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VOL. 15 // ISSUE 12 // DECEMBER 2016

GIVE THEM

A Book

FOR CHRISTMAS! Broomfield Librarians’ Recommended Book Titles for Holiday Gift Giving

Local Holiday Event:

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Pumpkin CAKE RECIPE

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GIVES DAY How to Give Where You Live!

WINTER ACTIVITIES For the Kids! Broomfield Trail Receives

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GIVE A BOOK THIS CHRISTMAS!

Broomfield’s Mamie Doud Eisenhower Librarians’ recommended titles for Holiday Gift Giving.

FEATURES 14 18 22 24 28 30

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Ruth Roberts Connector Trail Project Recognized for Excellent Use of Grant Funds

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Approved! Broomfield’s Plan for the Future

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake

MONTHLY

Local Holiday Event: Broomfield’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

06 From the Editor

Colorado Gives Day Helps Donors “Give Where You Live” Exploring Local Winter Activities For Kids

08 Connect with The Broomfielder™ 10 Local Happenings 19 Tips for a Healthier You 36 From Access Broomfield Chamber


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FROM THE

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ach day when I am driving home from work and cross over 120th Ave. into Broomfield, a sense of calm begins to wash over me. The worries of the day begin to fade and while I still have a few miles to travel to reach my doorstep, I am home. With every corner and every familiar tree that I pass, I am home. For many, sanctuary is found within the walls of a house, for me it is within an entire community. It is the trails that I jog on, the stores where I shop, my sister’s house, and my mother’s house. It is the church that I attend and the organizations that I try to support, and the friends and neighbors I have known for years and years. I am in the place where my husband and I grew up and consciously decided to stay and raise our family. It is our home. In the past year, Broomfield has shown up on several “lists” of the best community or the best city for this or that. I don’t know about you, but when this has happened, I first feel pride and think how great it is! Which is immediately followed by thinking, “Oh no! I hope no one else finds out.” Most recently Broomfield was named the best city in the country by an organization called 24/7 Wall St., with prominent coverage in USA Today. Best city to live in, in the United States. Seems true, yet a bit surreal. Let’s not tell anyone ok? I’ve written before in this space about living here all my life and the pride I feel in Broomfield. There are many others who feel the same way, and more and more who are turning their eyes to our not-so-little-anymore hometown and noting that there is something special here. I realize that most people probably feel this way about their hometown, wherever it might be, but this best place belongs to us. In this issue you will find details on many wonderful local events to celebrate the holiday season, a special gift book feature put together by our library staff at Broomfield’s Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library, and information on giving in our state. Enjoy your Broomfield holiday. On behalf of the entire team at the Broomfielder, we wish you a joyous season.

Merry Christmas, Tina Eichner, Editor

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Are you ready for the gift giving season? Looking to make your own gifts from the heart? Attend this class for the Thrifty Giver from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Broomfield’s Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library. Fulfill your gift list needs with homemade crafts, just in time for the holidays! To register visit http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform. cfm?curOrg=BROOMFIELD&curName=2016/12/01_ Thrifty_Gifter.

DECEMBER 03

The Broomfield Library is hosting a special decorating day for kids. Join the fun at December Decorating Day any time between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to make three holiday ornaments to take home. No registration required, but supplies are limited. (Small pieces may be a hazard for children under 3). For information visit http://broomfield. org/index.aspx?NID=941.

DECEMBER 11

Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Broomfield Library for a tasty and fun class, Lastminute Homemade Holiday Gifts, and discuss (and sample!) all sorts of unique homemade sweet and savory treats you can easily create at home. Learn simple make-ahead tips, plus creative packaging ideas, that will make this gift-giving season your most delicious yet! Registration required. To register visit www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform. cfm?curOrg=BROOMFIELD&curName=2016/12/11_LastMinute_Homemade_Holiday_Gifts.

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ARTS+CULTURE DECEMBER 02 & 03

Kick-off the holiday season with an evening of music at the Broomfield Auditorium from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on two nights as the Colorado Repertory Singers present Winter Landscapes, an annual choral program that brings to life sounds and songs of the season from a variety of cultures, time periods, and religions. It provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with special guest musicians from across the Broomfield community. This year, CRS will incorporate other elements of the performing arts including dance into its Holiday presentation. This popular concert program is a December staple in the Broomfield community and an audience favorite. For more information visit www. coloradorepertorysingers.org.

DECEMBER 03

The Boulder Opera is back with its popular Children Series presented at the Broomfield Auditorium from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come see an adaptation of Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” for young audiences. Clumsy, shy Nemorino is in love. Unfortunately, the object of his affections, Adina, doesn’t feel the same way. As the dashing pilot Belcore arrives to sweep Adina off her feet, so enters Dr. Dulcamara with his famous “elixir of love.” Nemorino plans to use the elixir to make Adina fall head over heels for him. Sung in Italian with subtitles, this popular, sweet, and charming opera will delight young and old audiences. Featuring an ensemble orchestra led by Mathieu D’Ordine. For tickets visit http://www.boulderoperacompany.com/ the-elixir-of-love/.

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Moves to Spacious New Digs By Kristen Beckman

Broomfield’s favorite tanning salon, Tan N Tone, will soon be helping its customers achieve a year-round, sun-kissed glow in a new and improved, spacious location at 120th and Sheridan.

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Kick up your feet as Dance Arts Studio presents The Nutcracker Goes Nuts from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium, a contemporary, fun re-imagining of the classical Nutcracker ballet. Watch as the Nutcracker and your favorite characters from the story go “nuts” with ballet, tap, jazz, modern/lyrical, and hip hop styles of dance plus experience many surprising twists in this fresh take on a holiday favorite. For information and tickets visit www.danceartstudio.org.

DECEMBER 09 & 11

Fill yourself with the music of Christmas on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium as the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra presents  Music of Christmas. Traditional Yuletide favorites including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, and a musical version of the classic poem A Visit from St. Nicholas with narrator Steve Rausch, all conducted by Broomfield Symphony Music Director David Brussel. Tickets are $4 to $18 at the door or online at www.broomfieldsymphony.org.

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Enjoy the Paul Shinn Group with the Annie Booth Trio at 7:30 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium. In addition to his regular trio with Ryan Lee and Dominique Sanders, Paul will be presenting a program of newly composed original works along with two of the finest musicians in jazz today, Logan Richardson (Paris, France: Blue Note Records) on alto saxophone and Gabriel Mervine (Denver, CO; the Motet) on trumpet. The evening will begin with a performance by the Annie Booth Trio, consisting of Denver natives Annie Booth, Alejandro Castaño, and Patrick McDevitt, the band is proud to announce the release of their latest album in time for the holiday season which features new jazz arrangements of everyone’s holiday favorites. For tickets visit www.eventbrite.com/e/paulshinn-group-ft-logan-richardson-with-theannie-booth-trio-tickets-27889528330. TO VIEW THE BROOMFIELDER™ ONLINE VISIT: WWW.LOUDMOUTHMEDIA.COM

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Rocky Mountain Brassworks presents A Holly Brassy Christmas at the Broomfield Auditorium from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Rocky Mountain Brassworks will play music about the fun of the winter season as well as the joys of Christmas. We know that you’ll find just what you need to warm your heart for the Christmas season and the rest of the holidays. Come and be inspired with the glorious sound of BRASS music for the holidays! For information and tickets visit www. rockymountainbrassworks.org/events/.

DECEMBER 17

Flying Solo presents An Irish Christmas in America from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium. The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 12th season, features top Irish music, song, and dance in an engaging performance rich in history and humor. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2016 tour brings back Séamus Begley, along with the vocal talents of Sligo’s Niamh Farrell. This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. For information and tickets visit www. brownpapertickets.com/event/2709502.

DECEMBER 18

Intermezzo Academy of Music will present the Broomfield Youth Symphony Winter Concert at the Broomfield Auditorium from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in festival concert style including several orchestras of the Broomfield Youth Symphony and Intermezzo’s Willow Creek Chamber Strings. For information and tickets visit www. iamintermezzo.org.

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake WITH CARAMEL SAUCE By Family Features

PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES • COOK TIME: 3 HOURS, 35 MINUTES • SERVINGS: 16

Pumpkin Cake: •

1 package (2-layer size) yellow cake mix

1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

1/4 cup milk

2 eggs

2 teaspoons McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 cup chocolate chips*

Caramel Sauce:

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1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 teaspoon McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice

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Cooking Instructions: 1. Spray inside of 6-quart slow cooker with no stick cooking spray. For the Cake, mix all ingredients in large bowl. Pour into greased slow cooker. Place towel over slow cooker and cover with lid. 2. Cook 3 1/2 hours on low or until cake is almost set. 3. Meanwhile, for the Caramel Sauce, cook and stir all ingredients in small saucepan on medium-high heat 5 minutes or until sauce is smooth. 4. Carefully remove slow cooker insert and place on wire rack. Pour 1/2 of the Caramel Sauce over the cake. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes to cool slightly. Serve cake with remaining sauce and ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. *Substitution: Use 1 cup chopped candy bars in place of the chocolate chips.


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50 Million Americans Suffer From The Ringing In The Ears Called Tinnitus.

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Walking their talk, Carmen Gastelum (l) and Dr. Sara Diaz (r).

For Carmen Gastelum, integrative medicine at St. Anthony North Health Campus brought control over life-limiting vertigo. Carmen Gastelum recalled “feeling like it was the end” as severe vertigo stole days and weeks from her once-active life. For four years, she battled balance issues, acute migraines, and frequent nausea. “I didn’t understand what was going on,” Carmen said. “I felt like I had respected my body and now I was in a free fall. It was the darkest time of my life.” Believing strongly in the mind/body/spirit connection, Carmen thought a combination of mainstream and alternative health options might hold the answers she needed. “I began searching for a primary care physician who would follow me through this ordeal. I was introduced to Dr. Sara Diaz. It was the best day that could ever have happened.” “The great thing about Carmen,” Dr. Diaz stated, “was that she was willing to do just about anything to get better. We started first with osteopathic manipulation to address some of the neck pain she had associated with this. Next, she saw our licensed acupuncturist, Liz Spetnagel, for help with migraine relief. I also referred her for mindfulness-based therapies to help lower her stress levels, as we found this was also a trigger for her vertigo.” Dr. Diaz continued, “That’s what’s special about integrative medicine. It’s not just the primary care provider … it’s having the health coach, the acupuncturist, and the nutritionist, all here on site. It’s having this whole team working together so each patient has the best possible outcome.” Carmen, who has since relocated from Colorado to Arizona, emphasized that the health practices she learned during her course of care with Dr. Diaz and the team has ongoing benefits. “Before moving to Tucson, I had flown to California to help my son and his family when their new baby arrived.” When the additional stress of travel and care giving triggered a vertigo attack, she was able to use the techniques and tools—mindfulness, relaxation, acupuncture, and more—to regain her balance both figuratively and literally. She’s quick to express her gratitude to her Colorado integrative team. “Overall, my experience at St. Anthony North Health Campus was amazing. I feel like I have my life back. I can enjoy my grandchildren. I can enjoy my family. I can enjoy myself. I can look forward to a better tomorrow … because today is already much better.” Sara Diaz, DO, is board-certified in both family medicine and integrative and holistic medicine. She practices at St. Anthony North Family Medicine on the St. Anthony North Health Campus, 14300 Orchard Parkway, Westminster. To schedule an appointment, please call 303-430-5560. For more information on the practice and integrative medicine, visit chpgprimarycare.org.

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Give A Book This Christmas! Broomfield’s Mamie Doud Eisenhower Librarians’ Recommended Titles for Holiday Giving

Holiday

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party: Christmas Crafts, Recipes, Activities By Matt & Brandy Shay

You don’t have to host an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party to enjoy this seasonal book. If you are someone who enjoys wacky and quirky food, crafts or decorations, this is for you! Matt and Brandy Shay treat you to a winter wonderland of deliciously ugly ideas including: Grinch punch, how to uglify your seasonal sweater, and Santa sangria. This is the perfect gift for the person in your life who loves all-things-holiday and wants to branch out into the adventurous unknown world of ugly. Recommended by Denise, Collections Development Librarian

Adult Fiction Leave Me

By Gayle Forman

Maribeth is overwhelmed by life. The demands of her job, taking care of her 4-year-old twins (and her husband), constantly stress-

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ing about money and never getting enough sleep or down time all eventually combine to give her a heart attack at age 44. She’s too busy to be sick – but her body doesn’t care. After a few days in the hospital, Maribeth is sent home to recuperate. She takes a medical leave of absence from work and is supposed to rest and eat a healthy diet. But all of that is impossible to do against the demands of her husband and children. Finally one day Maribeth snaps - she packs a bag, leaves her husband a brief note, and goes to Penn Station to buy a ticket to somewhere, anywhere away from her family and their unceasing needs. This would be a great gift for a busy mom, or a fun book to take as a vacation read. Recommended by Susan P., Children’s Librarian

Fiction Cookbook

Kitchens of the Great Midwest By J. Ryan Stradal

Eva Thorvald is definitely a product of her father’s culinary expertise and genetics. Even though she grows up without his influence in the kitchen, she turns into a talented chef in her own right. She overcomes a difficult childhood to become one of the most original and sought after chefs in the world. Once Eva is introduced in the


first chapter, each successive chapter of the book features a different character who has some connection to her, and hilariously, a different Midwestern food or recipe to boot. This is the perfect gift for foodies or anyone from the Midwest! Recommended by Susan P., Children’s Librarian

Teen Fiction Belzhar

By Meg Wolitzer

A group of teens at a boarding school for troubled youth are all assigned to an exclusive Special Topics in English class. Jam doesn’t want to be there, but she isn’t offered a choice. They are all given a journal and assigned to write in it twice a week. Through the journals, the five find a secret world where they can relive their pasts and go back to the time in their lives when they were still happy. But what happens when their journals are full and the semester is over? Lots of plot twists and turns make this a perfect gift for teens who like magical realism or just a great story. Recommended by Susan P., Children’s Librarian

Youth Fiction Cookbook Pie

By Sarah Weeks

This is a sweet story with a satisfying ending - and a recipe at the beginning of every chapter. Alice Anderson’s Aunt Polly is the owner of Pie - an award winning pie shop in the small town of Ipswitch, PA. At the beginning of the book, Aunt Polly dies unexpectedly, leaving her secret pie crust recipe to her cat, and her cat to her niece. Polly was famous for her pies, so now that she’s gone, Alice becomes convinced that someone is trying to find and steal the recipe. A good gift for kids who love to cook or who like mysteries. Recommended by Susan P., Children’s Librarian

Adult Fiction

Fantasy Fiction Uprooted

By Naomi Novik

A winning choice for fantasy lovers of any age, Uprooted is a moving, satisfying, and thoroughly engaging novel which wholeheartedly embraces classic fairytale storytelling. The plot centers around a village surrounded by a wicket wood, whose only protection comes from a powerful wizard, the Dragon. He protects the village at a cost - every ten years he selects a 17-year-old girl from the village to live with him in his tower. The story’s heroine, Agnieszka, is an unlikely choice for the Dragon, but it turns out she has unknown talents. Recommended by Esther, Adult Services Patron Services Associate

Children’s Book Wonder

By R.J. Palacio

Attending public school for the first time, fifth-grader, August, wants to be a normal kid who is not defined by his facial differences. Important messages reside within the pages of this book. “Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.” Recommended highly for parents and teachers by my own fifth grade student. Recommended by Abby, Director of Library and Cultural Affairs

Young Children Any Book …

That is authored by Mo Willems

Yes, this is cheating, but all his children’s books are great! Elephant and Piggie books are fantastic. They are funny, clever, and are extremely popular with kids from preschool through 2nd grade. Pigeon (from such books as Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and many others) was just voted favorite book character of 2016 by kids in the MDE Children’s Library. And everyone loves and can relate to Knuffle Bunny. So really, you can’t go wrong giving a Mo Willems book as a gift.

32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line

Recommended by Rachel, Children’s Patron Services Associate

This is an enjoyable coming of age story in mid-century Paris full of vivid tales from a culinary life. Even if you don’t know who Eric Ripert is, his story is engaging and the setting is lush so will appeal to anyone who loves a good story telling. I listened to the book on CD and thoroughly enjoyed the immersive experience. It was also a NYT bestseller.

Lying

By Eric Ripert

Recommended by Tiffany, Digital Librarian

Non-Fiction Self Help By Sam Harris

A detox for the mind. Sam Harris, modern-day philosopher, argues that a commitment to honesty is the most important decision one can make to organize one’s life. And that lying is the cause, or justification, for nearly every obstacle we create for ourselves. Recommended by Dillon, Circulation Clerk TO VIEW THE BROOMFIELDER™ ONLINE VISIT: WWW.LOUDMOUTHMEDIA.COM

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LOCAL HOLIDAY EVENT:

BROOMFIELD’S

Tree Lighting Ceremony By Elizabeth Buckingham

Music always plays an important role in setting the holiday mood, and Broomfield’s annual tree-lighting ceremony, held each year at the George DiCiero City and County Building, certainly rises to the occasion. From talented local choruses to children’s caroling groups to Suzuki violin students performing beautiful versions of holiday classics, this event will certainly get you and your family into the Christmas spirit.

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lthough the tradition seems to be losing steam, many of us remember caroling groups from our childhood. Family and friends would gather to entertain neighbors with holiday songs and most likely be invited in for hot drinks and delicious food. We now often encounter groups of carolers gathered in shopping centers, office parties or other holiday events, but it’s rare to see a group roaming our modern housing developments. Carols, a word which literally translates as “a song or dance of praise or joy,” used to be sung year-round and were never directly affiliated with winter holidays, but only the tradition of singing at Christmas has survived. As

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Christmas falls near the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, this was an important time to both reflect on the year gone and to celebrate the future. Brightening these dark days with a little music evolved into our modern tradition of singing Christmas carols, whether at church or on walks around the neighborhood. Unfortunately, caroling developed as an oral tradition passed down from generation to generation, so few accurate historical records remain. While the tradition of traveling around singing good health wishes to neighbors is thought to have originated in the fifteenth century, caroling lost its popularity for many hundreds of years; the vast majority


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of our current holiday songs were written during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In addition to the gorgeous holiday music, Broomfield’s tree-lighting ceremony also includes a visit from Santa, sure to excite little ones! In previous years, Santa has arrived via “magical helicopter;” while organizers are mum on this year’s arrival plans, you can be sure they have special surprises in store to thrill the kid in all of us. As in previous years, Broomfield Mayor Randy Ahrens will officially light the city’s tree; the trees in Community Park will also be beautifully decorated for the occasion. Weather-permitting, fun family hayrides will be offered too. Whether you’ve been part of this holiday tradition every year or you’re a new Broomfield resident, you won’t want to miss the ceremony at the George DiCiero City and County Building. If you’re a fan of holiday events like the Parade of Lights downtown, this local event allows you to bring your family for a dose of holiday spirit without the hassle, traffic, and huge crowds found elsewhere. This year, the ceremony will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2. Bring the entire family but remember to bundle up against the winter temperatures as the majority of the ceremony does take place outside. More information can be found at www.broomfield.org.

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Colorado Gives Day Helps Donors

“Give Where You Live” By Dan Powers

In this season of gratitude and giving, one of the most impactful ways to help others is also one of the easiest: from the comfort of your home, via your computer, tablet or smartphone, you can make a meaningful donation on Colorado Gives Day.

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eturning Tuesday, December 6, this annual state-wide celebration is a mission to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. During a 24-hour period starting at 12:00 a.m. on December 6 donations will be accepted at www.ColoradoGives.org for more than 2,000 Colorado nonprofits, with matching funds and special prizes adding to the impact and excitement of the day. Director of Strategic Communications Kayla Arnesen said Colorado Gives Day is one of the most successful in the nation. “Since its inception in 2010 this event has raised over $111 million for Colorado non-profits,” she said. “People can search for non-profits with our theme ‘Give Where You Live’ – you can find Broomfield-focused charities and support the nonprofits helping to make your community a better place to live.”

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This year the effort has expanded to also reach the next generation of philanthropists: KidsforColoradoGives.org is a new companion website offering a more kid-oriented design and big, colorful graphics easily showing visitors topics kids are likely to find of interest like animals, helping people, food, art, and more. There are videos for kids with topics like “What is a non-profit?” and “Why do non-profits need donations?” Kayla said generating an appreciation for giving among children is a key motivation for this new portal. Lt. Governor Donna Lynne is serving as a Kids for ColoradoGives co-ambassador and said the site is a great place to introduce your children and grandchildren to the joy of charitable giving. “In this friendly and welcoming space, good things begin. Kids connect with Colorado nonprofits and learn


about the important work they do to make our lives better. We believe it has the power to inspire a lifetime of charitable giving.” One powerful and inspiring non-profit story is that of 16-year-old co-ambassador Allison Winn – in 2010 Alli founded The Stink Bug Project, a program of Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation. The nonprofit pairs trained dogs from the Prison Trained K-9 Program at Colorado Correctional Industries with families who have a seriously ill child. See more of her inspiring story at www. coloradogives.org/kidsfor.

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One of the local participating nonprofits is Senior Resources of Broomfield. SRB is particularly focused on the nutritional, medical, and social needs of our senior population and strives to support this group in a manner that not only fulfills these needs but also allows seniors to live independently as long as possible. Their philanthropic efforts support Meals on Wheels; transportation services; dental, vision, and hearing needs; in-home services; and public advocacy for seniors at the state and local levels. “Probably our most impactful programs involve emergency medical expenses,” said Board President Barbara Reed. “Most of the people coming to us for help are on Medicaid, with funds already extremely limited. If they get an unexpected expense from dental surgery, vision problems or hearing aids, the cost can just knock the socks off folks when they get a diagnosis.” With the projected increase in seniors in Broomfield, SRB knows their program demands are growing “exponentially,” said Barbara. “We are the provider of last resort for many people.”

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2015

Number Donations by Dollar Range: • 85% of donations were under $250 • Average donation was $196 • Median donation was $50 • Most common donation was $100

Four years ago SRB chose to engage with Colorado Gives Day “as complete volunteer novices,” she said. “They were so patient and helped us so much, and their platform really prompted us to up our game. We’ve raised our awareness and our ability to describe our services thanks to them.” Another participant is BackStory Theatre in Broomfield; they provide live theatre opportunities for young children and disadvantaged families who might not have access to more costly productions, and provide an authentic acting experience plus a forum to showcase their hard work. BackStory Theatre’s programs include theatre education classes and workshops which often culminate in small performances for family, friends, and community members as well as fully-staged youth theatre productions. Tickets are available now for January 2017 performances of Singin’ in the Rain at the Broomfield Auditorium, check www.backstorytheater.org. Special Projects Coordinator Michelle Hoffman said Colorado Gives Day is so helpful to build support for their 2017 performances. “We primarily reach people via email, and their website and staff are so well organized and easy for people to work with, we love working with them. It’s so helpful having their statewide effort bring attention to our organization.” You don’t have to wait until the big event to participate – visit www.ColoradoGives. org and you can schedule a donation now to be withdrawn from your bank account or credit card on December 6 to the charities of your choice. You may also find opportunities for further volunteerism. “We want to increase Colorado’s charitable giving, and we hope people find it easy and gratifying to not only support their preferred non-profit, but also find new ones to support,” said Kayla. “There are so many deserving causes, we appreciate everyone’s participation. It is wonderful seeing the donors and non-profits come together to make our state and communities better by supporting the organizations truly making a difference in people’s lives.”

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EXPLORING LOCAL

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FOR KIDS By Sara Baker, MS, CSCS

We have had an incredibly mild winter thus far with a very mild November, therefore it might be hard to think about fun outside snow activities, but the snow will be here soon enough!

SKATING Ice skating is a fun family winter activity. Families can skate in historic downtown Louisville at the Steinbaugh Pavilion on Front Street or in Boulder at the Teahouse Plaza on 13th Street. These outdoor rinks are open from November through February. The outdoor rinks are open on holidays, with extended hours during winter school break and offer group rates and private parties. If you would still like to skate but the weather is not cooperating, The Ice Centre at the Promenade in Westminster has a great indoor rink.

SLEDDING There are plenty of great sledding spots in and around Broomfield. Broomfield Commons Park at 13221 Sheridan has a great hill located next to the Championship field. The hill is not very long but allows for plenty of sledders and is a great place for beginners or younger sledders. The Commons also has ample parking. At the soccer fields next to Legacy High School you will find a fairly short and steep hill that is quite wide to allow for lots of sledders. In Lafayette, Autumn Ash Park, off North 111th Street at Beacon Hill and Lucerne drive also has a nice hill for family sledding with young children.

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LOCAL RECREATION If the weather is just too frightful to play outside, Broomfield is home to plenty of great indoor entertainment options including physical activities, creative arts, and educational activities. The Paul Derda Recreation Center offers a free indoor playground for young children. For a small fee the recreation center also has pools, basketball, gymnastics, and an indoor running track. A variety of classes are also offered at the recreation center for newborns up to teenagers. These classes include music and dance classes and day outings for teens. The recreation center also offers a variety of activities during school breaks.

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Indoor play areas such as the indoor trampoline parks and venues such as Monkey Business, located in Orchard Town Center, are other fun place for kids to burn some energy on cold days. These play areas feature inflatable obstacle courses, slides, bouncers, toddler and infant areas, jungle gyms, play structures and more. Many offer amenities where parents can relax with a cup of coffee or a smoothie from the snack bar.

If you are looking for more of an artistic activity for kids there are several local options. Whimsy Paint and Sip has a kids club for kids ages 7-15. A professional artist guides the group through the same piece of art in a fun atmosphere. For the kids club, a kid-friendly painting is selected however, you do not have to paint what is scheduled, “You can paint anything your imagination can think of!” Color Me Mine is another great place for kids to explore their artistic side with pottery. Kids can select an unpainted piece of pottery varying from animals to plates or cups to picture frames. The kids then get to paint their piece and the studio will then fire it for a take home masterpiece. The Butterfly Pavilion is also a great place in Broomfield’s backyard that combines science education with hands-on fun to teach visitors about invertebrates, science, and conservation. They offer special $5 days, group discounts, and visiting on your birthday for only $1. The WOW or World of Wonder Museum is located just outside of Broomfield in Lafayette. This museum provides educational and interactive exhibits and programs for all children. They provide drop-in science programs for children as young as 18 months and hands-on science education for older children.

Winter in Colorado is mainly known for incredible skiing, but if you are not able to get up to the mountains or feel like making the trek up I-70, there are plenty of fun outdoor and indoor activities close by to keep the whole family entertained.

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Ruth Roberts Connector Trail Project Recognized for Excellent Use of Grant Funds By Kristen Beckman

The Colorado Lottery presented a Starburst Award to the City and County of Broomfield on Nov. 1, recognizing excellent use of lottery proceeds on the Ruth Roberts Connector Trail project.

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roomfield received $45,000 in proceeds through the Colorado Lottery’s Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) program for the project, which had an overall cost of about $210,000. The 0.9 mile, 8-footwide crusher fines trail connects the Rock Creek Trail with the Lake Link Trail and includes a 47-foot pedestrian bridge. “You often think of trails going next to creeks and streams and into beautiful places, but sometimes a trail needs to have a purpose and that’s what this trail does,” said Colin Waters, community relations specialist with the Colorado Lottery. “It connects two larger trails and becomes part of a bigger network of trails. It has seen tremendous use since it opened, and it helps people enjoy the outdoors and the whole trail system as one.” The trail runs through the Ruth Roberts Open Space, which is owned by Boulder County and was purchased in part with funds from Broomfield. Boulder and Broomfield worked together on the trail project. “One thing we know is when people use trails crossing the various jurisdictional lines, they may notice that and they may not,” said Kristan Pritz, director of Open Space and Trails for the City and County of Broomfield. “Primarily what they are focused on is enjoying their trail experience and getting to wherever they are trying to go, whether it’s another open space property or a restaurant in our community. We like to emphasize that interconnections with other communities are really valuable.”

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Construction planning for the project began in 2012 after Broomfield and Boulder applied for and received the GOCO grant, said Pritz. “That’s a connection our citizens had indicated an interest in having for a significant amount of time and we were finally able to pull together the money


and the timing with the two governmental groups to get it done,” said Pritz. Grant money is instrumental in helping Broomfield fund trails and open space projects, said Pritz. During the 2016 fiscal year, the lottery returned a record-high $143.5 million in proceeds to beneficiaries across the state. “That extra grant money is really helpful in making our taxpayers’ money go further,” said Pritz. In addition to cash, the joint effort on the trail included in-kind donations and volunteer work provided by the Boulder County Youth Corps. Once the project was complete, Broomfield submitted it for consideration for a Starburst Award. “We get applications for the award every summer and start the process of judging, sorting and picking the ones that

stand out,” said Waters. “We are looking for projects that have a long-lasting impact on the community. A $10,000 project can have just as much of an impact as a $10 million project.” The projects selected to receive Starburst Awards this year ranged from $28,255 to $4.9 million in lottery funds. “This was a great year for the Starburst award,” said Waters, who noted 22 projects received Starburst Awards this year representing a total of $14.3 million in lottery proceeds. “That’s a really high mark. I don’t think there’s been that much money in a Starburst cycle before. We had a really great year with everything from skate parks to a major 64-acre park, to splash pads and bike parks.” Broomfield was pleased to be one of the 22 Starburst Award winners this year. “It’s a very positive award to receive because it celebrates collaboration, efficient use of public resources and money, and meeting community needs, all in a really excellent way,” said Pritz. “We’re really pleased that that was recognized and we also want to recognize our partners, Boulder County Parks and Open Space. Collaboration is really a valuable thing, financially and just in doing things as efficiently as possible to meet community needs.” Broomfield has received five GOCO grants, totaling $506,000, as well as $10.7 million in proceeds from the Conservation Trust Fund. In addition to the Ruth Roberts Connector Trail project, Broomfield has received GOCO grants for the Tom Frost Nature Education and Picnic Pavilion, Northmoor Park improvements, Highway 287 and Miramonte Open Space Buffer, and Rock Creek Farm.

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n a l P s ’ d l e i f m o Bro the Future for B By Dan Powers

roomfield has a newly-approved vision for the community’s future, an inspiring guiding set of principles and goals ranging from housing and open space to industry, transportation, schools, and technological advances, just coming to the forefront. Last month the Broomfield Comprehensive Plan Update process culminated in approval by the City Council of one of the most important public brainstorming efforts in the city’s history. Last updated formally in 2005, Broomfield’s Comprehensive Plan is a long-term policy document with guiding visions and strategies relating to new development, redevelopment, city programs, and services. On November 1, city staff, members of the 18-person citizen task force, professional consultants and interested citizens provided comments, details, and encouragement in advance of the formal vote to approve the Plan.

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Broomfield’s Director of Community Development Dave Shimmeman gave some background to this visioning effort: the 2005 Comp Plan had been updated in various increments over the years through neighborhood plans, sub-area plans, and urban renewal plans. Also, in 2011 the City Council did a sustainability plan which influenced the Comp Plan with issues like water conservation, open space, energy efficiency, and solid waste management. Over the last 15 months, through dozens of task force meetings, subgroup meetings, public meetings including City Council, and online and written comments, the Plan coalesced through numerous drafts. “There were several public outreach events, and many members of Council attended events and comments were included in the draft document before this evening,” said Dave.


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This 2016 update “recognizes and addresses the various changes that have affected our community… and takes into account City Council-identified focus areas and overarching themes” that have been consistently reiterated as priorities shaping Broomfield. Those themes include:

• Changing demographics and growth projections, and the resulting demands placed on City and County government and the community over the next decade; • Transitioning from a growth-oriented community to a community focused on maintaining and improving existing facilities and neighborhoods while continuing to accommodate anticipated growth; • Enhancing multimodal transportation throughout the community; and • The impact of technology, the information it provides, and how this information affects how residents live, work, play, and move.

The final approved document’s Executive Summary provides a thoughtful overview of key focus areas such as transportation, housing, land use, economic development, social services, open space, parks, and trails, the 120th corridor and other redevelopment opportunities, and historic preservation. Keeping the 40% open lands goal was a particular highlight. More than just a big list of nice ideas for what could be, the Comp Plan has legal weight: “This is also a regulatory document that provides a framework for making other land use and policy decisions in the future,” said Dave. While allowing for the reality and nuances that private property will change with various property owners’ needs, the Comprehensive Plan “provides a framework for making responsible decisions that reflect the desires of the community and encourage continuity and compatibility among neighborhoods. All land use applications should be reviewed not only for conformance with specific zoning requirements but also for consistency with the direction and guidance provided by the Comprehensive Plan.” To that point, there are ten topical elements in the Plan, which identify goals for the given topic element, along with broad policies and specific action steps to accomplish the goals.

10 TOPIC ELEMENTS ARE :

1. COMMUNITY FORM & IDENTITY 2. GROWTH, POPULATION & CHANGE 3. LAND USE 4. TRANSPORTATION 5. OPEN SPACE, PARKS, RECREATION & TRAILS 6. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 7. COMMUNITY SERVICES & FACILITIES 8. ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP 9. HOUSING 10. UTILITIES

Councilwoman Elizabeth Law-Evens called the process “a massive amount of work” and she complimented Task Force Chairman Tom Silvers for keeping meetings “on time and on track – that is a skill and I appreciate it,” she said. “Also the Level of Service idea may be the most important idea I heard for open space and trails acquisition and planning. For a long time we’ve had the 40% open lands goal and we now have a tool to look at acquisition with the idea of making sure all of our residents are served by open space.” “I’ve been on past Comprehensive Plan committees and I think it’s always amazing when you get people together and all the ideas that come out,” said Mayor Randy Ahrens. “I’d have to say this is the best yet.”

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