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Come Sail Away


Exceptional Homes in Prestigious Neighborhoods: Eagle Ranch Estates


A New Twist to Modern


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around town

Spotlight 14 Business All Terrain Landscaping

47 Community Hot Time Summer in the City

Spotlight 18 Business Surroundings

64 Travel A Family Dude Ranch Vacation

Spotlight 16 Business Larimer Humane Society

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33 Family Camping with Kids Day 36 Mother's Gift Guide

39 The Vertical Garden

Home & Garden

42 Fitness NoCo Residents Find Inspiration, Renewal in Running 44 Nutrition Refresh Your Health 10

62 Pets Old Dog New Tricks departments

12 Publisher's Letter 68 About Town

Spread the Love Valentine’s Event Simply Red Liberty Common Spring Gala Mad Hatter’s Celebration Whiskers ‘n Wags Jubilee Berthoud Bash Bring the Power Community Luncheon




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The first blush of spring is evident everywhere you look; whether tulips splashing color over our brown soil or lilacs perfuming the surrounding air, spring is heralding the inspiration of rebirth and renewal. It is at this time of year that I have to restrain myself from planting annuals too early; in fact, I have bought pansies but am waiting for this frosty cold spell to pass. With summer right around the corner, outdoor family activities are starting to be planned. Although my backpacking days are a distant memory, today camping sounds like a less strenuous, yet fun, family activity. Campgrounds require early reservations so we encourage you to make plans soon, and suggest


that introducing children to camping can be a fun experience for everyone! Be sure to read “Camping With Kids” for some smart tips to ensure kids and parents will enjoy a fun and safe outdoor experience! The summer is also the perfect time to rediscover the joy of running. I enjoyed running (maybe jogging would be more accurate) for many years and encourage you to give it a try. Being outdoors, running on mountain trails or exploring neighborhoods or parks is not only fun but it’s a great way to get exercise. Read “NoCo Residents Find Inspiration, Renewal in Running” to get insight into two people who developed a passion for running. Although living in Northern Colorado one would think we are landlocked, but not so. We have numerous lakes and reservoirs that offer wonderful boating and water recreational opportunities for families. Read “Come Sail Away” for a reminder about all the many places to enjoy water sports. The summer always signals a boost to real estate activity and new home construction. And, as we drive around, we all can’t help but witness that Northern Colorado is booming. Since activity in the more upscale market is growing, we decided, at the suggestion of Chris McElroy with The Group Inc., to launch a series of spotlights on neighborhoods in this issue. Be sure to read “Exceptional Homes in Prestigious Neighborhoods” to learn about the beautiful Eagle Ranch neighborhood in Fort Collins. Don’t miss seeing the smart looking home we showcase in this issue. It is in my neighborhood, so I’ve had the opportunity to watch this interesting Jay Brannen custom home being built this past fall. I’ve

marveled how this sharp looking home evolved and then was impressed with the many special details when getting a tour of the completed interior. The photos in “A Fresh Twist to Modern” tell the story of this great home, and take care to note the sub-contractors Jay selected for this project. As a little reminder, Mother’s Day is May 14th, and we canvassed a few of our advertisers for Mother’s Day gift suggestions for the women in your life. The choices span conservative to lavish. Just be sure to let the mother in your life know you love her. It is this time of year that we determine our list of categories and nominated candidates for voting for “Best Of.”This year voting will open May 15th on our website,, or at (Best of Style). Last year’s voting was ten times the previous year, and we are expecting another large increase in votes this year. Voting closes October 15th and we reveal the results in the December and January issues. Be sure to vote for your favorite businesses and engage your friends and coworkers to vote too! Our June issue will give you more details so stay tuned! We hope you enjoy reading the many interesting articles in this issue. We work hard to bring you relevant, interesting and informative articles, but we always love hearing your suggestions and ideas. Our commitment in our 33rd year of publishing is to strive for excellence and continue to earn your confidence and support. Enjoy planning for your fun family spring and summer activities.


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By Kyle Eustice


Founded by three brothers — Jason and Justin (twins), and Josh Yeater — All Terrain Landscaping in Greeley was established in 2001 after they had all graduated from college. Although they initially had different career paths laid out, the universe clearly had something else in mind. “Jason was originally going to be a school teacher and I was hoping to work in the tech department, but we just kind of started a piece at a time,” Justin explains. “It’s grown from there.” “I went into teaching and was looking for a summer job,” Jason adds. “Both Justin and I made it through college working for other people. It


Justin Yeater, Jason Yeater and Josh Yeater. was summer and we needed a job, so we hired ourselves.That way we couldn’t get fired, we could only fight [laughs].” In the beginning they were a team of three, but since then, the company has grown from just the three brothers to a company with a staff and knowledge that can handle projects of just about any size. “We’ve been in the community for a number of years, and we’re extremely passionate about it,” Justin says. “We have the experience and expertise to get whatever needs to be done, done. A lot of people say that, but in our industry there are

opportunities to get credentials. All Terrain is a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, Certified Irrigation Designer, certified by the Environmental Protection Agency, just to name a few of our accreditations. These are what sets us apart from our competitors.”


All Terrain Landscaping is a one-stop-shop for all of Northern Colorado’s landscaping needs. Its team provides expert landscaping design and installation, sprinkler system installation and STYLEMEDIA.COM

repair, hardscape design and install, maintenance and service, snow removal, and holiday lighting. “We handle any imaginable outdoor project,” Justin says. “Our crew can execute large-scale undertakings, such as fixing huge HOA sprinkler systems, mowing large acreages in high-end neighborhoods, and installing outdoor kitchens and elaborate hardscapes. We also tackle the smaller but equally important tasks, including fixing residential sprinkler heads, pruning shrubs and planting trees.”


If for no other reason, All Terrain’s stellar resume is enough to generate buzz. From the Fort Collins Federal Building and Windsor Pond to Northern Colorado Hospice and countless brick walkways, All Terrain’s landscaping and paving work illustrates attention to detail and the utmost craftsmanship. Coupled with the long-lasting relationships they build with their clients, All Terrain is the premier, go-to landscaping business in Northern Colorado. “One of my favorite projects was designing the baseball fields and sprinkler systems in the City of Firestone,” Justin says. “One thing that’s neat about landscaping is what we put in tends to stay there for decades.” “For me, the people and the relationships I have formed is the best part,” Jason says. “When I’m driving down the street and I stop to see Mrs. Smith, there’s a hug and I know I’ve made an impact on her and her family. They could have chosen anybody, but they were kind enough to choose us. We’ve guarded that relationship by doing a phenomenal job, so they continue to call us with any landscaping need that comes up.” “We have a package for clients that includes watering, fertilizing, mowing and much more," Jason explains. “It depends on what the customer wants. At the end of the day, we want the customer to be confident with what we’ve left them.” “We truly build relationships,” Justin adds. “We don’t just leave the yard once it’s done. STYLE 2017

We are there for years into the future and continue to help, advise and service whatever a client needs.”


As the saying goes, “it takes a village” and at All Terrain, Josh, Justin and Jason recognize the importance of having a top-notch staff. Outstanding customer service is an integral component to their success. In fact, for the first 15 years of the business, word of mouth played a key role in building up their client base. After all, their tagline is “rooted by reputation and grounded by knowledge.” “We really are blessed to have great people around us and I can’t say that enough,” Jason says. “Josh and I primarily focus on the installs with Justin focusing on financials. We also pay attention to detail—whether it’s that one

sprinkler head or mowing a yard. We treat every job like it needs to be perfect and make sure that the customer is always happy at the end,” shares Jason.


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CLOSING THOUGHTS “At the end of the day, it’s all about reputation and we hold in our heart that it takes years to cultivate relationships,” Justin explains. “We need to take care of our customers because they are our number one priority,” Jason adds. “We exceed their expectations of what a landscaper is or isn’t, and we treat people the way we would want to be treated. As long as we do that, customers continue to come in.”



By Angeline Grenz


Larimer Humane Society was founded in 1969 by a group of concerned community members who wanted to “further the compassionate, safe, and responsible relationship between animals and people,” as their mission statement proclaims. However, Executive Director Judy Calhoun says those early days found many of the animals housed in makeshift homes and rented warehouses. By 1974 the Humane Society was able to build its current building at 6317 Kyle Avenue in Fort Collins and in the late ‘70s they began animal control services for Larimer County. Today, Larimer Humane Society is an independent 501(c)3 and full-service shelter. They do not belong to a national humane society chapter but operate independently. “We are a little unusual in the fact that we offer shelter and animal control services to Fort Collins, Loveland and unincorporated Larimer County,” says Calhoun. As Larimer Humane Society’s responsibilities within our community have grown, so has their need for space. Administration space was moved off-site in spring 2007 to give them enough space to shelter the animals in their care, but room at the shelter is still cramped. Add to that an aging, inefficient building and Larimer Humane Society realized more than a decade ago that a new facility was an eventual must. In fall 2007, they were able to purchase


property in east Loveland, just north of the Fort Collins/Loveland Airport. The new facility will be 39,000 square feet, three times as large as their current building. It will also encompass 27 acres, as opposed to the 3.5 acres they currently hold. The facility will allow them to hold more animals more comfortably—their smallest dog kennel will be 1.5 times larger than the largest dog kennel they have currently. It will also expand veterinarian care (including a dental suite), and separate the adoption services from animal intake. Overall, it will be more aesthetic, more efficient, and a healthier and happier environment for the animals in their care. “Our current space is challenging; our kennels are too small. We currently do an incredible job in a facility that is not ideal.” Fundraising for the new building is still underway, though the note for the land has been paid off and the new facility broke ground May 2016. They are on track to complete the building in July 2017 and move in over Labor Day weekend—giving them the opportunity to celebrate their 50th anniversary in a new, much-improved location. Public funding for the building came in the form of a 0.1 percent sales tax passed in 2014. Their private funding campaign goal of $2.1 million is still underway but they now have “under $100,000 left to go,” says Calhoun.


Larimer Humane Society contracts with the Cities of Loveland and Fort Collins and unincorporated Larimer County to license dogs, cats, chickens, and goats, and perform all animal protection services (both complaints and reports of animal cruelty). In addition, they provide shelter and care for thousands of lost, surrendered, ill, and orphaned pets; adopt animals into new homes; foster pets; provide education for responsible care and treatment of animals; offer end-of-life services for pets; and offer humane education programs, among other services each year.


In addition to the numerous services Larimer Humane Society provides every year, they

have an overarching mission to create happy, healthy, and responsible relationships between animals and people. Such a vision is reflective of a community that values this relationship, says Calhoun. This can be seen by the high number of strays returned to owner: as much as 85 percent of dogs and 19 percent of cats are returned. National statistics, says Calhoun, range from 35 to 50 percent for dogs and 2-5 percent of cats. Keeping pets appropriately licensed with the County aids in high return rates. Another reason to support Larimer Humane Society? Because they offer so many necessary services in one location. “There is primarily one place to look if you lose a pet,” says Calhoun. Other communities may have several shelters that may or may not communicate, but Larimer Humane Society works with both Animal House and Fort Collins Cat Rescue to help pets in our community.


The stats are telling. In 2016, Larimer Humane Society welcomed 5,955 animals into the shelter. They found forever homes for 3,022 animals, found and sheltered 3,005 strays, and reunited 1,689 lost pets with their families. Animal Protection and Control answered over 20,000 calls for service, and over 400 volunteers donated 41,628 hours of service. Some of the most exotic pets the Larimer Humane Society have housed during its decades of service include a red belly pacu piranha (a vegetarian piranha that was recently adopted), along with several lizards, a turkey and more. Larimer Humane Society can take domestic and exotic pets, and barnyard animals up to the size of a goat or sheep. They have helped to adopt out pigs, goats, ducks, and chickens.


The shelter is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can be reached at (970) 226-3647.


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CLOSING THOUGHTS To support Larimer Humane Society and their expansion, you can immortalize your commitment to animals in their new shelter by purchasing an oversized ID tag that will hang on a metal latticework along a hall in the new building. The customizable tags are $150 each. Traditional bricks to line the mile walkway around their building are also for sale: a 4x8 brick is $250 and an 8x8 brick costs $500. The community can also support Larimer Humane Society at one of their annual fundraisers: Top Cat & Tails Gala held every September and the upcoming Fire Hydrant 5K & Paws on the Promenade. Fire Hydrant 5K will be held on Saturday, June 3 at The Chapungu Sculpture Park and the Promenade Shops at Centerra. The expansion to a new facility offers not only a healthier environment for the animals under their care, but it also enables Larimer Humane Society to “expand collaborative relationships throughout the community,” says Calhoun. “Beyond everything the building will do, we will be able to stop focusing on our physical location and really turn our attention on how we can be a leader and partner in our great community,” she adds. “That to me is really part of the excitement as we look toward the next five to ten years.”

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By Kyle Eustice

Back row: Mick Sage, Jake Mill, Andy Mill | Front row: Mike Farrell, Alissa Strickland, Maren Suny


Stated on the Surroundings website is a quote from author Edward Abbey, who once said, “Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.” At Surroundings, which is dubbed “The Store For Outdoor Living,” the staff ’s goal is to create an outside environment that is as alluring as it is functional to be able to enjoy Northern Colorado’s beautiful environment. In conjunction with Mill Brothers Landscape Group, which is also owned by Fort Collins native Andy Mill, Surroundings is able to provide every outdoor living space need. Senior Landscape Architect Alissa Strickland works for both companies, and witnesses firsthand the transformations


Surroundings and Mill Brothers are able to complete. “I’ve been with Mill Brothers for the past 20 years,” Strickland explains. “We opened Surroundings officially in 2012 and all of our designer’s office out of it.”


Surroundings’ mission aims to offer its clients the “best quality products at unbeatable prices,” which provides an opportunity for people to create a customized retreat in any backyard space. Its 13,000 square-foot warehouse/showroom is home to everything from outdoor fire pits and lounge furniture

to barbecue grills, outdoor kitchen cabinets and dining sets. Coupled with the services Mill Brothers offers, including design and installation, Surroundings is a one-stop shop. “We basically offer outdoor furniture, accessories and decor to the general public, so we’re a retail outdoor living store,” she explains. “But we partner with Mill Brothers so that we can then offer design and installation services. We find we need to solve the issues with the outdoor space. Most homes in this area were left with a patio space that is less than desirable for the modern outdoor living area. Mill Brothers designers are specialized in taking these small patio areas and STYLEMEDIA.COM

recreating the space for an outdoor living retreat. Everything is considered; shade, heating for shoulder seasons, outdoor kitchen layouts, dining areas, deep seated relaxation areas around fire/water features, and most importantly we strive to create the privacy factor with landscape plantings and screen walls. Surroundings has all the high-quality furnishings and accessories that finish the room off, all color coordinated down to the last detail, so the two companies really work together.” Surroundings also employs interior designers, who are able to have a more hands-on approach throughout the entire process of whatever project the client has requested. “We find a lot of people who have just finished a new deck or patio just need a little help in the patio furniture selection process and space planning so that’s a Surroundings deal,” she says. “We aren’t just selling a product — we’re selling a lifestyle as well, even though we are a retailer. One of the store designers can go out and measure and look at what would actually fit in their space.”


Aside from the accessibility to designers, installers, sales experts and a staff armed with deep product knowledge, Surroundings also

puts impeccable customer service first. The staff repeatedly hears feedback that praises its keen attention to every detail. “I think for a lot of people, being able to deal with one company is a benefit. Even though we’re two separate entities, they can start with one designer and work through the entire process,” she explains. “For a lot of people, that’s convenient. Rather than trying to hire their own designer, contractor, and electrician, then come into the store and buy furniture from someone else who doesn’t really know their project, we can provide an all-encompassing experience from start to finish.” “A lot of our business is referral based, so if we’re not getting good referrals, we won’t get returning customers,” she explains. “Amazingly, we do have a lot of referral customers who continue to come back to just see what’s new and different.”


Customers love the all-in-one approach. Surroundings and Mill Brothers can tackle it all, which truly sets them apart from their competitors. “I think we have done a good job of tying everything together,” she says. “From designing an outdoor living space to being able to

outfit it with everything it needs to make it complete, we deliver a whole project; a finished project — from the patio surfaces to lighting to furniture to planters to heaters.” “I don’t think there are a lot of other companies that do this,” she continues. “It can get complicated when you’re trying to service everything from start to finish, so that’s why Surroundings and Mill Brothers have all the disciplines under one roof. We collaborate as a team through the design to the installation, but we have the expertise to help our customers at any point of their project. It’s not just landscape work. We’re building walls and decks, paver patios, pergola structures, and the finest outdoor kitchens in the area. It all ties into outdoor living, which is what the store is touting.”


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CLOSING THOUGHTS For Strickland and the rest of the Mill Brothers/Surroundings family, relationship building is key to longevity. After all, Mill Brothers was founded in 1980 and Surroundings plans on attaining that same type of success. Our owner works every aspect of the companies and truly cares. “We understand how to space plan and make it work so people aren’t buying things that are too big or too small that they can’t use,” she adds. “I think the high level of customer service and quality are truly the most important things.”

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Pick Your Body of Water There are some great public spots less than an hour from Fort Collins where you can enjoy lake culture. Always check in with the marina on site to see if there is a parking-fee or usage-fee on the day you are there.

Boyd Lake is located in Boyd Lake State Park in Loveland.

Carter Lake Reservoir is just outside of Berthoud and roughly 45 minutes from Fort Collins.

Lake Estes is approximately an hour drive from Fort Collins.

Horsetooth Reservoir has everything for those looking to enjoy time on the water.

Family and dog friendly, Windsor Lake is just 30 minutes from Fort Collins. 24

Boyd Lake Only 30 minutes from Fort Collins, Boyd Lake is located in Boyd Lake State Park in Loveland. Known as a playground for water sports activity, the lake allows all types of boats; from motor powered, to wind powered, and human powered. The family-friendly area is great for hiking, biking, and camping as well. Fishing with a valid permit is also allowed and packing a picnic basket is encouraged! This lake is nestled at the foot of Long’s Peak and is great for a scenic summer lunch. Picnic area fees apply. Carter Lake Reservoir Just outside of Berthoud and only 45 minutes from Fort Collins are the public lands surrounding Carter Lake. Known for recreational swimming and fabulous fishing, the lake’s special attraction is that it offers scuba diving! It’s also a great place for camping, picnics, and even rock climbing. Permit fees apply. Lake Estes An Estes Park treasure, Lake Estes is approximately an hour drive from Fort Collins. Boat rentals, canoe and paddleboard rentals, and even bicycle rentals make this lake “user-friendly” and family-friendly. The area around the lake is extremely bicycle friendly and the Fourth of July at Lake Estes is quite a spectacle! Horsetooth Reservoir A Fort Collins treasure, Horsetooth Reservoir has everything for those looking to enjoy time on the water. Certain areas of the reservoir permit water skiing, swimming, and scuba diving as well. Horsetooth Reservoir also offers cabin rentals. Extremely popular because of its easy access, it is simply a great place to spend summer days with family and friends, even if you are just driving by. Certain areas require entrance permits for access. Windsor Lake Family and dog-friendly, Windsor Lake is just 30 minutes from Fort Collins and a lovely place for those who enjoy walking around a body of water. Peaceful boating, STYLEMEDIA.COM

fishing, swimming and hiking are found here amidst a scenic landscape, perfect for photos and artist inspiration. Pick Your Mode of Transport Choosing how you move about on the water can be a big part of the fun. Of course, maintenance and upkeep of motorized vehicles is always more expensive than human-powered vessels, but the variety of carriages to select from is exciting and vast. Here are a few popular options: Motorized vehicles: Wave runners, ski boats, jet skis, and motorboats are good examples. Human powered vehicles: Rafting, paddleboards, tubing, wake boarding, single and 2-seater kayaks, canoes, sailboats, party boats (basically a raft with a bar), stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), and good old-fashioned paddleboats. Note: SUPs have become extremely popular for a challenging yoga workout! Enjoy the Overall Experience Outdoor enthusiasts and boating regulars, Kim and Alan Strope, love spending time with family and friends on a glistening Colorado lake. Their favorite place to be on the water is Horsetooth Reservoir. “After growing up in Fort Collins, Horsetooth has always been a place for outdoor activities but especially boating,” recalls Kim Strope. “Colorado itself has a shortage of lakes and water suitable for boating, but Horsetooth is not only around the corner, it’s an attraction because of the beauty of the lake nestled next to the foothills.” The entire Strope family loves all sorts of boating activities. “We own a ski boat but it is all the other fun that the water has to offer that also makes the lake enjoyable. Wave runners, rafting, paddle


boards, tubing, skiing, and wake boarding are all a part of lake life, however sometimes just relaxing on a raft is just as fun!” Kim Strope definitely knows a thing or two about how to have fun on the water. Her biggest tip for lake time fun is to relax. “There is a famous quote that says "Relax! You’re on Lake Time." I think this is so true for anyone enjoying any kind of lake activities. It is a time to get away, enjoy time with others, time with nature or time that one needs to simply unwind.” Her next important tip is to make memories. “Take each experience at the lake as an adventure and a part of life,” suggests Strope. “Memories should be made every time you are on the lake!” Finally, be prepared! “We do live in Colorado,” reminds Strope. “Mother Nature wants us to take it all in: sun, wind, hail, and rain all take away from the enjoyment of the lake. The better prepared you are, the better the time on the lake will be!” Of course, this also includes wearing sunscreen while out on the water, as the intensity of ultraviolet rays are magnified. There are also many pitfalls within the boating culture. “Boating etiquette is a big one,” says Strope. “Many boaters do not follow the rules of the lake. The number one annoyance is when boats come into the marina or into a cove area too fast. It creates a wake that rocks the boats and is not only annoying but can be a safety factor for other boats, paddle boarders and swimmers. The lake life is known for having respect for your fellow boaters and others enjoying their time. Strope’s favorite part about the boating lifestyle is spending time with family and friends, and the serenity. “If you come to the lake without worries in mind, you will enjoy your time.” Malini Bartels is a Capricorn who works at The Music District. She is also a freelance writer, chef, mother, radio host, and actress. Her incorrigible Corgi occupies most of her time. STYLEMEDIA.COM

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Exceptional Homes in Prestigious Neighborhoods:

Eagle Ranch Estates By Brad Shannon

You may have noticed Eagle Ranch Estates because of the festive holiday lighting the neighborhood displays every winter. The entrance to the neighborhood is a broad boulevard with a stately row of trees between the inbound and outbound lanes. It arcs south and east from 392/ East County Road 32, just a stone’s throw west of the I-25 Windsor exit and Hazel Dell Mushrooms Farm. As the holiday season arrives, the trees are wrapped in strings of lights, creating an inviting line of cheer in the dark and cold. During the warmer months, visitors enjoy the landscaping and gardens planted by residents. That mature landscaping, the holiday lighting done each year by the homeowners’ association, unobstructed views, and the location – a bit off the beaten path, but with

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easy access to I-25 – are some of the things that Eagle Ranch Estates residents love about their neighborhood. The development is built around two small lakes, each circled by homes on large lots, which is something else the homes here offer that can be a challenge to find in today’s market. The amenities that attract buyers here stack in a way that is hard to find most anywhere else: dark, star-lit nights; views of sunrises to the east and the mountains to the west; a more rural, country-like setting that is well planned and maintained and close to so much; large estate lots with mature landscaping; open spaces all around to buffer traffic and noise; abundant wildlife; 10 minutes to all the conveniences in Fort Collins, Windsor, and Loveland; 45 minutes to DIA and downtown Denver; easy access to high-quality Poudre School District schools; and more. Homes here are

all high-quality, and each has been custombuilt exclusively by local builders. Chris McElroy of The Group Inc. has been serving the real estate market in Fort Collins since 1976. He recalls the somewhat humble beginnings of this upscale neighborhood, noting “In the early 1990s, when it started, the developer was out front, with an office in a motor home. You could stop by, step on up into the RV, and pick your slot from among the northernmost lots in the first filing. Today, it is built out, with a total of 123 homes on lots that are a half-acre to an acre in size.” He reports that this was the first development for the developer, and he set as a mission to only have custom homes by custom builders. “This is one of the first subdivisions outside of Fort Collins that had the draw of exceptional homes. It kept to that, and has aged well. The designs of homes here stand


the test of time.” Some homes here feature a master bedroom laundry as well as a secondary laundry for the rest of the home. Some are vignette homes, with different rooms in the home that have different feelings, compared to a wide-open floor plan. Some of the construction here features barrel ceilings, some of the first in the area when they were built. Those shopping for a luxury home may find appeal in the combination of stucco and real stone, a copper or metal roof, or copper gutters and downspouts. When it comes to kitchens, you’ll find high-end appliances like Thermador brand, as well as custom cabinets, wood floors, and granite or other natural stone surfaces. Outside, notable features include expansive decks, secondary living/entertaining spaces in the form of outdoor rooms, bars, and fully functional outdoor kitchens, along with some pools at select homes. Many homeowners who have been living here for some time have decided to update and recondition their homes. Popular options when it comes to investing in upgrades to these properties include adding technology like home automation systems and upgrades to improve comfort, like stateof-the-art climate control systems. At least one home here has added a koi pond outside a walk-out basement. “People tend to


move here and stay,” McElroy said. “If they move, it’s due to a job change, or deciding to downsize, or to get closer to grandchildren.” These 123 families enjoy a quiet, pastoral setting shared with a multi-generational mix of families, from couples with young children to those with teenagers, empty-nesters and those at or near retirement. Home sizes mostly run in the 3,500 to 4,000 square feet range, with the largest at 8,000 to 8,500 square feet. McElroy recently surveyed Eagle Ranch Estates residents, and several common themes emerged from the results. Residents appreciate how quiet and peaceful the neighborhood is, as it is set well back from the county road and traffic is largely residents coming and going. The friendliness of the neighbors, the well-run nature of the HOA, and ease of access to I-25 and the rest of northern Colorado and beyond, are all part of what attracts homeowners to this special place. Robert Smith owns Robert Smith Construction, designs and builds homes, and has been an Eagle Ranch Estates resident since 1996. He’s personally designed, built or remodeled 11 homes here, and lived in three himself. “This neighborhood is like a dream lifestyle to me and others here,” he shared. “Coming here from California 23 years ago, this is exactly what I imagined Colorado

living to be. Life goes at a harried pace, and this place provides a sanctuary and revitalization. It’s really a wonderful lifestyle.” Todd Henning, who has lived here five years, echoes the affection for the development that his neighbors share. “We like the space between homes, the park-like setting, the lakes and paths, tennis courts and playground for the kids. We enjoy being out in the country a bit, away from the hustle and bustle of the city,” he reported. He travels frequently for business, and appreciates the quick access to I-25 and DIA, and returning to a home that provides respite from a life lived on the road for three weeks a month. “It’s close to our kids’ schools, Fossil Ridge High School and Bacon Elementary, and we have easy access to dining, shopping, automobile dealers and repair shops, the movie theater, and more. It’s the best of both worlds.” Eric Hoyer has lived here since 2007, when he bought a new custom home, one of the last half dozen built here, one of two constructed by Sunset Homes. He knew Eagle Ranch Estates was perfect for him when he found it. “Location was important. This is part of Fort Collins, but away from the congestion of the city. Being close to I-25, it’s easy to head north or south. We appreciate the access to Windsor, and the experience of a smaller town when we need STYLEMEDIA.COM

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to run to the grocery. We’re really perfectly positioned to take advantage of any of the surrounding communities,” he shared. Hoyer also appreciates the beautiful setting of the neighborhood itself and its surroundings. “It’s picturesque here, with a peaceful feel, with the nearby wetlands, as well as the bird sanctuary and reservoir across the road to the north. When we moved here, our boys were younger, and it was convenient and enjoyable to take them fishing in the lakes as often as we could. As they’ve gotten older, we’re in a great walking neighborhood, with paths around the perimeter, the lakes, to the tennis court, and it’s nice to see our neighbors who are out all the time,” he said.


He particularly likes the peace and quiet. “There’s no thoroughfare, no through passage at all, so we generally only encounter people who live here; and I’ve had people ask me about the airport and the interstate, since they are so close. We’ve had no issues at all. There’s virtually no traffic noise, and maybe once a month we’ll notice a small plane passing overhead. It’s a non-factor, no issue at all,” he concluded. McElroy reports that real estate industry experts expect that there will be continued demand for luxury real estate. “Quality is expected with a certain price point, and in neighborhoods like Eagle Ranch Estates. Buyers know they will find that here, and much more, which is a big part of the

attraction when homes here come on the market,” he said. In April, there were 10 active listings of homes for sale in Eagle Ranch Estates, with one under contract, three that had recently closed, and one expected to be listed soon. Prices currently range from around $710,000 to the high $900s for smaller homes, while larger properties in the development range from around $1 million to as high as $1.7 million. Brad Shannon is a freelance writer and provides public relations and marketing communications services through his Loveland-based Shannon Marketing Communications LLC.



Camping With Kids As the campfire begins to die down, your child yawns one last time, rubs his eyes, and tells you how much fun he had today. Then he heads off to his tent to spend a cozy night in his sleeping bag, dreaming of what adventures the next day will bring. At least that's the fantasy for nature-loving parents who would like nothing more than to pass on their appreciation of the outdoors to their kids.

Before You Go It's impossible to overstate the importance of proper planning. You want your outdoor adventure to fit your child's experience, maturity and skill level, and a little bit of research and preparation will go a long way toward maximizing their enjoyment. Involve your kids in the planning process. Get their input when selecting a STYLE 2017

campground, choosing activities, even planning meals. They'll be more invested in the adventure and more engaged when you get to the campground. Select a campground that fits your desires and skills. First-timers may want amenities such as tents or cabins, bathrooms, showers and access to town for restaurants. Older, experienced campers

may prefer pitching their own tent in the solitude of a more remote, wilderness campground. Many large parks such as Yosemite offer a variety of campground options. Do a dry run. Spend a night camping in the backyard, the perfect spot for a shakedown cruise. Your child will get a first taste of camping, but with the security of


being at home. You'll be able to test out your gear, and you'll learn about your child's comfort level outdoors. Better to know now that there's a favorite pillow or stuffed animal he can't sleep without than finding out when you're miles from home. Let them pack. Draw up a list of what they'll need, but allow them to pull everything together. You'll want to check to make sure nothing is missing before you leave, of course, but kids will benefit from the responsibility that comes with being in charge of their own gear. Reinforce the outdoor experience. Spend time with relatives and friends—yours and your child's—who also like to hike and camp. Knowing that a favorite aunt likes to get out on the trail or a cousin is envious of your upcoming trip reinforces to your child that getting outdoors is not just a way for his crazy parents to torment him by pulling him away from the creature comforts of home. At the Campground Involve your kids upon arrival at camp. Let them help pick the tent site, pitch the tent, set up the cooking area. Draw up a duty roster so everyone knows who's responsible for certain chores, such as helping with cooking, washing dishes or keeping the campsite clean. Establish camp rules. Walk the boundaries of your campsite with your kids so they know where they're allowed to go and where is off-limits. Use the buddy system to make sure they never wander off alone, and make sure they know they always have to tell an adult if they're going somewhere out of eyesight. Engage in activities. Once everything is set up, it's time to start the activities you've mapped out. Hiking, fishing, bike riding if your campground allows, even just exploring the surroundings, are all


great ways for kids to get out and enjoy nature. Consider a "scavenger hunt" with a simple pencil and notebook; have them try to identify 10 plants and 10 animals in the wild. Or, if your child likes to take photos, have them record their finds with a camera. Many national parks offer "Junior Ranger" programs that give kids the chance to take part in educational programs and activities. Plan for campsite activities. Don't forget to plan some campground activities when camping with kids. You might be totally content to spend long afternoons in a camp chair with a good book, but your kids will probably need more stimulation. Tuck away a Frisbee, a deck of cards and a board game or two for the downtime. Have a Plan B. Speaking of which, inclement weather could leave you with more downtime than you anticipated. It's always good to have a Plan B in place in the event rain or thunderstorms disrupt your planned activities. Establish ground rules regarding electronic devices. The easiest solution is to leave the gadgets at home. After all, you're there to enjoy the outdoors. If that's too draconian, perhaps you can restrict access to one hour a day before dinner, or better yet after KP (kitchen patrol) is done. And consider using those devices for educational endeavors; rather than dealing with Angry Birds, download an app that identifies constellations, or plants native to your location. Finally, be flexible when camping with kids. Odds are that your outing probably isn't going to go exactly how you planned it. Maybe someone in your group just isn't good at getting going in the morning, or an afternoon rainstorm disrupts your plans. Roll with it. Nature is often unpredictable. The point is not to stress out about putting a checkmark next to every single thing on your wish list, but to enjoy being outdoors with your kids. If you're not enjoying the experience, it will be hard for them to.


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From the John Atencio Signature Collection, this Blue Topaz Pendant is one-of-a kind and personally inspired. The extraordinary 14x10MM Blue Topaz is paired with Rhodolite Garnet and Diamonds capturing John’s artistry and desire to create beautiful, wearable art. Available at John Atencio, Fort Collins. (970) 221-4477 www.

The Hopper was built for those adventures where you just want to grab your gear and go. It’s the original 100% leakproof, ice-for-days portable cooler. And because we used materials found in things like survival suits, it’s also tough as nails. The Hopper is made in sizes to fit any adventure, whether that’s on a wild river in a kayak or a floatplane trip to a remote salmon stream. Availabe at Bullhide 4x4, Fort Collins. (970) 224-2288

Uno de 50 elastic bracelet that combines the size and shape of irregular beads to simulate crocodile skin, with 15-micron silver-plating and a central green SWAROVSKI® ELEMENTS crystal. Handcrafted in Spain. Available at Cloz to Home, Loveland. (970) 203-9992

This Mother's Day give and receive! Purchase a $100 gift card for her and receive a $25 card for yourself. Available at Harmony Laser Center, Fort Collins. (970) 282-8266

Show your love and appreciation with one of the best new cookbooks for mothers who love to bake paired with some high quality spices in pretty packaging. Cookbook is $27.50 and the Better Baking Gift Pack is $38.95. Available at Savory Spice Shop, Fort Collins. (970) 682-2971

Every mom is different. Celebrate what makes your mom unique, and select by her interests with a charm bracelet from Trollbeads. Sterling Bracelet $46, Sterling Flower Lock $56, Roses for Mom Bead $56, Sterling Opposites Attract $46. Available at Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Windsor. (970) 460-0010


Solid 14k Gold Swiss Blue Topaz Clicker Ring from Body Vision Los Angeles. Perfect for Daith or Septum piercings. $950. Available at Tribal Rites, Fort Collins (970) 221-9712


Shannon is wearing our Ibiza Tassel Dress $39! Featured with her look is our new line of leather goods Day & Mood, the Lee Leather Fringe Backpack $268 and our stackable Mantraband cuffs (available in yellow gold $35, rose gold $35 and silver $25). Available at Lemons & Lace Boutique, Fort Collins. (970) 226-3854 All of our items are handmade from various artisans across the country. Quantities are limited. Small Cross Earrings $37.95, Iron Arrow Heart Trinket Holder $16.99, Hair on Hide Cosmetic Clutch $59.95, Turquoise Palmwood Cuff $499, Fluted Turquoise Pendant $39.95. Available at Roughing It In Style, Fort Collins. (970) 282-9400

Give your beautiful mom a beautiful gift. Bromeliad Plants are unique topical house plants that come in a variety of unique styles. These tropical beauties are easy to care for and can thrive in Mom's home for years! From $44.99. Available at Palmer Flowers, Fort Collins. (970) 226-0200

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What better way to personalize your gift to your Mom, than with an Allura Gift Card! Avaliable at Allura Skin, Laser & Wellness Clinic, Fort Collins. (970) 223-0193

The Lorelei Right Hand Ring by Hearts On Fire, is a modern, metal intensive design that is both feminine and fashion forward. Featuring two rows of perfectly cut diamonds and the signature scalloped edging of the Lorelei Collection, this beautiful right hand ring can truly be worn any day. $5,500. Aviliable at Sather's Leading Jewelers, Fort Collins. (970) 223-0256




home & garden

The Vertical Garden

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When vertical gardens first hit the scene they were glorious, but they all seemed to require access to a large industrial building, an impossibly hightech water delivery system, and forty grand in plants. These days there are vertical gardens—and vertical garden tutorials—to suit every space, style, level of skill, greenness of thumb, and plant budget.




GARDENING Who knew? You can turn those leftover soda bottles into a vertical garden with some supplies and a bit of crafting skills. This is Do-It-Yourself vertical gardening.

• 2-liter plastic bottle, empty and clean • Scissors • Clothesline rope, twine, or wire • Washers (two per bottle if rope or wire is chosen) • Dirt • Seedlings (herbs, vegetables, or other plants are all OK)

INSTRUCTIONS To secure the bottles, you must make two holes at the bottom of the cylinder and two at the top of the bottle. In addition to the holes to pass the rope, you need a small hole in the bottom of the bottle. The water used to irrigate the seedling needs to drain. After that, thread the string through a hole and pull out through the other. Note: Many people have asked how to make sure the bottles do not “slip” on the rope (or string or cordage). Either tie a large knot in the rope or tie the knot around a washer. Then simply stretch and attach the rope to the wall.



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Terry Chiplin enjoying the endless beauty of Estes Park running trails.

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Residents Find Inspiration, Renewal in Running By John Garvey

We all feel a bit lighter on our feet in the springtime, making it a natural season to rediscover the joy of running. For seasoned runners, this is often a time of renewed motivation, appreciation of our bodies, of gratitude and respect for our health and abilities. For newbies it may be an opportunity to embrace those things again, as we did during childhood. “I used to have asthma pretty bad when I ran and it was horrible, I would never run for fun,” states Grace Hanley-Wright, a runner and instructor at the CSU College of Business. “I dabbled in gymnastics and diving, but never running sports. But then I have chronic migraines and I tried everything. I tried stopping drinking, I tried not eating meat and I tried medications and nothing was working. And so, in a last desperate attempt to try to reduce my migraines, I started running.” Hanley-Wright’s first run turned out to


be the beginning of a journey. Along the way she has discovered an inner strength she hadn’t recognized and chalked up some impressive achievements including several half marathons and one marathon. Those things weren’t even on her radar on day one, though. “I think you don’t know what your body’s capable of until you push it to that point and then maybe it will be like me, where it just feels natural. And if I had never gone to that point, I would never know that. So I think setting a big goal helped me see

what my body was capable of.” Many accomplished runners have followed a roundabout path to where they are. Seven-time marathon runner, coach and race organizer Terry Chiplin is a colorful example of this. The director of Active at Altitude in Estes Park, Chiplin has conducted dozens of running camps and other events. “I used to write about running, I used to dream about running, it was like all I really wanted to do was to run,” Chiplin recalls of his childhood. STYLEMEDIA.COM

Yet during his adolescence that Chiplin is such an avid proponent of passion left him. A sprinter with a mindful running. Negative self-talk slender physique, Chiplin lost his can be particularly detrimental to percompetitive edge to more powerfullyformance and consistency. ActivAcubuilt peers. ity has won endorsements from several “As far back as I can remember, up professional runners. to about 15 years old, I won every race The prospect of running—especially that I ever ran. … I got to about 15 with groups—is intimidating if you years old and the guys that I had been haven’t done it in a while. Recogbeating suddenly started sprouting nize that it doesn’t matter if you’re a powerful muscles. And I was getpenguin or a gazelle. Running can be ting bigger and getting stronger, but I an introspective experience or a social didn’t have the power to keep up with one, and it doesn’t matter what kind them over short distances. My ego of engine you have under the hood. literally took a battering.” Each of Fort Collins’ half dozen or so When Chiplin, an English native, running clubs, including Fort Collins left for university, his habits spiraled Running Club and North FoCo Pub downward due to life’s many temptaRunners, has its own culture, so you’re tions and the demands of work. He sure to find a good match for consisGrace Hanley-Wright exuberant at the finish line of the tency and social support. wasn’t exactly a fitness icon by his Nike Women's Half Marathon, San Francisco. “I am such an unlikely runner,” mid-20s. “I had pretty chronic breathing admits Hanley-Wright. “I used to issues, low self-esteem, bad skin…. And so That balance that runners need to strike say, exercise is for people who don’t have I just remember thinking to myself, ‘What is hard to achieve without structure and anything better to do with their brains. I did I used to do that I enjoyed that I don’t discipline. While that’s a bit out of characfelt uncoordinated and un-athletic, and do anymore?’ And the first thing that ter for a lot of us, it’s achievable. red faced and flat-footed and had asthma, crossed my mind was running. So I literHanley-Wright says of her marathon, like all these things that made the thought ally put on some trainers, went out the door “After I was done, I was like, ‘That’s the of getting started on something like this and went out for a run. And I came back. most disciplined thing I’ve ever done.’ I’m really horrifying, and it was only out of I’d run some, I’d walked some, I think I had more like a fit of passion, like hard work desperation that I started. And so I think blisters on my feet. But I also thought, ‘Ah, and then I move on to something else. In a lot of people just say like I’m not a blank. I remember. This is it. This is it.’ That was a marathon, you can’t do that. It is months ‘I’m not a runner, I’m not a swimmer, I’m now 35 years ago and I’ve been running and months of just regular running and not a biker.’ But if people are hoping or ever since.” discipline from the food—I think from desiring for a better state of mind or for a Hanley-Wright recalls, “When I started, every perspective—and so I really made a more positive outlook, for energy or for a I really couldn’t run to the end of the street commitment to do this and I kept to it.” healthier way of living, it’s just getting out but I just treated myself with love. And “I think it’s much more effective for us to the door and that first couple of steps.” on days where I felt good, I went the extra kind of put our egos in check and to follow Hanley-Wright started running in an block, and on days where I didn’t, I just a training program,” Chiplin adds. “Maybe attempt to relieve her migraines. It didn’t turned around and went home. That was use a coach if that’s appropriate and really work. Is she disappointed? necessary for me to continue to feel motifollow healthy guidelines for your body. It’s She seems about as disappointed as if vated because I don’t want to do things that much better for us to be a little undershe had won the lottery. suck. I want to do things that I enjoy.” trained than to be a little overtrained and Chiplin cautions new runners to allow not be running.” their bodies to recover and adapt along the Many resources are available for every way. “What happens for a lot of runners kind of runner in need of structure and A business journalist and freelance writer, that I’ve seen, and myself included, is that motivation. While Hanley-Wright started John Garvey has been published in over a we tend to try and push ourselves beyond out with a free training plan from Runhalf dozen magazines and news publicawhat our body is ready for. The cardiovaskeeper, Chiplin actually launched a guided tions. A Fort Collins resident since 2013, cular system can advance and develop relaimagery app called ActivAcuity. John is the founder and president of North tively quickly, so you can become aerobiGuided imagery, or visualization, is FoCo Pub Runners and father to three cally fit in a relatively short period of time. a cornerstone of sports psychology. Yet Spanglish-speaking kiddos. He can be But the musculoskeletal system doesn’t discussions of running typically gravitate reached at adapt and develop in the same way.” towards physical training. That’s why STYLE 2017



h s e r f Re your h t l a e H Have you ever tried fruit infused water? This healthy, hydrating beverage will nourish your body and delight your senses. Squeezing the fruit to release juice into the water before steeping will enhance its nutritional value. There are thousands of recipes available, and each has unique benefits.



Mango Ginger Detox

Lemon Water

Apple Cinnamon Water

1 inch Ginger Root, peeled and sliced 1 cup Frozen Mango - fresh is fine too

It’s not difficult at all to make basic lemon water, you just need two ingredients: lemon and water.

1 Apple thinly sliced (I like Fuji but pick your favorite). Cut away the seeds. 1 Cinnamon Stick. I don’t recommend using powdered cinnamon, it clogs the water. Fuji and Honey Crisp apples work best as they are the sweetest. Keep in mind this drink has a hint of flavor, should you want it stronger add more apples or slice them thinner.

To peel the ginger, use the back of a spoon or a vegetable peeler. Just peel the part that you will be using. Using a sharp knife slice ginger into 3-4 coin-sized slices. You want them about the size and thickness of a coin. Drop into your pitcher and add in the mango. Top with 3 cups of ice and then add with water (the ice is important, it holds down the ginger and mango to help infuse the water). Place in your fridge for 1-3 hours before serving. When serving, add a couple frozen mango chunks in a pretty glass for ice cubes.

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You want fresh squeezed lemons for maximum results, don’t get those little squeeze bottles from the store, they have no nutritional value and most of them contain harmful preservatives and chemicals. For time-saving methods simply squeeze lemons and freeze the juices in an ice cube tray, then you can pop a cube in a glass or mug of water for a fast boost of vitamin C. If lemon juice is too strong for you, make a more mild version by cutting the lemon into thin slices and drop the slices in your water. •

Drop apple slices in the bottom of the pitcher (save a few to drop in your glass later) and then the cinnamon stick. Cover with ice about 1/2 way through, then with water. Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving. You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavor.





Summer in the City By Michelle Venus

Summer’s coming. The days get longer and the evenings are balmy. Along with the temperatures, the music scene up and down the northern Front Range is heating up. It’s the perfect time to hop on your bike and go see some live music. And with all the choices out there, it won't be hard to find the perfect set that will be music to your ears.

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They say that music makes the world go round. And that’s certainly true here in northern Colorado. Especially in the summer. Lagoon Summer Concert Series at Colorado State University Shows start at 6:30 PM

Sousa, The Young Dubliners

August 25 TBA

Chase Rice with Ned Ledoux

July 20 Emma Marie Groove-a-Licious

September 1 Ben Pu and Crew

June 24 Bare Naked Ladies

June 14 Danielle Ate The Sandwich

July 27 101st Army Dixieland Band

September 8 TBA

June 30 LOCASH with Drake White & The Big Fire

June 21 Tatanka

Greeley Friday Fest Shows start at 6:00 PM

June 28 Slow Caves July 5 Steve Manshel July 12 Union Gray July 19 Mojomama July 26 The Coteries August 2 Wendy Woo Band Foote Lagoon Concert Summer Concerts Shows start at 5:30 PM June 22 South to Cedars Ruth Moody June 29 Last Call Romance Cowboy Dave Band July 6 The Mango Brothers The Everly Brothers Experience July 13 Adam Agee & Jon


June 2 Retro

September 15 My Favorite Bands party September 22 Block Party

June 9 Josh Hoyer

Windsor Summer Concert Series Shows start at 6:30 PM

June 16 Stampede

June 8 Stolen Winnebagos

June 23 Milliken Underground

June 15 Colorado Swing

June 30 The Drunken Hearts July 7th Brian Hornbuckle July 14 The Elders July 21 Hazel Miller July 28 Funkiphino August 4th Blues DoGS

June 22 Sean Curtis Band June 29 Steve Manshel July 6 Town Mountain July 13 Pandas & People July 20 Quemondo July 27 Kasey Tyndall

July 1 Toby Keith with High Valley July 2 Clay Walker with John Michael Montgomery Cheyenne Frontier Nights Shows start at 8:00 PM July 21 Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr July 22 Little Big Town with David Nil July 23 Sawyer Brown with Joe Diffie & Bellamy Brothers July 26 Luke Brian with Chris Janson July 27 Thomas Rhett

August 3 The Nadas

July 28 Jason DeRulo with Flo Rida

August 11 Archie Funker

August 10 Cowboy Dave

July 29 Jason Aldean

August 18 My Blue Sky

Greeley Stampede June 23

Lagoon-acy Northern Colorado has two—count ‘em— two lagoons where summer concerts featuring local artists take place. Bring your picnic blanket and settle in for a wonderful evening of good vibes. Lagoon Summer Concert Series Colorado State University is home to the family-friendly Lagoon Summer Concert Series. Now in its 24th year, the series starts on June 14th and runs through August 2nd. Tucked behind the Lory Student Center, the lagoon is best accessed by foot, bicycle and the MAX. Parking is limited to the Lory Student Center, dorm, and Moby Arena parking lots, and fills up fast. No time to head home and pack a picnic basket? No problem. Every week a different roster of food trucks will be serving up a variety of options from pizza to tacos to wings and desserts. But keep the beer and wine at home, please. Well behaved canine buddies are welcome. Foote Lagoon Summer Concerts The music plays Thursday evenings with bands and singer-songwriters perched on an island in the middle of Loveland’s Foote Lagoon at 500 East 3rd Street. With amphitheater seating along the shoreline, it’s the perfect venue for people watching and music listening. Starting June 22nd and running through July, expect genres as varied as Irish and Celtic rock, funk, and honky tonk. There is something for everyone at this family-friendly series. But wait, there’s more! Before the headline acts, there are performances for kiddos on the Library stage, starting at 5:30 and ending with plenty of time to scoot over to the Lagoon stage. Last year’s line up had singers, magicians, crafts, and other activities for little ones. Downtown is the place to be Fort Collins, Greeley, and Windsor have weekly downtown summer concerts. All are free. All are family-friendly events. And all of them make summer much more special for northern Colorado residents and visitors. “These concerts really add to the quality of life in our community,” says Luke Bolinger, Recreation Supervisor for the Town of Windsor. “Especially in northern Colorado, where we don't have large venues like Red Rocks or Fiddler’s Green with national acts, it’s nice to introduce smaller, local talent in smaller settings. It just adds so much to the community and builds a sense of place.” Alison Hamling, Director of Downtown Experience for Greeley’s Downtown Development Authority is in complete agreement. “Our Friday Fest is like a great big block party every Friday night,” she says. “It creates a sense of STYLEMEDIA.COM

community where you run into neighbors, friends and colleagues.” In addition to the free concerts, there are performance artists like fire spinners and activities geared towards the little ones, including sidewalk chalk and new this year—a bubble machine. Alison points to research that shows people come to downtown areas for the experience which includes restaurants that aren’t chains, mom-n-pop shops and the historic buildings. Hosting concerts adds to that experience and “has a very positive economic impact.” The Bohemian Foundation presents Thursday Night Live at 7:00 pm on the stage in Old Town Square in Fort Collins, starting on June 1st and wrapping up at the beginning of August. Greta Cornett, Marketing and Talent Coordinator at the Bohemian Foundation says, “Thursday Night Live turns Old Town Square into a dance party. It’s so much fun.” The 2017 lineup has yet to be announced, but expect it to be chock full of local talent. Festivals There is no shortage of northern Front Range music festivals. The Greeley Stampede is, perhaps, the region’s longest-running event. It began in the late 1800s as a community celebration to honor local potato farmers and has grown into an internationally renowned festival spaning 12 days, starting on June 23rd. Activities including golf tournaments, rodeos, a demolition derby, and a Fourth of July parade are capped off with a concert series featuring acts such as Chase Rice, Bare Naked Ladies, and Toby Keith, among others. If you really want to get yer cowboy on, travel north of the Wyoming border to Cheyenne’s Frontier Days. Like its Greeley counterpart, Frontier Days has been going strong since 1897 and celebrates all that makes the wild west, well, wild. Top off a day of funnel cakes and rodeo with Frontier Nights, the concert series featuring top notch country artists like Sawyer Brown, and Brantley Gilbert. Planet Bluegrass in Lyons has not announced the complete lineup for this year’s 27th Annual Folk Festival (August 18th20th in Lyons), but so far concert goers can expect to see Lake Street Dive, Gregory Alan Isakov, Josh Ritter, The Weepies and Benn Sole, among others. Tickets and campsites sell out quickly for this well known and well-loved festival. Sunrise Ranch, in the foothills west of Loveland, is presenting the 5th Annual Arise Music Festival, August 4th through 6th. Billed as a “music, yoga, activism, and co-creative camping festival” this year’s lineup includes Ani DeFranco, local favorites Pandas & People, and The Travelin’ McCourys, with more than 60 additional artists on eight stages. August also sees the summer’s premier music event: Bohemian Nights at New West Fest. This free, three-day, six-stage music festival takes place this year on August 11th, 12th, and 13th. The bulk of the musical acts are Colorado artists, leading up to nationally renowned headliners on the Mountain Stage. Last year, even the headliners were Colorado-based bands (or at least, started out here): DeVotchKa, The Fray, and Elephant Revival. Expect the full lineup announcement sometime next month.

Michelle Venus is the Development Director at KRFC 88.9 fm. She is often found singing loudly (and badly) to her favorite shows. STYLE 2017


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M O D E By Lynette Chilcoat




Standing as a proud exemplification of modern architecture, the custom house that Jess and Mike Apostle had built in 2016 on Devon Way in Fort Collins exudes class and clean lines. Yet, unstuffy in an inviting way, with an emphasis on outdoor living, the residence seems to say, “Come on over, sit a spell.” More than a mere dwelling, if a domicile could speak of jubilance, then this one would do so. Jess knew she wanted to start with a white kitchen and things took off from there. The home is a study in straight lines and striking geometric design. The color scheme of black and white, with every shade of gray in between, offers a fresh pallet for adding decor, much as a blank canvas awaits an artist’s creative brushstroke. STYLE 2017

The simplicity and flow of the floor plan reveal elements made for functionality as well as comfort. With a total of five verandas and balconies, spanning three levels and allowing for complete views of the surrounding environs, the dedication to an outdoor lifestyle gives the entire structure a yin and yang appeal. Each outdoor living space is built in a way as to extend the overall interior capacity. As a sort of motto of the positive way the Apostle’s wish to convey how important personal domain is, a plaque above the cooking range states: “The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” “We love being outside,” says Jess Apostle of their motivation for having so many outdoor spaces incorporated into the layout. A part-time nurse at McKee


Medical Center and stay-at-home mom otherwise, a nice complement to her husband’s career at UCHealth as a physician, she adds, “This is good for entertaining as well as family friendly. There are a lot of sight lines in this house, so I can see the kids playing while I’m inside.” Referring to floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, the ambience is one of airy continuity from indoors to out. In the generous kitchen, the perspective takes in a partially-covered, heated patio complete with water feature, greenway beyond and a triangular-shaped sand box. There are also two other decks on the main level. One greets those arriving by way of a neighbor-friendly cul-de-sac just inside the front gate. More like a sheltered yet homey courtyard than a porch, with fire pit and water feature, it also wraps around to connect with the first. This


type of circulating motion is an element found throughout the entire structure and landscape. The third is toward the back of the house. Doors leading from a playroom off the main living area, a mud room with plenty of storage, and mancave-style garage offer easy accessibility of all three. Jess muses about that location, “We look forward to summer and living out there with the possibility of cooler afternoons.” According to builder Jay Brannen, owner of Brannen Homes, he’s especially fond of “the attention to detail as a very free-flowing, efficient space.” But, the building of a beautiful home is much more than just the bricks and mortar. “What gives me the most satisfaction is the joy on my client’s face. Being able to meet, or beat, expectations is important.” STYLEMEDIA.COM

His wife, Melissa Brannen, was also instrumental in the development of the home’s distinctive elegant flair in her role as an interior designer. Alongside Jenni Fielder, the two constitute Birch Interiors. “We spend a ton of time with clients,” says Melissa Brannen of the process to develop a quality relationship with people who are not only customers, but become something more than casual acquaintances during the months they spend together. “We meet at least twice a week at the minimum. It has to be a good fit, almost like a marriage. Communication is huge. You have to make sure you are listening in order to follow the homeowner’s vision.” They also accredit project manager, Joe Hardy, with a job well done. Architect David Hueter’s vision concerning innovative plans were instrumental, as well. STYLE 2017

“The architectural style is a twist on the modern farmhouse theme,” says Hueter. “The function of the house is an answer to the site location, where we had to think outside the box. The floor plan became a direct reflection of that.” Walking through front doors that appear to be made of sleek black lacquer, the option exists to turn left into the dining, kitchen and living areas, right toward the garage, or either up or down along angular stairs bordered by metal rails. A multitude of noteworthy details abound. In the dining room, a wooden table in a repeated tone of brushed black surrounded by cozy banquet seating takes center stage. The kitchen sports iron drink rails by McMurray Metals bordering white granite countertops with whorls of black and gray. A single cupboard below the sink opens with the touch of a knee for ease of


trash disposal. Cool weathered wood constitutes a rolling barn door leading from entry hallway to the mud room. On the other side of the house, epoxy floors grace the garage floors. Downstairs, a rec room and extra bedroom reside. Upstairs, a guest suite and the children’s rooms, with plenty of legroom to play and grow, occupy one wing. The master suite on the other side boasts exposed ceiling beams and sprouts a coffee station within steps of the home office. In the bath, a teardropframed art deco light fixture inlaid with tiny crystals hangs above a free-standing tub with a lovely tree-lined view of it’s own. The second floor landing embraces a built-in desk, facing windows that open out onto a protected balcony. From this upper tier vantage point, a peek of nearby


Warren Lake can be seen while trickling water from the fountain below drowns out sounds of urban traffic. In the corner, a spiral staircase rises to a rooftop treasure, a terrace where views of the calm, safe neighborhood are spectacular. “It’s really quiet up here in the evenings,” says Jess, almost reverentially. As an adaptation on a trend-setting theme, the Apostle home is a living dream, weaving sky and cutting edge stability into a single space. Natural facets blend beautifully from outside to in, lending a feeling of abundance which, in essence, transforms a mere dwelling to an urban castle.

Lynette Chilcoat owns Chilcoat Custom Literary based in Loveland. STYLEMEDIA.COM


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Old Dog

New Tricks By Elissa J. Tivona

Some canine pet parents prefer to raise their dogs from puppyhood. Others choose to adopt a mature companion from an animal shelter. In any case, once Fido comes home, many pet owners discover that their four-legged family member needs some extra help to become a wellmannered canine citizen and loving companion.

Gail Clark, Ph.D., canine behavioral psychologist and author of The Mentally Sound Dog and Puppy Parenting, specializes in dogs with behavior problems such as fearfulness, aggression and general misbehavior. At her facility in Wellington, she teaches dog classes for all ages of dogs and also provides private instruction training. The primary goal of obedience training is to establish a positive relationship and clear communication between the owners and canines. To achieve good communication, Gail’s classes teach the owner how to train their dog. In regard to dog owners with new puppies, Clark points out, “Just like raising children, early education is very critical.” Nevertheless, she does not discourage those with a preference for adult dogs. She says, “It’s never too



late—old dogs can learn new tricks, it’s just harder.” Success with an adult dog requires patience and understanding as they often come with baggage. Dr. Clark explains, “Older dogs are often harder to train because the owner and dog may have a history of [bad] habits which are harder to change than starting with the blank slate of a puppy. Good obedience training early in a dog’s life can prevent undesirable behavior later in their life. Clark believes that teaching puppy-parents the correct training skills allows them to foster good behavior in their dogs from the beginning. For the re-homed dog, new owners should stay alert for the first sign of a problem and seek intervention by an experienced professional as soon as issues become apparent. “For example, you don’t want to spend six months having a dog pull you down the street before you say, ‘Okay, I’m tired of this,’ because in six months that dog becomes conditioned to pull,” says Gail. Some common symptoms of underlying problems that she advises pet parents to watch for include anxiety and aggression. “For example, separation anxiety in dogs means that they don’t want to be alone, so they might destroy the house.” Or, in the case of a highly aggressive dog, the underlying problem can be fearfulness leading the dog to react with aggression to ward off people. When dog owners experience misbehavior, they have a choice. They can either put in whatever time it takes to correct the

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problem, or, if they allow the behavior to persist, the entire household will have to accommodate. For example, owners with overly anxious dogs may find they can never leave the dog home alone. However, with help from an experienced trainer, a dog’s behavior can be modified. “The trainer should be experienced with different breeds and ages of dogs because every dog is different, just like children, and a qualified professional dog trainer has the knowledge and experience to choose the best communication style for each individual dog,” says Gail. One particular story reveals the true potential for a positive outcome. A very large, aggressive German Shepherd was brought to her at about nine months old. “They had an appointment with me at 4:00, and said if I couldn’t do anything for them, their veterinarian recommended they euthanize the dog because he was so aggressive.” After the session, they decided to train him with Gail. The owners trained him so well that they showed him in obedience and he earned an American Kennel Club obedience title. He lived to be thirteen. With proper training and addressing his extreme aggression as a youngster, these happy pet parents extended the life of their beloved companion more than a decade. The takeaway lesson for a happy adjustment for pet owners with their own dogs is simple, according to Gail Clark. “When someone gets a dog, whether it’s an adult dog or a

puppy, they should immediately identify the inappropriate or problem behaviors. And if they can’t resolve it quickly on their own, they should find a qualified, experienced trainer who can help them resolve those issues.” The sooner a dog owner recognizes misbehavior, the better. Seeking intervention from an seasoned trainer will get the owner and dog, regardless of age, on the road to a loving, respectful relationship. Timely and professional obedience training is the best strategy to ensure a strong bond with your dog, and a mannerly, good canine citizen. Training your dog is about keeping your dog and the people around you safe. An unruly dog is a nuisance to the neighborhood, and a trained dog is a welcomed citizen in your community. Elissa J. Tivona is a busy journalist and academic. She has had the great privilege to travel internationally to present her work in peace and conflict studies but is always grateful to return home to beautiful Northern Colorado where she lives, writes, and teaches at CSU.


By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

Colorado has a variety of destinations where families can enjoy a dude ranch experience. Whether the kids have been requesting a trail ride or dad wants to participate in a cattle drive, an assortment of opportunities are available within an easy drive from the Front Range. A Taste of the Dude Ranch Life at YMCA of the Rockies For families who’d like to get the flavor of what a dude ranch experience might be like, the YMCA of the Rockies two locations in Estes Park and Granby, are two easy places to give it a try. In Estes Park, Jackson Stables provides one hour or all day trail rides to YMCA guests and visitors. Children must be 6-years-old or older to ride their own horse, but there are pony rides available


for the youngest family members. The trails at YMCA of the Rockies weave in and out of Rocky Mountain National Park, providing riders with the sounds and smells of the forest. One of Jackson Stables' most popular offerings is their horse-drawn wagon hayride outings. These occur throughout the summer and last approximately an hour and a half. The outing includes a campfire and marshmallow roast. Jackson Stables’ season runs the first STYLEMEDIA.COM

weekend in March through the first weekend in November. Open year round, Sombrero Stables at Granby’s Snow Mountain Ranch provides trail and wagon rides in the summer and sleigh rides in the winter. Sombrero also offers a variety of unique outings including breakfast rides, steak dinner rides, a horse drive and a Continental Divide ride. They also provide horse rentals. Guests here should keep an eye out for wildlife as their horse winds through fields brimming with lupine and aspen groves filled with deer. Sombrero Stables is open to both Snow Mountain Ranch guests and visitors. A Guest Ranch Close to Home Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, located west STYLE 2017

of Loveland, is a real working ranch raising grass-fed beef on their 3,200 acres. While not exactly remote, their property is still wild, and their Facebook page occasionally features video, captured by a wildlife cam, of mountain lions on the property. This guest ranch offers full, week-long dude ranch experiences or two-night bed and breakfast stays in their wellappointed cabins. Or visitors can simply stop by for a trail ride. Sylvan Dale provides trail rides for guests and visitors of all riding abilities. Their stables also offer horseback riding lessons. Onsite business retreat clients can take advantage of Sylvan Dale’s equine-based team building activities. Advanced riders, who pass the ranch’s riding assessment, are eligible for seasonal cattle work and special

horsemanship clinics. While it’s so close to civilization, a stay at Sylvan Dale transports guests to another time and place. The pace of life here slows down and guests are encouraged to enjoy campfire singalongs by the river, nature walks along the river and long horseback rides. Riding at Sylvan Dale feels as though one is the star in their own Spaghetti Western, as the landscape is like something straight out of a John Wayne film. Home cooked food is part of the experience at Sylvan Dale. Chef Scott keeps guests well fed and his Sylvan Dale beef hamburgers are some of the best around. The story of Sylvan Dale adds to its appeal. It’s been operated by the same family since Susan Jessup’s father bought the ranch in 1947. Jessup’s love for the place is palpable and she and her


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husband, Dr. David Armstrong, still play a major role at the ranch. The two often lead songs around the campfire and Dr. Armstrong leads guided nature walks around the property. Experience the Magic of Latigo Ranch Latigo Ranch is another place where tradition runs deep, and anyone who visits will tell you it has a special sort of magic. Located in the remote mountains outside of Kremmling, Latigo is a traditional dude ranch where families spend seven days and six nights eating delicious, homemade food, enjoying the swimming pool, hot tub, and recreation lodge, and riding horses. There’s an array of activities guests can choose to join in during the week including archery, fishing, rafting, an overnight pack trip and so much more. A visit to Latigo can be filled with action or guests can kick back with a book on their cabin porch. Horseback riding is a big part of a stay at Latigo Ranch. The trail rides here STYLEMEDIA.COM

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offer phenomenal views and loads of wildflowers. Those with a sharp eye may even see a coyote or moose during their horseback rides at Latigo. Latigo was founded as Snowshoe Dude Ranch in 1928, and it’s been continually operating as a dude ranch since then. Current owners Randy and Lisa George have been operating the ranch for the last thirty years. Today, daughter Hannah George is also an integral part of the ranch. Lifelong friendships are established between guests at Latigo. Some families have been coming to the ranch for years while others visit Latigo from places like England for a once in a lifetime opportunity to be immersed in a western lifestyle.

Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is an expert in Colorado travel and founder of, the place for entertaining festival and road trip stories. STYLE 2017


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RAMSTRENGTH'S SPREAD THE LOVE VALENTINE'S EVENT February 24 New Belgium Brewery | Fort Collins This Valentine’s celebration brought nearly 160 guests together to celebrate relationships, partnerships, and survivorship, and to “spread the love.” The event was especially poignant as the 4th annual Tim Rickett Inspirational Award was presented to Kathy Walter, a stagefour cancer survivor and RamStrength volunteer, for her selfless and giving spirit to the fight against cancer. More than $58,000 was raised at this signature event and will benefit RamStrength, which has helped over 1,500 local families affected by cancer improve their lives.

SIMPLY RED 2017 GALA February 24 Hilton | Fort Collins

Linda Maher - Lamplighter Award 2017 recipient, Gordon Coombes


Mike Croce, Julie Croce, Michelle Boyle, Ericka Lake, Chris Lake

Gerard Boyle, Mario Carmosino

Kathy Walter, Gwen Hatchette, Beth Michieli-Grote

More than 300 guests, with many dressed in red, enjoyed an evening of delicious food and drink, live blues music, auction, photo booth and award presentations. Guests raised their glasses to toast Linda Maher, who was awarded the 2017 Lamplighter Award and recognized as a ‘light’ leading the way within our community through her commitment to youth in Northern Colorado. The evening netted more than $52,000 for TEAM Fort Collins and their programs that focus on promoting healthy lifestyles through the prevention of substance abuse. Photos courtesy of Craig Vollmer Photography.

Dave Govan, Deb Govan, Maddie Roley, Zac Roley

Kath Dokter, Jay Dokter

Ryan Taylor, Allison Boriack

Lindsay Radcliff-Coombes, Jeanette Heinze, Tiffany Landis


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A magical evening of adventure and celebration awaited guests at this Alice in Wonderland themed Liberty Common School (LCS) Spring Gala. The nearly 400 guests in attendance sipped margaritas, strolled the beautifully decorated bidding areas featuring the Mad Hatters Tea Party and celebrated LCS’s successes at this signature event. Guests enjoyed a lively dessert dash with exquisitely decorated desserts, a spirited live auction and dancing at the After Party. LCS's generous supporters including school founders, parents, grandparents and community members helped to raise more than $100,000 for LCS special projects including a new playground for the kindergarten classes and repairing the track surface at the school. Photos courtesy of Amy Adell Photography.

David & Tricia Diehl, Christopher & Kara Jones

Bob & Maureen Schaffer

Mollie & Lane Everitt

Kim Kent, Tracy Heiden, Marie Beck, Yolanda Sears, Clare DeFrance, Jodi Fraser, Qeryldine Hofinger, Jen Hopkins

Casey Churchill, John Beck

Tiffany Green, Kathy Lovely


Paulette Hansen, FOCO Mayor Wade Troxell

Marlo Rhea, Jeff Siener with a Cheshire cat cake


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MAD HATTER'S CELEBRATION March 18 | Island Grove Events Center | Greeley

United Way of Weld County (UWWC) hosted its second annual Mad Hatter’s Celebration before 500 sponsors, volunteers, guests and community members as it recognized this year’s partnerships throughout Weld County. This year honored were Mike Geile, Live United Award; Fred Otis and Becky Safarik, Volunteers of the Year; Enita Kearns-Hout, Community Impact Professional of the Year; the Monfort Family Foundation, Community Partner of the Year; and Hensel Phelps as Company of the year. The evening festivities also included dinner, cocktails, a casino and a grand silent auction with items contributed by 162 local businesses and donors.

Margie Martinez, Debbie Pilch, Melanie Falvo

Jeannine Truswell, Kaye Monfort, Dan Dennie Monfort Family Foundation Community Partner of the Year Award recipient

Royal & Angie Lovell

Stephanie Wyatt, Ronda Wells, Sabrina Stephens, Megan Ciecior

WHISKERS 'N WAGS JUBILEE 2017 March 25 Hilton | Fort Collins Cat-fanciers gathered for a purrrfect evening of social mixing, savory foods and setting their bids on many feline related silent and live auction items at this signature fundraiser for Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic (FCCRSNC). More than 300 guests and 50 volunteers were in attendance for the Whiskers ’n Wags Jubilee, this year themed “Phantom of the Opurrra”. Festivities included crowd favorite, oneof-a-kind Grand Cat statues auction, presentation of awards, and more. The exciting evening netted $88,000 and will benefit the shelter and clinic's mission. Photos courtesy of Silver Paw Studio and Compelling Images Photography.


Niki Kozak, Emcee Craig Kozak

Hannah Burns, Greg Burns, Jana Dean, Alex Burns

Kevin Dale Schramm - 2017 Above & Beyond Award recipient, Sarah Swanty

David Bee, Julie Piepho


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BERTHOUD BASH April 7 | Brookside Gardens Events Center | Berthoud

Take a little school rivalry, toss in the comedic styling’s of Berthoud School Alum Buddy Kouns and add a whole lot of community spirit and you have this year’s Berthoud Bash. This year’s sold-out crowd came together to celebrate the Berthoud community and raise funds to help meet the 2018 goal of a laptop for every student in the five Berthoud Schools. In keeping with the theme, guests were treated to beer from two Berthoud Breweries, served a gourmet meal by Berthoud’s Origins Catering and entertained by Berthoud Alum Shawn Hagler. Festivities also included a silent auction, touted as the largest in Northern Colorado and the popular Dessert Dash. The event raised over $150,000. Photos courtesy of Iva Dostal Photography.

Jeremy & Charity Frenzen, Angie & Neal Hays

Summer & Clint Barmes

Kari Holden, Andrea Mead, Melissa Barcewski

Michelle Kouns, Suzanne Cavey

Jette Carlson, Stephanie Carlson, Paul Thayer

Mary Carraher, Cindy Bragdon, Tracy Mead Cindy Bragdon - PS-S Vision Maker Award recipeint

Jill Whitbeck, Denise McFann, Rachel LeValley, Pamela Cass

Colleen Ockers, Gayle Currie, Jenny Soukup, Trisha Roberts, Billye Moser

BRING THE POWER COMMUNITY LUNCHEON April 11 Embassy Suites | Loveland Nearly 500 supporters attended Project Self-Sufficiency’s (PS-S) 11th annual community luncheon to celebrate PS-S achievements in helping low-income single parents and honor Cindy Bragdon who was presented the Vision Maker Award for 2017, for her dedication, commitment, and drive to further the mission of PS-S. Compelling testaments from current PS-S participants and program graduates captivated guests during the luncheon and spoke to how this nonprofit had changed their lives forever. More than $125,000 was raised and will benefit PS-S programs, which bring the power of education to single parents. Photos courtesy of Sandberg Photography.





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