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he town of �iwot, Colorado, is beautifully nestled along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder County. This enchanting and vintage town combines a rich historical past and a contemporary distinction as a vibrant arts community. Quaint, charming, friendly, and just 10 minutes from Boulder, �iwot is your escape from the fast lane whether you spend a couple of hours, a day or a It can’t get anythan better than this. lifetime.get any better this." Tour Casa Siena online at 5 Star Home Energy Rating


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magine waking up in the morning, pouring your first steaming cup of coffee and stepping out from your spacious kitchen into your own private courtyard. The sun is rising and you hear the trickling water from your fountain and the quiet sounds of nature beginning the day. You nestle into your favorite outdoor chair, gaze into the beautiful clear skies, take a deep breath of the fresh Colorado air and appreciate being home. For lunch, you hop on your bike for a short ride into quaint downtown �iwot, where you meet a friend for a delicious lunch at the local Italian deli, then spend a leisurely hour browsing the shops and galleries along Second Avenue before pedaling back home. Later that day, you stroll down one of the scenic walking trails within the Goldbranch community. You stop to say hello to your neighbors as they enjoy a game of Bocce on one of the courts located in Goldbranch Village. You notice a red-tailed hawk landing in a towering blue spruce, and appreciate the wildlife you’re able to see along the riparian corridor that forms the northern property properly line. The sun is beginning to set, painting the Colorado skies pink and gold. Your friends are about to arrive for a leisurely evening of dinner and reminiscing about your recent trip to Europe. There's no need to worry or stress; in this low-maintenance community, your yard work has already been done. Just before your guests arrive, you light your outdoor fireplace, pour yourself a glass of wine from your wine cellar, and watch the bright stars begin to emerge over the Rocky Mountains. After an enjoyable evening, as you rest comfortably in Goldbranch's private enclave, you think, "Life doesn't get any better than this."

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I Brake for Santa I’ll just come right out and say it: I’m a Christmas fanatic. Although it may be considered uncool or politically incorrect to love a holiday this much, I unabashedly, wholeheartedly, proudly love Christmas. I listen to the music year-round, try to have our lights up by November and compile an extensive database of every single made-for-TV holiday movie. (My favorites? Ones starring former Beverly Hills 90210 cast members and ones in which orphans feature prominently). I get way more excited than I should over seeing eggnog in the supermarket (I don’t even like eggnog) and I stress myself out over how, exactly, to make it to every community within reasonable driving distance’s tree lightings. I love the trees, the decorations and, of course, the presents. Right about now, some of you are thinking that my family should host an intervention, others are only reading this because they’re putting off their holiday shopping another day and a few of my Christmas compadres are nodding their Santa hat-clad heads in agreement. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus or another end-of-the-year celebration, I truly believe that this really is the most wonderful time of the year. I see it in kids’ smiles, I smell it in fresh-baked treats from the neighbors and I hear it in the sounds of beautiful choirs.

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Am I being hokey? Totally. But I also think that we need a little more hokiness in our lives. We don’t believe in miracles, peace or politicians anymore—and maybe rightfully so—but for this one month out of the year it’s nice to have hope that next year just might be a little bit better.

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If you’re ready to get hokey with me, check out our Calendar for a list of holiday events happening around Boulder County. Consult our locally-made gift guide to support your neighbors while checking items off your gift list (or buy something for a family in need; for more info read our Giving Back story).

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Colorado Gives Day, December 10 Last year, Coloradans made an astonishing show of support for local nonprofits by donating $15.4 million in just 24 hours. A total of $15.7 million was distributed to the nonprofits, thanks to additional contributions from the FirstBank Incentive Fund and 36 cash prizes. Let’s see what we can do on Colorado Gives Day 2013! When: 24 hours starting at 12 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 How: Donate through local charities or online at Why: To support the nonprofits that protect and nurture quality of life in Colorado

Monty Python’s Spamalot Plays Boulder’s Dinner Theatre Rude Frenchmen, cancan dancers, the Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls, killer rabbits, catapulting cows and the somewhat odd Knights who say “ni” are just part of the adventures and dangers awaiting King Arthur and his knights of the very, very, very round table in their quest for the holy grail. Lovingly ripped off from the motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is the fresh and irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend. Spamalot runs through March 1, 2014 at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre and tickets are available at Tickets start at $38 and include both the performance and dinner served by the stars of the show.

Boulder County Leadership Fellows Program The Community Foundation and the Boulder Chamber announce a new joint leadership and networking program: Leadership Fellows Boulder County. The new program will provide 25-30 emerging and transformational leaders from across sectors with a broad understanding of Boulder County’s economic, civic and cultural drivers. Much of the program’s curriculum will focus on building networks and tangible tools for local leadership roles. Leadership Fellows Boulder County will start in March of 2014. Monthly meetings will take place throughout Boulder County and will feature dialogues with current leaders from the business, civic, nonprofit and cultural sectors. Applicants are encouraged to apply beginning in December 2013; tuition is $1,200 for the year-long networking and leadership development facilitation.

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Erie’s Parks and Recreations Department was awarded the 2013 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials. Each year, four finalists in each class are chosen from across the nation to compete for grand honors. Erie Parks & Rec won the Grand Award for agencies with a population of less than 25,000.

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New Brewery in Louisville Crystal Springs Brewing Company has been in the area for a few years and recently stepped up its facilities by opening a brewery and taphouse in Louisville’s Colorado Technology Center. Crystal Springs’ proprietor, Tom Horst, has been selling his brews wholesale to local restaurants and grocery stores from a small operation in his home on Sunshine Canyon road for the past three years. The move to the brewery’s new 3,000-square-foot home in the CTC is intended to open their doors to a wider audience while keeping their wholesale business thriving.

Find Us on Facebook Two New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Lafayette The City of Lafayette is completing the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at City Hall and the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center this week. These installations complement the existing EV station installed at the Lafayette Public Library in 2012. All three stations are provided to the public free of charge. “Lafayette is a leader in the advancement of sustainability. We’re proud to now offer a total of 3 EV stations for our community,” said Curt Cheesman, Director of Recreation and Facility Management. “Our goal is to support alternate transportation by reducing ‘range

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Giving Back

Gifts for Those Who Need Them Most Article Emily O’Brien


n a perfect world, the holiday season brings out the best in each one of us. From tinsel to snow on the mountaintops, December is a happy time for many, and what better way to spend the holidays than with friends and family around a fire and opening presents? But this bliss isn’t always the case, and unfortunately, for some Boulder County residents, the holidays symbolize a time of hardship, strain and dread. Christmas presents represent unattainable luxury. That’s where A Precious Child comes to the rescue. Without the assistance of its Precious Gift program, some local families would face very grim and dismal holidays. A nonprofit organization that serves Boulder County, A Precious Child is devoted to making a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged and displaced children and families in Colorado by improving their quality of life. Its vision is to serve as a resource center in collaboration with schools, organizations, social services, fire and police departments, churches and shelters to ensure that all children in the State of Colorado have their basic needs met.

during monumental times in their life, such as birthdays and holidays. Every child submits their top three gift wish list for the holiday, and A Precious Child ensures that they receive at least one of the gifts on the list. A Precious Child is a stunningly powerful conduit to engage in community outreach, impact our neighbors and show people we care. The organization partners with the following agencies in the Boulder area, including (but not limited to): “I Have a Dream” Foundation, FEMA, Red Cross and Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence. If a parent is struggling around the time of their child’s birthday, A Precious Gift will open its doors and provide a few gifts, cake mix, icing and candles to help aid in the birthday celebration. A remarkable element about A Precious Gift is that your direct sponsorship provides a hands-on approach to families in need. “All gift requests come to us through these agencies and we then match the requests up with individuals and groups in the community that are interested in sponsoring a child or many children,” Associate Director Britta Robinson says. “Last year we provided more than 5,000 gifts during the holiday season, and we expect to be providing upwards of 6,000 this year as a result of increased needs in the community as well as for those that have been impacted by the floods.”

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made between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Help bring the holiday cheer to some of the people who need a boost the most. One of the most heartwarming testimonials comes from a Precious Gift volunteer: “A mom came to pick up her toys for her 14-year-old daughter who had asked for (but wasn't expecting to get) a sewing machine. When we brought out the sewing machine that a generous donor had given, the mom began crying and literally started jumping for joy. She then dragged us out to her car to show us all of the scrap cloth material she had pulled from Goodwill, and she told us that her daughter wanted the sewing machine so bad because she wanted to start making her own clothes so her mom wouldn't have to spend money on them.” A wonderful thing about our community is that we come together in times of adversity. Colorado is known for its extremes in weather, but this fall has been particularly hard on us with the devastating flooding. More than ever, people need help feeling the joy of the holiday season. Give the gift of generosity, and it’ll not only do some good for someone else, but in return, it may make that big heart of yours even warmer.

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Home Matters

Deck the Halls (with organic, responsibly-grown boughs of holly) Words Amber Giauque Callender


he holidays are here, and even in the most eco-conscious community, it can be challenging to stick to sustainable practices. With demanding social calendars, cooking, cleaning and the ever-elusive “perfect” gift to hunt down, we may feel overwhelmed and under-inspired when we set out to add holiday flair to our spaces. Holiday décor, however, need not be complicated. It can be simple, affordable and sustainable. With some inspiration from Mother Nature, your holiday home can radiate warmth and charm.

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Now that you’ve chosen the perfect greenery, it’s time for more aromatic accents. A tradional French decoration – an orange and clove pomander – may be the simplest and most appreciated piece of your decor. Children love this easy project, and beyond filling your home with a sweet scent, it makes for great last-minute gifts. Simply push cloves into the rind of the orange. Yes, it’s that simple! Feeling fancy? Create a unique pattern with your cloves and fasten a ribbon for hanging.

Nothing beats the warm glow of candles, fires and decorative light displays during the holidays. Keep your glow eco-friendly by switching over to LED lights. Paired with a lighting timer, you can drastically reduce your environmental impact. For candles, consider using soy. These candles don’t emit unsafe aromatic hydrocarbons, and they produce less soot than parafin. Better yet—make the switch to LED candles. New versions have an especially realistic and soft glow, without the mess of spilled wax.


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experts agree that live trees have less of an overall environmental impact than their artificial counterparts. CreekSide Tree Nursery (, although hit hard by the recent floods, is a good choice for local trees and shrubs. Expert nursery and farm staff help you choose from native species and can even plan to plant your tree in your yard after the holidays. Be sure to make use of any extra boughs as the cornerstone of a perfect table centerpiece or mantle adornment. You might also consider cutting locally. For a nominal fee, you can get a permit from the Forest Service to cut down your own tree. This is a rich holiday tradition for many families, and the Forest Service benefits from your help in managing our natural resources. Another eco-conscious option is to use a living, potted rosemary herb “tree.” Like firs and pines, rosemary is tremendously fragrant. Keep decorations light, and you’ll be able to use O Tannenbaum year round.

More Ways to Green Your Holidays

Keep your holiday eco-friendly with these additonal decorating tips: • Use last year’s gift ribbons to add cheer to everyday home décor. • Upcycle everyday items into unique ornaments. Consider painting and personalizing old light bulbs or picture frames. • Visit handmade displays and stores, particularly those with locally and sustainably made items. • Don’t forget second-hand stores. Your sustainable treasure may be waiting.

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For the Chocoholic

For the Showstopper

Anything from Piece, Love & Chocolate From the imagination of Sarah Amorese—a graphic designer-turned-chocolatier—comes Piece, Love & Chocolate, a whimsical wonderland dedicated to everything cacao. The store is an explosion of all things chocolate; we’re talking mousse-filled chocolate cupcakes, a galleria of truffles, chocolate-covered bacon, sipping chocolate, brownies, chocolate pasta and just about anything else you can think of. Cost: A dozen truffles $27

Todd Reed Jewelry Settling in Boulder in 1996 and opening his first shop, Todd Reed has always felt a close connection with nature. Living in Colorado has helped him nurture that love, as well as his passion for designing jewelry. Reed’s pieces are hand fabricated and finished in 18k gold, palladium, platinum and silver, all done in his Pearl Street studio. Each piece of jewelry begins as one of Reed’s original sketches, and each diamond and gemstone is personally selected by him, ensuring that any piece you give a loved one this holiday is truly unique. Cost: Varies depending on the piece


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For the Brew Enthusiast

Boulder Beer What’s more Colorado than beer? This holiday season, the perfect gift for any holiday party or gift exchange is a seasonal pack of Boulder Beer. If you visit the brewery or their online store, you can also find fun stocking stuffers like Boulder Beer koozies and pint glasses that are sure to please any brew lover this holiday. Cost: 6-pack $8.99 at Liquor Mart Boulder


t’s the time of year for giving, but the age-old question remains: What to give? Here are some local products and stores sure to please everyone on your list.

For the Positive Patty

Soaps to Live By Organically made, each bar of soap from Soaps to Live By is handcrafted in Boulder. Founder Andreea Ayers started Soaps to Live By as a way to inspire and encourage change by thinking positively. Her soaps boast words of motivation and each bar includes an inspiring quote to live by. What’s more, Soaps to Live By partners up with Trees for the Future and plants a tree for each bar sold. Cost: Single bars $8; gift sets of three $20

For the Fitness Fanatic

RecoFit Short for recovery and fitness, RecoFit makes four compression products: calf sleeves, full-leg sleeves, shin-splint therapy sleeves and armcoolers. Made from highly technical carbon fabric, RecoFit’s compression items enhance performance and recovery by increasing circulation and delaying fatigue of the muscles. These products are great gifts for a range of athletes, and even those who are just on their feet a lot. Cost: Calf sleeves: $44.95 Shin-splint sleeves: $59.95 Full-leg sleeves: $74.95 Armcoolers:$34.95

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For the Organic Lover

For the Busy Parents

Gift Basket from It’s Only Natural Gifts Organic, healthy living is a staple of the Boulder County lifestyle, so if you want to treat someone this holiday season, invest in a gift basket from It’s Only Natural. With food that’s free from preservatives, body care products full of organic ingredients and personalized canvas bags, It’s Only Natural gift baskets are great for colleagues, or made more personal for close family and friends. Cost: From $34

As You Wish Concierge Services A full-service personal assistant firm, As You Wish handles everyday tasks ranging from running daily errands to planning large events—your wish is their command. Gift cards from As You Wish would be a perfect stocking stuffer for someone planning a New Year’s Eve party, new moms or just about anyone who could use the gift of time. Cost: Gift certificates available

For the Spiritual Healer

ZENTS Body Care After surviving a life-changing car accident, ZENTS founder Cord Coen decided his healing process wouldn’t end with rehabilitation and surgery. Instead he traveled to India, where he found new ways to heal his body and mind through meditation, yoga and internal herbal treatments, thus inspiring ZENTS. These luxe products are a great gift for someone who takes pride in skin care and a different type of healing. Cost: Stocking stuffers from $11; boxed sets $46; available at Willow boutique in Boulder

For your Most Fashionable Friend

A Carol Ann Wachter Design Boulder’s most famous fashion export is Carol Ann Wachter, a locally-based hat and clothing designer who sells to Barney’s New York and exclusive boutiques around the U.S. Wachter started her upscale, elegant line as a way of financing her painting career, but it’s her classic, well-made pieces that have been her claim to fame. Cost: Blouses from $289

For the Pet Lover

Farfel’s Fotos Photography We love our animals, and what better way to celebrate them than by capturing them at their best in treasured photos? Farfel’s Farm owners Sandy Calvin and Jeff Richey have more than 20 years experience as photographers and videographers, making the duo the perfect choice to capture photos of furry friends. Cost: Packages from $195 story continues >

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For the Adventure Seeker

Wishlist Popular for “experience gifts,” Wishlist provides the perfect opportunity for you to give the adventure-junkie in your life an unforgettable gift. With experiences like zip lining the Royal Gorge, ice climbing Cheyenne Canyon, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and paddle-boarding, Wishlist is a great idea for anyone who values experiences over things. Cost: Varies depending on activity

For the Kid at Heart

Liberty Puzzles Handmade in Boulder, Liberty Puzzles specializes in wooden jigsaw puzzles that are truly works of art. With more than 400 different images to choose from, Liberty Puzzles crafts puzzles from maple plywood and archival paper and inks, ensuring long-lasting color. The puzzles— unlike any puzzle you’ve ever seen—include “whimsy” pieces: Parts that are recognizable shapes and objects, such as characters, animals or other complex shapes. The intricacy and care that goes into the making of a Liberty Puzzle make it the perfect gift for someone who loves a different type of challenge. Cost: $40 to $145

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Hometown Heroes

A Helping Can Oskar Blues’ CAN’d Aid raises money for flood relief Words Christopher Clark


he town of Lyons may have been the hardest hit by the recent flooding, but it’s finding an unlikely fairy godmother in town brewer Oskar Blues. Oskar Blues has not only reopened its restaurant to give residents a much-deserved break, but it has also launched an effort called “CAN’d Aid” to raise monFOUNDATION ey for the community’s long-term recovery. The title of the fundraising effort is a nod to the brewer’s distinction of being the first U.S. craft brewer to put its beer in cans, which it began doing with its Dale’s Pale Ale in 2002. “Oskar Blues has been a part of the social and business fabric for over 17 years and has grown a national reach through our beer,” says Chad Melis, marketing director for Oskar Blues. “It is important to open up and give the town of Lyons a place to come together over a beer and a burger. On a larger scale we have the national reach and ambition to take the town of Lyons story, of small-town America, to help rebuild our town long after the cameras 24 Boulder County Lifestyle | December 2013

and media attention have lost interest. We’re in it for the long haul.” The CAN’d Aid Foundation aims to partner with national nonprofits across the country to broaden its reach and impact on things that matter to Oskar Blues, including music, biking and outdoor activities as well as children’s programs. But the foundation’s focus took a more immediate turn after the flood swamped Lyons, Estes Park and other areas at the feet of the Rocky Mountains. Lyons, where Oskar Blues operates its restaurant and tap room, was especially hard-hit; an estimated 20 percent of homes in the town were damaged, and most businesses were forced to close. The town was essentially cut off, with roads leading to the town closed to outsiders. So the foundation sprung into action, setting up fundraisers and special promotions aimed at helping the town regain its footing. In September, the brewer donated $1 for every Oskar Blues brew purchased at its restaurants in Longmont and in Brevard, N.C. The month also saw the company’s off-shoot bicycle company—REEB Cycles—donate $200 for every bike sold to the CAN’d Aid Foundation for use in flood

relief. A huge fundraiser sponsored by the foundation on Oct. 27 in Longmont raised plenty more. By the end of October, the foundation had collected more than $200,000, and it didn’t take long for the foundation to turn nearly all of that money around to those who needed it. By the end of the month, nearly $197,000 was granted out to numerous individuals, businesses and organizations. The foundation hoped to raise $250,000 by Thanksgiving and bigger numbers in the future. “When the flood hit our hometowns last month, it just made sense to move forward immediately so that we could help the people and businesses affected as quickly as possible,” Ralston says. “Lyons is where it all started for us—it’s the birthplace of craft beer in a can, where the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew started, so we’ve obviously got deep roots and a genuine desire to help rebuild it. CAN’d Aid is the result of that desire to help, and disaster relief and recovery will continue to be one of our focus areas for the foundation long after Colorado has been rebuilt.” The brewer’s employees have suffered mightily. Melis’ own home survived, but the disruption to power, water and sewage service has displaced him. “Many of our friends and family have lost much or everything, including their work,” Melis said, noting that somewhere between 50



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Good Parma Words & Photos Erica Boniface


ocated in northern Italy, Parma is a quaint town with quite the history. When tourists travel to Parma, they’re looking to appreciate the amazing art, architecture—and delicious cheese. When a town is known for its cheese, you know it means business. Enter present day Louisville, Colorado: Two homebred Italians meet through friends of friends and decide to open an Italian restaurant. The name? Parma Trattoria Mozzarella Bar. ‘Parma’ to pay respect to the cheese-alicious town in Italy; ‘Trattoria’ representing the casual restaurant vibe; and ‘Mozzarella Bar,’ meaning time-to-get-your-cheese-on. Now when we say two Italians, we’re not talking about the American knock-off varieties camped out at the Jersey Shore. The two owners of Parma Trattoria—Emilio Perna Ruggiero and Silvio Cuomo—are both from Italy; Naples and Rome to be exact. When you speak to them, you almost need to bust out your Italian to English Dictionary to translate. So when you dine at Parma you know the food is authentic Italian fare. Time to Eat! Tempo per mangiare!

The mozzarella bar is original, and it’s what really sets Parma Trattoria apart from other Italian restaurants. “We wanted to create a different array of mozzarellas, which we can easily find in Italy, but not as easily here in the U.S.,” Emilio 26 Boulder County Lifestyle | December 2013

says. “We picked our favorite, like the burrata, which is a nice creamy option, and our top seller, the bufala, coming from around Naples (so Silvio has added a home flavor to it), and my personal fave is the fior di latte, which is like eating a ball of milk.” And bonus: the cheeses are all lactose-free! Guests have the option to sit near the mozzarella bar with the open kitchen or dine in the cozy dining area, possibly next to the fireplace. “Our twist on the mozzarella bar is that people can combine one or three different cheeses and put some condiments with it. Sort of like a sushi bar, but with mozzarella.” As if your mouths aren’t watering already, let’s get to the bulk of the menu. Main dishes are an array of home-style, original Italian recipes by owner and executive chef, Silvio. Do you still have your Italian translator dictionary handy? Good, you may need it when placing your order. Whether you’re a ravioli connoisseur or a straight-up pasta buff, they have a wide variety of pasta dishes to satisfy your carb craving. Penne tricolore is one of the more popular dishes, and it was recently promoted from a special to the permanent menu thanks to heavy demand. It consists of bufala mozzarella, basil and mushrooms in a pink vodka sauce ($12). It’s a recipe that Silvio put his own twist and spin on to make it one-of-a-kind. If pasta isn’t your thing, we recommend the pollo al mattone

nitely hit up their happy hour after work— specials include $4 Chianti and Pinot Grigio from 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. “We thrive at making sure the customer receives great value when they dine with us,” boasts Emilio. With a full bar, they can whip up any fancy cocktail, but their limoncello drop ($6 happy hour; $10 regular) is deliziosa! Parma makes their own limoncello inhouse so you don’t have to get hopped up on a bunch of simple syrup while you dine, and let’s just say they’re very generous with the Absolut Citron as well.

live and for a reason; it’s a great sense of community. We love to donate money to local charities and schools and be a part of everything great here.” Bottom line:

Parma Trattoria Mozzarella Bar gives Louisville a taste of Italy at a reasonable cost to diners and offers original plates, dishes and cocktails that you won’t find anywhere else. Don’t miss their lunch specials (which start at just $5.99!) Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


($15), which is half a semi-deboned chicken seasoned with fresh herbs and garlic, brick pressed on the grill and served on a heaping pile of spinach and roasted potatoes. If you’d really like to step outside the usual Italian spaghetti and meatballs, we highly recommend the cioppino ($23), which is a traditional Italian stew full of fresh fish, shrimp, clams and mussels in a spicy seafood broth with fresh herbs and served over linguine with grilled crostini. Like some wine with that cheese?

It’s a well-known fact that nothing goes better with cheese than wine, and with more than 50 wines from all over the world, we’d say Emilio and Silvio have you covered. Defi-

The atmosphere is very comfortable and relaxed—feel free to visit Parma on your way to the Regal Colony Square 12 movie theatre next door in your jeans, or get fancied up for a romantic date night. You’ll fit in either way. The large dining area seats around 120 guests and has an array of Italian culture —with art and pictures of Italian scenery donning the walls and a delightful fireplace to warm you up, it’s a perfect mix of modern yet simplified décor. When we asked why Emilio and Silvio chose to open a business in Louisville over the neighboring towns of Boulder or Denver, they explain it nicely: they love the community. “Louisville is just a great place to do business. It’s been voted the No.1 place to


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Hops & Vine

Smart Storage Words Katie Scatena


or many of us, relaxing with a glass of wine at the end of the day has become a favorite part of our daily routine. Sure, you may give thought to the varietal or food pairings, but how much are you thinking about storage for your favorite bottles? How you store your wine can make a big impact on how it tastes. All serious (or even the not-so-serious) wine connoisseurs should have a storage system that ensures their bottles are kept in prime condition. If you’re committed to serving wine that tastes its best, then you should put some serious thought into how and where you are keeping it. There are myriad storage systems to match the style of your home while also showcasing your collection and keeping your libation at its best. Okay, so maybe you have a few bottles of assorted wine lying around the house. How should you store them? Simone FM Spinner, wine sommelier and professor of Wine Studies at MSU Denver says, “Things such as temperature fluctuations, light exposure, lack of humidity and vibration are all damaging to the longevity of wine.” Translation: wine—especially wine with a long life span—is picky and needs to be stored in a safe spot free from drastic temperature changes and intense light (i.e. away from windows that are frequently opened, 28 Boulder County Lifestyle | December 2013

heaters and air-conditioning systems). Wine thrives in cool, humid conditions, which is why it is common in larger wine-serving establishments to have wine cellars. If you don’t have a wine cellar at home, a basement can work just as well. To ensure your wines taste their best when ready to be drunk, Spinner recommends laying the bottles on their sides to maintain moisture in the cork. This is why wine racks are so essential—both for form and function. If you’re tight on space (or wine), a stair or kitchen wine rack is a great way to start your collection. As your passion grows, you can upgrade to larger racks and cooling systems. VintageView, a local wine storage system designer, creates beautiful wine storage designs that keep your bottles tasting as good as they look in your home. Clean, simple and elegant is how Charles Malek, owner of VintageView, describes their philosophy on wine storage. There are storage systems available to match all styles of houses—using materials ranging from wood to acrylic and styles from western to super-sleek modern, wine storage can blend seamlessly into any space. Wine racks are more than just utilitarian wine keepers; they are also beautiful décor pieces for your home.

“The days of the darkly lit wine cellars have been replaced by wine spaces that stand on their own,” Malek says. Using wine as art? It’s no wonder that displaying favorite bottles has become so popular. As a result, Malek says that having wine collections as focal points in living spaces is a huge trend in wine storage right now. “Today’s wine labels are so colorful and attractive, and our label-forward design lets wine lovers have greater interaction with their wine collection,” Malek says. “Our racking systems can be tailored to any space…Because of our design we don’t lose any space in a room.” If you’re in the early stages of starting a collection, Spinner offers some advice. “Taste a lot of wine and collect what you really like. Read about wine, talk about wine and learn about wine. Take a class, and sift through reputable magazines. Don't be swayed by points. Build a relationship with a very good wine boutique with an educated staff that you can trust. Go to tastings and buy what is right for you and for your lifestyle. Collect wine but don't keep it all—it isn't all age worthy. Don't be afraid to open bottles; wine doesn't last forever.” With a plethora of local and imported wine available, this is a passion that can run deep, and you may find your collection multiplying very quickly. Storage is paramount to taste, so a larger wine rack is recommended to ensure enjoyment of your favorite bottle. Cheers and happy tastings!

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Lifestyle Calendar

December Through December 22

December 6

St. Nick on the Bricks


Downtown Boulder

Start the holiday season with a parade on Main Street and South Street complete with lighted floats, marching bands, living manger and, of course, Santa Claus.

Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center. Whether you are asking for a fire engine for Tommy, a new doll for Molly or a diamond ring for mommy, bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories.

December 1 Superior Stocking Run Purple Park

Join in for a fun and festive, family-friendly 5K run and walk. All entrants will receive a red felt stocking chock-full of sponsor goodies and a jingle-bell bracelet you can wear during the race. Get a head start on the holiday season with the Stocking Run!

December 1 Home for the Holidays

Louisville Parade of Lights

December 6 Country Christmas Erie

Country Christmas Parade & Celebration is a beautiful hometown holiday event. The Celebration consists of a living nativity scene, choirs performing, free hay rides, a fun Parade of Lights and local businesses serving hot chocolate and offering Country Christmas specials.

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December 7 Lights of December Parade Boulder

One of the year’s most anticipated events, the Lights of December Parade rolls down the streets of downtown Boulder to kick off the holidays. With bands, floats and lots and lots of lights, it’s the brightest event of the holiday season.

December 11 Holiday Lighting Contest Erie

Eleanor, Downtown Louisville

Think you’ve got the brightest, most decked out house on the block? Then enter Erie’s annual holiday lights contest, where the more Santas and snowmen the better! Or, if you’re trying to cut back on your energy bill, admire the Christmas-y work of your neighbors.

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Longmont Lights

This festive event includes a visit with Santa, caroling and the holiday tree lighting. Once the tree is lit, join friends and neighbors for a sing-a-long at Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts and a potluck dinner in Old Town Lafayette.

Roosevelt Park

December 1

Friday night features visits with Santa, sleigh rides, ice carvings, caroling, a holiday ice show and even a pyrotechnic parachute drop. Saturday continues the lit up fun with the annual Longmont Lights parade, fireworks, music and free ice skating at the park. Ci.Longmont.Co.Us

The Nutcracker

December 20

Macky Auditorium

CU Commencement

America’s favorite ballet is once again brought to life in a grand production featuring a cast of more than 80 dancers, full scenery, costumes, and special effects, in addition to the live orchestra. Start the holidays with this annual spectacular!

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Cheer on CU’s graduates and listen to Kristi Anseth speak at the December 2013 commencement ceremony. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the student processional begins at 9:30 a.m. Early arrival guarantees the best seating. No tickets are required for the ceremony.

December 20

December 30

Kris Kringle’s Cookie Fest

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Flood Relief Benefit

Drop off your 5-12 year olds at the Erie Community Center for festive crafts, cookie decorating, Bingo and holiday fun! Parents are welcome to come with their child if they wish but aren’t required. All supplies are provided.

Boulder Theater

Yonder Mountain String Band has always played music by its own set of rules. Blending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own. Tonight’s proceeds go to help flood victims.

December 22 Last Chance Gift Fest

December 31

Boulder Fairgrounds

The Last Chance Gift Fest will be happening during the last weekend before Christmas, which just so happens to be the best shopping week of the year. The Gift Fest takes place inside the main exhibit hall at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.

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Parting Thoughts 6. The Festive Make Up

One year I hit the Nordstrom counter to have my eyes “done” to ensure an ultra special look for the neighborhood holiday fete. Just prior to forking over the hand mirror for final inspection, the young cosmetician informed me she had recently moved from Orlando with a specialty of “Disney parade make-up.” My husband choked on his eggnog when he saw me, but our five-year-old twins found my resemblance to Snow White and Ariel mesmerizingly realistic. 5. The Baking Traditions

I’ll never attempt a gingerbread house from scratch, but my children and I have built innumerable kit houses with leaning walls and oozing frosting which end up looking like they’ve had a successful visit from the Big Bad Wolf.

8 Things I Hate About the Holidays Words Ellen Nordberg


very year I get my hopes up that the holiday season will be stress-free, fun and peaceful. I sniff the pine boughs and cinnamon-scented candles, listen to Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole singing Christmas tunes in Target and fantasize about how cute my twins will look in their matching snowflake pajamas by the tree on December 25th. Yet somehow reality never seems to match up with my visions, and by New Year’s I’m dreading the next holiday season. My top eight reasons why: 8. The Decorations

Each year the giant bow-laden front door wreath purchased under duress from aggressive high school band members drops brown needles in the front hall and looks half dead by Hanukah.

4. Holiday Cards

While glossy cards arrive daily during December showcasing joyous frolicking families, the shipping of our family holiday cards has lagged to Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s and often Easter. The most classic was the card with our boys in ski jumpsuits and helmets that went out in July with the sub-heading: “Must Be Ski Season Somewhere – Argentina?” 3. Gifts Given Gone Awry

My father and I once observed a man walking with a long handled tool picking up trash. Dad commented he’d be more likely to walk if he had a purpose like this. Months later at Christmas, I thoughtfully shipped him a “Nifty Nabber EZ Grabber.” But something got lost in translation, and my dad was insulted by the insinuation that he could no longer access the canned goods off the top shelf in his pantry. 2. Received Gifts Gone Awry

Our first year back in a winter climate, I could never get warm. I roamed the house at dinner time in my husband’s wool socks, dreaming of a new sexy ski outfit. Instead, on Christmas, my concerned husband delivered a zip-up full bunny sleeper suit - pink, with black and white Dalmation spots and a hood. I looked like a Chick Fil A cow mascot drunk on Pepto Bismol. 1. Holiday Manners Faux Pas

7. The Tree

With my husband’s eco-sensitivity, we long ago opted for fake. But I’ve lost (apathetically forfeited?) the battle for its assembly to our young twin boys. They stuff the plastic boughs into the trunk in random sequence with long branches toward the top and short ones below. The completed structure looks like a skinny dancing Sasquatch shot full of arrows.

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And then there was the year I sent one of my boys to return the pie tin from our neighborhood Martha Stewart’s home made gift. He assured her he hadn’t actually sampled the pie because, “Mom says it’s gross.” Yet before I know it, these traumas have simply become minor anecdotes. And somehow by Halloween, my amnesia sets in, and my hopefulness takes over once again. I did just recently see the cutest sets of little boy pajamas….and is that Bing Crosby singing?

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