republican Party could request a recount and accept responsibility for the costs involved. A recount could begin as early as this week, and would be expected to take five business days. Odom could not be reached over the Thanksgiving weekend. There were several close races in Jefferson County this year, but none triggered an automatic recount. The county certified its vote results on the day before Thanksgiving. “Our elections staff performs a tremendous amount of work after Election Day to ensure that our accounting for this election balances and every eligible vote is counted,” said Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson in a released statement. Anderson’s office reported a total of 313,662 ballots were counted in this election, which is the highest number of ballots cast in an election in Jefferson County. Turnout for this election was at 96 percent of all active registered voters. When the polls closed on election night, Odom had been in the lead by 133 votes. “I was a little worried and disappointed, but still had hope,” Tighe said. Thousands of other ballots were counted after Election Day though, including military, oversea, and provisional ballots. Those ballots provided the 871-vote swing needed to grant Tighe the win. Tighe thanked his campaign manager Audrey Kline, and the coordination of the Jeffco Democratic Party for pulling out the close win. “I also think that voters in Jefferson County really listen to what a candidate says, and not just voting the party card,” Tighe said. Tighe will be sworn in and take office in January, alongside his fellow commissioners Donald Rosier and Faye Griffin.

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Cemetery care isn’t grave undertaking The first time Steve Engle ventured into the cemetery, the weeds and grass reached his shoulders. Thorny bushes grabbed at his clothes and twisted over the stones, muffling the past buried beneath. But as Engle uncovered first one stone marker, then another, unremembered stories began to whisper. He listened. And they touched his heart. “Simply because you’re dead doesn’t mean you should be forgotten,” said Engle, 64, as he gazed at the simple stone of Joseph Chmura, a Korean War veteran. “These stories need to be told. Those buried here need to be honored.” So Engle, a retired salesman who sees history’s footprints wherever he looks, has worked to do just that. It has become a labor of love and a way to chronicle the memoirs of the land around him. “We all need to have a relationship to the land,” he said, looking out from the graveyard into peaceful Mount Vernon Canyon. “There’s significance in the land.” The historic Rockland Community Church and Cemetery, built in 1879 and on the National Register of Historic Places, nestles against a quiet hillside minutes from the Lookout Mountain/Buffalo Bill exit off I-70. Slightly larger than a football field, the cemetery and its small, simple clapboard church with white peeling paint and green shutters are tucked between two private homes. Engle, who lives minutes away in Genesee, first stumbled upon the cemetery in 2008 during a work day with a men’s group from Rockland Community Church, whose modern-day incarnation sits just down the road. It took weeks to mow the brush and clear away the thorns enough to begin to

understand the importance of the narratives and lives that time and neglect had camouflaged. That same year, Engle began studying toward a master’s degree in public history at the University of Colorado-Denver. His thesis is to accurately measure and map the cemetery. That means finding and documenting graves, identifying them and providing each with “a proper obituary.” So far, he has uncovered 144 graves — the first burial was in 1880, the most recent in 2010 — but he believes more are there, some maybe even under U.S. 40, which borders the top of the cemetery. “People got sick, people died, they didn’t know where to take the bodies,” he said of the early years. “They dropped them off here. The ground was frozen, you couldn’t dig a hole. They tagged ‘em and dropped them off and went on their way.” Engle’s care has transformed the cemetery. Now you see the markers, once hidden under the brush, jutting from the ground beneath the Ponderosa pine. Simple white crosses. Gray and white marble headstones with precisely formed inscriptions. Red granite with names scratched on by hand. He has added American flags to the graves of all veterans — from the SpanishAmerican War to the Korean War — and

purple, yellow and blue plastic flowers to every marker. The graves are grouped by families, many of whose roots run deep in the area. More than a church cemetery, it is a community cemetery. All the while, Engle has listened. On this day, he sits on the edge of Charles Delaware Kemper’s grave and picks up a smooth, lined copper-colored rock. Kemper, in his early 30s according to the stone marker, died in 1994. Engle found the rock when he was clearing the grave. The marker reads: “You gave us love and laughter and taught us the meaning of hope and courage.” “I always kept the rock with it so it wouldn’t get away from here.” He turns it over in his hands. “It’s a very touching memorial, and it’s interesting that when you go to a cemetery you find a lot of reference to laughter.” Nearby stand a trio of white crosses, the only identification a small tag that says “Child of Bill Anderson.” “They all died at the same time. My guess is a diphtheria epidemic.” Engle walks toward three more crosses that say only “Stomp child.” “You reflect on life and how hard it can be, and how hard it can be for all of us, I guess.” The largest section belongs to the Ralston family, the area’s original pioneers. Lucien Hunter Ralston, a Civil War veteran and Army scout, brought his family from Kentucky in 1879, hoping the Colorado air would help his wife’s severe asthma condition. Engle stands by Ralston’s grave, which bears a U.S. and a state flag. “I put a Kentucky state flag out there for them.” Some markers share more than just names, birth and death dates.

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Engle stops before the grave of William Keiper, whose stone depicts a cabin, elk, pines and coyotes. “What was important to this man was nature. He had his cabin out in the woods. He had a lot of game, the dove of peace, the howling of coyotes. … I’m sure he treasured that.” Much has been accomplished since Engle took on the job of caretaker. He’s on his fourth push lawn mower from Home Depot. He doesn’t use a riding mower because he would run over, and possibly destroy, the markers and relics he regularly discovers. But there is still much to do. Engle is hoping to use ground-penetrating radar to locate more graves and uncover the reasons for several ground depressions that pock the cemetery. Researching the lives of those buried is a consuming task. But he is happy to unlock the mysteries in this small piece of ground. He doesn’t plan on walking away any time soon. On a hot day, when he needs a shady spot to rest while he’s mowing, Engle usually heads over to World War II veteran Harry T. Lee’s grave under the juniper tree. “I’ll talk to him.” He chuckles. “You have a tendency to talk to them when you’re working around them.” But he also continues to listen. There are still so many stories left to tell. When completed, Steve Engle’s research will go to the Jefferson County Historical Archives. Anyone with information about the cemetery can reach Engle at empiresge@aol.com or 303-526-0893. Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at ahealey@ourcoloradonews.com or 303566-4110.

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Mixed verdict for DeWild Daniel DeWild found guilty of two charges, but not murder

‘He didn’t get away with it, not completely.’ Heather DeWild’s sister, Rebecca Barger

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gwallace@ourcoloradonews. com Nine years after Heather DeWild was killed and buried in a shallow grave in Clear Creek Canyon, her estranged husband has been found guilty of conspiracy to kill her, but not of the murder itself. After a two-week trial, the jury deliberated for a day and-a-half before delivering the verdicts of guilty on two charges against 40-year-old Daniel Donald DeWild — conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. The jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict on one count of firstdegree murder. Judge Christopher J. Munch presided over the trial, and declared a mistrial on the murder count. He set a new trial date of Jan. 8 to retry DeWild. The two felony convictions mean DeWild could be sentenced to 16 to 54 years in prison, accord-

ing to First Judicial District Attorney Scott Storey. “It might have been a little disappointing, but not totally, because for eight long years we weren’t sure we were ever going to have justice for Heather’s death,” Heather’s father David Springer said following the verdict. Springer and Heather’s sister, Rebecca Barger, thanked the investigators and prosecutors who worked to bring the 2003 cold case to trial. “He didn’t get away with it, not completely,” Barger said. The prosecution said Daniel DeWild lured Heather to his house a week before their divorce was to be finalized. Once in the house, Daniel allegedly threw her to the ground in his garage, and killed her with a mallet. Daniel’s twin brother, David, testified to the murder, saying he had helped his brother dispose of Heather’s car and body.

Family members said hearing testimony of how Heather died was gruesome. “It was hard because it does make it fresh again. It makes it real, and it makes her suffering real. But the truth is better than not knowing, for sure,” Barger said. Daniel DeWild remains in Jefferson County Jail on a $1 million bond. Sentencing on his two convictions will be delayed until after the murder count is settled. David DeWild reached a plea agreement in August, pleading guilty to second-degree conspiracy to commit murder. He, too, will be charged after the retrial. Storey said he would be meeting privately with the family and with his prosecuting team to discuss the first trial and how to proceed. “I think we put on a good case. I feel like we met our burden of proof on all charges. Some of the jury felt otherwise,” Storey said.

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Giving up gripes makes room for gratitude I decided that I would not write a traditional Thanksgiving column last week. So I didn’t. It’s not that I’m not grateful, I am very grateful — for food on the table, for our hard-won freedoms, and for everything in between. However, on the phone on Thanksgiving morning, I found myself grousing to a friend about all the petty things that were wrong on that particular gorgeous Colorado day. My tone of voice and my whining irritated even me. It took me most of the rest of the day to figure out that when I am able to let go of these gripes, I also make room for gratitude I didn’t know I was missing. Now I’m writing that what-I-amthankful-for column here: Gripe: My check-engine light is on … again. (It’s not the gas cap.) Gratitude: After driving a gutless wonder for about a year, I’m thrilled with my new-to-me preowned car. It’s in good shape and was well maintained by the previous owner. The engine light is probably just an electrical thing. It’s happened

before and the light went off all by itself. Gripe: I have to shorten my upcoming vacation, my first in more than two years. I just landed a new contract job that started quickly last week after I interviewed the week before. Gratitude: I just landed a new contract job that started quickly last week after I interviewed the week before. Gratitude (times 2): I am taking a vacation, my first in more than two years. Gripe: When I do have to go in to the office, the commute is horrendous, especially for someone who hates to drive. It takes 45 minutes in the morning and 70 minutes to get home in the

evening. This could make me crazy, especially when the snow begins to fly. Gratitude: I can use this commute time to learn a new language, or — given the amount of time I could be on the road — several languages! Gripe: I kicked the leg of a metal chair that was a few inches out of place and injured my foot, again. Gratitude: Hmmm ... this one is a little harder. What have I got to be grateful about when I’ve re-injured the toes that have kept me off my bike since June? Aha! The weather is still gorgeous in Colorado — guess I will wear flip-flops a little while longer. Gripe: I ran out of sweet potatoes while I was making a dish to take to a Thanksgiving meal and I had to go to the grocery store, again. Gratitude: People were working on Thanksgiving Day to make sure that people like me — who misjudge the amount of sweet potatoes for 17 people — would be able to get what I needed on the morning of the actual holiday. See? It works. And I found that

pushing away pain helps too. Thanksgiving was always such a family-oriented holiday as I was growing up; I miss my mom and dad. And, my beloved nephew is away in Japan this year, teaching English to kids who adore him. I was a bit sad and lonely on Thanksgiving morning. Gratitude: My sister, her husband, and his family always include me, and I took my sweet potatoes later to their Thanksgiving celebration. I am grateful to be a part of this wonderful family and its four generations. My beloved niece was also there, and we all shared a holiday message from my nephew. I hope that you too enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving, and that you will find some time soon to reflect on your own gripes. I bet you’ll be grateful you did. Andrea Doray is a full-time writer who happily accepts Thanksgiving leftovers. Contact her at a.doray@andreadoray.com, especially if you have gravy.

Garbage in, garbage out applies to minds Maybe it is not just that we become what we read, it’s more about the fact that we become what we read, hear, watch and believe. If we buy into this theory, then we must also believe that this could be seen as both an opportunity and a problem. The opportunity to grow personally and professionally through learning by reading, watching or listening to positive, informative and educational content is ubiquitous. All we have to do is search the web for audio, video, or text-based information that can help us raise our game. I mean really, just hit your favorite search engine and type in motivational video, inspirational audio programs or positive attitude and you will have thousands of titles to choose from. Of course one of my favorite websites for such information is www.candogo.com. The online library contains quick-hitting excerpts from more than 100 authors and experts and includes subject matter about leadership, motivation, sales skills, presentation skills, time management, work-life balance and so much more. You can

even sign up for a free motivational tip of the day. If you find an author expert’s material motivating or informative, you can also be directed to their website to purchase the entire program. We can also search for the topselling business books and personal-development books and see what others are reading. Technology makes it easy for us to examine reviews and determine if the book may be something interesting to us and worthy of reading. The opportunities for positive growth are endless, but unfortunately so are the problems. Because for every positive source of personal and professional material there also exists outlets to media that can tear us down and demotivate us. It may not seem like

it at the time, but we really have to guard against what we allow to filter into our minds. If all we watch, listen to, observe or read is material that is filled with negativity, there is a higher likelihood that we will start to become negative. Although I still personally listen to positive programs in my car or on my iPod, and watch motivating videos and speakers, my favorite source of consuming personal and professional development material is reading. I typically rotate my reading between subject matter and content including faith, business, history, biographical and motivational books. And then every once in a while I will read a fictional book or novel just to let my mind wander through the imagination of the author. I find this helps my own creativity. We have a choice to select what we put into our minds. Reading the newspaper is awesome, I do it every day, but I certainly do not choose to read only the obituaries or negative stories, I read the entire paper. Being well-read is an opportunity to grow in all areas of our life.

This column was inspired by all of you who have asked what I typically read or where I find the source for some of my motivation. And since you have specifically asked, here are the last five books I have read; John Ortberg, “Who is This Man?”; Dick Kreck, “Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family”; David McCullough, “The Path Between the Seas”; Ken Follett, “Fall of Giants”; Og Mandino, “The Greatest Miracle in the World.” We really do become what we put into our minds and I would love to know what you are reading and what you recommend. You can share it with me at gotonorton@ gmail.com and I know that when we take the time to read, it really will be a better than good week. Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of www. candogo.com

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November 29, 2012

S An important day in the season of giving At this time of year, you probably do not need to be reminded of the adage “it’s better to give than to receive.” Chances are, you’ve already made some headway on your holiday shopping list, perhaps starting on Black Friday, or even on Thanksgiving night. The spirit of giving is what propels these treks through malls and big-box stores. You’re buying gifts for loved ones and, as a bonus, helping to stimulate the economy. But have you checked your list twice? For those of you in a financial position to do so, we encourage you to add another name (or two) to that list — specifically that of your favorite nonprofit organiza-

OUR VIEW tion. Conveniently, there is a day set aside for doing this. Thankfully, you won’t have to wait in any lines. Colorado Gives Day is Dec. 4. Created in 2010 by Arvada-based Community First Foundation with the financial support of FirstBank, the aim is to “increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.” Touted as “24 hours to give where you live,” you can donate to your favorite nonprofits

at givingfirst.org/cogivesday. Last year, $12.8 million was distributed to 928 nonprofits, according to the Colorado Gives Day 2011 Giving Report, which can be found on the website. That dollar amount was a 46 percent increase over the inaugural event in 2010. In Jefferson County alone, more than $2 million was donated. The average donation last year was $237, but donations as small as $10 are accepted. A full 100 percent goes to the charities. And yes, your donation is taxdeductible. The causes your money can help are numerous, with more than 1,000 organiza-

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tions participating. d Eligible nonprofits on the list include those dedicated to helping children, aniB mals and the environment; those looking g to fight various illnesses; those looking to enrich our communities through promoting the arts; and many, many more causes. You can search through the list of nonprofits on the website. We believe you’ll find Colorado Gives Day to be as easy and rewarding a way to give as you’ll find this holiday season. For more information, go to givingfirst. org/cogivesday, call 720-898-5900 or email givingfirst@communityfirstfoundation.org.

Key characteristics needed to move on I recently wrote a column laying out some characteristics I thought would be important if there was going to be any hope of healing the rifts in this country. I acknowledged that there was the possibility I was making too much of it, but then I saw one more astonishing statistic that seems to support my thesis: After this election, there are now 37 states that have one-party rule, including Colorado. So while the Democrats in Washington are going to need to pull in at least a little Republican support to get things done, that sort of outreach is not the case in more than two-thirds of the states. In other words, the need for those in power to learn how to play well with others is all but nonexistent in the states; so, there’s little reason to think that Washington will get better in time. But that shouldn’t deter us from trying to find a better way forward. I’d hate to think the only way I was going to feel like I got along with my neighbors was to move to Texas. So, following on my suggestion that Truth and Service are necessary, here goes a few more characteristics that I think might be useful going forward. Generosity — most people think of gen-

erosity as the impulse to give something away. So let’s give this away — the benefit of the doubt. The Right thinks the Left wants to collapse the American system so that they can move in with the European social state; the Left thinks the Right only wants to protect the obscene wealth of the 1 percent, and to do it on the backs of the other 99 percent. Can we, maybe, give each other the benefit of the doubt? Is it possible that both sides actually want what is best for the country, but that they disagree on what that would be and how to get there? Must we always assign the other side nefarious motive? I know that makes it easier to demonize the other side to win elections, but it really doesn’t do a lot to move the country

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forward or to keep it together. Transparency — The American system works best when the governed know what the governing class is doing, if for no other reason then that it prevents corruption. But hidden agendas, lies, spin and obfuscation have become the norm lately. Whether it’s administration people repeatedly pushing a story that is obviously false regarding Benghazi, or candidates carefully dodging questions while getting caught on telephone-cameras telling donors what they really think, transparency is practically a thing of the a bygone era. Here’s an idea: everybody say what you actually mean, what you really think, and what you actually intend to do, and then let’s have a legitimate contest of ideas. Accountability — Here’s the tough one. When your candidate fails on any measure of what a good, honest public servant should be doing, will you withhold your support for them? To illustrate what’s so tough about this one, consider this: Jesse Jackson Jr. left Congress in June, missed more than 200 votes, had health problems and campaign finance scandals, and made exactly zero public appearances in his re-election bid. Yet, for some reason, his constituents

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reelected him by a 4-1 margin. That’s not accountability, that’s aristocracy. That’s why we keep having the childish partisan bickering in Congress — because too many in Congress are in “safe” districts and never have to try to see another point of view. If the voters stopped accepting that from their representatives, maybe we would see some change. I know these are all pipe dreams; I don’t expect things to get any better any time I soon. d There are too many systemic incentives for the status quo, at least as far as the g elected class goes. w But maybe we can start something s new, built around some of the ideas I’ve v presented. v And then, someday, when they build a y giant fence around Washington, D.C., we can start over, remembering that disagree- w ments can be the starting point of brilliant fi solutions, if we don’t let them tear us apart. t t 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 and the University of Colorado-Boulder.


November 29, 2012

Storey reflects on journey Jeffco DA Scott Storey steps down, takes a look back By Glenn Wallace

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Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey will step down at the end of the year. After being elected in 2004, the Colorado native is term limited. Storey spoke to Colorado Community Media recently, to talk about his career as he steps aside to let the newly-elected Pete Weir take the wheel. What follows is a slightly condensed version of that interview. CCM: When you first went to law school, it was to help out the family business, which was building. But then you clearly became focused on criminal prosecution. How did that change happen? Storey: “I thought geeze, I went to law school for five years, to do just business law? I wanted to take six months to a year, and get trial work out of my system. That was agreeable to everybody in the family, so I went down to the El Paso DA’s ofStorey fice. After six months I was in district court with a felony docket. My first felony jury trial was a girl. She had a difficult time — there wasn’t the kind of child of victim resources there are today — and was very reluctant to testify. Her dad was very sexually abusive to her for many years. But she testified. I think the turning point for me was when she got up there and testified for hours. She came up to me afterwards and said, “Scott, I did it.” It transformed me. I never did go back

‘I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s been an incredible honor.’ Outgoing Jeffco DA Scott Storey to my business. CCM: Did you get the conviction? Storey: Yeah … she did. I stumbled along, but she’s the one that got the conviction. CCM: You started working here in Jeffco DA’s office 23 years ago. What eventually led you to run for district attorney? Storey: Dave Thomas was term limited. I think part of it was having management experience from the construction business. I had a passion for the office, and felt like maybe I could do a better job than some of the candidates. I’d never even run for student councils, so I didn’t know what I was doing. I was very lucky to have very good mentors help me through. CCM: What has it been like to hold the office of DA? Storey: I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s been an incredible honor. I never set out to be an elected official but I feel blessed every day. I love it. I think I’ve been good at it. I’ve accomplished a lot. It’s bittersweet, because of term limits I can’t finish some of the things I’ve started. CCM: What are some of the cases that you’re proud of? Storey: The DeWild case (in trial) right now. That’s a cold case that we started a task force for. Frankly, I made a promise to Heather DeWild’s family that she would have justice before I was done. Then there was the victim Rose Moniak, a senior citizen who worked

for the shuttles. One of her customers … dragged her around the corner and just kicked her. She should have died. I personally prosecuted that because I was outraged. CCM: Programs you’re proud of? Storey: The Power Against Fraud program teaches people how to stay safe. Coming from that, I started the Elder Abuse Unit. We have now the only dedicated elder abuse unit in Colorado. I decided to start another specialized unit, Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations. We nicknamed it Cheezo, and that’s the name of the mascot. We’ve probably arrested upwards of 600 predators. But the bigger effort of that is our prevention program. We go out to schools and talk about internet safety and cell phone safety. CCM: What will you do now? Storey: Pete has asked me to stay on, to supervise some of the programs I’ve started. I will not be a policy maker though. He’s better qualified than I am anyway. I hope to try some cases … if I remember how. And no, I’m never going to run for anything else.

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The Arvada Center’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street” follows the same story as the classic film in which Kris Kringle has to convince Doris (Lauren Sheely), Susan (Regan Fenske) and Fred (Jody Madaras) that he is real. Photos by P. Switzer

Old story, new ‘Miracle’ Arvada Center takes a classic back to its roots By Clarke Reader

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here are certain stories that almost every theater uses to kick off its holiday season, and the Arvada Center is hosting one of them on its main stage. “Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical” will play at the center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., through Dec. 23, bringing the classic to a new generation of theatergoers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 p.m. Wednesdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The musical is based on the classic film, and follows much of the same storyline, according to the director of the show, Gavin Mayer.

When the show was first created in 1963 it was called “Here’s Love” but over the years that has evolved into the title we now know it by. “From Thanksgiving to Christmas is my favorite time of year, so it’s been great to create that for other people,” Mayer said. “It’s hard not to have a good time working on a Christmas play.” The story follows the real Kris Kringle, who shows up in New York City, and gets hired to play Santa Claus at the Macy’s department store. Realizing his holiday has become overrun with commercialism and cynicism, he sets about convincing the store’s special events director, Doris Walker, and her daughter, Susan, that he is the real St. Nick. Even though the play is supposed to take place during the 1960s when it was written, Mayer decided to go back and create the look and feel of 1949 when the film takes place. “Around this time of year people are

Kris Kringle (Erick Devine) comes to New York City to remind the city about the spirit of the season.

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looking to capture those feelings and ambience of that period of time,��� he said. “So, we based our design on a vintage New York postcard to create a romantic, idealized 1940’s New York.” Mayer credits everyone who worked on set and costume design with putting forth great effort in creating that idealized time. Of course, the story is only going to be as good as its Kris Kringle, and that’s a role Erick Devine takes very seriously. “There are kids in the show, and there will be kids in the audience, and it’s a huge responsibility because I’m that guy,” he said. “Also, every night it’s someone’s first show, and I’m responsible for helping to bring them back to the theater.” Devine said he saw the show during its original run in New York, and he has performed in it, but this is his first time playing Kris Kringle. “It’s just amazing how they’re recreating that magic,” he said. “I love that they’re bringing back to the ’40s, and they’ve done some amazing choral work bringing back those creamy harmonies of the era.” The show is very family friendly, and Mayer said he hopes that it’ll be the show that gets people’s holiday season going. “This is a show that hasn’t really been done in the area recently, and so we’re hoping that theatergoers will use it to kick-off their holidays.” For tickets and more information, call 720-898-7200 or go online to www.arvadacenter.org.

Talk a little NBA b-ball while sidling up to Denver Nuggets Head Coach George Karl during a charity breakfast from 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Coohills, 1400 Wewatta St. Space is limited, so RSVPs are requested by Nov. 30 to dbravo@progressivehealthcenter.org or by calling 303-788-9399. Cost is $28 per person. The event is part of Colorado Gives Day 2012, where residents have 24 hours to give where they live. The Coach Karl breakfast proceeds will support the Progressive Health Center and Cancer Care Initiative on Colorado Gives Day. Coloradans will come together again to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits throughout the state. Last year, $12.8 million was distributed to Colorado nonprofits. Progressive Health Center and Cancer Care Initiative raised $36,000 and won an award for The Largest Percentage Increase In Dollars raised. The organization’s goal for 2012 is to increase that amount by 10 percent. Progressive Health Center uses donations to help uninsured/underserved patients; for education programs and for general operating funds. The Cancer Care Initiative helps with patient navigation, pain management, survivorship and integrative medicine. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day asks you to give to your favorite charities through the website www. GivingFirst.org, an online giving resource featuring every nonprofit participating in Colorado Gives Day. One hundred percent of your donation will come to the charity you choose. When you give online anytime on Dec. 4, the value of your donation will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund. Donate online at www.givingfirst.org/ progressivehealthcenter anytime during the 24-hour period of Dec. 4 to “Give Where You Live.”

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For the 20th year in a row, Metro Taxi drivers volunteered to bring meals to residents in need by delivering food from the legendary Daddy Bruce Randolph Thanksgiving program. Metro Taxi Denver drivers assisted the Epworth Foundation’s annual Denver Feed a Family Thanksgiving program by delivering more than 1,800 food baskets to Denver residents unable to leave their homes. At midnight prior to our traditional turkey day, three city blocks surrounding Epworth United Methodist Church, 3401 High St., closed to set up a giant assembly line for Thanksgiving food baskets. After hundreds of volunteers sorted and packed the food that Walmart had donated and hauled in, volunteer drivers from Metro Taxi began delivering food baskets to the elderly and shut-ins. The drivers navigated more than 120 routes and made more than 1,800 deliveries to needy residents in northeast Denver who would otherwise not have had access to the donations. “This is not a business decision for us, this is simply the right thing for us to do and we are so proud of our drivers who step up to help their neighbors,” Metro Taxi Denver Operations Manager Bobby Parker continues on Page 17


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Celebrate the Holidays A little Holiday bazaar brings together fun with communities DDRC gives clients If you go reindeer a chance to shine facts By Clarke Reader

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Santa’s crew is all-female! Male reindeer shed their antlers at the end of the mating season in early December. Females, on the other hand, keep their thinner antlers throughout the winter. If all the historic depictions of Santa and his team of reindeer are to be believed, then it is the girls who are pulling the jolly fat man and his goods through the winter skies. And here’s another reason for the female theory: Male reindeer carry as little as five percent body fat when Christmas rolls around, having lost much of their fatty storage during the mating season. Female reindeer, however, enter winter carrying about 50 percent body fat. This natural insulator, which can be a couple of inches thick on their rumps, keeps the female reindeer nice and toasty as they travel through the world in temperatures that can reach as low as minus 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The last paragraph would seem to prove that it is, indeed, a team of female reindeer traveling around the world with Santa on Christmas Eve night. Perhaps the one with the red nose is actually Ruby? We should have known – a little tongue-in-cheek humor here – only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night … and not get lost! LiveScience, guy-sports.com

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The holidays are the time for people to come together, and that is the main goal of the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center’s holiday bazaar. The 11th annual bazaar will be at the DDRC, 11177 W. 8th Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. “The bazaar isn’t a huge money maker for us, but it’s great for giving the community a chance to get involved with us and the people we serve,” said Ron Marquez, director of community relations for the DDRC. “It shows the

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people we serve that they can be entrepreneurs, and build and sell things.” Not only will the bazaar feature handmade items like jewellery, wreaths and other crafts, but homemade soaps and gourmet coffees will also be on sale. Carolers will sing holiday favorites, and Santa is

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scheduled to stop by. According to April Richey, volunteer coordinator, vendors keep their prices low so DDRC clients can shop, and the community can share in the low prices. “We have every booth booked,” Marquez said. “We always get a good turnout from employees, clients, local businesses and the community.” Community members are asked to bring canned food to help meet emergency holiday needs. “Our clients really enjoy doing this every year,” Marquez said. “It helps them to feel like they’ve accomplished something and people really value what they make.” For more information on the bazaar, call 303462-6585 or visit www. ddrcco.com.

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Aero Club offering shares in wellmaintained, well-equipped Piper PA24 Commanche and PA28-235 Cherokee. Based at Meadow Lake Airport (KFLY), Falcon, CO. See website for details: WWW.NOSPINAIRCRAFT.COM, or call David Miller at No-Spin Aircraft Sales: 719 -650-8667.

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Grain Finished Buffalo

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Garage Sales Book Sale

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Saturday December 1st 8am-5pm Antiques, Woodley's Oak Roll top desk, Bedroom, Living Room, Dining Room Furniture, and misc. 7110 Pierce Street, Arvada

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Wendy (303)688-5876

Antique flat top trunk

Black & White Check $50 Wendy (303)688-5876

Arts & Crafts Edgewater United Methodist

Craft Fair

Dec. 1st - 10am-3pm 2497 Fenton St., Edgewater, CO

ALL HAND CRAFTED ITEMS

Vendors Wanted!

Crafts and Holiday gift items needed For "Home For The Holidays" Market held on December 8th From 10-3 in O’Brien Park In Parker. Contact Cathy at 303-250-5155 for booth rental information.

Friday, November 30, 2012 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall at Jefferson County Fairgrounds (15200 West 6th Avenue) West 6th Ave. & Indiana St. Golden, Colorado

Admission $2.00

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Building Materials

Lawn and Garden

Steel Buildings

For Sale 2012 42" 21hp Sears

Prices Reduced Wholesale/Factory offers On discounted deals Big & Small Source# 18X (800) 964 8335

ridding mower. Comes with warranty, expires 4/27/15. Used only 6 times $1,000. Call 303-232-2597

Firearms

Miscellaneous

Rossi Ranch Hand

Bushnell Telescope # 789565 565x60REM 60MM Lens, NEW Retail $299 Sell $170 Mike 303-475-3730 Great Christmas Gift

Large loop lever action pistol type caliber capacity 6+1 action 44 Magnum 12" round barrel. 303-421-8512

Firewood Bulk Firewood

Logs, various hardwoods, random links, you load, you haul. $60.00 for pick up load. Split firewood also available. 303-431-8132

Cut/Split/Deliver

$200/$225 a cord for Pine, Fir & Aspen some areas may require a delivery charge. Fresh cut Christmas Trees Weekends at Sedalia Conaco Scrap Metal hauling & House Cleaning/Sitting also available Call 303-647-2475 or 720-323-2173

Furniture Baby Furniture

Baby crib and changing table $100.00. Car seat/carrier Winnie the Pooh fabric $35.00. Call for more information. 937-321-3809 Castle Rock

AVON Good earnings to sell or buy, CR, Parker, HR & Centennial. Call for information Fay, (303)790-2524 flnorris@yahoo.com

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Work From Home

Miscellaneous American Standard Jet Bathtub Hinged Shower Door 66x26 3/4 Traditional Ceiling Fan with light 2 Traditional & 2 Modern Chandler Reasonably priced, will accept fair offer 303-794-3600

Musical Piano

Moving must sell KIMBALL console Piano and Bench, Maple, Great condition. Good touch & tone, 3 foot pedals, cash only $450 includes piano lamp & piano music books. (303)806-0232

Tickets/Travel All Tickets Buy/Sell

NFL-NBA-NHL-NCAA-MLB WWW.DENVERTICKET.COM (303)-420-5000

PETS

Autos for Sale

Gold w/tan interior. Sun roof, Bose sound system. Great condition must see...100,000 miles. $17,500.00 OBO 303-907-3505

Wanted We Buy Cars

Musical Ideal for church, home, rec. cntr., etc. Fine condition $500.00 OBO 303-489-2077

English Setter puppy. Champion blood lines, orange & white female $500.00. Call Mike 303-807-2540

2005 Infiniti FX 35.

with pad $150 303-

Imperial 200R organ.

12/1, 2 Males, 1 Female, $575, make excellent Christmas gifts (can hold until just before then), excellent hunters and great family pets

topper, ž ton, 61K miles $4,000 1972 gold International pickup with topper, ž ton, 2WD, senior owned, great condition, 60,555 miles, $4,000. 719-687-7669

machine $30 CD Player/AM/FM Radio/Tape Player 2 speakers $40 (303)806-0232 New, 36", HEAVY DUTY, sliding patio door, cost $125, asking $85. Fits heights 79 1/4-81 1/4." Rt or L mount. Massage/chiropractor table, $45. New hand crank/solar radio, $20 ($40 at store). 303 688-9171 520-7880

AKC Yellow lab puppies, Ready

1972 International Pickup with

Moving - Newer Singer sewing

Wheelchair

Dogs

Blue and Fawn XXL Pit Bulls for sale. Born on October 31st, 2012 UKC Registered. Taking deposits now with only 8 left. 1-719-2324439

Trucks, SUVs & Vans Running or not. Any condition Under $1000 (303)741-0762 bestcashforcars.com


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SERVICES TO ADVERTISE YOUR SERVICES, CALL 303-566-4100 Carpentry Carpenter/Handyman:

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Concrete/Paving

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303-425-0066 303-431-0410

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FREE Estimates

Family owned business with over 35 yrs. exp.

Call or email Ron 303-758-5473 vandergang@comcast.net

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YOUR WEEK: HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

THURSDAY/NOV. 29 EVENING OF Hope Echter’s Garden Center is partnering with Hope House of Colorado and other local businesses for An Evening of Hope, from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the garden center, 5150 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada. Door prizes, discounts and music add to the fun. Tickets are limited; call 303-424-7979. A portion of the ticket price goes to Hope House of Colorado. Visit www. echters.com or www.hopehouseofcolorado.org. BLOOD DRIVE St. Anthony Hospital Community Blood Drive is from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, inside Auditorium A at 11600 W. 2nd Place, Lakewood. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit www. bonfils.org. IMPROV SHOW Golden High School will present a fundraiser with its Improv Show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the high school auditorium, 701 24th St. The show is a fundraiser for Broadway CARES benefitting AIDS research and recovery programs. Checks and cash accepted at the door. For information, contact Scott Hasbrouck at shasbrou@jeffco.k12.co.us or 303-982-2813. JAZZ CONCERT Jazz Over Easy performs from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Café del Sol, 608 Garrison St. in Lakewood, for an evening of swinging jazz. The band performs monthly. Reserve a table now to assure seating. The performance will be streamed live at liveconnections.com. Call 303-238-7999 for reservations.

CHOICE ENROLLMENT Arvada West High School Choice Enrollment Night is from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Arvada West Auditorium. Meet the teachers, counselors and administrators, hear an overview of the programs, classes, activities and athletics; tour the building; and have questions answered. Choice enrollment night is for students who live outside

the Arvada West attendance boundaries. Choice enrollment applications are available at http:// www.jeffcopublicschools.org/enrollment or call 303-982-1303.

BASIX CHRISTMASTIME The Lakewood Cultural Center presents Danish vocal pop a cappella sensation Basix in a special holiday program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the 316-seat theater at 470 S. Allison Parkway. Tickets are available by going online to www.Lakewood.org/ CulturalCenter, calling 303-987-7845, or visiting the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office. Senior, student and group discounts are available. There is plenty of free, well-lit parking on-site.

FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER Colorado Festival of Cultures and White Fence Farm are working to raise money for the festival’s children’s choir and other cultural groups in the community. Print and bring in the flier found at http://cccchoir. wordpress.com/schedules/fundraisers/whitefence-aug/ and White Fence Farm will give 15 percent of the profits to the Colorado Festival. Additionally, the Clear Creek Children’s Choir, the Seven Falls Indian Dancers and Tromboniacs will perform from 5:15-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, for restaurant patrons.

LECTURE SERIES Power Lunch Lecture Series presents “Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era,” by Ryan Matley, consultant, electricity practice, Rocky Mountain Institute, from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at The NREL Visitors Center, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden. Call 303-384-6565 to make a reservation for this free public program. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation. WINE TASTING O’Toole’s Garden Center of Lakewood, 1404 Quail St., hosts a holiday wine tasting from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Local winemaker Turquoise Mesa Winery will provide the wine,

and Lucia Christie of Skagit Gardens will give a presentation on hellebores. Call 303-232-6868.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY/NOV. 29-30 MUSICAL AUDITIONS The Arvada Center will have auditions for the musical “Man of La Mancha” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29-30 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Call the Arvada Center, 720-898-7200 to schedule a time. FRIDAY/NOV. 30 CANDLELIGHT WALK Experience the beauty of the holiday at Olde Golden Christmas Candlelight Walk. Hot beverages, cookies and entertainment will be provided at several businesses and cultural facilities. Gather at Foothills Art Center at 6 p.m. for caroling. The Golden Chamber of Commerce will sell candles for 50 cents. The walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will end in front of the Golden Visitors Center for the lighting of the massive tree and the thousands of lights all along Clear Creek. Festive dress is encouraged. Free admission and free parking. Visit www.VisitGolden.com or call 303-279-3113. HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE Shop for handcrafted gifts and enjoy music and refreshments with family and friends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Morningstar Assisted Living, 2800 Youngfield St., Lakewood. RSVP at 303-233-4343.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/NOV. 30 TO DEC. 1, DEC. 7-8 DINNER SHOW Colorado ACTS presents “Christmas at Snowflake Lodge” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, at Colorado ACTS Theater, 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. This is a dinner show, and reservations are required. Call 303-456-6772 or visit www. coloradoacts.org.

Parker: Denver’s first Bacon and Beer Festival set for Dec. 9 Parker continued from Page 8

McBride said. “We have people on staff here who have been helping feed families through the Daddy Bruce Thanksgiving program for 20 years. The giving spirit of Daddy Bruce Randolph that the Epworth Foundation carries on is an important tradition to the community and to our company.” For more information on Metro Taxi, visit www.metrotaxidenver.com. To learn more about the Epworth Foundation, the history of the Daddy Bruce Randolph Thanksgiving tradition, and to donate to the cause next year, visit www.epworthfoundation.org.

Bowled over

After hurdling numerous stumbling blocks, Punch Bowl Social, the much-anticipated diner and bowling alley from Denver restaurateur Robert Thompson, has finally opened at First Avenue and Broadway in the former Big Lots building. The opening night event included live music by The Epilogues, with the ticket take going to Big BrothersBig Sisters of Colorado. Tickets were purchased at

Joe Garrett, Jr. Joe Garrett, Jr., of Arvada passed away on Nov. 15, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver. He was 83. A memorial service will be held in Syracuse, Kansas in the spring. www.olingerwoodschapel.com

www.punchbowlsocial.com for $15 to cover the charity donation and entertainment. “We are proud to bring PBS to the Baker District and launch it in conjunction with such a worthy charity as Big Brothers and Big Sisters,” Thompson said. The 24,000-square-foot bar, diner, bowling alley and coffeehouse also includes pingpong, marbles, deck-shuffle, shuffleboard, darts, pinball, foosball, pool tables, board games and a wall of throwback video games. Punch Bowl is open daily starting at 6 a.m. for the coffee shop, breakfast served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch and dinner 11 a.m. to midnight, happy hour 2-6 p.m. and a latenight menu till 2 a.m. More information at www.punchbowlsocial.com.

Beggin’ for bacon

Denver’s first Bacon and Beer Festival takes place from 2:30-5 p.m. Dec. 9 at Mile High Station. Denver-area restaurants will off fabulous baconbased dishes for attendees

to sample along with beers from amazing breweries. Proceeds will benefit Metro CareRing and Project Angel Heart. The event is supported by Whole Foods Market and American Homestead Bacon. For more information on all participating restaurants and breweries, and tickets, go to http://www.wheretoeat.in/calendar/63/292012-Denver-Bacon-andBeer-Festival. The event is brought to you by @eatboston, Forkly and Denver Off the Wagon.

Did you know?

After a warm weather delay, which produced unfavorable ice conditions, Lakewood’s Belmar has opened The Rink at Belmar. Updated rink schedule and hours are available at www. belmarcolorado.com. Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY/DEC. 1-2 WREATH MAKING Create your own handcrafted wreath using fresh aromatic boughs at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Echter’s Garden Center, 5150 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada. This is a popular hands-on class; please bring pruners. Reservations required; call 303424-7979. Visit www.echters.com. FRIDAY/NOV. 30 TO SUNDAY/DEC. 1 CRAFT FAIR The Jeffco Holiday Craft Fair is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the exhibit hall at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden. A donation at the door will go toward the learning programs and scholarships for youth in the community. Parking is free. A local 4-H group will manage the food booth. The event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Fair, a nonprofit community service organization, and coordinated by Iris McIntosh, 303-934-3171. SATURDAY/DEC. 1

SATURDAY/DEC. 1, DEC. 8; SUNDAY/DEC. 2 MEET SANTA Meet Santa and his reindeer

at Echter’s Garden Center, 5150 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada. Santa will be at the garden center from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 2. Bring your pets on Dec. 2 for a visit and photo with Santa. On Saturday, Dec. 1, the reindeer will be visiting from the North Pole, from 1-4 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 2, enjoy music of the Arvada Chorale from 1-3 p.m. Don’t forget your cameras, and please bring along a can or package of non-perishable food for Santa to share with the Arvada Food Bank. Call 303-424-7979 or visit www.echters.com.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Start your holidays with the ringing of bells with Christmas Bells in the City, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. The 12th annual concert features five English handbell choirs from the Denver area.

The Trinity United Methodist Church Children’s Chorale also will perform. The concert is free; donations will be accepted. Visit www.timberlineringers.org or email info@timberlineringers.org.

PRAYER SERVICE Community In Christ Church, 12229 W. 80th Ave. in Arvada, will host “An Evening of Prayer” for the children of the north Jeffco communities at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. With the recent tragedies in the Arvada/Westminster area, the church will open its doors for any and all families who wish to take that time to pray, and have their children prayed for. BARBERSHOP CHRISTMAS. Denver MountainAires Barbershop Chorus, Colorado School of Mines Men’s Chorus and individuals from the Boulder Timberliners, Sound of the Rockies and 52eighty Youth Chorus will perform Dec. 1 during the Olde Golden Christmas Parade. Barbershop quartets will sing at 11th and Washington, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The parade begins at 11 a.m., ending at 13th and Washington at 11:30, where the first Barbershop Christmas festival chorus will perform. Call 303-973-9217 or 303-805-9828. BOOK SIGNING “Dreaming of Colorado” book signing is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Barnes & Noble Denver West, 14347 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Grant Collier and Stephanie Lowman will sign and discuss their new children’s book, “Dreaming of Colorado.” HOLIDAY TEA McIlvoy House will have its holiday tea from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7307 Grandview Ave., Arvada. The menu includes delectable delicacies for the holiday season. Paid reservation required. Space is limited. Call the McIlvoy House, 303-431-1261 or stop by the house to purchase tickets. Your Week continues on Page 18

HAVE AN EVENT? To submit a calendar listing, send information by noon Friday to calendar@ourcolorado news.com or by fax to 303-425-8757.

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YOUR WEEK & MORE Your Week continued from Page 17

HOLIDAY BAZAAR The Golden High School PTA is hosting its first holiday bazaar that supports senior scholarships and student/classroom grants. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Golden High School cafeteria, 701 24th St., Golden. Door prize drawings will take place every 30 minutes. Support local businesses and get your shopping done in one place.

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SATURDAY/DEC. 1, 8, 15, 22 CHRISTMAS PARADE Experience a true Olde Fashioned Hometown Parade infused with a fun, only-in-Golden spirit. Enjoy lighted floats, clowns, Christmas characters, music, Santa, and even elves on unicycles. Afterwards, catch a free horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic 12th Street neighborhood or children can enjoy a ride in a Newfoundland dog-pulled cart. Parade travels down Washington Avenue from 11-11:30 a.m. on the first four Saturdays in December. Visit www.VisitGolden.com or call 303-279-3113.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY/DEC. 1-2 PORCH POTS Visit a demonstration on how to put together porch pots to dress up your entry. Program is offered at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Echter’s Garden Center, 5150 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada. Program is free; and no registration is required. Call 303-4247979 or visit www.echters.com. SUNDAY/DEC. 2 HOLIDAY CONCERT Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will have its holiday concert and silent auction at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Colorado School of Mines Green Center in Golden. Season and individual tickets can be purchased in advance at www.jeffsymphony.org or calling 303-278-4237.

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HOLIDAY CONCERT The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will perform its popular holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Colorado School of Mines Green Center in Golden. The holiday concert is the most popular JSO performance of the year and has become a family tradition for many area residents. The concert offers a touch of classical with a good portion of festive fun. Guest artists Judy Shay Burns, soprano, and Brian Stinar, tenor, will join the JSO once again for this program. Season and individual concert tickets may be purchased in advance at www. jeffsymphony.org, by calling 303-2784237, visiting the Jefferson Symphony office at 1204 Washington St., Golden, or at the door before the concert. UPCOMING FUNDRAISER PLAN Jeffco, the citizen organization that has been working to conserve natural open spaces in Jefferson County since 1972, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a “Run with the Pack” fundraiser Sunday, Dec. 2, at 240 Union Restaurant, 240 Union Blvd., Lakewood. PLAN Jeffco initiated the first county open space program

in the country. The evening starts with a complementary wine reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the keynote speaker Ed Bangs. Tickets are $55 per person for open seating, $75 per person for reserved tables. Call 303-835-0979 or visit PLANJeffco.org to reserve your spot or for information.

MONDAY/DEC. 3 EDGY AWARDS The Edge Theatre, 9797 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood, presents the second annual EDGY Awards at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. Awards given for best actor, best actress and to the winner of the year-long play competition. Dress code is “Hollywood Hot.” TUESDAY/DEC. 4 LIFETREE CAFÉ Hollywood director Tom Shadyac, best known for “Ace Ventura,”“The Nutty Professor,”“Patch Adams,”“Bruce Almighty” and “I Am,” will discuss how he simplified his life in an exclusive filmed interview, presented at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St. Admission is free, and snacks and drinks are available. RECEPTION MISHA May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue in Lakewood is participating in Colorado Gives Day for the second year and is hosting a reception from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Doggie Delights, 1432 S. Broadway, Denver. On the second floor will be refreshments from Whole Foods, live music by the Acousticators, door prizes and holiday gifts. Leashed dogs are welcome. Visit https://givingfirst.org/mishamayfoundation/overview. RSVP preferred at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com or 303-239-0382. TUESDAY/DEC. 4, Thursday/Dec. 6 HOLIDAY WORKSHOP The Lakewood Arts Council presents two workshops for the holidays. Lakewood artist Ann Quinn will teach an ornament making workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 4. Those attending will make three ornaments. No previous art experience is required and a continental breakfast will be served. The workshop costs $8 and registration is required. From 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 6, artist Kathy Cranmer will present a watercolor cardmaking workshop. Each student will take home two or three hand-made cards. The workshop costs $25 and registration is also required. Call 303-980-0625 or visit www.lakewoodartscouncil.org.

TUESDAY TO Friday/Dec. 4-7, Tuesday to Monday/Dec. 11-17 CRAFT WORKSHOPS Make great gifts for the holidays at upcoming do it yourself holiday card and craft workshops. Cost is $5 per hour for space, resources, instruction and inspiration to create using repurposed materials. Cards and paper crafts are Dec. 4-7 and fabric crafts are Dec. 11-17. Drop-in from 3-5 p.m. at 5927 Miller St., Arvada. Sliding scale and work trades available. All ages; under 12 must bring adult.

WEDNESDAY/DEC. 5 MUSICAL SHOW Get in the holiday spirit at “Holly Follies: A Musical Review,” featuring dazzling footwork and costumes of the local Rockyette dancers and festive music of the Notable Choir at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Delectable desserts follow the performance. Call 303-425-9583. THURSDAY/DEC. 6 HOLIDAY BAZAAR Developmental Disabilities Resource Center, 11177 W. 8th Ave., Lakewood, plans its 11th annual holiday bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Admission is free. Donations of canned food appreciated to help meet emergency holiday needs. The bazaar features handmade crafts, jewelry, unique gifts, a silent auction and bake sale. Shoppers can visit with Santa, enjoy holiday music and browse “Books Are Fun” seasonal merchandise. The event is sponsored by DDRC Volunteer Services with proceeds benefiting families receiving services. Call 303-4626585 for information. LEGISLATOR BREAKFAST The nonpartisan Jefferson County League of Women Voters welcomes new and returning state legislators for breakfast from 7-8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Clements Community Center, 1580 Yarrow St., Lakewood. The legislators will discuss their individual goals for the session and answer questions. Everyone is welcome, but reservations are required for breakfast. Bread Winners will cater the event. Cost is $15. Send checks payable to LWV Jeffco along with your name to Jeffco League of Women Voters, 1425 Brentwood, Suite 7, Lakewood, CO 80214, by Nov. 16. Visit www.lwvjeffco. org

COMING SOON COMING SOON/DEC. 7-9 HOLIDAY SHOW Timothy P. and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers make their annual return to the Lakewood Cultural Center stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9 with a toe tappin’, red-hot pickin’ holiday jamboree. Tickets available at www. Lakewood.org/CulturalCenter, by calling 303-987-7845 or visiting the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office at 470 S. Allison Parkway. Senior, student, child and group discounts are available. COMING SOON/DEC. 7-16 MARKET/SALE THE 26th annual fine art market show and sale is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays from Dec. 7-16 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. An opening reception is from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. A portion of purchases benefits the Arvada Center galleries. While attending the market, plan to visit the ACES show

and sale in the Arvada Center’s upper gallery, and don’t miss the art market and silent auction on the first level outside the Main Gallery. Track bids at www.arvadacenter.org, by calling 720-898-7251, or make them in person. The Arvada Center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Visit www.arvadacenter.org or call 720-898-7200.

COMING SOON/DEC. 8 RUN/WALK ALL-OUT Multisport presents the Fa La La 5K & 5M, a USATF sanctioned run/walk presented in support of Habitat for Humanity of Colorado, is Dec. 8 at Stenger Soccer Complex, 11200 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Awards given to the top three in each division, and a finisher medal for everyone. Visit www.alloutmultisport.com. SANTA BREAKFAST Bring the entire family for a pancake breakfast with Santa and a puppet show at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. An adult must accompany children. Both adults and children ages 3 and over must pay. Children 2 and under are free, but still need to register. No tickets are sold at the door. Register with payment ($5 per person) by Dec. 5. Call 303-425-9583. REFLECTION SERVICE Holy Shepherd’s third annual Remembrance & Reflection service will be from 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the multi-purpose room at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church, 920 Kipling St., Lakewood; 303-233-2740. All are welcome. This event is free. Light snacks provided. Call the office to RSVP so we can plan seating and food accordingly. LOCAL AUTHOR Meet Golden children’s author Deb Lemon and her friend Harriet the Octopus from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Windy Saddle Café, 1110 Washington Ave., Golden. Purchase books online at www. ifyouwere.com. ALZHEIMER’S WORKSHOP Home Instead Senior Care is offering a free educational workshop for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. The workshop will cover how to manage behaviors, learn engagement skills and how to care for yourself while caring for a loved one. Two workshops are planned from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at Home Instead Senior Care, 6191 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge. RSVP at 303-463-1900. BLOOD DRIVE Walmart community blood drive is from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, inside Bonfils’ bus at 440 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or www. bonfils.org.

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SANTA SPECIAL Kids are invited to take a ride on the Santa Claus Special and drop off letters to Santa in the Railway Post Office Car at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. The Santa Claus Special is from 9 h a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16, and Saturday, Dec. 22. Train rides depart every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For information or to buy tickets, call 303-279-4591 or visit www.ColoradoRailroadMuseum.org. COMING SOON/DEC. 9 CONCERT YE Wanton Singers are bringing their unique vocals to celebrate the season at Arvada Mennonite Spirit of Joy Church of the Brethren for the Sunday, Dec. 9, 10

a.m. service. Everyone is welcome. Come at 9:30 for refreshments. The church is at 5927 Miller St., Arvada.

Concordia Lutheran Church, 13371 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood. Call 303985-2458 for reservations.

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BLOOD DRIVE Red Rocks Community College Community Blood Drive is from 1011:40 a.m. and from 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the Student Life Great Hall at 13300 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visitwww.bonfils.org.

HOLIDAY CONCERT Rocky Mountain Ringers, Lakewood Symphony and Lakewood Stake Chorale present “Ring We All Noel,” a holiday celebration, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1600 Grant St., Denver. Call 720-652-4607 or visit http://www.rmringers.org/ to purchase tickets. Tickets also are available at the door on the evening of the performance. COMING SOON/DEC. 11 WOMEN’S LUNCHEON Denver West Women’s Connection will have a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at

COMING SOON/DEC. 12 RELAY FOR Life The American Cancer Society needs volunteers who are passionate about finding a cure for cancer in the Golden, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge communities. Relay For Life teams camp out at a local high school, park or fairground

and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Join us at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at Red Rocks Community College in the Red Fox Room.

COMING SOON/DEC. 13-14 HOLIDAY CONCERT Golden High School’s music department presents its holiday concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 13-14 in the high school’s auditorium, 701 24th St, Tickets are available at the door. Checks and cash are accepted. Contact Angela Becker at abecker@jeffco.k12.co.us. Coming Soon continues on Page 20

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For me, there is no other time of year more magical than the holiday season. Things that would normally send me into a “Grinch”-type tailspin, don’t seem to bother me as much during the holidays. I think a large part of it is the Christmas spirit, but I think more than that, the subtle Brian Willms, scents of gingerbread, vanilla and pine somehow remind President/CEO me to count my blessings, and remember how fortunate I am to have a family that loves me unconditionally; friends that encourage me; and a job that not only inspires me, but challenges and motivates me.

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The holiday season of giving has only just begun for some, but in meeting with many of the fabulous investors of The West Chamber, I can say with certainty that there are many individuals in our community that “give back” regularly throughout the year. Their hard work deserves to be recognized; Jefferson County would not be the fabulous county it is without their incredible dedication! This year Chamber staff and members of the 2013 Leadership Jefferson County Class had the pleasure working with Mag Strittmatter, Executive Director for The Action Center, and her team who led hundreds of volunteers in helping feed more than 2,600 Jefferson County residents during their annual Thanksgiving Distribution Drive. Mag, has worked tirelessly since 2006 serving more than 28,000 individuals each year who are in the need of food, shelter and basic human needs. Ernie Witucki, a retired resident of Jefferson County, gives via his civic duty and his service to the Lakewood-Foothills Rotary Club. In addition to serving as the Event Chair of Jefferson County’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2011, Ernie helped establish Lakewood’s State of the City event and has led the charge organizing the event over the last few years. Laura Locke, an attorney in Jefferson County, volunteers her time by working with a variety of at-risk kids and teenagers. She has a particular passion for assisting teenage victims of human trafficking and has recently spent time helping one such victim find a new home. There are so many wonderful, giving people in Jefferson County that fortunately

n for us this list of recognition could go on for pages! But let me not forget to 9 recognize the many wonderful volunteers who support the Chamber; from our

Board members, to the many different committee members and of course, our Ambassadors.

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So this year, as you gather around the dining table with friends and family to give thanks, please join me in thanking those individuals that work tirelessly to support our great county day after day, year after year.

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RECURRING EVENTS RECURRING/THROUGH FALL INTEREST NIGHTS Jeffco public schools will host information meetings for prospective students and their families. Meetings are scheduled to help families learn about school programs, meet staff and tour facilities. Check the district website for schedule: http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/ enrollment/interest_nights.html.

RECURRING DONATE BOOKS The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends would like your donated books, CDs and DVDs. Larger donations accepted at the foundation office and the Lakewood Library. Call 303-403-5075 to schedule at time for a drop off at the office at 10790 W. 50th Ave., Suite 200, Wheat Ridge. To donate items at the Lakewood Library, go to the door on the east side next to the parking garage doors. All locations

303-764-5995 or go online at www.aarp.org/drive.

for boys and girls ages infant to 12 years.

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parties 4-5 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2, Jan. 13, Feb. 17, March 24, May 5 and June 9 at Foothills Ice Arena , 2250 S. Kipling St. in Lakewood. Registration required at www.LaceEmUpSkating. com.

FESTIVAL OF Plays The Edge Theater Company presents “On the Edge: A Festival of New Plays,” running Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 6 p.m., through Dec. 2 at The Edge Theatre, 9797 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Tickets may be purchased online at www.theedgetheatre.com or by calling the box office at 303-232-0363.

HULA DANCE Hula dancers tell stories with their hips and hands as they sway to smooth Hawaiian music. Join this adult class that meets from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 12 at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd. Call 303-425-9583. Register in advance.

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DRIVER SAFETY AARP is offering a free drivers safety classroom course through Nov. 30 to veterans. The class is open to all veterans regardless of age who serve or have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard/Reserves or Coast Guard. Their spouses, widows/widowers and children may also take the free class. The AARP driver safety course is the nation’s first and largest course for drivers ages 50 and older. Classes are available all over Colorado. To register, call

TOY DRIVE LifeSource is launching a toy drive to benefit The Action Center Santa Shop. Drop off new toys in original packaging from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 6 to LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd. The Action Center helped more than 28,000 residents of Jefferson County in 2011 and their Santa Shop brightened the holidays for over 4,000 children. Visit www.theactioncenterco.org or www.LifeSourceHP.com or call 303-934-3600. Toys should be

TOY COLLECTION New Dawn Chiropractic & Acupuncture is an official collection site for this year’s U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. New Dawn will accept new and unwrapped toys through Dec. 14. Donors will receive a 25 percent discount. New Dawn is at 7597 W. 66th Ave., Suite 201, Arvada. Call 303-420-7707 or visit www.newdawndc.com.

accept book donations, but have limitations on the number they can receive at one time.

RECURRING/MONTHLY SKATING PARTY Lace’EmUpSkating plans free skating

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Other drivers should know better Other drivers should know better. First of all, they should learn to use a turn signal. Then they need to be taught to stop tailgating, hang up the phone, slow down, speed up or just get out of the way. Grrrrrr. Other drivers should learn that they’re not the most important person on the road. Or maybe they are, as you’ll see in the new book “Driving the Saudis” by Jayne Amelia Larson, published by Free Press. Hollywood did not love Jayne Amelia Larson as much as she loved it. That was the blunt truth. For more than 10 years, through many movie-making endeavors with a few small successes, LarLarson son finally had to adPhoto by Amy J. mit that the time had come for her to find a job to pay the bills. Chauffeuring, she heard, was fun and interesting, so she applied for a position at “an exclusive high-end limo company” that catered to film stars, rock bands, and elite studio execs. It was interesting … and then came the Saudis. The screening process to become a royal driver was odd and the timeline changed often. Several times, Larson thought the job had slipped through her fingers. Eventually, though, she was hired — the only woman in the line-up of drivers for Princess Zaahira (supposedly a favorite wife), her family, and staff, as needed. It sounded like a glamorous job,

but Larson quickly learned the opposite. While male chauffeurs were allowed to wear casual clothing, she was instructed to wear long sleeves and long pants, despite L.A.’s summertime heat. She was on call 24/7 for seven weeks and had to keep her limo fully gassed at all times. She was to follow instructions to the letter, even if broke the law. Yet, despite the annoyances, Larson found a silver lining in a flock of Muslim servant girls whom she ferried to errands and eventually befriended. Irritated at the Princess’ multi-million-dollar designer-clothing budget, Larson reveled in the servants’ love of the Dollar Store. But despite the appreciation she got from seeing her life through servants eyes, there was big disappointment awaiting Larson at the end of the road … What would it be like to snag a once-in-a-lifetime job, the kind of which would give you stories to tell for the rest of your life? Read “Driving the Saudis” and be careful what you wish for. In a manner that reminded me of under-one’s-breath muttering, author Jayne Amelia Larson does a good amount of grousing. She’s obviously amazed and a little appalled at the be-

“Driving the Saudis” by Jayne Amelia Larson c.2012, Free Press $25.00 / $28.99 Canada 209 pages havior she observes, and she tries to share that sense of outrage. But this is not just a memoir about a great job with a bad spin. Look closer and you’ll see that Larson has also sprinkled in tiny joys: friendship, small gratitudes, new delights, duty and love. Yes, there’s opinionated here, but this book also contains a good story. That’s why I couldn’t put it down, and that’s why I think you’ll enjoy it, too. If you’re tired of the same old reading fare, “Driving the Saudis” is something you’ll like better.

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RECURRING/THROUGH DEC. 16 PLAYHOUSE SHOW The Festival Playhouse presents “The Man Who Wanted to Be Santa,” through Dec. 16 at 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Call 303-422-4090 or visit www.festivalplayhouse.com for information. RECURRING/THROUGH DEC. 22 ARTS/CRAFTS LAKEWOOD Arts Council’s holiday arts and crafts show continues through Saturday, Dec. 22. The council’s show benefits local artists because the entire purchase price goes to the artist; the council does not retain any commission. Shopping hours are 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 303-980-0625 or visit www.lakewoodartscouncil.org for locations and information.

RECURRING/THROUGH DEC. 23 HOLIDAY SHOW The 2012 annual juried holiday show and sale, in conjunction with the artisan showcase, features more than 75 Colorado artists through Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. The show’s meet the artists reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the lobby. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and during all performances. Call 303-987-7877 or visit www.Lakewood.org/CulturalCenter.

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THEATER SHOW “Miracle on 34th Street,” with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, will show Nov. 27-Dec. 23 in the Main Stage Theater at the Arvada Center. The Arvada Center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all its patrons. Visit www. arvadacenter.org or call 720-898-7200. THEATER SHOW Miners Alley Playhouse presents “Greetings” playing through Dec. 23. The show is about a son who brings home his Jewish atheist fiancee to meet his Catholic parents on Christmas Eve. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20. Call 303-935-3044 or go online at minersalley.com for tickets and information. The playhouse is at 1224 Washington Ave., Golden.


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OUT OF BOUNDS BY THE NUMBERS

CLASS 5A BOYS

1. Denver East 2. Grandview 3. Cherokee Trail 4. Highlands Ranch 5. Regis Jesuit

CLASS 5A GIRLS

1. Regis Jesuit 2. Highlands Ranch 3. ThunderRidge 4. Horizon 5. Grandview

CLASS 4A BOYS 1. Lewis-Palmer 2. Broomfield 3. D’Evelyn 4. Valor Christian 5. Sand Creek

CLASS 4A GIRLS 1. Broomfield 2. Pueblo West 3. Sand Creek 4. Valor Christian 5. Windsor

GAME OF THE WEEK FOOTBALL

Class 5A State Championship No. 3 Cherokee Trail (12-1) vs. No. 4 Valor Christian (11-2), 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Sports Authority Field at Mile High The Eagles, winners of 11 straight games, stand just 60 minutes away from their firstever 5A state title, and fourth-straight overall. They’ve won all four of their playoffs games by 30-plus points, three by more than 40. THEY SAID IT “We are hoping to have a good season and just really improve in all areas. We have a lot of heart and we have some really good girls on the team. We should be pretty good this season.”

Wheat Ridge senior Natalie Ross-Smith is back and will help lead the Farmers into the new season. Photo by File photo

Girls basketball previews 2011-12 By Daniel Williams

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CLASS 4A Alameda Pirates

Coach: Shar James * Game plan: It has been a tough couple seasons for Alameda girls’ hoops. They have won only eight total games in the last two seasons, but that just means the team has nowhere to go but up. Alameda finished second to last in 4A Jeffco last season (3-20, 0-10). However, after looking like they may go winless last season, they surprising won their three final games of the season, all in the 4A Jeffco League Tournament. The Pirates beat Arvada, Summit and Englewood to wrap up their season and hope to carry that momentum into this season. They have two of their three leading scorers returning in Lina Deng and Rebecca Roybal, and a good supporting cast of underclassman. This group is looking to change the culture of Alameda girls’ basketball. * Extra point: It wouldn’t be a giant surprise is Alameda wins double, if not triple, the amount of victories this season then they had last season. Double digit wins is not out of the question for this team and it will be their goal.

D’Evelyn Jaguars

Coach: Chris Olson * Game plan: League champion and regional champion are nice titles to have, but not as nice as state champion. D’Evelyn girls’ basketball team fell one win shy of winning that state championship last season, falling to Air Academy in the title game. D’Evelyn went undefeated in 4A Jeffco (234, 10-0) and caught fire the second half of the season reeling off 17 straight wins. But they didn’t get that final win and this sea-

son they would like to take care of that unfinished business. The Jaguars have two of their three leading scorers returning, which includes Laura Tyree who also led the team in assists last season (four per game). * Extra point: It will be hard to again match all that D’Evelyn accomplished last season but they definitely have the tools to make another deep run the state tournament. Head coach Chris Olson has been one of the best in 4A for a decade and will need to be at his best in order to maintain his team’s elite status.

Golden Demons

Coach: Mike Mendoza * Game plan: Just as the boy’s did last season Golden’s gals made a run to the Great 8 of last year’s 4A state tournament before falling to No. 1 seed Pueblo West. The Demons aim to improve on their fourth place finish (18-9, 5-5) in 4A Jeffco last season, but they will have to do it without graduated Kylie Santos. But collectively Golden believes they can over that loss. Last season they used a deep rotation of talent to keep the team fresh and this season will be no different. Their deep bench and stout defensive effort has helped take a team that just three years ago was 6-17 and into one of 4A Jeffco’s best. * Extra point: Junior Haley Blodgett will have the opportunity to turn her nearly seven rebounds per game (team leader) into double-digit rebounds per game this season. Blodgett also recorded 29 steals last season. Her inside presence and gritty play could dictate how physical of a team that Golden is this season.

Green Mountain Rams

Coach: Beth Thom * Game plan: After hanging around the .500 mark over the past couple seasons Green Mountain girls’ basketball is ready

to take that next step. The Rams finished seventh in 4A Jeffco (11-14, 4-6) last season but that doesn’t quite tell the entire story. Green Mountain lost seven games by single digit points last season and they were competitive in almost every game they played. And head coach Beth Thom now hopes her team is better for it. Led by senior Grace Mueller the Rams have eight players who were all rotational players from last year returning and the goal this season is to finish among 4A Jeffco’s leaders and qualify for the state tournament. * Extra point: The Rams were one of four teams stuck in the middle of their of their league standings, looking up at the top of teams. If they want to join the party at the top this season they need to find a way to win close games. 15 wins is the goal for Green Mountain.

Wheat Ridge Farmers

Coach: Meg Schwiesow * Game plan: Wheat Ridge girls’ basketball could go in one of two different directions this season. After finished right in the middle of 4A Jeffco’s 11 team league last season (13-11, 6-4), they have expectations to take a step forward and finish near the top of their league. But it won’t be easy. The Farmers lost five seniors to graduation, along with 30 of the 53 points per game they averaged last season. But players like senior’s Natalie Ross-Smith and Tiffany Ramos have been waiting in the wings for their opportunity to step up and lead the Lady Farmers. In addition, keep your eye on junior Erika Land, who by the end of the season could establish herself as the team’s go-to player. * Extra point: The Farmers are bringing back a good group but quite a bit of talent to graduation. That means a couple players, perhaps from junior varsity, are going to have to come out of nowhere and make positive contributions to the team.

Wheat Ridge junior Kylie Herr on the Farmers upcoming season

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November 29, 2012

Boys basketball previews 2011-12 By Daniel Williams

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CLASS 4A Alameda Pirates

Coach: Rex Terry * Game plan: Alameda boys’ basketball has gone from four wins three years ago, to nine wins two years ago, to double-digit wins last season. Does that mean they make a jump to 15 wins this season? We will have to wait and see, but all signs say that Alameda is going to continue to trend up upwards. The Pirates finished seventh in 4A Jeffco last season (10-13, 2-8) right in the middle of the pack. But to become pack leaders this season Alameda must take that next step and become more completive with the elite teams in their league. That means guys like senior Nyang Reat and junior Morwail Arou will have to take their individual games to the next level in order to help carry this team. * Extra point: Alameda had three different “Reat” family members on the team last year but lost one to graduation. The rest of the Reat’s will need to help chip in after the loss of Rajohn Dixon who led the team last year in scoring and rebounding.

D’Evelyn Jaguars

Coach: Troy Pachner * Game plan: After a run to the Great 8 last season D’Evelyn boys’ basketball has only one goal this season: win a state championship. After finishing atop 4A Jeffco last season (22-3, 10-0) longtime head coach Troy Pachner is returning his best unit since his 2004 title team. Senior Luke Stratman and his over 24 points per game return to lead one

of the deepest teams in 4A. Stratman, along with senior Connor Skelton, look to keep the Jaguars on top of 4A Jeffco. D’Evelyn lost a handful of role players from last year’s team, but they have a history of being able to reload and remain competitive. The question for the Jaguars this season is can they go from Great 8 to final four - or better?

Golden Demons

Coach: John Anderson * Game plan: Last season Golden boys’ basketball grinded through a tough regular season schedule and were barely a .500 team before getting red-hot in the 4A Jeffco League Tournament. They then parlayed that into a run to the Great 8 in the state tournament. The Demons finished fourth in 4A Jeffco (17-10, 6-4). However, this season will present a new challenge for Golden. They graduated three of their four leading scorers from last season but coming back is senior Austin Rickard. Rickard averaged 13.4 points and seven rebounds per game last season, and those numbers are expected to greatly increase now that he will be `the man.’ Head coach John Anderson will lean on Rickard and senior Tyler Olson to lead an inexperienced roster to another strong season. * Extra point: Golden graduated six seniors - all key role players - from last year’s team. That means this year’s team does one of two things: Struggle or overcome losses with underclassmen and try to turn the run they made in the state tournament into another great season.

Green Mountain Rams

Coach: Derek Van Tassel * Game plan: Green Mountain came out of nowhere last season not only

qualifying for the state tournament but winning their first round game against Glenwood Springs. They finished fifth in 4A Jeffco (15-9, 7-3) and were a force against everyone they played the entire season. But now, after their successful campaign, they will no longer be able to sneak up on their opponents. In addition, they lost six senior to graduation, including leading scorer Ryan Stephan and his 21.8 points per game. Steven Lorenzen will be the guy who is looked upon to maintain Green Mountain’s new level of raised expectations. Lorenzen averaged nearly 10 points per game last season but will need to increase that number this season.

Wheat Ridge Farmers

Coach: Tommy Dowd * Game plan: Wheat boys’ basketball team is tired of single digit win totals and wants to get back to the days when Farmers’ basketball was a force. They finished near the bottom of 4A Jeffco last season (7-16, 4-6) losing multiple close games due to lack of late game execution. The Farmers lost four seniors to graduation but bring back a core that should make them hard to beat. Senior Noah Brookman is tabbed as the team’s new leader but he will have help in the form of senior’s Mikey Miller and Danny Allen. The trio of seniors will lead Wheat Ridge but how far they are able to lead them is get to be determined. * Extra point: Longtime head coach Tommy Dowd has the task of coaching up a team that has the opportunity to take a big step forward this season. They lost five games by single digits last season and if they can steal a couple of those types of games this season they should get to double digit wins.

Herr has her sights Brookman makes set on bigger picture his point for Farmers

d By Daniel Williams n dwilliams@ourcolora . donews.com e Professional athletes will . play for lucrative contracts. r High school athletes play e for something even more o important: a lucrative edur cation. That is the goal for Wheat r Ridge junior basketball

player Kylie Herr. Herr plans f on continuing her basketf ball career after high school e in college. And while that t may be a couple years away y still she knows that if she r truly has designs on being a collegiate athlete, the hard work starts now. “I actually just got done doing an extra workout. I - want to try and play in col- lege so I know that I have to t work extremely hard if that’s e what I really want,” Herr - said. r The strictly-business. Herr plans playing in college , somewhere but she still has e two years of varsity baskete ball in front of her. And it y certainly helps to play on a r good high school team. “We are hoping to have a e e good season and just really e improve in all areas,” Herr s said. “We have a lot of heart and we have some really g t g e

good girls on the team. We should be pretty good this season.” The Farmers finished 1311 last season (6-4 in 4A Jeffco) and are looking to take a big step forward this season. And while Wheat Ridge coach Meg Schwiesow knows her squad might not be the most physically talented group in the league, that doesn’t mean they can’t be the hardest working team. “We haven’t really put expectation on ourselves in terms of number of wins but we know we can be a good team. We have been working so hard and have a lot of good girls and Kylie is an example of that,” Schwiesow said. The swingman says her game is a little like a Carmelo Anthony - but a defensive committed version of Melo. “I like to shoot, I like scoring,” Herr said. “But I also play defense. We have to all be committed defensively.” It looks like Herr doesn’t have commitment issues. When asked about her hobbies she listed as follows: “Basketball, homework and more basketball.”

By Daniel Williams

d w i l l i a m s @ o u rc o l o ra donews.com A basketball team’s point guard is usually the heart and soul of the team. The point dictates everything offensively that happens on the floor. You can have a ball-hogging point guard who is selfish and doesn’t make his teammates around him better. And then you could have Wheat Ridge’s Noah Brookman. Called a “mini-Steve Nash,” Brookman is a rare breed of a pass first point guard who get off on not scoring a lot of points but more on setting up that scoring opportunity with a pretty pass. “I like to pass before I shoot,” Brookman said. “I personally like to make the good pass that leads to the great bucket. Instead of making the game winning shot I would like to set that game winner up for my teammates.” Certainly one of the most unselfish athletes you would ever meet Brookman is the ultimate teammate and a true old-school point guard. “A good pass is better than a good basket. It’s just

how I have always been brought up to play. My dad used to be my coach and that is what he always taught me,” Brookman said. That also makes Brookman a coach’s dream player. “We are looking for him to lead us this season. He has matured a lot, he has played a lot of varsity and we are looking to pay it all off this season,” Wheat Ridge coach Tommy Dowd said. Last season the Farmers finished 7-16 (4-6 in 4A Jeffco). With seven senior on this year’s team, including Brookman going from shooting guard to point guard full time, Wheat Ridge’s record could be greatly improved. “We have a really good team. I have played with these kids in YMCA, through Gold Crown, really for years we have all been playing together,” Brookman said. “We just really know each other well as a team and have a lot of chemistry.” But as the teams point guard Brookman also knows a lot of his team’s success or struggles will fall on his shoulders. “It is my time to take over, it’s my time to step up,” Brookman said.

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