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Adams County and Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 68, Issue 5

Adams 12 seeks tech funding Funding would go toward mobile devices for teachers, students By Ashley Reimers

Tim Gates is seen through his sculpture “Perplexity” during Sculpture on 73rd Avenue Nov. 10, in the Historic Westminster Arts District. Photos by Andy Carpenean

Sprucing up streetscape New sculptures on display in city By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews. com Seven new sculptures were unveiled in historic Westminster recently as part of the Sculpture on 73rd Avenue program. From a bronze sculpture of a young girl, to a sculpture made out of pieces of old farm equipment, residents in Westminster are sure to find inspiration in the work displayed in their community. The Sculpture on 73rd Avenue program is sponsored by the South Westminster Arts Group with continued support from the city of Westminster. The art-on-loan program displays the sculptures for one year near the Rodeo Market Community Arts Center in the heart of Westminster. Debbie Teter, chairperson for SWAG, said the sculptures are also available for purchase by local developers. “If a developer buys one of the sculptures, 20 percent of the purchase goes back to the Rodeo Market Community Arts Center,” she said. “Our hope is to really market this program more aggressively to the developers in the area.” The seven artists who have provided a sculpture for display include Damian Radice, Christopher Hecker, Richard Ferguson, Georgene McGonagle,

Debbie Teter talks about Damian Radice’s sculpture “Play Ball” during Sculpture on 73rd Avenue Nov. 10 at the Historic Westminster Arts District. Sue Quinlans, Tim Gates and Maureen Hearty. Each piece is unique with an interesting story. For Gates, his piece called “Perplexity,” was inspired by a meandering stream in circuitous tranquility. The stream has been a reoccurring theme in his work as a metaphor in life’s journey. “Most of my inspiration is subliminal and I didn’t realize that the colors that I chose reminded me of a butterfly,” he said. “At that point I started exploiting the colors a little bit, using iridescent colors to empathize that.”


Gates said he likes to push the boundaries when it comes to the materials he uses. “I tend to used materials you normally wouldn’t think of,” he said. “I’ve been a sculptor for 42 years and it has never been easy road, but one I’ve never deviated from.” Ferguson took a straight forward approach with his piece, “Mobious.” The artist created a large version of a Mobious, a two dimensional mathematical shape twisted into three dimensional space. He said he’s always been fascinated by the Mobious shape since he was a little boy and has made many over the years. “This is the biggest one I have ever made, and it took me three weeks just to get the two ends to match up,” he said. “It’s a really clean shape. It really fits in with my personal aesthetic that tends to be kind of stripped down and minimal rather than decorated.” The sculptures will be on display until Nov. 15 and people

can find them in the sculpture garden adjacent to the Rodeo Market Community Arts Center, 3915 W. 73rd Ave. For information, visit www. or call 303-501-0924.

Administrators at the Adams 12 Five Star School District are keeping their fingers crossed. The district recently applied for a Race to the Top grant, which if awarded, would enable it to implement a new personalized technology system in three schools. For the first time, districts, instead of just states, had the opportunity to apply for federal funding through the Race to the Top grant program. Adams 12 applied for a $9.92 million grant that would invest in a software system that would personalize education for every single student in the school. Amy Bruce, grant director for Adams 12, said the goal is to provide a mobile device, like a laptop or tablet, to every student and teacher that connects them through a platform into a learning management system to work in a blended learning environment. “This platform helps teachers oversee all of their students,” she said. “They are able to access each student’s profile and provide specific learning resources. The student, parent and teacher all have access to what the student it working on virtually. It allows the child learning journey to be very transparent.” The personalized technology program would be implemented into the STEM Launch School, STEM Magnet Lab School and Northglenn High School. Those schools focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Bruce said the primary decision to implement into the STEM schools is because the staff already has a reform mindset and are looking and thinking about instruction differently. In year three of the four-year grant, Bruce said the district will expand the program into two or three more schools that feed into Northglenn High School, adding an additional 1,400 students to the program. “Why we buy into our STEM model is because the model has the kids actively engaged,” Bruce said. “We have business and industry partners helping us to create authentic problem solving situations for our kids, which gives such meaning to their learning.” The district should know whether it was awarded the grant next month. Bruce is hopeful after the general support she received from the community. She said she received letters of support from Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Legacy Foundation.

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Geogene McGonagle’s sculpture titled “High Hopes II” during Sculpture on 73rd Avenue Saturday Nov. 10 in the Historic Westminster Arts District.

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November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, from the year 2022 So. It’s Thanksgiving. And this year I’m thankful for blah, blah, blah. Don’t get me wrong. I have a lot to be thankful for this year. But everybody does that column. This year, I’m going to hop into my little time machine, and do something that’s never been attempted before: Write my Thanksgiving column from 10 years in the future. That’s right — me and Marty McFly, coming at you from the year 2022. Give me just a minute here ... checking the flux ... confirming telemetry ... OK, so here we go. This year I am thankful that the border problems between Mexico and Texas have been resolved relatively peacefully. I have friends that tried to immigrate this year, and boy! is it dangerous once you get south of the Rio Grande! They keep telling me how much money there is to be made down there, though. I am very thankful that Gov. Elway decided against allowing a statue of himself to be placed outside the new Bronco Stadium. Sure, the first two Super Bowls were his, but these last four were as much Manning and Sanchez as anybody. Likewise, I’m thankful that the Rockies/

Shuckers had just as bad a first year in Lincoln as they did for the last 12 in Denver. You can take the team out of the altitude, but you can’t take the suck out of the team. I am so thankful for corn chips and the leading role their production is playing in Colorado’s economy last few years, as well as the brilliance of Boulder Foods in buying up the Twinkies brand and producing here. Talk about your economic firewall! I am thankful that the foresight voters showed in 2012 by passing a mill levy override for Jeffco schools is paying off with the Futures Award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Those ability-grouping and technology reforms we put in back in 2016 have

made more than one group sit up and take notice. I’m even thinking about coming out of retirement, just to see if the Max Headroom-like virtual teaching assistant knows anything about music. I am also thankful that the discovery of resonant crystalline radiation has made the massive fossil-fuel and nuclear power generators of the past obsolete. Can’t wait for the day when somebody miniaturizes the technology to run my car. I am thankful that the Sino-Aussie Conglomerate effectively blocked African Union efforts to close the Indian Ocean to commercial traffic. Where would we get our cars if they couldn’t take the short trip from India to the West? I am very thankful for the 15 states that blocked the repeal of the 22nd Amendment back in 2016. What a fiasco those other 42 states would have heaped on us! I am thankful that the U.N. Peacekeeping mission in Nova Scotia is coming to a close. My son is just a couple years away from conscription — whew! I’m thankful that the cyber-fence that got put around Washington, D.C., seems to

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be doing a decent job keeping some of the really stupid ideas quarantined. Frankly, I’m pretty thankful for the nice weather this week. I’m not sure I can handle these cold winters any more. I may have to move to Costa Rica for something a little more temperate. I’m also thankful that this year saw an actual bit of economic growth in Northern Europe. While Andalusia is still mired in a deep depression and the Central States seem intent on returning to the dark ages, at least the leadership in Rejkjavic acts as if it has some clue what is going on. And finally, I must express my thankfulness for my wife and children for sticking with me through yet one more year. What can I say, guys? I’ve got a good feeling about 2023! Maybe there’s even room in the house for a grandkid this year (but no pressure!) Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Board discusses STEM school size By Ashley Reimers Discussion on the new STEM school in Adams County School District 50 continues as the plan for the school begins to takes shape. Board members and future Science Technology Engineering and Math principal Anthony Matthews discussed school size and grade levels, among other things, during the Nov. 13 board study session. Matthews recommended a build-out of a total of 300 students, beginning with 200 in 2013-14 school year. The number will increase to 250 students in the 2014-15 school year, followed by the final increase to 300 in the 2015-16 school year. Matthews also recommended the school be a third through eighth grade school, beginning with only third through sixth grade during the first year, followed by a grade increase in the next two years. He said it’s important for students to be complete STEM students before reaching high school, therefore beginning with sixth grade as the top grade is appropriate. The board also discussed possible enrollment strategies. Matthews said he is looking at accepting 60 percent of students who are currently enrolled

‘There is definitely a demand for this kind of school, and we are excited that we can provide another option for our students and parents.’

Anthony Matthews, STEM principal in the district and leaving the other 40 percent open to students who live in the district but have chosen to go to school elsewhere. “We have lost some of our students to other districts and this is an effort to bring some of them back to the district,” he said. “There is definitely a demand for this kind of school, and we are excited that we can provide another option for our students and parents. We have already gotten inquiries from parents who want to learn more about the school.” The STEM school will be housed in the former Crown Pointe Academy Charter School, at 72nd Avenue and Irving Street in Westminster. Approval of the location was done at the Oct. 23 board meeting. The building underwent a major renova-

tion that added new classrooms and a first class gymnasium when it housed Crown Pointe. “Part of why this location is at the top is because of the larger classrooms, the ability to build labs and have higher ceilings to work with,” said school board member Larry Valente. “It’s also central in the district and does have air conditioning, which makes things a lot nicer. It’s actually in really good shape.” Matthews and other administrators are diligently working on the details of the new STEM school and will present more information during another study session on Dec. 4. The public is welcome to attend the study sessions. For more information, visit www.adams50. org.

Input needed for city improvement plans Westminster’s Community Development Department will hold a public meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday at The MAC, 3295 W. 72nd Ave., to obtain input on the city’s 2013 Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) funds, and the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS) Area Plan for South Westminster. The 2013 Action Plan describes projects proposed to be funded by 2013 CDBG and HOME. These funds are allocated each year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are available for projects that benefit the city’s low- and moderate-income residents, and to alleviate blight. The South Westminster NRS Area Plan describes the city’s proposed strategies, actions and benchmarks to reinvest in the area. For more information, visit or contact community development program planner Signy Mikita, at smikita@cityofwestminster. us or 303-658-2111.

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New reading program geared to help students Learning to read is different for everyone. Some students catch on quickly and are off reading book after book. But for some students, the task isn’t so easy. A new reading program was introduced this year at Adams County School District 50 and is geared to help elementary and middle readers improve their

‘The program improves their proficiency in reading and also helps with silent reading fluency.’ Linda Kister, Learning Services skills. The program is called Reading Plus, a web-based


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hension and vocabulary. The program will be piloted over three years in three schools, Flynn and Metz Elementary Schools and Ranum Middle School. After three years, the district will determine whether to not to continue the program and extend it into more schools. “This program is actually for children who already know how to read, but are struggling readers,” said Linda Kister in the Learning Services department. “It is a competency-based system that evaluates the students’ reading rates and pace. It helps move them along as needed and can diagnose how the student is doing on the spot.” As a former teacher, Kister always wondered what students were really doing during silent reading time. She said she knew some students were actually reading, but for others she was unsure. Now with Reading Plus, teachers are able keep track of how the students are progressing in their reading skills, she added. “Reading plus tracks a student’s eye movement and helps guide their eyes from left to right,” she said. “The program improves their proficiency in reading and also helps with silent reading fluency.” Instructional coach at Flynn Elementary School Carla Bigum is excited about Reading Plus and said she has already seen some improvements made

Flynn Elementary School fifth-graders Tharon Johnson and Mariana Galicia Real work on their reading skills using the new reading program Reading Plus, a reading intervention program that helps students in their reading fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. Photo by Ashley Reimers

by some of the students using the program. She’s never seen a reading program like this one, and hopes to see continued improvements from all of the students. “Reading is work and you have to teach your brain how to do it,” Bigum said. “And what is great about this program is we are getting feedback right away. Students are able to track their progress too and see how far they have come.” Bigum said the program allows a student to also practice from home using Reading Plus and when a student conquers a level

he or she receives a certificate. “The positive feedback is also a great help when a student is working on their reading skills,” she said. Currently the program is being used in third through fifth grade in elementary schools and at all levels in the middle school. The Morgridge Family Foundation provided a $60,000 matching grant for the program and the district provided the rest of the money needed to fund the program. For more information on Reading Plus, visit

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No more Twinkies? What the heck? What is this world coming to these days? Our Colorado government has turned totally blue with the Democrats to control both houses of the Legislature and the Governor’s Office in 2013. Gov. Hickenlooper will have a tougher job ahead wrestling with his own party over a variety of issues. Israel and Hamas are shooting rockets back and forth at each other (again). When will the ground war start is on everyone’s mind. The CU Buffs are likely to have a winless conference record in the PAC-10. Athletic Director Bonn — was the extra income joining the PAC-10 worth it switching from the Big 12 Conference? And the clincher — what, no more Twinkies? How can we be out of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, etc.? I guess all of those new cake pop and homemade doughnut machines did them in or was it the union’s rigidity or management’s lack of good planning and marketing? Or maybe all of the above. Anyway, life is tough.

Our freedoms

All kidding aside, life is tough for lots of folks this Thanksgiving. Many would probably say there isn’t much to be thankful for — Hurricane Sandy’s destruction, 23 million people unemployed, housing loan foreclosures still too high, people having to decide

serve those less fortunate adults, children and families. In our own local communities, we say thank you to the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, Growing Home, Have a Heart, Hope House, CASA, Brothers Redevelopment Inc., Adams County Housing Authority, A Precious Child, Community Reach, Habitat for Humanity, Jeffco Center for Mental Health, The Senior Hub, Access Housing, FISH and many others.

where to cut their household and personal costs to make ends meet, too many people going hungry or undernourished each and every day and the beat goes on. But, let’s remember we have our freedoms. Our freedom of speech to say what we think and believe. The freedom of assembly to take action and stand united in a cause. Our religious freedom which lets us worship whatever higher being we choose and to demonstrate our faith however we feel is right. Our freedom of mobility and being able to choose where we wish to live which is not a universal freedom.

A helping hand

And for those who are wanting or hurting or have been abused or neglected, let’s be thankful for our churches, service clubs and the many nonprofit organizations which

Colorado Gives Day

We have a unique opportunity to support nonprofit organizations that are so meaningful and helpful in making a difference in people’s lives. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, we have a special day — Colorado Gives Day. When you give to your favorite nonprofits on this day, the organizations receive a proportional share of the 1st Bank Incentive Fund that increases the value of every dollar donated. Here is how it works: Log on to www. Then select the organizations you wish to support one organization at a time. There is a comprehensive list of those organizations which are eligible to participate in this special opportunity. Click on “Donate Now,” input the amount you wish to contribute and follow the simple steps. It’s

that easy and your favorite organization will not be charged for providing this electronic option to give. I hope you will join with me in expressing our thanks to the organizations that help provide the glue in today’s society.

Postal Service on the ropes

Speaking of giving, it looks like the U.S. Postal Service should sign up for such opportunities as Colorado Gives Day. The Postal Service has reported a record loss of $15.9 billion as of Sept. 30, which is the end of its fiscal year. This all-time high deficit continues to remind us that it cannot be business as usual. With competition from Fed Ex, UPS and other private companies and the impact of the Internet, the Postal Service has been left in the dust. Congress needs to act and act swiftly in eliminating Saturday postal delivery. And then some outside management and operational experts need to conduct detail analyses to determine where efficiencies and cost reductions can be achieved. Otherwise, the USPS will join the ranks of the Twinkie! Bill Christopher is former city manager of Westminster and used to represent District J on the RTD board of directors.

Six ways to guarantee a stressful holiday season With the elections behind us (at least the voting and political ads are behind us), we can now turn our full attention to the holidays. The holidays? Yes, they are upon us, even though we’ve been seeing decorations and gift ideas since before Halloween (anyone else think that might be a tad early?). This holiday season promises to be especially intense because Nov. 1 was a Thursday, meaning that Thanksgiving — traditionally the fourth Thursday of the month — is earlier than usual, effective adding another week before Christmas. Depending on your point of view, this is either good news or not-sogood news. Relatives, visitors, cooking and shopping can make petty annoyances seem monumental at this time of year. We might think we’re doing a great job, but if we’re showing our stress, other people are noticing. To be clear, stress is internal and/or external pressure that imposes physical and emotional tension, and does not appear only when things are going wrong. Many of us just don’t recognize our stress, especially when our lives are going great. How could we be stressed? It’s not as hard as we might think. That’s why, after years of experience, I am offering these personally tested ways to guarantee a stressful holiday season:


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3) Be perfect.

1) Schedule yourself every minute.

There’s enough to do to keep us going from now till New Year’s, so we can’t slow down. If we take a break to enjoy some hot cocoa and holiday music, we might relax so much that we end up taking a breather every day. And, if we include our family and friends, we’ll spend way too much time enjoying the holidays instead of getting stuff done.

2) Ignore the impact of religious observances on the people around us.

Hey, it’s the holidays! Everyone should want to do what we want to do, right? So, we can schedule any workplace, volunteer, or personal events when they suit us and only us…who cares if it’s Christmas Eve or an important evening during the Festival

We are perfect the rest of the year, so why should the holidays be any different? Perfect presents, perfect gift wrapping, perfect meals — including perfect pie crust — and the perfect personal message in dozens of perfect holiday cards aren’t out of reach if we put our heads down and ignore any physical fatigue or emotional intensity. Oh, and we should expect perfection from everyone else … we’ll feel so fulfilled.

4) Shun regular commitments.

The holidays are way more important than the ordinary things we do every day to keeps our lives — and the lives of our families and coworkers — running smoothly. If we just can’t make regular car pools, attend meetings, put out garbage or unload dishwashers throughout the next month and a half, people will understand, right?

5) Ban holiday activities.

Seeing their own children in the school play may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our coworkers, but we must remain inflexible — there’s a job to be done. If we volunteer to pitch in and help a colleague, friend or relative, who knows what

will happen? They might even (gasp!) ask again next year.

6) Believe we’re in this alone.

We’re the only ones who have too much to do, and too little time to do it. No one else has the financial pressures, child-care issues, inflated expectations, or have-to-be-in-two-places-right-now conflicts that we have. No one can empathize so it’s not worth getting together to make connections and show our support. Would anyone else do that for us? If we stick to these guidelines, we can be sure to experience a full measure of stress, and show it to others, from today till way after the New Year, especially if we overextend our budgets, foist our commitments on other people — or refuse to cover for someone else — and demand flawlessness from ourselves and others. And, be sure not to smile, sing or laugh, people will think we actually believe the holidays are the hap-hap-happiest time of the year. Ho, ho, ho!

Andrea Doray is a full-time writer who used her annual tug-of-war with the holidays to bring you this column. Oh, and feel free to contact her at a.doray@andreadoray. com for her perfect pie crust recipe.

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Teacher helps with Sandy relief effort By Ashley Reimers It was just a few hours after landing in New York City that Matt Obernesser heard the news — the NYC Marathon he had trained for four months was canceled. The Cotton Creek Elementary physical education teacher was on his way to get settled at a friend’s home when his phone blew up. “I was beginning about a 15-block walk in the dark, in the cold, to the place I was staying, when I started getting text messages that the marathon was canceled,” he said. “When I got on the plane that Friday at 10:30 a.m. the marathon was still on. Then at 1:30 p.m. that day it was still on, but four hours later the mayor succumbed to the pressure and that was it.”

‘They are hurting a lot back there and it was nice to see the community come together and help people who really needed it.’ Matt Obernesser New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the announcement on Nov. 2, just two days before the marathon, to cancel it due to the devastating effects of superstorm Sandy. In a statement released to the public, New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wilson said the marathon wouldn’t be the one people know and love if there were people pained by the running of it.

Obernesser was just one of 40,000 people registered for the marathon. He said he understands why it was canceled, but disagrees with the timing. “The runners weren’t mad the race was canceled, just mad about the timing,” he said. “We wish it would have been earlier. I spent $600 to get here, but there were people coming from overseas who spent $2,000 to get here.”

Swanson takes concerns to state

Superintendent suggests changing test times By Ashley Reimers Adams County School District 50 staff and teachers helped transform the district from a turnaround status to priority improvement after three years of dedication. Now the district is focused on reaching the goal of performance status. Superintendent Pamela Swanson said the task is not easy, and the district is aware of the challenges. She recently spoke to the Colorado State Board of Education about issues that affect the success of students. “What I want to do with my time is provide some specifics about how new mandates and initiatives are making work in challenging districts like ours even more difficult,” she said. “I also want to offer some possible solutions.” Swanson suggested changing the ACCESS test times. The test — which is designed to measure English language learners’ social and academic proficiency in English — is scheduled for January and February. She suggested moving the test to April and May next year to follow the



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Transitional Colorado Assessment Program tests, rather than precede them. She said the test schedule now requires the English Language Teachers to get pulled from the instructional floor so they can administer the tests in a January and February timeframe, taking away more time from instruction. “The test comes right after winter break when many children have been in their homes where English is not spoken,” Swanson said. “Then they return to school, their language skills have declined. In addition, students, along with their English speaking peers, turn around and take TCAP tests in March, in English that also measure proficiency.” Swanson is also concerned about the rules of the READ Act, which focuses on kindergarten through third-grade literacy, assessment and individual plans for students reading below grade level. She said as the staff tackles a school readiness plan for preschool and kindergartner students, she’s concerned the focus on teaching and student learning will suffer because the district finds it difficult to focus on the new tasks. She said some of the principals said they felt innovation overload because they could only handle so much input at one time without losing focus.

“We would like to begin the conversation at the state level about having turnaround and priority improvement school districts exempt during the first implementation year of any new state initiative or legislation,” she said. “To be quite frank, let other districts, with more resources and accreditation ratings of improvement or beyond, iron the bugs out first.” Board member Jane Goff, who represents 7th Congressional District which includes District 50, responded to Swanson’s comments by agreeing with the fact that the road for districts with a high percentage of English language learners is little bit longer when it comes to achieving success and goals. She said she would like to sit down the Swanson in the future and discuss the perspective of District 50 and the entire context of English language learners. “Districts with a high percentage of English language learners are in a spot where it is often not appreciated or understood by the community at large on how long the process takes to achieve student learning goals,” Goff said. “The whole conversation around how we move schools forward, address the needs of all students and how we hold ourselves accountable is what we are striving for and that is what Colorado is about, trying to find the best way forward.”

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The Arvada Center’s graphic designer, Chuck McCoy, creates monotypes, which he likes due to their improvisational and abstract style. Courtesy photos

A sampling for the season Annual shows offer deals for uniquely crafted items By Clarke Reader

creader@ourcoloradonews. com The holidays are a great time for art and crafts fans to purchase once-a-year finds, and the Arvada Center is giving shoppers a lot to view. The 26th annual Fine Art Market show and sale and 5th annual Arvada Center Educational Studios (ACES) show and sale both kick-off on Dec. 6 and will be open to shoppers through Dec. 16. Both shows are at the center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., with the Fine Art Market in the main gallery and the ACES show in the upper gallery. The money raised from the Fine Art Market goes to the center’s galleries, and the money from the ACES show goes toward supporting the ACES program, so no matter which show people shop at, the money is helping out the center, according to Kristin Bueb, art market

coordinator. Each show has a unique focus, with the Fine Art Market featuring affordable works in every medium, from jewelry to sculpture and paintings, and all the works are done by Colorado artists. “The aim of this show is really to make art affordable for people, and so we have 93 artists in all mediums for sale,” said Bueb. “There are items from as low as $3.50 to in the several thousands.” The market is the only fundraiser the gallery has all year, and is primarily invitational, with a few new artists added every year. Chuck McCoy has been participating in the market off and on for the past 20 years, and also works as the center’s graphic designer. His specialty are monotype works, which he gained an interest in after getting his degree in graphic design. “My work is abstract and improvisational, which lends itself

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toward monotype works,” he said. “It’s also a style that allows me to be really prolific when I’m in the studio.” The ACES sales was created as an offshoot of its annual spring sale, and offers ceramic works from instructors and higher-level students from the center’s classes. About 50 participants have contributed work to this year’s sale, according to Bueb. She also added that the artists began preparing works months in advance for the show. “The items in this show are really affordable, and people will find items and some really great prices,” she said.

The public is invited to attend the kick-off event for both shows, which is from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, and will give shoppers a chance to meet many of the artists and participate in a silent auction for many items. For those interested in shopping during the week and weekend, the Fine Art Market and ACES shows are open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and the Fine Art Market is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and the ACES show is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who now plays for the Jets, has signed a deal to be the “spokesmodel” for TiVo, the TV recording device. According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, “the 25-year-old athlete will spread the gospel of TiVo via a social media and national advertising campaign, including a series of TV commercials,” the company said. “TiVo will also offer a `Tim Tebow Zone’ listing Tebow’s favorite shows, movies and recommendations for kids’ programming.” “I had no idea how great TiVo was until I started using it,” Tebow said in a statement last week. “I was blown away by the TiVo experience — it was so much more than I thought. With always being on the road, I love having the ability to find exactly what I am looking for and watch it anywhere, any time.” Tebow can add TiVo to his endorsement roster, which includes Jockey International, Nike and FRS Healthy Performance energy drinks. You can read the rest of the story at

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Bender’s Bar and Grill at 10710 Westminster Blvd. in Westminster has been taken over by former Denver Post sports columnist Jim Armstrong, along with restaurant-partner veterans Rich Salturelli, who owns City Pub at Yosemite and Hampden, Chris Fuselier, owner of The Blake Street Tavern, and CU Boulder sports information director Dave Plati. Armstrong, who never met a sports subject he didn’t like to debate, will be on site four to five days a week to chat Parker continues on Page 9

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Grant helps STEM school stay green By Ashley Reimers Students at STEM Magnet Lab School in Northglenn know how to go green. For the past three years the school has participated in Green Up Our Schools Program, which focuses on empowering elementary schools students to reduce waste and increase recycling. This year the school received a $1,000 grant from the program to continue their green work in the school. One of their projects includes composting through A1 Organics, a recycling company, which the students have been doing since last spring. The second grade students are also

busy sorting their lunch waste into three categories: compost, recycle and landfill. Second-grade teacher Jeannine Tennant said it’s a lot of work to run a green school, but all the effort is worth it. “This grant is really helping us out this year because it’s not cheap to recycle and go green,” she said. “It’s just so awesome to see the kids get interested in recycling and to actually bring what they have learned home. I’m really proud of them.” The school also hosts an annual sustainable fair and a musical production focused on conservation and recycling. Another project is upcycling notebooks that will be sold for a $1 and benefit women in Rwanda in their en-

trepreneurial efforts. Tennant is even taking her students out of the school for a first-hand look at recycling. “I am taking the second-graders to Alpine Waste so they can see how the recyclables are sorted,” she said. “We have already done so much, but I really want to do more like getting rid of paper towels in the bathrooms at the school and replacing the hand dryers with more efficient ones.” The Green Up Our Schools Program was initiated in Denver Public Schools, and has now spread to schools in Adams, Douglas and Summit Counties and schools in California. For more information on the program, visit www.greenupourschools. org.

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and argue with customers. But his new passion is this sports bar with 26 bigscreen TVs, including two on the patio. “I’m a card-carrying wing junkie, so I made it a point to have awesome wings,” Armstrong said. And he wasn’t wrong. On a recent taste test, Mr. On the Town and I were pleasantly pleased with the menu selections. We sampled wings of all sorts, brat burgers, sweet Italian sausage, honey bourbon brats, cheddar brats, beer brats, spicy chicken Italian sausage, extremely spicy Polish sausage and regular brats boiled in beer and spices, plus bottomless baked beans and homemade chips. If you’re watching your waistline, you can wash it all down with a Diet Pepsi. But the sports-bar enthusiasts will likely enjoy the selection of 16 beers on tap along with $1.99 for Coors, Coors Light and Miller Lite all day every day, plus a “boatload of microbrews on tap”. Overlooking the green rink at the Ice Centre you

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Aspen reached the top of the chart at $1,235 per square feet, according to a new study analyzing the home building costs (looking both at construction and overall project costs) for the top luxury winter vacation destinations in the U.S. The study was released recently by Chris Pollack, president of Pollack+Partners, a highnet-worth design/build cooperative The study said that Aspen came in first while Whistler, British Columbia, scored on the low end at $715 per square foot. The study identified seven winter vacation destinations and compared the cost to build a custom estate on a per-squarefoot basis. Telluride ranked third at $1,138 per square foot and Vail came in at No. 5 at $910 per square foot. “Our study offers

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Antiques & Collectibles 27" Mounted Walleye $10 Wendy (303)688-5876

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Douglas County Commemorative Winchester Rifle. #4 of 10, 24K gold plated, engraved, $2,000. Serious inquires call 719-783-2234.

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

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Autos for Sale


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S & H Heating and Cooling is a family-owned company doing business in the Denver area for 65 years with the same phone number the entire time! We specialize in quality installation, clean and efficient work and fair pricing. We don’t have a salesman so we don’t need to charge any commission. There are available rebates of up to $1120 on a full system. Now is the time to call Von or Chase Honnecke for a friendly, accurate and current bid.

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Lawn/Garden Services $$$ Reasonable Rates On: *Lawn Maint: Leaf Cleanup, Tree & Bush Trimming/Removal. Firewood for sale Del. avail. *Hauling: trash, old fencing, debris. *Gutter cleaning. *Storm Damage Cleanup. Refs. Servicing the Denver West and North areas Mark: 303.432.3503

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RVK Window & House Cleaning Residential/Commercial detailed cleaning. 8 years experience Radek 720-202-8325



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Mark's Home Painting 720-556-3765

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Columbine Lawn & Sprinkler Sprinkler Blowouts $40

Interior Painting 28 years of experience Custom Homes - Celebrity Homes - past 20 years Benjamin Moore Paint - 5 Year Guarantee Touch up after the Holiday parties References


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Aeration $40 Fertilization $30 Gutter Cleanouts $35 and up Licensed Plumber and Custom Contracting Hardwood Floors, Fencing, Remodels, Snow Removal

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Rocky Mountain Contractors

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Tree Service

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Shingles, Flat Roofs, Roof Leak Repairs. 35 years of experience. Free estimates. Butch Metzler (303)422-8826

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Yard clean ups, snow removal, fall aeration, fertilization, handyman jobs and pooper scooper Interior/Exterior Holiday light decorations.

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A Tree Stump Removal Company

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PLAYHOUSE SHOW The Festival Playhouse presents “The Man Who Wanted to Be Santa,” from Nov. 23 to 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 for information.

HOLIDAY SHOW The Broomfield Art Guild’s holiday show, “Inside/Outside,” runs through Dec. 27 at the Broomfield Auditorium Lobby, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield. All artwork will be for sale and can be viewed from 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, 2-5 p.m. Fridays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. A reception is planned from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Holiday gift items such as cards and jewelry will also be for sale and the artwork will be judged, with prizes being presented at the reception, which is open to the public. For information, see

SATURDAY/NOV. 24 MOVIE SHOWING The epic movie “Gandhi” will be shown

Saturday, Nov. 24, at Arvada Mennonite Church Spirit of Joy Church of the Brethren, 5927 Miller St., Arvada. The movie will start at 4:30 p.m., and a break for Indian food will be at 6 p.m. The second half of the movie starts at 7 p.m. Movie is food, but a donation is being requested to cover the cost of the food. RSVP at 303-421-8466. Come for all or part of the evening.

SHOPPING EVENT Historic Olde Town Arvada presents

Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. Several Olde Town shops will have special offers, and gift/trunk shows will be scattered throughout Olde Town shops. Visit for a list of participating stores.

MONDAY/NOV. 26 BLOOD DRIVE Church Ranch Office Park Community Blood Drive is from 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, inside Bonfils’ bus at 7237 Church Ranch Blvd., Westminster. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit TUESDAY/NOV. 27 LIFETREE CAFÉ The mystery of prayer will be explored at

the next Lifetree Café at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5675 Field St., Arvada. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or pwegner@

BOOK CLUB The Northglenn Senior Book Club will review “Wilderness,” by Lance Weller, as a wounded Civil War veteran recons with thieves, racism and the torments of his past as he treks over the snowy Olympic Mountains of Washington 30 years after the war. Reserve a copy at 303-450-8801. The club will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. For ages 55 and older. TUESDAY/NOV. 27 TO DEC. 23 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 or call 720-898-7200.

THURSDAY/NOV. 29 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. HEALTH SCREENINGS Residents in and around Westminster can be screened for risk of stroke and osteoporosis on Nov. 29 at Highland Baptist Church, 9185 Utica St., Westminster. Screenings take 60-90 minutes. For information, or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit Registration is required. Your Week continues on Page 18

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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.

Fellowship plans its Christmas tea featuring its From the Heart gift boutique. Menu includes homemade scones, tea sandwiches and specialty sweets. The tea is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 13550 Lowell Blvd., Broomfield. Girls ages 10 and older welcome. RSVP at 303-469-0410 or visit

COMING SOON COMING SOON/NOV. 30 HOLIDAY TEA Celebrate the holidays in style with afternoon tea, which is part of the Festive Friday Series. The tea begins at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Cost is $5, and musical entertainment is included. RSVP at 303-450-8801 by Nov. 28. For ages 55 and older. COMING SOON/NOV. 30 TO DEC. 2 HOLIDAY CHEER Join the Creative Revolution Theatre Company for a lighthearted evening that will get you in the holiday spirit. Tickets are now on sale for “An Evening of Holiday Cheer, Three Short Festive Plays and Caroling.” The show will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at the Thornton Arts & Culture Center, 9209 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton. Email or call 720-301-4439 to reserve tickets. Shows are at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec.

CHRISTMAS TEA Shepherd of Love

CPR CLASS Learn the skills and gain the confidence to step forward in an emergency with a CPR class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Certification issued at the end of the class and fulfills all state, OSHA and social services requirements. For ages 16 and older. Call 303-450-8800 or go to for information on costs or to register. PRAYER SERVICE Community In Christ Church will host “An Evening of Prayer” for the children of the north Jeffco communities at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The church is at 12229 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. 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. LOOKING AHEAD/DEC. 1-2

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Enjoy a classic Christmas celebration while helping promote a love of books in children at the Olde Fashioned Christmas and Rudolph’s Reading Raffle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Stonehocker Farmhouse, 10950 Fox Run Parkway. Rudolph and Santa will be there and visitors can have photos taken with them. Holiday gifts, baked good, food, decorations and stocking stuffers will be for sale. Nancy Storm will play Christmas music on an antique piano and the Northland Chorale and the Sunshine Girls musical youth group will make special appearances. Kids will receive a book as part of the reading raffle, which is sponsored by Northglenn Build a Generation. Call Mayor Joyce Downing, 720-232-4402 or email

by Grace Jividen Truesdale. Grace Jividen was a member of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Judo Team and placed seventh at the 1992 summer games in Barcelona.


homework center is open 3-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays at the Westminster Public Library, 7392 Irving St., Westminster. Call 303-658-2306 or visit

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON Come join Christmas carols and enjoy a Christmas trivia contest on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Denver North Suburban Christian Women’s Connection Christmas luncheon. Wear your special Christmas sweater - there will be prizes for categories like prettiest sweater and funniest sweater. Martha Fellure will speak on “Joy to the World … But What About Me?” A ham luncheon catered by Black-Eyed Pea will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Chateaux at Fox Meadows, 13600 Xavier Lane. Invite a friend or relative to come with you and be entertained and inspired. The cost of the luncheon and program is $15. For reservations call Andrea at 303-4855888 or email dennorthsuburban@ Please include the name(s) of your guest(s) and the names and ages of children that you will need to have cared for in our complimentary nursery. WRITING WORKSHOP Join author and speaker Preethi Burkholder for a workshop on “How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Book/Memoir” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Long Peak Ave. High schoolers, college students, working adults and seniors are welcome. The fee is $12. Call the senior center directly at 303-651-4811. Contact Preethi Burkholder at pb2013@ COMING SOON/DEC. 5, DEC. 19 WEDNESDAYS AT 2 Covenant Village in Westminster presents a series of monthly events featuring expert speakers on a variety of educational and entertaining topics. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Call 303-403-2205 for reservations and directions. Lectures begin at 2; come early for refreshments and fellowship. For information, call 303-424-4828. Upcoming topics: DEC. 5: “The Olympics,” presented

to smooth Hawaiian music. Join this adult class that meets from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from through Dec. 12 at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd. Call 303-4259583. Register in advance.

DEC. 19: “Paris: Biography of a City,” presented by Active Minds. We will trace the city’s history from its Celtic origins through modern times.

RECURRING/THROUGH DEC. 14 TOY COLLECTION New Dawn Chiropractic & Accupuncture 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

JAN. 16: “South Africa: Journey from Apartheid,” presented by Active Minds. Join Active Minds as we explore the history of South Africa, its struggle with Apartheid, and its journey to rejoin the international community since Apartheid’s end in 1994.


11887 Tejon St., Westminster. A reception is from 6-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 for that display.


FAMILY CONCERTS The Music Train and Swallow Hill Music presents the family concert series, at 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month through May at Swallow Hill Music Association, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver; and at 4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month through May at the D-Note, 7519 Grandview Ave., Arvada. For information and tickets, visit





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72nd Ave. in Westminster, will host its fourth annual mini show from Nov. 10 to Dec. 15. An opening reception is from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 10. Call 303-487-1981.

NOEL NORTHGLENN Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves for Noel Northglenn from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Santa will turn on the city’s holiday lights, and an indoor fair will take place in the gym, with refreshments and activities for children and free pictures with Santa. Back Beat, an Adams County youth band, will perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Denver Municipal Band and the Northland Chorale. The Northglenn Senior Organization will have its annual baked sale starting at 1 p.m. Canned goods, new toys and gently used clothing will be collected for those who need them. Call Jeanette Sanchez at 303-450-8935 or email



SHOPPING SPREE Iddle Bits of This & That Art Gallery, 3969 W. 73rd Ave. in the Westminster Historic Art District, plans its upcoming shopping spree for kids. All gifts are less than $10, and most are in the $3-$5 range. Starting Dec. 1, and going on every Saturday in December, from 9-11 a.m., the staff at Iddle Bits will help kids shop and wrap their gifts. They also will receive a gift for themselves, plus get cookies, drinks and Christmas stories and music. Parents can drop kids off. Reservations are appreciated. Call 720-266-5047 or visit

DRIVER SAFETY. AARP is offering a free drivers safety classroom course from Nov. 1-30 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 303-764-5995 or go online at www.


Company presents “On the Edge: A Festival of New Plays,” opening Nov. 9 and 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 and festival passes may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 303-232-0363.

NEWCOMERS CLUB The Northwest Area Newcomers and Social Club, serving the women of North Jeffco and Northwest Denver Metro, welcome women who want to meet new friends and have new activities. We will meet on the second Tuesday in November and December. For information and reservations, call Peggy Francis 303-215-9627 or Karen Dowling 303-422-7369.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Kick off the holiday season with Tidings of Joy, a Christmas concert and gift auction, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield. The Colorado Repertory Singers will share a variety of Christmas songs and carols, and guest artists will perform seasonal Celtic folk. Enjoy free refreshments and find holiday gifts at the silent auction. For information or to buy tickets, visit




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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. The workshop is from 8 a.m. to noon at Saturday, Dec. 8, at Home Instead Senior Care, 6191 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge. RSVP at 303-463-1900.



Holiday Boutique is open through Jan. 5 at the Aar River Gallery, 3707 W. 73rd Ave., Westminster. Call 303-426-4114 or visit

ing 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. Visit or or call 303-934-3600. Toys should be for boys and girls ages infant to 12 years.

RECURRING/THROUGH JAN. 7 ART DISPLAY “Fresh Expressions,” works by Betty Grace Gibson, Mary Bass, Dianna Wilson, Becky Enabnit Silver and Ben Silver, will be on display through Nov. 30 at College Hill Library, 3705 W. 112th Ave., Westminster. The works also will be on display from Nov. 17 to Jan. 7 at The Ranch Country Club,

RECURRING/WEDNESDAYS, THROUGH DEC. 12 HULA DANCE Hula dancers tell stories with their hips and hands as they sway

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MetroNorth Worship Directory

Arvada United Methodist Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church




9:15 am Sunday School - all ages 10:30 am Sunday Worship Youth Group - Sundays


Our purpose is to Welcome All, Praise God, and to Care for the World.

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Northglenn United Methodist Church

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Sunday Worship 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am Sunday School & Adult Classes 9:20 am - 10:40 am

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We invite you to join us for worship on Sundays. An inspirational traditional service is offered at 9 AM on Sunday. We are located at 1605 W. 106th Ave., Northglenn. The Pumpkins are coming! We are hosting a community Pumpkin Patch sale Oct. 17-31st at 1605 W. 106th Ave. For more information about church and all other services offered, feel free to contact us at 303-452-5120. See you there!

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BY THE NUMBERS Number of opponents the Valor Christian defense has held to seven points or fewer during the Eagles dozen games this season.


Wins for the ThunderRidge football team in 57 games since joining the Class 5A ranks. The Grizzlies face Valor Christian in the first 5A semifinal Friday night at Shea Stadium.



of points Ralston Valley and Pomona combined to score the first time they faced each other on Oct. 12.

Ralston Valley celebrates after a turnover against Pomona Friday night at the NAAC.



of points those two t e a m s combined to score in regulation of last week’s much more defensiveminded quarterfinal, which Ralston Valley won 22-20 in overtime.


Left, Pomona’s Chris Marquez is upended by Ralston Valley’s Justin Buys, resulting in an injury for Buys during a quarterfinal matchup between two Arvada schools. Ralston Valley won in overtime 22-20. Right, Pomona’s senior wide receiver Dominic Martinez makes an aerobatic catch on the last play from scrimmage to end the first half against Ralston Valley. Photos by Andy Carpenean

Ralson Valley edges Pomona in overtime By Jonathan Maness ARVADA - Barely three months ago the Ralston Valley Mustangs strapped on their helmets and went to work, eager to build off of last season’s playoff run - which ended in the quarterfinals. And on Friday, the hard work paid off as a hoard of Mustang defenders halted Pomona’s Konner Burns on a two-point conversion attempt in overtime to seal a 22-20 quarterfinals victory at NAAC and advance to a semifinals matchup with Cherokee Trail on Saturday. “We knew we had to stop them,” senior Jakob Buys said. “Our defense, especially right there, stepped up. We knew coming into this game it was not going to be easy.” Ralston Valley put the pressure on in the overtime period with Andrew Wingate’s touchdown run and Carlos Gonzalez’s 2-point conversion. Pomona responded with a 9-yard score by Chris Marquez, but Burns was swarmed by the Mustangs on the two-point try leading to Ralston Valley’s celebration. “This is awesome, just to be right here right now,” Buys said. “I love every single one of these guys. To celebrate with a family you love, family you spend six months with throughout the year, it’s just emotional.” It was a battle of two heavyweight foot-

ball teams, and two squads that know each other well. Earlier this season, Ralston Valley topped Pomona 30-22 and since then neither team had lost a game going into Friday’s battle in front of a packed stadium. But that streak had to end for one of the two juggernauts. Pomona came into the game scoring more than 40 points over the previous three weeks, while Ralston Valley had shutout its first two opponents (Castle View and Fort Collins) of the state playoffs. “Pomona is a good squad,” Ralston Valley coach Matt Loyd said. “We knew they were going to play us tough.” Unlike the first meeting, it was apparent that it was going to be a defensive battle with each team’s defense controlling the field. Pomona scored on its opening possession, but could only score seven more points despite getting into the Mustangs’ territory five times. Buys tackled Marquez for a six-yard loss to halt a first-half drive and the Panthers twice turned the ball over in the second half. “We played hard, we played relatively smart,” Pomona coach Jay Madden said “We just had a couple of mistakes that haunted us.” It was apparent that the Panthers were out for revenge from the opening whistle, forcing the Mustangs to go three-and-out and then turning to their run game to wear down Ralston Valley’s defense.

Marquez touched the ball seven times on the opening drive, including finding paydirt from two yards out. Jacob Knipp evened the game up for Ralston Valley when he scored on a QB sneak to cap a 10-play, 70-yard drive by the Mustangs in the second quarter. Alec Feland broke loose for a 38-yard gain to open the second half, which took the Panthers to Ralston Valley’s 25. However, Marquez fumbled on the next possession. The Mustangs took advantage of the opportunity and Wingard’s 34-yard run took the ball to Pomona’s 10 and three plays later Knipp scored his second TD of the game to give Ralston Valley its first lead. The Panthers responded on the next possession. Marquez picked up three first downs on the drive, including a key third down to set up an 11-yard touchdown pass from Feland to Hunter Hogoboom. Ralston Valley had a chance to win the game late in the fourth, but Collin Root’s 47yard field goal sailed wide left. There was a scare in the fourth quarter, when Justin Buys, Jakob’s brother, was injured while during a play. The game was delayed nearly 20 minutes while Justin Buys was attended to by paramedics and EMTs and was taken off the field on a stretcher. Lloyd said the senior defensive back suffered a stinger and was taken to the hospital just to be safe.


Ralston Valley (11-1) vs. Cherokee Trail (11-1), Saturday, 1 p.m. Legacy Stadium The Mustangs travel east to take on Cherokee Trail in a 5A semifinal for the right to battle for the championship on Dec. 1. THEY SAID IT “We have to work harder than we have all season if we want our season to continue.” Ralston Valley coach Matt Loyd

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The Rosencrans twins, Dave and Mike, were Legacy’s No. 1 doubles team this season, are the MetroNorth Newspapers Tennis Players of the Year after only losing two matches all season. File photo

Making their mark All-region athletes leave impression at state level Staff report After another successful fall season it is time to recognize some of the athletes that made their mark throughout the 2012 fall sports.

Legacy sophomore Eric Chen is the MetroNorth Newspapers Boys Golfer of the Year after placing second in the Class 5A state tournament this season. File photo


BOYS GOLF Eric Chen, So., Legacy Legacy’s Eric Chen is quickly making a name for himself in his young high school golfing career. After placing 32nd during last season’s state tournament, Chen made a run in the state tournament as a sophomore. Chen fired a 1-under-par 70 on the second day of the tournament and finished with a two-day score of 146, which was good enough to place second and was stroke behind Douglas County’s Kyle Dunkler - who won the state title. His success this last year is only a stepping stone for the young golfer, Chen wants to raise the stakes for next season. He has set his sights on winning a state title so he can join former Legacy star golfer Steve Zeigler, who won backto-back state titles in 2005 and 2006. “That’s my goal, to be just like him,” Chen said. “I want at least one (state title).”

Dave and Mike Rosencrans, Jr., Legacy Legacy’s No. 1 doubles team of Dave and Mike Rosencrans, who are identical twins, cruised through their first year at Legacy. They only lost two matches all season long, both to Fairview’s duo of Tommy Mason and Kevin Chan, who went on to win the state title and knocked Legacy’s duo out. The Rosencrans went on to take third after topping Columbine in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2 in the third-place match. “We are happy we made it this far,” Dave Rosencrans said at the state tournament. “It was our goal.” There still is uncertainty if the two will be doubles partners next season, or if they will be moved to singles. However, if the twins had it their way they would stay together. “We are a doubles team. There is no point splitting twins up,” Mike Rosencrans said. “We just want to play well together.”


Taylor Molliconi, junior, Mountain Range Mountain Range’s Taylor Molliconi made the most of her first year with the Mustangs’ gymnastics team. Molliconi, who previously performed with the club team Gymnastics Unlimited, had the best showing of any area athlete at the Class 5A state gymnastics meet. Molliconi placed fourth all-around and was second on the vault and bars. “I just think it was a good one for me and I had a lot of fun,” said Molliconi at the state meet. “On floor, I did a double back pike and I haven’t done that for quite a while, making it all the more exciting. I just wanted to let loose, go out and do the best I could. It was exciting, something to remember for a long time.”


Boys Erich Hixson, Jr., Holy Family Erich Hixson continues to raise the bar for the Tigers’ cross country team. As sophomore Hixson finished 45th at state with a time of 18 minutes, 17.51 seconds, and this year as junior he took 10th (17:46.4) and cut his time nearly 30 seconds. Hixson had one of his best runs of the year at the Class

Erich Hixson of Holy Family is the Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. File photo

3A Metro League Championships, when he took first with a time of 16:36. He also ran a personal-best 15:51.40 this weekend at the Nike Cross Regional meet, which was held in Mesa, Ariz. Girls Emma Gee, Soph., Legacy Gee raced through an impressive sophomore campaign at Legacy and then closed it off by finishing it by placing second at the 5A state cross country meet with a time of 18 minutes, 59.9 seconds. It was nearly 40 seconds faster than the showing from her freshman season, when she was 21st. “There was some tough competition,” Gee said. “This gives me confidence that I can compete with some of these girls next year.” Gee didn’t stop there, just last weekend she finished eighth at the Nike Cross Southwest Regional in Mesa, Ariz with a personal-best time of 17:37.80.



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Gee finishes eighth at Nike Regional Thornton boys finish 17th as a team By Jonathan Maness

Legacy standout Bekka Prokaski signed to play college softball with Chadron State. File photo

Seven area athletes sign to play in college Rader will play at Wyoming next season By Jonathan Maness

Horizon’s Kaylie Rader signed to play basketball for the University of Wyoming. File photo

THORNTON - After dominating the courts at Horizon High School over the past few years, Kaylie Rader will try to keep the success going as a Wyoming Cowgirl. Rader was one of seven area athletes that signed on Nov. 14 to play at the collegiate level. “I’m excited to be a Cowgirl,” Rader said. “It’s unexplainable how excited I am. I want to be on that court so bad, but I have unfinished business here and I want to help my teammates out.” The 6-foot-4 Rader was arguably one of the most dominant post players in the state last year. She led Horizon with 15.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3 blocks last season, but

knows there is work ahead of her at the college level - especially at a Division I school. “I’m not looking to start right away, I’m looking to work my way up,” Rader said. “I love the atmosphere there, it is so much fun. The coaching staff there is amazing.” Legacy also had five student-athletes that signed, including four softball players. Angelique Archuleta, Bekka Prokaski, Hanna Caress, and Kara Walling all signed letters of intent. Archuleta signed with Kansas Weslyan, Prokaski with Chadron State, Caress with Colorado Christian and Walling with Colorado School of Mines. Those four players were integral parts of Legacy’s softball team over the past few

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years, helping the Lightning win three state titles in the process. It was the largest signing class that Legacy’s softball team has had. Legacy’s Caitlin Smith also signed to play basketball with the School of Mines. Smith helped the Lightning win the state title last year and is Legacy’s top returning scorer (8.9 points) and rebounder (7.2). Standley Lake’s Teal Schnurr officially signed to play volleyball at Marquette. Schnurr led the state with 477 kills and had a team-best 37 aces and 52 blocks. “Teal moves well off one foot, hits high and hard, and can put up a formidable block at the net,” Marquette’s coach Bond Shymansky said in a press release. “We expect her to make an early impact in our program.”

MESA, Ariz. - Three weeks after finishing second at the Class 5A state cross country meet, Legacy sophomore Emma Gee was back on the course last Saturday. Gee finished eighth at the Nike Cross Regional - Southwest meet, which was held at the Toka Sticks Golf Course in Arizona. Gee finished the race with a personalbest of 17 minutes, 37.80 seconds, which was nearly 37 seconds behind Niwot’s Elise Cranny, who won the race in 16:59.88. The Trojans finished 17th as a team with 483 total points, they were also third best among 5A teams from Colorado. Josh Garcia was top among Thornton’s runners after finishing 69th with a time of 16:03.41, followed by Sean Paiz (76th, 16:06.38), Joshua Joseph (86th, 16:08.921) and Mario Vielma (99th, 16:16.144). Josh Stamos from Horizon ran with Colorado Rage and finished 78th in 16:36.287. COLLEGE BASEBALL COACHES YOUTH CLINIC: The Sports Family is holding a high school and youth baseball clinic on Dec. 1 and 2 at Englewood Fieldhouse. Coaches from some of the top college baseball programs, including Cal State Fullerton, Oregon, Tennessee, Missouri, Santa Clara, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Indiana State, Gonzaga, New Mexico, Cal State San Marco, Metro State, University of Northern Colorado, Regis, Colorado Mesa, Colorado Christian, Adams State, Northwestern Community College, Trinidad Junior College, Otero Junior College and William Penn University will be helping with the clinic. The clinic will be run by college coaches, with the morning sessions dedicated to youth, ages 9-13, and the afternoon sessions is for high school players between the ages of 14 and 18. More details about the clinic can be found at

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Celebrate the Holidays Thankful for food, horses and each other By Sandi Austin (As told by the first-graders of Mrs. Haviland’s class at Westminster’s Arapahoe Ridge Elementary School) The story of the first Thanksgiving began playing out 3,000 years ago when a group of 20 or 30 people – known as Pilgrims – wanted to leave their home country of Canada to find a better place. The leader of Canada, King George, made them unhappy. The Pilgrims set sail from Canada on a large ship called the Mayflower and spend one year traveling on the ocean. It was winter when they saw their new country on the horizon. It was a strange place to them, and it was very cold, so the Pilgrims decided to stay on the Mayflower until spring. When they moved the ship to the shore, the first person they encountered was King George Washington, America’s very first king. Then the Pilgrims met the Native American Indi-

ans who had been living there for a long time. The Indians and Pilgrims must have looked very strange to each other. The Pilgrim men wore black pants. Some wore small gold hats, but most opted for the traditional tall black hats adorned with a buckle. The women wore black dresses with white tank tops. The children wore miniature versions of the grownups’ attire. The Indians were dressed completely differently with their leather clothing that made them look strong. The men wore tiaras decorated with feathers. Even though they were very different from each other, the Indians and Pilgrims soon became friends. Since the Pilgrims were new to the land and didn’t really know how to take care of themselves, the Indians showed them how to hunt, fish and plant crops. They were such good teachers that the Pilgrims had grown a plentiful crop and had excelled at hunt-

ing and fishing. To celebrate their good fortune, they wanted to have a dinner of thanksgiving. Twenty or 30 people – and Jesus – got together to prepare for the festivities. The men gathered firewood, got the tables ready and built a fire while the women prepared the meal. All the children helped as well. The turkey was placed on the fire to cook for 75 to 100 minutes. With the turkey, everyone ate potatoes, corn, other vegetables and ravioli. There was even a nice pumpkin pie for dessert. When the meal was finished and the cleanup was done, the adults took a rest to settle their tummies while the children played games like bows and arrows, SpongeBob and Sharks and Minnows. That first Thanksgiving 3,000 years ago was a great day for everyone to thank God for their food, their horses and each other. And it is still a great day to give thanks.

Did you know? Online shopping has expanded considerably in the last several years. Although Black Friday and its online counterpart, Cyber Monday, may seem like the best times to gain the lowest prices on merchandise, it actually could pay to wait a little longer. Merchants may offer deep discounts on premium items that haven’t moved during

the last days of the holiday shopping season, typically between December 21 and 24. This includes big-ticket products, such as fine jewelry, furniture and televisions. It is possible to take advantage of deep price cuts the closer you get to Christmas Day. Keep in mind that you may have to pay a premium for getting those gifts delivered

on time, which could offset the savings. Therefore, it might be a wise idea to present gift recipients with a photo of what they will be getting for the holidays and deliver the item a day o r two later.

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First-graders in Mrs. Haviland’s class told the story of the first Thanksgiving. They are students at Arapahoe Ridge Elementary School in Westminster.

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This year, encourage your child’s creativity with easy kids’ crafts they’ll give as gifts. Do-it-yourself handmade gifts are a growing trend, thanks to the popularity of sites like Etsy and Pinterest. “Unlike a store-bought present, a handmade present is a personalized treasure made by you!” said Meg Survil, general manager of the brand MakIt, which preserves children’s artwork on objects like plates and bowls. Here are a few suggestions for thoughtful gifts kids can give this holiday:

ate an interactive stroll down memory lane with pictures, cards and other mementos. Include shared interests and pictures of both the child and gift recipient together to truly personalize the present.

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Themed Gift Baskets You and your child can have fun putting together gift baskets. Choose a theme to reflect the personality of the recipient. If the basket is for a teacher, an educational theme would be great. If your child and grandparent love to play catch together, a sports-themed basket would be ideal. Use your imagination when it comes to the theme. With handmade gifts like these, your child is sure to have the perfect present for everyone.

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Celebrate the Holidays Holiday craft fair how-to Craft fairs and flea markets are a staple of the holiday season. Not only are they ideal places to find one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone on your holiday shopping list, but they also are great opportunities for small business owners to broaden their client base while making a relatively small investment. Each year schools, churches, senior clubs, and other organizations open their doors to holiday fairs in an effort to raise money for their respective organizations. In some towns, fairs have expanded into temporary shopping markets where shoppers can go from booth to booth to find the perfect gift. Being a part of one of these events can be as simple as paying the entrance fee and setting up a table. Individuals who have never sold wares at events such as these could find that they do quite well with such a captive audience. You do not have to be a professional sales person or event organizer to get involved.

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Know the rules and regulations Each fair asks different things of its vendors. Some events will have booths or tables provided for you, but many will require you to bring all the essentials and simply allot you a space. Fairs that are held outdoors could necessitate the use of a pop-up tent, particularly if inclement weather is on the horizon. Electricity may be provided with some events, or you may be allowed to bring a generator. The event organizer also may have specific rules about table sizes, configuration, use of tablecloths to hide storage boxes or materials, decorating options and more. Carefully read over the guidelines for the event before you send in your registration fee. This way you know what you’re getting involved with and won’t risk losing your deposit for cancellation.

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Research opportunities Community resource pages or Web sites are often good sources of information about events the city or town will host. Church bulletins and notices sent home from school may also list such announcements. Make a list of the events that are being held and see where they are located, what the cost is for being a part of the event and how much of a crowd the event figures to draw. These deciding factors will help you to gear your efforts toward the fairs that stand to be the most beneficial to you. It is adviseable to begin your search early so that you will have ample time to prepare for the fair, in-

Although shoppers will be there to select among products, and those products should be able to sell themselves, the atmosphere surrounding your booth should be designed to attract customers. Sometimes a little window dressing makes a person more inclined to make a purchase. Keep this in mind as you design your booth. If you are selling crocheted blankets for babies, set up a rocking chair or bassinet with a doll and display the blanket as it would be used. Those selling body lotions or other toiletries may want to create a spa atmosphere at their boot, complete with some aromatherapy candles and a cushioned seat in which shoppers can sit

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down and try some free samples. In addition, decorate with a holiday theme that fits the season.

~Oren Arnold

Be mindful of budget Your goal is to make money when attending this event. So spend minimally and invest in display items that can be used again or customized for other uses. You do not want to break the bank decorating your booth or table, only to find that your sales are minimal. When setting up the display, be conservative with how much stock you set out. You want your display to look like you have enough offerings, but you don’t want to be left with too many extras at the end of the day. Offer options to shop online or for custom-ordered items so that you do not have to have 200 Christmas tree ornaments made for that day. This allows you to spread out your costs.

Offer a freebie Who can pass up a free item? A bowl with candy or samples of your product may be all that’s needed to draw customers into your booth. Another idea is to have potential customers fill out an entry form that will be drawn for a prize. Not only are you encouraging people to come to the table, but you also are collecting valuable marketing information that can be used at a later date to follow-up with customers and help you make future sales.

Participate with a pal Many fairs stretch on for hours, so it is adviseable to do it with a friend or family member so you will have someone to talk to and also to man the booth while you step away for a bathroom or snack break. The hours will pass by much more quickly when



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EVENTS LOOKING AHEAD Looking Ahead continued from Page 18

ensembles on piano, flute, strings and voice.

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

LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 10 PERFORMANCE CONCERT A collaborative performance concert of the Music Teachers Association Suburban Northwest is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St., Arvada. All levels of music students performing in ensembles on piano, flute, strings and voice.



CHAMBER CHOIR St. Martin’s Chamber Choir performs “Lo, How a Rose!” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield. Visit or call 303-298-1970 for information and tickets.

SPELLING BEE Compete with other spelling whizzes in the 60+ Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Arvada Press/Mile High News, Brookdale Senior Living’s Arvada Sterling House and Arvada Meridian, and Prime Time for Seniors Newspaper. Prizes and refreshments included. This is a free event, but both contestants and spectators must register by March 2. Contestants must be 60 and over. Sign up soon; space is limited. The spelling bee is from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada.

LOOKING AHEAD/DEC. 13 AUDITION NOTICE Auditions for Creative Revolution Theatre Company’s upcoming murder mystery dinner theater production of “The Matchmaker’s Date with Murder” are from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at North Valley Tech Center, Suite C1, Thornton. Email to set up an appointment. Roles are for adults and teens ages 16 and older. Rehearsals will be the week of Jan. 7, and the show is Feb. 8-9 at the Thornton Arts & Culture Center, 9209 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton. LOOKING AHEAD/DEC. 20 HOLIDAY PARTY Friends Night Out for adults with developmental disabilities is from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Miramonte Lodge, 1200 Miramonte St., Broomfield. Cost is $20. The party includes snacks only; please eat dinner before attending. Call Molly Coufal, evening/social program director, at 303-404-0123 or email

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WINNERS RECITAL Music Teachers Association Suburban Northwest will have its ensemble competition winners recital at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the School of Music at CU Boulder, 914 Broadway, Boulder. For intermediate to advanced music students performing in

ONGOING/LIBRARY PRESCHOOLERS GATHERING Primetime for Preschoolers meets 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Anythink Huron St., 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Admission is free. For more information, call 303-452-7534 or go online to librarianship. MUSIC TIME Music and Movement meets 1:30-2:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Anythink Huron St., 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Children ages 3 to 6 years can sing, dance, play games and learn how to play instruments. Registration is required. To register, visit the online calendar at librarianship. For more information, call 303-452-7534.


7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at Montclair Recreation Center Lowry, 729 Ulster Way. For more information, call 303-388-9948.

GRIEF RECOVERY A 12-week Grief Share program meets at 6:30 p.m. each Monday at Arvada Covenant Church, 5555 Ward Road.

HYLAND HILLS Women’s Golf League meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, May through September, at 9650 Sheridan Blvd. For more information, call Bernice Aspinwall at 303-426-7579. LA LECHE League of Broomfield meets 10 -11 a.m. the second Monday of the month at Brunner Farm House, 640 Main St. LIFERING SECULAR Recovery meets at 6 p.m. Mondays at Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S. Williams St. This is a nonprofit, abstinence-based peer-support group for recovering alcoholics and addicts. For more information, call 303-830-0358 or go online to METRO NORTH Chamber Leads Monday group meets at 8 a.m. Mondays at Perkins Restaurant, 12015 Melody Drive in Westminster. For more information, call Jason Doss at 303-657-7265. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at North Metro Church, 12505 Colorado Blvd. in Thornton. WEST METRO Real Estate Investing Education Group meets from 7-9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. We meet in Classroom 1. We cover all the information you will need to successfully fix and flip or buy rentals with positive cash flow. We analyze deals as examples, talk about where to get funding, the best ways to find a bargain and sometimes do property tours. Investors of all levels of experience are welcome but no agents please.



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DENVER NORTH Metro Rotary Club meets 7:10 -8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at The Egg & I, 855 Thornton Parkway in Thornton.

Northglenn Women’s Group meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. WINGS provides therapist-facilitated, peer-support groups in which survivors are believed, accepted and no longer alone. For more information, call 303-283-8660.

DENVER THYROID Cancer Support Group meets

LET GO and Let God AFG Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 12021 Northaven Circle in Thornton. For more information, visit www.

WESTMINSTER POLICE BRIEFS Theft: A juvenile was arrested Nov. 6 after trying to steal $170 in merchandise from Macy’s at 14535 Delaware St. The juvenile was issued a summons and later released. Child abuse: An officer responded Nov. 5 to Kohl’s at 11875 Sheridan Blvd. in reference to a theft in progress. When the officer

arrived, there were two other officers on the scene handling the theft when someone approached him to report a child neglect in progress. Two small children were asleep in a pickup and had reportedly been there for about an hour unsupervised. The officer went into the store to have the owner of the pickup paged. A 27-year-

old woman came out and was told that she had left her children alone for over an hour. The woman, who was remorseful and apologetic, was shocked at how much time had actually passed when she was only going to be a few minutes. When the officer cleared the woman, it was learned she had a warrant for a misdemeanor


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theft out of Arvada. The officer contacted the Jefferson County Social Services and advised them of the situation. She was issued a summons and released with her children from the scene. Theft: A 21-year-old Greeley man was arrested Nov. 4 after he tried to steal $99.94 in merchandise from Walmart at 9499 Sheridan Blvd. He was processed and transported to the Jefferson County jail to be held for bond on an outstanding Greeley warrant. Theft: A 47-year-old Denver man was arrested Nov. 2 after he tried to steal $156.64 in merchandise from Walmart at 7155 Sheridan Blvd. He was issued a summons and later released. Second-degree burglary: An officer responded Nov. 1 to 2870 116th Place in reference to a burglary investigation. A 44-year-old man said he returned home to find that his cabinet had been disturbed and two packages of blank checks and two flash drives were missing. Nothing else appeared to be disturbed. The man discovered his cat inside its carrier, deceased from an unknown cause. There is no suspect information. Items in the police reports are compiled from public information contained in police department records. Charges or citations listed don’t imply guilt or innocence, and all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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