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VOLUME 4 • ISSUE 2 • AUGUST 2023 Plus: 2023 Community Survey Results • Faces of Broomfield • BBQ Recipes • And More! Summer Fun With Broomfield’s Parks & Recreation! Great Local Hikes Broomfield’s Move 4 Life: Recovery through Exercise
BCAH Hearts of Gold Gala Back to School Study Habits
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CONTENTS ON THE COVER Our Broomfield™ is a magazine for all of us because it’s our community. It’s Our Broomfield. 38 6 From the Editor 8 About 10 Community Events 12 Inspiration for Busy Families 45 Advertiser Index DEPARTMENTS FEATURE ARTICLES AUGUST 2023 16 2023 Community Survey Results 20 BCAH Hearts of Gold Gala 24 FirsTier Profile 26 Setting Good Study Habits to go Back to School 32 Rain or Shine, Give These Two Hikes a Try 36 Broomfield’s Move 4 Life: Recovery through Exercise 42 End of Summer BBQ Inspiration 44 Faces of Broomfield 46 Volunteer with Advent Health Avista Summer is Not Over Yet! Back to School is quickly approaching but there is still plenty of fun to be had at Broomfield’s Parks, Recreation, and Trails. 34 Local Playwright Launches Can’t Miss Comedy Don’t miss the perfomances August 25-27. Our Broomfield™ Magazine | August 2023 4
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In just a few days thousands of Broomfield area children will head back to school. Last year I wrote about our teachers. But this year I am thinking about all of those kids. For many, the start of the new school year is filled with anticipation, excitement, and eagerness!

If you have a child going back to school, you have likely shopped for the perfect back to school outfit, acquired the new backpack and all of the needed school supplies, and in just a few days it will be time to reconnect with friends and check the class lists. The thing is, not all kids come from families that can afford new outfits and fancy backpacks, and some kids have anxiety about school and social situations. For other kids, school can be an uncomfortable, scary, or even hostile place.

I am thinking of this as the wife to one teacher and the mother to another, and recalling the stories that they sometimes bring home about how hurtful kids can be to each other. I am thinking of this as a mother who successfully reared two kids and helped guide them through their school-age years and successfully to adulthood (albeit with a few bumps). And I am thinking of this as a brand new grandmother imagining the future for a most precious little boy.

As you prepare your child for the first day of school, what they are going to wear, or their new haircut, or what is in their backpack or even what is in their lunch bag is not the most important thing. Make sure that your child packs the positive attributes and traits needed to create a great school experience for all kids - and for their teachers too. Make sure they bring their respect, empathy, thoughtfulness, compassion, courage, and integrity with them. Talk with them about being friendly and inclusive. Talk with them about not following the crowd. Talk with them about how they might feel on the outside and encourage them to bring someone else in. And discuss ideas about how to do that.

I cannot imagine the pressure of the digital microscope that today’s kids live under - where so much is for show and for processing in 5 seconds or less. In our truly “connected” world, creating true connections is harder than ever and can create extreme isolation and loneliness for many - especially our kids.

So talk with yours. Make sure when you send them off for the first day of school they have packed the most important thing they can bring – their kindness.

Until next month,


Tina Eichner


Pat Eichner


Stacey Horne


Matthew Clark


Jason De La Cruz


Tammy Degenhart


Megan Mayes


Allison Eichner


Kristen Beckman

City of Broomfield

Lisa Payne

Missy Ruzicka

Bette Erickson



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Broomfield Farmers’ Market at Holy Comforter

The Broomfield Farmers’ Market at Holy Comforter is going strong with bountiful crops. The market is open every Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through September. The Broomfield Farmers’ Market provides area residents with convenient access to high quality, locally grown farm-fresh produce sold directly by local farmers. Shoppers will also find baked goods, meat and poultry, jams, pickles, spices, salsas, freshly prepared meals, and more! For more information and updates throughout the summer, follow Broomfield Farmers’ Market at Holy Comforter on Facebook.

August 13

WeatherTech Car Show

Meet fellow car enthusiasts at WeatherTech for another great car show and open house on the second Sunday of every month through November. Next one is August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The state-of-the-art showroom and store are located at 8741 Destination Way. If you have not visited yet, this is a great opportunity to see what WeatherTech can do for your car, home, and pets. Stop by to see the show cars or come and show off your own car! There will be food trucks galore and please feel free to bring your furry friends.

August 13

Summer Sundays Festival

Throughout the summer, the Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities (BCAH) hosts free, family-friendly events with the purpose of connecting the community with creatives and celebrating all cultures and forms of creativity in art, performance, and science. The next event will be August 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Brunner Farmhouse. The event will include booths from local groups with interactive and educational

themes, carnival games, performances from local artists, and a concert by Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra!

August 18

Orchard ‘til Dark

Please join this FREE event in celebration of perfect Colorado summer evenings, with live music and local artists and craftspeople at the Orchard Town Center. Several restaurants will be serving alcoholic beverages that you can sip while you stroll. The event is sponsored by the outdoor retail and entertainment district at The Orchard Town Center and is held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every third Friday through September.

August 19

Butterfly Ball Colorado

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Whenever August rolls around, I can get caught in contrasting emotions between not wanting summer to end and also preparing for school to start. I never want summer to end. I love having the kids home and not having a schedule. But before we know it, August is here and we have to prepare our minds for a little more stress and structure in our lives.

Not only are we working more and always accessible through technology, but kids are constantly shuffled from activity to activity which also takes a lot of time. On top of that some people have elderly parents they are caring for. The juggle is real.

Engaging in mindfulness practices during any part of the parenting journey is helpful to keep us calm, centered, and ready to take on whatever challenges come our way. Having a mindful outlook helps us appreciate the highs and better manage the lows. It gives us the resilience to approach our families with intention and love no matter what.

How do we stay mindful? Through practice! To be mindful means to pay attention to the present moment. Begin your day with mindful meditation. Sit in a chair (alone in a quiet room) for five minutes and pay attention to your breathing. If your mind wanders, bring it back to your breathing. You can even repeat a word in your mind that you want to represent your day such as “calm” or “present.”

Paying attention to the present moment also means to really be there with your kids when spending time with them. Put away your phone. Bring your focus back to the game you are playing with them, if your mind starts to wander to stresses of the day. You will get good at this through your morning meditation practice.

You can also use this practice when your toddler won’t put on his shoes or your tween tells you that you are the worst. Just pause, take a few deep breaths, observe how you are feeling and proceed. Now you can react with calm instead of out of anger.

This also works well when your toddler tells you that a classmate was annoying at school. If you pause and calm yourself first, you can switch from reacting to shifting to something positive like asking who was a good friend today. And when your teen is upset about something, your reaction from a calm place brings them comfort and safety even if they don’t show it.

When we take time to care for ourselves and keep ourselves settled, we are better able to handle anything that comes our way, which in turn teaches our kids how to take care of their own emotions as well. Mindful parenting is about staying present and calm. It allows us to be more intentional about our thoughts and gives us the ability to soak in more joy in everyday life.

Wishing you a new school year filled with a calm and joyful heart. Happy August!

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August 26

2023 Brewfest

Want to find out what’s brewing in Broomfield’s open space? Join the Broomfield Open Space Foundation for Brewfest 2023 on August 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Broomfield Community Park. Enjoy beer and cider from local breweries, educational nature exhibits, fun kid activities, live music, and more! Tickets are $20 for attendees over the age of 21 and include one free drink ticket. Those under 21 can attend for free. Proceeds from the event go to enhancing our open space and trails. To learn more or buy tickets, visit

August 27

Daniel “The Lion” Day

Join Daniel’s family and friends for this free community event on Sunday, August 27 at Midway Park from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The annual carnival style event is to celebrate Daniel “The Lion” with the community that gave the family so much support and to support other families that are battling difficult times. Come join the celebration with free food, beer, and wine and lots of fun!

September 8

BCAH’s 2nd Annual Gala

Prepare to be amazed, entertained, and compelled to participate at the 2nd annual Creative Immersion Gala benefiting the Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities. The event is September 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Establishment for interactive stations, performances, and a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and desserts. To learn more and by tickets visit: annual-gala.html

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2023 Community Survey Results:

What Do Broomfielders Think of Broomfield?

Since 2002, the City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) has conducted a survey to provide Broomfield residents the opportunity to rate the quality of life in Broomfield. In the survey, residents rate the quality and importance of community amenities, local government performance, services, and community priorities. Resident feedback helps CCOB understand how well it is serving its residents, assists to better align programs and services with community goals, and drive decisions in CCOB for years to come.

This year’s community survey results revealed a few key findings: residents continue to have a positive quality of life and a strong majority of residents are satisfied with city and county services. The community goal ranked as most important is financial sustainability while feelings of safety at night may be a renewed area of focus. Residents continue to enjoy parks, open spaces and trails, while some streets infrastructure services received lower ratings than in the past.

Broomfield is a great place to live. Residents gave high marks to the overall quality of life in Broomfield, with 89% of respondents rating it as excellent or good. Many individual aspects of the quality of life in Broomfield were given resoundingly positive scores: nine in ten respondents considered Broomfield as a whole, as well as their neighborhoods, excellent or good places to live and to raise children. About three-quarters rated Broomfield as an excellent or good place to work, while about two-thirds thought Broomfield was an excellent or good place to retire.

A strong majority of residents are satisfied with CCOB services. The overall quality of services provided by the City and County of Broomfield received high marks, with 80% of residents praising it as excellent or good. This was similar to 2021 and on par with Front Range and national benchmark comparisons. Further, about eight in ten respondents felt the quality and ease of accessing City and County of Broomfield services are excellent or good, while about two-thirds praised the overall direction of Broomfield, the opportunities provided by CCOB for resident involvement, and information about events, issues, and programs communicated by CCOB.

Financial sustainability rates as the most important communi-

ty goal. A new question in 2023’s survey asked respondents to prioritize five community goals by level of importance. Half of residents considered financial sustainability and resilience to be the most important goal for Broomfield. Homeowners tended to assign greater importance to the financial sustainability and resilience of Broomfield than renters did.

Feelings of safety at night may be a renewed area of focus. Nearly all respondents felt very or somewhat safe in their neighborhood, shopping and dining locations and parks in Broomfield during the day; this rating was similar to what was observed in previous years. Meanwhile, about three-quarters felt very or somewhat safe after dark, which was the lowest observed rating since 2007. This rating of feelings of safety at night dropped a small percentage from the previous surveys, but is still considered to be very high regionally and nationally.

Parks, open space, and trails continue to be a beloved feature of the community. Almost all of Broomfield’s parks, recreation, and leisure services and facilities were rated very highly, particularly parks, open spaces, and trails. These ratings are in fact higher than national and Front Range communities. Of the 16 evaluated items, 15 were rated favorably by at least eight in ten residents. The remaining item, local cultural and arts events, was rated positively by two-thirds of respondents, a rating that improved significantly from 2021 to 2023.

Ratings for streets infrastructure-related saw a slight decline in this survey. The cleanliness of city-maintained streets was the most praised attribute of the five street services under evaluation; about three-quarters of respondents rated it as excellent or good. Bike lanes, traffic signal timing, and snow and ice control received favorable ratings from 6 in 10 respondents. Finally, street repair was praised by about half of respondents. Compared to 2021, street services in 2023 received lower ratings, ranging from an 8% decrease for bike lanes to a 15% decrease for snow control.

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BCAH Hearts of Gold Gala Returns this Fall for 50th Anniversary Celebration

Creative Arts Fundraiser Breaks the Mold for Philanthropic Events

This September brings the much-anticipated Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities (BCAH) 2nd annual Gala, Hearts of Gold Gala, celebrating 50 years of service to the Broomfield community supporting local artists and providing residents with entertaining and intriguing experiences.

In 1973, local community leaders founded BCAH and the City Council approved it as Broomfield’s official non-profit arts organization. In the 50 years since BCAH has presented and supported arts, cultural, and science programs for all ages by devoting its energy to the cultivation and sustainability of arts and culture in Broomfield and the surrounding area.

BCAH Executive Director Keri Dillingham said, “Creativity is essential to a well-balanced life, and we want to make sure Broomfield is an enriching place to work, play, and visit. We want residents to be educated and entertained right where they live!” There are BCAH programs designed for every age group, from babies up to senior citizens and 90% of BCAH programs are free. In 2022, BCAH provided programming for more than 10,000 seniors and families and more than 20,000 students.

The BCAH staff presents 13-15 annual events like the Broomfield Days Poster Contest, free mobile creation stations at local events, and the Summer Sunday Festivals at the Brunner house every summer. In addition, BCAH’s program directors

present 40+ events, workshops, and sessions per year including chamber choir, community players, film projects, and storytellers. BCAH also supports another 60+ events through marketing and technological services such as; Brunner Farmhouse and Gardens, Chadish Contemporary Dance Movement, and Broomfield Sister Cities, just to name a few.

All these wonderful events and programs are offered thanks to the generosity of donors, sponsors, the grant community, and BCAH’s invaluable vol-

unteers. All types of support make a difference not just to BCAH as a non-profit but to the entire Broomfield community. By sponsoring, donating, or purchasing a ticket for the Gala event, guests are helping the council reach its funding goals to hire more staff and continue to expand diverse programming.

This year’s Gala will be held on Friday, September 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Establishment. Following last year’s immersive groundbreaking inaugural event, the Gala promises a unique and decadent evening with an array of live performances, traditional and non-traditional gala games, and a silent auction. This is NOT your normal non-profit event!

Gala attendees will be treated to the much-anticipated creative immersion room created by local artists and referred from Meow Wolf Denver and Understudy Gallery, which promises a one-of-a-kind experience. Dress is ‘creative black-tie,’ which can include but is not limited to high fashion from any era, suits, costumes, or creative accents. Ticket price is $99 per guest ($77 for early registration), and attendees will be served heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a signature cocktail, and enjoy beer and wine bars. A colorful, creative night is planned and with a one-of-a kind experience not to be missed!

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FirsTier Provides Small Town Banking Experience with Big Bank Knowledge, Expertise, and Products

Broomfield is a town rich in traditions and it is wonderful to find a business that not only understands those traditions but wants to become part of that community fabric as well.

FirsTier Bank opened its Broomfield branch in the beginning of 2021, quickly became a Chamber of Commerce member, and was excited to participate in many community events such as Broomfield Days, adopting a shelf at Broomfield’s FISH food pantry, and supporting its ARISTA neighbors on Bike2Work day. FirsTier Bank has established itself as so much more than just the bank on the corner; they are wholly dedicated to a vision of helping the local community grow and prosper.

FirsTier Bank may be relatively new to

the Broomfield area but the family run bank with roots in Kimball, Nebraska, will celebrate its 60th year in business this October. In this day and age, 60 years in banking shows staying power and with a tier 1 rating and a capital ratio of 13%, it’s safe to say FirsTier Bank understands what it takes to be successful. At FirsTier Bank, customers are treated as personal contacts and part of the community their bankers want to help grow and see be successful.

When you walk into FirsTier Bank, whether you are opening a personal checking and savings account or applying for a business loan, their welcoming staff are there to help each step of the way. The knowledgeable bankers aim to get to know their client

FirsTier Bank is dedicated to helping Broomfield and the surrounding area grow through understanding how important business owners are to the economy and that both large and small businesses are needed to keep our community growing strong.

FirsTier Bank of Broomfield is a full-service FDIC member with staff who understand that taking out a loan can be stressful, and therefore they pride themselves in making the loan process as quick and painless as possible. By taking the time to get to know their customers and building those relationships they are equipped to advise and recommend banking solutions just right for each individual.

It’s nice to know that there is a bank that can provide all the services of the larger banking institutions while still being small enough to deliver personalized individual attention.

FirsTier’s Certificate of Deposits are a welcome safe haven of stability for many of their members and right now they are offering varying options in CDs; the 10-month term CD with APY of 5.66% or the 7-month term CD with APY of 5.32% are among the most popular. They also offer a 12-, 24- or 60-month Step Up CD, meaning if interest rates rise you have a one-time ability to ‘step up’ to that higher interest rate.

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Back to School Setting Good Study Habits

With a fresh new school year about to start, it is the perfect time to start working on a homework reset plan for your kiddos and revisiting good study habits. It’s never too early to start a routine for studying. Even when my kids were just starting school in the early years, we set aside time to look at school work or read each day. Here are some things you can do to help your kids start that routine.

Nightly homework may be a thing of the past for younger grades but setting up strong study habits now will help when the middle and high school subjects start piling on. There are tons of theories out there on how to become great students but the most important piece is finding study habits that work for the individual student.

My daughter would study for hours on end at her desk in her room, all set up without any distractions; while her brother would study in random places all over the house.

Everyone learns in different ways and at different speeds so what might work for one child might not work at all for another. I really saw this in my two kids when they were growing up.

In elementary school they studied at the kitchen table while I cooked dinner so I could help them, but as they grew up their study spaces were more unique to their personalities. My daughter would study for hours on end at her desk in her room, all set up without any distractions; while her

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brother would study in random places all over the house. It would drive me crazy but that’s what worked for him. Help your child find what space works for them no matter what that space may look like, including under the dining room table with a sheet over it and a lantern.

Organization is crucial to helping those study sessions become a habit. Every day after school, have your child go through their backpack so they can find the spelling list or whatever they brought home to study. With older kids, have them pick out a little planner or notebook they like and use it to fill out assignments, tests, and due dates. It’s a horrible feeling to show up for class just in time for that quiz you totally spaced. They will have less anxiety knowing they are on top of all their assignments.

A great idea from Parent magazine is to have younger kids put a smiley sticker on the calendar when they’ve finished with their school work for the day. Something so simple but it really encourages them to get their stuff done and set that routine in motion.

A great idea from Parent magazine is to have younger kids put a smiley sticker on the calendar when they’ve finished with their school work for the day.

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Rain or Shine, Give These Two Hikes a Try

If you’re like me and won’t let a bit of rain dampen your hiking and exploring (or a spell of dry heat for that matter), read on as I share a couple of my favorite local hikes.

Itwas raining in Ketchikan last summer during my visit.

This is like saying it was hilly in San Francisco or it was crowded in Tokyo or it was quaint on Mackinaw Island.

It is always raining in Ketchikan. Seattle, which has a reputation as a rainy city, gets 39 inches of rain a year. Ketchikan gets 13 feet. As I write this in early July, I’m beginning to think Broomfield is catching up with Ketchikan, or at least Seattle in terms of consistent, soggy rainfall.

Still, who was it that said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” (It was Alfred Wainwright.)

If you’re like me and won’t let a bit of rain dampen your hiking and exploring (or a spell of dry heat for that matter), read on as I share a couple of my favorite local hikes.

Boulder’s Woods Quarry via NCAR

The forested route along the Mesa Trail from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in south Boulder stretches to one of Boulder’s most unique destinations: Woods Quarry.

To begin the quick and easy outing, locate the kiosk for the Mesa Trail and access the footpath by walking down a wellmarked trail.

Next, follow the trail up to a water storage tank and head north (stay right) along the Mesa Trail. The route only offers a few short inclines. Remember to stay left when you see the sign to Skunk Canyon and soon after is a tiny marker indicating Woods Quarry.

Leave the Mesa Trail here by going left and making your final steep, stair climbing ascent to the quarry. Relax on the sandstone “chairs” before returning the way you came.

Details: About 3.5-miles roundtrip with about 700-feet elevation gain.

Dogs: Yes, on leash.

To the trailhead: Follow Table Mesa Dr. in Boulder west to its end at NCAR. Walk west from the parking lot to the kiosk to begin your hike.

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Broomfield-Westminster’s Metzger Farm

Hike #5 on the 2023 Broomfield 100 Outdoor Passport, this expansive open space property offers several miles of inter-connected gravel hiking routes, a dock, picnic pavilion and designated parking area suitable for 40 vehicles.

The 152-acre Metzger Farm is a result of a municipal award-winning joint effort between the cities of Broomfield and Westminster. The public park, open from sunrise to sunset, offers visitors a valuable connector from existing Broomfield trails to the popular Big Dry Creek trail system maintained by Westminster.

If you’re under time constraints, consider a quick mile out and back jaunt along the trail from the north edge of the parking area. Continue east staying right to drop down by the pond’s spillway and crossing the bridge connecting to the Big Dry Creek Trail. Return the way you came.

Alternatively, you could take a left where the trail forks just past the farmstead and head north looping around either by turning west or turning right (east) completing a larger circular route.

Details: Negligible elevation gain; distance varies according to which route you choose.

Dogs: Yes, on leash.

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Patrick Browne and David and Mary Hill enjoy the expansive views looking south and east toward the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and downtown Denver. Photo by Bette Erickson.
To the trailhead: Metzger Farm is located on the northeast corner of Lowell Blvd. and 120th Ave. Bette Erickson writes about people, places, and events. Contact her at

Local Playwright Launches Can’t Miss Comedy

In case you’ve not noticed, there’s often no shortage of humorous fodder in some workplace settings.

This fact did not escape Broomfield resident Max Cabot who wrote the comedy “Dot Gone” based on his experience as a web designer working at an internet start-up some 24 years ago. “Dot Gone” is the Broomfield Community Players first original show written by a local resident.

The play is centered around the rise and demise of an internet start-up company at the turn of the millennium, and delves into the unbridled enthusiasm, ambitions, and subsequent struggles faced by the company’s employees.

“I wrote the play shortly after being fired from the dot com where I worked,” explained Max Cabot.

As the plot unfolds, interpersonal conflicts coupled with management pressures take their toll as the harsh realities of the marketplace lead to deteriorating relationships.

“I’m really grateful that Broomfield Community Players is giving the show a full production,” Cabot added. “It’s an opportunity to entertain some people. I’m also excited that ‘Dot Gone’ will be part of the Colorado Theatre Festival on September 9.”

While Cabot has a background in internet technologies, he also has years of theatre experience.

Cabot’s journey through the world of theatre began during his college years, where he studied theatre and honed his passion for the dramatic arts. Following his studies, he found himself drawn

to the vibrant Los Angeles theatre scene. Cabot became involved in various Improv groups and had the opportunity to participate in Director’s Lab West, a prestigious program allowing emerging directors to refine their craft.

“I’m so excited to be producing this show,” said Beth Crosby. “I’m happy to showcase a local playwright and his original work. The show is hilarious and I think the audience will enjoy it.”

Crosby has been involved with the Broomfield Community Players since its inception. She is producing “Dot Gone,” and Mike Johnson is the show’s director.

The play’s promotional materials explain that the dot com bubble of 2000 was a cautionary tale of unfettered optimism and the consequences of inflated expectations.

Cabot’s witty and insightful script promises to captivate audiences, shedding light on the rollercoaster ride faced by internet startups during the turn of the millennium.

“Dot Gone” will allow us to not only look back at that time with nostalgia, but with humor and a light heart. And who among us doesn’t need that? Bette Erickson writes about people, places, and events. Contact her at

“Dot Gone” is playing at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26 and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 27 at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students and seniors. Visit to purchase.

Broomfield resident Max Cabot will present his play “Dot Gone” later this month. He wrote the script, which has been dubbed witty and insightful, shortly after being fired from a dot com where he worked. Courtesy photo.
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Recovery through Exercise: Broomfield’s Move 4 Life Will Help Residents with Chronic Health Conditions

Manyof us know someone who is struggling with a chronic health condition and frustrated about what their bodies can and cannot do while exercising. The City of Broomfield Parks and Recreation Department recognized a need for residents facing life with chronic health conditions. And so, under the leadership of Broomfield’s Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer Lisa Walther, Move 4 Life is being launched this September.

Move 4 Life provides a quality exercise program customized for survivors of chronic health conditions including, but not limited to, Cancer, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Diabetes in a healthy and positive community environment. Uniquely tailored to each individual and offered in a supportive group class environment, the comprehensive program assists in the patient’s road to recovery physically, psychologically, and emotionally.

The first of its kind program here in Broomfield is intended for survivors of chronic diseases at any stage, whether recently diagnosed, in treatment, or post recovery and is designed by a Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer. Classes and private training are taught by a team of Exercise Specialists who are trained in the handling of chronic conditions, enabling survivors to improve their overall health, regain stamina, and reduce, delay, or avoid the onset of disease symptoms and dysfunctional movement patterns. The overall program includes multiple course offerings designed to meet a variety of fitness goals,

all preceded by a comprehensive fitness assessment and exercise prescription.

All Move 4 Life participants begin the program with an assessment and screening with a Certified Chronic Disease Trainer. The assessment includes a follow-up private training session where a tailored, written exercise prescription will be delivered. Following the assessment phase, survivors are presented with a variety of Move 4 Life class options tailored to their personal needs.

Move 4 Life classes include Functional Resistance Training, Variable Intensity Interval Training, Movement and Balance, and Flexibility, Mindfulness and Meditation. During the classes, participants are provided with information on how to take the next step to a life of fitness and health. All classes offer guided exercise and training in a safe, group fitness environment while not losing sight of personal goals.

This Broomfield program will be led by Lisa Walther, a Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CCET) through the American College of Sports Medicine. Lisa is a two-time cancer survivor herself and has been supporting and training clients for more than 15 years. Her personal motivation for becoming a Cancer Exercise Trainer began when she was originally diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30 and found that there was no real guidance available to her for how to recover and re-train her body for healthy activity.

A fitness enthusiast, she made it her goal to learn how to effectively train herself and then how to lead and train other survivors as well. Lisa liaises with other highly qualified personal trainers and service providers in the fitness and oncologic arena to offer survivors a wide range of offerings, information, and support to help everyone reach their goals of healthy living.

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Summer is Not Over Yet!

While August is here and back to school is approaching, at the Broomfield Park and Recreation department there is still plenty of summer family fun to be had in August!

It is always a good time at Paul Derda Rec Center with 85,000 sq. feet filled with all kinds of entertainment; an indoor water park, two full ball courts and a track, cardio and strength training equipment, and fitness studios for every type class you could imagine. For parents that are using the facilities they offer Childwatch, which provides a safe, healthy, positive learning environment for children 6 months to 10 years old.

Summer is definitely not over yet at Broomfield’s Bay Aquatic Park. The premiere outdoor facility was designed specifically for families with children 13 years and younger to enjoy all the fun of an outdoor water park in a smaller environment. The Bay features two body waterslides, interactive play structure, leisure pool with zero-depth entry, and the newly remodeled tot pool with slides and spray ground for the littlest water adventurers.

Broomfield offers more than 280 miles of trails for its residents to enjoy. With those trails come some unique opportunities; nature walks (guided or self-paced), a bird club, and many

other offerings. Sign your family up for the sunset walks with a naturalist who will help explore Broomfield open space as you have never experienced it before - don’t forget your flashlight. Another free activity is the preschool nature walks where you can join a naturalist and learn about animal life and plant life in your own backyard every Wednesday through the end of August.

There is still plenty of time to complete the 2023 Broomfield 100! It’s a challenge to complete an exploration of 15 of Broomfield’s trails and related activities. This is a great way to get outside and enjoy Broomfield’s extensive trail system, get exercise, and win a prize while you are at it. You don’t have to walk the entire trail, just visit the site, learn the trail connections, and

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Don’t Miss Dog Daze at the Bay!

It’s a day gone to the dogs! Bring your furry friend down to the Bay for a day of excitement just for dogs. Fido can jump and play in the summer heat, while cooling off with a dip in the pool. Dogs only allowed in the pool; no humans please.

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2023

Location: The Bay Aquatic Park at 250 Spader Way in Broomfield

Pre-register to guarantee your spot and time; the fee is per dog, humans are free. This is a rain or shine event as the dogs will have fun no matter what the weather!

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enjoy the area.

Fitness classes are offered yearround and are proudly partnered with such amazing programs as Zumba, Jassercize, Lesmills, TRX, Silver Sneakers, and Spinning. If there is something new you want to try or something you love but would like to meet others to go with you, look in the program guide to find groups and programs for yoga,

hiking 14ers, lifting weights, or getting ready for your first 5K. Whatever class you are interested in, it’s here and at varying levels so you feel comfortable whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or are a seasoned expert.

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Broomfield’s expansive Parks and Trails System includes the Sculpture Walk at the Broomfield Commons. This statue shows a woman reaching for the sky - symbolizing reaching for her personal “Zenith,” achieving her goals, succeeding in life. Mother-daughter team Marianne and Scy Caroselli created this piece.

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It’s Not Over Yet –End of Summer BBQ Inspiration!

I am obsessed with this watermelon salad. My friend Erika Pazol introduced me to it at the lake this summer. You will eat the whole bowl I promise you that. Inspired by Ina Garten’s recipe. The shrimp and pie recipes complement the salad nicely for a tasty and beautiful end of summer meal!

Serves: four


• ¼ cup orange juice

• ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

• 1 large minced shallot

• 1 Tbsp. honey

• ½ cup good olive oil

• 1 tsp. kosher salt

• ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

• 6 cups pre-washed baby arugula

• 1/8 seedless watermelon, rind

Arugula, Watermelon & Feta Salad

removed and cut in 1 inch cubes

• 12 ounces good feta cheese, crumbled

• 1 cup julienned fresh mint leaves


Whisk together the orange and lemon juices, shallots, honey, salt, and pepper. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly to form an emulsion. If not using within the hour, store the vinaigrette covered in the refrigerator. Place the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss well. Serve immediately.

Colorado River Bottom Pie


• 1 ¼ cups flour

• 1 ¼ cups chopped pecans

• 1 ¼ stick melted butter

Mix ingredients for crust. Press into the bottom of a 9x15 pan.

Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. Let cool completely.

Next Layer:

• 1 cup Cool Whip from 13 oz. container

• 1 8 ounce pack of cream cheese at room temp.

• 1 cup powdered sugar

Mix ingredients and spread over crust.

Next Layer:

• 1 “instant” chocolate pudding (3 ½ oz.)

• 1 “instant” vanilla pudding (3 ½ oz.)

• 3 cups milk

Beat on LOW 5 minutes. Spread over the cream cheese layer.

Next Layer: Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the pudding layer. Refrigerate.

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Grilled Firecracker Shrimp


• Bamboo grilling sticks

• 1 pound shrimp large (16 to 20 count) peeled and deveined

• 2 Tbsp. Sriracha Sauce hot chili sauce (adjust amount to your liking- this version is HOT so adjust as needed)

• 2 Tbsp. olive oil

• 1/4 tsp. salt

• 1/4 tsp. pepper

• 2 tsp. sugar or low glycemic sugar alternative

• 4 cloves garlic chopped

• Lime slices - optional

• Cilantro chopped - optional

Instructions: Place bamboo grilling sticks in water and soak submerged for at least 30 minutes (This step helps prevent the wood from burning) If you have a grilling basket, you can skip this step. Prepare your grill. Preheat to 350-450 degrees F.

Peel and devein shrimp. You can leave the tail on or off, depending on your preference. Add shrimp, sriracha sauce, olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar or sugar alternative, and garlic in a bowl. Toss well. Marinate for at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour. We marinated at room temperature so that the shrimp were ready for grilling and would heat evenly. (If you need to hold the shrimp longer than 30 minutes, pop them in the refrigerator)

Skewer shrimp onto bamboo sticks and place approximately 3-5 shrimp on each stick depending on size of shrimp and bamboo stick. (Pierce head and bottom of shrimp on stick so the shrimp lays flat for grilling)

Lay the firecracker shrimp skewers on the grill and cook for about 2- 3 minutes on each side until shrimp are opaque, slightly white inside, and have nice grill marks. When ready, they should no longer be translucent.

Garnish with a fresh squeeze of lime juice, lime slices and chopped cilantro, if desired.

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Photo: Healthy World Cuisine

Meet Lisa Walther

Certified Personal Trainer/Cancer Exercise Trainer at Paul Derda Recreation Center

AboutLisa: “I am a Colorado native, a mom of three, a happily married wife, a two-time breast cancer survivor, a Certified Personal Trainer, a Cancer Exercise Trainer and a Clean Beauty specialist. My husband and I came to Broomfield back in the late 90s looking for a warm community and a healthy place to raise a family. 25 years later we still live here and have loved every aspect of the community. My background is in sports psychology, business, and management consulting, and I worked in the tech industry as a management consultant for 12 years. Following the birth of my children I decided to take a break from the consulting lifestyle and I got my personal training certification and my Cancer Exercise Training certification. I thoroughly enjoy the chance to meet and work with people of all stages of life, health, and fitness that my job as a trainer affords. I also love giving back to the Broomfield community and have been a part of many local non-profits and Boards over my time in Broomfield.

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?

A: Currently I work at the City of Broomfield’s Paul Derda Recreation Center as a Personal Trainer, a Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, and a SPIN instructor. In my past career I was a consultant, so I have always enjoyed working with, coaching, and mentoring people towards achieving their goals. In my job as a trainer, I oversee the Cancer Exercise Training program which gives me an opportunity to help Cancer Survivors such as myself to find a way back to fitness and health. I love to help my clients attain their goals, and am energized by seeing them achieve a new outlook on life.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?

A: We love Infinitus Pie, Sugarfire Smoke House, and Three Margaritas! Yum!

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?

A: So many interesting people live in Broomfield. If you’ve never met Paul Derda, Paula or Steve Reynolds, or Jay Willey, get to know them! So many great things that they’ve all done for the local community.

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?

A: The Broomfield Soccer club makes me nostalgic. So many years of my life and my kids’ lives were spent on the fields with BSC coaching, watching, and playing. We made many lifelong friendships through the Club.

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive

today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?

A: I would love to have lunch outside on the Rooftop of the Rio in Boulder, looking over the Flatirons, with Kenny Chesney. He is an amazing entertainer who, despite his fame and busy schedule, puts family, health, and fitness first. He prioritizes both hard work and rest, and finds time for both. Besides, I also love his music and songwriting!

Q: Where do you see yourself in five to 10 years?

A: I’d love to be a grandma someday, and I see myself always finding new and different ways to give back to the Cancer Survivor community.

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?

A: I once spent 9 months in one year traveling across the country for work, visiting 31 different states, hoping to find one that I’d love to settle down and live in. After the 9 months were over, I realized what a gem we have in Colorado and came home!

Q: Who inspires you to be better?

A: My Mom; her patience and perfectionism are two characteristics that I wish came easier for me.

Editor’s Note: Each month Raven Astrom profiles a different community member from her website, Thank you, Raven, for this great endeavor to help us get to know each other better! Raven Astrom Colorado Compass Realty 720.935.6721 8181 Arista Place, Suite 500, Broomfield, CO 80021
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Lisa Walther


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Volunteers are a Critical Part of the Greater Avista Team

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands – one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” -

It does not matter which department you ask at Advent Health Avista (formerly Avista Adventist Hospital), the staff will tell you that their volunteers are an integral part of the team and that most departments depend on dedicated and hard working volunteers to operate at the utmost efficiency.

Volunteering is an amazing way to help others while filling yourself with a sense of community. Volunteering increases social skills, improves self-esteem and provides an opportunity to learn new valuable skills. Avista has a long history of volunteer programs and appreciates having a group of people who are there to help others with whatever is needed. From nutrition services, checking in patients, to refilling supplies in the emergency rooms, there is a volunteer job for just about everyone.

People of all ages, from 16 to retirees, are welcome to join the amazing volunteer

team. Volunteering at Avista is a great way for high schoolers looking to fill service hours for college resumes or their National Honor Society requirements to help in the community and meet those goals. For college kids who are thinking about going into medical school, this is a way to see the ins and outs of daily hospital life. Retirees who find themselves wanting to help others will also find a rewarding experience and an opportunity to extend their invaluable lifetime of knowledge to others.

Opportunities for volunteers at Avista are varied and can be tailored to your talents and interests with endless options from working the front desk and gift shop to helping in the New Life Birthing Center. The emergency room and surgical centers have volunteers to help with restocking rooms so everyone has the equipment needed to help the next patient. Nutrition services has volunteers taking orders and helping deliver food to patients. There are volunteer ministers who are available to patients and their families for prayer or to deliver the Eucharist.

One of the most unique volunteer teams is Avista Animal Helpers. There are more than 20 teams of therapy dogs and handlers who have been delivering smiles and love to patients since 2009. Hamilton, Jessie, and Charlie are just some of the furry co-workers who always have wagging tails and an endless supply of love to give to patients and staff alike.

At Avista, we make sure every single one of our volunteers knows that they are truly valued and loved. They are a part of each team they work with and it’s this commitment to our volunteers that leads to long lasting relationships. One Avista high school volunteer went to college and came back after graduation to work here at Avista in a clinical position as a nurse.

Real happiness can be found in the service of others and nowhere are there more opportunities to serve than in health care. If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity to help in your community, please contact us at 303-673-1189 or email sherrifrazier@

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One of the most unique volunteer teams is Avista Animal Helpers. Photos: Advent Health Avista Facebook page
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