Estes Park News, April 12, 2024

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The Common Raven is an extremely smart bird. When it comes to animal intelligence, these birds are compared with chimpanzees and dolphins. They are skilled, acrobatic fliers, often doing rolls and somersaults in the air and have even been seen flying upside down.

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322 Town Volunteers Made Our Community A Better Place To Live And Visit In 2023

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Volunteers make our community a better place to live. The Town celebrates National Volunteer Month each April as an opportunity to highlight those individuals who give selflessly of their time as volunteers. Last year, 322 individual volunteers donated 16,055 hours of service to the Town of Estes Park. While the total economic value of this contribution is estimated at an impressive $510,549, the real value of this generosity is incalculable. Without these dedicated and capable volunteers, many of the services would simply not exist.

Most of our volunteers shy away from recognition, preferring to quietly contribute to their community without much fuss. That is one reason it is so important to take time each year to recognize and celebrate the significant amount of time our volun-

teers commit to bettering the community. You’ve likely had an interaction with a Town volunteer and you may not even have known it. They greet you at our Police Department’s front window, assist our Restorative Justice program, greet you at the Museum, engage with you at Town events, provide quality information at the Visitor Center, and support the Police Department with the Auxiliary program. Please join me in recognizing and thanking these individuals who give selflessly of their time and talents!

The Town has two primary categories of volunteer opportunities: appointed positions and non-appointed positions. Appointed positions are volunteer opportunities with residency qualifications that are subject to appointment by the Town Board (think Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, Transportation Advisory Board, etc.). These positions are for a specific term or duration and assist and advise the Town Board. Non-appointed positions are more traditional volunteer opportunities where a volunteer is selected by staff and performs specific duties and responsibilities that can

We are quickly approaching “signature event season.” That time of year when festivals are in full-swing, the events complex is full of exciting activity, and local businesses are going beyond with unique offers that are sure to draw crowds to our shops, lodging, and eateries.

“Local businesses are expanding their experiences to empower visitors to have as laidback or as extravagant an adventure as they’d like. The Beyond program, a collaboration between Visit Estes Park, the Estes Chamber and the Town Events team, allows businesses to share unique offers and opportunities with visitors to take their Estes experience ‘beyond.’ For local businesses, it’s resulting in higher traffic and website click-thru rates,” said Colleen DePasquale, President of the Estes Chamber of Commerce.

be found in the “Job Description” of each opportunity (think Events Complex Campground Host, Visitor Center Ambassador, and Museum Gallery Host). Both types of volunteers are critical to Town operations and we usually have openings in each category.

Current volunteer openings include:

Estes Park Board of Adjustment – one position to be appointed

Estes Park Board of Appeals – one position to be appointed

Estes Park Planning Commission – one position to be appointed

Estes Park Museum Gallery Host

Estes Park Museum Collections Volunteer

Multiple Events for our Events and Visitor Services Department

Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership Volunteer Positions

Estes Park Visitor Center Ambassador

Estes Park Police Auxiliary

If you are interested in serving your community by volunteering your time, please visit estes.org/volunteering for more information or email us at info@estes.org.

Local Businesses Go Beyond For Upcoming Events

Gelsinger, Chief Operating Officer at Visit Estes Park. “We’ve seen a 258% increase in submitted offers and a 97% increase in click-throughs from our site to those offers between 2022 and 2023. It is really exciting to see our guests taking an interest in what our local businesses are offering.”

“Participation in the Beyond Program increases with each event and season we collect offers for, and our guests are taking notice,” said Rebecca Domenico-

2.Make your special offer stand out. Use a catchy name to grab the guest’s attention!

3.Submit your special offer as soon as possible for increased exposure and opportunities to be included in pitches to the media.

Business owners and operators - get started by adding your special offers to VisitEstesPark.com! It’s free to submit offers anytime through your Visit Estes Park portal. Contact colleen@visitestespark.com with any questions.

Here are some tips from the Visit Estes Park team:

1.Align your special offer with a local event. Events like Wool Market, Rooftop Rodeo and the Estes Park Wine Festival draw in hundreds and thousands of event attendees - reach them with a special themed offer!

Special offers are shared on VisitEstesPark.com and promoted by Visit Estes Park and the Chamber. Specials are also shared with guests through event posters, blog articles and social media posts, and in special pitches to the media for news coverage.

Visitors, your task is even easier – as you plan your trip to Estes Park, checkout www.visitestespark.com/plan/specials/ and find the ones that enhance your vacation. Use them, share them with others, and tag the businesses in your social media.

Locals are welcome to enjoy the specials and share them with friends and family visiting Estes Park, too! It’s one more great way we’re supporting our local businesses and connecting them with the community to share the best of summer and the best of Estes.

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Community Battery Recycling Program To Be Held On April 17

The Town of Estes Park is partnering with the Larimer County Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW) to host its next battery collection event on Wednesday, April 17, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Estes Valley Library’s Hondius Room (335 E. Elkhorn Ave.). All batteries contain potentially hazardous materials, and residents are invited to dispose of qualifying batteries at this HHW program event. Participation is free for Larimer County resi dents.

This inclusive program is an educational and service opportunity for Estes Park residents to responsibly recycle small res idential batteries. Larimer County will accept only the following types of batter ies:

● Alkaline (includes magnesium, mercury, silver oxide, and carbon zinc) – This is the most common household battery. Examples include the various sized batteries used in flashlights, hearing aids, radios, and toys.

used in cameras, cell phones, and cordless power tools, and those embedded in tablet computers.

● Lithium (includes AA and AAA marked as lithium or CR, and coin cell) –These batteries are labeled as primary/metal or lithium. Examples include batteries used in calculators, watches, and small electronics.

● Rechargeable (includes lithium-ion, nickel-cadmium, and nickel-metal hydride) – These batteries are labeled as rechargeable. Examples include batteries

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

On 4/01/2024 at 12:00 p.m. police were called to the 1600 block of Big Thompson Ave. where a male was reportedly making unwanted sexual contact with two women. On scene, they arrested a 34 year old male from India and charged him with unlawful sexual contact and false imprisonment. The male was transported

EVFPD firefighters generally respond to medical calls in their personal vehicles, allowing for a faster response. On other incidents, firefighters respond to a fire station to respond in department apparatus with specialized equipment.

During the week of March 31st, 2024, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to eight calls for

Only batteries will be collected, so please remove them from their devices. For batteries not featured on the list above, Larimer County will provide information on disposal and recycling. Examples of batteries that will not be accepted include automotive/lead acid batteries used in cars and boats; large output lithiumion batteries used in e-bikes, hoverboards, and electric vehicles batteries; damaged, defective, or recalled (DDR) batteries; THC vape devices; and batteries that are generated from business operations.

For more information about this battery collection program, contact Facilities Maintenance Supervisor Robert Schumaker at rschumaker@estes.org or 970577-3576. .

to the Larimer County Jail.

On 4/04/2024 at 8:08 p.m. police were called to the 1200 block of S. Saint Vrain Ave. for a welfare check. On scene, they contacted a 24 year old female from Cheyenne, CO who was wanted on warrants from neighboring jurisdictions. The two warrants were both for failure to appear/misdemeanors. The female was arrested and transported to the Larimer County Jail.

service. This included:

• Emergency Medical (assist EPH): 1

• Motor Vehicle Crash (MVC): 1

• Odor Investigation: 1

• Alarm Activation: 3

• Gas Leak: 1

• Mutual Aid: 1

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Land Trust Supports Local Youth Through Summer Internship

In 2022, the Estes Valley Land Trust created a new student internship position to foster the next generation of environmental stewards, with grant funding from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). Over the last two years, the internship has allowed local high school students to gain experience in the environmental field and learn the inner workings of a land conservation organization. “The EVLT internship was a wonderful experience for me,” said former intern Laurel Williamson. “It gave me a greater understanding of career fields that I might be interested in pursuing and helped me connect with nature and the community in a new way. This ex-

perience opened up many doors for me even beyond the internship itself”.

The land trust is now accepting applications for the 2024 student internship position. Currently enrolled EP High School students at least 16 years of age are encouraged to apply. The intern will shadow land trust staff and assist with easement monitoring and reporting, educational events, and general office tasks. This is a part-time position, summer through fall, with a wage of $17 per hour.

For a full job description and application instructions, email Joanna Maggetti at joanna@evlandtrust.org.

"Behind The Scenes" At SummitStone Mental Health Urgent Care Center

Learn about Longview with Paige Lechtenberg, Behavioral Health Outreach and Engagement Specialist SummitStone Health Partners

Join us for our next Zoom Coffee this Saturday, April 13 from 10 - 11 a.m. We will go "Behind the Scenes" with Paige Lechtenberg. Paige will give us news about the new Longview Campus of SummitStone Health Partners. Longview is Larimer County's mental health urgent care center which opened in December 2023. It is the only center of its kind in the state of Colorado. All are welcome to this free community program. Register for your Zoom invitation at www.lwv-estespark.org.

Paige Lechtenberg

Facebook/Friday Focus/Town of Estes Park version Larimer County's new Mental Health Urgent Care Center in Ft. Collins is open.

Join us for our next Zoom Coffee this Saturday, April 13 from 10 - 11 a.m. We will go "Behind the Scenes" with Paige Lechtenberg. Paige is an Outreach Specialist with SummitStone. She will give us news about the new Longview Campus of SummitStone Health Partners. Longview is Larimer County's mental health urgent care center which opened in December 2023. It is the only center of its kind in the state of Colorado. All are welcome to this free community program. Register at lwv-estespark.org for your Zoom invitation.

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April Is Community Banking Month— Why Is That Important?

Every April is Community Banking Month, but why is that important? According to the Independent Community Bankers of Colorado (ICBC), community banks originate more than 60% of all small business loans and more than 80% of all agricultural loans nationwide, and contribute tax dollars that help maintain local municipalities. Specifically, community banks:

• Are favored by small businesses, earning an 81% net satisfaction score compared to 68% for large banks, 62% for finance companies and brokers, and 48% for online lenders.

• Are lenders committed to your financial success, with loan growth that has outpaced noncommunity banks for over a decade.

• Offer high-touch, high-tech service, giving consumers access to modern conveniences and technical capabilities, while maintaining the personal service for which community banks are known.

• Have a track record of helping underserved Americans by providing greater flexibility to low-income and minority borrowers. Community banks serve 93% of primarily minority communities and 96% of low-income counties across the country.

• Give back to their communities— civic/community service is a way of life for community bankers. There are many community banks to

choose from in Colorado, but there is a certain variety of community bank that is much more rare, that adds a tremendous and unique economic benefit to its community—a bank that is actually located within its hometown geography (not a branch of a distant, multi-state, regional “mothership”). Bank of Estes Park is proud to be the only such bank in the Estes Valley—founded here and located here since 1965. When you bank with us, you can rest assured that your deposits stay here, funding loans here, with the resulting income from those loans (and other investments) staying here as well. A truly local community bank is one of the most economically beneficial entities that can exist in a community, and Bank of Estes Park is proud to be the only bank filling that role for the Estes Valley.

So, whether you are looking for an unbeatable rate as you buy or refinance your home, a business, or commercial real estate; or if you are just looking for a bank that charges you less and pays you more for your banking relationship; or if you are simply looking for a higher level of service, from a local, community bank that supports and cares about the Estes Valley as much as you do—we are here for you and we look forward to serving you. Like we always say, serving you is not just what we do, it’s who we are. Happy Community Banking Month!

Indigenous Peoples’ Role In The Story Of Rocky Mountain National Park

The public is invited to learn about Rocky Mountain National Park’s on going commitment and efforts to share indigenous peoples’ role in the story of the park and surrounding area on April 19th, 6:15 p.m, at the Church of Christ, 1479 Fish Creek Road. Kim Swift, the Park’s Chief of Interpretation and Edu cation and Mikayla Costales, Indige nous Connections coordinator for the

park will be sharing the newest efforts to increase Indigenous perspectives into park interpretation and education.

Mikayla is from Longmont and is working as an Ancestral Lands intern with the park. Light refreshments will be provided at the event, hosted by our local Kiwanis Club.

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Jena Griswold At Next Learn With The League May 15

On Zoom, and at American Legion Hall, 850 N. St. Vrain, Estes Park

Wednesday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Join Jena Griswold, Colorado Secretary of State, for a presentation and Q&A.

The Estes Park League of Women

Voters annual business meeting will follow, for EP League members only.

Jena Griswold is Colorado’s 39th Secretary of State. She was first elected in 2018 as the youngest elected Secretary of State in the United State, and was reelected in 2022. Since taking office, Secretary Griswold has overseen eight statewide elections.

school. She holds a B.A. in Politics and Spanish Literature from Whitman College and a J.D from University of Penn Law School.

She is fluent in Spanish and a graduate of Estes Park High School.

Prior to being elected Secretary of State, Griswold practiced international anti-corruption law and worked as a voter protection attorney. Griswold also served as the Director of the Governor of Colorado’s DC Office. Before her election to Colorado Secretary of State, Griswold ran her own small business, a legal practice in Louisville.

Be Prepared, Not Scared: Protect Your Money & Information In The Modern World

Secretary Griswold grew up in rural Colorado and was the first person in her family to attend a fouryear college and then law

To register for the Zoom, go to: lwv-estespark.org or scan the QR code.

For those joining on Zoom, the Q&A will be via the chat function.

Your local bank and your local chamber of commerce are proud to announce a free community event—Be Prepared, Not Scared: Protect Your Money and Information in the Modern World. The event will be May 16th from 5:00 to 6:30 at the American Legion Post 119 (850 N. St. Vrain), and includes a free drink (cash bar is also available), heavy appetizers, scary but true stories, and unlimited solutions and tips for local consumers and businesses.

The event is one of an ongoing series that Bank of Estes Park is providing to help inform and educate our local, hometown community, which strongly aligns with the mission of the Estes Chamber of Commerce as well, resulting in a very natural partnership as we bring this event to you. We will also be announcing an exciting and valuable new

program for our community at the event, so stay tuned even if you aren’t able to attend.

You are encouraged to register soon, since seating is limited and we expect the event to fill up quickly—please register with the QR Code or by going to: business.esteschamber.org/events/details/bank-of-estes-park-presents-beprepared-not-scared-protecting-yourmoney-and-information-in-the-modern -world-9607.

And please watch for future events (potentially including a repeat of this program, if it fills up too quickly)—we try to announce them approximately a month before each event. And remember—be prepared, not scared! If you’re not sure how to do that, then we hope to see you on May 16th!

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Larry Leaming Joins Estes Park Health Foundation Board Of Directors

There is big news from the Estes Park Health Foundation! The Foundation is thrilled to announce that Dr. Larry Leaming has been appointed to their Board of Directors, effective March 21, 2024. This is a significant move for the Foundation, as Dr. Leaming's extensive experience and knowledge in healthcare and community service are expected to greatly benefit the Foundation's mission of supporting healthcare initiatives and building awareness of Estes Park Health.

passion for community health that we need. Working together, we can do even more to support access to healthcare services."

Dr. Leaming is no stranger to the medical world, having served as the CEO of Estes Park Health from 2017-2020. With a lengthy career dedicated to helping others, he will make a difference at the Foundation. As a Board member, he'll have a key role in shaping the Foundation's plans and pushing forward with initiatives that ensure everyone in Estes Park and nearby areas can access top-notch healthcare. "We're really excited to have Dr. Larry Leaming join our Board of Directors," said Teresa Mueller, Foundation Board Chair. "He has the experience, skills, and

Dr. Leaming has achieved a lot over the years, serving as a CEO at multiple rural hospitals, and as a faculty member with leading educational institutions around the country, including the University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business. This shows he's a natural leader

and deeply committed to helping others. With his expertise, the Foundation hopes to continue raising funds to advance the mission of Estes Park Health.

"I'm honored to be part of the Estes Park Health Foundation Board of Directors," said Dr. Leaming. "Together, we can make a real difference in people's lives by partnering with the hospital to improve healthcare services and promote wellness in our community."

For more details, please visit GivetoEPH.org or contact Kevin Mullin, Foundation president, at 970-577-4306.

Special Program On Loren Shriver's Space Shuttle Mission

Discover the fascinating space missions world with Loren Shriver’s enthralling educational event, “Space Shuttle Mission.” On April 24, 2024, join us at Hempel Auditorium for an immersive experience where you will learn about the intricacies of space missions.

During the presentation, you will get an insider’s view of the challenges and strategies involved in embarking on a

Space Shuttle Mission, specifically deploying the Hubble Space Telescope. The discussion will also cover various operations performed in space, including a detailed explanation of how re-entry is performed.

Loren Shiver will be your guide as you explore the depths of space and unravel the mysteries of its operations. Don’t miss this opportunity to satisfy your curiosity about the captivating world beyond our planet. We are excited to welcome you to this enlightening and interactive event.

Get ready to blast off into a realm of knowledge and awe!

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Estes Park Aerial Tramway Announces Grand Reopening Under New Owners Gondola Ventures, LLC

The Estes Park Aerial Tramway, the 70-year-old historic tramway designed and built by engineering pioneer Robert Heron, announced its grand reopening to the public on Saturday May 25th, 2024 under new owner Gondola Ventures, LLC (GVC). GVC purchased the Estes Tramway from the Heron family, who had operated it continuously since 1955, except for 2020 (Covid) and 2023 (sale). GVC is committed to revitalizing this iconic attraction while honoring its rich history and heritage.

The relaunched Estes Tramway will offer a historic ride with spectacular views from the tram and the viewing platform at the top of the mountain, along with delicious food from the summit café and opportunities to purchase unique merchandise. GVC’s revitalization starts with initial property upgrades, which commenced this week, including parking lot repaving and striping, exterior and interior architectural improvements, signage and necessary accessibility improvements. The iconic fire engine red tram cabins, symbols of the 70-yearold tramway, will continue operating. To improve the visitor experience, GVC is adding an online ticketing system, with timed entry, to reduce wait times.

"We're excited to breathe new life into the Estes Park Aerial Tramway, ensuring it remains a cherished destination for years to come," said Adrian Liddell, long time General Manager of the Estes Park Tramway. “Our goal is to blend the tramway’s storied past with modern enhancements that will elevate the guest experience.”

“GVC is excited to add the Estes Park Aerial Tramway to its portfolio and we’re honored the Heron Family agreed to let us take on the Tramway’s historic

Ventures.

Colleen DePasquale, President of the Estes Chamber of Commerce noted that

excited to welcome Gondola Ventures to Estes Park and we are grateful that the

Estes Park Tram will continue operating. Both our residents and visitors agree that the tram is a landmark for our town, and we look forward to enjoying the views from the top!”

About the Estes Park Tramway

Since July 1955, the Estes Park Aerial Tramway has safely transported over three million visitors to the summit of Prospect Mountain, offering unparalleled views of the Rocky Mountains and Continental Divide. At reopening, visitors can enjoy a unique ride thanks to the free span design (a rarity in the U.S.), delicious food at the summit café and gift shops with a variety of unique tram merchandise. To learn more and buy tickets, visit www.estestram.com.

About Gondola Ventures

Gondola Ventures (GVC) is the leading private equity firm specializing in aerial ropeway tourism projects, focused on financing, building and operating point of interest gondola systems, and their related ancillary tourism businesses. GVC is deeply invested in projects globally, employing a team of industry-leading experts to navigate the complex political, technical, operational and financial landscapes. Gondola Ventures’ portfolio of projects includes the Estes Park Aerial Tramway in Estes Park, CO, the Mighty Argo Cable Car project in Idaho Springs, CO, and a dozen additional systems under agreement or in development globally. More information at www.gondolaventures.com.

For more information on the Estes Park Aerial Tramway and upcoming events, pleasevisit our website, and stay up to date about the reopening by following the tramway on their social channels: Facebook, Instagram, TikTok.

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legacy. We are passionate about building and operating aerial ropeway tourism businesses and the Estes Park an iconic system in the U.S.,” said Perry Shea, CEO and Co-Founder of Gondola

Last August, my uncle Bill in North Carolina and I talked on the phone, studied the maps, analyzed the path of totality and made plans to observe the 2024 Total Eclipse of the Sun in Austin, Texas. We bought our airline tickets, reserved a rental car and secured nice, boutique lodging for four of us (Aunt Susan and my Joe were going, too). Eight months out and we had a solid plan.

Back in 2017 we made a similar plan except we decided to behold that celestial occurrence in the dinky town of Pickrell, Nebraska. That eclipse was going to be monumental for Uncle Bill in particular, who had worked at NASA and had always been captivated by the night sky. He flew in from North Carolina, we drove to Pickrell so we could

Monday morning we were on the road at 6:30 a.m., more than seven hours ahead of totality.

Two hours later, as we drove into our carefully selected destination, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, we were enveloped in fog and our spirits tanked. But within the hour the mist had cleared and the rest of the day was perfect. We set up our chairs, picnicked, played euchre, exchanged stories with strangers, got interviewed for live TV by a weatherman, and waited, periodically checking the progress of the moon’s migration as it took its first bite out of the sun and continued to nibble away at more and more of the golden orb (we wore our funky eclipse glasses, of course).

be directly in the path of totality, we set up our chairs and prepared to wait for the big event. And then we watched the clouds build. By the time the orbital obscuration took place, we could see no sign of moon or sun. Just clouds. At that time Uncle Bill and I agreed that wherever the eclipse would be in 2024, we would find the best possible location to watch it together. We were not going to be bilked twice.

So there we were, nearing Eclipse Day 2024 and the weather report for Austin, Texas did not hold much promise. Clouds with a chance of more clouds. Mere days before the eclipse, we got out the maps once more and decided to abort the planned mission of eight months ago, cancel all reservations and tickets, and start from scratch.

Southern Missouri and southern Illinois looked like they had the best possibility of clear skies. We decided we would base out of St. Louis and determine our final destination according to last-minute weather reports. I managed to book the last available hotel rooms at a generic airport hotel in Saint Louis (nothing boutique-y this late in the game). But an airport hotel was pure luxury; we would have slept in the car if we’d had to.

We had one full day to check out our options. Everywhere we went, we saw people wearing eclipse T-shirts and heard talk of the upcoming phenomenon. People were nice, helpful, chatty. How far did you come to see this? we asked hotel neighbors. Where will you go to watch it? we were asked. How much cloud cover is predicted there?

When the time drew near, we focused completely on the activity in the sky and at what was happening around us. The crowd consisting of thousands of new best friends murmured with excitement. An eerie glow surrounded us, whites became blue-white, colors grew unnaturally bright, and then they turned grey. The horizon shimmered sunset orange in the distance. Uncle Bill pointed out Venus and Jupiter. Stars appeared. The air grew noticeably cooler, just like they said it would. Watching our planet’s only source of heat and light shrink to nothing was otherworldly. When the last blip of sunshine disappeared, the crowd gasped as one.

At that moment, something happened to me that I can barely describe. In profound exaltation, my spirit flickered and danced in my chest. It was like getting goose bumps on the inside. I fell deeply in love with every being on our planet; connected to every cell in our universe. It seemed all good things were possible and it was magnificent.

(I thought of Mary Oliver’s description in Such Singing in the Wild Branches: “and the sands in the glass stopped for a pure white moment while gravity sprinkled upward like rain, rising…”)

We had four minutes to be fully immersed in the mystery, which was not nearly enough. I didn’t want this wondrous divine connection to fade. But, just as a cut rose can’t stay fresh forever—and that’s why we treasure it—so it was with the eclipse. All too soon someone in the crowd shouted, “Glasses on!” and we quickly shielded our eyes once again. The mass of spectators erupted in wild cheering and clapping. We were all together having this experience and it was sublime!

The physical eclipse was ethereal. But more than that, it was a unifying human experience. In little Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on the day of the eclipse, we talked with people from all over the world—the man from Spain who set up three cameras on tripods, the woman who flew there in her brother’s plane with her fold-up bicycle, the man who

claimed he was Jesus. On any other day we would have passed them on the sidewalk with a polite “hello” at most. But on this day, while the excitement grew, people moved about, joining conversations with others they’d never met before and will most likely never meet again. In small towns and big cities across the country, the same phenomenon was taking place. We were united for this one day. There was no place for politics or religion, only the magic of a collective, spiritual experience.

You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, donoholdt@gmail.com.

© 2024 Sarah Donohoe

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Uncle Bill, Joe and Aunt Susan at the beginning of the 2024 eclipse in Cape Girardeau, MO.
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Car Club To Host The Parade Of Years

The Estes Park Car Club is pleased to announce their 38th Annual classic autos Parade of the Years event to be held on May 18th.

This year the event will have a different format as it will be a poker run. It will be a great opportunity to enjoy your classic car with other car enthusiasts.

The event will begin at Estes Valley Cars and Coffee held at 660 Community Drive (the community center) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Next, drivers will depart to Al-

lenspark for lunch then drive back to Estes to various locations to collect cards along the way. The winning hand will receive a prize. From 1-3 p.m. the classic cars will be on display at the US Bank parking lot. Space is limited to participate and there is no charge. For more information or to register contact Dewey Shanks at 806-6813612 or email

Deweydawsonshanks@gmail.com. For more information on the car club, visit www.estesparkcarclub.org

Volunteers Needed - Annual Town Spring Clean Up Day April 27

Are you discouraged when you see trash along Estes Park’s roadsides and trails? If so, we have a plan to return these sites to their natural beauty, and we need your help.

On Saturday, April 27, we will hold the annual town spring cleanup event and send all this trash to the Larimer County Landfill.

Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot on the east side of the Visitor’s Center for route assignments and to collect your orange bags. Each route is designed to require about 1 ½ hours to clean up.

We recommend that you wear a longsleeved shirt, long pants, sturdy footwear, work gloves, and bring sun protection, hand sanitizer and tick spray. Bring a friend to make it go twice as fast!

Quickly you should see orange bags popping up all over Town. After noon Town workers will pick them all up and deliver them to the Marina, where Rocky Mountain Dumpsters will take care of the

We are thankful to the Town, the Rotary Club of Estes Park, Rocky Mountain Dumpsters, and the EVRPD for their assistance.

If you have a group that would be willing to do a little larger area, we would be happy to hear from you. We can give you an assignment ahead of time, and you can pick up bags at the Marina the week prior to the event.

Several groups have already signed up, but we still need more volunteers! There is no need to sign up in advance -- just show up on Saturday morning. In case of inclement weather, please come and pick up a route and orange bag and do your pick-up at your earliest convenience.

We thank you for your participation in this valuable community event. For additional information, please contact Tara Moenning at tara@aspenbrookinvestments.com or Beth Weisberg at

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It’s National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month and it's important to shine a spotlight on the invaluable contributions of Estes Valley volunteers. These individuals selflessly dedicate their time, effort, and expertise to enhancing our community. Volunteers play critical roles in various organizations, including nonprofits, schools, parks, and community events, positively impacting the lives of countless residents and visitors.

This month offers an opportunity to reflect on the significance of volunteerism and express sincere gratitude for their unwavering generosity. Volunteers not only contribute their labor but also serve as inspiring examples of compas-

sion and commitment to service. Recognizing volunteers goes beyond mere appreciation; it acknowledges their essential role in addressing critical community needs. Many Estes Valley organizations heavily rely on the dedication of volunteers for their operations. By honoring volunteers, we acknowledge the interconnectedness of our community and the transformative power of individuals in effecting positive change.

During National Volunteer Month, let's take concrete steps to show our heartfelt appreciation. This could involve organizing events to recognize outstanding volunteers, sharing their inspiring stories through social media, or simply taking

the time to express gratitude in our daily interactions. Recognizing volunteers not only uplifts their spirits but also serves as a catalyst for inspiring others to get involved and contribute their time and talents. Volunteerism enriches the fabric of our community, fostering empathy, resilience, and a profound sense of solidarity.

Let's utilize this month to acknowledge, celebrate, and support the Estes Valley's volunteers. Their unwavering commitment and selflessness epitomize the enduring spirit of service that defines and strengthens our community.

Estes Park Special Olympics Tuesday Bowling Fun

participate.

For more information, contact Audri Smith at 970-451-3762 or email epspecialolympics@yahoo.com.

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Estes Park Special Olympics organizers are hosting bowling fun at the Bull Pin, 555 S. St. Vrain Ave. on Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. All ages are welcome to Kevin L. Mullin, MNM, CFRE is president of the Estes Park Health Foundation

Last Opportunity For Free Tax Preparation Service

At The Estes Valley Library

Now through April 13, volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide program are once again offering free income tax preparation with electronic filing of federal and Colorado returns.

Appointments can be made through the Library in person or by calling 970586-8116 or by visiting estesvalleylibrary.org.

Some restrictions apply, such as no residential rental property income or out of state returns. Filing your Colorado return is the way to claim your TABOR sales tax refund of $800 for full-year CO residents aged 18 and above.

Duck Race Festival Seeks Volunteers For 2024 Race

Help

For many participating organizations, the duck race is the biggest fundraising effort of the year and a source of funds that is heavily relied upon. The Rotary Club of Estes Park organizes the Duck Race Festival and handles all the administrative, operational, and financial aspects of the event. Volunteers help make this festive, fun event happen.

“We welcome volunteers from high school age and older who can give a few hours on Saturday, May 4. No special skills are required except a positive attitude. It’s a great way to meet people, help the community, and have some Spring-

time fun!” said Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival Big Duck, Scott Robbins.

The Duck Race Committee is looking for volunteers to help:

● Setting up and taking down equipment, tables, and signs at the start and finish lines.

● Selling duck-themed race merchandise at Bond Park and George Hix Memorial Riverside Plaza.

● Supporting operations at Riverside Plaza and Bond Park.

● Ensuring safety along the banks of Fall River.

● Keeping ducks from getting snagged or otherwise stuck in the river.

● Helping at the finish line.

The Rotary Race Festival is raising funds for sixty-three charities and nonprofit organizations this year. “The festival generates so much excitement and goodwill in the community, it’s fun for anyone who wants to be a part of the event as a volunteer!”

To volunteer to help with any of these activities, please email Andrea Escorcia, Volunteer Coordinator for the festival at volunteers@epduckrace.org, or Scott Robbins at bigduck@epduckrace.org

The Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival occurs annually on the first Saturday in May. The annual Duck Race Festival continues a tradition started in 1989, which has returned over $3 million to local Estes Park charities and groups. 2024 marks the 36th annual Duck Race.

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Estes-area charities and organizations by volunteering at this year’s duck race.

Community Home Health Survey

Collecting Responses

Last fall, a series of four community conversations took place about the changes that were coming with in-home healthcare and in-home hospice as Estes Park Health prepared to end these services December 31.

Two initiatives came out of these conversations: 1) a community health care needs assessment should be conducted, and 2) some kind of volunteer support service needed to be developed to fill some of the gaps in services.

With the support and help of Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park, the Estes Park Estes Nonprofit Network, and the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center, this needs assessment was developed and is being shared via many social media and online platforms in the Estes Valley. Additionally, the Estes Chamber and the League of Women Voters of Estes Park have shared the survey as have several neighborhood HOAs and other service groups.

In the first four days of this survey be-

ing online, more than 150 people have responded. The survey is open through Friday, April 26.

The answers will be collected in a report which will be developed in cooperation with Crossroads, the EP Nonprofit Network, the EP Senior Center, and the report will be shared with the community as an opportunity for continued dialogue about the healthcare needs of the community, and the anonymity of all individuals responding to the survey will be respected and protected.

In addition to this survey, Crossroads is working to develop the "Helping Hub," a coordinated neighbor-to-neighbor volunteer program aimed at filling some of the non-medicsal support service lost when Estes Park Health closed its hospice program. More information about that pilot program will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. To participate, click on this URL www.surveymonkey.com/r/3SXBBML or use the QR code.

Estes Park History 101 Program At The YMCA

If you ever wanted to brush up on Estes Park's history from beginning to today in one easy lesson, do we have the program for you.

"Estes Park History 101" compresses over 1000 years of intermittent habitation and more than 150 years of recorded history into one fun-filled hour.

Similar to "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)", this evening will accomplish the impossible in 97 minutes, using an interactive game-show format to summarize Estes Park's history, including the remarkable men and women who built and promoted life close to nature and the explosive growth of an activity-based, outdoor-adjacent tourism industry.

The location is the Maude Jellison Library on the YMCA campus, the time and date is 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, and the participants are everyone in the audience, with local historian John Meissner serving as moderator.

The Maude Jellison Library can be reached by taking the second left upon entering the YMCA off of Highway 66/Tunnel Road, then turning right into the Longhouse parking lot. You can either park in this lot and walk 200 feet northwest, or find a parking spot closer to the library building on the upper level.

For any questions, please telephone 586-3341, extension 1133, and ask for a librarian.

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Did Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders reunite in front of Estes Park's Elkhorn Lodge, as legend has it? Fred Payne Clatworthy hand-colored photograph. Photo courtesy Estes Park Archives

Prayer Quilts Available

The Community Prayer Quilters is an ecumenical gathering of women who enjoy sewing or quilting, and who appreciate the opportunity to provide people with a tangible sign that people are praying for them.

A prayer quilt is a lap-sized quilt that is tied with yarn. The prayer quilters tie prayers into knots in the yarn for the recipient. A prayer quilt is appropriate for someone who is experiencing a physical, emotional, spiritual or other life crisis,

and who feels he/she could benefit by being “covered in prayer.” If you know someone who might appreciate one, please contact Johanna Gengler at jogengler@gmail.com. We are blessed with a good supply of quilts, and are eager to gift them to those who need prayer.

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Creative Watercolor Class To Be Offered

For all of you who have always wanted to learn how to paint using watercolor, want to continue painting in watercolor

or maybe see some techniques that you are unfamiliar with, here’s your chance.

On April 27th and 28th KC Benson, Greg Miles, and Scott Rashid will be holding a two-day watercolor workshop upstairs in the Estes Park Bank Building at 255 Park Lane, in Estes Park. To attend the class go to KCBensonWatercolors.com and click the green link at the top of the page.

painters, Scott is interested in showing multiple views of his subject in each painting, unlike the cubists, Scott wants his work to be realistic, or at least recognizable.

Each of his paintings depicts three birds, often of the same species, and if it fits in with the composition, a landscape, enabling the viewer to see what type of habitat that bird may be found.

KC creates oneof-a-kind landscapes. His brilliantly colored works of art depicts locations within the Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park and areas from the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico or elsewhere in the Southwest. Many of KC’s landscapes depict dramatic skylines reminiscent of what we routinely see from the Estes Valley.

While watercolor is Greg’s first and

preferred medium, he enjoys working in all types of mediums.

Technically, his work is non-narrative representational imagery with abstract elements. He wants it to have strong, intense color on precise images with tremendous contrast. He also enjoys the bold use of light and shadow, negative space, lost edges, and emotion coupled with color and form. He frequently only tells part of a story – using partial images,

The workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. Saturday the 27th with each instructor introducing themselves, showing their art and then presentation their specific approaches to watercolor painting. After which, the attendees will have time to practice those techniques while creating their own works of art.

Scott, KC and Greg are accomplished watercolorists that create remarkable works of art. Scott produces works that depict birds of all species, KC paints amazing landscapes and Greg captures the essence of people and places in his impressive paintings.

As the three artists depict different subject matter, have unique painting styles, and use varying techniques to create their works of art, the attendees will watch KC, Greg, and Scott produce paintings in real time.

The second day the attendees will have the afternoon to paint, as the instructors assist with any questions that may arise.

Those attending the workshop will benefit from the individual attention the instructors will provide, enabling the attendees to expand their technical knowledge of watercolor painting.

Scott’s work is a combination of Cubism and Realism. Like the cubistic

thus allowing the viewer to become engaged in the piece.

For those attendees, please bring watercolor paint, watercolor paper, brushes, containers for water, subject matter that you might want to paint, lunch and snacks. See you on the 27th at 9:00 a.m. upstairs in the Estes Park Bank Building at 255 Park Lane, in Estes Park.

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Last Light KC Benson Summer Lake KC Benson Sheridan KC Benson LUNA Greg Miles Motorcyclist Greg Miles Poppies in the Wind Greg Miles Long Earred Owl Scott Rashid Three-toed Woodpecker Scott Rashid White-tailed Ptarmigan Scott Rashid
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Miles Wignall 10th Grade

Congratulations to Miles Wignall, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for Friday, April 12, 2024.

Miles is the son of Shawn Wignall and Alison Rivers.

At EPHS, Miles participates in Youth and Action, and the jazz band, marching band and concert band. His favorite class is AP computer science. He said, “I varsity lettered in band my freshman year. My current GPA is a 3.9. I am proud to have made it into Patriot League Honor Band two years in a row.”

Outside of school he likes to ski, mountain bike, hike and play the guitar. He was born and raised in Estes Park and enjoys spending his time in the mountains with his family.

A place he’d love to visit is Switzerland to ski the Alps, and he’d love to explore Costa Rica. His favorite positive quote is “You just can’t live in that negative way, make way for the positive day” by Bob Marley.

Estes Park Bigfoot Days Return April 19 & 20, 2024

Estes Park Bigfoot Days presented by The Twisted Griffin Irish Pub & Restaurant celebrates all things Squatchy. The weekend kicks-off with a ticketed dinner on Friday, April 19 with Bigfoot Television Celebrities, and concludes with a free festival in Bond Park on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival includes talks from the Bigfoot TV Celebrities, the Sasquatch Outpost podcast, live music, ax throwing, inflatable games, craft and food vendors, a Bigfoot calling contest, Bigfoot sighting stories, and much more!

The Bigfoot BBQ is Friday, April 19, 2024 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Estes Park. This Bigfoot-themed dinner will feature food, drinks, music, photos, and mingling with our Bigfoot Celebrities. Tickets are $90. For more in-

formation and to purchase tickets visit estesparkeventscomplex.com/bigfootbbq-dinner.html

In addition to the free Bigfoot Days Festival on Saturday, April 20, 2024, there will be a screening of The Bigfoot of Bailey Colorado and its Portal. The screening of this 51-minute documentary will be held at the Historic Park Theater, located at 130 Moraine Ave, at 4 p.m., with commentary by the filmmakers before the screening. Admission is free.

The Twisted Griffin Irish Pub & Restaurant will host a Bigfoot Days After Party with live music and Bigfoot food and drink specials beginning at 6 p.m. Live music starts at 7 p.m. For more event information, please visit www.EPBigfoot.com

Bigfoot Celebrities

The best piece of advice he’s received is “Trees don’t move, turns are cool.”

After high school Miles plans to go to college.

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Ranae Holland, Finding Bigfoot Ronny LeBlanc, Expedition Bigfoot Russel Acord, Expedition Bigfoot

Merchants Donating Prizes 2024 Duck Race

Latest list as of 4/8/2024

Alpenglow Images & Accents

American Legion Post 119

Art Center of Estes Park

Aspen and Evergreen

Awesome Shirtworks

Bank of Colorado

Big Horn Restaurant

Big Red of the Rockies

BLADES

Blake Trading

Brownfield's

Brunch & Co

Cabin Fever of Estes Park

Cabintique

Chrysalis at the Stanley

Coffee on the Rocks

Colorado Homestead

Cousin Patís Pub & Grill

Creativity Cabin

Della Terra Mountain Chateau

Domino's Pizza

Dr Grant Spencer, Chiropractor

Earthwood Collections

Emily Gordon Photography

EP Greens

Estes Park Brewery

Estes Park Knife Co.

Estes Park Pet Lodge

Estes Park Pilates

Fashion Express

Favorite Things

Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies

Full Potential Wilderness

Fun City

Hands Down Best in Town Therapeutic Massage

Heart of the Rockies Gentle Yoga Studio

Hunters Chophouse

iii - initials included inc.

IntaJuice

Jazzercise Estes Park

Knight Sky Pictures

La Cocina De Mama

Lauraís Fine Candies

Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival

Moose Creek Western Wear

Mountain Blown Glass

Move Freely Massage

Murphy's Resort

Once Upon a Hive

Outdoor World

Penelope's Old Time Hamburgers

Plum Creek Shoe Station

Post Chicken and Beer

Quality Inn

Red Rose Rock Shop

Resinated Wood Works

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Rocky Mountain Connection

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Rocky Ridge Music Center

Scott and Karen Thompson

Smith Sign Studio & Wishes Fulfilled

Snowy Peaks Winery

Sports Hound / Buckles of Estes / Toy Mountain

STUFFED

Subway

The Barrel

The Old Fashion Candy Store

The Phat Bear

The Sweatshirt Center / Mountain O'clock

Twin Owls Steakhouse

Village Barber Shop

Village Goldsmith, Inc.

Wayfinder Restaurant

Wear Me out T's

Welcome Estes Park

Wheel Bar

Wild Horse Gift Shop

Wynbrier LTD Wildlife Gallery

You Need Pie! Diner & Bakery

Named Sponsor: Poppy's and Mama Rose's

Venue Sponsors: Quality Inn

Town of Estes Park

Major Sponsors:

Alpine Gardens

Ameritech Windows

Backbone Adventures

Briggs Carpet Care of Estes Park

Cheley Colorado Camps

Dallman Construction Co. Inc.

Docter Construction

High Peak Camp - The Salvation Army

John P Poskey TAMU '94

Peter and Stephanie Sinnott

Premier Members Credit Union

Snowy Peaks Winery

State Farm

The Rock Inn

The Thompson Group

Trailblazer Broadband

YMCA of the Rockies

The Thompson Group

Trailblazer Broadband

YMCA of the Rockies

Associate Sponsors:

Chuck and Dale Bonza

Paula Edwards

Elkhorn Law Office

Garrett Group International

Alan and Kathy Groesbeck

Wayne Newsom

Jack Overly

Jim and Robin Scritchfield - ScoBabe Blessed

Ann Wise and Stephen Riedlinger

In Kind Sponsors:

Ace Hardware of Estes Park

Creativity Cabin

Estes Angler

Estes Park News

Estes Park Trail Gazette

FrontDesk Inc

John's Well Service

Nicky's Resort

Holiday Inn/Delaware North

The Rocky Mountain Channel

Wapiti Colorado Pub

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News From The Art Center Of Estes Park

UPCOMING CLASSES: Painting with Cathy Goodale

2024 will present another fabulous opportunity to paint with well-known local artist, Cathy Goodale, who will be teaching monthly from January through December 2024 at the Art Center. Sign up for any number of classes in advance or one at a time, as the year progresses. Each class will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Art Center classroom. April 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – “Spring Flowers” Cathy’s focus will be as follows: perspective of a flower – interpretation rather than detail – and how to limit your palette when using many colors. How does color affect us emotionally? What are your color choices? How does that affect your painting? Art Center members: $72, non members: $80.

Landscape Painting with Cliff

Austin

Cliff is an award-winning fine artist that has been painting (both in studio

and en plein air) and illustrating since 1980.

April 24 & 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.This exciting two-day workshop will give students the opportunity to explore various techniques in oil and pastel for approaching landscape painting and for planning ahead. In addition to “how to” demos and tutorials designed for each individual’s natural way with pastels or oils, there will be plenty of one on one and ongoing critique. Art Center members:

$170, non-members: $189.

CURRENT EXHIBIT

"Spring Sojourn"

Watercolor Paintings by Deborah J. Jansen and Oil Paintings by Bill Fritz

March 15-April 22

Sponsored by Bill and Sue Pinkham

Bill Fritz was raised in South Dakota. He attended the University of Nebraska and graduated from the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles. He spent his career working for major advertising agencies as an Art Director and Creative Director. He began oil painting after retirement and moving to Estes Park. While developing his artistic skills Bill enjoyed biking and RVing. Bill has always looked forward to captur-

ing the beauty of Estes Park and surrounding areas…he feels blessed to call such a beautiful place “home.”

Deborah J. Jansen: “What a thrill to find that place of wonderful light and color, that certain mood, that provocative living thing—and then paint it! I favor en plein aire, where I am alone with nature’s sounds, scents, and secrets. My watermedia paintings are inspired by my love of life in all forms, and my concern for the environment and the people sharing it.”

Debbie is an established, recognized, awarded, and productive painter. She was raised in Minnesota and educated at Macalester College. She worked as a Medical Technologist (ASCP) in MN, HI, AZ, and CO—all wonderful places for a watercolorist.

2024 ESTES PARK ROTARY DUCK RACE

Have you adopted your ducks yet for the 2023 Duck Race! This is an easy way to support the Art Center. The 35th Annual Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival will take place in the river on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

Adopt your Ducks now for the Art Center at: epduckrace.org/artcenter-of-estes-park.

Adoptions are $25 each, with $22 going directly to the Art Center. Think about adopting a six-Duck Quack Pack for $125, adopt five ducks, get one duck free!

The more ducks you adopt, the better your chances to win one of the hundreds of prizes donated by one of the local merchants or one of the big prizes: $10,000 cash, $6,000 cash, $4,000 cash, a three-night vacation package at Yellowstone, or a three-night vacation package at Glacier National Park.

On race day, Estes Park Rotary will present a festival of activities at Riverside Plaza and the starting line at Nicky’s Resort, with live streaming of the race beginning at 12:45 p.m.

Your continued support of the Art Center of Estes Park provides a variety of art classes and

local and national art exhibits annual for our community.

SATELLITE EXHIBITS:

Estes Park Health, US Bank, with newly hung exhibit of artwork by Bruce Boynton and exhibits at VERT, Snowy Peaks Winery, and at the Bank of Estes Park. The public is invited to visit these exhibits

SOCIAL MEDIA:

The Art Center can be viewed not only on our website at www.artcenterofestes.com but we are on Facebook at Art-Center-of-Estes-Park and Instagram at artcenterofep.

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 www.artcenterofestes.com.

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Fine Arts Guild Auditions For The Musical, Quilters This Sunday & Monday

The Fine Arts Guild is pleased to announce dates for auditions for the musical Quilters, Sunday, April 14, 2-3 p.m. and Monday, April 15, 7-8 p.m. at the Estes Park High School Auditorium. Cold readings from the script will follow vocal auditions at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively. Sign up for an audition time at tinyurl.com/7rk4r3c5.

Quilters is the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters. It blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, and the harsh challenges and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories depict the life of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. In the end, the various patches presented throughout are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt.

taken on by the original six daughters. There are also parts for musicians who can play bass, hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, cello, and flute.

Rehearsals will begin the week of June 10 through July 18, with performances set for July 19-21, 26-27. The rehearsal schedule will be determined based on availability of the cast members.

Those auditioning will need to prepare 32 bars of a musical theater selection that will showcase your vocal abilities and range, bring sheet music or a backing track, resume, headshot and audition form which will be emailed.

Virtual auditions are possible for people with schedules that won’t allow an in-person audition and will include a zoom interview in addition to the submission of the vocal audition and reading from emailed sides.

Fine Arts Guild Auditions For Youth Student Theater Summer Camp

Calling all thespians who will have completed 3rd through 12th grades in 2024! Join us to be a part of Youth Theater Camp and Disney’s Newsies, Jr. We’re going to have a blast bringing this musical to the stage!

Youth Theater camp is a tuition based two-week

There are 7-8 roles for women. Sarah, the mother, and her six daughters are the primary roles. There are additional parts that can be played by the 8th actor or

Quilters Artistic Director is Jim Valone and Musical Director, Cynthia Hunt.

Questions? Email fineartsguildep@gmail.com

Have you ever been inextricably drawn to the wild? Or did you have a moment where you just couldn’t resist something? What calls out to some wild part of your soul, and how did you rise up to answer that call? As part of Earth Week, come prepared to answer the call of the wild, live on stage—or come to listen. The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies (FAGR) is inviting you to a Story Slam at 2 p.m. on April 28th at the Historic Park Theatre. A Story Slam needs no introduction if you are already an avid aficionado of The Moth, but if not, you are in for an extra special treat. Story Slams are live story-telling competitions where storytellers share personal vignettes— without notes—connected to a theme. Be prepared to be at the edge of your seats as story tellers share personal stories about their own brushes with the wild.

Come to share your own story or to discover how riveting live storytelling can be. Stories must be true, told without notes, and connected to the night’s theme. Volunteer audience members will help crown the night’s winner of the Story Slam. Besides bragging rights, the winner earns a gift certificate to Macdonald Book Shop and second-place earns a gift certificate to Inkwell and Brew—the perfect gifts for any lover of stories. Come wow us with your words and wit on this incredible night of storytelling—or just come to listen to a good

clothes and closed toe shoes. Auditions for Production Camp are Saturday, April 13 at Estes Park High School, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sign up on Sign Up Genius, tinyurl.com/2utpcvbc. These are no cut auditions. Everyone will be cast.

Don’t want to sing and dance? If you’ve

camp meeting Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., June 10 -21, with public performances scheduled for Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. Camp meets at the High School auditorium. Production camp is for students who have completed 3rd through 12th grades and who want to learn or perfect their acting skills. No cut auditions are held, and the cast chosen before camp so that students can learn lines and music before camp starts.

For vocal auditions, students should prepare two minutes of a musical theater selection, bring sheet music or a backing tract, theater resume, and current photograph. They will also need to select and memorize a monologue from a list provided and deliver it following the vocal audition. A group dance audition will follow the conclusion of vocal auditions, so students need to wear comfortable

Answer The Call Of The Wild At Story Slam

yarn.

We are delighted to welcome back our host for the evening, Nick Ross. Ross has hosted story slams for The Moth for the last nine years in Denver. Ross is himself a passionate storyteller with a background in theatre and film; he per-

forms regularly at Chaos Bloom Theatre and Rise Comedy—and for one memorable night, he’ll be right here in Estes Park for our own Story Slam sponsored by Visit Estes Park.

The Story Slam tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for youth under the age

help build and paint the set and props, help with light and sound, and move set pieces on stage during the production. It’s fun, and when everyone works together the results are pretty amazing! No audition is necessary to participate in Tech Camp, but students need to sign up. tinyurl.com/38wmd9ma.

Additional information including a list of characters can be found on the Fine Arts Guild website www.fineartsguild.org. Tuition for the Production camp is $250 and $175 for tech camp. Scholarships are available for students in the Estes Park School District. Application forms are available on the website.

Questions? Email fineartsguildep@gmail.com

of 18 for advance tickets. You can buy your tickets at: www.fineartsguild.org/story-slam. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for youth the night of the Story Slam. The Historic Park Theatre opens its doors for this event at 1:30, and the program starts

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library

SPRING HOURS

Mondays - Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sundays, 1 - 5 p.m.

Special Hours

Closed Thursday, April 18 for staff training

KEY

Ⓡ: Registration required. Visit estesvalleylibrary.org to sign up.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

A Literary Examination of Power, Love, & Art with Xochitl Gonzalez Ⓡ

Wednesday, April 17, 6 - 7 p.m., online

Anita de Monte Laughs Last is a propulsive, witty examination of power, love, and art, daring to ask who gets to be remembered and who is left behind. Don’t miss this chat with the novel’s

award-winning author, Xochitl Gonzalez. Presented with the Library Speakers Consortium.

ALL AGES

Tech Help with Digital Navigators of Larimer County

Wednesday, April 17, 1 - 7:30 p.m.,

Dream Study Room

Wednesday, April 24, 1 - 7:30 p.m.

Dream Study Room

Thursday, April 25, 1 - 7:30 p.m.,

Dream Study Room

Schedule an appointment and build your digital skills, including using your smartphone, accessing websites and accounts online, improving online communications, and more. Presented by AmeriCorps service members.

Don’t Fret, Just Keep Plucking: Banjos! Ⓡ

Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Hondius Room

Local musician Joshua James Johnson will teach the history of the banjo, including its African roots and use in American music. Participants will have the opportunity to touch, feel, and play a full size banjo. Recommended for adults and teens.

The History of Botanical

Art Ⓡ

Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Wasson Room

Learn about and view examples of botanical art, which combines object and subject, art and science, and history with horticulture. Recommended for adults and teens.

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Saturday, April 27, 12 - 2 p.m., Library Entrance

In honor of National Arbor Day, stop by the Green Apple Statue in front of the Library to pick up your free tree sapling from our friends at the Town of Estes Park. Supplies are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. Presented in partnership with Platte River Power Authority.

Game Night! Ⓡ

Saturday, April 27, 2 - 4:30 p.m., Hondius Room

Play board games from our own collection as well as ones generously provided by Frames, Games, and Things Unnamed. All ages welcome – bring your family, friends, and neighbors. Snacks and refreshments provided.

ADULTS

The Latest in Home Energy Efficiency & Electrification Ⓡ

Tuesday, April 16, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Hondius Room

Are you curious about how to prepare your home for a non-carbon energy future? Interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency? Join us for an overview of residential energy efficiency and electrification programs, highlighting new rebates and programs for 2024.

TEENS & KIDS

Artwork

Wednesday:

Color a Plant Pot Ⓡ

Wednesday, April 17, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Makerspace

Use sharpies and markers to decorate a small terracotta pot, then choose a plant to take home and nurture!

KIDS & FAMILIES

Library Storytimes

Babies: Thurs., Fri., & Sat. at 10 a.m.

Preschoolers: Thurs., Fri., & Sat. at 10:30 a.m.

Storybook Explorers: Sat., April 13 at 11:15 a.m.

Read to Therapy Dog Heidi: Thurs., April 25 at 11 a.m.

Early Childhood Music Ⓡ

Saturday, April 20, 11 - 11:30 a.m., Hondius Room

Children ages 6 and under (and their caregivers) are invited to join Annaka Hogelin, musician and music educator, for songs, movement, rhythm, and fun.

MAKERSPACE CLASSES

Learn the Embroidery Machine Ⓡ

Monday, April 15, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

For ages 10 and up (participants under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult).

Learn the 3D Printer Ⓡ

Monday, April 22, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

For ages 10 and up (participants under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult).

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Regular Meeting

Monday, April 15, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Wasson Room

View the agenda and packet materials at estesvalleylibrary.org/board.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY FOUNDATION

Cliffhanger Used Books

Cliffhanger Used Books, located next to the Post Office, is operated by the Friends of the Library Foundation, offering gently-used books, movies, and music at discount prices. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Ⓡ: Registration required. Visit estesvalleylibrary.org to sign up.

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Three Cheers For Library Volunteers!

The third week of April is National Volunteer Week! Here at the Estes Valley Library, we are celebrating the remarkable volunteers who better our community through kindness and selfless contributions.

The Library’s volunteers help out in many ways. For example, the members of the Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Library Foundation Board are all volunteers. Volunteers restock collection materials on our bookshelves. They “guide” Makerspace users, available to help with equipment and tech. They repair Library materials and deliver books to patrons who are unable to visit the Library due to physical or visual limitations.

Volunteers are also an integral part of Cliffhanger Used Books. They sort and stock materials in the shop (more time consuming than you’d think!), then ring them up for you when

you’re ready to purchase.

"Cliffhanger would not survive or thrive without our amazing volunteers,” commented Sarah Walsh, Executive Director of the Friends of the Library Foundation. “They are vital to the work we do to support the Estes Valley Library."

While Library volunteers famously avoid accolades and simply enjoy improving the quality of life in this community, we’d like to honor them especially this week, although we really appreciate them every week throughout the year. We just wouldn’t be the same Library without them.

“Volunteering makes me feel like I am contributing in some small way to the Estes community that I care so much about,” said Christann Higley, longtime Library and Cliffhanger Used Books volunteer. “I am honored to be able to do so.”

Over 100 inspiring volunteers provide support in fulfilling the Library’s mission to be a hub of community-driven resources for people to share. Please join us in celebrating their contributions to the Estes Valley. Thank you, volunteers!

To learn more about volunteering at the Estes Valley Library, visit estesvalleylibrary.org/volunteer, or email volunteer@estesvalleylibrary.org.

Working Together Toward Community Sustainability

Sustainability is a team effort, and the Estes Valley Library is stepping up to the plate! We’re working alongside local partners, including the Town of Estes Park and Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) to bring energy efficiency programs directly to you.

This Tuesday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m., you’re invited to the Library’s Hondius Community Room to get answers to questions like, “What can I do to improve my home’s efficiency right now?” and “How can you prepare your home for non-carbon energy in the future?” Sarah Clark, the Town of Estes Park’s AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) Coordinator, and Ryan Gibson, Energy Solutions Supervisor with PRPA, will present an overview of our residential efficiency and electrification programs, and highlighting new rebates for 2024.

Unable to attend Tuesday’s program but still want info about valuable energy rebates? Estes Park is part of PRPA’s Efficiency Works, a regional utility collaboration that

provides guidance and resources that enable customers to use energy more effectively. Visit efficiencyworks.org/homes and find a list of rebates for your DIY projects like smart thermostats, advanced power strips, air purifiers, and much more.

This past January at the Library, we partnered with the Town of Estes Park and PRPA to distribute home efficiency kits. Within seven days, our supply had been claimed –which tells us we need more! The Library is pursuing how to distribute more kits like these in the coming months.

“We are always looking for ways to reach outside Library walls to build community,” commented Library Programs & Outreach Supervisor Barbara Jo Limmiatis. “When we partner in these kinds of sustainability efforts, we are better together.”

Learn more about – and reserve your seat at – the April 16 program by visiting calendar.estesvalleylibrary.org.

Residents Asked To Vote For The Best “I Voted” Sticker For The 2024 General Election

Local area high school students showed their creativity and skill in submitting designs for the first-ever Larimer County “I Voted” sticker design contest. “This contest provides an excellent opportunity for local students to show off their creativity and talent while taking that first step in engaging with their lo-

cal government,” said Larimer County Clerk & Recorder Tina Harris.

The reviews of those submissions are complete and the top ten finalists have been selected. Voting is now open to the community.

Larimer County residents are now being asked to participate in voting for the

best General Election “I Voted” sticker, between April 8 and the April 12, 2024 deadline at 5 p.m. The winner will be announced on the Larimer County Clerk & Recorder’s social media channels www.facebook.com/LarimerCountyClerkAndRecorder and X [formerly Twitter] twitter.com/larimer_clerk, and

the Larimer County Clerk & Recorder’s website at www.larimer.gov/ivotedsticker.

For more information or to cast your vote visit https://www.larimer.gov/ivotedsticker. The winning design will be featured on the stickers issued to all Larimer County voters in the November 2024 General Election.

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WHAT DID YOU THINK?

I had my article all ready to turn in. That’s always a good feeling when it’s completed and ready to deliver to the EPNews office. But then Monday happened…and the eclipse occurred. After such a powerful demonstration of the power and wisdom of God, and His synchronizing of the natural world, the other article would have to wait.

What a wonderful day Monday was! I genuinely enjoyed watching the eclipse that drew the attention of millions for a few hours. Rather than try to watch it directly I was blessed to find a ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ program by NASA that followed the eclipse from Mazatlan and Torreon, Mexico, through Texas and other states, and leaving the US in Maine. What a joy to witness it as seen in Mexico, in a city familiar to us, and each location in the states, marveling with those thousands of viewers in each location! For me, and probably you, if you were able to, the interviews that were conducted and the observations of the interviewers of the people before, during, and following the eclipse, were so memorable. But I would love to know what you thought.

The impression that I got from the words of most of those interviewed at each location was awe at the event and a deep appreciation of each person about what they had seen. Words like: ‘Awesome!’; ‘Beautiful!’; ‘Amazing!’; ‘Wow!” were on the lips of most, young and old. In many of their comments, ‘God’ was credited with and thanked for, providing such an amazing event. Many seemed to agree that “the heavens declare the glory of God’ as we talked about last week. Such feelings of appreciation did not necessarily express the feeling of all. Some comments I read: ‘Boring!’; ‘Light to darkness happens every day…what’s special about that?’ and other such…but few… disparaging comments in the dozens I read following the eclipse. It brought to mind a woman I heard about who entered a well-known New York City art gallery, featuring paintings painted by some of the world’s greatest artists. As she began to critically point out ‘imperfections’ in various paintings to the friend accompanying her, a guard stood by patiently before approaching the couple. “I couldn’t help overhearing your conversation. I would like to remind you ladies that the paintings in this gallery are not under review… the viewers are. They’ve already proven their worth!” Perhaps that’s something to be remembered as we think over the spectacle of Monday. It was so impressive to hear the applause…by young and old alike…that was heard in each location that was visited during the telecast…whether in Mexico, the United States, or Canada. Obviously, the ‘eclipse’ is not under review, the viewers are. And many ‘passed the test’.

One observation, shared with joy by many, was that ‘there are so many people all gathered together…of all nationalities, genders, and ages…looking heavenward and honoring and appreciating the same thing’. And it was true in each location. Thousands of people paying rapt attention to the same four-minute evert, then applauding when the darkness moved on and the light of the glorious sun reappeared. Something similar seemed to happen among the animals at the Dallas zoo. As we watched the eclipse with those reporting from the zoo, they were intrigued to see the reaction of the animals during the eclipse. They noted how, as they became confused about the untimely darkness, the animals ‘bunched together’ with others of their species as it closed in. This, the reporters noted, seemed to mirror the comfort and camaraderie the ‘gathering of people together’ to experience the darkness found. The birds, seemingly confused, fluttered around, before returning to their nests where they seemed to find comfort. S o, now you know what I think. I was impressed, blessed, and encouraged by the great show of power and beauty of the event. What did you think? I’d like to know.

April 12 – April 18

Land Trust Reaches Milestone 10,000 Acres Conserved

The Estes Valley Land Trust closed on a new conservation easement earlier this year, protecting the nearly 300-acre Highlands Camp and Retreat Center near Allenspark. With this latest transaction, the land trust has now conserved a total of more than 10,000 acres across Larimer and Boulder counties.

The land trust was formed more than 30 years ago by a small group of Estes Park residents and has grown to be a force for land conservation. “I think the founders would be proud of what the Estes Valley Land Trust has become. Not only have we conserved some of the most iconic open spaces in the Estes Valley, we’ve formed a community that works together to preserve land forever,” said Jeffrey Boring, Executive Director of the Estes Valley Land Trust. More than 400 members support the land trust, which has been nationally accredited and state-certified for many years.

One of the land trust’s first conservation easements protects the land on the south side of the Big Thompson River, along the Town’s Riverwalk. “We don’t brand a property with a large billboard that says “Conserved!” so people are surprised to learn that more than 170 properties across the valley are protected by the Estes Valley Land Trust,” said Boring. Park properties such as Mrs. Walsh’s Garden, Centennial Open Space at Knoll-Willows, the Thumb Open Space and Hermit Park are a few of the public properties that were conserved with the help of the land trust. All of these properties provide public access and the land trust’s easements permanently prevent

the conversion of the parkland to other uses.

The land trust built strong partnerships with landowners and conservation agencies across the state to reach the 10,000 acre milestone. In 1992, Colorado’s Constitution was amended to provide for a state-supervised lottery and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) was formed to preserve, protect, enhance and manage the state's wildlife, park, river, trail and open space heritage. In 1999, the Colorado Legislature approved a state-income tax credit for qualified conservation easement donors. Grants from GOCO and state tax credits have provided thousands of dollars to landowners who have permanently conserved their land, by working with the Estes Valley Land Trust. The land trust continues to use these funding tools to conserve land today.

Land trust members celebrated the 10,000-acre milestone at the Barrel on April 2. While members are proud of achieving this goal, the overriding sentiment is that we are not done yet. “We’re currently negotiating new conservation easements on some large and very prominent properties in the valley,” said Boring. “It’s time to start working on conserving the next 10,000 acres.”

About the Estes Valley Land TrustFounded in 1987 by Estes Park residents, the Estes Valley Land Trust is a nationally recognized land conservation organization that has preserved over 10,000 acres of land in the Estes Valley. Please support land conservation by becoming a member of the land trust at www.evlandtrust.org/donate.

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Moose cow and calf passing by fairly close to a bull elk. Photo taken at Horseshoe Park near Sheep Lakes in RMNP. Photo by Mary Moore

Concert With Guitarist Laurie Dameron At The Senior Center On April 16

Immerse yourself in an afternoon of delightful music at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center (EPSCC) with the remarkable singer, songwriter, and guitarist Laurie Dameron. Join us on Tuesday, April 16, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 1760 Olympian Lane for free concert showcasing Laurie's extraordinary talents. Don't miss this chance to experience the magic of live music in a welcoming atmosphere. Light refreshments are provided.

Award-winning musician Laurie Dameron has been a vibrant presence in the music scene for more than three decades. Hailing from Colorado, Laurie fuses a wealth of experience spanning over fifty years of guitar mastery with an unwavering love for vocals. Her repertoire spans various genres, including folk, instrumental, pop, country, blues, and jazz. Her music strikes a chord with diverse audiences, delivering a distinctive fusion of harmonies and musical styles. Laurie's illustrious journey encompasses solo performances, as well as captivating collaborations with the Laurie and Lorrie Duo, Laurie D Jazz Duo (featuring the phenomenal Jeff Fournier

on bass), and her ensemble, Laurie D and the Blues Babes.

A resident of Boulder, Laurie is a frequent performer at Snowy Peaks Winery and various other local venues. With her versatile musical style spanning diverse genres, she is gifted at catering to a wide range of events. Laurie graces weddings, memorial services, festivals, dining locales, and intimate gatherings with her music. For further information on Laurie, her music, and upcoming performances, visit her website at www.LaurieDameron.com.

For the performance, you are welcome to bring your own lunch or pre-purchase a hot meal. Place your order before 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15. For this event, the Senior Center will be serving a favorite of BBQ pork ribs with baked beans and coleslaw. The cost is $7 for EPSCC members and $10 for nonmembers. If you become an EPSCC member for just $35 per year, you will not only enjoy meal discounts but also gain access to all the amazing activities. For more information about the EPSCC or to order a meal for the concert, please call the Senior Center at (970) 581-2195.

Foreign Policy Program On China Trade Rivalry

Does U.S. – China Trade Rivalry Trigger the Taiwan Invasion?

Staying well informed and up-to-date on the prevailing American issues of our time has never been more difficult or complicated than it is right now. Understanding real facts and unbiased information that directly affect you, your children, and your grandchildren has never been more important. Where else can you find that kind of critical knowledge in Estes Park? The New York Times? The BBC? CNN or Fox?

The Answer: The Great Decisions Forum hosted at the friendly confines of the Estes Valley Library.

Each month the Forum meets to discuss a key social, economic, and security issue to gain a full understanding of how government policies and events affect us and shape our immediate future. Forum moderators leads the group through a short, high quality video lecture. Each video features a nationally recognized subject matter expert. Forum attendees then freely discuss the topic exchanging ideas and

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu

Apr 15 – 19

Monday, Apr 15 Country Fried Steak w/ gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Hashbrowns & biscuit

Tuesday, Apr 16 BBQ Pork Ribs (4) w/ Baked Beans & coleslaw

Wednesday, Apr 17 Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich on Ciabatta bread (grilled chicken topped w/ ham, swiss cheese & pineapple) w/ Homemade Chips

Thursday, Apr 18 Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Apr 19 Cod Croissant (topped w/ lettuce, tomatoes & coleslaw) w/ Roasted Potatoes & soup of the day

Apr 22 – 26

Monday, Apr 22 Breakfast Burrito (eggs, cheese, refried beans & potatoes in floured tortilla) w/ green chili on the side

Tuesday, Apr 23 Fried Chicken (3 pc) w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Wednesday, Apr 24 Patty Melt Sandwich w/ Tomato Salad

Thursday, Apr 25 Meat Lasagna w/ garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Apr 26 Shrimp Basket (8 fried) w/ Homemade Chips & soup of the day

Meals are $7 for current 2024 EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. (Or 3 meals for $20; use pre-paid meal tickets.) Exact cash or check payment required. 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, Apr 15th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Apr 12th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane.

The Center is OPEN Monday thru Friday 10 – 1

TriFit M-W-F 10:30 – 11:15 AM

Circuit Balance Class Mondays 1 – 1:45 PM

Yoga Thursdays 10:15 – 11:15 AM

Mahjong Tuesdays 10 – 2; Board Games 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 11:30 – 1:30

Live Music & Presentations Tuesday @ 12:00 – 1:30 (TBA)

Two Bridge Groups: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesday of the month & Every Thursday 12:30 – 4 PM

Reserved Meals-to-Go delivered to your vehicle or EAT at the Senior Citizens Center

Check out our website: estesparkseniors.org or call for the latest information

personal experiences. The Forum is apolitical and focuses on building understanding that we need to be educated voters and wise taxpayers. Diversity of ideas is heartily welcomed and embraced by all during our discussion.

For the month of May topic is US –China Trade Rivalry

China’s economic rise and its current policies of increasing the role of the state in the economy have led some U.S. policymakers to seek to deny China access to U.S. technology and investment. This is seen as a necessary corrective to decades of predatory Chinese economic policies. Is this a wise strategy, and how effective can it be? This month’s subject matter expert is the venerable Dr. Jonathan Chanis, National Committee American Foreign Policy.

Please join us on Thursday, May 2nd at 11 a.m. in the Wasson Room at the renowned Estes Valley Library. Attendance is free and open to the public. Have an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons.

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Free Nonprofit Workshop: Communication That Connects

Registration is now open for "Communication that Connects: Writing to Build Relationships & Get Results." Have you ever opened an email that suffers from an excessive use of words or wanders off? Your eyes fog up and it quickly goes in the “read it later” pile. A study by Missive.com reports that the average employee drafts roughly 112 emails a week, which ladders up to at least a quarter of the work week writing. That doesn’t even include crafting text messages and all the social outlets.

The nonprofit world is especially rich with writing: grants, flyers, press releases, donor notes, and more. If we aren’t clear what action we want people to take, or what tone we need to use, AI can’t even come to the rescue. So–show of hands–who could use some simple tricks to ensure your writing connects with readers effectively? [visualize lots of pick me hands shooting up].

The Network has engaged Jenny Morse, PhD, founder of Appendance, Inc. to lead a two hour workshop that will help nonprofit professionals craft messages that resonate with their audi-

ence and drive desired actions. Participants will learn five simple tricks to ensure their writing connects with readers effectively, including designing readerfriendly messages, crafting engaging sentences, and using questions strategically.

In addition to offering consulting services through Appendance, Dr. Morse

teaches Business Writing at Colorado State University and offers writing seminars through Employers Council in Denver.

Communication that Connects is held Tuesday, April 23rd from 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. at the Estes Valley Library. Space is limited to 25 attendees: bit.ly/ennprogram-april24 This program is completely free for local Estes Valley nonprofits. Registration closes on April 19th This FREE workshop kicks off Estes Nonprofit Network’s 2024 education programs tailored specifically for local nonprofits! The next two programs are "Lessons from Old MacDonald: EI, EI, O (Emotional Intelligence, Evolutionary Insights, and Optimizing People's Potential)" on Wednesday, May 15 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and "Nonprofit Lifecycle Organizational Evaluation Tools" in June and July (three sessions). All information and registration can be found on epnonprofit.org. Questions? email alison@epnonprofit.org

Sweetie Pie, Miso And Barbie Are Seeking New, Loving Families

SWEETIE PIE is about 13 years old. He will probably do best as an only child as he doesn't really seem to like other cats or dogs. He likes catnip, lounging in sunny spots and begging for treats. Sweetie Pie is declawed.

MISO is about seven years old. His previous family couldn't keep him anymore. In his previous home he enjoyed many outside opportunities such as camping, hiking and kayaking. He would probably not require such a demanding schedule in his new home but maybe he will find someone that enjoys the same things. He is a fun and loving guy.

Please call (970) 286-1652 if you’d like to meet or foster any of these special pets. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a nonprofit organization that is your local humane society. For more information about the Pet Association, please visit petassociationestespark.com.

BARBIE is almost done nursing her babies and is now looking for her forever home. She is three years old, very sweet and good with other dogs.

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Ha! Dr. Morse chose a cool word for her company: Appendance “describes the quality of being added to, often in writing, which relates to our company’s earliest work: adding to clients’ writing to make something new and better.” Tuesday, April 23rd from 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. at the Estes Valley Library.

Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner

April 27th At The Legion

Scouting has been in the Estes Valley since the 1920s, when the first local troop of the Boy Scouts of America was chartered. Today, the scouts of Estes Park Troop 8 continue this prestigious legacy. Through scouting, the youth of Estes Park gain access to unrivaled experiences and invaluable skills that stay with them throughout their lives. Estes Park Troop 8 is lucky enough to have one of the best scouting programs in the country, which can mainly be attributed to two things: nearly unlimited access to the most pristine wilderness in the country and, of course, living in one of the most generous communities in the country.

Estes Park Troop 8 is an entirely volunteer organization. The leadership, equipment, meeting space, time, everything is 100% donated by parents and community members. As an example, Troop 8 has proudly had a partnership with the American Legion for years, which generously provides the troop with a full-time office and meetings space. As another example, Troop 8 was recently able to purchase muchneeded replacement tents for its aging inventory. This was only made possible through the donations made by this community at its inaugural Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in October of 2023.

On Saturday, April 27th, 2024, from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Estes Park’s Troop 8 will be hosting its second annual Spaghetti

Dinner Fundraiser at the American Legion. Thanks to the amazing staff, leadership, and members at the Legion, 100% of ticket proceeds and other donations will go directly to your local scouts. We are once again asking for the community’s support and generosity as we work to build this fundraiser as a core annual event in the Estes Valley, and something kids in scouting can depend on for generations to come. Join us as we serve a delicious dinner and learn about your local scouts.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, and $50 for our family special (2 adults and 2 children). Takeout options are available, just specify online or in your mail!

RSVP tickets can be purchased with a credit card online at estesparktroop8.square.site. Cash or check payments can be made by mail, made out to Estes Park Troop 8, to the following address: Estes Park Troop 8 PO Box 3364

Estes Park, CO 80517

If you are interested in supporting Estes Park Troop 8, but are unable to join us for dinner, please consider making a general donation online or by sending your generosity in the mail. Questions, comments, or concerns can be directed to estesparktroop8@gmail.com. Thank you and we hope you say hello when you see your scouts out in the community!

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Help Us Help the Helpers

HOSTED BY THE BULL PIN BOWLING & SPORTS BAR

Friday April 19th, 2024

From 5:00-8:00pm

555 S. St. Vrain Ave. Estes Park, CO

Come bowl a game or join us for food and fun. A portion of the proceeds collected will benefit Restoration Ranch Colorado.

Silent Auction drawings begin at 7:00pm (must be present to win)

$20 admission includes food and bowling

Your support allows RRC to continue innovative programs for First Responders and their families including FREE stays at the nonprofit founders’ Ranch.

Local First Responders Need Our Support!

Museum Program: He Came And Stayed: Pieter Hondius, The Estes Park Years, The Latest Publication

On Saturday, April 13, at 1:00 p.m. join Town of Estes Park Historian Laureate, Dr. James Pickering, as he discusses his latest publication, He Came and Stayed: Pieter Hondius, the Estes Park Years. Published by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. Press, the book explores the life and contributions of Pieter Hondius Sr. (1864 – 1934) and the critical role he played in the early history of the Estes Park community. The program will take place in the Estes Park Museum meeting room; light snacks and refreshments will be provided. This program is free and open to the public.

This biographical history provides a detailed account of the life and accomplishments of one of Estes Park's early residents. He Came and Stayed traces the life and career of Pieter Hondius Sr., beginning with his arrival at the door of the Elkhorn Lodge in November 1896 in

search of relief from a chronic asthma condition. Hondius wasted little time establishing himself in the cattle industry by purchasing land in both Estes Park and Loveland. By 1915, Hondius had become the largest single landowner within the new Rocky Mountain National Park. In 1904, he married Eleanor Estes James, the only daughter of the pioneer family which had established Elkhorn Lodge. In the years that followed, Hondius went on to a series of successful business ventures, which made him one of the wealthiest, well-respected, and most civically engaged citizens in the Estes Valley. The richly detailed text is illustrated by nearly 100 period photographs, some of which have never been seen locally. The paperback book will be available for purchase for $39.95 (+tax) before and after the program. Make sure to pick one up while supplies last! Additionally, those who pre-ordered the collector's edition may pick-up their copy before or after the program.

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Ballet Renaissance Performance Will Be Featured At Cinco de Mayo

It’s time to save the date for the 2024 Cinco de Mayo fiesta in Estes Park on Sunday May 5 from 6 to 11 p.m. This free celebration takes place again at the Estes Park Event Center at Stanley Fairgrounds. Enjoy an authentic and complimentary Mexican dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m, followed by a dance performance, live music with Los 7 de la Cumbia, kids’ activities, door prizes, and much more, with festivities throughout the evening.

Live dance is among the most popular traditions at the event. Featuring colorful costumes and synchronized movements, with performers of all ages, dance celebrates the creativity of the human spirit. This year’s performance features Ballet Renaissance, an Estes-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring youth and our community through the art of classical ballet. Through Protégé, Ballet Renaissance’s merit-based program for students willing to commit to classical training and excellent work ethic, local students have the opportunity to train tuition-free, providing access to classical training for families of all income levels. Ballet Renaissance has been part of Cinco de Mayo’s longtime tradition in Estes Park, and it is an honor this year to welcome them back.

Es hora de reservar la fecha para la fiesta del Cinco de Mayo de 2024 en Estes Park el Domingo 5 de Mayo de 6 a 11 p.m. Esta celebración gratuita se lleva a cabo nuevamente en el Estes Park Event Center en Stanley Fairgrounds. Disfrute de una auténtica cena mexicana de cortesía de 6 a 7:30 p. m., seguida de un espectáculo de baile, música en vivo con Los 7 de la Cumbia, actividades para niños, premios, y mucho más, con festividades durante toda la noche.

El baile en vivo es una de las tradiciones más populares del evento. Con trajes coloridos y movimientos sincronizados, con artistas de todas las edades, el baile celebra la creatividad del espíritu humano.

Estes Park Chorale Goes To Broadway

The Estes Park Chorale, under the artistic direction of Denise Stookesberry, is presenting their spring concert to celebrate the performance of the Chorale at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Broadway review consists of sixteen widely varied numbers with large and small groups performing numbers from the oldest musical, “Old Man River” from “Showboat” (1927) to the newest one, “Sweet Caroline,” from “Neil Diamond - The Musical” (2022).

Join them on Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies. Tickets are $10.00, and are on sale from any Chorale members, at Macdonald Book Shop or at the door.

thing Rotten,” words and music by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, arranged by Roger Emerson. Set in Shakespeare’s time, it features Nick, a contemporary popstar who is trying to get a play produced that can compete with Shakespeare. Nostradamus, of course, can see the future, and he tells Nick, “If you wanna be great, then you gotta create a musical.” Randy Welch and Nelson Burke bring those characters to life, doing some of the song and dance that will ultimately be created in all the musicals in the future. So, “Oohs, aahs, and applause, with a standing ovation!” We hope.

A sextet of Chorale ladies will perform “She Used to be Mine” from “Waitress.”

Cinco de Mayo in Estes Park would not be possible without the assistance of several major partners: Crossroads Ministry, Ascent Escrow and Title, the Town of Estes Park, Salud Family Health Center, the Estes Valley Library, the Estes Park News, and the Estes Park Education Foundation. This support ensures a meal and a festive evening for everyone. Cash donations are welcomed, but not required.

Our community is encouraged to save the date of May 5 and join in the festive spirit of Cinco de Mayo.

Ballet Renaissance se presentará en el Cinco de Mayo

La presentación de este año presenta Ballet Renaissance, una organización sin animo de lucro en Estes dedicada a educar e inspirar a los jóvenes y a nuestra comunidad a través del arte del ballet clásico. A través de Protégé, el programa basado en méritos de Ballet Renaissance para estudiantes dispuestos a comprometerse con la formación clásica y una excelente ética de trabajo, los estudiantes locales tienen la oportunidad de formarse sin matrícula, brindando acceso a la formación clásica a familias de todos los niveles de ingresos. Ballet Renaissance ha sido parte de la larga tradición del Cinco de Mayo en Estes Park, y este año es un honor darles la bienvenida nuevamente.

El Cinco de Mayo en Estes Park no sería posible sin la ayuda de varios socios importantes: Crossroads Ministry, Ascent Escrow and Title, la ciudad de Estes Park, Salud Family Health Center, la Biblioteca de Estes Valley, Estes Park News, y Estes Park Fundación para la Educación del Parque. Este apoyo garantiza una comida y una velada festiva para todos. Las donaciones en efectivo son bienvenidas, pero no obligatorias.

Se anima a nuestra comunidad a reservar la fecha del 5 de Mayo y unirse al espíritu festivo del Cinco de Mayo.

Director Stookesberry reports that the Chorale group has grown steadily over the past few years, and now features nineteen sopranos, seventeen altos, seven tenors and nine basses. The Chorale is made up of a wide range of singers of all ages and all walks of life, including nine music majors who are present or previous choir directors. “The singers are really enjoying the music of Broadway,” says Denise, “and hopefully the audience will enjoy the range and variety of the selections.” The concert opens with “Lullaby of Broadway/42nd Street” from “42nd Street,” which takes us back to 1932, with words by Al Dubin and music by Harry Warren. “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” from the musical by the same name, originally performed in 1929, keeps us contained within the Manhattan skyline, “just me and my radio.”

A touching duet by Sherri Punches and Bob Gunn, “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera,” is followed by Patricia Arias’ solo “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables.” Reflective and tender, we hope these two numbers will float the audience to places and times past.

Kristi Fjare, clarinet soloist, will accompany the Chorale for “Sunrise, Sunset/Sabbath Prayer,” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” We are all moved by the parents’ reflection upon the growing up of their children, “When did she get to be a beauty, when did he grow to be so tall?” Then the blessing of the community to “make you good husbands and wives” will fill the hearts of all.

The Chorale will kick it up several notches, with “A Musical,” from “Some-

A more recent production, composed by Sarah Bareilles, this number features Sarah Clark, Kristi Fjare, Linda Hall, Ruth Mutschler, Deborah Webb and Julie Yaden.

Chris Wood’s special song, “Old Man River” from “Showboat” will bring to life this spiritual composed by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. This is the review of the first half of the concert. Watch for the next lineup in two weeks.

The Chorale’s performance at Carnegie Hall is a feature of Mid-America Productions and will be combined with several other choirs to sing John Rutter’s “Magnificat.” It’s a 38-minute creation of the British composer, sung in Latin in seven movements. In order to be able to join this concert presentation, the group must either submit an audition tape or be recommended by another choral director. Denise Stookesberry has taken two previous groups to this venue and she feels the Chorale has matured enough to make a good addition to this concert.

The Chorale would like to thank the Village Thrift Store for a grant to purchase the musical scores. The Town of Estes Park contributed funds to help provide some scholarship funds to singers and also to help represent Estes Park on the Big Stage. In addition, John Cullen and other donors are helping members offset the cost of the trip and provide financial support to the trip as a whole. More about this adventure in the next news release.

If you would like more information on the Chorale or to make a donation, visit our website: www.estesparkchorale.com

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The Estes Valley now has it’s own photo club, the Estes Valley Photo Club (EVPC).

“A group of local photographers felt there was need to bring the community together”, said Deena Sveinsson, Founding Member. “We decided it was time for the Estes Valley to have it’s own photo club.”

The Estes Valley Welcomes New Photo Club

“The best way to become a better photographer is to learn from other other members,” said Dean Cobbs, Founding Member. “The club will allow members to enjoy the fellowship with others that have a similar pas sion.”

The Estes Valley Photo Club will initially be on social media as a private Facebook Page. Look under the Group Section and enter Estes Valley Photo Club. You will receive an

approval after answering a few questions. Membership is open to anyone interested in photography or video regardless of experience. It doesn’t matter what the sophistication or simplicity of your camera equipment is. All are welcome.

Invitation to join is extended to residents and visitors to the Estes Valley and beyond.

There will be monthly photo contests in which members can post their best work and be awarded

the “Rachel Reward.” The award is named after a local photographer that recently passed away. In addition, there will also be posted information about photography events and meetups. At this time, there will be no annual dues. Once established, there may be a dedicated website.

“We look forward to being a part of this community,” said Deena Sveinsson. “After all, the Estes Valley is the reason most of us started taking photos in the first place.”

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Inflation Can Be ‘Shocking’ In Retirement

When you retire, you hope that you’ll be able to anticipate the events that could cause you financial challenges down the road. For one thing, most retirees are probably aware that, even if they remain healthy, their health care costs may rise, even if they’re covered by Medicare or Medicare Advantage. But there’s another potential risk that can sneak up on retirees: inflation.

However, once they reach retirement, retirees are all too aware of the effects of rising prices. In fact, 63% of retirees think the biggest financial shock in retirement is inflation and the rising cost of living, according to a recent survey by Age Wave and Edward Jones.

As you know, we have experienced mild inflation for some time, up until the past couple of years. But even when inflation subsides again, it can still be a threat to your retirement security. A 3% annual inflation rate can double your cost of living in about 25 years. What can you do to help alleviate the shock of inflation?

Actually, you can take considerable action to help meet this threat. Here are a few steps to consider:

• Try to cut down on expenses. Take a close look at all your discretionary expenses, such as travel, entertainment and so on. You might find areas in which you can cut back somewhat — and every little bit helps. Also, take advantage of all the senior discounts available to you. These days, many businesses and services offer these discounts, but you may have to ask about them. And if you want to look at an area that potentially offers even bigger savings, you might consider downsizing your living space, though this decision involves many factors, not all of them financial.

• Consider part-time work. If you wouldn’t mind doing some part-time

work or consulting, you’ll find that the extra income could improve your cash flow and possibly make you somewhat less dependent on your investment portfolio for the financial resources you need to maintain your lifestyle. And the added income could eventually contribute to increased Social Security benefits. (However, if you earn over a certain amount and have already started collecting Social Security but haven't reached your full retirement age — between 66 and 67 — your benefits may be temporarily reduced.)

• Review your investments for growth and income opportunities. Understandably, many investors shift their investment portfolios toward a more conservative approach when they retire – after all, they simply have fewer years to recover from the inevitable short-term market declines. Yet, to help stay ahead of inflation, even retired investors need some growth potential in their portfolios, such as stocks and other growth investments. At the same time, it may be a good idea to consider whether you’re getting what you need from your income-producing securities, such as certificates of deposit (CDs), bonds and other fixed-income investments. A financial professional can help review your portfolio to determine if the mix of growth and income is aligned with your particular needs given your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon.

The past few years have been a wakeup call for many people, especially retirees, on the threat that inflation poses to their financial security. But being proactive can help prevent inflation from deflating your retirement hopes and dreams.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by our local Edward Jones Financial Advisors. Edward Jones, Mem-

Adopt A Duck To Support The Estes Park Salud Foundation

Adoptions are $25 per duck, with $23 going directly to Estes Park Salud Foundation to help support the patient financial assistance programs at the Salud Estes Park clinic.

You do not need to be present at the Duck Race on May 4 to win, winners will be notified by email. The 2024 Duck Race will feature three major cash prizes of $10,000, $6,000 and $4,000, a twonight vacation stay in an Explorer cabin at Camp Hale near Vail, Colorado, and many other prizes donated by local merchants.

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The Salud Estes Park clinic, located at 1950 Redtail Hawk Drive, is accepting new patients. For more information, please visit saludclinic.org. To schedule an appointment, call (970) 586-9230.

Buy a duck adoption at www.epduck-

At Salud Family Health, we provide quality, affordable primary health care services to keep you and your family healthy. We serve all members of the community regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Salud accepts Medicaid, Medicare, CHP+, and most private insurance plans.

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Presented by Twin Owls Steakhouse, Spinphony is a dazzling all-female electric string quartet known for their high-energy performances that blend classical, rock, and pop music. The group will perform at Estes Park's American Legion Post 119 (850 North Saint Vrain Avenue). The concert will take place on May 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Budget friendly advance tickets can be purchased at legionlisten.org.

Spinphony creates unique arrangements that mash-up classic melodies with popular rock and pop hits. Imagine what "Bach in Black" and "Don't Stop Beethoven!" sound like. Their performances are more like rock con-

certs than traditional recitals. They often incorporate choreography, lighting effects, and even costumes. All four members are classically trained conservatory musicians. This event is part of "Listening at the Legion," a budget minded concert series that brings nationally acclaimed music creators and performers to our little town. The presenting sponsor, Twin Owls Steakhouse, has made it possible to offer this concert to the community at a generous discount. As it has for two decades, Twin Owls Steakhouse continues to provide the premiere dining experience in the Estes Valley. Please visit taharaa.com/twin-owls-steakhouse to learn more.

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Richardson Receives Platinum Service Recognition

Service Certified® Platinum. The award is in recognition of earning 100% client service satisfaction in 2023 as measured by Leading Research Corporation (LRC).

A Quality Service Certified (QSC) award status is the only recognition in the real estate industry based on independently validated customer satisfac-

tion survey results. After the conclusion of real estate transactions, clients of QSC agents receive a survey, asking them to rate the agent on various aspects of the service process. The surveys are administered and the results are received and compiled by LRC.

Client feedback from the surveys becomes part of the agent’s credentials. An overall satisfaction rating is displayed on the consumer website (www.RatedAgent.com) where buyers and sellers have the ability to select a real estate professional based upon each agent’s validated record of service satisfaction.

“Nothing is more important to a prospective client in selecting a professional than the service results achieved with past clients,” says Larry D. Romito, President and CEO of QSC. He adds, “Consumers have greater confidence in service reliability, results and satisfaction with a Quality Service Certified real estate professional because they know that the agent’s service record has been validated by an independent third party. 100% service satisfaction record like Michael Richardson has achieved is just awesome.”

Quota Donates To School Special Eduction Program

Members of Estes Park Quota Service to Youth Committee recently donated their funds to Estes Park School’s Special Education program.

The Estes Park Quota Club is a women’s service club which seeks to serve the community through supporting a variety of charitable purposes.

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New Barbershop In Estes Park

Groomsmen book your experience, then step into The Vortex Barbershop for hot shaves, fades or a famous Jay Sebring haircut. They also cater to those traveling in Estes for business or pleasure.

Kim Sheumaker has worked in the hair industry for 28 years. Before moving to Estes Park, Colorado she had the opportunity to work under two master barbers (masters at fading) for many of those years. Living in Estes has given Kim the chance to continue her career in the barbering industry.

Meeting Paul Sauerzopf at Hombre Barbershop has provided yet another master barber (master with the Jay Sebring haircut and style) to work with. He

has mentored her in owning a business and growing communities.

A long time businessman friend and client Ed Grueff provided an opportunity for Kim to open her own business, establishing The Vortex Barbershop.

Johnathan and Michelle Walker will join the team to build this amazing place to service groom parties providing fantastic fades and shaves. So what are you waiting for, step in and experience it for yourself.

The Vortex is located at 151 Virginia Dr. (downtown) Estes Park. Call 970646-0583 or visit thevortexbarbershop.com for more information.

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Sponsored by the Oratorio Society of Estes Park

The Peak to Peak concert series is pleased to present two concerts in April: A Vocal Potpourri : Quartets, Solos and More on April 13th and The Composer’s Craft: Featuring the Music of Estes Park Composers J. Richard Dixon, Robert Howard and Chase Jordan on April 20th Both concerts will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Trail in Estes Park. The Peak to Peak concert series is sponsored by the Oratorio Society of Estes Park. There will be receptions following the performances to meet the musicians. The concerts are free but donations are gratefully accepted. The Peak to Peak Concert Series is sponsored by the Oratorio Society of Estes Park and showcases local musicians.

A Vocal Potpourri on April 13th features Simpática Quartet, Nada Quartet, and Luciana Quartet. Simpática Quartet: Miranda Dillard, Denise Stookesberry, Steve Tice and Nelson Burke, is a premier acapella quartet in Estes Park. They have performed at the EP Chorale Concert, for the Woman’s Club, the Rotary Club and at the tree lighting for the town of Estes. They are available to hire for private events.

The Nada Quartet is actually “not a quartet”, as there are six singers: Nelson Burke, Don Bryson, Bob Gunn, Dave Stookesberry, Steve Tice, and Randy Welch.

Named after Patricia’s daughter, the Luciana Quartet was created after Robert Gunn, Patricia Arias, Nelson Burke, and Miranda Dillard met while singing in the Estes Park Chorale. What began as a rehearsal for “The Parting Glass” transformed into a group that enjoys singing a range of styles of music. Steve Tice and Don Bryson join the group to sing some selections for this concert.

In addition to the quartets, Patricia Arias, Nelson Burke, Miranda Dillard, and Denise Stookesberry will perform as soloists. Piano accompaniment will be provided by Cynthia Hunt. The program contains a wide variety of music, from classical to jazz to contemporary. There will be something for everyone to enjoy!

Spring 2023 Peak To Peak Concert Series

On April 20th the Peak to Peak Concert Series is pleased to present the work of three nationally known composers, Richard Dixon, Robert Howard and Chase Jordan in the program The Composer’s Craft: Featuring the Music of Estes Park Composers Richard Dixon, Robert Howard, and Chase Jordan. Talented local musicians, including Kathy Osborne (flute), Stan Osborne (piano), John Wolfe (piano), Michelle Gergen-

Wisner (piano), Rich Woessner (cello), Robin Howard (soprano), Annette Deschant (clarinet), David Schwarm (percussion), Ann Mills (violin), Jonquil Thom (violin), and Steve Tice (bass) perform with the composers.

The program will include Richard’s instrumental work for solo piano, duet for piano and flute, and the premiere of his new work, “Elegy,” for flute and strings, featuring Robert Howard on flute. Three works of Chase Jordan’s will be performed – including two world premieres - an art song on a poem of Walt Whitman, a work for solo viola inspired by Rocky Mountain National Park’s Gem Lake, and a quartet for flute, viola, percussion and piano originally written with choreography in mind. Robert Howard’s compositions will be the Sonata for Flute and Piano, a world premiere of “The Mountains Call,” a Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, and “River Song,” a movement from the “Wilderness Reflections” cantata that was pre-

miered for the Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Celebration in 2015.

Richard Dixon brings to this community 60 years of musical experience as a choir and orchestra conductor as well as a professional singing career beginning at the age of 18 singing in the chorus of the Muny Opera in St. Louis Missouri. He has soloed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. His real passion is composition and theory. With over 200 works published for a wide range of ensembles from brass quintets to full concert band, string quartet to full orchestra, a choral mass and cantata to pieces for piano and organ, his music has been performed throughout the United States and thirteen countries around the world.

Robert Howard received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1967 and a Master of Music Degree in composition from Michigan State University in 1970. He went on to Washington University to study composition with Robert Wykes and conducting with George Silfies. In 1999, Robert was a conducting fellow at the Conducting Institute of South Carolina. Mr. Howard retired as Associate Professor of Music at St. Louis Community College at Meramec in 2001 after 31 years of teaching music theory and conduction the Meramec Orchestra and Meramec Chorale. He conducted the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale from 1995 to 2015. Many area ensembles including the St. Louis Symphony, New Music Circle, and the Webster Sym-

phony, Alton Symphony, and University Symphony Orchestras as well as the Oratorio Society of Estes Park and the Estes Park Village Band have performed Mr. Howard’s compositions. Robert now resides in the town of Estes Park with his wife Robin and is the conductor of the Oratorio Society of Estes Park.

Recently arrived in the Estes Park community in 2023, Chase Jordan is a composer and violist who frequently collaborates with writers, visual artists, and choreographers in his artistic practice. His music, which has been described as an “engaging musical narrative” (Arcadia Winds, 2018) has been performed around the world, ranging from performances at YMCA of the Rockies to the Pärnu Contemporary Music Days in Estonia by performers such as the Wild Beautiful Orchestra, The Haven Trio, SHHH!!! Ensemble, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and the Colorado Chamber Orchestra. As a violist, he has performed around the United States, including recitals with the New York Viola Society and the Philadelphia Viola Society as well as having premiered works by leading and upcoming American composers such as Daniel Bernard Romain, Hannah Rice, Caleb Walker and others. Chase holds a B.M. in Viola Performance from the University of Wyoming, and an M.M. in Viola Performance and Music Com-

Back by popular demand - the Estes Chamber Foundation and The Pet Association of Estes Park kicked-off the 4th annual Coolest Dog Contest to find the coolest floofy pups in town to grace the labels of a special edition Avant Garde beer and Snowy Peaks wine. "Folks are encouraged to register their dogs for a $10 donation and to vote for their favorite pups for a $1 donation, all of which will benefit the Pet Association and educational programming through the Chamber Foundation," said Estes Chamber of Commerce President

Colleen DePasquale.

"The Chamber Foundation will focus their donations on local education needs for 2024 in partnership with the Estes Park School District. The Pet Association will receive 10% of net proceeds to fuel their ongoing mission to serve the needs of the four-legged friends in our community," DePasquale continued.

The contest runs thru April 30th Here's how it works: Enter your pooch in Coolest Dog Contest by completing

the entry form online at www.gogophotocontest.com/epcoolestdog and making a $10 donation. Once registered, share your personal web-link with friends and family to vote. Each vote is a $1 donation.

The first place pup with the highest number of votes in each category gets their adorable fuzzy face featured on the front of a special-edition label from our craft beverage community: Pawsh Wine sponsored by Snowy Peaks Winery will feature the small dog cate-

gory and Barky Mountain Majesty sponsored by Avant Garde Aleworks will feature the four-legged royalty of the bunch. The 2nd and 3rd place dogs in each category will also be recognized on the back label of the can or bottle.

To help "get out the vote," you can bring your dog to yappy hours at Avant Garde Aleworks on April 4th and 18th from 5-6 p.m. At each yappy hour, we'll also be registering pups and meeting the contenders.

Join the fun today at www.gogophotocontest.com/epcoolestdog

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Enter Your Dog In The Coolest Dog Contest

It’s time to get your taste buds ready for a delicious evening at Quota Club of Estes Park’s 37th annual Taste of Estes event.

This fun community tradition features some of the area's best restaurants offering savory samples of their menu offerings. At the event, you’ll enjoy an endless array of delicious food and beverages from:

Avant Garde Aleworks

Bird & Jim

Cinnamon’s Bakery

Claire’s Restaurant & Bar

Cousin Pat’s Pub and Grill

Ed’s Cantina

Estes Park Distillery, Home to Bob & Tony’s

Himalayan Curry & Kabob

Lonigan’s Nightclub & Grill

Mangia Mangia Pizzaria

Oskar Blues Fooderies

Rock Cut Brewing

Rocky Mountain Deli

SereniTEA Tea Room

Snowy Peaks Winery

Starbucks

The Egg of Estes

The Post

The Taffy Shop

The Wild Rose Restaurant

YMCA of the Rockies

You Need Pie

A big shout out to the generous Taste sponsors: Bank of Estes Park, State Farm - Susan Fereday, Investment Center of Estes Park, YMCA of the Rockies, Edward Jones - Derek Vinge, First Colorado Realty, Bank of Colorado, Richardson Team Realty, Estes Park News and Kind Coffee. The support for this event from these businesses is crucial to this event's success.

Taste of Estes is a fun springtime event where one cannot only enjoy great food and drinks, but also venture out and reconnect with friends and neighbors who may not have been seen during these long winter months.

The Estes Park Quota Club is a women’s service club which seeks to serve the community through supporting a variety of charitable purposes. Proceeds from the Taste of Estes tickets go to support the various projects that Quota adopts, such as the Medical Equipment Loan Closet, student grants, hearing and speech needs, service to youth and elderly, helping disadvantaged women and children, and supporting community needs such as providing AED devices for Estes Park Police Department and ambulances!

Discover Abundant Opportunities At The Estes Park Senior Citizens Center

Nestled in the heart of our picturesque town, the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center (EPSCC) has been a focal point for community engagement, socialization, and support for our beloved seniors since 1975. Now located at 1760 Olympian Lane since 2019, this nonprofit organization has been a cornerstone of the community for decades, offering a wide array of programs and services tailored to meet the diverse needs and interests of our senior population. From fitness classes to educational programs, from social events to volunteer opportunities, there is something for everyone at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center.

One of the Senior Center's most popular offerings is its fitness program, which includes Tri-Fit, yoga, and balance classes tailored specifically for seniors. These classes not only promote physical health but also foster a sense of camaraderie among participants, many of whom have formed lasting friendships through their shared pursuit of wellness.

ter’s Facebook page and also look for articles in the Estes Park News to learn of upcoming events.

The Senior Center is proud to have the best lunch meal deal in town! Their lunches are coordinated with the Big Horn Restaurant and are delicious, nutritious, and large-portioned. Meals are just $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Come into the Center to eat and socialize or use the convenience of the drive-thru pickup service. The menu is always posted in the Estes Park News and on the EPSCC website, and a meal reservation is required at least one business day in advance.

Perhaps the most valuable aspect of the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center is the sense of community it fosters. For many seniors, particularly those who live alone or have limited social networks, the Senior Center serves as a lifeline, offering a welcoming space where they can connect with others, share experiences, and find support.

"I rejoined EPSCC in 2023, after a sev-

The Taste of Estes will be held on Thursday, April 18th, in the Assembly Hall at the YMCA of the Rockies, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Parking will be available in the administration parking lot and the parking lot behind Wind River Lodge area.

Tickets are now on sale at $25 for adults, and $10 for kids 12 and under. The tickets can be purchased at the Estes Park Visitor’s Center, MacDonald Book Shop, from any Quota member or new this year, you can scan the QR code shown here. Get your tickets today, as this event is often a sell-out!

Don’t miss the Taste of Estes, a delicious Estes Park tradition. It’s the place to be on April 18th!

EPSCC is inviting non-members to attend one session of each fitness class for free. Taught by Debbie Holmes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:3011:15 a.m., Tri-Fit has been taught at the Senior Center for over 25 years and is a membership favorite. It’s a great cardio, strength, and flexibility program for all abilities. Jenn Newhouse teaches Circuit Balance, a class that uses light stretching and strength training to improve balance and coordination, on Mondays from 1:00-1:45 p.m. Linda Hanak teaches gentle floor and chair yoga on Thursdays from 10:15-11:15 a.m. With required membership, Tri-Fit and Circuit Balance are offered for the incredibly low fee of just $3 per class, and yoga is offered for a suggested $5 donation to the instructor. Alongside physical fitness activities, the Senior Center organizes group games, informative and entertaining presentations, and musical concerts. These diverse offerings foster social interaction, cognitive stimulation, and overall wellbeing among its members. Bridge players of all skill levels are invited to play on Thursdays from 12:30-4:00 p.m. On Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., learn or use your skills at Mahjong. Bridge and Mahjong require only the nominal EPSCC membership fee to participate. Presentations and music concerts are always free to the public, no membership required. Join us on various Tuesdays at noon for these enjoyable programs. Connect with the Senior Cen-

eral year absence, when I was there to attend a Tuesday noon music program. I ended up in the Tri-Fit class, and my body has benefited greatly from the 45minute, three-day a week focus on cardio, strength, stretching, and balance,” says member Karen Crislip. "Having come full-circle, I am now a regular performer in the Tuesday noon music program.” Karen is also an avid mahjong player at the Senior Center.

Would you like to donate a few hours each week or month to help the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center? They currently need more great volunteers to keep the Center operating. They are seeking several helpers for lunch pickup from the Big Horn Restaurant, lunch distribution at the Senior Center, assistance with music and lecture presentations, and other light duties.

All adults of any age are welcome to join the EPSCC. Membership is just $35 per person annually, and you will have access to all of the wonderful activities and meal discounts. Lecture presentations and musical performances do not require membership, and everyone is always welcome to attend. Please visit the Senior Center in-person at 1760 Olympian Lane, Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m. You can also call 970-5812195 or find them online at www.estesparkseniors.org for more information.

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Taste Of Estes Is Coming! Get Your Tickets Now-They’re Going Fast

Estes Park Health Surgeon Attacks Knee Pain On All Fronts

Knee pain is an extremely common medical problem that can be caused by injury, wear and tear or arthritis. There are many approaches physicians can take to fix knee issues, from minor treatments to major surgery.

“The knee joint, even though it is a hinge joint, is a fairly complex joint that has a lot of different anatomical parts to it that can be fairly complicated,” explained Estes Park Health orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gavin Bishop. “The cause of pain with a knee can be multiple sources. Often people think that it is just arthritis, but there’s also a possibility that it could be a multitude of things.”

Some of the more common causes of knee pain include patella femoral syndrome where the kneecap is involved in a significant amount of force on the front of the knee.

help smooth out the knee. Another approach is a multitude of braces, everything from a neoprene sleeve to a brace that has struts and supports that can be helpful for the specific needs of that knee.”

Dr. Bishop also advises certain patients

the cartilage back,” Dr. Bishop emphasized. “The only surgical fix for that is a total knee replacement. We can try all those approaches until it isn’t working anymore. Then it’s ultimately up to the patient to decide if the next step is joint replacement.”

Total knee replacement is essentially a procedure in which the surgeon removes the old part of the knee and inserts a new device, replacing the joint surfaces with metal and plastic.

During the surgery, Dr. Bishop makes an incision right up the front of the knee, right over the patella. Underneath the next surface, he makes a curved incision around the patella to move the patella out of the way. Then he exposes the femur, the tibia, and the patella. He uses special devices to make accurate cuts of those bones. Then he places metal on those bones and then

portant shortly after surgery to maintain that range of motion, so scar tissue does not develop. At two weeks, most people are walking (some with an assistive device). By six weeks, most people are walking without the assistive device.

“It’s the outcomes that are most valuable to me,” Dr. Bishop said. “I like it when patients do well and get back to the activities they enjoy doing like hiking and taking part in sports.”

One of the many advantages of having your total knee replacement surgery at Estes Park Health is being close to home. If you live in this area and your family and friends are here to support you, that can be extremely valuable in your recovery.

“I have years of experience doing joint replacements in Longmont,” Dr. Bishop added. “I have a large group of patients who have been very happy with their procedure. I’m excited to bring that same technology, that same ability, here to Estes Park. Come see me. It starts

“When we’re standing, it’s about two times our body weight,” Dr. Bishop noted. “When we’re going up and down stairs or hiking up a mountain, it’s about eight or nine times our body weight.”

Patients can also experience ligament or meniscus problems. These create stability and cushion for the knee.

When people come to see Dr. Bishop the first time, he must assess what is going on.

“The first thing we do is get a story, so we know how or where the pain or discomfort is coming from,” Dr. Bishop said. “We also get x-rays to evaluate the bony structures of the knee and then a good physical exam.”

Depending on the diagnosis, specialists have many interventions to try and ease the pain or discomfort.

“Physical therapy can be exceedingly helpful as far as strength around the knee and balance in the knee,” Dr. Bishop stated. “There are certain kinds of injections. Cortisone is one we use a fair amount, which is a strong anti-inflammatory which helps dull, aching pain within the knee. Another type of injection which is only approved by the FDA for the knee but is currently used for some cosmetics is hyaluronic acid. That, too, can help with some of the inflammation in the knee. Some people like to think of it as something that can

“We don’t have a way to bring the cartilage back,” Dr. Bishop emphasized. “The only surgical fix for that is a total knee replacement. We can try more conservative approaches until it isn’t working anymore. Then it’s ultimately up to the patient to decide if the next step is joint replacement.”

to use heat, ice, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, or Tylenol.

A lot of these interventions can make knee problems like irritation or limited range of motion more manageable, especially in the case of osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease where the cartilage is just worn down.

“However, we don’t have a way to bring

“The ultimate idea is to recreate the alignment and the function of the knee as it was originally designed by taking off as little bone as possible and putting on an implant that will recreate that joint,” Dr. Bishop explained.

plastic in between at certain stress points so that the ligaments can function the way they are supposed to function.

“The ultimate idea is to recreate the alignment and the function of the knee as it was originally designed by taking off as little bone as possible and putting on an implant that will recreate that joint,” Dr. Bishop explained. Patients get up and move on the same day as their procedure. Mobility is im-

with a conversation. I’d be happy to see you. We would discuss what the main issues are, what’s bothering you, what things we can offer you to improve your activity and what you want to do in your life.”

To listen to a podcast featuring Dr. Bishop talking about knee pain treatment at Estes Park Health, go to blubrry.com/1471883/131985720/ mountaintop-medicine-from-estespark-health-estes-park-health-surgeonattacks-knee-pain-on-all-fronts.

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Total knee replacement is essentially a procedure in which the surgeon removes the old part of the knee and inserts a new device, replacing the joint surfaces with metal and plastic. Graphic by Estes Park Health Photos by Estes Park Health Longs Peak from Flattop Mountain Photo by Steph Abegg

Estes Park Health Returns To Scheduling Lab Appointments

During the height of the COVID pandemic, Estes Park Health switched to walk-in appointments for minor tests like lab work and x-rays. As of April 29, 2024, EPH is returning to scheduled appointments.

“We want to streamline our processes and make the system as efficient for patients as possible,” said Serena Hennig, Patient Access Manager.

Booking these tests in advance will limit wait times. Appointments allow the staff to look ahead at the schedule and identify orders or questions prior to the

patient’s arrival.

“Patients will receive the same great experience while meeting the needs of their safety and ensuring the utmost care,” EPH Laboratory Support Supervisor Amanda Donaldson explained.

The hours for scheduled testing will be from 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays.

The number to call to schedule appointments is (970) 577-4529.

EPH will still offer walk-in labs and xrays for patients whose doctors request testing the same day as a visit.

Volunteerism

At a time when our country and our communities seem so divided, there is a positive dynamic taking place in Estes Park and communities throughout our county. It is volunteerism. Even though communities celebrate volunteerism going on in our communities, research has shown that while over 90% of us want to volunteer, only one out of four Americans actually do. Why is that?

Volunteerism has been a unique part of American culture and democracy. In fact, Americans are 15 percent more likely to volunteer their time than the Dutch, 21 percent more likely than the Swiss and 32 percent more likely than Germans.

And yet, despite these statistics volunteerism is declining in the US. A University of Pennsylvania study found that community-based human service organizations are the third most reliant on volunteer staffing behind religious and education sectors.

Research has found three common barriers to volunteerism: “I don’t have enough time and volunteer schedules are too inflexible.” “I don’t have enough information and most volunteer roles aren’t interesting.”. “No one asked me to.”

Volunteerism is declining, both locally and nationally. There is much speculation, but no single definitive answer. More women working, online communities, people relocating more frequently, kids having too many activities and the rise of youth club sports all speak to the decline. Well before a global pandemic tore us away from our loved ones, and the Omicron variant threatened to upend holiday plans, experts were warning of “an epidemic” of loneliness” in the United States.

So why volunteer? The benefits can be enormous. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community. Studies have long

touted the mental health benefits to volunteerism-including feeling more social connected and warding off loneliness and depression.

The right match can help one to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance one’s career. Giving to others can help protect one’s mental and physical health, reduce stress, combat depression, keep one mentally stimulated and provide a sense of purpose. In short, volunteering connects one to others, is good for one’s mind and body, can advance one’s career and bring fun and fulfillment to one’s life. Volunteering is a two-way street: it can benefit you and one’s family as much as the cause one chooses to help.

It is not true that one gets nothing in return. The gratification one can obtain by playing a positive role in someone else’s life is unparalleled. Volunteerism is a way of giving back to our community. The United Way Worldwide project is working to increase volunteerism through its annual United Way Day of Action event.

Many of my colleagues volunteer. One expressed that she volunteers because, now retired, she has more time. She wants to be engaged in the community. She has gifts that she wants to utilize and volunteering introduces her to other cultures and gives her hope.

How does one find the right volunteer opportunity? Ask yourself the following: Would you like to work with adults, children, animals or remotely from home? Do you prefer to work alone or as part of a team? Are you better behind the scenes or do you prefer to take a more visible role? What gifts can I bring to the task?

Try it. You will like it.

You can contact me at renemoquin66@gmail.com or 970-9807722.

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Photo by Jim Ward Osprey & its breakfast

What Goes Around, Comes Around

If you’ve lived in America long enough you’ve probably heard the phrase, “what goes around comes around.” I know for me it was generally referenced in the context of someone being mean, unfair, or bullying another person. My Dad reminded me of this when an upperclassman was picking on me and I became fearful of walking across our high school campus. Dad said, “One day the bully will run into someone who is bigger and tougher, and he’ll get what he’s been giving out.” I actually never lived long enough to see this happen so I’m not sure how life turned out for him. But, I’m hopeful he changed his ways and became a nicer person. I know in the Old Testament there is a reference to “an eye for an eye” but later in history, the message changed “to not resist an evil person.” In fact, if someone slaps your cheek, turn the other cheek. This doesn’t imply being a doormat or allowing people to abuse you, but it does encourage us to fight hatred with love. Love never fails. As we faithfully love people who are difficult to love I believe a transformation will take place before our eyes. I discovered the principle that what a person sows they will reap, so be careful what kind of seeds you’re planting for they will produce a harvest of either good or bad fruit. If someone has wronged you and they deserve wrath… show them kindness. Treat others how

you would want to be treated. Let’s have a little more mercy, grace, love, and compassion going around. Because whether you know it or not, you will need it to come back around to you one day.

One of our “Neighbors in Need” who is now in a better place came by Crossroads a few years ago to drop off a nice card that had a significant donation inside.

Here’s what she had to say: “Thank you again for the amazing help you gave me last summer when I broke my ankle. I got an unexpected tax return so I’m passing it on to you to help someone else. Thank you for all you do for our community!” What goes around comes around! I’m so proud to be a part of an organization that is taking good care of our neighbors who find themselves in a needy situations. We are grateful for the generosity of the people who make this possible. Donations that are coming in are quickly going out to make sure no one in our town finds themselves alone in their time of need. Will you consider giving a gift to help a neighbor?! During April and May, we have a dollar-for-dollar matching program going on, so it’s a great time to double your investment in our community. You can donate securely online at www.CrossroadsEP.org or send in a check to PO Box 3616, Estes Park, CO 80517. Thank you!

Longs Peak Summit

Feet Firmly Planted (In Thin Air)

desires to have his feet firmly planted on solid ground strives to engage all three of these aspects of character. Truth is, we are seeing less and less men committed to embracing integrity, action and courage. As a result, many men struggle finding their “footing” and end up being tossed around to and fro based on which way the wind of popularity is blowing. Their feet may be” planted” in thin air rather than a solid rock.

The social, political and cultural issues men find themselves pressured by create a real dilemma. What do I be lieve? Why do I believe it? Will I maintain accept ance by my pears if I choose to go against the grain in order to hang onto what I believe is true and honest? “Just go along to get along” is tough to overcome when a man’s friendships and being accepted is on the line.

lot more about what a guy believes based on what he does—not what he says.” That’s wise counsel.

In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech in Paris France which became, “The Man in the Arena.” In part he said, “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.” Being a man of integrity and courage must ultimately translate to action. Let’s face it, the noblest idea known to mankind without being executed is nothing more than a good idea. It is true that “faith without action is dead.”

Courage is absolutely required to be a man of integrity and action. Humility and our willingness to forgive (ourselves and others) are foundational to courage. Frankly, one cannot be a person of integrity while harboring resentments, unforgiveness and anger. Find unforgiveness and you’ll find pride.

For certain, integrity is not perfection. If it was, nobody would have integrity. I believe integrity is determined by the size gap between what we think we believe and say we believe and how we end up living that out. The closer the gap, the bigger the integrity. The wider the gap, the bigger our hypocrisy. I used to work with a guy who said, “You know a whole

Guys gather at Men on Fire to double down on our commitment to become men of integrity, action and courage. We understand growing and developing our character stands a much higher chance of success when we lean on God’s Word and other men willing to be in the good fight of faith. We gather as men from diverse faith journeys. We gather as men from a wide age spectrum bringing our youthful enthusiasm and seasoned life experience. We gather as men striving to become better men— husbands, fathers and leaders in our homes, churches and community.

So there you have it--integrity, action and courage--with some dust, sweat and blood mixed in for good measure. Join us this Saturday, 8:00 a.m. at the American Legion. No matter where you’re at in your life or your personal faith journey, you’ll be welcomed, accepted and not judged. Saturday, 8:00 a.m., American Legion in Estes Park. Come get in the arena!

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The Housing Dilemma

The Estes Valley provides a lovely place to live. We enjoy the landscape and the wildlife who live here among us. We enjoy the collaborative spirit of Estes. But we must have independent services that prevent us from being totally dependent upon somewhere else. Those of us who were here in 2013 know how easily the roads can wash away. I am pleased that the Town Board opted to keep our own Police Force as opposed to letting the County Sheriff assist us with that. I am glad we have our own town board, our own development code, our own (redundant) broadband, and our own water. We are a part of collaboration across Colorado, (PRPA, CAST, Larimer County), but we are selfsufficient in many ways. To function independently, we require a workforce that provides certain services.

Workforce is individuals who work in the Estes Valley. While everyone wants to work in Estes, most tire of the commute within two years. We need teachers, police, accountants, and lawyers. We need a variety of town staff and staffing for our non-profits. We need doctors, dentists, psychiatrists and psychologists, chiropractors, nurses and home-health aides, PT personnel and lab techs. We need grocery stores and pharmacies. We need hair stylists, barbers, massage therapists, and fitness trainers. We need talented individuals, qualified to repair computers and appliances, plumbing and electricity, remodeling, furnaces, energy alternatives, and vehicles. We need snow plow drivers, gardeners, cleaning crew, store clerks, wait staff, desk jockeys, file clerks, and receptionists. We have this workforce, but they do not all live here –and we need them to stay more than two years.

Of course, not all jobs pay that “living wage." Minimum wage in Colorado is $14.42 per hour. This is almost twice as much as the national minimum of $7.25 (applicable in Georgia, Wyoming, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, S. Carolina and Tennessee). $14.42 x 60 x 50 x 2 adults in the household = $87,520 / 12 * .3 = $2163 monthly rent. Of course, at minimum wage, that requires a 60-hour work week, 50 weeks a year for both adults and leaves little room for education, car payments, and other lifestyle improvements. Luckily, most businesses in Estes pay better than minimum wage. Here in Estes, a small one bedroom, no-frills house will rent for over $1800 a month or more and there are very few available.

When I looked this month, I found only two and they were in Lyons ($1875) and Glen Haven ($2000). Is it any wonder that two or three jobs is considered normal?

Using a more common wage: $20 x 60 x 50 = $60,000. A single person cannot sustainably support an Estes home at this wage. With two workers in the home, fully employed within the Estes Valley at $20, it is possible. $20 x 40 x 50 x 2 = $80,000 or $6,666/month. This presumably allows for rent (or house payment) of $2000 for a two adult household -– with only one job each. Still, 3% of our summer staff live in their cars or in campsites, or they couch-surf or commute. Checking the listings, we found four available apartments for $2000 or less: two studio apartments, a one bedroom and a two bedroom.

Creation Care At The Presbyterian Church

10 a.m. Saturday, April 13

The Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies kicked off April and Earth Care month with a talk by Scott Rashid on "Small Mountain Owls." This week, Meredith Ishida will present on "The Poetry of Wild Sacred Spaces." Please join us for this journey of word, image, and song. 1700 Brodie Ave., 970-586-4404.

Creation Care: A Series on Stewardship and Spirituality. One of the ways that we are called to action is to care for our environment. Caring for our environment means not only taking steps to use our resources wisely but also to learn about

the world around us. The more we learn about nature, how we rely on it for our sustainability and how we both impact and are impacted by it, the more we can understand our role in protecting it. In response to this mission focus of our denomination, the PCUSA, we are dedicating five weekends to creation care. On Saturday mornings at 10:00, we will feature environmental experts and enthusiasts to share their knowledge and experience about all matters concerning the environment. These talks are open to the community and all are invited.

AA & Al-Anon Meetings

AA of Glen Haven

Every Monday night at the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Early Worms

Monday thru Saturday at 7:00 a.m. (Monday through Saturday hybrid meetings with Zoom #796 839 839 PW:Worms20) at St. Bartholomew Church, 880 MacGregor Ave.

Early Worms Women's Meeting

Wednesday-7 p.m.-In Person and Zoom- O, D

Thursday -12 p.m. Zoom-O, D

Friday-12 p.m.-In Person and Zoom-O, D

Saturday-12 p.m.-In Person and Zoom-O, D

Sunday -12 p.m.-In Person and Zoom-O, D

We must provide realistic housing possibilities for this workforce … and their families. Economics has a lot to do with that. If it costs more to live here, then our teachers, police, and even our retail sales people must make more than they would down below. So the businesses must charge slightly more, but the stores here are small and they do not have room for things that the people do not buy. If we, the people, do not shop here, then local businesses cannot offer the goods and services that we, the people, do not buy.

The accepted “living wage" for Estes Park is $24 per hour. The justification for this: $24 x 60 hours per week x 50 weeks equals $72,000 or $6000 per month. The accepted figure for sustainable housing is 30% of income. $72,000 / 12 * 30% = $1800 per month. It is difficult to find local accommodations for less.

My opinion: whether apartment or houses, there are not nearly enough homes available at sustainable rental rates. Delays generally drive the development cost (and the resulting rent) upward. They also cause alterations to the layout and the esoteric (quaint) look of the property disappears in an attempt to minimize that extra cost/rent. Using 6E funds, and other supported possibilities, we can offer places for young families to live and grow. We can house our own workforce – if we work together. However, to do so, we must be willing to welcome young families. We must encourage developers to build lots of small homes to house the workforce we need.

To quote Peter Lifari, CEO of Maiker Housing Partners: “Our Great American Housing Depression is fueled by our cultural aversion to one another. We are neighbors. We are not invaders. Until we ask ourselves why we are so afraid of one another the depression rages on …”

Agree? Disagree? Questions? Comments? RRRcyc@signsandwishes.com

12 p.m. Mondays

St. Bartholomew, 880 MacGregor Ave.

Mixed Nuts Al-Anon Group

We meet Friday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew Church. The meeting is hybrid with Zoom #285 426 3644 PW: serenity.

One Day at a Time

Location: Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies 1700 Brodie Ave, Estes Park

When: Tues and Thursday @ noon. Please park in back, Meetings are held downstairs in Room 6.

Alcoholics Anonymous Fall River Group, 453 West Elkhorn, Estes Park.

Current Schedule for 1/4/2024

Zoom ID 999 829166 for AA Meetings

Monday-12 p.m.-In Person-O, D

Monday-7 p.m.-In Person and ZoomO, BB

Tuesday-12 p.m.-Zoom-O, D

Wednesday-12 p.m.-In Person and Zoom-O, D

Last Friday of each month is birthday night; 6 p.m. Potluck, 7 p.m. Speaker.

*** Contribute via VENMO @Samuel-Cherman

Other 12 Step Meetings Held at Fall River Group

Thursday-7 p.m.-Narcotics Anonymous “New Horizons” Group O, D-In Person and Zoom 705 555 830

**O=open to all

D=discussion

BB=Big Book

Zoom Meetings-Everyday at noon

Zoom #999 829 166 (no password needed).

Monday Zoom Big Book study at 7 p.m. #654 598 884 (no password needed).

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Zoom #999 829 166

Online AA and NA Meetings at www.intherooms.com

There are 70 AA Meetings and 30 NA Meetings a week.

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Adam Troy

Adam Oliver

Oliver completed his earthly journey early on Easter morning, March 31, 2024. He passed away due to organ failure. Adam was creative in nearly every way. He loved music, drawing, sculpting, digital art, movies (scary movies, in particular), animals, and most of all his family and friends. Adam had a big heart and an even bigger sense of humor. He LOVED to laugh and could find humor in almost anything. His smile was contagious, and he shared it indiscriminately. He was a dreamer with a vivid imagination. He loved big and rarely ended a conversation without saying “I love you.” Adam judged no one…unless he was driving.

Adam was born on April 27, 1974, to Gary and Cindy Oliver in Provo, UT. He was a toe-headed dynamo from the get-go. Adam was many things over the years: a Big Wheels enthusiast, Batman, The Hulk, The Lone Ranger, a member of the G Force, G.I. Joe, Rocky, Rambo, a record-holding diver at Estes Park High School, an epic skateboarder (even at 49-years-old), an architectural student, a musician, a master memer, a very hard worker, and most of all an amazing big brother to his sisters and an incredible son to his parents. He was the fun uncle that loved to give his nieces and nephews the obnoxious gifts

that their parents would never buy, but that they enjoyed immensely, as did Adam.

Adam was effortlessly cool, without the attitude that can accompany that quality. Time and again, when speaking about him, friends and family have all said the same things, “Adam was just so cool” and “Adam was the nicest guy.”

Adam is survived by his parents, Gary and Cindy Oliver; his siblings, Ambra and Mat Taylor, Cama and Michael Patterson, Shelby and David Coogle; and his fiancé, Sara Harris. Adam was also very close with his aunt, Keeley Hansen, and her family. Additionally, he is survived by his beloved nieces and nephews, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins whom he loved dearly.

In lieu of flowers, please extend grace to someone who needs it, but may not deserve it. Answer that phone call when you think you don’t have time. Laugh at that joke that you may have heard before. Mend that relationship.

Adam's memorial service will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 3800 Mountain Lion Dr., Loveland, CO 80538.

Death Cafe May 4 At EV Library

At Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.

Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'.

Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling ses-

sion. It is respectful and confidential with no intention of leading to any conclusion, product or course of action.

Death Café is for adults and will meet upstairs in the Wasson Board Room of the Estes Valley Library in Estes Park from 2:30 – 4:30 on Saturday, May 4.

To RSVP, text Deborah at 970-4529191.

Our pastor spoke from the scripture, acts that occurred after Jesus’ departure from earth. Jesus had promised that He must leave them so that the Holy Spirit could come to sustain our life and spiritually. Spirituality gives a vision for life beyond my own personal interests. The vision is actually deposited in relationship to others. Yes, it constitutes a better life for me, but it is in synchronicity to relationships with others.

While our spirituality is intended to include a personal relation with God, the relationship must include people as well.

1 John 4:20. This sermon was part of a new series that focuses on being filled with the Holy Spirit. That terminology carries with it certain ideas. Some are scriptural and some are not. Clearly the first manifestation came to the disciples who were hiding because of fear of the rulers. The impact of being filled with the Holy Spirit was evident immediately in the boldness of the disciples immediately following being filled with the Holy Spirit. The story of this event can be read in Acts 2. We see an obvious supernatural event as the disciples spoke in their language but was heard in the languages of other nations present. But I believe the greater miracle is what happened in each of them going from being afraid to stepping outside their safety zone, to publicly confess their belief in the teachings of Jesus.

For me, that has changed over the years. As I began my journey, I was led to prison ministry. The better part of that 30-year investment was volunteering in prison. Twelve of those years I had the privilege to serve as Prison Fellowship’s Director in Illinois. I also had the opportunity to mentor others in the faith as we journeyed together to capture the intent and strategies necessary to pull off the mission. Often it was immature, but it was God who oversaw the result. But it still was my responsibility to hear from the Lord and follow His lead. Something I have been less successful at than I would like. Becoming mature is not a physical thing that happens to my body and thinking. It is an internal change by the Holy Spirit that changed my perspective on how to think about things.

The question we all must ask, and I must ask personally, is my faith boldly on display for the world to see? Or is it only evident is the relative safety of my personal devotions or in the safety of fellow believers? If I answer that question in the affirmative, I am not allowing a boldness of the intent to follow Jesus and see it as my highest priority in my life. The coming of the Holy Spirit was not for the early disciples alone but for each of us as we place our faith in the wonder of Jesus’ salvation. It may come in a flash, or it may take some time, but He is there as we mature enough in faith to grab hold of Him. I must find the niche God has given me to display influence. And I must do so such that it impacts and becomes light in a dark world.

In my golden years, God has entrusted me with journaling and sharing my thoughts with others. Mainly on Facebook but I am beginning to explore a wider range of influences. I do not attempt to repeat Jim’s sermon. He is much more articulate than I am. It is rather an attempt to capture the sermon’s effect on my life. I share that in the community through the kindness of local newspapers who publish my writing. And that because of my own pastor’s encouragement. I am not speaking of Jim Burgen, lead pastor at Flatirons Church. It is a person who lives and works in our community to provide for the poor. His name is Brian Schaffer. Where would I be without the Holy Spirit in other lives to encourage me. I am convinced by solid evidence that the Holy Spirit is alive and powerful in my life and others to fulfill the call God He has on our lives.

Flatirons would not be anything if it were not humble in its intent and strategy for reaching a lost and broken world. I enjoy being a part of the vision, intent, and strategy that they have. It bolsters me in my own call to be an influencer is areas that God has called me to make a difference. If you do not have a church that you are a part of and active in its vision, we invite you to join us and our family at Reel Mountain Theater, at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

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EMPLOYMENT » Place and View Ads at EPNews.com « EMPLOYMENT epnews.com Friday, April 12, 2024 « 43 Skilled Maintenance Full Time/Part Time $18.00 to $24.00 per hour DOE plus bonus* • General Maintenance and/or • Hot Tub Service • Landscaping/Snow Removal • Guest Services *Bonus is $1.00 per hour May through October Apply at, mail or email resume to: Fawn Valley Inn, 2760 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517 Email: Jamie@RockyMtnResorts.com NOW HIRING! Help Wanted Liquor Store Sales Associate Full Time/Part Time available Starting wage $19 hour Sign on bonus! Employee Benefits & discounts at Bart's Liquor and our sister store Rocky Mountain Pharmacy Stop by for an application and become a Spirit Guide today! (970) 586-1930 We’re hiring for the following positions starting at $21.01/hr.: • Drive-up & Go Service Helpers • Checker • Courtesy Clerk • Day-Stocker • Overnight Stocker • Bakery Clerk • Deli Clerk • Produce Clerk • Seafood Clerk • Cake Decorator • Meat Cutter Get your application at: www.albertsoncompanies.com After your application has been completed, please call our hiring manager Ann at 970.586.4447.
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Friendly demeanor to provide outstanding customer service and support. If you're ready to take on a pivotal role in a fast-paced construction office environment and contribute to our team's success, we want to hear from you! Apply now with your resume and cover letter highlighting your relevant experience. glaciercreekinc@gmail.com 970-214-3000 Maintenance Tech FT Seasonal, PT Off-Season Possible $19 - $20/Hr 1885 Sketch Box Ln #7 Estes Park Basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, drywall and painting Work orders, troubleshoot, vendor comm, snow shoveling, mowing Computer skills, lift 50+ lbs, English, Spanish a plus, valid DL Weekends, holidays, rotating on call a must Please send resume and cover letter to: dawn@skyrun.com NOW HIRING! Retail Clerks Rocky Mountain Conservancy Nature Stores
Seasonal: May-October Full-time or Part-time Weekends & some holidays required in Estes Park Visitor Center & Rocky Mountain National Park Seeking team players to work at Experience with marketing or sales a plus | Customer service experience required See full position description on our website RMConservancy.org/employment | (970)586-0121 NOW HIRING! Warehouse & Warehouse-Driver Rocky Mountain Conservancy Retail Warehouse $20-20.50/hr Seasonal: May-October Full-time or Part-time Weekends & some holidays required in Rocky Mountain National Park Seeking team players to work at See full position description on our website RMConservancy.org/employment | (970)586-0121 SeasonalGuest Services Lodge Position Apply via email with resume to events@twinowls.net Experience Required 32 hours a week Starting at $18 hour Now Hiring Full Time Guest Services Associate$21 Per Hour Maintenance Technician I$18.61 Per Hour Maintenance Technician II$20.75 Per Hour Generous Paid Time Off + Full Benefits Part Time Laundry - $16 Per Hour Apply careers.travelandleisureco.com (search for Estes Park) Resumes to marlene.saleeby@wyn.com MORE EMPLOYMENT ADS ON PAGE 42
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Job Opportunity: Office Administrator for General Contractor's Office. Are you organized, efficient, and thrive in a dynamic office environment? We're looking for a skilled Office
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Proficiency in QuickBooks for managing accounts and financial transactions. Strong typing skills to handle administrative tasks efficiently. Excellent organizational abilities to maintain smooth office operations. Exceptional communication skills for interacting with clients, suppliers, and team members.
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3 mornings and 2 afternoon shifts. $18 to $22 hour depending on experience.

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AUDITOR POSITION Friday and Saturday nights. $18 to $22 depending on experience.

Opening for SEASONAL FRONT DESK AGENT

May through October weekend work is necessary. $18 to $22 hour depending on experience.

Please apply in person 1450 Big Thompson Ave.

Rocky Mountain Transit Management is now hiring for seasonal employment. We are looking for bus drivers, parking lot attendants, cleaners, and mechanics. Paid CDL training available. Give us a call 970577-7477

EMPLOYMENT » Place and View Ads at EPNews.com « EMPLOYMENT 44 » Friday, April 12, 2024 epnews.com Part-time/Full-time year round employment. Clean Valid Colorado Driver license (no special license needed). $18-20 an hour. Apply within at: Estes Park Shuttle 551 South Saint Vrain Ave Now hiring Shuttle Drivers Help us help others. Become a Care Pro Apply online at HomeInstead.com/NorthernColorado or call for more information 970.494.0289 • Starting at $20 • NO Medical Background Required • Flexible Schedule • Training & Local Support Provided • Rewarding & Meaningful Job! Each Home Instead® office is an independently owned and operated franchise of Home Instead, Inc., an Honor Company. © 2023 Home Instead, Inc. HIRING TODAY! CDL DRIVERS Pay Starting at $26/hr Apply at Careers.wm.com or send your resume to ihensley@wm.com Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Hochstetler Resorts Laundry Manager Pay DOE $17-18/hr. Healthcare and PTO options. Experience Required. Some english required. For more information & to apply please contact Claudia at (970) 412-6618 or Lulu at (970) 324-1984 between the hours of 8am - 3pm. PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING A neighborhood meeting will be held on April 22, 2024 at 5:00pm at 351 Moraine Ave. Suite A, to provide information about the following zoning and development proposal: Proposal: Re- Zone from CO- Commercial Outline to A-Accommodations and Development Plan Location: 1895 Fall River Rd Estes Park, CO 805 17 Property Owner: Kinley Built Applicant: Kinley Built At the neighborhood meeting the applicant will present an overview of the development proposal for the location stated above. The applicant will be available to answer any questions and respond to comments. Per the Estes Valley Development Code (EVDC), Section 3.2, a neighborhood meeting is mandatory for zoning and planning projects that require a public hearing. Duplexes
Bedroom 1 Bath Duplex for rent $1800.00 a month would prefer long term lease. Please Call Sue at 801 230 9595 Nice Cozy duplex available June 1-Aug 31. Fully furnished two bedroom, one bathroom home. All utilities included including wi-fi. $1500/month + security deposit. Close to Rocky Mountain and the YMCA, walking distance to Country Market and other eateries. Call Chris@720-642-4391 Commercial Rentals Office Space for Rent 1377 Sq. Ft., Conference Room, 3 Private Offices, High Traffic Area with Great Exposure, Open Lobby Area, Printer Room. 351 Moraine Ave. Suite B 970-227-4865 nathan@kinleybuilt.com House for Rent 1895 Fall River Rd. 3,089 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath, sun room, full kitchen, office. 970-308-4457 ndkpropertiesep@ gmail.com Condos 1 BD, 3/4 BA, left unit of duplex. Common area has W/D. Tenant pays elec., water & gas. Avail. 3/25. First, last & security dep. $1500/mo., 970-481-5188 Cabins We have several year around rental units available RIGHT NOW! With a wide range of prices from $850/month to $2600/month, we can accommodate most budgets. All units are in the Estes Valley and walking distance to downtown. Call us for details 970-586-6500 or stop by the office Mon-Fri. Storage Units Manford Plaza storage unit for rent. 970-586-3828 Cleaning $FIRST CLEANING FREE$Residential, commercial, vacation, and more! We clean it all! PLUS + RELIABLE Property
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46 » Friday, April 12, 2024 epnews.com HOT TUBS & POOL SERVICES LOG RAILINGS & ACCENTS LANDSCAPING SERVICES PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS BUILDER Cory D. Workman, Au.D. Phone: 970-586-5255 1186 Graves Ave., Ste. B Estes Park, CO 80517 Fax: 970-577-7260 drcory@estesparkaudiology.com www.estesparkaudiology.com • Hearing Aids / New & Repair • Hearing Evaluations • Hearing Protection • Ear Care / Wax Removal • Dizziness / Balance HEARING & TINNITUS CARE 970-586-1685 Custom Homes, Additions, Kitchens, Baths, Historic Renovations, Remodels and Design Work Full service general contracting since 1998 Charles Santagati glaciercreekinc.com 1191 Graves Ave GENERAL CONTRACTOR JR Services, LLC • Landscaping • Fencing • Lawn Maintenance • Retaining Walls • Flagstone • Raking • Sidewalk & Deck Cleanup Call 970-590-8015 or 970-689-1393 Elkins Construction Custom Homes • Remodels Decks • Drawings 40+ Years Experience Tim Elkins 970.310.1683 Estes Park, Colorado elkskins22@gmail.com Licensed and Insured New Construction & Remodeling 970-581-2670 • cornellhico@gmail.com cornellhomeimprovement.com Long time local serving the Estes area. Specializing in Decks, Windows, Siding, Kitchen/Bath Remodels, and Exterior Painting MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY PAINTING MAINTENANCE/REPAIR SERVICES MAINTENANCE/REPAIR SERVICES PEST CONTROL PILATES D DIAMOND D HANDYMAN SERVICE Home Maintenance & Repairs Mowing • Wacking • Hauling • Yard Clean up “Consider It Done!” Licensed & Insured Dave 303-877-2007 COWLES CUSTOM CARPENTRY Electric, Plumbing, Drywall, Roofing, Siding, Doors, Floors, Windows, Tile, Fencing, Decks, Honey Do List & Much More Locally owned and operated in Estes Park 303-532-6775 estesparkccc@gmail.com OUTDOOR PROPERTY SERVICES Matt Kroger - Call or text: 970-412-0981 Irrigation Repairs • Weatherization Mowing • Edging • Shrub Pruning Tree Trimming • Fencing Repairs Fencing • Gardening • Honeybee Swarm Removal Fire Mitigation • Winter Handyman Services No Job Too Small!
Friday, April 12, 2024 « 47 epnews.com PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS BUILDER TREE SERVICE REAL ESTATE PROPANE PLUMBING PRINTING PRE-PLANNING ADVISOR WINDOW CLEANING Dawn Shields 970-909-4789 DAWN.SHIELDS@DIGNITYMEMORIAL.COM We at Allnutt-Estes Park Chapel have been serving families for over 35 years. As part of Dignity Memorial, we are committed to the highest standards at your time of need. We can also put a plan in place to emotionally and financially relieve your loved ones of burden. This can be the greatest gift that you can offer them. Show them how much you care by protecting them now! STORAGE NOW AVAILABLE! • Unit Sizes: 800-1600 sq. ft. • Boat & RV Storage • Fire Suppression System • Utilities Available 970.481.9807 Colexcav@gmail.com TAROT READING
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