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Thank you so much for including photos from Songs In Summer in Style Magazine. The article was well written and we really appreciate the publicity. I have received the magazine for many years and I enjoy it very much. Norma Andersen, President of Opera Fort Collins Guild Thank you for taking the time to drop off the October issue of Style. The pictures are fabulous and the article graciously well-written in “Refined Remodel!” I know that Todd Annand and Sarah Bashore will be very proud to be featured in Style. Steve and I are humbled by the attention given to our home. Jennifer Nisbet, Fort Collins I wanted to thank you for the great article, “Henry Loves the OpenStage Theatre & Company” that appeared in the October issue of Style. Both Bruce and I have had numerous individuals come up to us and congratulate us both on the wonderful article and on receiving the Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards this year. Denise Freestone, Fort Collins

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Thank you for featuring RamStrength in your September issue of Style. I have received so much positive feedback about the article. The awareness you have created for our organization is huge! I truly appreciate your continued support of our efforts. Both our non-profits are meeting a significant need in our community. I admire the work you do and this community is lucky to have you. Most grateful, Michelle Boyle, Fort Collins

The article in the October issue of Style about the new procedure Dr. Hatch is doing was awesome! I would like to frame the article with the picture and put it in our waiting room. Thanks again for allowing Dr. Hatch the opportunity! Shelly Korell, Foot & Ankle Center of Northern Colorado, PC, Greeley

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NOVEMBER 2017

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Local Stores Shine With Bling for the Holidays

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Passionate About Holiday Decorating

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Forever Home: Larimer Humane Society’s New Location Opens Its Doors

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Departments

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44 Holiday 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Letter 14 Publisher's Hello NOCO!

48 Entertainment It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

Files 16 Style Holiday Event Guide

Neighborhoods 56 Prestigious HighPointe Estates

Spotlight 18 Business Otter Shop

60 Wellness Maintain Your Brain

Spotlight Advanced Animal Care 20 Veterinary of Colorado

68 Travel The Lowdown on Aspen

Spotlight 22 Business Smart Document Management, LLC Spotlight 24 Business Western Fireplace Supply

About Town 76 N2N Polo Championship

Superhero Run & Carnival Cattle Baron’s Ball The Taste

Black and White Bash RCS Night of Giving 12

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I am thrilled to be here and represent you, the readers of this wonderful community. I enjoy the wealth of activities in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas and have family spread out across the region. I have lived in Colorado for 37 years and can’t imagine working or having raised my children in any other place. I have been in the publishing industry since 1997. My specialty has been niche publishing with an emphasis on orthotics and prosthetics. I entered the orthotics and prosthetics industry by chance in 1994 when I started filling in for a local practice that needed an office manager. I could take my infant to work with me, and I met such wonderful people in need of these great services. I was very lucky to find my niche so early on. I was soon graduating with an international marketing degree and was then able to take advantage of the experience in a publishing role that eventually grew into launching my own national business-to-business publication in 2002, The O&P EDGE. And, in 2013, I took my passion for the culture of helping people with limb loss a step further as I launched a national lifestyle magazine for amputees, Amplitude. A mutual colleague introduced me to Lydia earlier this year, and I was presented with the opportunity to purchase Style magazine. I instantly fell in love with her, as have many of you. Lydia

was looking ahead to a new chapter in her life with family vacations, weddings, grandbabies, and committing more time to her non-profit, Hope Lives. Rest assured that Lydia will be involved and very much a part of the Style family. Lydia and I agreed that this move was the right fit, because of my other company’s long-standing history as a small niche publisher, my familiarity with Colorado and the vision to embrace the character that makes NOCO special. I hope to make her proud. I look forward to meeting you all and providing you with the great content to which you are accustomed. Style will remain a free publication to all those subscribing and may be found in more than 300 racks around northern Colorado. Please call or email me with comments in the coming months. I’d love to hear how our team is performing for you. Many regards,

Tonja Randolph, Publisher I hope you get some great gift-giving ideas from this holiday issue. Look forward to the December issue where we’ll announce the 2017 "Best Of " winners from around the region.

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November Holiday Happenings

Start Thanksgiving morning with one of these fun runs and you’ll feel good about that extra piece of pumpkin pie! All runs take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 23. 23rd Annual Fort Collins Thanksgiving Day Run: 9 a.m., Corner of College & Mountain The most popular family 4-mile run/walk in NoCo, now partnered with RamStrength! Register @ www.fctdayrun.com. McKee Turkey Trot: 8:30 a.m., McKee Medical Center (2000 N. Boise Ave.), Loveland This 5k run/walk is a Loveland tradition! Register @ www.mckeefoundationevents.com/turkeytrot. Pelican Lakes Turkey Trot: 9 a.m., 1620 Pelican Lakes Point (Pelican Lakes Golf Course at Water Valley), Windsor Enjoy this scenic 5k run/walk around the beautiful Pelican Lakes golf course. Register @ www.eventbrite.com. 20th Annual NCMC Turkey Trot: 9 a.m., Northern Colorado Medical Center (1801 16th St.), Greeley 5k run/walk at 9 a.m., 2k Gobbler Trek fun run at 9:15 a.m. Register @ www.ncmcfoundation.org. YMCA Annual 5K Turkey Trot: 8 a.m., Hempel Auditorium (2515 Tunnel Road), Estes Park Breathe in the crisp mountain air at the YMCA of the Rockies! Register @ www.active.com. Everyone loves a parade, especially when Santa makes an appearance! There are so many choices for family-fun holiday parades and tree-lighting festivities in NOCO! Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony: November 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oak Street Plaza (119 W Oak St.), Fort Collins Old Town will shine as the switch is flipped to illuminate thousands of strands of holiday lights in downtown FoCo! Winter Wonderlights: November 18-January 7, 5-9 p.m., Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra (east of I-25 & Hwy. 34), Loveland This first annual event will feature nightly light shows choreographed to music and special programming on weekends. Annual Festival of Lights: November 29, 5-9 p.m., 4th St. & Lincoln Ave., Loveland Live entertainment, cocoa & candy from local businesses, carriage rides and a visit from Santa are followed by the lighting of the tree. 29th Annual Festival of Trees: November 24-December 2 (times vary), Union Colony Civic Center (701 10th Ave.), Greeley A winter wonderland of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and holiday collections. Live entertainment, kid’s activities, carriage rides and more round out this week-long event. And did you know this is the largest Festival of Trees in the nation? Greeley Lights the Night Parade: November 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 9th Ave. & 9th St., Greeley A parade of 65+ lighted classic cars, bands, dancers and horses followed by a tree lighting ceremony in Lincoln Park. 7th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: November 18, 4-7 p.m., George Hix Riverside Plaza (184 W Elkhorn Ave.), Estes Park An Estes Park tradition! Visit with Santa, enjoy cookies & hot chocolate, browse area shops and listen to live entertainment. Catch the Glow Christmas Parade: November 24, 5:30 pm, Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park The fun starts at noon with strolling characters, family hay rides and a visit from Santa Claus in Bond Park. Parade at 5:30 p.m. Kick off the season with a song in your heart! In true NoCo spirit, the holiday music scene offers something for everyone! Face Vocal Band Holiday Concert – Crazy for Christmas: November 24, 7 p.m., Lincoln Center (417 W Magnolia St.), Fort Collins This internationally acclaimed acapella band from Boulder is back to open the holiday season with musical cheer for the whole family! Loveland’s Annual Holiday Sing-Along: November 26, 2 p.m., Rialto Theater (228 E 4th St.), Loveland Join the community for this annual holiday sing-along led by Loveland’s own Sharon Sheets. Jewel’s Holiday Homecoming: November 26, 7 p.m., Union Colony Civic Center (701 10th Ave.), Greeley Holiday concert featuring Jewel, her band, and family from the hit Discovery TV show “Alaska: The Last Frontier” performing songs and telling stories.

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Sean Davis, Matt Worley, Kasey Zia, Roy Penny, Danny Mestas

Otter Pops Up In Old Town By Michelle Venus

ON THE JOB

Step into the Otter Shop in downtown Fort Collins and you will instantly know that you are in no ordinary store. “We’re not just a [cell phone] case store; not just an injection molding company,” says store manager Matt Worley. “There is so much more to the story. Our vision is to open our doors to the community and create a space that invites them in to see what OtterBox has been doing for the past 20 years. The focus of the entire company is ‘we grow to give’ and we’re having a lot of fun while we’re doing that.” Otter Shop is the first brick and mortar store in the world dedicated to OtterProducts merchandise. For the foreseeable future, it

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will be the only store of its kind, though a spokesperson for the company has expressed that OtterProducts hopes cell phone service providers and big box retailers like Best Buy will replicate the experiential model in their stores. The 2,500 square foot store opened in early August to enthusiastic crowds celebrating the Fort Collins mainstay corporation, and one of the region’s largest employers. Known for designing and manufacturing waterproof protective cases for cell phones and tablets, the company was started by Curt and Nancy Richardson in a Fort Collins garage and has since grown to be a highly recognized and respected brand. Another brand of protective cases, LifeProof, sits under the OtterProducts umbrella, as well as

Venture, a line of rugged, bear-proof coolers that keep contents cool for up to two weeks.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

Offering up engaging, immersive and personalized experiences draws customers into physical stores, something that e-commerce transactions simply cannot replicate. That’s exactly what Otter Shop hopes to provide for its customers. Once a month, the store, in partnership with OtterCares, the philanthropic arm of OtterProducts, will host a story time for pre-school aged kiddos. Stories about philanthropy and entrepreneurship will teach the next generation about the importance of giving back as well as following your dreams. STYLEMEDIA.COM


Kasey Zia, OtterBox’s retail experience marketing manager, explains that additional activities surrounding those concepts will take place during the story time events. Future plans include providing platforms for OtterCares’ partner organizations to communicate their missions and visions with the community. One of these nonprofit partner organizations is Engineering Brightness. Conceived and founded by Preston Middle School teacher Tracey Winey and vice principal John Howe, along with Ian Fogarty, their Canadian counterpart, Engineering Brightness designs, manufactures and distributes 3D printed, sustainable lanterns to people across the globe who do not have reliable electricity. Students at Preston and other schools in the US and Canada are the power behind this organization. Their efforts are exactly what OtterCares supports: philanthropy and entrepreneurship. Otter Shop tells the whole story. And does it in a way that will, hopefully, inspire visitors to find out more about the entire company — how all the parts and pieces fit together and how the whole is far greater than its components.

REASONS TO GO

Total. Otter. Immersion. Besides being an otterly fun retail adventure, customers are able to experience the OtterProducts culture firsthand. They get an up close and personal view on what landed the company on FORTUNE magazine’s Great Place to Work list two years running. There is an underlying excitement and giddiness emanating from employees—and it’s infectious. The customer who isn’t grinning is the unusual one, and the staff goes out of their way to coax a smile from him or her. With over 500 products from both the Otterbox and LifeProof lines, Otter Shop is completely hands-on. This is especially true at the customprinting kiosk in the front of the store. There, customers can upload photographs and other unlicensed, copyright-free images from their phones or choose from an existing library of images courtesy of Otter Shop. The image is then printed directly onto an OtterBox phone case. It all happens in about ten minutes. Choosing the image is what takes the most time, says Matt with a chuckle. “We see lots of babies and lots of pets. A lot of these custom printed phone cases are Grandma gifts.” Colorado State University branded products—which are exclusive to Otter Shop—fly off the shelves. With the store’s opening so closely scheduled with students returning for the new school year, they were the perfect declaration of allegiance for CSU parents. Head on back and have a seat in the 1947 Willys Jeep, a nod to founder Curt Richardson’s first car. Backed by seasonal nature scenes, it’s a perfect selfie stop. And if you crop the picture just right, you may be able to convince all your social media friends that you spent the afternoon four wheeling in the Colorado mountains.

CLAIM TO FAME

Though it is still the new kid on the 100 block of West Mountain Avenue, Otter Shop is banking on the reputation parent company OtterBox has spent over 20 years developing. The brand is well known and the products are recognized as among the very best waterproof cases available. But it’s so much more than that. It’s about community. It’s about giving back and pursuing your passions. It’s about fun.

HOW TO FIND THEM/ WHEN TO GO Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 151 West Mountain Avenue Fort Collins, CO 80524 (970) 825-5650 • www.otterproducts.com NOVEMBER 2017

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VETERINARY SPOTLIGHT

It’s the Cat’s Pajamas and a Dog’s Life at Advanced Animal Care By Michelle Venus

Morgen Deramus, DVM, CVMA, and Katie Woodley, BVSc, CVMA

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No two days are the same at Advanced Animal Care. And that’s exactly what makes working there energizing and exciting for staff Veterinarians Brittany Alvillar and Katie Woodley. It’s just the nature of the beast. “You never know what to expect,” says Dr. Woodley. In addition to routine wellness visits and procedures that are scheduled well in advance, the days can quickly fill with patients who get sick and/or have an emergency and need to be seen as soon as possible. Both Dr. Woodley and Dr. Alvillar knew from a young age that they wanted careers that enabled them to work with animals. For Dr. Alvillar, it was the tragic loss of her pet cat that inspired her to heal sick and injured animals. Dr. Woodley came from a home with a doorstep that seemed to attract misfits and strays. No animal was ever turned away. Two other veterinarians, Dr. Heather Steyn (the owner and founder of Advanced Animal Care) and Dr. Morgen Deramus, along with a team of technicians, administrators, veterinary assistants, groomers and Dog Tales attendants, round out the staff. In addition to the clinic, Advanced Animal Care provides a full menu of grooming services, a state-of-the-art lodging facility (complete with in-kennel webcams so owners can check

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on their pets via a mobile app), and is home to one of Fort Collins’ most popular doggie day care facilities, Dog Tales. The grooming facility and doggie day care have adjacent outside areas. For pooches who love to swim and splash, there is daily playtime in the heated in-door pool. “They love it,” laughs Dr. Alvillar, “and it’s so much fun for them and us.”

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

Advanced Animal Care offers a holistic approach toward pet care. “I call it whole animal,” explains Dr. Woodley. “ And I like to add a ‘w’ in front of the word holistic.” In addition to traditional medical modalities, the doctors are trained in acupuncture, which helps rehabilitation patients, as well as those struggling with chronic issues like arthritis or glaucoma, or to help manage serious diseases such as cancer. Dr. Woodley is trained in Chinese herbal medicine, which allows the doctors to bring a balance of Western and Eastern disciplines to patients. Along with wellness visits, which are critical to detecting and preventing disease as well as ensuring vaccines are current, Advanced Animal Care has a complete rehabilitation clinic, which includes an underwater treadmill. Dogs and cats suffering from arthritis,

neurological and spinal conditions greatly benefit from rehabilitation and pain management. It’s extremely helpful for post-surgical patients and those healing from injury. Dog breeders from nine states travel to Advanced Animal Care for reproductive services. In addition to natural whelping (birthing) and insemination services, the clinic collects and stores both feline and canine semen in an on-site bank. The semen is stored for later use and can be shipped globally upon request. For dog owners whose new mothers decide to deliver their litters outside of business hours, overnight services are available and include a kitchen, shower and sleeping bench. (Bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and food.) For pet owners facing the concerns and issues that come with end-of-life, Advanced Animal Care offers hospice care and in-home or on-site euthanasia in partnership with Precious Memories. Cutting-edge technology is found throughout the clinic from the surgical suites to the digital white board that tracks every procedure and every animal. Advanced Animal Care buzzes with efficiency and thoroughness. Add the deep and abiding care and love that every staffer demonstrates to patients and their owners, and it all adds up to a winning equation.

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Every single pet who comes through Advanced Animal Care is treated as an individual. “They are not just a number, getting a vaccine,” states Dr. Woodley. “We give our patients gold standard care and treatment. It’s our standard.” Advanced Animal Care is a designated Cat Friendly Practice. Certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the clinic took the extra steps to ensure owners

and kitties receive the special care cats need. Cats have a dedicated exam room—no dog smells that could add to an already stressful situation. Aromatherapy products with soothing pheromones are spritzed into the air for patients who are particularly stressed by doctor visits. “Owners are so surprised by how calm their cats become when we use the pheromones,” says Dr. Alvillar. Advanced Animal Care hosts a pool party for up to ten dogs every third Wednesday

evening from 5-6 p.m. They will also host a private party for your pooch and his peerless pals. Perfect.

HOW TO FIND THEM/ WHEN TO GO Monday - Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday 1530 Riverside Avenue Fort Collins, CO 80524 (970) 493-3333 www.advancedanimalcareofcolorado.com

Transparency is key to everything that happens at Advanced Animal Care. It’s evident from the windows in all the doors allowing complete visual access to every treatment room, to the open invitation for pet owners to accompany their precious family members into the more behind-the-scenes areas to observe procedures such as dental cleanings and surgeries. “We don't want owners to wonder what is going on with their pets,” says Dr. Alvillar. “Not for one minute.” NOVEMBER 2017

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

It Pays To Be Smart By Michelle Venus

ON THE JOB

Take one big empty building, add to that a conversation with a friend sparking an idea, and watch a new business grow. And grow. “That’s how it all started,” says Suzanne Fries, one of the owners of Smart Document Management, LLC. The family-owned and operated business has been helping Northern Colorado residents and businesses properly take care of important documents since 2001. The company provides different solutions for different needs, which result in smart practices that keep confidential information confidential and critical documents secure and readily available.

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Suzanne Fries, one of the owners of Smart Document Management, LLC.

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Smart Document Management specializes in—drum roll, please—document management. They offer walk-in shredding services. Customers can come by during business hours with bags and boxes of paperwork and watch on a monitor as they get dumped straight into the shredder. Each batch is shredded immediately, eliminating any cause for concern that valuable and confidential documents may sit off to the side, increasing their vulnerability. That simply doesn’t happen. For customers who accumulate larger amounts of paperwork, Smart Document Management also has a pick-up service. The company provides secure, on-site shredding containers. Drivers come by on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis, depending on the volume of paper and the client’s needs. Suzanne states, “We also have a clean-out service for customers who need to destroy a large quantity of documents all at once, which has been anywhere from 20 to more than 1,500 boxes!” What about documents that need to be retained for a certain time period before they can be shredded? No problem, says Suzanne. Smart Document Management operates a safe, secure storage facility solving that problem. “We provide an environment that allows us to put eyes on their [the customer’s] records every day,” she adds. “Not all storage units, garages, basements or other facilities offer that.” Additionally, when a customer needs a specific record, the staff at Smart Document Management will retrieve it, deliver it, and then pick it STYLEMEDIA.COM


We continue to encourage everyone to keep that paper trail. Technology is great and advancing quickly, but if you have ever lost information on any of your devices, you understand how devastating that can be personally and professionally for a small business. Smart Document Management helps you to be smart. It’s what we do 24/7. -Suzanne Fries

up and re-file it when the customer is done with that record. Since marrying into the Fries family in 2004, Suzanne has had direct contact with every aspect of the business. She started working in the front office in accounts receivable. Over time, she began taking on more responsibilities and now runs the daily business operations. On any given day, Suzanne can be found in the shredding room, pulling documents from the warehouse, and taking care of individual customers. “I like the variety,” she explains, “And I do all the same tasks I ask our employees to do.”

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Top reasons: knowing your documents will be handled reliably, honestly and immediately. “We have a great team of employees who work hard at protecting the identity of our customers, who are willing to trust us with their confidential information,” Suzanne states emphatically. With recent data breaches in the news—think Equifax—paper continually proves to be the most reliable storage method available. Hackers simply cannot obtain confidential information from a document stored in a file drawer or a secure facility. And keep in mind electronic data never really goes away because it’s stored on a hard drive that may not get completely wiped when you transfer to a new computer, or on a server somewhere in the cloud. There is always the danger that someone can hack into a system and grab your personal information. In this day and age, it’s virtually impossible to avoid having personal information protected all the time. Even recycling bins have been targeted by identity thieves. There is no such thing as being too careful. Paper is the exception, and the proper destruction of paper documents remains the safest way to keep your information safe. Smart Document Management prides itself in understanding the best methods in maintaining document security and destruction. An added bonus is the popcorn machine in the corner of the lobby—the perfect snack when customers swing by.

CLAIM TO FAME

The Fries family has operated businesses in Fort Collins for over 50 years. Their deep roots in the community have spread to partnerships with local service organizations and nonprofits such as Rotary Club of Fort Collins, Hope Lives! The Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Center, and Junior Achievement. “We believe in giving back to a community that has so generously supported our businesses,” explains Suzanne. “It’s important to us to have these connections.”

HOW TO FIND THEM/ WHEN TO GO

Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday 1133 Riverside Avenue (just east of Lemay Avenue) Fort Collins, CO 80524 (970) 631-8178 • www.weshredsmart.com

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Bringing Warmth & Beauty to Your Home

By Kyle Eustice

Like many local businesses, customer service is integral to the company’s success.” Tenan has adopted a simple philosophy over the years. “I think when you’re in construction you’re in a customer service industry, so it’s important you do what you promised to do,” he says. “Your pricing should be what you promised upfront. With so many different companies and options, it’s more than selling a commodity. It’s about being able to provide that level of trust and integrity that goes along with the sale. Our goal is to try to exceed our customer’s expectations every single time.

Bob Babcock, Jeff Graber, Chris Tenan, Gary Daub

ON THE JOB

As the Colorado winter months begin to inch closer, the allure of a warm, roaring fire, cozy blanket and hot chocolate becomes exponentially stronger. Founded in 1983, Western Fireplace Supply, which boasts locations in Fort Collins, Avon and Colorado Springs, is able to easily provide the essentials for an inviting environment. Located on Riverside Avenue, Western Fireplace Supply’s Fort Collins location welcomes its customers with an expansive showroom that features over 50 displays of various high-end fireplaces. Forty of the units are burning and completely finished, so customers are able to get a good idea of what it would look like in their home. From wood burning and gas burning to commercial and residential, the well-established local business is able to meet the needs of anyone looking to enhance their environment.

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Fort Collins General Manager Chris Tenan, who has worked his way up the ladder since joining the company in 1999, has personally watched the business grow over the past 18 years. Under the hearth products umbrella, Western Fireplace Supply also sells a plethora of gas stoves, wood stoves, pellet stoves and more.

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“We sell to homeowners who are wanting to do remodel projects, we sell to remodel contractors that are doing basement finishes or doing remodel projects in residential homes,” Tenan explains. “We sell to builders — all different types — and we also do commercial. So if you see CSU Medical Center and Front Range Community College, we do a fair amount of commercial stuff like that as well.”

CLAIM TO FAME

All of Western Fireplace Supply’s staff is inhouse — from installation to service — which is especially convenient for its custom-built products. “We don’t subcontract our installations or our service calls,” he says. “One of Western Fireplace’s most unique qualities is its ability to build custom fireplaces. When a homeowner is building a house with a custom home builder and they’re spending over $1 million, they like to be able to pick the options that go in their home and we make that very easy for them. “They’re able to come in and actually see the fireplaces, and feel the heat from them and see if it will be something that will be right for them,” he continues. “You have to see the fireplaces burning to really see how they look. The fireplace is pretty much there for the life of the home. It’s

an important decision. We want to make sure our customers know exactly what they’re getting.”

REASONS TO GO

In addition to carrying high quality, high-end brands like Heat & Glo, Fireplace Extraordinaire and DaVinci Custom Fireplaces, Western Fireplace prides itself on having an in-house service department. The customer service doesn’t end once the sale is complete. “We have factory-trained service technicians who will come out and service existing products that we sold or provide warranty service,” he says. “All these manufactures we represent have wonderful warranties. We have guys that are trained on these brands to come out and make sure it’s repaired as quickly as possible.”

HOW TO FIND THEM/ WHEN TO GO

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Closed 1408 Riverside Avenue Fort Collins, CO 80524 Avon (970) 827-9623 Colorado Springs (719) 591-0020 Fort Collins (970) 498-9679 www.westernfireplace.com

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first retail shop in Fort Collins, to designing with gold and precious stones and marketing under his name, and then to partnering with brother Jim, a financial wiz. He quips that at each turn, some family member or friend thought he was crazy, but Atencio attributes many of his notable achievements to a willingness to take risks. John says, “I always have to stay on the edge and for a lot of people that goes against their DNA. I seem not to worry too much about the risk piece of it.” Those foundational years set him up for the meteoric growth that followed. He opened stores in high-end shopping districts across Colorado and began showing work in New York City, solidly establishing his reputation as a world-class artisan. He was first to introduce the trademarked Trillion diamonds into U.S. markets, which earned him the Diamonds of Distinction award. To share the spirit of a remarkable artist, stop into any John Atencio store. Discover the one in Fort Collins at 164 N. College. All the art, from the jewelry in the case to the paintings on the walls, are products of John Atencio’s heart and hand. “That’s a pretty unique selling proposition… it’s very artistic…it’s very intimate.” Elissa J. Tivona is a busy journalist and academic. She has traveled 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.

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Holiday Decorating Pa s s i o n at e A b o u t

By Lynette Chilcoat Decorating for the holidays infuses a home with a joyful glow, counteracting an otherwise cold, dreary season of gray days and long, dark nights. Some people are content with putting up a traditional tree and calling it good, while others go all out, decking their halls with fine details of magical winter ornamentation. Available surfaces such as sideboards and bookcases are often filled with holiday trimmings. Cheerful snowmen, reindeer, or a Christmas village on a shelf lend flair to a home. It’s not unheard of to see entire coffee and end tables, and, indeed, whole rooms, transformed to a gilded, glittery setting. Stepping into the yard, a different kind of world awaits, lighted in jewel tones and sparkling effervescence. Everything from giant baubles hanging in snow-enshrouded branches to faux deer on the lawn await the eye hungry for bright color and gaiety.

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Decking their Halls with Fine Details of Magical Winter Ornamentation. In the spirit of festive adornment, two local residents share their passion for turning decorating for the holidays into a beautiful and joyful experience for the soul.

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If a home could speak of sheer delightfulness, then that of Rosie Sinnett during the holidays would shout it out. A plaque beside the front door of her home states one is about to enter “Gingerbread Headquarters.” Another proclaims the kitchen to be “Gingerbread Avenue.” Sinnett has a heartfelt dedication which lies in the yearly gingerbread house projects she fabricates. As the mother of four sons, she began when they were still young and living at home. Each year, they would pick a theme — from a church to a log cabin or something with a particular color scheme. Over the years she branched out to include her children’s friends and hosting charity galas, NOVEMBER 2017

including a teen group called Positive People Planners, or P Cubed. “The teenagers were unbelievably amazing,” said Sinnett of when she worked with them on building a 22-foot-tall gingerbread house as a fundraiser that was displayed in the Foothills Fashion Mall in 1986. Since the inception of this hobby, Sinnett has built well over 100 gingerbread houses, a feat she has accomplished with the help of her husband, Dennis. As Christmas approaches, Sinnett decorates her home to the nine’s, the cream walls, flooring, crystal chandeliers and white furniture providing the perfect palette for holiday colors. She has settled on rich classic green, red and gold this year mainly because she has often received gifts of red and green ornaments. “I collect ornaments year-round in our travels as I spot things that would complement my décor, be it glassware, table linens or other beautiful things.”

“Every year I get into the thrill of Christmas,” says Sinnett. “Decorating for holidays gives me a creative outlet aside from my paintings. And, most importantly, I have a theory about holidays. As children grow up and experience wonderful memories surrounding holidays, when they leave home, those memories will hopefully bring them back to celebrate with the family. That is the biggest reason I’m so passionate about decorating for the holidays. It is because these traditions bring my family together.” Asked what her tip might be for those wanting to take their decorating to the next level, Sinnett immediately had an answer. “Decorating for the holidays has become stress-free and enjoyable because I have a dedicated place in my home where I store all my holiday decorations. They are all in boxes and plastic bins and labeled so that everything is organized and neatly packed for when I need to access them. So find a place in your home,

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basement, closet or build in a room for all those holiday decorations and trees. It will make decorating a lot more fun...if you aren’t fighting strings of lights that have gotten all tangled.”

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Kerrie and Gary Dreher are avid, committed collectors of all things Christmas. According to Kerrie, she’s been at it for 50 years, having decorated her entire home for the past 35. An average of 100 people come through the house annually, some for parties, others whose main intent is to see the décor. The motivation? “To put joy in people’s lives,” says Kerrie Dreher. “It’s for children or the elderly, friends and church groups as a way to spread the spirit of Christmas.” “Our house is 5300-square-feet, of which we decorate approximately 4800-square-feet. This includes all of the main rooms, including bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways and the screened-in porch. We have 25 trees. Twelve are decorated by theme. The rest are used on our porch in a woodland display,” says Dreher. “Buffets and display cabinets are emptied of everyday items and replaced with Christmas decorations. Every wall hanging that is not ‘Christmas’ is replaced with a Christmas photo or tapestry. Decorations are placed by theme, not just random,” she adds. This task takes approximately 40 hours over the course of two weeks. She and her family start in mid-November to get it all accomplished. A barn has been built to store materials that would no longer fit in household storage rooms or the attic. Dreyer continues, “I have some of my grandmother’s decorations, which are over 90-years-old, as well as one series of ornaments I’ve been collecting for 37 years. But many of the items have been given to us.” Lynette Chilcoat owns Chilcoat Custom Literary based in Loveland. She has 20 years experience enjoying the freelancer’s lifestyle.

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Larimer Humane Society’s New Location Opens Its Doors By Kyle Eustice

The majority of Colorado residents are passionate about their animals. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to find people in the Front Range area who don’t own a dog, cat, horse, goat, sheep, cow — you name it. You’ll even see the occasional llama or alpaca if you drive far enough down Fort Collins’ Overland Trail. However, there’s often an influx of animals that need homes and because the demand is typically high, adoption is a big business in the area.

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Thankfully, the new Loveland location of the Larimer Humane Society officially opened its doors on September 5, 2017. The expansive state-ofthe-art facility will temporarily house countless homeless pets while they wait to be adopted. The new structure boasts 38,340 square feet, a veterinary clinic, community dog park (open dusk to dawn), community room, three spacious housing options for cats, “catios” (patios for cats), sizable dog kennels, indoor/outdoor shared play area and extra space for barnyard animals. The primary masterminds behind the project — Boulder design firm Animal Arts, Mortensen Construction and the staff at Larimer Humane Society — poured their blood, sweat and tears into every inch of the innovative facility. Ben Barnhart, Director of Development & Community Relations of the Larimer Humane Society, has witnessed the transition first-hand. “Since moving into our old shelter on Kyle Avenue in 1974, Northern Colorado's population has grown tremendously,” Barnhart explains. “With the growing population, demand for our services also grew, particularly adoptions, lost and found services, licensing, and Animal Protection and

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Control Services. For years, we were over capacity at our shelter on Kyle Avenue and our Board of Directors knew a new shelter was needed to help meet our community's needs. “Surveys from internal and external stakeholders as well as a feasibility study confirmed the need for a new shelter,” he adds. “The land on E. 71st Street was purchased in 2007, a special purpose tax initiative to fund the construction of our new shelter was passed in 2014 and we broke ground on May 4, 2016.” Animal Arts designer and co-owner Heather Lewis was brought on to help tackle the monumental task of designing the new location, something she was thrilled to have a chance to do. Functionality for the animals was paramount to the Larimer Humane Society’s success. “I think one of the things that’s very unique to the facility is you definitely see people putting the animals first in this building,” Lewis explains. “The whole building is very animal-centric. They’re all housed in low-stress housing, even when they first come in. In fact, that’s one of the most important things; that when the animals come in, they’re in a low-stress environment. The shelter is a very stressful experience for a lot of dogs and cats. “Dogs are separated from the cats, and then all of their housing is designed specifically for their welfare,” she continues. “If you look at the cat and dog housing all of it is designed to give them a feeling of control over their environment. We thought about all five senses — odor control, making sure the lighting is right, making sure they have comfortable surfaces to lay on — dogs and cats both have radiant heated floors.” Travis Meier, superintendent at Mortensen Construction, learned early CONTINUED ON PAGE 41

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on that the animals’ well-being was the Larimer Humane Society’s number one priority. “It’s oriented towards the care and custody of the animals, including places for them to sleep, rest, play and interact with other animals and people,” Meier says. “It also has unique medical treatment rooms and equipment specifically designed to care for animals. For example it has a dental procedure room with medical devices made specifically for dental care of small animals.” He adds, “The facility also has outdoor areas built right into the building, so the animals are feeling like they are out in the fresh air even though they are still in the building.” Barnhart also recognizes it wouldn’t be possible without the generous and concerned Colorado citizens who supported a tax initiative to raise money for the project. “We would simply not be providing such an important facility to the animals without the support of the community,” Barnhart states. “We are extremely proud to have benefitted from a somewhat unique public-private partnership. We are grateful that the community shared our dream of a better shelter for homeless pets and supported the sales tax initiative in 2014 which began in 2015. It provided one-tenth of one percent of sales to the project. We’ve also appreciated the support of the county commissioners throughout the planning and building process, as well as the support from the office of the mayors in both Loveland and Fort Collins. “We are also extremely grateful to our donors who’ve contributed another $2.1 million in private funding to support the construction of the facility,” he adds. “Our new shelter is a community endeavor and we are committed to being a resource for our community.” Larimer Humane Society’s intake lobby is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Consequently, services such as dropping off a stray animal, picking up a lost pet and surrendering an animal are more accessible. “The new building is a more efficient use of space and roomier for each animal than before – the smallest animal kennel in our new space is one-and-one-half times larger than the largest kennel in the old facility on Kyle Avenue,” Barnhart says. “The animals benefit from a greater variety of living environments, better air quality and separate hallways, protecting them better against airborne pathogens and the unnecessary anxiety that usually results from seeing and hearing different species of animals on a regular basis.” “What’s really cool about this is if you invest in the animals, they stay well,” Lewis adds. “We want them to be healthy because we want them to find their forever homes.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 42

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COME SEE OUR OPEN HOUSE ON NOVEMBER 4!

Our new shelter allows us to better provide the five basic freedoms every animal deserves: 1. Freedom from hunger and thirst by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor. 2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area. 3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment. 4. Freedom to express normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind. 5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Kyle Eustice is a writer from Omaha, Nebraska, who spent time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, honing her craft. After a return to Omaha, she settled in Fort Collins with husband, Paul Lukes, and two dogs, Petey and Paco.

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From the John Atencio Pinnacle Collection, Tanzanite and Diamond Pendant Necklace in 14K Yellow Gold. This Pinnacle design blends a 9mm trillion tanzanite with 26 diamonds and is available in 14K white or yellow gold. Available at John Atencio, Fort Collins. www.johnatencio.com 970-221-4477

The Clay In Motion Hand Warmer Mug allows fingers to rest comfortably inside the pocket of this ergonomically designed mug. Mug capacity is 14 oz. Contoured for right-handed or left-handed drinkers. Mugs are dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. Each mug is one-of-a-kind, so colors and designs may vary. Priced at $19.99. Available at Scheels All Sports, Johnstown. www.scheels.com

Colorful cookbook with 30 inspired recipes using 10 signature blends from Savory Spice to thrill the creative cook. The cookbook features Fort Collins recipe testers and a local photograph of the Fort Collins store. $64.95. Available at Savory Spice, Fort Collins. www.savoryspiceshop.com/fortcollins

Elegant earring designs by Maya Jewelry. Available in brass, silver, and copper. $200300. Available at Tribal Rites Tattoo & Piercing, Fort Collins. www.tribalritestattoo.com

This beautiful perfectly cut Hearts on Fire round center diamond is elegantly surrounded by a halo of smaller diamonds creating a timeless style. With its vintage appeal and incredible sparkle, this Liliana halo engagement ring is the perfect choice for any woman. Starting at $3,350. Exquisite platinum and 18kt diamond bands starting at $1,100. Available at Sather's Leading Jewelers, Fort Collins. www.sathersjewelers.com

Otterbox Venture’s modular system configures for the demands of all your endeavors. With an evergrowing collection of accessories, you design the inside and outside of Venture with all the right tools and conveniences. Available in 3 sizes and colors, From $249-399. Available at The Cupboard, Fort Collins. www.thecupboard.net 970-493-8585

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The Big Green Egg stands alone as the most versatile barbecue or outdoor cooking product on the market, with more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. Available at Mountain Mist Spas, Fort Collins. 970-484-7076 www.mtmistspas.com

Otter Shop offers custom printing on cases. Customers are able to pull photos from their phone’s photo library, social media or Dropbox to print on their phone. The case is printed onsite at the shop and can be done within an hour or two! Available at Otter Shop, Fort Collins. 970-825-5650

The brand new collection from Uno de 50 Jewelry "Opposite" Swarovski Crystal necklace $220 paired with "Arrow Me" earrings $145. Handcrafted in Madrid, Spain. Available at Cloz to Home, Loveland. www.cloztohome.com

This holiday season, give the gift of luminous skin! The HydraFacial™ deep cleans pores, exfoliates, and nourishes skin using a series of serums. Everyone loves their HydraFacial glow! Priced at $180. Available at Harmony Skin & Wellness Clinic, Fort Collins. 970-282-8266 • www.harmonylaser.com

Grace your home with artwork by Colorado artists. These one-of-a-kind sculptures bring a smile and add an artist's touch of whimsical creativity. "Giraffes" by artist Judi Mitchell, at $165 and $195. Available at Blue Moose Art Gallery & Gifts, Fort Collins. Facebook.com/BlueMoose-ArtGallery 970-825-5704

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The 2018 Cadillac XT5 AWD features advanced safety features like lanekeep assist, pedestrian detection, front and rear automatic braking and surround vision, a 360 degree birds-eye view camera. A smart and spacious interior with unparalleled refinement, and class leading legroom for front and rear passengers. AWD models starting at $48,388. Available at Dellenbach Cadillac, Fort Collins. www.dellenbach.com

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During this 90 minute lesson with your certified coach your game will be evaluated using our advanced training system TECSwing. You will see real-time video, 3D motion measurement, and launch monitor data simultaneously. You will experience your first golf lesson at GolfTEC as well as know your custom game plan going forward for building your best swing and game! 90-Min Swing Evaluation for $95. Available at GolfTEC, Fort Collins. www.golftec.com/FortCollins The red-hot 2018 Toyota Camry has been fully redesigned and is better than ever. The Camry comes standard with active safety features like the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control providing safety and confidence in all weather conditions. MSRP starting at $23,495. Experience the 2018 Camry at Pedersen Toyota in Fort Collins today! Available at Pedersen Toyota, Fort Collins. www.pedersentoyota.com

Palmer Flowers carries over 150 different styles, sizes & looks of unique Christmas ornaments. A cute & convenient gift that will be enjoyed and cherished! Priced $6.99 - 14.99. Available at Palmer Flowers, Fort Collins. www.palmerflowers.com

Brighten your eye area, reduce the appearance of under eye circles, crepey skin and fine lines with this rejuvenating eye kit. $124. Available at Skin Deep, Fort Collins. www.skindeepfc.com

Roxy Cabin Snow Pants are a versatile and fashionable pair of snow pants that are sure to bolster any winter wardrobe. The Roxy Torah Jetty Snow Jacket has a bright and bold design which will help you stand out on the slopes this winter. Both from $169.99. Available at Outpost Sunsport, Fort Collins. www.outpostsunsport.com

The Basset Hound puppy has an affectionate personality that any family could fall in love with. All puppies are up to date on vaccinations and come with a health guarantee to ensure they get the best start in their new home. Prices vary. Available at Pet City, Fort Collins. www.petcityfortcollins.com

The Bug-A-Salt shoots a shotgun spray of regular table salt and decimates flies on contact. Rid your house of all those pesky pests and have a blast while doing it. Available at Downtown Ace Hardware, Fort Collins. www.AceDowntown.com

Scout & Molly’s is thrilled to carry pieces from the Joy Dravecky jewelry line. Joy Dravecky believes there is always a place for beauty in a woman’s life, no matter who she is or what she’s doing. That philosophy is reflected through pieces that are equally as gorgeous with a pair of faded jeans and boots as they are with a little black dress and heels. Joy Dravecky is just one of many lines of jewelry available at Scout & Molly’s. Visit us and see them all! Available at Scout & Molly's Boutique of Loveland. www.scoutandmollys.com

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Liberty Safe, America's #1 producer of heavy duty home safes, gun safes, and fire safes. Made in the USA, lifetime warranty, Priced at $695 - 5200. Available at Rocky Mountain Shooters Supply, Fort Collins. www.RMSS.com

This extraordinary pendant is sure to be a show stopper. 14k white gold is set with diamonds and multiple shades of pink sapphires, creating a stunning gradient effect. Also available in blue or yellow sapphires. Price: $2610. 0.26 carat total diamond weight, 0.93 carat total sapphire weight. Available at Garwood’s Jewelers, Fort Collins. www.garwoodsjewelers.com • 970-482-2205

Visit us at our new location (821 Main Street) for all of your holiday needs. The purse - GC- Fringe clutch $37 Bracelets - Erimish $8 each Sweater- BB Dakota - oatmeal color - $74 Necklace -Dogeared - Triple Karma - $69 Dress - ETW- Ruffle front floral pattern - $45 All available at Coast to Coast Styles, Windsor. www.coasttocoaststyles.com

Almond Toffee handcrafted in Fort Collins from all-natural ingredients in copper kettles. Gluten-free, pure toffee perfection! Gifts from $6 -115. Gift Tower $59.95. Available at Vern’s Toffee House, celebrating 40 years in business, Fort Collins. www.vernstoffee.com

The Go and Glow, a microdermabrasion combined with an illuminizing peel, makes a luxurious gift, ideal for those who want to freshen up their skin and make it glow. And with no down time! Specially priced at $170 for the holiday season (normally $190). Available at Allura Skin, Laser & Wellness Clinic, Fort Collins and Loveland. www.alluraclinic.com • 970-223-0193

WeatherTech builds state of the art interior and exterior accessories for your vehicles needs. WeatherTech offers a wide variety of products including: digital floor liners, rubber floor mats, bug shields, window visors, no-drill mud guards and many other products. $44.95 and up. Available at Bullhide 4x4, Fort Collins. www.bullhide4x4.com

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By Malini Bartels

The best times are spent with people, food, and drink that we enjoy.

A few local dining establishments have proven that there’s a reason to not limit good times to just an hour. Creative cocktails and fresh autumnal fare are a delightful way to bring people together. Pair that with a discount and it’s bound to make you happy!

JAX FISH HOUSE & OYSTER BAR

At one of Old Town Fort Collins’ favorite restaurants and happy hour spots, the ambience and dynamic menu mesh together, creating the perfect storm of delicious beauty. Most often flocked to for their incredible oysters, the bar at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar should not be overlooked. The Maple Pecan Old Fashioned is a stellar seasonal rendition on one of the most popular classic-style cocktails. “The pecans, maple and whiskey provide rich, savory and sweet flavors reminiscent of fall when they're all introduced to each other in a glass,” describes Sam Taylor, general manager of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar Fort Collins. “This cocktail can easily be sipped on as soon as you have brushed off the cold at the door or when sitting next to a blazing fire to keep warm on a chilly evening with friends and family.” One of their exceptional happy hour nibbles is the Brown Sugar Smoked Trout Plate. This dish includes their brown sugar smoked trout, which is cured in house. It’s paired with a butternut squash crème fraiche, brussel sauerkraut, pomegranate seeds, seeded crackers and pumpkin seed oil; this dish brings all the flavors of fall onto one plate and tastes just as good as it looks.

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MAPLE PECAN OLD FASHIONED 2 oz. Pecan Infused Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey ½ oz. maple syrup 4 dashes Angostura Bitters Build over ice and stir, strain over big cubes. Garnish with a cherry and flamed orange coin. Basil Hayden’s Pecan Infusion 2 cups of pecans for one 750 ml of Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Soak pecans in water for 30 minutes, then drain water. Lay on baking sheet and season with salt, pepper and cayenne. Bake seasoned pecans in oven (350o F) for 15 minutes; this brings out the oils from the pecans. Let cool. Add seasoned pecans to bottle of Basil Hayden’s and let sit for five days. Strain and bottle. Save the pecans for snacking when done! Recipe courtesy Sam Taylor, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

Amy Jaqueth is the Chef de Cuisine and is proud of her product. “The colors contrast with each other in the same way the colors of the leaves compliment the snowy mountains. Crunch, smokiness, sweetness and tartness are all paired together in this great appetizer,” describes the seasoned professional. “Happy Hour at Jax is always a good time. Great food, fresh seafood, killer cocktails and amazing company all are found at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar.” People have asked Jaqueth questions about being a female head chef, but she doesn’t see it as being different than any other chef. “Right now we have the same number of men as we do women who are working in the kitchen,” says Jaqueth. “I could not do what I do without the people supporting me in this industry. Sheila Lucero is the Executive Chef of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar. She inspires me to be the best chef I can be, working with me with every milestone inside the four walls of the restaurant. The cooks I work with in the restaurant are amazing individuals that push me to be a better human being. At the end of the day we are all here because we love what we do. We love creating beautiful and delicious food that makes other people happy. When we achieve that sense of accomplishment, the small facts fade away.” Happy Hour specials at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar are offered daily from 4-6 p.m. and all night Monday. Their full menu can be viewed at www.jaxfishhouse.com/fort-collins NOVEMBER 2017

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BLOOD, SAND AND FIRE 2 oz. Chivas Regal 12 ½ oz. lemon juice ½ oz. orange juice ½ oz. Matthiasson Sweet Vermouth (or any sweet vermouth) Luxardo Maraschino Cherries 1 orange ¹/8 oz. Laphroaig Scotch for float Combine in a martini shaker with ice, shake and strain into a cold martini glass. Garnish with orange peel, cherry and cherry float (drizzled cherry juice), float (drizzle) ¹/8 oz. Laphroaig. Recipe courtesy Jason Shaeffer, Chimney Park Restaurant & Bar.

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CHIMNEY PARK RESTAURANT & BAR

The casual sophistication that fine diners have grown accustomed to at 406 Main Street in Windsor has just reopened from their extensive renovation. Even if you’ve dined here before, the tasteful Northern Colorado mainstay has updated everything from their menu to their artwork. The invitation to revisit is open and the cuisine is calling for a taste. “We have had a form of raw bison, mainly the tartare, on the menu for ten years now,” mentions Jason Shaeffer, owner and chef at Chimney Park. “Our classic Chimney Park dish with a twist on a traditional cocktail is perfect for happy hour.” The twist on the Blood, Sand and Fire Cocktail is the “fire” of a float of Laphroaig Scotch whiskey. Chimney Park is known for it’s artistic flare with fine food and local edible resources; now the remodeled eatery is looking to capture your heart as an everyday place. Happy Hour specials at Chimney Park are offered daily from 4-6 p.m. Their full menu can be viewed at www.chimneypark.com

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SAZERAC NEW ORLEANS BISTRO

Southwest Fort Collins welcomed a New Orleans bistro earlier this year. Sazerac is easy to access at 1003 West Horsetooth Road and offers the flavors of Louisiana right here in northern Colorado. “We have a wide variety of local craft beers and wine and we offer drinks that specifically cater to the New Orleans/French feel,” mentions owner and chef, Maurice Couturier. “We also offer a wide bar menu of foods such as wood-fired pizza, crab cakes, deep-fried oysters and more.” Chef Couturier recommends The Original Sazerac as the go-to happy hour drink. “It’s a winter type of drink and is very refreshing. It pairs well with a few of our dishes such as the lobster ravioli and crab cakes.” The Open-Faced Lobster Ravioli is prepared with sun-dried cherries, spinach and fresh mozzarella in a light curried lobster sauce. “The open-faced lobster ravioli has a lot of flavor. It has 27 different herbs, fresh made ravioli and the sauce is light and delicious! It’s a favorite here at Sazerac,” mentions Couturier. Happy Hour specials at Sazerac New Orleans Bistro are offered daily from 3-6 p.m. Their full menu can be viewed at www.sazeracbistro.com CONTINUED ON PAGE 52

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THE ORIGINAL SAZERAC 1 teaspoon sugar 3 or 4 dashes Peychaud's Bitters A few drops water 2 oz. rye whiskey (such as Sazerac Rye) 1 tsp. absinthe Lemon peel 1. Chill an Old Fashioned glass or small tumbler in freezer. 2. In a mixing glass, combine sugar, Peychaud’s Bitters and a few drops of water. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Add rye. Add plenty of ice and stir for about 30 seconds. 3. Pour absinthe into a chilled glass and rotate glass until the inside is well coated; discard the excess. Strain the liquid from the mixing glass into the serving glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink. Indulge. Recipe courtesy of Sazerac New Orleans Bistro.

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AUSTIN’S ON HARMONY Quietly tucked away on the south side of town is Austin’s American Grill. Similar in menu to the Old Town Fort Collins location, the Austin’s location at 2815 East Harmony Road is ideal for “ecstatic hour” any day of the week. Alan Jantzen, director of operations of Hot Corner Concepts, owner of Austins, explains, “We feel that Austin’s starts with American food we all love, are comfortable and familiar with, and then we put our own special spin on it to make it memorable, delicious and the whole experience extra special.” The ample serving of Chicken Street Tacos is a familiar and very popular appetizer on white corn tortillas topped with Monterey jack cheese, avocado, black beans and pico de gallo. Austin’s on Harmony is spacious, both inside and out (meaning there is plenty of parking) so crowds after work can gather for drink specials and well-prepared American food. Happy Hour specials at Austin’s American Grill are offered Mon-Fri 3-6 p.m. & SatSun 4-6 p.m. Their full menu can be viewed at www.austinsamericangrill.com

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AUTUMN MULE 1-½ oz. Leopold Bros. New York Apple Whiskey 4 oz. ginger beer Dash of Angostura Bitters Lime wedge Pour whiskey, bitters and ginger beer into a copper mug full of ice. Squeeze lime wedge and toss in mug. Serve with lime wedge garnish. Recipe courtesy of Austin’s American Grill on Harmony.

Malini Bartels is a lifelong creative working at the Music District. She is also a freelance writer, chef, mother, radio host and actress. Her incorrigible Corgi occupies most of her time.

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Home Exceptional Homes in Prestigious Neighborhoods

HighPointe ESTATES

By Brad Shannon

HighPointe Estates is just that – perched on some of the highest land in the area, just east of the county fairgrounds. Trent Horton’s connection to the development goes back to when his father owned the land before it was developed. Trent and his brother now live on the southwest corner of the neighborhood, in the only two horse properties in the subdivision.

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“We were early buyers, and have been here 17 years now,” Horton said. “It was just wheat fields, and the only lights were from the local retail distribution center. We knew it would be developed and build up around us, but with our views, how close we are to the surrounding towns, and enough room to do what you do in the country, we love it here.” Along with the views that Horton and his neighbors rave about, and close (but not too close) proximity to I-25, Windsor, Loveland, Fort Collins, and Greeley, HighPointe Estates also features open space behind every lot. Most are around 1/3 to 1/2 of an acre, and not many open lots are left. Residents have access to a community clubhouse and pool, tennis courts, playground, skatepark, and trails in and around the community. “When we look around,” Horton concluded, “and think about whether we ever want to move, we realize it is hard to beat where we are.” Steve Nguyen, owner of Haven Builders, both lives here and has built homes here. Over the last seven years, he’s built around 20 HighPointe Estates homes in the $750k to $1-million-plus range. “All the lots here are now owned,” he noted, “there are no more developer-owned lots. It’s a great place to live. I bought a lot based on the views and built a custom home specifically for me, not knowing how long I would be here.” Nguyen’s home, and other plans he offers, are based on plans from Rentfrow Design. Haven is currently building two spec homes, a ranch and a two-story model, using the Anchorage and Vail 4 architectural plans. The two-story Vail 4 is designed to capture the best views of the mountains from a loft and upstairs deck. Builder Jay Brannen of Brannen Design and Construction built a custom home here, and notes that, despite a long time in the making, given the last recession, “It’s a beautiful setting. Lot NOVEMBER 2017

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sales were slow for a time, like they were everywhere, but quickly picked back up when people saw the value found here with large lots and views. Now, they’re down to just a handful of lots available. It’s close to everywhere, and, with the arroyo and open space, there’s a lot of wildlife in the area. It has a nice feel, they did it right, and that’s why it is almost sold out.” The home Brannen built has a large western exposure. Given it can get quite hot during the summer, they created an interior, shaded courtyard that is over the central part of the home’s basement, which houses a home theater. The tile pedestal system with a flat roof gives the place an interior room that brings outdoor living and a generous amount of light right into the center of the home. One of the added appeals to Gary Westlind and his wife was the ability to downsize once they retired. After living in northern Colorado for some time, and spending more than a decade in a large home in another of the area’s prestigious neighborhoods, HighPointe held appeal because their son had moved there, and they found a fit with one of the east side patio homes with a walk-out lot. “We back to and are right up against natural space, and we have great views,” Westlind noted. “The builder, Ken Tarket of Kenrick Homes, really did a great job.” We love how it’s a nice, large community, but still private and secure,” he continued. “With two entrances off County Road 13, between Crossroads Boulevard to the south and 392 to the north, traffic is people coming to visit, or those who live here. If you want a patio home, that’s an option from the mid- to high-400s and up, or you can look at semi-custom or custom home options. We bike and walk a lot, and one trip on the paths around the neighborhood is about three miles. There are also natural trails and concrete paths to run, stroll, walk dogs or bicycle.” For those in the more custom homes on the west side of the development, there are views of Highland Meadows Golf Course in the foreground, along with unobstructed scenes of Long’s Peak and Horsetooth Rock. Wildlife that frequents the area includes deer,

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coyote, songbirds, hawks, owls and eagles. On the social side, the clubhouse features a pool table, conference area and game room. It’s available to rent for parties, and residents make use of it for a variety of gatherings, including regular poker games and clubs that play other games like Bunco. One of the largest pools in northern Colorado features swim lanes, and a water slide for the young and young-at-heart, along with a roller hockey rink. A picnic shelter and park area welcome visitors for gatherings and cookouts. Retired banker John Kerst bought a lot in 2013 and completed a custom home in 2016 with Province Builders, owned by Paul and Brenda Bickerton. “After 29 years in Steamboat Springs, this is home country for us. My wife grew up in Greeley and I was raised on a ranch in northeast Colorado,” he shared. “The metro district does a great job managing the development, from the open space to the pool and other amenities.” As empty nesters, the Kersts like being in a community with a mix of residents, including fellow retirees and families with kids, along with the longer growing season compared to Steamboat, and the chance to garden and do yard work. The local metro district is responsible for managing and maintaining all the development’s amenities, including the 58 acres of irrigated open space, the two landscaped entryways from CR13, and 134 acres of open land surrounding the subdivision and its 377 lots. As fall 2017 approached, there were 25 to 30 open lots left, and three patio homes left to be built of 26 in the development. Residents are within the Windsor city limits and send their children to Loveland’s Thompson School District schools.

Brad Shannon is an award-winning communications consultant and freelance writer based in Loveland, CO.

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wellness

MAINTAIN YOUR BRAIN

By Sue Ann Highland, PhDc, LearningRx Fort Collins

Although it’s generally believed that Polish neuroscientist Jerzy Konorski coined the term “plasticity” in 1948 to describe the brain’s ability to experience permanent functional transformations, it wasn’t until the 1990s that the scientific community began accepting the implications of “neuroplasticity.”

The idea of the brain being able to change and adapt has always seemed like good news for an aging population looking for ways to keep their brains in tip-top shape. It is also great news to the rest of us who want to maintain a healthy brain. Perhaps it’s the hope that it creates for a cure for Alzheimer’s or age-related cognitive decline. Or maybe it’s because the concept of neuroplasticity gives humans a sense of control; that what we do or don’t do affects our future health. Regardless of the reason for our invested interest in neuroplasticity, there are some ways to harness its attributes. These tips are great for people of any age and contribute to our overall wellness, so look to your daily life to implement the following: Exercise regularly. There’s mounting evidence that physical fitness is one of the best gifts you can give your brain. Even light to moderate aerobic exercise improves oxygen consumption. Plus, aerobic exercise has been found to reduce cell loss in the elderly. If you’re obese, even losing a few pounds can improve your thinking skills. Feed your brain. Proper nutrition isn’t just for your waistline. Unhealthy foods can create “brain fog,” while healthy foods— like salmon, sardines, nuts, avocados, and blueberries—can help keep your brain sharp. Like many body organs, the brain operates best when blood glucose is stable. Lack of concentration and other mental lapses can readily occur when blood glucose levels dip or surge. Ways to keep glucose stable include:

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• Eating complex carbohydrates instead of simple sugars • Balancing carbohydrates by eating them with small amounts of protein, beneficial fats, and fiber • Snacking throughout the day instead of consuming giant meals • Eating breakfast Get quality sleep. While lack of sleep is an obvious detriment to attention and memory skills, poor sleep quality—caused by issues like sleep apnea—can cause more long-lasting cognitive problems. The brain accomplishes a long list of tasks while you sleep, including clearing out toxic molecules that build up during waking hours, transporting short-term memories to long-term, and even making creative connections. And while caffeine can provide a cognitive boost, no amount can rival the work your brain does while you sleep. Enroll in personal brain training. Unlike digital brain games, one-on-one brain training uses customized exercises and incorporates immediate feedback, intensity, and loading, among other features, to target brain skills. Cognitive skills training targets the underlying skills—including attention, auditory processing, memory, logic and reasoning, processing speed, and visual processing—needed to perform tasks (like reading). When these skills are strong, it can help make learning easier in any subject. CONTINUED ON PAGE 62

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The general consensus? Maintain your friends, relationships, and activities and you’ll maintain your brain health. Get social. There’s mounting evidence that social interaction is good for maintaining the brain into our later years. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, research shows that regular engagement in social activities helps maintain brain vitality. Social activities include emotional support, work, volunteering, travel, and participation in clubs. We have many ways to get social in Northern Colorado, including a long list of festivals and events. Get involved in a philanthropic venture to help others in our community. A 2001 study analyzing the impact of professionally conducted cultural programs on adults over 65 found that opportunities to participate and attend ongoing cultural activities (singing, painting, and poetry reading, for example) had healthy and encouraging benefits, including: • better overall health • fewer visits to their physician • rate of need for medication decreased • fewer falls • vision problems diminished • a significant decrease on the Geriatric Depression Scale. The general consensus? Maintain your friends, relationships, and activities and you’ll maintain your brain health. Learn something new. Forget the “old dog, new trick” adage. Studies show that even in our senior years, learning a new language, skill, or hobby can help keep our brains active. Your best bet may be a combination of the above. Thanks to our understanding of neuroplasticity, you may have more control over your brain’s health than you think! Northern Colorado is packed with many things to do that can keep your brain healthy. Take the time to explore our parks, trails, and activities around town! About LearningRx LearningRx is the largest one-on-one brain training organization in the world. With 80 centers in the U.S., and locations in 40 countries around the globe, LearningRx has helped more than 95,000 individuals and families sharpen their cognitive skills to help them think faster, learn easier, and perform better. To learn about LearningRx research results, programs and more, visit www.learningrx.com/fortcollins.

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By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

Gondola at night. Photo by Zach Maraziti

The glamour of Aspen is legendary, but just below the shiny surface is a real town with great food and genuine people. While a visit here may cost a bit more than in other places, the bar for excellent service, food and lodging has been set high. For instance, a hamburger will set you back $17, but it will be the best hamburger you’ve ever eaten. 68

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We visited Aspen during Wintersköl, a 61-year-old winter festival that is a weeklong community celebration, snow sculpture event and dance party. There are on and off-mountain events and the festival culminates in a huge firework show. It’s a great time to be in town. The locals are out in force during Wintersköl, especially at events like the Canine Fashion Show. We shared a few beers with several local families and their dogs at Aspen Brewing Company after the fashion show. Chatting with a local is the only real way to discover the real Aspen and making these personal connections throughout Colorado has taught me that we all seem to have one big thing in common -- we love our dogs. Another place where locals like to belly up to the bar is Red Onion, an Aspen waterhole since 1892. At the bar, construction workers in town on projects sit next to jet-setters who’ve flown in for a ski weekend and wealthy ski bums who landed here

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in the seventies and have never left; and the bartender at Red Onion treats them all the same. Red Onion is one of the only places in town where the drink prices won’t melt your mind; an $18 Bloody Mary isn’t uncommon in Aspen, but you can still find a reasonably priced glass of wine at Red Onion. Aspen is, without a doubt, a foodie town. Do not visit while on a diet, or at least do yourself a favor and cheat while you’re in town -- I assure you that it will be worth it. An easy choice for families or groups is Home Team BBQ located in the Inn at Aspen at the base of Buttermilk. New last year, this barbecue joint has been welcomed with open arms by many of the workers in Aspen who hail from the East Coast. After all, Home Team serves up authentic Carolina-style barbecue with a few twists like Death Relish, a habanero salsa that is so good when added to Home Team’s mac ‘n’ cheese. Aspen and Snowmass locals are big fans of the dry-rubbed pork

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cracklins with hot sauce, pimento cheese and lime. If you’re looking for an upscale après ski destination in Aspen, but don’t want to break the bank, visit the bar at BB’s. While the restaurant is fantastic and the antelope steak is not-to-be-missed, the bar is a fabulous place for small, affordable bites after a day carving up powder. I recommend the pork belly steamed buns with a side of kale and brussel sprouts with curried almonds, shaved pecorino and lemon tahini vinaigrette. My favorite meal in Aspen was enjoyed at Meat & Cheese. Opened in 2014 by the owners of Avalanche Cheese Company, eating here qualifies as a dining experience. Order the meat and cheese board, which serves two, and follow it up with one of the

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restaurant’s creative entrees such as coffeerubbed short ribs. The rotisserie chicken may not seem especially culinary, but it’s become a favorite of locals and I thought it was the best chicken I’ve ever eaten. The staff here is well-versed in the restaurant’s menu items so I recommend asking your waiter for suggestions, as well as beer and wine pairings for your meal. While most restaurants in Aspen have an extensive wine list, Meat & Cheese has a fantastic craft beer selection that’s carefully curated. If you’re curious about that $18 Bloody Mary mentioned earlier, first, you must understand that this drink is a big deal in Aspen. They appear on every menu in town and if you google “best Bloody Mary in Aspen, Colorado” a lot of lists come

up, but the place that makes every list is the St. Regis. In fact, their Bloody Mary is so popular that they have free samples available every day at 11:15 a.m. The St. Regis in New York is supposedly the birthplace of the Bloody Mary. Originally called The Snapper, it was invented by a bartender there in the 1920s. Every St. Regis in the world has their own version of the original, and in Aspen, it’s the $18 Downhill Snapper which features Woody Creek Vodka and muddled dill and basil, and it’s well-worth enjoying at least one while you’re in town. Aspen is known for having high-end shopping, and believe me, if you’d like to buy a vintage Louis Vuitton trunk that costs more than my car, you can make that happen. However, there are a surprising

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1) Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope. Photo courtesy of BB's. 2) Downtown Aspen winter. Photo by Jeremy Swanson. 3) Aspen Brewing. Dog tired. Photo by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer.

number of charming shops in Aspen selling reasonably priced items. From Explore Booksellers to the Aspen Emporium & Flying Circus, you’ll find something to take home as an Aspen souvenir, and don’t miss the consignment shops. You can find some real deals at these little gems. A $1,000 per night hotel room is not uncommon in Aspen, but there are alternatives and you won’t have to sacrifice luxury or amenities. Hotel Aspen and Molly Gibson Lodge are sister properties located across Main Street from one another. They are perfectly situated for exploring downtown Aspen on foot or hopping on the ski bus to access Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands or Snowmass. Hotel Aspen has a more contemporary feel while Molly Gibson Lodge feels like a comfy throwback with modern amenities. The two hotels offer an array of complimentary amenities including an amazing après ski happy hour, a full breakfast and free parking. Both hotels also feature a pool and hot tub. Hotel Aspen has several rooms with private balcony hot tubs; the perfect way to relax after a day on the slopes. It may be pricey and posh, but Aspen is surprisingly friendly. During our threeday stay, no waiter failed to ask where we were from and what had brought us to town, and they loved hearing that we were Coloradans which made us feel special in a town full of VIPs. Aspen isn’t the place for a bargain vacation, but whether you come to ski, eat or shop, or all the above, it does not disappoint.

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

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N2N POLO CHAMPIONSHIP August 27 | Two Trees Horse Farm | Fort Collins

The 2017 Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Polo Championship was hosted by Jack and Ginger Graham at their beautiful Two Trees Horse Farm. The fourth annual Championship raised $50,000 for rent assistance and homelessness prevention in Larimer County. The more than 450 guests in attendance, including 40 corporate sponsors, enjoyed an exciting polo match, music, appetizers, cocktails, and auctions in a beautiful outdoor setting. This year’s Team Sponsors were Elevations Credit Union and Cornerstone Lending. Photos courtesy of Living Zenfully and Compelling Images.

Shari Pfeifer, Jennifer Sanders, Kim Martin, Reggie Rivers, Stephanie Rivers, Kinley Hanscome, Coren Hanscome, Kay Batey Jamie Meyer, Dave Armstrong

Kelly Evans, Suzanne Miller, Vanessa Fenley

Teri Evans, Jeff Wolff, Rhonda Wolff, Rebecca Lorenz, Justin Smith, Jim Hunter, Debbie Hunter

SUPERHERO RUN & CARNIVAL

The 5th Annual Superhero Run & Family Carnival to benefit Life Stories Child & Family Advocacy (formerly A Kid’s Place) got underway with more than 400 superheroes of all ages in attendance. The event included a 5K and one mile run/walk, a costume contest, and a free family carnival. This year’s “Catch the Villain” free Kids Fun Run had kids in pursuit of The Riddler. The fun event raised $13,500 and will support the agency’s CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Child Advocacy Center programs.

September 9 | St. Michael's Town Square | Greeley

Todd Karl as Superman with Adam Brown as Batman

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25th ANNIVERSARY

CATTLE BARON'S BALL

September 9 Budweiser Events Center | Loveland

More than 1,100 Cattle Baron’s Ball guests, organizers and volunteers came together to raise funds needed for lifesaving research to prevent cancer, enhance treatment, and ultimately eliminate the disease. Cattle Baron’s Ball gala attendees gathered for a spectacular evening on the floor of the Budweiser arena, enjoying the region’s Western heritage with fine dining, dancing, and live and silent actions, culminating with headliner Jake Owen. More guests joined the fun as concert-only ticket holders also turned out to hear Owen and opening act, LANco. The 25th Anniversary Northern Colorado Cattle Baron’s Ball raised a record-setting $750,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society. During the past 25 years, Cattle Baron's Ball has raised nearly $8 million for cancer research. Photos courtesy of Flare of Art Photography.

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Joni Dishong, Scott Dishong, Jean Morrell, Dave Benson, Marie Daly

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Susan Steidl, Jake Owen, Mike Steidl Steidl was the live auction winner of an autographed guitar and meet-n-greet with Jake Owen.

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Jackie Lyman, Paul Lyman, Rose Stoller

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about town THE TASTE BENEFIT September 14 Marriott | Fort Collins

Delicious food and beverages were the cornerstones at this popular foodie event with more than 600 guests, volunteers and staff from participating local restaurants, wineries and breweries in attendance. Chef ’s served up savory, culinary delights and beverage purveyors poured their latest creations during the evening while guests mingled and bid on silent auction items. As voted by guests, The Toast of the Taste Award was awarded to Cacciatore at Heller’s Kitchen. The Taste Benefit raised more than $75,000 and will benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County for their hunger-relief programs. From July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 the Food Bank has distributed more than 9.2 million pounds of food and served 37,500 Larimer County residents. Photos in part courtesy of PHOCO.

Toast of the Taste 2017 – Cacciatore at Heller’s Kitchen Mick Occhiato, Gerald Scott, Chef Troy Heller, Laurie Heller, Audra Occhiato

Elizabeth Ranuio, Anton Ranuio, Anita Hillsley, Jessica Wilde

Meghan Pipe, Andrea Coy

Shawn Pettine, Heather Olsen, Karl Olsen, Stefan Pettine

Cathy Kennedy, Bill Kennedy

Rob & Stephanie Wagner, Gina & Steve Fechheimer

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BLACK and WHITE BASH 2017 September 15 Hilton | Fort Collins The 3rd annual Black and White BASH benefiting ChildSafe raised almost $125,000 to provide treatment to victims of child abuse (particularly child sexual abuse), their non-offending family members, and adults who were molested as children. The nearly 325 guests in attendance dined on Creole sirloin and bourbon-glazed salmon, enjoyed entertainment provided by the Comedy Brewers improv troupe, and learned from a victim-turned-survivor about the importance of therapy, and how through comprehensive treatment, one can go on to be successful both personally and professionally.

Back: Erik Broman, Jason Odstcil, Drew Mattox, Taylor Dunn, Jordan Butts, Maka Kala'I. Front: Brandee Eide, Sue Coburn, Mishelle Baun, Lisa Poppaw, Kristi Hess

Sonali Kovoor-Misra, Nancey Frese, Madonna Horn, Tim Alexander, Brianna Joralemon

Jon Goldstone, Fernando Techy

Colonel Oliver North, Lea & Mike Faulkner

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Standing: Harrison Turner, Jon Turner, Warren Turner. Seated: Colonel Oliver North, Martha Turner

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NIGHT OF GIVING September 15 rez.church | Loveland An evening to hear combat decorated U.S. Marine and #1 bestselling author, Colonel Oliver North, was on tap at the 12th annual Night of Giving, hosted by Resurrection Christian School (RCS) Foundation. More than 460 guests and sponsors in attendance heard the empowering presentation on what makes America exceptional, enjoyed a delicious dinner and had a chance to meet Colonel North. The event raised more than $275,000 and will benefit programs that support RCS students and teachers through tuition assistance and Impact Grants for innovative teaching approaches. RCS hopes to serve 50 families and 150 students this year alone in addition to providing teacher incentives and grants.

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