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AN ARTISTIC VIEW VIEWING THE CITY THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ARTIST

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* THE COLORADO MARATHON - TRAINING TIPS * COMFORT FOOD RECIPES TO TOAST WINTER’S END * BOOST YOUR BRAIN POWER WITH EXERCISE

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TO beautiful FORT COLLINS

We enjoy living and working in the Denver area. It is a labor of love for us to publish this beautiful magazine twice each year so we can show others why the Front Range area is such a great place to live and work. Denver has all of the features of a vibrant metropolitan area with professional sports teams, active art communities and growing employment opportunities.

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For us at Pelican Publications, we love the Denver area because it is an exciting city situated smack in the middle of a nature and wildlife paradise. We are both wildlife enthusiasts and city dwellers. With the Rocky Mountains to the west and the Kansas Plains to the east, Denver metro has all of the natural and cultural qualities that are dear to us. In addition to this beautiful magazine, we publish blogs, or articles, on www.movingtodenver.co to help newcomers learn about featured businesses, real estate agents, and other useful information about the Front Range area. Pelican Publications publishes magazines and websites promoting Denver, the Rocky Mountains and the Kansas Plains with beautiful pictures and artwork. We are experienced marketers providing marketing advice to businesses. However, we are also artists who believe that marketing should be artistic. You can learn about Pelican Publications unique approach to marketing at www.mypelicanmagazine.com. Nick Rhodes & Casey Orr Publishers Pelican Publications


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Directed by Nick Rhodes, Casey Orr Editorial Kelsey Orr Creative Director Kaley Rhodes Art Director Kaley Rhodes Advertising Sales Brandon Powers Photographers: Photography Perspectives/Jeff Smith, Marekuliasz, Ann Cantelow, Fedor Kondratenko, Amy Johansson, Thomas Ahlheim, Xidong Luo, Nik7ch, Minerva Studio, Auremar, Kasia Bialasiewicz, fotohunter, Alexander Chaikin, Gorin,MyGoodImages, Nathan B. Dappen, Isantilli, Frederick R. Matzen, Lynne Furrer, Robert Fullerton, Samot, iofoto, Bob Stilwell Contacts: Advertising Information Brandon@MyPelicanMagazine.com General Inquiries Contact@MyPelicanMagazine.com More Information About Pelican Publications:

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CONTENTS Welcome to Fort Collins Fort Collins: creative inspiration around every corner

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AUTOMOBILE FOOD, ETC.

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Editor‘s Picks: Fort Collins Eateries Staff Favorite Recipe: Chicken Pie

CULTURE, INC.

COMMUNITY Rich In History FEATURE: AN ARTISTIC VIEW FURRY FRIENDS FOR FUN -

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Final Thoughts

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Where do you want to go today? Let us take you there. The Regional Transportation District (RTD) would like to welcome you to the neighborhood. The metro area offers many exciting destinations, from arts and culture to restaurants, shopping, sports, entertainment and outdoor activities. And with RTD, it’s easy to get just about anywhere you want to go. With nearly 150 bus routes, light rail lines, specialty services, and our 16th Street Free MallRide, we provide a convenient, economical, and environmentally friendly way to explore your city.

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Our bus and light rail system operates 365 days a year, 24 hours a day at more than 10,000 bus stops and 40 light rail stations across our communities. Many of our bus and light rail stations are within walking distance of your home or office. For those who have to drive, RTD offers more than 70 convenient Park-n-Ride locations throughout the metro area. We also offer exceptional web-based tools to keep pace with our passengers’ busy lives. So whether you’re commuting, meeting friends, running errands, or just exploring the city, trust RTD to get you there safely and on time.


You love Denver. You love hiking, skiing, shopping, and dining. You love concerts, sports and all that the metro area has to offer. So try RTD bus or light rail and we know you’ll love transit too.

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WELCOME Follow us online at LivingInFortCollins.co

FORT COLLINS creative inspiration around every corner A BUSTLING COLLEGE TOWN SURROUNDED BY NATURAL BEAUTY AND THE CACHE LA POUDRE RIVER, FORT COLLINS IS LOCATED IN THE COLORADO FRONT RANGE, BORDERED BY AN EXQUISITE VIEW OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. MOTHER NATURE NOT ONLY PROVIDES THE BREATHTAKING VISTAS, BUT ALSO A PLETHORA OF OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, INCLUDING WHITE WATER RAFTING, FLY FISHING , HIKING AND KAYAKING.

Fort Collin’s population in the 2010 census was recorded at 143,986 and continues to grow! The positive buzz about Fort Collins has been growing for years, including national recognition as a great place to live, work, play or retire. Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University, (go Rams!) which offers numerous jobs in the community and the fresh vitality of a college town.

Stop by for a visit... you may not want to leave!

Fort Collins offers a thriving cultural experience accessible to the entire community. First Friday Gallery Walks showcase the numerous art galleries and the talents of both local and national artists. The Fort Collins Lincoln Center is home to the Fort Collins Symphony but also hosts almost 1,750 events and performances throughout the year! The Fort Collins Museum has offered insight into the history and culture of the region since its 1941. More recently the Discovery Science Center was opened to create a fun and interactive learning experience for all ages.

·There are about 20 miles of off-street hiking and biking trails in Fort Collins. ·Fort Collins is the largest producer of beer in Colorado. ·The city is located approximately 5,000 feet above sea level. ·CSU’s mascot was once the “Aggies” because of the school’s agricultural background. Since 1957, the CSU mascot has been the “Rams”.

DID YOU KNOW...

·Fort Collins has over 600 acres of parks and 40,00 acres of natural areas.

·Fort Collins’ official birthday is August 20, 1864.

· Formerly known as the Old Town Marathon, The Colorado Marathon has been running smoothly for twelve years. In that time The Colorado Marathon has donated over $100,000 to local and national charities.

Disneyland’s Main Street USA was modeled after Downtown Fort Collins.


ma ga zi ne UPCOMING EVENTS Mark your calendars for upcoming events in Fort Collins! We live in a community full of creative inspiration. Join us at one of these community events and get inspired! Whether you are finding your own craft, reviving an old hobby, or just enjoy the unique array of artisans, performers and entrepreneurs, we hope to see you there! Taste of Fort Collins (June 7, 8, & 9th) -

This popular Colorado music festival showcases both local and international music talent. Proceeds from this familyfriendly festival benefits the Special Olympics of Larimer County. It’s a good time and a great cause!

Foodie Walk

Downtown’s specialty food and spice shops have a soft spot for foodies just like you! On the third Friday of every month from 5-8 PM, take a self-guided culinary tour while enjoying special presentations and tastings. Colorado Brewers’ Festival

(June 22 & 23)

Open solely to Colorado breweries, this is a showcase of our state’s finest brews! Sample from over 60 Colorado beers and close to 40 Colorado breweries while enjoying amazing food and live music.

First Fridays featuring the Gallery Walk

Take a evening stroll through featured Downtown galleries and museums on the first Friday of every month from 6-9 PM.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest (Aug 16,17, &18)

Fort Collins welcomes everyone Downtown for this free community festival where there is something for everyone! Eight stages will showcase over 100 performances and a specials Fort Collins kickoff on Friday night. While you are there, check out over 250 different booths for arts, crafts, and food.

-Kelsey Orr


FORT COLLINS MUSEUM OF ART

To oer audiences the highest-quality art experiences, the Fort Collins Museum of Art presents a diverse series of exhibitions, community events, publications, and educational programs for children and adults.

UPCOMING EXHIBITS: Syd Mead: Progressions May 17 - July 21, 2013

CONTACT INFORMATION 201 South College Ave Fort Collins, CO 80524 Phone: 970.482.2787 HOURS OF OPERATION Monday & Tuesday: Closed Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm


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TO HISTORIC LITTLETON

OLD TOWN IN FORT COLLINS Get a feel for settler life in this well-preserved downtown district of 23 historical buildings that are part of both national and local designated historic districts. Included is the Armstrong Hotel, a Fort Collins landmark that was restored in 2004 to its former “Art Deco” elegance. You’re likely to notice a strong resemblance to Disneyland’s Main Street USA: we’re proud to say that it is modeled after our own downtown Fort Collins! Old Town Fort Collins is lined with nature, tourist, antique, retail, and candy and confectionary shops. There are a variety of restaurants (over 84 of them, actually) to provide a taste for any craving, and countless places to dine outdoors. Additionally, ride the only original trolley car west of the Mississippi through a beautiful historic Old Town neighborhood. And on any given day, you can enjoy the sounds of LIVINGINFORTCOLLINS.CO 13 live music drifting through the square.


OLD FIREHOUSE BOOKS Named after the historic building they call home, Old Firehouse Books is a local, independent bookstore in Fort Collins, Colorado. Selling both new and used books, helps them have the best selection of titles in town. On the chance they don’t have the book you are looking for here in the store they also special order new books. LIVING IN FORT COLLINS / WINTER 2013


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AUTOMOBILE

the new and sportier Ford Fusion is ranked #1 in affordable midsize cars Excellent fuel economy, strong performance, great reliability and safety scores, a roomy interior and stylish exterior help the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid rank at the top of the class. The Ford Fusion Hybrid is powered by a four-cylinder engine and electric motor that together produce 188 horsepower. The Fusion Hybrid also has a continuously variable transmission. At 47/47 mpg city/highway, the 2013 Fusion Hybrid has some of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class. Reviewers love how quiet the hybrid powertrain is, noting that it is almost silent, even with the gas engine running. They say that the Fusion Hybrid has plenty of power from a stop and in city driving. The Ford Fusion Hybrid is the 2013 Best Hybrid Car for the Money because it has the best combination of ownership costs and positive reviews in its class. The Fusion Hybrid is also the 2013 Best Hybrid Car for Families because it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.

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FOOD, ETC.

An old recipe gets a bit more decadent with a double crust. Serve it with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of warm caramel sauce and you just might find yourself in food heaven.

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ew things are as comforting as a classic apple pie. For many, it’s a dessert reserved for family gatherings or celebrations, but this particular apple pie is begging to beadded to your weeknight or weekend dessert. As comforting and delicious as the apple pie name is synonomous for, the double crust creates an extra sweet treat. But fear not; even for nonbakers, this simple pie will get you rave reviews.

3/4 C. vegetable oil 1/2 C. milk 3 1/3 C. flour 2 tsp sugar 1 tsp salt Mix the oil and milk together, beat well with a wire whisk. Combine the flour, sugar and salt and add to the oil mixture - mix with a fork till crumbly. Press 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate.

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5 C. apples, cored and sliced 1 C. sugar 1 Tbsp flour 1/2 tsp cinnamon Mix sliced apples with the sugar, flour and cinnamon, pile on top of the bottom crust. Crumble the remaining 1/3 of crust on top of the apples. Sprinkle with 1/4 C. sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and dot with butter. Bake in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 45-50 minutes.


PUMPKIN PANCAKES FOR THE PANCAKES 2 C. flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 3 Tbsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 4 eggs, seperated 1 1/2 C. milk 1 C. pumpkin

with pecan & bananas foster topping

Mix the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and brown sugar in a bowl. Beat the milk and pumpkin on medium speed till combined. Add in 4 egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Beat 4 egg whites untill sti, fold into the pumpkin mixture.

Melt 2 Tbsp butter on your electric griddle that is warmed to 400 degrees. Pour batter in 1/4 cupfuls onto the hot griddle. Cook until bubbly on top, flip and cook 2-3 minutes more. Serve warm with the pecan & bananas foster topping. FOR THE TOPPING: 1 C. chopped pecans 1/4 C. butter 1/2 C. brown sugar 1/4 tsp cinnamon 2 bananas

Pancakes ready on the griddle. Starting the topping. Fried eggs add nice contrast as a side. Bananas foster topping ready to eat.

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Melt butter over medium heat, add brown sugar and cinnamon; cook till incorporated. Add in nuts and cook till coated, 1-2 minutes. Add in bananas and cook mixture until bananas are soft. Pour over warm pumpkin pancakes.

from left Perfect banana goodness. Top with perfection and enjoy with a good dark roast.


PERFECT ROASTED GARLIC

WHO KNEW SOMETHING SO AMAZING AS ROASTED GARLIC WAS JUST ABOUT THE EASIEST THING TO PREPARE IN THE KITCHEN? If smearing soft, golden, roasted garlic onto a piece of warm baguette is your idea of heaven then you are in for a wonderful surprise: it is one of the easiest and most impressive things you will take out of your oven. Whether spreading on toasted bread slices, mixing in with garbanzo beans for a perfect roasted garlic hummus, or adding into your mashed potatoes, this heart-healthy masterpiece of a food will become your new best friend. 1 large head of garlic 1 Tbsp olive oil sprinkling of salt Cut the top quarter o of your garlic so it is exposing the individual cloves, drizzle with olive oil and salt; wrap in foil and place in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes (your nose will tell you when it’s done!) Let sit until cooled, and then squeeze the softened cloves from their casing. Devour the entire thing yourself (remember a breath mint!) or wow dinner guests by placing on a tray with assorted cheeses, meats, crackers and toasted bread.


SUSHI, PLEASE

SATISFY YOUR CRAVING FOR FRESH AND CREATIVE SUSHI AT JEJU SUSHI & JAPANESE RESTAURANT IN OLD TOWN FORT COLLINS. THE DYNAMITE ROLL IS JUST AS TASTY AS IT IS PRETTY (SHOWN ) BUT OUR MOST FAVORITE IS THE YAMI YAMI ROLL - IT’S TOPPED WITH CRUNCHY TEMPURA BITS THAT MAKE US SWOON.

FIND THEM AT 238 South College Avenue, ON THE northeast corner of South College Avenue and Olive Street 970-416-7733

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EDITOR’S PICKS FORT COLLINS EATERIES

SPOONS

SOUPS, SALADS & SANDWICHES, OH MY! LOCATED ON A SIDE STREET IN OLD TOWN FORT COLLINS, this light-fared eating stop offers local, fresh, homemade soups, sandwiches and salads. Each day you can choose from eight mouth-watering soups and four hand-tossed salads on

an ever-changing menu of delicious meals or combinations, including a huge wedge of fresh-baked Focaccia. Stay and savor or take it to go, Spoons is accomodating in every way. Can’t get enough of it? They offer catering services and 3 other locations throughout Fort

Collins! When you want food that feels like it was made just for you - head on over to Spoons. Northern Hotel in Old Town 172 North College Avenue (970) 493-6800 espoons.com

SPECIAL DIET EATERS REJOICE! This perfect lunch stop offers vegan options as well as dairy and gluten free choices! Ready, set, eat!

DON’T FORGET... these littleton gems and their spectacular eats are all the rave: LUCILE’S RESTAURANT “MY FAVORITE BREAKFAST RESTAURANT IN COLORADO. NEED I SAY MORE?” 400 S Meldrum St Fort Collins (970) 224-5464

MINIATURE CUPCAKES? YES!

Delectable fillings, creamy frosting and moist morsels of cupcake goodness? You must be at bUTTERcREAM CUPCAKERY!

Trying to make up your mind between an almond poppyseed cake with raspberry filling, orange creamsicle, classic chocolate or vanilla? Do a little happy dance because at Butter-

cream you can get a cute little package of 4 “minis” to enjoy at your leisure (if you can wait that long!) They also have regular sized cupcakes if you find a favorite.

1 Old Town Sq Fort Collins, CO 80524 (970) 482-2505 buttercreamcupcakery.com

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NYALA ETHIOPIAN CUISINE “I HAVE TO SAY THAT THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE THAT I HAVE FOUND IN FORT COLLINS THAT I BELIEVE IS JUST AS GOOD (IF NOT BETTER) THAN THE ETHIOPIAN FOOD AVAILABLE IN SAN FRANCISCO.” 2900 Harvard St Unit A Fort Collins (970) 223-6734 nyalafc.com


STAFF FAVORITE

CHICKEN PIE Nothing says comfort like a rich, creamy chicken pie, full of vegetables and perfectly seasoned chicken Our recipe makes 2, 8” round pies, so savor one tonight and freeze the other, or make a friend’s day by delivering one for dinner.

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FOR THE CRUST 3 C. flour 1 C. butter flavor shortening 1 Tbsp salt 1 Tbsp sugar 1.5 tsp celery seed 3/4 C. water Mix the flour, salt, sugar and celery seed in a bowl. Add in the shortening and combine until the mixture resembles sand. Make a well in the center and add in the water, stirring first with a wooden spoon, and then using your hands to thoroughly mix the crust. You should end up with a nice smooth round loaf. Split the loaf into four equal parts and roll each out on a floured surface until they are 1/4” thick. Place two of the crusts in the bottom of your 8” dishes, pressing each one up the sides a bit. Set the bowls and 2 additional crusts aside.

FOR THE CHICKEN 1, 5lb whole chicken 1.5 Tbsp salt black pepper 1 stick softened butter 3 whole carrots, rough chop 1 lrg. onion, quartered 2 sprigs fresh rosemary or 2 tsp dried 2 sprigs fresh sage, or 2 tsp dried Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Remove anything that may have been included inside the chicken and stuff the cavity with the roughly chopped carrots and quartered onion. Rub the entire outside of the chicken with the softened butter, pushing some underneath the skin as well. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper, sage and rosemary; if using dried. If using fresh herbs, place the rosemary under the skin and lay the sage on top of the chicken. Put the chicken in the oven and roast for 1.5 hours.

FOR THE FILLING

1 C. sliced carrots 1/2 lb sliced mushrooms 4 medium red potatoes, sliced thin Season the carrots, mushrooms and red potatoes with salt and pepper and roast on a sheet pan until carmelized; 30-40 minutes. Remove them from the pan and place into a large bowl. Pour the juices from the chicken into the same bowl; discard the rosemary, sage, carrots and onions. Pull the chicken from the bones and cut into 1/2 inch pieces - add the cut chicken into the bowl along with the remaining ingredients:

1 C. heavy cream 1.5 C. half & half 1/2 C. flour 3/4 C. frozen corn 1/2 C. frozen peas Mix all the ingredients together with your hands - this mixture will be thick. Divide the mixture into 2 equal servings - spoon each serving on top of bottom crusts. Add 2 other crusts to the tops, pinch together edges and brush with a bit of melted butter. Bake for 1 hour - timing may need to be adjusted if using one large dish or only baking one at a time - Bake until top is golden brown.


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CULTURE, INC. WALKING THE STEPS OF SETTLERS IN OLD TOWN

Fort Collins was founded as a military outpost of the United States Army in 1864. After a flood destroyed the camp, the commander of the fort suggested that a site several miles farther down the river would make a good location for the fort. Settlers began arriving in the vicinity of the fort nearly immediately. The fort was decommissioned in 1867. The original fort site is now adjacent to the present historic “Old Town” portion of the city. The civilian population of Fort Collins, led an effort to relocate the county seat to Fort Collins from LaPorte, and they were successful in 1868. The city’s first population boom came in 1872, with the establishment of an agricultural colony. Hundreds of settlers arrived, developing lots just south of the original Old Town.


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Fort Collins is not just a college town, or a mountain town, it’s an art town! Take some time to appreciate the artistic endeavors that contribute to the unique culture of Downtown Fort Collins! Art galleries and museums flourish in Downtown Fort Collins! On the first Friday of every month, many of them extend their hours of operation and open their doors during the evening hours, so you have time to wander and discover the local, regional, national, and international art on display downtown. Experience paintings, sculptures, exhibits, photos, and more, with many of the gallery owners on hand to share their expertise with the crowds that stroll the city streets on self-guided gallery tours.

Visit DowntownFortCollins.com to view a complete listing of First Friday participating businesses and galleries

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ANHEUSER-BUSCH BREWERY The Anheuser-Busch Fort Collins brewery opened in 1988 and helps serve the states of Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The brewery and its employees are active volunteers in the community on numerous efforts including environmental and charitable activities. Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 47.7 percent share of U.S. beer sales to retailers. The company brews the world’s largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light, and distributes these and many other popular brands through a strong network of more than 500 independent wholesalers.

OLD TOWN ART & FRAMERY

OLDTOWNARTANDFRAMERY.COM Old Town Art & Framery is a high quality full service art gallery and custom framery. Specializing in design, presentation and preservation of your treasured art or threedimensional objects.

JUICED ON IMAGINATION JUICEDONIMAGINATION.COM At Juiced On Imagination Studio, the philosophy is simple...art heals. Creating art experiences for both children and adults in individual and group settings to inspire creative self-discovery in an environment that sparks both imagination and spirit.

THE LINCOLN CENTER

LCTIX.COM Lincoln Center Gallery presents exhibitions of contemporary art in diverse media by local, regional and national artists. The Lincoln Center Visual Art Programs promote and nourish the creation and appreciation of the visual arts. Diverse exhibitions, programs and projects engage and inspire our community through the world of art and ideas.

The Old Town Art & Framery building, Juiced on Imagination and the Lincoln Center all participate in the First Friday Walk in Downtown Fort Collins.

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Nonstop service to almost anywhere ...well, maybe not the moon.

It’s all about access and choice, isn’t it? From Denver International Airport, major airlines give you nonstop access to more than 160 destinations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, and Mexico. And if you’re flying to a major city—whether for business, a vacation, or simply to see friends or family—you want the ability to choose a carrier and a flight that suits your schedule. Denver International Airport offers you major routes that are served by more than one airline several times a day. What could be more convenient?

www.flydenver.com


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the financial benefits planning and executing a well-designed interior not only benefits yourself while you are living and enjoying the space, but can also be a tremendous asset if the time comes to sell your home.

If you are a homeowner considering the sale of your humble abode, an attractive appearance tells real estate professionals and prospective buyers that the home has been consistently maintained during your time in it. If the rooms are both functional and visually appealing, it will leave a lasting impression that will set your home apart form the many others they may be viewing. Agents will be more likely to show your property to other clients when a house “shows” well. More buyer traffic touring your home means a quicker sale.

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SWIVEL STYLE Large enough to snuggle two; EOS swivel, $999, roomandboard.com

MODERN APPEAL Wood & leather are a killer combination- modern meets traditional; Zane leather chair, $1199, roomandboard.com

PULL UP A CHAIR

BE BOLD

Colorado residents know the importance of a great chair. Whether pulled up by the fireplace, in front of the picture window or on the front porch with a cozy blanket; these are our picks for the perfect Colorado chair.

Bring in a statement piece - in bright red - to instantly update your current style; Jasper, $699, roomandboard.com

CLASSIC LAID BACK STYLE Soft fabric and a deep back provide ultimate comfort and clean style; Miles chair, $1099, zgallerie.com

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PERSONAL TOUCH The fabric print and carved arms create a piece all your own; Camden chair, $2396, jaysonhome.com

COMFORTABLE CLUB STYLE Sink low and enjoy the snowfall, (or a good book); Nico club, $2995, jaysonhome.com


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ADD A TOUCH OF

DRAMA A warm, cozy fireplace is a must-have for snowy Colorado days, but all too often they fall short of the extraordinary heat-source you always dreamed of. Spice up your existing one by adding a little bling. GLASS MOSAIC TILES are an easy way to spice up a living room design. To create a vibrant and contemporary focal point, have the space covered in floor-to-ceiling glass tiles, in hues that coordinate with your palette. This will add both visual and physical warmth within a room. Trouble with furniture layout? Create a reading nook by positioning a comfy chair or chaise in front of the area.

GO NEUTRAL SELLING YOUR HOME BUT LOVE COLOR? TRY KEEPING THE BRIGHT AND BOLD IN YOUR ACCESSORIES AND HOME DECOR INSTEAD OF THE FLOORS AND WALLS. SATISFY YOUR NEED FOR COLOR SATURATION WITH AN AREA RUG OR ART.

A well planned color scheme, when done in neutral tones, helps buyers to envision the space with their furniture and accessories in it. When each room is painted a different color and the floor covering varies from room to room, with no coherent scheme, buyers see a house that will require work and financial investment on their part. Such a house takes much longer to sell, and buyers will tend to ask for sale price adjustments because of a further financial investment in the property.

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HEALTHY LIVING

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FOR YOUR HEALTH

If you’ve already booked a skiing holiday this year, you are probably looking forward to perfecting your technique on the slopes and catching a sun-kissed glow. But did you know your skiing trip can provide plenty of health benefits too? Apart from burning up to 3,000 calories during six hours of skiing, you can lose up to five pounds of weight in a week, tone your stomach muscles, boost your immunity and even relieve depression; just one more reason to explore the slopes this season!


brain power MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE FOR THE MIND - GET MOVING, AND REAP THE REWARDS

A recent study revealed that exercise helped a group of men learn a new skill through enhanced “motor memory.” But that’s not the first or last word in the brawn-brain connection. Here are five ways that getting your blood pumping is the best chance for gaining mental power too:

IT REJUVENATES YOUR BRAIN TISSUE.

Earlier this year, Dartmouth researchers added support to mounting evidence about the way that exercise affects learning and mental acuity: the chemical known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, stimulates the growth and proliferation of brain cells. This is especially true in the hippocampus, the brain region that is largely responsible for memory and which is particularly vulnerable to age-related decline. The more you exercise, the more BDNF you produce.

In one study, mice that exercised by running not only generated new neurons, but those neurons lit up when the mice performed unfamiliar tasks like navigating a new environment.

IT FIGHTS DEPRESSION.

That physical activity is crucial to good health — both mental and physical — is nothing new. As early as the 1970s and ‘80s, observational studies showed that Americans who exercised were not only less likely to be depressed than those who did not but also less likely to become depressed in the future. Depression slows the brain’s ability to process information, makes it more difficult for us to concentrate and reach decisions, and causes real memory problems. For milder cases, exercise may help lift your mood. It cranks up the body’s production

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of serotonin and dopamine, brain chemicals crucial to happy mood. And it boosts levels of the feel-good chemicals called endorphins.

IT INCREASES SENSITIVITY TO INSULIN.

When you eat, your body turns most of the food into glucose, or blood sugar, the main source of fuel for the body, including the brain. In order for that glucose to enter cells, it must be accompanied by the hormone insulin. Unfortunately, in some people, cells become resistant to insulin. The body then has to pump out more and more of it, and still blood sugar levels rise, often resulting in type 2 diabetes. And even if you don’t develop type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance is bad for your brain. Regular exercise, however, can reverse insulin resistance. In fact, your insulin sensitivity increases, stabilizing your blood sugar


5 WAYS EXERCISE MAKES YOUR BRAIN STRONGER living your best life means keeping your brain strong; the secret to life- exercise. after you eat—for at least 16 hours after a single exercise session. The better your blood-sugar control, the more protected you are against agerelated cognitive decline.

IT IMPROVES MEMORY.

Executive function basically means cognitive abilities like being able to focus on complex tasks, to organize, to think abstractly, and to plan for future events. It also encompasses working memory, such as the ability to keep a phone number in your head while you dial. When researchers set out to analyze the effects of exercise on executive function, they looked at 18 well-designed studies and found that adults aged 55 to 80 who did regular exercise performed four times better on cognitive tests than control groups who didn’t work out. Effects were greatest among those who exercised 30 to 45 minutes each session for longer than six months, but substantial benefits were seen in as few as four weeks of exercise. As the New York Times reported, men who were taught to follow a complicated pattern on a computer and subsequently exercised were better able to remember the pattern in subsequent days than the men who didn’t exercise after the initial squiggle test.

IT REDUCES EFFECTS FROM STRESS.

Although exercising raises our levels of cortisol -- the hormone that causes physical stress and is even associated with long-term memory impairment -- its overall effect is one of a stress reducer. That’s because exercise increases the body’s threshold for cortisol, making you more inured to stressors. Slow, scattered thinking and forgetfulness are caused by stress more often than we may realize. Exercise lowers cortisol levels, helping you to think straight again. It is also believed to help generate new nerve cells in the area of the brain called the dentate gyrus, an area of the hippocampus linked to the creation of new memories. Brain cells here are depleted during times of stress. As we get older, the hippocampus shrinks. That’s why age is associated with memory loss across the board. However, profound memory loss -- such as in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease patients -- is also contributed to by accelerated hippocampus shrinking. Luckily, the hippocampus is also an area of the brain that generate new neurons throughout a lifespan. And, the research shows, exercise promotes new neural growth in this area.


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COLORADO MARATHON May 5th has been in the back of many Colorado athletes minds for months and the anticipation is growing as the big day gets closer. They have made it through bad weather, aching muscles, and many pairs of shoes all for one goal shared by many: completing the Colorado Marathon. The Colorado Marathon is known for being a fast course surrounded by the amazing scenery of the Poudre Canyon and Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado. Many people each year find themselves setting their personal records at this beautiful course. A personal best is made that much sweeter with friends and family to help cheer you on. There are locations set up for viewing at miles 16, 21, 23, 25, and the finish at 26. The day before the race don’t forget to swing by the expo and get your race packet. But I also encourage you to spend a little bit of time touring Fort Collins. It is a beautiful and fun filled town that has the enchanting ability to make you never want to leave.

-Kelsey Orr


TOP TEN TIPS FOR TRAINING AND RACING 1. Use a training program: There are many different resources available to help you with your training goals. One training program that many runners including myself have used is by Hal Higdon. Training programs are available for all skill level runners including: novice, intermediate, and advanced. Most training programs suggest starting your training at least 16 weeks before the race. This amount of time gives you sufficient time to build up your mileage for the race, whether you are running a full marathon or 5k race. Don’t put off until the last minute to start your training, no matter how great of shape you are in.

2. Make sure you have time:

3. Get proper shoes: Before beginning your training make sure you consult your local running specialty store to help you get fit for proper shoes. Every shoe company makes a shoe in three categories: neutral, stability, and motion control. Make sure you have a gait analysis performed at the store to help you determine which category of shoe fits your foot and biomechanics the best. Technical clothes may seem unnecessary for you if you have never used them before but trust me they will help you. Running specialty clothes are designed to wick moisture away from your skin, help keep you dry and prevent chafing during the race. Keep in mind that your body will warm up once you start running so take a spare long sleeve with you when you start the race and if you get to hot just throw it away. This is a well-known tactic by veteran runners.

4. Wear appropriate clothes:

5. Know your terrain: You might think that since the Colorado marathon is in the mountains you will be running up hill. This is not true; the marathon actually has a steady descent of 1128 feet from start to finish. This type of running puts increased stress on your quads and hip extensors so make sure you work some downhill running into your training program. If you are planning on using supplements with your training make sure you do not try anything new on race day, or during your long runs. I always suggest if someone is trying something new such as a GU, energy blocks, or power bars to make sure you try them the day before the run when you are at your house. It is not uncommon for these supplements to upset your stomach.

6. Supplement use:

If during your training you notice any pain or discomfort that is out of the ordinary consult your local sports medicine doctor. Little pains and discomfort if treated quickly can keep you healthy during your training program. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for people to let these little pains snow ball into large problems that can keep you out of the race; especially once your mileage increases later in your training program.

7. Listen to your body:

8. Don’t forget to stretch: Current research has shown there are different types of stretching you should do before and after your runs to help keep you healthy. Before starting your runs make sure you use more dynamic type stretching, which mimics a gentle bouncing motion throughout the stretch. This helps to loosen up the muscles and stretch them at the same time. After your run make sure you perform static stretching, or holding a stretch for approximately 20 seconds then releasing. This is the time you are able to actually improve your flexibility. 9. Music: If you are training and racing with headphones make sure you are being safe. Music can help to motive you and break up the monotony of running, but it does come with risk. Running with music decreases your ability to hear your surroundings including other runners, cyclists, and vehicles. Make sure you are paying extra attention to the road if you are running and if possible do some of your training on trails. 10. Have fun: Achieving your goal of running a marathon or half marathon is a great accomplishment. Make sure you take time to have fun and soak in the experience. Don’t get in a rush if this is your first race and make sure you stop at all of the aid stations for water; this will ultimately make you feel better during the run. Don’t be afraid to strike up conversation with a fellow runner, this can make the experience better for yourself and someone else.


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ranked as a top tier university among the nation’s best, AND listed as an A-plus school for students who want to be part of a broad AND engaged student body; CSU IS ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY.

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Picture statuesque buildings filled with lecture halls, students passing between classes, or open lawns with incredibly well manicured landscaping. The main campus of Colorado State University is the quintessential campus that most would imagine; and so much more. Located at 9,053 feet above sea level in the Mummy Range, Pingree Park is one of the many tracts of land that CSU uses for research. Pingree Park was originally selected for civil engineering classes in 1913 and forestry classes in 1915. The area is still used for educational programs within the College of Natural Resources. When arriving at the Foothills Campus of CSU, it feels more like you are entering a top-secret facility hidden away at the base of the mountains. Instead of spies and secret missions, students of the College of Natural Sciences might find themselves working alongside research and outreach centers such as the Center for Disease control and Prevention and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). The Veterinary program at CSU is hardly a secret, but well worth mentioning as it is considered one of the most respected in the nation. The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital for both small and large animals. The complex consists of a four building and was constructed in 1979. These unique opportunities are just a few of the things that help to set CSU apart from other universities. If these fields of study don’t quite sound like the curriculum you are looking for, don’t look away just yet; the university offers 150 different programs of study with 8 colleges and 55 departments. CSU has something for everyone! Colorado State University’s main campus consists of 583 acres of land in central Fort Collins. On sunny days you will find the open green known as “The Oval” filled with students. The Oval is edged by academic and administrative building and is a central location of many college activities. There are also numerous clubs, organizations, and recreational activities to immerse students in the CSU experience. -Kelsey Orr

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WHETHER YOU ARE MOVING ACROSS THE COUNTRY OR ACROSS THE STREET, MOVING IS A STRESSFUL EVENT FOR YOUR PETS.THEY WILL NO DOUBT BE SCARED AND CONFUSED ABOUT THE MOVE, SO HEARE ARE A FEW IDEAS ON HOW TO MAKE TH ETRANSITION SMOOTHER FOR BOTH YOU AND YOUR FURRY FRIEND. >>


1. Update your pets tags and consult with your current veterinarian Make sure your pet’s tags contain updated information including your destination location and cell phone number so that you can be reached immediately if your Being crated or harnessed pet should get lost during means your pet will need your move. to get fresh air and stretch their legs more often. StopGetting an updated copy ping every couple hours of veterinary records is for a break may make the also important if you will be going to a new vet after trip longer, but your pet will your move and vaccination thank you. transport services for hire. records are always good to This may be expensive, but have handy when moving to 3. Traveling by air may be worth it to have the a new city or state. You can peace of mind that your pet also ask your current vet for You will want to do your re- will be handled by peoa recommendation on vete- search before transporting ple who make their living your pet by air. Different rinarians in your new city. helping families move their airlines and airports have pets. different rules regarding If your pet requires any transporting pets. Almost prescriptions, make sure 4. Upon arrival at your all airlines will require an they have enough to last up to date health certificate new home at least a couple of weeks. Getting a prescription rene- (within 30 days) for your pet Your pet will most likely be wal from your current vet is before they will allow it on anxious and frightened in much easier because a new the plane. Some airlines their new surroundings. will allow pets in the cabin, vet will require a visit first When you arrive at your depending on the animal’s and it may be a few weeks size, but a special crate that new home, set up a special before you can get an area for your pet that will appointment set. The same fits underneath the seat is be away from the commorequired (you will have to strategy should be used if your pet has a special food. purchase). Having your pet tion of moving. Put lots of You may not be able to find in the cabin is preferable as familiar things in this area such as their bed, favorite the alternative is checking it easily in your new location, so having a few weeks your pet in the plane’s cargo toys, familiar food and water bowls, litter box etc. Be hold. Most airlines that do worth is a good idea. allow pets have a restriction sure these items are packed in a place that is convenient on the number of animals 2. Traveling in the car that will be allowed on each to get to so you can get your pets settled in right flight. It may seem like a puniaway. Be sure to watch shment, but it is usually best your pet closely and keep The sooner you start to keep your pets in travel doors and windows closed. making arrangements the crates if traveling for long If you’re previous home is distances. A restraining har- better. It is ideal to book a nearby your pet may try to direct fl ight to reduce stress ness can also be used for make their way back if given on your pet and to be sure dogs, but either way letting you are united at your desti- the opportunity. It may take them roam free maybe a a few days, or even weeks, dangerous option. Sudden nation as soon as possible. but before long your pet It should also be noted that stops or sharp turns can will be right at home in your cause your pet to take a spill there will likely be at least a new home. $75 per pet charge by the if not crated or harnessed. airline. Your pet may not like being 5. Finding a new vet, emerboxed in or harnessed, but If you have a large animal gency hospital, dog parks getting your pet safely to and you do not think they your new home should be would fare well in the cargo Once you have gotten mopriority number one. area there are also animal LIVING IN FORT COLLINS WINTER 2013 into your ved in /and settled

new place it is time for you and your pet to get out and explore your new surroundings. You should first set out to find a new vet. If your previous vet recommended someone, drop by their office unexpectedly and ask for a tour. You will get a better idea of the cleanliness of their facilities if they don’t have an opportunity to clean up like they would if they scheduled an appointment. If you are starting from scratch in looking for a new vet the best place to start may be by canvassing your neighbors with pets for advice. They know the area and have probably had experience with multiple vets and they likely will be able to tell you where the nearest emergency care is located. Finding your dog’s new favorite park will be a fun experience for you and your pet. Explore different parks and trails whenever you get the opportunity. It is a great way for your dog to meet playmates and for you to socialize in your new community.


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Learn how to host like a pro without breaking a sweat and start planning that amazing house-warming party to show off the new digs. GET ORGANIZED - MAKE A LIST Perhaps the easiest way to stay organized and stress-free when planning your party is to make a list. Plan ahead and delegate: asking guests to help with a party-related task makes them feel more involved, so never be afraid to ask. COOK AHEAD Do as much ahead of time as possible. Soups and stews are the ultimate winter and holiday food — they’ll feed a crowd. Quiches and tarts also freeze well, and you don’t have to make them from scratch. STOCK UP You’ll never run out of nibbles if you shop with an aim to entertain. Stock your pantry with a selection of cookies and crackers. Consider purchasing nuts in bulk — which can be mixed together with rosemary, cayenne and brown sugar: melt the mix, pour over toasted nuts and serve warm. Nosh on them alongside drinks or chop and scatter around a cheese platter. Long-lasting jarred tapanades and pestos make an impressive dip when mixed with fresh sour cream. CREATE A THEME Any celebration can be even more festive when a creative theme is chosen to set the tone. Transform your space into a south-ofthe-border fiesta by serving margaritas and tacos, or throw a Great Gatsby-inspired brunch with croquet on the lawn. When you spend some time getting creative the possibilities are endless! OFFER A SELF-SERVE BAR The key to a simple drink service? Set up a self-serve bar so guests can be their own mixologists. Set up a pretty tray with a decanter, two or three kinds of liquor and a few festive mixers. Let everyone have fun creating their own concoctions. Welcome guests with a drink upon arrival by placing a tray of signature cocktails and sparkling water near the door so they can grab some bubbly and start mingling as soon as they arrive.


party planning checklist ONE MONTH BEFORE: • • • •

Set the date, time and place of the party Decide on a theme Determine your overall budget, then estimate the cost of each party element to be sure it’s realistic Think about ways to make the party special, like surprising entertainment, beautiful decor or fabulous food.

3 WEEKS BEFORE:

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Mail or email invitations Order flowers from your local florist Rent extra chairs or linens from your local rental company Check to be sure you have necessary serving pieces - rent if necessary Source and order party favors

2 WEEKS BEFORE: • • • •

Create place cards Plan the menu and create a master shopping list Draft a timeline for preparing each dish Prepare any menu items that can be frozen.

1 WEEK BEFORE: • • •

Follow up with any guests that haven’t R.S.V.P’d Stock up on wine and liquor Create your ipod playlist

2 DAYS BEFORE: • • •

Buy IT groceries and additional baryou items KEEP TIDY can set it and forget it. is always fresh. Write place and create seating arrangements, necessary The best host cards isn’t necessaRemember to keep theifmusic Wash glassware and serving pieces rily the one who lives in the low — conversation is what SET UP A KIDS TABLE world’s cleanest house. Got counts at any celebration. Try For a family-friendly gathering, oneDAY messyBEFORE: room? Just close to avoid musical selections it’s often smart to set up a THE door and turn off the with lyrics during the dinner separate area for little ones to • the Pick up and arrange flowers lights and guests won’t go in. hour, which causes compehave their own fun. Try cove• APrep and chop fruits and vegetables, wash salad greens, refrigerate touch of clutter? Consider tition between the lyrics and ring a table in butcher paper, keeping one bin or drawer the scintillating dinner converand place bundles of colored MORNING OF:papers into empty to sweep sation that could go unheard. pencils in Mason jars at each guests arriseat so kids can channel their • when Chill unexpected wine can save your filing for OPEN YOUR HOUSE artistic side right on the table. • ve. SetYou table when the party is over. Too many friends and family Use disposable place settings, • Set up the bar - slice lemons and other garnishes to host at one time? Have and a cupcake centerpiece is • Marinate meat, if necessary CREATE A COMFORTABLE an open house and let them sure to be met with delight. • ATMOSPHERE Check the guest bath: empty trash, set out clean towels and place great smelling soap know they can drop by any Just don’t expect them to save and a fl ower by the sink For a casual party, don’t feel time between certain hours dessert for last! compelled to seat guests on one special day. Your around a dinner table. If guests will appreciate the STAY RELAXED 2 HOURS BEFORE: you’ve got a lot of company, fl exibility and you’ll gain quality Leave yourself an hour before • Set out all serving pieces a buff et may be the best and time with the ones you love. guests arrive to freshen up, slip • Set out favors most efficient option. Be sure into something party-ready and • Finish prepping food to pull the table away from Prepare foods that can be light some candles for added • the Setwall aside space for dirty dishes done well ahead of time, that so that there are ambiance. This creates a welco• four Have trash cans and extra garbage sides available to people, way bags when ready the doorbell rings, ming atmosphere from the mootherwise lines form and peoyou’re ready. Open houses ment you open the door with a ple can’t BEFORE: get to the food easily. work best when there are lots big smile and cocktail in hand, 1 HOUR thecandles mood with a home- a scented of smaller to bring out of course. Don’t forget that, as • Set Light - including one indishes the bathroom playlist on your ipod. If throughout the day or evening the host, you set the tone, so a • made Adjust lighting you are a fan of Pandora, this as opposed to one huge main relaxed attitude will bring out • Turn on playlist is a great time to utilize it so course. That way your buffet the same in your guests. • •

Set out snacks Get dressed and party ready!

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TURN UP THE MUSIC Start the party with an upbeat housewarming playlist to help break the ice. This music is great for cocktail partieS - especially if you have designated some space in your new home for dancing! Madness, “Our House” Guy Mitchell, “There’s Always Room At Our House” Two Door Cinema Club, “Come Back Home” Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, “Home” The Fall, “My New House” Bobby Womack, “Home Is Where The Heart Is” Madness, “House of Fun” Nat King Cole, “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home” Motley Crue, “Home Sweet Home” The Orange County Supertones, “Welcome Home” Talking Heads, “Burning Down the House” John Mellencamp, “Pink Houses” Louis Armstrong, “Won’t You Come Home, Bill Baily” Billy Joel , “Movin’ Out” Smithereens, “House We Used to Live In” Janey Du’Bois, “Movin’ on Up” Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” LIVINGINFORTCOLLINS.CO 59


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FRONT DOOR FENG SHUI

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