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CONTENTS

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PUBLISHER Welcome to the Spring 2018 issue of Spotlight® Magazine! I’d love to hear from you. Yes, you.

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TO TAKE YOUR KID

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Some places are more magical when seen through the eyes of a child. This article is a definitive guide you’ll want to have handy all year long when planning day trips with youngsters.

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My staff and I work hard to provide our readers with a value-added magazine that highlights community events, places to go, and things to do. Additionally, we provide an important vehicle for local businesses to reach the neighborhoods surrounding them. With that in mind, I’m wondering what YOU would like to see in Spotlight®? What type of articles do you enjoy most? Do you know of a great place for families to visit? Is there a non-profit organization that is doing incredible work in the community that you want others to know about too? Please send me an email at Editorial@LoudmouthMedia.com with your ideas and suggestions. I’d love to hear from you. Thank you for being a reader of Spotlight® Magazine.

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APRIL 21ST THE BIRDS IN OUR BACKYARD Celebrate Earth Day 2018 with this unique event that will focus on appreciating the birds found in the city of Centennial. A variety of free birdrelated activities make this a great event for the entire family. Meet falcons, hawks, owls, and eagles up close, make upcycled birdhouses, learn about bird-watching in Centennial, get your face painted, check out Arapahoe Libraries’ Book Mobile, and enjoy music from the DJ. Held 10:00am12:00pm at Centennial Center Park, 13050 E. Peakview Ave., in Centennial. Visit www.CentennialCO.gov for complete details.

APRIL 28TH – 29TH FOLK, ROCK, POP, JAZZ…THE WORKS! The Parker Chorale returns to the PACE Center’s main stage with an omnibus of popular music in this exciting new show. The local group of artists is known throughout the community for their incredible performances and powerful vocals. Show times are 7:30pm on Saturday, and 2:00pm on Sunday, at PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., in Parker. Visit www.ParkerArts.org for details and to purchase tickets.

MAY 5TH HILLTOP ART AND MUSIC FAIR Celebrate the old railroad town, Hilltop, from 9:00am-3:00pm and see first-hand what a country fair is all about. The UCC Parker Hilltop Church and the historic 1898 Hilltop Schoolhouse in eastern Douglas County, cohost the fair. The fair features fine art, crafts, and performing arts. Added bonuses are a Hilltop history media presentation, an art show at the schoolhouse, and a silent auction at the church. Admission, parking, performances, and hay wagon rides between the two fair sites are free. Parking is at UCC Parker Hilltop 10926 Democrat Rd. Parker, CO. Visit www. uccparkerhilltop.org for more information. 8

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Magical Places to Take Your Kid (While They’re Still a Kid!) By Bette Erickson

There’s little debate: It’s great to be a kid in Colorado. From the mountains to the cities, adventure awaits. Nobody needs to tell us, either, that time is of the essence. Before we know it and sometimes before we’re ready, our kids are grown and far away finding their own adventures with their friends. Don’t let time slip away. Go now! Some places are more magical when seen through the eyes of a child. Following, in no particular order, is a definitive guide you’ll want to have handy all year long when planning day trips with youngsters.

Denver Firefighters Museum The Denver Firefighters Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering outstanding exhibits related to firefighting history in Denver. With its primary focus on the Denver Fire Department, the Museum provides innovative and exciting hands-on activities, allowing visitors of all ages to interact with the displays.  Located downtown, the Denver Firefighters Museum is open Monday through Saturday, closed each Sunday and major holidays. Information: www. denverfirefightersmuseum.org.

The Butterfly Pavilion In a rainforest-like setting, edible bugs, butterflies and more inhabit the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster. There’s even a large, friendly tarantula named Rosie that visitors are encouraged to hold. A charming indoor tropical conservatory with over 1,600 freeflying butterflies (not kidding, free-flying!), the center offers multiple educational workshops, including a Five-Part Beekeeping Bootcamp series.  Whether you’re taking the youngsters or out-of-town guests, the visit will undoubtedly leave you amazed. Bees, beetles and more await. While there, don’t forget to swing by the Gift Shop with its hundreds of whimsical items. Information: www.butterflies.org. 

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Ghost Town Museum in Colorado Springs With something for everyone, the Ghost Town Museum in Colorado Springs re-creates an authentic mining town, making use of abandoned materials from the Pike’s Peak gold rush. It includes stage coaches, a saloon, jail, sheriff’s office and blacksmith shop. Located at US 24 at 21st St. Information:  www.ghosttownmuseum. com or call (719) 634-0696.

Cave of the Winds Located near Colorado Springs in Manitou Springs, the Cave of the Winds offers guided tours, and family-focused activities including an Image Center, Educational programs, Birthday Parties, cave-exploration and more. There are a variety of outdoor activities and a Gift Shop on site, too. Call for reservations (719) 685-5444 or visit www.caveofthewinds.com.

Money Museum at the Denver Federal Reserve Bank Hammond’s Candies Get up close to see how lollipops, candy canes and taffy are made. Factory tours are free and fun. Since 1920, thousands of kids and kids-at-heart have watched as their favorite treats are pulled, twisted, shaped and packaged by hand. With large video screens installed throughout the factory, you’ll enjoy a close-up look at how these delicious candies are made, while learning about Hammond’s Candies’ history in the Mile High City. You’ll also be presented with fun facts about the nostalgic candy. Closed on Mondays, Hammond’s Candies, located at 5735 N. Washington St. in Denver, offers birthday party space and factory tours. Information: www.hammondscandies.com.

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Unlike tours at the Denver Mint, or the main Federal Reserve building, no reservations are required at the Money Museum in the Denver Federal Reserve Bank. Visitors to the Money Museum are treated to a display of $30 million in cash, information about historical U.S. currency, various interactive exhibits, including an area where you can design your own currency. Expect to also receive during your visit to the Money Museum a bag of actual U.S. dollar bills that have been shredded by the bank because it is no longer fit for circulation. The Denver Federal Reserve building is at 1020 16th Street between Curtis St. and Arapahoe St. The Money Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on banking holidays. Information: (303) 572-2300.

With exciting guided shuttle tours and indoor exhibits, Dinosaur Ridge doesn’t disappoint. The famed Dinosaur Ridge is a segment of the Dakota Hogback in the Morrison Fossil Area National Landmark located in Jefferson County near the town of Morrison. Enjoy a hike there --- It’s ranked the #1 dinosaur track site in the United States. Information: www.dinoridge.org. 

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Nederland’s Carousel of Happiness Nederland’s magical menagerie with 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, circles to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ. With a puppet theater and play area, the carousel is just $1 to ride. Information:  (303) 258-3457. This one-ofa-kind carousel is located at 20 Lakeview Drive, (just off Highway 119) Nederland, CO.

Georgetown Loop Railroad Take a step back in time to a simpler era. Enjoy a one-hour rattle around the 978-acre Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad district on board the Georgetown Loop rustic train. An absolute must-do when entertaining out of state visitors. Save this adventure to enjoy during the spring or summer. Information: www.georgetownlooprr.com/our-history.

The Denver Mint Visitors to the Denver Mint learn about the craftsmanship required at all stages of the minting process, from the original designs and sculptures to the actual striking of the coins. When the United States government began minting coins in 1792, demand quickly grew. This growth was further fueled by the discovery of gold, first in the Southeast and later in the West, and the need for hard currency, which, interestingly caused people to mint their own gold coins. Free tours are available to adults and children 7-years old and older. While touring the Denver Mint, located at 320 West Colfax Ave., be sure to visit the Gift Shop to purchase newly minted coins. Information: www.usmint. gov/about/mint-tours-facilities.

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Looking Up Pinterest named “statement ceilings” one of its top trends of 2018 – The popular image-collation site has seen a 310% increase in saved pins of this decor. Most people have been neglecting this fifth wall — until now, says HouseBeautiful. com. Adventurous designs can be achieved with paint, wallpaper, wood, and more: colorful prints, graphics, patterns and even wallpaper. A light blue lacquered finish on a ceiling can actually looks like water! Exposed beams can also be added for various cottage/country and traditional themes. Also consider “sculptural” lighting – orbs, swirling chandeliers and nature-based designs of antlers, branches, even sea-creature and ocean-inspired as adding dramatic artwork to your ceilings, whether in the bedroom, living room or man cave.

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Getting Outside Low-maintenance gardens, droughttolerant plants and less turfgrass have become the norm in landscape design. Homeowners are upgrading and reshaping their yards to more waterconscious designs, both for economic and environmental reasons. According to HGTV.com, blended gardens that incorporate edibles and ornamentals do double duty, giving gardeners a bountiful harvest of fruit, vegetables and herbs and an alternative to turfgrass. Showy landscapes are out. Now, homeowners prefer to invest in quality and natural materials. Smart sprinkler systems can be programmed via computer or smart phone app, and automatically adjust your sprinkler system to account for the season and the weather. Plus, higher-quality outdoor fabrics are a key part of outdoor living space upgrades, with more masonry, fire pits, pergolas and light features.

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The choices for dropping your huge monthly cable bill in 2018 are worth checking out! Today you can choose from a variety of non-cable options for sports, movies, news, talk shows, and any combination of programming that you wish, with likely savings compared with old-school cable packages. The benefits of using a streaming service rather than a cable service include the ability to watch shows wherever you go, the potential to use Cloud DVR to save shows for later, and the no-obligations contract that allows you to cancel your account without a termination fee. You also don’t need to rent a cable box. Note that each service has options on the types and number of devices you can watch content on simultaneously, i.e. laptop, phone, desktop, TV, or tablet and the browser and operating system you have – so if you have several family members using the service be sure to check the costs for specific access. Here are some options to consider to shape your viewing and budget this year.

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Keep in mind as you look for cheap alternatives to cable TV that typically you are choosing from streaming services – meaning the quality of your home’s internet network is crucial. Plus, if you have your TV, Internet, and phone all bundled together you’ll need to do some more number crunching to figure out what makes sense – and you may be in a contract with a penalty charge if you “break up” with your current provider. Also, you may have to put together several options to get the content you want. For example, you may choose Amazon Prime Video, an HD antenna, and HBO Now to watch what you want. If so, the savings (and convenience) may not be enough to make the switch. If you have a slow Internet connection – 5Mbps or less – you can probably expect a lot of hiccups, stuttering, and low-resolution video. Expect to secure at least a 15-20Mbps range – perhaps even through a wired connection to your router – to be sure your experience is as seamless as you expect.

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