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Halloween Traditions That Endure – How to Carve a Perfect Pumpkin

While dressing up and knocking on doors might be in question this year, some Halloween traditions are more pandemic proof. Decorating your home and adorning your porch with pumpkins are still “safe,” activities and these demonstrations are sure to bring joy to your neighborhood.


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Fall Transitions Entering the seventh month of a pandemic world is lousy. Traditional Halloween activities are in question. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been cancelled. At least there is football on television this fall. The seasons are changing, the leaves are turning, and as the pandemic continues, everything is different but the same. I am going through personal transitions that have thrown me into my own eerie GroundHog Day. Our home that was bursting with people and activity all summer is suddenly quiet and still as everyone has gone off to work and school. I am still telecommuting and while I am very busy with plenty of work, the days stretch on and have gotten very repetitive. I find myself wandering into the kitchen even when I am not hungry and sometimes my mind also wanders. We might be getting used to how things are, but it is still not normal. For me, the blessing continues to be this magazine, I have something to be excited about and pour myself into that is good and positive, despite the strangeness that surrounds me. But even within these pages, the world is still poignant. Virtual events. Cancelled events. Amazing organizations doing what they can to help others ... and help and help and help. Though with current challenges it often just doesn’t seem to be enough. Our businesses continue to be impacted. I am thankful every day for each and every advertiser who trusts us to carry the message of their business in these pages, and I am so sorry for those businesses that are struggling or have not survived. Your support of local business is more important than ever! Remember that when you are deciding to head out of the house and spend money. To recognize and bring attention to local businesses, this month we are launching the survey for the first Annual Our Broomfield, Our Favorites 2020. This is our Readers’ Choice survey of the best in Broomfield business. It is your time to recognize, appreciate, and support your favorite Broomfield business by telling the world they are your favorite! The survey will be open through November 15 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7W2F8PH with the winners announced early in 2021. On a final note, I would like to dedicate this issue to the memory of Mrs. Sharon Babb who passed away in September. Mrs. Babb was my first high school journalism teacher at Broomfield High School and one of the most influential people in guiding my career choice. Rest in peace Mrs. B. You were one in a million. Thanks for reading,

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BUSY FAMILIES I Chose Boulder Universal This Year; Kind Of By Lisa Payne

How many of you struggled with back to school decisions this year? One day you were definitely going back, the next you were definitely doing online. But you couldn’t decide before consulting all of your friends. And then maybe you thought doing a pod was smart. Or maybe it’s better to hire a teacher and split it ten ways? What if this was the year to travel the world while homeschooling? Then you hit up all your teacher friends for their advice. Another day you were crying through all your emotions, the next day you were worried about your kids falling behind, and then finally your mind settled on setting very low expectations for learning and thank God that everyone else was in the same boat. All of our kids will learn nothing together. Perfect! The decision was going to be to make a decision and stick with it, and if you made the wrong decision you would make a new decision. Clear as mud! By now school is in full swing and every family I know is muddling through all the “new and different” this school year. Information about what the first months of school were going to look like changed so often that I didn’t give it much energy. I was A-OK going with the flow and being open to whatever came our way. I had a very open mind and an even bigger open heart for all the teachers and administrators who had to figure this all out for us. We are the family who made the decision to definitely stick with our home school of Aspen Creek PK8, and then a few days later we made the decision to have all four of our kids do Boulder Universal which is a Boulder Valley School District online school offering virtual classes for K-12. It’s homeschooling with a lot of support from BU. And then we made yet another decision to let one of our kids return to Aspen Creek because BU wasn’t for her. See? Any decision is a good one and if it ends up not being a good decision just make a new one. Call me anytime if you need advice. I have now been down all the roads. Why did we choose BU? I will start by saying that the kids liked the flexibility of learning any time of day from anywhere with WiFi. My husband and I liked that too, and within 10 seconds our minds went from let’s travel the globe with them, to which one of us is fighting the battle of making them do their school work with Disneyworld outside the hotel window? We trashed that idea. We also decided that since BU is an established online school, they must know what they are doing. And they do. I must also say that the Aspen Creek teachers


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have done an amazing job engaging kids and rocking the online learning model. At the end of the day, any decision you make for your family is a good one. Our boys love to get up, finish their work at their own pace, and have the afternoons off. My daughter missed the stimulation of a teacher guided day where she could see her friends faces even if online. Be kind to yourself and know that this year is all about discovery. Open yourself up to it. The kids will be just fine. Lisa Payne is a Broomfield resident and mother of four growing children.



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OCTOBER 9 to 18 Broomfield Film Project October Viewing: “My Wild Heart” Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities is partnering with the Denver Film Society to present the Broomfield Film Project. This month, they are streaming the documentary My Wild Heart. The film, available exclusively on their virtual platform, also includes bonus interviews with filmmakers and the director following the documentary. Tickets to view the documentary are $13 for the general public and $8 for Denver Film Society members and can be purchased at www.denverfilm.org or at https://watch.eventive.org/denverfilm/play/5f6133b071fa450968ff98a5. A portion of profits from the tickets will go towards Alzheimer’s disease care, support, and research. The Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities and the Denver film Society hope that this project empowers and promotes Coloradan storytellers. October 2020 | Our Broomfield™ Magazine


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A Colorful —



Mysterious Crags Hotel Ruins By Bette Erickson

There are many places throughout Broomfield to enjoy the changing fall colors. But sometimes a short trip out of town refreshes the soul and energizes the spirit. That’s why a quick trip to nearby Eldorado Canyon State Park is an ideal fall getaway. 16

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Not only that, there’s something otherworldly about hiking to a mysterious destination with its colorful history, during the month of Halloween. In 1908, this trail up Eldorado Canyon was a wagon road named “Crags Boulevard.” It brought vacationers from the base of the canyon up to the Crags Hotel, perched on a cliff offering remarkable views. The Crags Hotel provided nightly entertainment, yet in 1912 the hotel suspiciously burned to the ground in the middle of the night. Some insisted the fire was natural, while others reputed it was arson carried out by the owners in an effort to collect insurance money. The exact cause was never determined and charges were not brought against its owners. To begin this extraordinary hike, locate the Fowler Trail, on your left, well before you get to the Visitor’s Center that is located at the end of the road. Hike along the Fowler Trail briefly until you get to the trail junction. Take the Rattlesnake Gulch route on your right. Here you’ll climb along a rocky footpath enjoying spectacular views. As you make your way 800 feet above the trailhead to the historic Crags Hotel site, look for signs describing the history of the area. You’ll eventually reach the site, so after meandering about the hotel ruins, carefully return the way you came. Eldorado Canyon State Park was the destination for many early visitors seeking relief from tuberculosis during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. People flocked to the area because of its crisp dry air, pure mineral water, and easy access to a 76-degree artesian pool in Eldorado Springs. Eldorado Canyon State Park’s magnificent canyon walls jut up from the dusty landscape and icy waters of Boulder Creek and are composed of impressive 1.7 billion-year-old towering rock formations, rising some 850 feet. There are several scenic overlooks along the short route, so be sure to bring binoculars.

To the trailhead: Take US 36 west to McCaslin Blvd. in Louisville. Turn left (south) and then turn right toward the Superior Marketplace. Follow Marshall Road past Costco continuing west. At the stoplight, cross SH 93 to access SH 170 and drive 3 miles through the town of Eldorado Springs to enter Eldorado Canyon State Park. Pick up a park map. Fee: $10 per vehicle/$4 to walk in Distance: 3.6 miles roundtrip Difficulty: Moderate Elevation gain: 1,200 feet Dogs: Yes, on leash Jurisdiction: Colorado State Parks 303-494-3943

Either before or following your hike, a trip to the Visitor’s Center is not to be missed. Find the Visitor’s Center along the road further into the park. Souvenirs, sunscreen, clean restrooms, and books for purchase are available. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Bette Erickson is the author of “Best Boulder Region Hiking Trails” (Amazon.com). Contact her at bette_erickson@hotmail.com. October 2020 | Our Broomfield™ Magazine


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How to Carve a Perfect Pumpkin By Megan Mayes

While dressing up and knocking on doors might be in question this year, some Halloween traditions are more pandemic proof. Decorating your home and adorning your porch with pumpkins are still “safe,” activities and these demonstrations are sure to bring joy to your neighborhood.


arious sources connect the history of Jack-O-Lanterns to the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a drunkard who bargains with Satan and is doomed to roam the Earth with only a hollowed turnip to light his way. According to lore, the tradition of cutting the top of the pumpkin or turnip to form a lid, scooping out the innards and creating a carved image—usually a scary or funny face—was brought to America by Irish immigrants. Jack-O-Lanterns were first associated with the harvest in North American and later connected to Halloween with some people believing that they would ward off evil spirits from entering your home. Hopefully this year they ward off evil viruses.


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You do not need special tools or techniques to make dazzling or frightening Jack-O-Lanterns this Halloween. All you need are a few household supplies and some creativity. First, you need to find your design. Whether it is a classic Jack-O-Lanterns face, a cool pattern, a favorite book or movie character, or a festive message, you will want to have your design down on paper. Find a template online or draw it yourself.

Then you need to pick the perfect pumpkin, but you don’t have to go to the pumpkin patch! Most grocery stores sell them. The perfect pumpkin for your project might not even be the picture perfect pumpkin. A good carving pumpkin will have a solid body with no soft spots and a strong stem. This will help it hold your creative masterpiece. Don’t be afraid to pick a non-conventional pumpkin or gourd with unique shapes, bumps, and colors. Bring along the paper with your design to make sure your pumpkin is the right size. Before you get started on your carving, you need to open your pumpkin and remove the seeds and strings. Try cutting it open from the bottom instead of around the stem on the top. This will prevent your pumpkin from drying out quickly and will make it easier to clean. After you have cleaned your pumpkin, you might need a break and a snack. Save those pumpkin seeds and roast them to make a tasty fall treat. Take a look at the two recipes here for inspiration! Finally, you can start carving your masterpiece. Transfer your template to your pumpkin by tracing it with a pen. Don’t remove pieces while you are cutting, but save them all for the end. When you leave them in place, the pumpkin is more stable and easier to carve. If you need to take a long break during carving, tightly wrap your pumpkin in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge to keep it fresh. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your carving tools and process. Many kitchen utensils besides knives can be used to make your pumpkin one of a kind. Try using a lemon zester or some steel wool to add some texture to the outside of your pumpkin. One man’s waste is another man’s decoration, so save those scrapings and cuttings. Add them back to your pumpkin using toothpicks to make your designs come to life in 3D. As long as you let your imagination be your guide you will end up with fantastic porch pumpkins!

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pumpkin face QUESADILLAS By Lisa Payne

Every year October greets me with all things cozy and warm. The changing colors of fall, the smell of cinnamon apple pie candles, that first sip feeling of a pumpkin spice latte, and soft oversized sweaters. We know we have entered a new season and there is a lot to anticipate and be excited for.


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hen I asked my kids what October reminds them of, their quick answers were pumpkins, leaves to rake and jump in, candy, and haunted houses. The past few years my oldest son has put on a haunted house for our friends. He does such a good job and we are so sad that we can’t do it this year, as to not share tight spaces with others. However, we can’t fully give up. I’m all about tradition. Hasn’t 2020 been the year to think outside the box as COVID became a huge disrupter of everything we knew and loved? So, after a brief brainstorming session we came up with what we think is a fun way to keep the haunted spirit alive. We want to decorate our yard as a haunted graveyard as usual, but this year hide little bags of candy around the graveyard and kids have to go in one at a time to find their treasure. No guarantee if you will be spooked or left alone, you would have to go in to find out! What are some ways you can do Halloween differently this year? Perhaps since it is an outdoor activity not much needs to change. Or maybe your neighbors will surprise you with their creativity. Whatever may be, let’s start out the Halloween night with full bellies and some fun along the way.

that is This is a really easy Halloween recipe their fun for kids and adults who like to use pumpkin carving skills in the kitchen.

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2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

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Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a large cookie sheet with cooking spray. 2. Now the fun part - give your kids a butter knife or a kid friendly pumpkin carving knife and have them carve out a face on each of four tortillas. Just as you would on a pumpkin. It may be a good idea to have extra tortillas to practice on. 3. Lay the four remaining tortillas on the greased cookie sheet and top with cheese and then the carved face tortillas. Brush the top of the quesadillas with olive oil or canola oil and bake until cheese is melted and the tortillas are a nice golden brown. About 10 minutes. 4. Serve with salsa, sour cream and hot sauce. Bon Appetit my friends!

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Broomfield’s Builders Di Ciero Dedicated Life to Shaping a Blossoming Community with Steadfast Focus on its Residents By Tina Eichner

Editor’s Note: In each issue of Our Broomfield™ Magazine we highlight someone who was a key part of the development and foundation of the City of Broomfield. We call this highlight: Broomfield’s Builders. This month we are pleased to highlight former City Manager George Di Ciero. George passed away in July, 2020, but I had the pleasure last month of interviewing his wife Pam and his son Mark and learning more about the legacy of this very important Broomfield leader. “On July 11, 1968, at the young age of twenty-five (with a 1967 Corvette in tow), George Di Cireo was named City Manager of a small town of 6,000 people that he would end up dedicating his professional life to: Broomfield, Colorado. Over the course of the next 43-years, with the help of dedicated mayors, city council members, staff members, and first-class citizens, George helped grow and shape Broomfield into a beautiful community, of nearly 70,000 residents, and one of the most-desirable cities/ counties in the entire country; a collective effort that George affectionately called, “the Broomfield way.” So tells the abbreviated story in a remembrance of a man who dedicated his life to building the community we all know, love, and reside in today. “When we came to Broomfield, I was 25 and he was 26,” recalled George’s wife Pam. She told how the two grew up in Denver and met in Littleton shortly after college. “We were very young. George was very dedicated to his work and worked long hours. It was hard balancing everything, but it got easier as the town grew and he had more staff. It was fun and exciting and new,” she said. Mayor Clyde Brunner hired George, and Pam remembered how George always looked up to him and they became great friends. “He and Clyde had a great deal of respect for each other,” she said. While George served under several Mayors, his position was not political and he was careful to not take sides. “To George the most important thing was the citizens, not which party they belonged to,” she noted. His son Mark recalled that George had many great skills and talents that allowed him to be an effective leader and keep the good of the community and its citizens at the


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center of his activities. “As I was growing up, I remember thinking that part of what he was really good at was psychology and human dynamics. He was able to get along with everyone really, really well. People trusted him, they felt comfortable talking with him, and he really was good at relationships,” explained Mark. “Dad knew how to get work done, work as a group, and work as a team. And he was good at negotiating.” “George’s job was not a 9 to 5 proposition for any of us. He would take a call in the middle of the night if someone needed help, and he would deal with it right then,” said Pam. As an example, Pam and Mark recounted the Blizzard of 1982. The epic storm had people stranded in snow drifts across Broomfield, and George drove around town helping residents get out and brought people to City Hall for a quickly coordinated Christmas Eve Dinner.

them why they should be part of the City of Broomfield,” said Pam. But Water Rights was the topic that they both quickly agreed was the most significant accomplishment. In 1970, George used federal funding to purchase an 11-million-gallon-a-day allotment from Denver Water. Three years later, radioactive contamination from Rocky Flats was first found in the Great Western Reservoir. After a 1989 FBI raid on Rocky Flats, Broomfield spearheaded regional efforts to protect water supplies and eliminate Great Western Reservoir as a primary water source. They also recalled George’s efforts to work with many others on the establishment of The City and County of Broomfield in 2001, and moving Broomfield from sitting in four counties to just one. “They were trailblazers,” she said. The interview with Pam and Mark was one of the most enjoyable of my career; laced with pride and love. The two concluded with a simple but powerful sentiment. That George was a good father and husband and he is missed. Donations in George’s memory can be made to the George Di Ciero Scholarship Fund (managed by the Broomfield Community Foundation at https://broomfield.fcsuite.com/ erp/donate/list) or to the American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org).

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ANCHOR HOUSE GROUNDBREAKING: A Step Toward Addressing Affordable Housing for Foster Care Youth By Megan Mayes

In August, Anchor House moved one step closer to reality by breaking ground on the land that will provide affordable housing to teenagers leaving the foster care system.

The unique project was started in 2014 by clergy from the Lutheran Church of Hope, who wanted to address housing needs in our Broomfield community. John Bosio, board president for the Anchor House project, said the idea started with a vacant plot of land that the church wanted to use to serve others. “A task force then set up an investigation into all different types of housing options to see what was feasible,” and they found Lutheran Family Services which is focused on supporting foster children and refugees. The two ideas came together to address the challenges of housing for young adults leaving the foster care system, and Anchor House began to grow. Anchor House will provide safe and affordable transitional housing to eight young people who will be newly emancipated from the foster care system in Broomfield, Boulder, and Adams counties. For the leaders of this project the need was obvious in the numbers, which show there will be more than 500 kids who will turn 18 in these counties in the next four years. Most will be on their own with limited support systems, and one of the greatest challenges they will face is finding a safe and


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affordable place to live. Records show that without adequate housing, many emancipated youth become homeless which can also lead to drug and alcohol addiction or sexual exploitation. Along with a safe place to live, these young adults will also be able to maintain contact with case managers and mentors who will help

Anchor House will provide safe and affordable transitional housing to eight young people who will be newly emancipated from the foster care system in Broomfield, Boulder, and Adams counties.

them navigate the challenges of entering into adulthood. Although the transitional housing project will only support eight people at a time, the creators of Anchor House know the impact will be significant for those who call it home. They also hope this is just the beginning of solutions to address affordable housing challenges in Broomfield. Although the need for affordable housing is not always obvious in our generally well-off Broomfield neighborhoods, it is critical that for those experiencing temporary or long-term displacement and homelessness that resources are quickly and easily accessible. These needs include “emergency family housing and short-term transitional housing for at risk groups,” John mentioned. Anchor House team members want the project to draw attention to the more extensive housing needs that our community is facing.

The official groundbreaking was a milestone worth celebrating, despite the changes in celebration plans. In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, attendance at the groundbreaking was limited to 30 and reserved for the stakeholders, donors, and volunteers who made the moment possible. For John, “the day when we actually open the house and move in the first tenants, will be an even bigger celebration.” That day will hopefully come in May of next year. If you would like more information or are interested in donating your time or money to the construction of Anchor House, please visit www.anchorhouseco.org or email info@anchorhouseco.org. If you are interested in watching the groundbreaking ceremony, it can be found in the video archives at www.lchope.org/watch.

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Broomfield is a Great Place to Age Broomfield’s Mayor Quinn Shares Why By Bette Erickson

Age is a sneaky thief. If we are not careful, the years can rob us of our enthusiasm and vitality, not to mention presenting us with creaky knees, impaired hearing, and more. Just like how you age is up to you, where it is you choose to age, given the right circumstances, can also be up to you. Those of us in Broomfield know and appreciate that this community is a pretty desirable place to enjoy our later years. Successful aging in Broomfield is an important conversation that many community stakeholders continue to have. According to Broomfield’s 2018 Successful Aging Study, Colorado’s State Demographer projects the number of city and county residents over the age of 60 is expected to more than double in the next decades, growing from some 10,650 in 2015 to a projected 24,540 residents by 2040. The City and County of Broomfield, along with Senior Resources Broomfield (SRB) and a number of other important local organizations work to make our community appealing to older adults. For example, Broomfield’s Senior Property Tax Exemption is available to qualifying adults age 65 and older and/or their surviving spouses. The program offers a 50% exemption to the first $200,000 of actual value of the homeowner’s primary residence. The qualifying homeowner must be at least 65 years old by January 1 of the year in which he or she applies, and the applicant must have been the homeowner for at least the previous ten consecutive years and have occupied that property during that time. Call 303-464-5819 for more information. During this current COVID-19 pandemic, the library has implemented a program to help Broomfield residents 60 years old and greater to not feel so alone and isolated. Visit www.broomfield.org/276/Library-Home to access the 60+ book delivery site. There you’ll learn about having books delivered to your home, the opportunity to have book bundles sorted by genres available to you, a free face protection fabric mask, and craft kits from inventHQ, Broomfield library’s makerspace located at 6 Garden Center. Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn, a Baby Boomer himself, connected with me and noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has had specific impact on older, more vulnerable adults that must not be understated. “We went from Lakeshore Lunches, Senior trips, and nights out at the Audi to isolating at home with little-to-no in-person connection,” Quinn wrote via


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email. “This has and will have long-lasting impacts on our residents and community.” It’s also worth noting, Quinn explained, that while perhaps not considered “programs” support services Broomfield offers for older residents are valued and relied upon by many. These services include opportunities like Easy Ride transportation, the loan closet for things like walkers and bath benches, and the more than a half-dozen support groups. Such services and programs are offered free of charge. Contact Broomfield Senior Services at 303-464-5526 for more information. “What I find most satisfying about aging in Broomfield is the people,” Quinn explained. “There’s something special about Broomfield residents. We care about each other – we take time to learn about each other’s values, families, and passions, almost assuming we’ll have this long-lasting, authentic relationship for years, if not decades, to come.”

He added, “That’s special, that’s Broomfield.”

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100 Women Who Care

Philanthropic Group Pools Individual Donations to Make Significant Impacts By Kristen Beckman

If one person has the power to change the world through individual acts of kindness and charity, imagine the impact a group of 100 or more people could make in their communities when they combine their generosity. This is the concept behind the 100 Who Care Alliance, which has spun off more than 600 local groups of men, women, children, and businesses committed to regularly pooling individual donations into larger gifts for recipients in their communities.

In Broomfield, more than 100 women are members of the local 100 Women Who Care organization, which has been meeting since early 2019. The goal of the organization is to create an opportunity for women in the community to learn about local nonprofits, create greater impact by donating en masse to one organization in the community, and gather together to socialize and network, said Helaine Bader and Kim Weber, who co-chair the Broomfield chapter steering committee. Anyone who wants to join may do so if they commit to donating $100 four times a year to an organization chosen by all members of the group. Since it was founded, the group has donated a total of $63,620 to seven organizations - The Refuge Café, Unabuseable, BackStory Theatre, Broomfield Buddies, FRIENDS of Broomfield, The Broomfield Community Foundation, and Senior Resources of Broomfield -


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and added an additional $10,000 through matching donations from the Richard Schulze Family Foundation. “Each organization has done incredible work with our donations, and for a few of the organizations, we’ve been able to see programs in action and meet the people who benefit from our donations when we drop off the checks,” said Weber. “For the Refuge Café, we were given a tour of their

facility, the kitchen and food pantry, and the learning center for the children, and offered coffee and lunch. For BackStory Theatre, we presented the money after one of the rehearsals, so we received an enormous thanks from the kids who were performing in the upcoming play.” The group’s donation to FRIENDS of Broomfield was especially impactful because funds were able to provide a list of needed supplies right as the COVID-19 pandemic was escalating. And in the midst of the pandemic, the steering committee decided to direct its most recent donation to the Broomfield Community Foundation disaster relief fund, which has been distributing funding to a variety of city and county nonprofits that have been addressing specific needs throughout the community related to COVID-19. “While some people were unable to donate this time around given their personal circumstances, other people donated above and beyond the $100 minimum donation,” said Bader. “We ended up getting $13,100 in donations! It was an amazing outpouring from the women and families of Broomfield to help their neighbors in need.” The group meets quarterly, during which time members may nominate Broomfield organizations to be the recipient of that quarter’s donations and hear from previous recipients about how their donations have been used. All nominations are added to a bowl and three nominees are drawn to become finalists. The members who nominated the chosen organizations then give a presentation and “It’s an incredible experience to see women stand up and speak passionately about organizations that have changed their lives or that of their families.”

answer questions about that organization and why they are deserving of a donation. “Many of the members are nervous about presenting – but we encourage them to speak from the heart and remind them that we are a friendly audience,” said Weber. “It’s an incredible experience to see women stand up and speak passionately about organizations that have changed their lives or that of their families.” After the presentations, each member votes and a recipient is chosen. Members then make their donation via check or online payment directly to the chosen recipient. “We hear all the time from members how valuable it has been to see in action what organizations are doing,” said Bader. “They feel like they are part of something bigger – when you give $100 to an organization, you may not see the impact that $100 makes. But when your $100 is part of a larger donation of $5,000 or $13,000, and you hear directly from that organization where your money went – that is inspiring!”

Anyone who is interested in joining is invited to attend the group’s next meeting, scheduled for November. For more information, visit www.broomfield100womenwhocare.com.

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North Metro Fire Shares

Kitchen Safety Reminders for Fire Prevention Week

Oct. 4 to 10 – Fire Safety Scavenger Hunt

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Oct. 10 – Serve Up Safety Food Drive

For details on these and other activities visit www.nmfr.org/fpw.

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orth Metro Fire Rescue District is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” According to the NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. The majority of fires in the kitchen start when food or something such as clothing or a kitchen towel catches on fire. As part of Fire Prevention Week, which takes place October 4 to 10, North Metro Fire hopes to educate everyone about simple kitchen safety. The fire district will host a variety of fun activities virtually and socially distanced throughout the week. Visit www. nmfr.org/fpw to see the full list of activities.


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To prevent fires in the kitchen: •

Never leave food that you’re cooking unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling.

If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.

Cooking fires start when the heat is too high. If you see any smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn the burner down or oven off. If you notice food in your oven on fire, do not open the oven door. Turn off the oven and wait for it to burn itself out. If it doesn’t extinguish on its own, call 911 and exit your house.

You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken certain medicine, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.

Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.

Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared.

Don’t leave combustible materials, such as a kitchen towel or oven mitt, close to a cooking surface while in use.


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Virtual Opportunities Expand the School Experience for Distance Learners and Homeschool Students

Butterfly Pavilion, Other Venues Offer Programming By Kristen Beckman

Local museums and educational outlets are stepping in to create in-person and virtual learning opportunities for kids as COVID-19 disrupts traditional education routines. As families deal with distance learning, hybrid school schedules, homeschooling, and temporary quarantines, these programs offer unique educational opportunities to expand learning beyond the at-home classroom.


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After closing for nearly two months due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Butterfly Pavilion re-opened in June with new procedures in place to promote social distancing and ensure sanitation. “The Butterfly Pavilion is open daily for families who want to get out and have a fun, safe educational experience,” according to the venue. “Reservations are required for timed entry and can be made at www.butterflies.org. We’re also offering a number of remote learning experiences that kids all over the world have been taking advantage of since the pandemic began back in March.” For those who aren’t quite ready to return in person, remote learning experiences include weekly virtual classes on topics about invertebrates. In October, the Butterfly Pavilion will be exploring the creepy, crawly world of arachnids, just in time for Halloween!

important members of our ecosystem as they experience population declines. The Butterfly Pavilion also is offering virtual field trips for classes and homeschool groups, as well as a wide variety of online educational videos, resources, and even livestream programming that can help supplement learning units on insects. The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History remains closed to in-person visitors but offers its Museum From Home program that provides the perfect complement to studies on local environments and wildlife. Online exhibits highlight the earth’s oceans, snakes of Colorado, local plants and birds, and bats. The online exhibits feature high-quality photos with in-depth descriptions, videos, oral histories, interactive maps, and useful resources. Some of the online exhibits are available in Spanish. See https://www.colorado.edu/cumuseum/.

Other local museums that are offering virtual learning opportunities include: • History Colorado launched a “History @ Home” program in March, offering free classes led by professional educators and featuring resources and interactive exhibits about people, places, and events significant to Colorado. The museum is planning a new fall line-up of virtual learning. Learn more at: https://www.historycolorado.org/. • The Denver Art Museum offers its “Creativity Resource” that provides online resources to spark creativity and engage with students through art. Find ideas at https://denverartmuseum.org/. • The Denver Zoo’s Virtual Classroom engages with young scientists through real-world science activities featuring zoo animals and led by Denver Zoo staff. The Zoo’s Virtual Safari program allows learners to visit exhibits and animals via recorded and live videos, and the Zoo offers nature-focused play ideas for children that need some time outside between classes! Discover Zoo resources at https://denverzoo.org/.

In November, as most of us prepare to indulge in a large Thanksgiving meal, the Butterfly Pavilion will introduce learners to the topic of bugs as cuisine around the world. In December, students will explore the world of bees and brainstorm about how to help these

Virtual museums and exhibits are proving useful during unusual circumstances like COVID-19 but are likely the wave of the future. Many museums house and store more objects and artifacts than they can physically display, but with limitless space in the virtual world, museums may someday be able to provide visitors with virtual access to endless opportunities to learn from wherever they may be.

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