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Estes Park News is dedicated to bringing you the Good News of the Estes Park community.

January 3, 2020

Bald Eagle Fishing Lake Estes Photos by Jim Ward Read about the Christmas Bird Count on page 9

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Moraine Avenue Public Restroom To Close For Remodeling The Town of Estes Park will close the Moraine Avenue public restroom, at 215 Moraine Ave., for an interior remodel project from approximately Jan. 6 through March, 2020. The project will include replacement of all plumbing, electrical, lighting and heating fixtures to improve the building's efficiency as well as the customer experience. Stalls will also be replaced and reconfigured to accommodate customers with disabilities. The Town appreciates the public's patience as it strives to complete the project before the busy summer season. For more information on this project, please contact the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-5773587 or visit

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Sign Up For The Estes Park Winter Festival Chili Cook-Offs The Town of Estes Park is pleased to announce the return of the Estes Park Winter Festival in 2020. The event takes place Jan. 18 and 19 at the Estes Park Event Center from 12 to 4 p.m. both days. This year’s festival features two chili cook-offs -- one for individuals and teams and the other for nonprofit organizations. Chili Appreciation Society International Cook-Off Saturday’s chili competition is sponsored by the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) and is open to anyone with a pot, a stove and a great chili recipe. The cook-off will feature two categories: CASI Red Chili, meeting the guidelines of the CASI organization and Open Chili, including green, vegetarian, or other not prepared in accordance to CASI guidelines. For more information or to apply, please visit Estes Park Nonprofit Cook-Off Sunday features the Town of Estes Park

Chili Cook-Off exclusively designed for local non-profit organizations. The Town has collaborated with the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center to offer 501(c)(3) organizations a chance to promote their nonprofit, win a donation of up to $1,000, and most importantly -have some fun! Organizations must enter at least five gallons of chili. The Festival will provide a $100 stipend to the organization for ingredients, plus up to four complimentary passes to the festival. This is a People’s Choice Chili Cook-Off and the winners will be determined by festival attendees. The most popular chili will win a $1,000 donation to its organization; second place will win a $500 donation. For more information or to apply, please visit For more information on the 2020 Winter Festival, please contact Special Events Coordinator Beth Headley at 970-586-6104 or

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Drop Off Christmas Trees Now Through Jan. 10 At The Fairgrounds The Town of Estes Park's free Christmas tree drop-off site will be open to local residents 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from now through Jan. 10. The drop-off is located at the east entrance of the Fairgrounds off Community Drive; follow the signs to the fenced drop-off location. Trees

must be stripped of ornaments, tinsel and other decorations. No wreaths, garland, artificial trees or tree stands will be accepted. Trees must be dropped during the specified hours in the identified area. Dropping trees after hours or in other locations at the Fairgrounds will be considered illegal dumping and may be subject to a fine. This service is free of charge to local residents.

Learn How To Test Your Home For Radon It is odorless, invisible and tasteless. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is dispersed in outdoor air and can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings. Radon comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. The risk of developing lung cancer comes from breathing radon gas that seeps undetected into your home from the soil through foundation cracks, dirt floors, loose fitting pipes, slab joints or block walls. Only individual testing can determine if your home may have a radon problem, since every house is different. Measuring radon levels in your home is simple

and inexpensive. A free radon awareness program is scheduled in Estes Park on January 21, 2020, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library, 335 Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park. Learn more about radon and receive a short-term radon test kit to test your home. Register online at Larimer, click on Classes and Workshops tab, then on Health & Wellbeing. For questions, contact Karen Crumbaker at Colorado State University Larimer County Extension at (970) 4986003

Next Mayor's Chat is Thursday, Jan. 9 Estes Park Mayor Todd Jirsa invites community members to join him for a Mayor's Chats, with varied dates, Mayor's Chat Thursday, Jan. 9 at 8 times and locations throughout Estes a.m. at the Art Center of Estes Park, Park. located at 517 Big Thompson Ave., #245. Mayor Jirsa holds monthly

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The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On December 22 at 3:28 p.m. a citizen reported an intoxicated male with a concealed weapon walking downtown. Upon investigation, police stopped the 62 year old male from Burns, Wyoming and confiscated his weapon and charged him with prohibited use of a weapon. He was issued a summons and later released. On December 28 at 12:01 a.m. police observed a vehicle weaving in and out of lanes at East Wonderview and N. St. Vrain Ave. Upon further investigation, the 29 year old male driver from Estes Park was found to be driving under the influence of

alcohol and he was charged with DUI, DUI per se and failure to drive in a designated lane. He was later released to a responsible adult. On December 29 at 6:05 p.m. police were called to a residence in the 400 block of Park View Lane on a report of a protection order violation. Upon arrival police arrested a 49 year old male from Estes Park and charged him with violation of a restraining order, violation of a bail bond and a domestic violence enhancer. The victim was 45 years old. The male was transported to the Larimer County Jail.

Estes Valley Conservatives Welcome Kevin Lundberg To Estes Park Estes Valley Conservatives presents Senator Kevin Lundberg January 11, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hondius Room in the library. Senator Lundberg represented Estes Park and much of Larimer County as a Colorado State Representative and State Senator from 2003-2018. Kevin is familiar with a wide range of issues concerning state

and federal government. He continues in those areas today in many different ways, including as the executive director for the Republican Study Committee of Colorado ( Kevin lives in Larimer County, just West of Berthoud, with his wife Sandy.

Estes Valley Quilt Guild 2020 Kick-Off Meeting! Join us Wednesday, January 8th for our first guild meeting of the year! Four guild members will present a round robin of demonstrations. They are Carolyn Mangler and Susan Sears on binding techniques, Debbi Benewich on wool appliqué prep and Debi Routh on “spinning seams.” All these demos will appeal to both new quilters and those with years of experience. We meet at The Good Samaritan Center here in Estes at 1901 Ptarmigan Trail. A guild member will be at the door to greet you starting about 6:15. We have social time from 6:30 to 6:45 when the business meeting begins. The program begins about 7:15. There is a $10 visitor fee, which we will apply toward your membership dues if (when) you decide to become a member. We hope you will join us!

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100 Years: A Celebration Of Women Slightly over 200 years ago, a rebellious group of pioneers took the astounding position that the citizenry was capable of governing itself as a representative democracy. In May and June of 1919 respectively, the U.S. House of Representative and U.S. Senate voted to take, perhaps, an even more extraordinary position, guaranteeing women equal voting rights with their male counterparts and thereby recognizing the value and capability of women. Fourteen months later, on August 26, 2020, after ratification, this action became the law of the land. It is hard to believe women have been voting for 100 years. During that time, we have made strides in other forms of equality. Educational opportunities have improved; career opportunities have greatly expanded; and, women across the country have taken leadership roles in governing this country across almost all levels of government. Women have made progress. Yet there is more progress to be made. 2020 offers all of us the opportunity to celebrate not only the passage of the 19th Amendment but also the achievements of women over that last 100 years. Celebrations are planned nation-wide, in every state and in local communities. A number of local organizations and community leaders, under the leadership of Jean McGuire, have formed a committee to coordinate the local celebration under the title, “100 Years: A Celebration of Women.” As a part of the festivities, we plan to collect stories about Estes Valley women in the form of paragraphs. Submission period: Now to May 15. Maximum length: 200 words, A story about any woman with a connection to Estes Park. These paragraphs will be collected by the Estes Valley Library. They will then appear in the local newspapers and 100

will be chosen to be published as a booklet for November release. Submit your paragraphs digitally (preferred) to or hard copy to the front desk. Several other events are also “in the works.” Information will soon be available in this newspaper, on Facebook, and throughout the Estes Valley. We plan to march a large contingency for the Rooftop Rodeo Parade, containing several different organizations wishing to be a part of the celebration of “The 19th Amendment and the Extraordinary Women of the Estes Valley.” There are plans for public art and the Town of Estes Park will provide some beds of yellow flowers, which were a part of the original campaign for suffrage. The overall plan also includes book club events, speakers, and possibly a film festival. Anyone with something to contribute is welcome to join us at the next committee meeting: 1:00 p.m. on January 13th at the Estes Park Museum or contact Jean McGuire at

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What You Need To Know About Measles spread the virus to others from four days before the rash appears to four Director of Infection Control With reported cases of measles in Col- days after the rash appears. The virus can live on infected surfaces and in the orado, Estes Park Health wants to keep air for up to two hours. you safe and informed. 3. How can I protect my Here are the top 5 child from measles? things EPH wants you Measles can be prevented to know about Measles: with the MMR (measles1. What is measles? mumps-rubella) vaccine. The Measles, also called Centers for Disease Control rubeola, is a highly con(CDC) recommends that all tagious respiratory inchildren receive two doses of fection that's caused by MMR vaccine beginning at a virus. Measles starts 12 to 15 months of age with a with a fever, runny booster dose between 4 and 6 nose, cough, red eyes, years of age. The vaccine sore throat and sensitivtakes about 10 days to two Erica Williams, RN, BSN ity to light, and is folweeks to provide protection. lowed by a rash that that typically starts If your family is traveling overseas, talk on the forehead and spreads all over the to your child’s doctor about getting the body. Measles can be serious, especially vaccine sooner. For questions about how for young children. to get your child the MMR vaccine, Even in previously healthy children please contact your child’s doctor or call measles can cause complications, includthe Estes Park Health Physician Clinic ing: 970-586-2200. • Hospitalization (1 in 5) 4. Is the measles vaccine safe? • Ear infections (1 in 10) Yes. Most people who get the measles • Pneumonia (up to 1 in 20) vaccine do not experience side effects, • Encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, although mild problems such as fever, which can lead to brain damage (1 in pain at the injection site or rash can oc1,000) cur. The risk of a serious allergic reaction from the MMR vaccine is very rare, • Death (1-3 in 1,000, even with good about one in 1 million healthcare) 5. What do I do if I have a fever, Additionally, measles can cause severe cough, runny nose, red eyes, or a rash? complications in pregnant women. Stay home! Call your health care 2. How is it spread? Measles is spread through the air when provider (Estes Park Health Physician Clinic at 970-586-2200) BEFORE coman infected person coughs or sneezes. It is one of the most contagious diseases on ing to the hospital or clinic. Pre-screening is extremely important so that other the planet. In fact, measles is so contamembers of the community are not put gious that if one person has it, 90% of at risk. If, or when, you decide to seek the people close to that person who are medical care, PLEASE put a mask on as not immune will also become infected. soon as you enter the building if you A person who is not immune to the virus can catch measles from an infected have a fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and or a rash. Read and follow all person even in large spaces like gymnasigns posted at healthcare facility ensiums, grocery stores and movie thetrances. aters. People who have measles can By: Erica Williams, RN, BSN

SPECIAL EVENTS Friday, Jan 3 @5:30 pm Friday Niters Dance Club welcomes 2020 with a special catered dinner dance! Members and Guests are welcome! For more information see the Friday Niters Facebook page. Sunday, Jan 26 @6pm - Join Sunrise Rotary for a special night of Bingo to benefit the EPHS Chilean exchange student Antonia “Anto” Troncoso

VETERANS SERVICES Tuesday & Thursday Jan 7 & 9 @9-11am Benefits assistance for Veterans and families. Thursday Jan 9 @noon-5pm Veteran readjustment counseling. Call 970-586-6118 for an appointment.

MEETINGS Tuesday, Jan 7 @6:30 am Sunrise Rotary breakfast meeting @2:30pm Foundation meeting. Wednesday, Jan 8 @1pm Operations Committee meeting

HAVE FUN! Sunday, Jan 5 & Jan 12@6pm Bingo! Fun and cash prizes for all ages!


Sons Steak Night! $18 Friday, Jan 17 @5:30-7pm

Fried Chicken Dinner $15

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3D Mammography Coming To Estes Park Health In 2020 Thank you to everyone that donated their hard-earned time and money to Estes Park Health Foundation’s campaign to bring 3D mammography to Estes Park Health. We did it! Total amount raised to date is $371,521.39. At the beginning of this campaign, I thought we could raise about 1/3 of the amount of the money needed to bring in 3D mammography, and I based this number on past fundraisers and donations as well as incorporating other fundraising projects already slated for 2019. As June Kevin L. Mullin rolled around and we were ahead of our donation estimates, I thought ‘why not give raising all of the money a shot?’ I didn’t know what to expect, and, here I am today overwhelmed by the work of our all-volunteer board and committee members, Paint Estes Pink volunteers and business supporters, Crowns for the Care Contestants, Honor a Cancer Warrior contributors, Colorado Gives Day donors, Elizabeth Guild volunteers and staff, everyday donors, hospital volunteers, staff, and vendors and foundation supporters who decided they needed to step up and give

to this community. Your contributions are so important to maintaining up-todate and quality health care services here in the Estes Valley. We anticipate 3D mammograms will be available in the second quarter of 2020. 1 in 8 women living in the U.S. today will be diagnosed with breast cancer. With the help of 3D mammography, more positive diagnoses are made and in earlier stages. Early stage breast cancer is much more treatable than advanced stages. In fact, 90% of women whose breast cancer is detected in earlier stages will survive. I am so grateful that women who need 3D mammograms will be able to have one right here in town rather than spend half a day in the Front Range to get one. To every donor and volunteer involved in this effort, I offer you my sincere gratitude on behalf of myself and the Estes Park Health Foundation. Kevin L. Mullin, MNM, CFRE, Executive Director at Estes Park Health Foundation

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Murder Mystery Dinner At Vino Giu And Seasoned Bistro Vino Giu has teamed up with Seasoned Bistro to host an exciting murder mystery dinner party on Jan 15, 2020. "Murder on the Boardwalk" will be the hit of the new decade. Pull your Fedora off the shelf and grab your gal for a night on the town- this will be an event you won't want to miss. The night will start off with drinks and appetizers, followed by an Italian style dinner at Seasoned Bistro, and dessert at Vino Giu for the big reveal. The theme is centered around the height of prohibition and the late twenties, the underground mob scene is prospering in major U.S. cities with rum running, loan sharking, protection rackets, illicit speakeasies, and gaming halls. To unite the underworld, crime bosses from Atlantic City, New York City, and Chicago have agreed to establish The Commission at the Atlantic City conference. This ruling body will oversee all mob organizations in the United States and serve as the supreme ruler of the un-

derground. Varied opinions have been formed on how The Commission should be managed, who will be the boss of all bosses, and if it should even be created. The disagreements have created hostility between rival mob factions, but the crime bosses have given their word to conduct themselves with integrity at the conference. Nuggy Jones from Atlantic City has agreed to host the meeting at his second residence and place of business, Vino Giu at Park Ln. Mobsters from the most prominent families are starting to arrive in Estes Park, and tension is building in the air. This is where the story begins... Purchase tickets by calling Vino Giu at 970-591-2528 or visit for more info. Guests are encouraged to dress the part and participate as characters. Reservations are required. Storyline and artwork by Relax, Enjoy, & Vino Giú!

House District 49 Candidate Yara Zokaie In Estes Park On January 12 Colorado House District 49 candidate Yara Zokaie will be in Estes Park on Sunday afternoon, January 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the library’s Hondius Room. This meet-and-greet for Yara is open to the public and hosted by the Estes Valley Democrats. Yara is the Democratic candidate for our Colorado House District 49. This legislative seat has been held by Perry Buck (Republican) who is Yara Zokaie term-limited in 2020. Yara is an attorney with a degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and a Masters in Taxation. Announcing her campaign in October, Yara voiced her message of inclusion, stating, “I am running to ensure that Colorado is the best place to raise a family and every person has equal opportu-

nity regardless of race, gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.” Some of her specific policy positions include paid family leave, universal Pre-K, better mental health services, support for workers’ rights, and support for local farming. Yara also recognizes issues especially concerning to millennials such as stagnant wages, taxation, and debt. Yara and her husband are raising their young family in Windsor. Please come to meet this exciting candidate in person on January 12 in Estes Park. For more information on Yara, check out her website at This is our first event in 2020, and we will announce important local, state and national dates for your elections calendar. For more information, email

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Estes Park Health Foundation Achieves GuideStar Gold Seal Of Transparency Estes Park Health Foundation achieved GuideStar’s Gold Seal of Transparency in 2019 by sharing indepth information about goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. Now donors, community members, foundations, and grantmaking organizations can gain a better understanding of the Foundation’s work by seeing a complete and transparent picture on GuideStar. GuideStar is the world’s largest source

of information on non-profit organizations, Recently, Foundation Center and GuideStar have joined forces to become a new nonprofit called Candid. Check out Estes Park Health Foundation’s profile at Profile/8122408. The Estes Park Health Foundation increases community awareness of Estes Park Health, and develops, manages and distributes funds to assist EPH in fulfilling its mission. To learn more about initiatives or to volunteer, contact them at or 970-5774370.

Estes Park Christmas Bird Count This Saturday, January 4th 2020

Male Red Crossbill

The annual Estes Park and RMNP Christmas Bird Count will be held this Saturday, January 4th, 2020. Any interested participant can meet at the Estes Park Visitors center at 8:00 a.m. January 4th. Interested individuals can begin counting at 12:01 a.m., on the morning of the 4th and continue counting until 12:00 p.m., that evening. Most of you won’t do that, but it is available to do so. You can also keep track of any unusual species seen during, the count week. The count week consists of three days before and three days after the count day. We are also looking for feeder counters. If you have bird feeders at your home, count those birds too, again trying not to count the same bird twice. All participants will meet at the Estes Park Visitor’s Center, on Highway 34, at 8:00 a.m. We will then split into small groups and move to designated locations and begin counting every individual bird that is seen, and/or hear, trying not to count the same bird twice. Some of the species that are seen on this count include Steller’s Jays, Black-billed Magpies, American

Robins, Mountain and Black-capped Chickadees, all three nuthatches, Redtailed Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, Mallards and Canada Geese, rosy-finches, American Dippers, and Bald Eagles. Come and join us for the fun, but remember to dress warm and bring lots of water. Feel free to contact me if interested or have questions. Scott Rashid Director of CARRI

Belted Kingfisher

Photos by Scott Rashid

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Estes Valley Model Railroaders January 8 Meeting

The Estes Valley Model Railroaders will have their monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 8 at 6:30 in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library. All are welcome to join us. The short business meeting will be followed by the evenings program. All interested folks are welcome to attend one of our meetings just to see what we are about. We have variety of inter-

ests in the membership from operating trains, to modeling buildings and scenery, to history and train travel. Our members like to share their expertise or budding expertise with others so if you are thinking about knowing more or need help with a project, come join us. For more information or to be put on our email list for future events, email

2020 Online Wildlife Class Schedule you would like to register for. And don't worry, we will send you reminders along the way! To register for classes go to: Happy New Year! Now let's kick off the Jan. 16: A Cub’s Life NEW new year with wildlife! Below is the 2020 Feb. 6: Rewilding: A Return of the NaWFY class schedule for online wildlife tives classes. If you would like to register for Feb. 20: Spirit Bears and other unique multiple classes, the following link can phases save you money. Simply select the number March 5: Success Stories: Otters and of classes you would like. We will then Eagles send an email asking you which classes March 19: Bears of the Smokies April 2: Predators on the Prowl April 16: Trees: Basic Identification May 7: Please Croak: Frogs May 21: Bear Encounters NEW June 4: Cougar Country NEW June 18: Grizzly Country July 23: Trail Safety: Wildlife Encounters August 6: Bear Speak August 20: Confusing Cats: Bobcat or Cougar? September 3: Brown verse Black September 24: Wonderful Wapiti: The Story of Elk October 8: Wildlife Connectivity October 29: Bear Round Table: Open Discussion November 29: Bear Tales See you in 2020!

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County-Town Joint Planning continue, albeit with some updates that Everyone I know agrees that Estes Park seem wise based on our recent experiis a very special place. This doesn’t just happen by accident. It takes a lot of effort ences of working together. The Larimer County Commissioners by many in the community to keep the recently held two joint hearings with the environment healthy, the economy vitown board and received albrant, and the community safe. most unanimous public A big part of what makes a support for renewing the community a good place to live agreement. In fact, it was is appropriate land use planremarked that individuals ning. When done well, it allows from across the political owners to make use of their spectrum who rarely agree property in ways that respect were on the same page in the rights of neighbors. It also supporting renewal. provides for efficient transUnfortunately, four of the portation, quality recreational seven members of the Estes opportunities, and harmonious Park Town Board are not in transitions from commercial Steve Johnson favor of renewing the agreeand residential uses and from ment in its current form. Addressing the town to more rural areas. concerns they shared at the hearings, Twenty years ago wise leaders in the several of us have worked to craft some town and county came up with an unprecedented method and level of land use compromises which will address those concerns but allow the Joint Planning collaboration between the Town of Estes Park and Larimer County. It was so new in Commission to continue. I wish to thank Trustees Ron Norris, fact, that they had to ask the Colorado Ken Zornes and Eric Blackhurst for lisLegislature to get the land use statutes tening to the citizens and working to changed to allow for it. Out of this forecontinue a meaningful cooperative relasight came the Estes Valley Planning Commission comprised of both town and tionship with the county. With an update of the Estes Valley unincorporated residents that hear all land Comprehensive Land Use Plan forthuse applications and work on a common coming, now is not the time to go back land use plan and code for the Estes area. twenty years in planning innovation in This allowed both town and rural residents to have a meaningful and important the Estes Valley. I remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon that will voice in the future of their community. allow us to move forward and keep We have now come to the end of the what’s good about cooperative land use twenty-year intergovernmental agreeplanning in Estes Park. ment that has served us so well. Many of us want to see this level of cooperation


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Celebrate 2020

Dinner and Dance Friday Niters Dance Club Estes Park


Floorshow Featuring

Sina and Mark Ebersole Live music by Harris and Harris

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Cocktails 5:30 pm, Steak and Chicken Dinner, 6pm, Entertainment & Dancing: 7pm to 10pm American Legion, Estes Park, Colorado

$95 per couple, member or guest. Reservations Required – Contact Jean atis970-586-4772 $95 per couple, member or guest, deadline Dec 21st. or email Please join us for another wonderful evening of dancing, great food, floor show, good friends, romance, and incredible music! Cash Bar

Floor Show

Champagne Toast at 9pm

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Creativity Cabin A Great Place To Gather And Have Fun Paint Your Own Pottery studio a great place for winter fun Looking for something fun to do when the weather outside is frightful? Look no further than the Creativity Cabin. At this new studio, they have a wide selection of premolded and prefired pottery bisque pieces, ready to paint. Owner Patti Aldridge said, “We have blank pieces as well as some that are ‘color book bisque’ with a design already printed on them

that can just be painted. Stencils, stamps and various shapes of sponges are available and of course, free-hand painting is always an option! Once painted, we will clear glaze them and fire them in our kiln. Items are priced per piece with a range from $5-25 currently. A $10 studio fee covers the paints, brushes, glaze and firing. Depending on the size of the piece, the level of detail, and the speed of the artist, creating takes anywhere from 30 minutes to multiple hours. We are happy to keep larger, unfinished pieces at the studio for people to complete over multiple visits. There are snacks available for purchase and artists are welcome to bring food and drinks to enjoy while painting.” Patti added, “We also offer parties for kids of all ages. We have items for kids’ birthday parties, Mom’s group outings, Mom’s night out, Girls’ night out, Guys’ night out, bridal parties, team building, holiday parties or just a friend gathering.”

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LATITUDE105ALEHOUSE.COM | (970) 586-2332 101 South Saint Vrain Avenue | Estes Park, CO 80517 Studio fees are reduced for reserved parties of 10 or more and can be scheduled outside of walk-in hours. Creativity Cabin also welcomes the Rotary Friendship Card and offers buy one, get one half off studio fees with the card. They also have multiple studio fee punch cards to be able to offer a discount on studio fees for local Estes Valley residents. Creating is therapeutic. At the Creativity Cabin, they believe that all people are creative at their core and not only are we all able to create when we get past any inhibitions, some kind of creativity is an important part of who we were created to be. Creativity Cabin Estes Park is located in Piccadilly Square behind the Estes Angler at 342 West Riverside Dr. Their website is Like them on

Facebook Creativity Cabin Estes Park and follow them on Instagram Creativity Cabin EP or call them at (970) 591-2559. Patti is excited to make her dream a reality with this creative space. Patti and her husband Mike moved to Estes Park with their children Isaac and Grace in August, 2017 from Austin, Texas for a change in pace and more family time. Patti also works two days a week as a pediatrician at Estes Park Health and owns and teaches Jazzercise in the same space Monday through Saturday mornings. Mike is a nursing professor at University of Northern Colorado, and Isaac and Grace attend Estes Park Middle School. Next time the kids complain, “I’m bored” load them in the car and take a trip to the Creativity Cabin, it’s a great cure for cabin fever!

FOR THE HEALTH OF IT Winter Speaker Series

Estes Park Health and Estes Valley Community Center present a monthly series of healthy educational tips from our top healthcare providers.


What a pain in the... Do you have chronic pain that has stopped you from doing what you love? Mary Bolgeo, CRNA, will help you understand why you don’t have to su昀er. Free and open to the public Held at the Estes Valley Community Center For questions, call 970-586-2317 Sponsored by:

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Live Auction in Your Leisure Suit Get your best 70s gear together: blue eye shadow, big belts and platform shoes. Estes Park is known for having numerous nonprofits, and the Nonprofit Resource Center, which supports the nonprofit community, presents their annual winter fundraiser. This year’s theme is A Night in the ‘70s. The Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC) is known for presenting National Philanthropy Day,, the Give Back Business program, Youth in Action, Estes Legacy Planned Giving Collaborative, and more. The organization acts as a liaison between the local nonprofit community and the advocacy and opportunities presented through Larimer County and the State of Colorado. The organization strives to create a strong community through strong nonprofits. A Night in the ‘70s takes place on January 25 at Nicky’s Lounge. Look forward to an Estes Park re-invention of the popular celebrity TV Match game (who will the local celebrities be?). Guests will be treated to a prime rib carving station,

shrimp cocktail, party trays, and… possibly a red JELL-O fish mold. Or…an ice sculpture with Grasshopper cocktail pouring out the spout? Be prepared for “Wow!” For those that want to put the FUN in fundraising, a $50 ticket gets you a wild night in bell bottoms, a decade drink, amazing food and dancing. For those that want to bump things up a notch, a Glitter Ticket at $200 opens doors to exclusive raffles and top shelf drinks. There will be a paddle raiser for outright donations to the Nonprofit Resource Center. Everyone is welcome to boogie down at Nicky’s Lounge. Let’s celebrate Hidden Valley après ski style or suit up in your best polyester pantsuit. This fundraiser is an awesome dress-up party and celebration of EPNRC. The evening goes from 5-8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at Nicky’s is generously hosting a DJ after party from 8 p.m. on ($25 tickets at the door benefit EPNRC).

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1917 Book Club To Take Place January 22, 2020 On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, the 1917 Book Club hosted by the Estes Park Museum will explore local title, A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird. The book explores the travels of Englishwoman Isabella Bird. Light snacks will be provided. Book Club will take place in the Museum meeting room from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This program is free and open to the public. It is strongly encouraged that participants read each book prior to the program to take part in the discussion. No prior registration is required. A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains chronicles the travels and adventures of Isabella Bird including her interactions with James "Rocky Mountain Jim" Nugent and her ascent of Longs Peak. Isabella Lucy Bird (1831-1904) was an English born traveler, writer, and naturalist. Eventually, Ms. Bird became the

first woman named Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Museum staff will facilitate a lively discussion about the title. 1917 Book Club titles can be purchased at the Museum Gift Shop or Macdonald Bookshop. Additionally, the Estes Valley Library will circulate a limited number of copies, holds can be placed on circulating copies if all are currently checked out. For any questions regarding the event, please call or email, Curator of Interpretation, Mikaela Fundaun at or 970-577-3762. The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to conduct activities that preserve, share and respect the unique history of Estes Park. For more information, call the Estes Park Museum at 970-586-6256 or visit the Museum's website at

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HOW DO YOU HANDLE YOUR ‘TAKANAKUY’? It’s called ‘Takanakuy’ (means ‘to hit each other’), and it takes place in the country of Peru most prominently in the areas of Lima and Cuzco. It is a celebration of fighting and drinking (and other celebrating) after Christmas. Its purpose is to allow, even encourage people, to fight with someone with whom they have or have had conflicts. They fight (usually violently) until a ‘referee’ calls the fight or one knocks the other out. Then they go and drink, often to dull the pain suffered in the fight, and ‘party’ together with no more hard feelings. “It’s a new year…we will start over with no hard feelings!” The New Year is used by many to ‘begin again’, sometimes even in areas where to continue on would be better. Did you know, for example, that the number of people filing for divorce jumps dramatically after New Year’s Day every year? In the thinking of many, it seems, ‘It’s time for the fighting to end’ and to begin anew…with someone else’. In most cases there are better ways that the problem can be solved, especially if there are children involved. But history shows that divorce is usually chosen. Politically, in our country, especially this year, many of us are tired of the fighting that has been going on for months. We might think that a country that welcomes, even organizes, a ‘Takanakuy’ festival for individuals is strange, and yet if such could be organized for politicians with any confidence that politicians that have been bickering and fighting for so long would promise us that ‘it’s over’ (ie. ‘We’re going to shake hands and hug and work together’, required by the participants in Peru) that would be such a relief, but we know that such is not in their plans and that the current controversy will continue and then move into 2020 election mode with the ‘fighting’ continuing unabated. I truly believe that most citizens are really tired of the discord so evident in our nation. But what can we do? One thing that each of us can do is to apply the principle that we need to ‘let bygones be bygones’ and move on in our relationships with others. If the challenge for you is a family member reach out to them in a positive way. One of my ‘don’t miss’ Christmas movies is ‘Home Alone’. In one Kevin sits by a lonely man in a church service. They discover that they are neighbors. They talk about how people need family and the older man confesses that he has long neglected contacting his daughter for fear of rejection. Kevin says: “Why not try it?” In a touching scene on Christmas Day, Kevin is elated to see his neighbor welcoming his daughter’s family, all with broad smiles as each shares warm hugs and they enter the house to celebrate a new spirit and a wonderful reuniting. Jesus had a lot to say about our harboring of bad or negative thoughts toward others. In His Sermon on the Mount He said: “If you forgive others, you will be forgiven. If you do not forgive others, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you.” He told a story reminding us that each of us owes God a great debt but, if we have committed our lives to Him, that debt will be forgiven. However, that requires that we abandon our ‘fighting spirit’ and readily forgive those who insult or in other ways mistreat us.’ And He lived it, too! On the cross He prayed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!” So, one of our ‘New Year’s resolutions should be that we’re done with fighting. Like Jesus said: “Don’t let the sun go down upon your wrath.” Do the ‘fighting’ in your heart and then live a life where the ‘hand shaking’ and the ‘hugs’ show that a ‘new year’ has begun and will last every day of your 2020. (Bob Lewis)

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu January 6 - January 10 Monday, Jan 6 Denver Omelette (ham, mushrooms, onions & green peppers) w/ hash browns & fruit Tuesday, Jan 7 Hot (open-faced) Turkey Sandwich w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables Wednesday, Jan 8 Pork Loin w/ apple sauce, vegetables & soup of the day Thursday, Jan 9 Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti, garlic bread & side salad Friday, Jan 10 Signature Salad (greens topped w/ cheese, croutons, pecans, corn, craisins & tomatoes) w/ Grilled Shrimp (10) & ranch dressing

January 13 - January 17 Monday, Jan 13 Beef Stroganoff w/ garlic bread & side salad Tuesday, Jan 14 Country Fried Chicken w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables Wednesday, Jan 15 MEMBERS’ POTLUCK - Please Join Us! (Call to sign up 970-581-2195) Thursday, Jan 16 Meatball Philly Sandwich (topped w/green peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese) & soup of the day Friday, Jan 17 Salmon (4 oz) w/ Rice Pilaf & clam chowder soup All noon meals are $5 for current EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Monday, Jan 6th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Jan 3rd. For reservations call 970-581-2195 (Monday – Friday 9:00 am - 1:30 pm). Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center at our NEW location 1760 Olympian Lane. Eat at the Senior Citizens Center or take Meals to Go! Regular hours of operation 9:00 am -- 1:30 pm Monday thru Friday. Join or renew membership for 2020 to receive free activities & reduced meals! Check out our website: TriFit, Balance, Mah Jongg, crafts, games, and other activities.

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Resolve To Get Involved is a volunteer platform for our community. It is a place to post opportunities and respond to needs. It is also a centralized community calendar. This platform is funded by a grant from Village Thrift Store and is managed by the Nonprofit Resource Center. It has been developed in response to requests for volunteering, increasing voluntourism inquiries, and the consistent need for organizations to find volunteers and board members. People who live in and visit Estes want to give back. Whether they are families, individuals, or groups of 50 Rotarians coming from Nebraska (this is a true thing)…what can they do? How can they help? A few needs that are posted on include: • Videographer for Estes Park Learning Place to help tell their story • English and bilingual mentors for Partners Mentoring Youth • Human resources volunteer at the YMCA of the Rockies • Habitat for Humanity builders (no experience necessary) • Cliffhanger Used Bookstore cashier • Estes Valley Crisis Advocates is looking for crisis responders (there is a training January 15-17) This platform comes with a calendar function. All nonprofits are encouraged to post major events and fundraisers for

the community. How does one nonprofit know if another organization is considering doing a wine dinner on the same night? A calendar, that’s how. A few opportunities coming up on the calendar: January 4: Wilderness and Remote First Aid and CPR at the Mountain Shop January 15-17: Tackling Wicked Problems in the Estes Community: Deliberative Engagement & Facilitator Training Workshop hosted by Restorative Justice January 19: Nonprofits compete in the Winter Festival chili cook-off for $1,000 people’s choice prize. 12-4 p.m. January 22: League of Women Voters hosts Professor Michaele Ferguson of UC Boulder, the author of Sharing Democracy, who will address the topic of the 19th Amendment and a Woman's Right to Vote. 10-noon at PCCR. January 25: A Night in the ‘70s Fundraiser for EPNRC, Boogie Down at Nicky’s Lounge, 5-8 p.m. with “Studio 1350” DJ dance party starting at 8 p.m. January 26: Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary bingo fundraiser at the Legion, 6-9 p.m. January 29: Cocktail party benefiting Estes Valley Crisis Advocates February 6: Giving Back Thursday at Poppy’s and Mama Rose’s. 25% of sales that day benefit Estes Park Learning Place. This community is fortunate to have so much good going on. is a great way to cross check and discover. Ask your favorite organizations to post their information for all to see!

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Sweet & Loving Pets Looking For New, Forever Homes!

Consider Estes Park Pet Association For Year End Or Planned Donations Dear friends of animals, The Estes Park Pet Assn is the only humane society providing services to Estes and our surrounding communities. We have been caring for and finding new homes for strays and surrendered animals here for almost half a century. Chances are good that you and your neighbors have given homes to Pet Assn dogs, cats, and occasional other small animals. Or maybe you have been in a situation that required you to re-home a beloved companion animal. We take in the community's animals when you and they need help. We have re-homed many elderly pets whose caregivers have become unable. These older animals sometimes need medical attention, such as dental care, before we adopt them out. And all animals who come to us are boarded for a period of time while they receive a medical exam, vaccinations, and any necessary treatment, and while we get to know them. In the past year we have provided

chemotherapy to three dogs who now have healthy lives in happy homes. We often help local rescue groups when they are overwhelmed with homeless animals. We adopted out about a hundred dogs and cats in the last year. Once we have "rescued" an animal, we are in it for the long haul. For example, once we take in an animal, medical issues that show up are not deal breakers. We do whatever is necessary to get each animal healthy and socialized and ready for a new home. Unfortunately, expenses have been up, and donations have been down. Please consider us, the Estes Park Pet Assn, when making year-end donations and planned gifts of any kind. Your contributions enable us to help the animals. We are funded entirely by donations. The Pet Association is a non-profit organization, and please remember that we are your only humane society. Taxdeductible donations can be sent to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park 80517. For more information contact Carolyn Fairbanks, president, at 970-586-5121.

Meena is a black and white, short haired kitty. She is very friendly, playful and loving. She is a great kitty. Meena is currently living at the Pet Lodge at the Animal Medical Center on Manford Avenue. Call 586-9282 for more information or to meet this sweet cat. Holly is about two years old. She is a beautiful Australian shepherd/cattle dog. She is good with kids and other dogs and weighs about 37 lbs. She is house trained and has a moderate energy level. She is currently in foster care and if you’d like to meet her, please call the Animal Hospital of the Rockies (970) 586-4703 to set up an appointment. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit organization that is your local humane society. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517. For more information, contact Carolyn Fairbanks, President of the Pet Association at (970) 586-5121.



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What’s Happening At The Art Center

“Meet the New Artists,” the first show of the 2020 season features four artists who joined the Art Center in 2019: Marie Massey-oil, Mary Morse-fiber/felt, Sally Richmond-oil and Doreen Vroman-acrylic. This is an opportunity to welcome them and to experience their various talents on display. There is an Opening Reception on January 3 from 58 p.m. with wine and refreshments being served. Since this is a First Friday Art Groove activity, a door prize of a print donated by Debbie Jansen will be available for the public to sign up to win. You do not have to be present to win. A winner will be pulled from the entries at the end of the evening and the winner notified. The Art Center announces the opening of the entry period for our 3rd Annual

Estes Valley Plein Air from January 1 to April 5. To enter go to • Open to any artist using oil, watercolor, acrylic or pastel. • Participating artist must paint from life, on location. Studio work is not allowed. • Work submitted for review should reflect the best quality of your plein air painting. • If quality of art created by accepted artists is not of the same quality of images submitted, it may be cause for termination in the event. For further information contact the Art Center at Coming up on January 18 from 6:308:30 will be an exciting presentation on

Machu Picchu by the Art Center’s own Chris Switzer. Two other presentations have also been scheduled in the coming months On February 29 from 7-9 p.m. Diane Watson will share her research on Albert Bierstadt: Plein Air Studies as Direct Observation. David Johnson will present “Color as Energy” on March 22 from 2-4 p.m. These programs are open to the public. Also on display in the gallery will be the outstanding work of the other Art Center artist members, including other works in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking and mixed media. Winter gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The gallery is closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through mid-May. The Art Center of Estes Park is a nonprofit organization which provides a facility to support the work of local and regional artists, striving to promote exhibition, education, and excellence in the visual arts. Proceeds benefit the artist and contribute to the Art Center’s education and community outreach. The Art Center is located at 517 Big Thompson Avenue, in Middle Stanley Village, below Safeway and above Subway. For more information, please call the Art Center at 970-586-5882 or visit our website at

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Genealogical Society Meeting January 9 The Estes Park Genealogical Society will welcome a new year (and decade) with a meeting on Thursday, January 9 beginning at a new time of 1:00 p.m. Location is the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library. Local resident Andrew Glasgow shares his tale of "Finding My Cousin Bill-68 Years After He Died." Is it possible to get to know a relative who died in World War II when there are no family members now alive who knew him? Andrew describes his journey to find his cousin as it took him across half the country over three years and led him to places and people he never expected, and to the fulfilment of a dream he previously knew nothing about. Mr. Glasgow holds a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of

Theology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Rochester. He had two different careers, first as a college professor in Religion Studies; then later as an executive with First American Financial. His wife, Dr. Jan Piper-Glasgow and he lived and worked in upstate New York near Rochester for 37 years before retiring in 2018. They recently moved to Estes Park in order to be closer to their daughter's family and their two young grandsons. The Society meets the second Thursday of every month from January through November in the library, offering a wide variety of programs and workshops. Anyone interested in genealogy and family history research is welcome to attend the meetings.

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Mrs. Martin’s Neighborhood During his acceptance speech when inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999, Fred Rogers challenged the audience with this question: “Who has helped you love the good that grows within you?” He went on say, “Take 10 seconds to think of some of the people who have loved us and wanted what was best for us in life - those who encouraged us to become who we are tonight.” When I think about his question today, I close my eyes, and a very clear image comes to mind. It is of a small, nondescript home on Johnson Street, with well-worn edges. It was beautiful; the Velveteen Rabbit of homes to my childhood eyes. Entering the door meant walking into warmth, comfort and quiet adventures. At the very center of this little paradise at 20 Johnson Street was its heart and soul, a tiny woman who didn’t rule, but rather guided by love, fairness, safety and above all, acceptance. Here Mrs. Martin raised seven of her own children, as well as a number of neighborhood stragglers like me who passed over her threshold on an almost daily basis. Walking through the kitchen door after school meant walking into the welcoming aroma of homemade chocolate cookies, brownies or whatever delight Mrs. Martin had conjured up that day. I swear, the lovely little lady was magic; everything she created was delicious and warmed the soul. I can still see her clearly in my memory. She was small in stature and had a gentle but clear voice. She was watchful, accept-

ing and loving. On school days, we would sit around the dining table, at times as many as six or seven of us, chatting, laughing, eating and getting (some) homework done. When things would get a little too rowdy, we would receive a gentle reminder of appropriate behavior from Mrs. Martin, and all was good. She was always curious about our lives and events; asking questions and letting us know that our opinions mattered. If anyone was upset over happenings at school, she would quietly present other points of view and therefore open our eyes. When we talked about humorous things, she laughed right along with us. I always felt as though she understood all of us, and what made us ‘tick’. Upon adult reflection, I know that this was because she listened so well and asked questions to further her own understanding. Her empathy created in us a strong desire to please her. I’m certain she got angry at times, but I never witnessed it myself. I can’t even begin to imagine the patience required to raise both her seven children, and the additional friends who were always about. Fred Rogers created a routine for his young viewers; creating a space of acceptance, trust, routine and ease. Mrs. Martin did the same; everyone knew she would be there, to welcome, watch over us and laugh along with our antics. And there were antics: Summertime and weekends during the school year were the times for so many outdoor “hijinks” centered around that

welcoming home on Johnson Street. There were sometimes as many as 12 or 15 of us gathered at the house, and the great outdoors was our playground. The neighboring fields were full of large trees, and the one we call “Elephant Tree” was perfect for climbing. And climb we did! The accompanying scratches, scrapes and bruises were tended lovingly by Mrs. M., and the injured party would be back up in the tree in no time. Another favorite activity was for all of us to take wagons, skateboards, trikes, and soapbox derby leftovers and drag them to the top of Johnson Street, then climb onboard and ride screaming down the sharp incline of the street, zipping past the Martin’s place at breakneck speed. I can only imagine what she was thinking as this racket repeated itself over and over again throughout the course of many laughter-filled afternoons. The connection to the wonderful matriarch of that house on Johnson Street remained strong throughout my young adult years, and it was there that I went for my senior prom pictures, even though no one in the Martin family went to my high school. This was my extended family; and showing off my new boyfriend and evening gown to Mrs. Martin and her family were an important part of my big night. With college came distance in miles, but not in my heart. I still came by to visit whenever I was in town. Then with my move to Colorado, my visits became more by phone than in person. After my wedding and the thoughts of motherhood came, I had one very strong wish: that I could be a Mom just like Mrs.

Martin. That I could take a lifetime of love and learning from her and let history repeat itself in my life. (I knew that her own children were carrying on her legacy of love, and their acts of kindness would fill many columns…) When my daughter Ashley was born, a visit to Mrs. Martin was in order, and Mrs. Martin cooed and cuddled my six-week old bright-eyed baby girl. I told her then how much I wanted to recreate what she had done for her family and those of us who wandered in during our childhoods. I don’t remember her exact words, but she was reassuring and loving in her response. When Ashley was five years old, I remember with clarity watching her play in our backyard with three or four friends from the neighborhood. It was a treasured daily routine. The children were laughing, squealing and munching on cookies that I had made and placed on the picnic table for snack time. I watched them - as tears brimmed in my eyes - with gratitude for the example Mrs. Martin set before me. Lessons learned in that small, nondescript home on Johnson Street, with the Velveteen Mom watching. In loving memory of Mary Louise Martin, 1923-2016. Maggie Cotreau is a life /executive coach and facilitates leadership development workshops for VDG Global. She is also a licensed Celebrant for weddings and funerals in Estes Park. She has been a private volunteer hospice worker and sits on the board of Estes Park Quota Club.

The Estes Arts District Presents… FIRST FRIDAY! Art Groove & Hospitality Stops Bring in the New Year by exploring your local galleries on Friday, January 3rd starting at 5 p.m. throughout the village. Start your resolution to shop local and find that perfect piece of artwork that brings joy to your life every day. Ride the free Estes Park Trolley to stay warm between stops. There will be show openings, art demos, prizes, tasty treats and artists to chat with along the way. Bring a friend or come and meet some new friends. Collect gallery marks on a Groovy Gallery Travel Card for a chance to win a gift card for Mama Rose’s. How to enter drawing: 1. Get a Groovy Gallery travel card. 2. Get a minimum of four different gallery signatures. 3. Add your contact information. 4. Turn in your signed travel card. 5. Done! More event details at January Participating Galleries Alan Shadduck's Images of Estes Park 181(B) W. Riverside Drive. Meet photographers Alan and Leanne plus enjoy

live music by local musician Dayna Burke. Dayna will be performing her original Estes Park & Colorado songs. Plus, enjoy the end of year clearance, with 25% off of all in-store inventory! Complimentary snacks and coffee. 5-8 p.m. The Art Center of Estes Park 517 Big Thompson Ave. 970-586-5882. Come down and meet the new artists Marie Massey-oil, Mary Morse-felt/fiber, Sally Richmond-oil and Doreen Vromanacrylic. A door prize will be available for the public to sign up to win. You do not have to be present to win. Light refreshments served. 5-8 p.m. Earthwood Artisans 360 E. Elkhorn Ave.-970-586-2151. Find that perfect piece of art that will truly add joy to your life. Make it your New Year's resolution to buy local. With artwork on dis-

play from over 120 artists, you're sure to find something to love. Tasty snacks and beverages await you during this town wide First Friday! Art Groove event. 5-8 p.m. Aspen and Evergreen Gallery 356 E. Elkhorn Ave. - 970586-4355. Come and enjoy art from 60+ local artists. Tasty refreshments will be served. 5-7 p.m. Earthwood Collections 141 E. Elkhorn Ave. - 970-577-8100. New year fine art and hand craft exhibit and sale. Live jazz concert with Max Wagner (sax) and Stu MacAskie (piano). Complimentary food and refreshments will be served. Bring a friend and have some fun. You never know what you might see during this fun town-wide art event. 5-8 p.m. Inspired -Artisan Market & Studio 157 W. Elkhorn Avenue Unit 8. 970-

685-8818. (2nd Floor in the Old Church Shops). Make your own snow globe art project for $15. Join the winter wonderland Old Church Shop events, with a holiday train display from the Rocky Mountain Model Railroaders, Christmas decorations, music, and a snowflake scavenger hunt through the building. 5-8 p.m. Enjoy a true taste of Colorado along the First Friday! Art Groove route. Try a tasting or a flight at these recommended local craft beverage establishments. Rock Cut Brewing Co. - Groovy specials plus Zac Bunch photography & local cartography by Derek Brooks. Snowy Peaks Winery -Tasting room open until 7 p.m., live music: Restless Spirits 4-6 p.m. Elkins Tasting Room - Colorado style Whisky. Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co. - Art sisplay. Vino Giú - Chocolate, wine, cheese, charcuterie and VitaJuwel - ½ off flights. Avant Garde Aleworks - ½ off tasting flights. Come out and see beautiful artwork plus enjoy a true taste of Colorado.

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Congratulations to Antonia Bernal, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for January 3, 2019. At EPHS, Antonia’s GPA is 3.75 and she has been a straight A student this semester. Outside of school she loves to read and write poetry, cook and spend time with her family. She is happy to be a nice, (but shy) person, who enjoys walking dogs for our local animal shelter. Antonia’s favorite quote is, “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.” She said, “This quote pushes me to keep going in life and to never give up.” In August of 2020, Antonia plans to attend Front Range Community College and major in journalism.

Antonia Bernal 12th Grade

Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award: In addition to being awarded the Student of the Week, each winner will be given the opportunity to nominate the school program of their choice for the chance to win $500. At the end of the school year, one such nomination will be randomly selected, and that school program will be awarded the $500 Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award, in that student's name.

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Simply Christmas Is Simply Awesome For The Planet By: Lisa Hutchins

Even though my visit to Simply Christmas was on December 26th and officially 364 days until next year’s holiday, none of that mattered. At the Yuletide shop on 129 Elkhorn Avenue, the calendar is always set for Christmas Day. “My mom, Nadine Streib, started this business in 1989,” the owner, Carissa


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she says: “We never buy packaging. Ever.” McGill works with nearby businesses to swap different types of packaging. “We reuse the incoming packing material we receive to ship out ornaments, and people in the community also donate to us. We recycle all cardboard boxes with other businesses that need them. We give the plain packing


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Joie Willuweit (left) donates packing material to Carissa McGill for reuse at Simply Christmas.

McGill, says. The building, which dates to 1904, has gone through several incarnations before becoming a perpetual spot of Christmas spirit. “Mom said she always wanted to be like Santa Claus and bring cheer to everyone,” McGill says. “Growing up, she didn’t have a lot so I think that was important to her.” No matter that McGill has just completed an exhausting retail season. She

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greets customers with a hearty: “You’re not Christmased out yet? I like that!” Legions of devoted fans purchase ornaments annually from her shop, often for a special reason or to commemorate an important event. “The best thing about the business,” she confides, “is the people. For instance, I’ve seen one little outof-town girl go from being a newborn to 18 years of age. Her family comes in every year. We’ve made so many friends and connections through all the families we meet.” McGill is particularly dedicated to reducing waste. This means that—incredibly, for a store with so much inventory—

paper that comes with ornaments to the Ore Cart Rock Shop so they can use it for their stock. The Taffy Shop gets our air pillows for shipments and we send packing peanuts to the Mountain Blown Glass Shop.” To that end, Simply Christmas accepts bubble wrap, packing paper and used Christmas wrap from Estes Park residents—even holiday wrap in odd or small sizes, just as long as it’s large enough to wrap a Christmas ornament (about eight inches by eight inches in size). They will also take packing peanuts. All this makes Simply Christmas a Planet Partner, for being willing to reuse items that normally would be recycled or go to the landfill. Now that’s a merry thought! Simply Christmas 129 W. Elkhorn Avenue 970-586-8990 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday; closed on major holidays Lisa Hutchins is a professional writer based in Estes Park. She’s an administrator for the Estes Recycles Facebook group and edits the Wandering Wildlife Society/Estes Valley Watershed Coalition newsletter. Contact her at

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2400 Nicholson St., Berthoud READY TO MOVE IN! LISTED BELOW APPRAISED VALUE. Beautiful 2 yr old 4 bed 3 bath on corner lot. Single level living with open floor plan. SS appliances. Large family room. Fully finished basement. Home is better than new with vinyl fencing & landscaping complete. Window treatments included. Walking distance to new TPC golf course. Easy access to Hwy 287 & I-25. No HOA but home is part of a Metro District. Listed at $410k. Builder selling same model for $8K more.

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1857 Highway 66 Serene, natural mountain surroundings with great views in every direction; lot sits adjacent to RMNP property. Spacious, well-maintained, and beautifully updated, this one-level home is move-in ready. cabiGorgeous kitchen offers quartz counters, birch cabi nets, walk-in pantry, breakfast nook, and separate formal dining. Cozy up to the beautiful stone, gas log fireplace and enjoy peace, wildlife, and mountain tranquility in this special home. Get creative in the bonus room, perfect for your hobbies. Broker Remarks: Secluded, quiet, private, and just minutes lovto downtown Estes and RMNP. Home has been lov alingly well-maintained. Enjoy the outdoors on this al most 1-acre landscaped lot. Updates include: fresh exterior paint, 6-panel solid doors, a 3-year old roof with a 30-year warranty, new Anderson windows, 1.5-year-old water heater, Sunsetter awning on front patio, asphalt driveway, and more. 2-car detached garage has a separate, insulated workshop. $590,000

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Roots On The Ridge’ Music And Arts Festival Coming To Estes Park In May 2020 Inaugural festival to feature national and regional music acts and arts “Roots on the RidgeTM,” a new daylong music and arts festival, is coming this spring to Estes Park, Colo., a gateway community to Rocky Mountain National Park. The inaugural Roots on the

CEO of Visit Estes Park. “It gives visitors one more great reason to visit Estes Park during a quieter time of year, where they can explore our town filled with wildlife, outdoor activities, shopping, and of course, the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park.”

Ridge festival is set for Saturday, May 16, 2020, at the Estes Park Events Complex. In partnership with The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park, Roots on the Ridge will showcase the unique assets and creative spark of the Estes Park community with an immersive music and arts festival. Roots on the Ridge will feature Americana music – primarily country, bluegrass and folk – from a lineup of national and regional recording artists. Additionally, the festival will integrate regional arts and crafts to create an authentic and unique experience for attendees. “An immersive music and arts festival is a wonderful addition to our spring event lineup,” said Eric Lund, President &

Roots on the Ridge has also partnered with the Estes Arts District to support its mission to cultivate excitement, promote interaction and create memorable experiences for the betterment of the Estes Park community. “Estes Park has longed for its own music festival, and we are thrilled to partner with Roots on the Ridge and The Ridgeline Hotel to make this event a reality,” said Nick Smith, interim President of the Estes Arts District. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale soon, with the full music lineup being announced in January. More information on Roots on the Ridge can be found at

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Restless Spirit To Play At Snowy Peaks Winery On Friday, January 3 For your enjoyment, the group Restless Spirit will be playing at Snowy Peaks Winery this Friday, January 3rd from 4-6 p.m.

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Peak To Peak December Concert Rescheduled Two Estes chamber groups, The Moraine Belles and Q2 Strings, were originally scheduled to present a concert

on December 14th, but deteriorating weather conditions forced a cancellation. The concert has been rescheduled for this Saturday, January 4th, 3 p.m. at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Drive. The concert promises to showcase an eclectic array of musical selections and is an ideal concert to begin the new year! The Oratorio Society of Estes Park sponsors the concert as part of the Peak to

Peak Concert Series, spotlighting local musicians in chamber music concerts. The next regularly scheduled Peak to Peak Concert after this will held on January 18th at 3 pm and will feature the Wind River Winds and Rocky Recorders. All concerts are free and a reception follows the concerts to meet the musicians. Donations are gratefully accepted to defray the cost of music.

Estes Park Chorale Resumes Rehearsals

The Estes Park Chorale, a community mixed chorus, will celebrate 50 years in 2020! We begin rehearsals for 2020 on Wednesday, January 8th from 7:00-8:45 p.m. at the Community Church of the

Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave. Interested singers are most welcome to join us as we prepare for our next concert on May 2nd. For more information, go to our website at

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Things To Do With Estes Valley Recreation And Park District All programs are at the Estes Valley Community Center unless otherwise noted. This list is just a small portion of the wide variety of EVRPD programming! Visit for additional information as well as complete class, program, event and activity listings. To register, call 970-586-8191 or visit Welcome to 2020; the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District is happy to be a part of your New Year! It’s not too late to sign up for our New Year, New You Challenge. Stop by the front desk to register today. The grand prize is a free one-month pass to the Rec Center and a free week of Silver and Strong Olympic Weightlifting with Coach John McKinnis. DANCE Sweatin’ to the 80s: Jan Tenzer’s 80s aerobic dance class inspired by Richard Simmons Tuesdays and Fridays from 1-2 p.m., Lower Fitness. $5 Drop-in. Intro to Line Dancing and Line Dance Party with Jan Tenzer Weekly on Sundays; 1-1:50 p.m. (Intro to Line Dancing), 2-2:50 p.m. (Line Dance Party) $5 drop-in or $8 for Intro to Line Dancing and Line Dance Party taken together. HEALTH AND WELLNESS Starting in January we are partnering with Estes Park Health to fill your prescription for good health and wellness. We will bring our top health care providers to share educational tips that will help you experience abundant life in

our mountain valley. These free seminars will be held on the third Wednesday of every month in the EVCC lower level community rooms starting in January. For more info, call Lauren Pavlish at 970-480-1366. LIFELONG LEARNING The Supreme Court and American Society Weekly on Tuesdays; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (ages 18+) Free; drop-in. SPORTS Drop-in Ping Pong Sunday: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friday: 3:30-8 p.m. Lower Fitness; included with daily admission or membership; drop-in. Pickleball Open Gym Hours Monday thru Saturday: 8-10 a.m., Thursday: 6-9 p.m. (1 court), Sunday: 24 p.m. (one court) Included with membership or daily admission, drop-in. Pickup Basketball Open Gym Hours Wednesday, 6:30-9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Included with membership or daily admission, drop-in. YOUTH ACTIVITIES AND RECREATION Upcoming Events in 2020: “Night at the Rec” for 1st-7th grade students will start on January 24. Guitar lessons with Elia King and piano lessons with Chloe Bogardus will begin in February. The fee for the six-week session is $150 per student, registration deadline is February 5. Lots more to come in the new year!


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Creative Corner-Starts again on January 8! Wednesdays, after school; (All school ages and grades welcome) $5 per artist; drop-in. Gamer’s Corner-Starts again on January 10! Fridays, after school; (All school ages and grades welcome) $5 per gamer; drop-in. Family Playgroup Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. (ages 0-5) Free and open to the public; drop-in. SENIOR AND ADULT ACTIVITIES Enjoy Coffee, Snacks and Conversation-Sponsored by “You Need Pie” Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. Free; drop-in. Palette Pals Open Art Studio Mondays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (ages 18+) Free and open to the public; drop-in. Bring your own materials and projects. Rocky Rollers Wii Bowling Mondays, 10-11 a.m. (ages 18+) Lower level; free; drop-in. Drop-in Mahjong Mondays, 12:30-4 p.m.; Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (ages 18+) Free and open to the public; drop-in. Community Bridge Thursdays, Lessons: 11:15 a.m.; Games: 12:30-4 p.m. (ages 18+) Call Lloyd Parker for info or to play; 970-581-3505. Free and open to the public; drop-in.

Drop-in Cribbage Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. (ages 18+) Free and open to the public; drop-in. Drop-in Chess Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (all ages) Free and open to the public; drop-in. AQUATICS Join the EVRPD Aquatics Team– NOW HIRING LIFEGUARDS! Flexible schedule - Help us keep swimmers safe while they’re having fun! For more info, call our Aquatics Manager, Pamela Bross, at 970-480-1308. MARINA Lake Estes Marina Store and Docks: Boat rentals closed for the season. GOLF AND DISC GOLF Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course Closed for the season. Driving range is open, but range tokens must be purchased at the Lake Estes 9-Hole course. 9-Hole and Disc Golf Course Open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., weather permitting, and 3-4 p.m. on nice days. $8 green fee for 9 holes, $7 for residents. $5 disc golf green fee for unlimited holes per day. Motorized carts available for disc golf or ball golf at $10 per person. REGISTRATION To register for these programs or for more information about the district happenings, visit or call 970-5868191. You can also register in person by visiting the Estes Valley Recreation Center at 660 Community Drive.

Estes Fly Tyers Group

The Estes Fly Tyers group meets at the Estes Valley Library in the Makerspace Room on the second floor. Meetings take place the first Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 7 Tuesday, February 4 Tuesday, March 3

Tuesday, April 7 Tuesday, May 5 What to bring: your own vise, tools and materials The idea of the group is to get together and tie flies, share ideas and techniques. You tie the flies you want, restock your box and find out what is working in the Estes area. All skill levels are welcome, if you are not a fly tyer, you are welcome to come and observe. No fees, its free! Questions, please contact Frank Drummond at 303-810-4538 or email or Susan Underwood at

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New Year’s Resolutions Find Inspiration At The Library A shiny new year is here! As those festive holiday celebrations transform into memories, we shift attention toward New Year’s Resolutions. Whether you’re currently making your list—or pondering how to keep your goals—the library is the perfect place to find plenty of inspiration. The very action of borrowing a book (print or digital), audiobook, or a howto DVD offers a simple pathway to getting started and staying focused. Whether it’s your goal to get organized, eat healthier, learn a new language, or save more money, a book can be a great motivator. Browse the library’s “New Year, New You” display table for lots of ideas! You’ll find those same book covers on our homepage too at We’re also hosting many programs to help you discover and accomplish your goals. A glance at this season’s roster may reveal just what you’re seeking. Do your resolutions include de-cluttering? Saving money? Living more ecofriendly? Our General Repair Clinics can help with all three. That’s where you can bring in a household object, maybe a broken lamp or a torn pair of jeans, and together, we’ll figure out if there are ways to fix them. What a motivating way to clean out closets and cubbies! The next Repair Clinic is this Monday, January 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For household items you want to convert to cash, consider the “Selling Your Stuff Online” workshops on February 6 and 24. Maybe you’re entering the new year seeking legal advice, whether it’s a simple recommendation or help filling out a form. You can sign up for the monthly Free Legal Self-Help Clinic. We provide

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a study room where you can visit oneon-one, via a library computer, with a volunteer attorney. The next session is Wednesday, January 8, with appointments between 2 and 5 p.m. Call 970-586-8116, ext. 3, to schedule a time. If you’re a college-bound student, your New Year’s goals might be: “Ace the SAT” and “Land some scholarships.” We can help with both. Get the inside scoop on scholarship applications at the workshop on February 4, then learn how to practice for the SAT on February 6 or 11. Perhaps Santa gave you a new phone or tablet, and you’re now ready to access digital books, audiobooks and movies. Schedule a Book-A-Librarian appointment and we’ll show you how. Look for the Book-A-Librarian link at The new year is a great time to take a class or learn a new skill—with a musical twinge. There are still spots in the sixweek Classical Composer class on Haydn and Mozart beginning January 28. All of these programs require advance registration, so visit to save your spot. Throughout the year, look to the library to stay focused and inspired. Whatever your resolutions, we wish you a happy 2020!

Insects Offering Eco-Friendly Solutions To Invasive Species Throughout Colorado, infestations of invasive weeds pose threats to both agriculture and natural ecosystems. Often, the first instinct is to attack these invasive species using toxic chemicals. Instead, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is working where possible toward an innovative solution: breeding and releasing insects. This process, called “biological control,” is part of a carefully-researched program to match the right insect to the right plant species. The Department will lead a presentation on how this program works, with insights for gardeners and property owners alike. “An Insectary Presentation” will be offered on Thursday, January 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Estes Valley Library. The free presentation is part of this month’s One Book One Valley series, drawing upon the nature and butterfly themes of Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, “Flight Behavior.” Participants may register in advance at

A representative from the Colorado Department of Agriculture will discuss how these various insect species were chosen and acquired. In some cases, insects such as foliage-feeding moths and flea beetles are used to control weeds like Yellow Toadflax and Leafy Spurge. In other cases, helpful insects are being bred to manage unwanted invasive insects. For instance, even chemicals were proving ineffective at controlling infestations of Oriental Fruit Moths. But researchers have discovered that breeding and releasing certain species of wasps is successful in offering an eco-friendly and effective solution, as one insect species counterbalances the other. This month’s One Book One Valley series is made possible by support from the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation. A full listing of programs may be found in the current Library Programs & Services Guide, available at the library and at locations around town, or by visiting

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library ONE BOOK ONE VALLEY Butterfly Engraved Coasters

Wednesday, January 8, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Makerspace repeated on Wednesday, January 29, 23:30 p.m. Learn how to raster (or engrave) on the Makerspace laser cutter. Staff will guide participants in using a design program to decorate and take home a custom coaster to celebrate One Book One Valley. Register at Eco-Friendly Biology: an Insectary Presentation Thursday, January 9, 6-7 p.m., Hondius Room What is biological control? It’s an ecologically-friendly approach to pest management. Learn about this non-chemical approach with guests from the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Biological Control Program. Register at

“Flight Behavior” Book Discussions Friday, January 10, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Wasson Room or Wednesday, January 15, 5:30-7 p.m., Cliffhanger Used Books Readers are invited to discuss Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, which is this year’s featured One Book One Valley selection. Register for either session at Butterfly Pavilion Field Trip Saturday, January 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. Frolic with free-flying butterflies on this Library excursion, exploring the majestic diurnal insects of the animal kingdom. Transportation is on-your-own: consider carpooling with friends. Register at “Flight of the Butterflies” at Reel Mountain Theatre Sunday, January 12, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. This acclaimed documentary follows the flight of hundreds of millions of butterflies on the migratory path to their remote hideaways. English language version screened at 1 p.m. Spanish-language screened at 2 p.m. Show your Library Card for free admission. Fascinating Life of the Monarch Butterfly Wednesday, January 22, 10-11:30 a.m., Elementary School Learn the history, habits and migration

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of monarchs and painted ladies with Master Gardener Bill Ciesla. View the school’s bee exhibit and hear from high school students about their Zero Waste project. Register at BOOKS & AUTHORS Call for Local Authors: Sign-Up for February

On Saturday, February 8, the library will host its annual Love Your Local Authors event, inviting published authors from the Estes Valley to give a short presentation and participate in a meetand-greet with the public. Interested authors may contact Cheryl Homan-Wendell at before January 25 or until all spaces are filled. MAKERSPACE General Repair Clinic Monday, January 6, 5:30-7 p.m. Do you have household items that need repair? Jeans to be patched or lights that flicker? Bring them by, and we’ll see if we can figure out together how to fix them. Register at WORKSHOPS Free Legal Self-Help Clinic Wednesday, January 8, 2-5 p.m. One-on-one legal advice for library cardholders without a personal attorney. More information at Call 970-586-8116, ext. 3, to schedule an appointment. CIVIC LIFE Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 20, 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to celebrate the memory of Dr. King by hearing performances of two speeches from his civil rights career. The performances take place in the library’s Fireplace Corner at 10:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Between performances, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fort Collins Toastmasters Club 375 will lead a presentation on how to strengthen your public speaking skills. Register at KIDS Game Night for Tweens & Teens Tuesday, January 7, 4-5:30 p.m., Makerspace Tweens and teens are encouraged to

visit the Makerspace for group gaming, with ten PC laptops featuring a selection of installed games for use on a first-come, first-serve basis. Board and card gaming options available too, with snacks served. Young Chautauqua Club Meetings Wednesdays beginning January 8, 4 5:30 p.m., Hondius Room Build knowledge and confidence by bringing a character to life from history. Led by instructor Katherine Dumont. Open to kids, teens, and adults. For information, email Weekly Homework Helper for Tweens & Teens Thursday, January 9, 4-5:30 p.m., Wasson Room Teens and tweens are invited for assistance with homework assignments, research, and with using library resources. Snacks provided. No registration required. Poetry Field Journal (Grades 3 - 5)

Monday, January 13, 4-5 p.m., Hondius Room Creative writing meets outdoor recreation. Kids receive a small journal, followed by a poetry lesson and an excursion to Bond Park. Register at Grades K-2 Book Club: “Flutter & Hum” Saturday, January 18, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Hondius Room Participants may pick up a complimentary copy to read beforehand. Craft activity and snacks provided. Register at Storybook Explorers: “Hurry and the Monarch” Saturday, January 18, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., Hondius Room This book club is for kids ages 0 to 6 and their parents and caregivers. Families will join in a thematic activity and take home a copy of the book. Register at

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Constance Elaine Balz health crisis, being a cancer survivor, and those of friends and family members whom she cared for, set an example of love and courage that we will all endeavor to emulate. The twinkle in her eyes was always the trademark of her personality. Joy mixed with a bit of mischief, she loved to laugh and have fun. Her home reflected that spirit and was always welcoming, a place where you could be yourself. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. 1 Corinthians 13:7 TPT Preceded in passing by brother, Earl Greer, sister, Edith Robinson, and Constance Elaine Balz, 92 of Estes daughter, Karen Pratt. Survivors are Park, Colorado, passed on to Heaven at son, Richard Brunory (Teri) of her home with her daughter Susan and Phoenix, Arizona, daughter, Susan son-in-law, Eric, at her side on DecemMankin (Eric) of Estes Park, Colber 25, 2019. Elaine was born on March orado; grandchildren, Melissa, 16, 1927, in Los Angeles, California, to Wendy, Joshua (Ellie), Devin Jesse and Irene Greer, the youngest of (Mariah) and Loren; great grandchiltheir three children. dren Hanna, Peyton, Olivia, Henry, Elaine was a huge influence in her Kaitlyn, Jada, and Hayden. family and friend’s lives, always a beaDonations in memory of Elaine can con of light and hope. Inspiring us to be made to your preferred animal reskeep moving forward despite life’s chalcue organization. See www.alllenges. Her courage during her own nuttestespark.

Shirley Elizabeth Abrames

Shirley Elizabeth Abrames passed away peacefully on December 30, 2019 with her family by her side. Shirley was born on April 29th, 1934 to F. George and Maude Gaylor in Brighton Colorado. She attended school in Brighton, Colorado where she met the love of her life, Merle Richard Abrames. Merle and Shirley began their journey together in high school and were married 61 years— they shared a lifetime of love and laughter. Shirley is preceded in death by her husband Merle and son Timothy Leslie Abrames. Additionally, she was preceded by her dear sister Phyllis Flower and brother Don Gaylor. She is survived by three children, Doug Abrames of Oregon, Steve (Debbie) Abrames of Oregon, and Lisa (John) Wahler of Estes Park. She also leaves

behind five wonderful grandchildren; Robyn (Ben) Hillebrand of Oregon, Chris (Amanda) Abrames of Florida, Nicole (Jeremy) Abrames of Oregon, Justin Wahler of Seattle and Jenna Wahler of Colorado-they were the love of her life. She also leaves behind five adoring great-grandchildren. Shirley enjoyed the Bronco’s, golf, bridge, and cooking/playing with/supporting her grandchildren. Merle and Shirley were grateful for so many lifelong friends; she stayed in touch with her Brighton friends until her final days. She was a member of the Women’s 9 Hole golf league at the Olde Course in Loveland where she developed cherished friendships. While she stayed busy with hobbies, her true passion was supporting and enjoying her family. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the incredible staff at Brookdale Mariana Butte Assisted Living/Memory Care. We have never run across a more loving, caring group of professionals! Services will be held at St. John’s The Evangelist Catholic Church in Loveland on Saturday, January 4th at 11 a.m.-reception following. Memorial contributions may be made to Suncrest Home Health and Hospice. “Having somewhere to go is home, having someone to love is family, and having both is a blessing.” Remembrances and condolences can be shared at

Grady Jackson (Jack) Gravlee, Sr.

Grady Jackson (Jack) Gravlee, Sr., age 89, was born May 31, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama to Grady Gaines and Olathe “Patsy” Gravlee. Jack married Rhonda Louise Gygax in 1953. They loved and supported each other through 57 years of marriage. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister and one son, Grady Jackson Gravlee, Jr. Survivors include stepdaughter, Rita Gygax of Missouri, and step-sons, Thomas Gygax and Monty Nash of Arizona, as well as Steve Baysinger of Texas, the close friend of his late son. After high school, Jack went into the Air Force for four years during the Korean War. After discharge, he entered Samford University (Birmingham, AL), where he received an undergraduate degree. His M.A. and Ph.D. degrees

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were completed at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA). Jack taught Communications at the University of Houston as well as at the University of New Mexico and Auburn University. Jack spent the final 39 years of his career at Colorado State University where he was chair of the Communications Department for fifteen years. Jack traveled extensively for international academic research, consulted in British political campaigns and authored multiple publications in his field. He was honored with a named endowed scholarship at Colorado State University. Jack and his wife were generous and gracious hosts to many national and international debate teams and he received numerous national and international awards during his career. Jack passed away at Good Samaritan Assisted Living Center, Estes Park, Colorado, on Friday, January 27, 2019. He will be sincerely missed by his many friends, kind caregivers and loyal companions. Graveside services will be at Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins, Colorado on January 10, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. There will also be a memorial requiem mass at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Estes Park, Colorado on January 17, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church or to the Gravlee Endowed Scholarship at Colorado State University or a charity of your choice.

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