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LONE TREE Magazine May 2014 Volume 2 Issue 5 Publisher

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Rest Review: Mellow Mushroom

Bookends: Fallen Women

Local Author: Melissa Johnston-Burnham, LCSW


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Search Lone Tree Magazine is published 12 times per year by Waid Publishing (www., a division of Mike Waid & Associates, Inc. (www.MikeWaid. com), 19751 E. Mainstreet, Suite R-18, Parker, CO 80138, 303-805-9455. Search Lone Tree Magazine is available online at www. Search Lone Tree Magazines is a trademark of Waid Publishing. All rights reserved. The views, opinions and/or statements made or expressed by individuals and/or entities, are not necessarily reflective of the views and opinions of Waid Publishing. No part of this publication may be reproduced without explicit permission from Search Lone Tree Magazine. Copyright 2013 Search Lone Tree Magazine - All rights Reserved.

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ucked away in a nondescript Lone Tree business park, is a place where people come to find a sense of normalcy away from their own upside-down world. For one reason or another, their lives have taken an unexpected turn that left them in need of food, support and encouragement. Fresh Harvest Food Bank is an open, airy place where our registered families are treated with dignity and respect – a place where they can rest assured that their circumstances are not permanent, and life will once again be normal. Sidebar/Callout: What can you do to make a difference in the lives of Douglas County residents? A simple donation of $20 helps us purchase approximately $50 worth of groceries for our families. Sidebar/Callout: Top 10 Food List 1. Cereal 2.  Healthy Snack Items (think-what could be put into a child’s lunch) 3.  Rice 4.  Canned Protein (tuna/chicken) 5.  Canned Beans (refried, black, pinto, kidney) 6.  Canned Vegetables (corn, green beans, peas) 7.  Spaghetti Sauce 8.  Canned Fruit 9.  Peanut Butter & Jelly 10.  Toiletries (full size soap, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, toilet paper) Fresh Harvest Food Bank serves 150 families each month, which equates to 505 Douglas County residents. We offer our registered families one visit per month (12 visits per year).  We pack personalized grocery bags full of pantry staples for each family based on their shopping preferences.  When families arrive to pick up their bags, they are greeted by friendly volunteers who guide them through our version of a Farmer’s Market full of fresh vegetables, fruit, bread, eggs, and other fresh items. We treat everyone like family. As a community food share organization, we share food, clothing, and other resources with non-profit agencies around Douglas County and the metro area. Our mission is to provide immediate hunger relief, support and education to our neighbors in need in Douglas County and the surrounding areas. For more information, and to learn more about what we do, visit v

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RESTAURANT REVIEW Mellow Mushroom by Mike Waid

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love spending time with friends. Recently, a friend stopped in my office and asked to set a lunch appointment just to catch up…no work talk, just lunch. What a great idea as most of the time we see each other it is about work. So we decided to grab a bite and chose one of Lone Tree’s newest restaurants, the Mellow Mushroom. I’m a sucker for good pizza and a cool place to hang out so I was intrigued when so many people I know were excited when Mellow Mushroom opened up. Sure the name is unique and the location is great but can they really produce a good pizza? Well, all I can say is that I was in for a treat and didn’t even know it. We arrived for lunch and were given the option of sitting “outside” in their covered patio area. The day was one of the first warm days of the season so we decided to head to their patio. It was actually really great to feel the breeze coming through the screened walls while we met our very friendly server. Looking over the menu, which was quite impressive, we both decided to simply go with the lunch special…a slice of pizza and a salad for


less than $6. Funny enough, we each actually ordered the exact same thing: slice of peperoni pizza and a spinach salad. After enjoying our conversation, the food arrived. The pizza was simply perfect. Not too much, not too little, just the right size for lunch. Now the salad was very much something special. I enjoy a good spinach salad, but this was incredible. The “official” name of the salad is and ENLIGHTENED SPINACH SALAD. This very tasty part of my lunch is made up of fresh spinach topped with dried cherries, apples, homemade candied pecans and feta cheese. It was simply out of this world. Since this was lunch time, we didn’t partake in any adult beverages although the bar looked really good with a wide selection of beers on tap. I am planning on heading back in the resent days after work with a larger group of friends to try out some of their libations as well. Next time you are looking for a great place to enjoy lunch or somewhere to take the family for dinner, try out the Mellow Mushroom. The service is friendly, the food amazing and the location incredible.


BOOKENDS Fallen Women by Sandra Dallas

Beret Osmundsen, a wealthy New York socialite, receives news that her estranged sister has died in Denver. Her sister had moved to Denver to live with their aunt and uncle the year after their falling out. Beret discovers that her sister had recently moved out and become a prostitute in the seedy tenderloin district of Denver in the spring of 1885. Beret is determined to discover what happened and find her sister’s killer. Detective Mick McCauley is not thrilled to find that he will have help in the murder investigation, but Beret insists on being involved in this high profile case. PAM: I am always excited to hear that Sandra Dallas has a new book coming out and this was not exception! I always enjoy her inclusion of Colorado landmarks during her different stories. I thought this story was different from her others. Did you feel that as well, Becky? BECKY: I agree that a murder mystery was unexpected for this author and I didn’t feel the connection to old Colorado that I always enjoy in a Sandra Dallas book. What was familiar is a strong female character and in this story we follow a determined woman that is committed to solving this murder. Beret was a bit difficult for me to connect with and quite frankly like. Did you enjoy this brassy main character? PAM: I typically like Sandra Dallas’ strong female characters. But, I agree that Beret was harder to appreciate and make a connection with. She was certainly headstrong and determined. She decided she was going to be part of the investigation and paired with the detective on the case, regardless of how he felt. Mick, the detective, was a character I enjoyed. What were your thoughts? BECKY: I liked his character too and it would have been more interesting to have the story told through his eyes instead of Beret’s. I love a strong female character but I found her to be a bit confusing. There are times where she acts like an aristocrat with her nose in the air, yet she runs a mission for women in New York. Also, she is hell bent to find her sister’s killer, yet the sisters were not on speaking terms. As the story progresses we find out why the sisters were estranged. Did this make you like Beret more?

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PAM: Although it explained the sisters’ estrangement, it did not make me feel more connected to Beret. However, it did make me feel sad about her relationship with her sister. As the story progresses, we find out more information about her sister and her character. Beret seemed to know the truth about her sister and her behavior before she began the investigation into her death. However, she also hoped that they would eventually reconcile. This made me think she either hoped her sister would change or was just denying the truth. Do you think she realized the true character of her sister before her death? BECKY: Before their estrangement and while they were growing up, Beret viewed her sister through rose colored glasses. She didn’t seem to be surprised by some of the ugly stories of her sisters character so I think that she must have known that the accusations were on target. I would have expected some shock or anger when confronted by some of these allegations but overall she was quite accepting of them. As the investigation progresses we are presented with a handful of suspects. Do you think that Sandra Dallas did a good job with 11 SEARCH LONE TREE MAGAZINE

all of the twists and turns in this story? PAM: There were many twists and turns in this story. I felt that some were very mysterious and suspenseful, while others were more obvious. The author did bring in numerous characters during this story. One of the more unsavory characters was Beret’s ex-husband, whom had relocated to Colorado after their divorce. Did you feel as strongly as I did about this character? BECKY: There was nothing likable in that character. He was an opportunist that used Beret for her fortune and gave very little in return. Once again, Beret views this person through rose colored glasses and doesn’t see his true nature for quite awhile. Although I didn’t connect with Beret, I felt sorry for her as she had a lack of a support system. Her parents had passed away, she was not close to her sister nor was there mention of a close girlfriend. The author does give us a character that becomes quite fond of Beret. Did you like this development? PAM: I did like this development because I really enjoyed this character and was glad he became a main part of the story. It was interesting how the author connected his private and professional life to Beret. What did you think of this character and his role in the story? BECKY: Without giving too much away I found him to be the most enjoyable character in the story. I do think that the connections were a bit far fetched but he did bring some warmth to Baret’s character. As much as I usually love Sandra Dallas books, this was not my favorite and I would recommend one of her other books instead of this one. Did this story interest you enough to pass it on to a friend? PAM: I would recommend it for a quick read, but I agree with you. This was not my favorite Sandra Dallas book either. Where are you taking us next month, Becky? BECKY: I am excited for some interesting conversation after reading The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley. Matt and Elle have know each other since they were small. Now they are both successful professionals and happily married. A fall from a ladder leaves Elle brain-dead and according to her medical directive she does not want her life sustained by artificial life support. As much as Matt doesn’t want to lose her, he is ready to support her decision. That is until the doctors realize that Elle is pregnant. We follow Matt through some difficult decisions and a nasty legal battle.

LOCAL AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT Cleft Talk for Kids is an informative and interactive book that explains the condition of cleft lip and palate in a childfriendly format. In Cleft Talk for Kids, children and their caregivers meet Kate and Charlie, best friends who were born with clefts. Kate and Charlie explain to young readers why clefts happen and how having a cleft can affect someone on a daily basis. Kate and Charlie also share how similar children with clefts are to their peers despite their physical difference.

Forever Mama

Forever Mama is a heartwarming story of adoption as told through a conversation between mother and daughter, which touches on the importance of the daughter’s birth mother and foster mother who remain

in China. In this conversation, the daughter learns of the qualities she has inherited from her mothers, and also receives the gift from her adoptive mother she has been hoping for all along‌the promise of forever. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Melissa Johnston-Burnham, LCSW, is the proud mother of the three greatest children on the planet, one of whom was internationally adopted from China in 2010. Melissa is also a clinician in a group psychotherapy practice who specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents. Melissa lives in a messy house outside of Denver with her family and a multitude of pets. Forever Mama is her first book and Cleft Talk for Kids is her second. Both Books are available for purchase online at

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CANDLEHOLDER 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Materials provided- like nails, screws, watercolors, buttons and more - to make your own piece of functional art. Lone Tree Library 8827 Lone Tree Pkwy Lone Tree


MUSICAL - ALLA CORDA WITH INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO 9:30 am and 11 am Songs include popular tunes like Sesame Street and The Little Mermaid as well as snippets of traditional classical music by Brahms, Copland and more. Lone Tree Arts Center (Event Hall) 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree


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THE THREE G’S 7:30 pm A guest pianist will join us for Rhapsody in Blue, a 1924 musical composition by American composer George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band. Lone Tree Arts Center (Main Stage) 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree



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IRISH DANCE: SPIRIT OF IRELAND 6 pm Irish dancing at its best, traditional and contemporary Irish music and dancing by the Bennett School’s students. Lone Tree Arts Center (Main Stage) 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree

DOLLS The show is set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy soars with the spirit of Broadway. Lone Tree Arts Center (Main Stage) 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree




CITY LUNCHEON - FEATURING LONE TREE MAYOR JIM GUNNING 11:30 am - 1 pm Network with Lone Tree’s Mayor about future economic development, residential and commercial development, transportation and the changing epicenter. Lone Tree Arts Center 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree

REPERTORY ORCHESTRA: BIG BAND BLUES 7:30 pm Denver’s top jazz musicians come together only a few times a year to regales us with bigband sounds; this is a series anyone can love. Lone Tree Arts Center (Main Stage) 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree (720) 509-1000

WESTERN: BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID 5:30 pm - Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres 7 pm - Feature Presentation You can’t miss this, with the two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, popcorn and this shoot’em-up adventure film! The Wildlife Experience 10035 Peoria Street, Parker

May 22 PIPER KERMAN, AUTHOR 7:30 pm In her memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison, Piper Kerman recounts the year that she spent in the Danbury Correctional Facility. Lone Tree Arts Center (Main Stage) 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree

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CENTER GUILD FASHION SHOW 11:30 am - 1:30 pm The Lone Tree Arts Center Guild will present its’ annual luncheon and Fashion Show. Lone Tree Arts Center (Events Room) (303) 662-9952

ARTS IN THE AFTERNOON STRING QUARTET FAVORITES 1:30 pm Our concert host Betsy Schwarm will have stories about how all three works came to be. This concert features the Ivy Street Ensemble. Lone Tree Arts Center (Event Hall) 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree

LIVE 7 pm Meet a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs in their ancient environment, in this highly imaginative, entertaining and educational live show. Lone Tree Arts Center (Main Stage) 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree


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