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WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER?

CELEBRATE! COMMUNITY EVENTS, RODEOS, FAIRS & FESTIVALS

GIVING BACK: SPECIAL EDITION Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding

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* TOP SPOTS FOR PATIO DINING * SUMMER DESIGN: OUTDOOR LIVING * D.I.Y. CITRONELLA CANDLES

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FOOD, ETC.: Nostalgic Chicken Tetrazzini Homemade Dog Food 1


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DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR ROOF HAS BEEN DAMAGED BY HAIL OR WIND?

3 SURE-FIRE SIGNS YOU HAVE ROOF DAMAGE 1. GRANULES ON YOUR YARD OR DRIVEWAY.

You may not know where these small grains came from (they may even look like they fell off a nearby tree), but it is actually from your roof.

2. TORN SCREEN ON YOUR WINDOWS.

If a hail storm is bad enough to tear your window screens, it is often bad enough to cause roof damage. Take a closer look at all your screens to see if there is any damage.

3. YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE REPAIRING THEIR ROOF.

It is highly likely that if your neighbors’ roofs were damaged enough to be repaired or replaced - yours was too.

WHAT NOT TO DO

Do not call your insurance company claim center - yet! There may be no point if the damage isn’t covered. Do not work with out-of-state contractors. You want a local business who will be there to work with you for the long term.

THE ART OF ROOFing

Do not pay anyone until you know the work is covered by insurance. Otherwise you could be stuck paying out of pocket.

Ben McFerron and Chris Tulp, long-time friends and college classmates, started Premier Roofing Company in 2005 with the goal to bring honesty and integrity to the roofing industry and provide a great experience for their customers and employees.

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REMIER ROOFING COMPANY IS A FULL-SERVICE roofing contractor focused on a high quality of service, top-level products, and the best warranties in the industry. They work with all insurance companies in cases of storm damage and are happy to inspect your roof and provide you with a no-obligation Detailed Inspection Report. The inspection will tell you if your roof has the type of damage that is typically covered by insurance. If so, Premier Roofing will help you work with your insurance company to ensure all damage is covered in your claim.

SCHEDULE YOUR FREE STORM DAMAGE ROOF INSPECTION TODAY!

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FRONT RANGE WHAT ARE YOU D OI NG T H I S SU M M E R?

FRONT RANGE

Summer CELEBRATIONS

Whether you enjoy world-class rodeo entertainment, incredible carnival rides, live musical performances or a celebration of the arts, the Front Range and surrounding communities are full of vibrant summer activities to keep you and your family celebrating in the warm weather all season long.

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ARVADA Sand In The City June 28th & 29th

CASTLE ROCK Douglas County Fair & Rodeo August 7th-10th

FORT COLLINS Colorado Brewers’ Festival June 28th-29th

LOVELAND Sculpture In The Park August 9th & 10th

BOULDER International Fringe Festival September 17th-28th

EVERGREEN Evergreen Jazz Festival July 25th-27th

LAKEWOOD Music On The Plaza Every weekend beginning June 6th

PARKER Parker Days Festival June 13th-15th

LITTLETON Roxborough Music Festival September 6th

WESTMINSTER Westy Fest August 9th GOLDEN Buffalo Bill Days June 23rd-27th GREELEY Greeley Independence Stampede June 26th-July 6th

Pick up your local issue of ”LIVING IN...” to read more about the community events featured here!

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PREVIOUS PAGE IMAGE: LOVELAND SCULPTURE IN THE PARK; THIS PAGE: IMAGES OF ARVADA’S SAND IN THE CITY, DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIR AND RODEO, BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

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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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SUMMER 2014 Publishing Director Casey Orr Creative Director Kaley Rhodes Editorial Kelsey Orr, Kimba Orr, Allison Orr, Bobby Sindorf Advertising Sales Brandon Powers

CONTENTS ONWARD! Get Outside! Produce-Picking Farms & Fruit Stands Living In‘s Months Ahead

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PETS Seasonal Pet Safety Accessories / Too Cute!

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DETAILS D.I.Y. Patio Project: Citronella Candles Crop Rotation / Seed Packet Inspiration

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FASHION Summer Style: Heat Up Patio Dining

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HEALTH Yard Work-Out

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FOOD, ETC. Small Bites / Etcetera

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GI VE BACK: SPECIAL EDITION Promise Ranch

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ONWARD! NOTEWORTHY DATES, HELPFUL TIPS & REMINDERS TO LIVE YOUR BEST SUMMER MONTHS AHEAD

FRESH PICKED

GET OUTSIDE

What better way to enjoy the fruits of the season than to literally pick them yourself! PRODUCE-PICKING FARMS & FRUIT STANDS SERVING UP THE SWEET TASTE OF SUMMER

LAKEWOOD

BRIGHTON

BOULDER

Offering a wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables and open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the end of the season.

An organic roadside market where you can “pick your own” produce, Berry Patch Farms is a working farm of 40 acres, open in the spring for the early produce, through late fall, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm. Choose from cherries, strawberries, raspberries and many vegetables. Pack a picnic lunch for your trip and then enjoy your freshly picked berries for dessert. School tours are offered in the fall as well as fun summer classes for kids.

Offering the chance to pick your own blackberries, raspberries and strawberries while in season. The farm also sells eggs, beef, vegetables, and honey on site. If you don’t have time to pick your own produce, Hoot ‘N’ Howl has a fruit stand in their driveway.

EVERITT FARMS

9300 West Alameda Avenue LONGMONT

ZWEEK’S FRESH Zweek’s Fresh opens in June and produces over 90 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs. They have been growing their products organically since 1974 and pick their vegetables and flowers daily.

10901 Airport road

BERRY PATCH FARMS

13785 potomac street

HOOT ‘N’ HOWL FARM

6033 Jay road BOULDER

CURE ORGANIC FARM Open May 1st, this 12 acre farm offers a wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The farm includes

honey bee hives, over 150 laying hens and ducks, pigs, chickens and Rambouillet sheep. The sheep are raised for both their meat and fiber. Products can be purchased at the farm and are sold at the farmer’s market in Boulder on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April 1st-November.

7416 valmont road BOULDER

BOULDER FAMILY FARMS This farm operates its own version of a mini Farmers Market, representing numerous farms 365 days a year. Operating as an Honor System Farm Stand,

they offer a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh eggs, crafts, artistic products, farm animals, and school tours.

1005 cherryvale road (60th) GOLDEN

NELM’S FARM Walk among the beautiful apple trees at Nelms Farm and pick your own organic variety. They have Red Delicious and Granny Smith that are close to the ground for easy picking, with other varieties also available. Nelms Farm is open in September only due to high demand for organic apples.

LONGMONT

YA YA FARM & ORCHARD Open from the first of September until the last week of October, Ya Ya Farm allows guests to pick their own fruit, by reservation only. Visit their website for more details. They also have hay rides available, and you can press your own cider.

691 UTE HIGHWAY

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MONTHS AHEAD

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DID YOU KNOW?

JUNE

>> The average male uses 7000 words per day while the average female uses 20,000 words per day.

TASTE OF FORT COLLINS June 6th-8th

belmar’s music on the plaza, lakewood

>> Children laugh 400 times per day while adults only laugh 15 times a day.

ducky derby & street festival, castle rock

>> It took Leonardo Da Vinci 12 years to paint the lips of Mona Lisa.

capitol hill’s people’s fair, denver

>> In 1915 the average annual family income in the U.S. was $687 per year.

golden music festival

>> Alaska has more coastline than the entire continental U.S. combined. That’s over 47,300 miles of beaches to get your feet wet.

June 6th (every Friday through August 30th) June 7th

June 7th-8th

June 13th-15th

parker days festival June 13th-15th

sand in the city, arvada June 28th-29th

colorado brewer’s festival, fort collins June 28th-29th

JULY

>> By eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first class, American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987. >> The wingspan of Boeing’s 747 is longer than the Wright brothers’ first flight.

AUGUST

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION, WESTMINSTER

July 4th

COLORADO IRISH FEST, LITTLETON

July 11th-13th

NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHTS, GREELEY

July 11th & 18th

Larimer County Fair

Bohemian Nights, Fort Collins

Dam Ducky Derby, Evergreen

Golden Fine Arts Fest

Douglas County Fair & Rodeo, Castle Rock

AUGUST 22nd-SEPTEMBER 1st

Western Welcome Week, Littleton

48th Annual Fine Arts Festival, Evergreen

AUGUST 1st-5th AUGUST 2nd

AUGUST 7th-10th

SUMMER BLOCK PARTY, WESTMINSTER

July 18th

CASTLE ROCK WINE FEST

July 19th-20th

SUMMERFEST, EVERGREEN

July 19th-20th

AUGUST 8th-17th

Westy Fest, Westminster

AUGUST 9th

Sculpture In The Park, Loveland

AUGUST 9th-10th

BUFFALO BILL DAYS, GOLDEN

AUGUST 15th-17th AUGUST 16th-17th

Colorado State Fair, Pueblo

AUGUST 23rd

Thunder In The Rockies Bike Rally, Loveland

AUGUST 29th-SEPTEMBER 1st Tour de Fat, Fort Collins

AUGUST 30th

July 23rd-27th

EVERGREEN JAZZ FESTIVAL

July 25th-27th

DON’T FORGET...

>> Father’s Day is June 15th >> The 4th of July falls on a Friday >> Summer Solstice is the 22nd of June

Summer heat getting you down? Book a room at The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarv, Swedish Lapland. The hotel is a large igloo that includes a restaurant, cinema and wedding chapel.

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ARVADA SANDS IN THE CITY; COLORADO BREWER’S FESTIVAL IN FORT COLLINS, GARY LOPEZ PHOTO; PARKER DAYS FESTIVAL, PAUL WEINRAUCH PHOTO; EVERGREEN JAZZ FESTIVAL; WESTY FEST; SCULPTURE IN THE PARK

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Perfect PERGOLA

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dding more space and comfort to your home is reason enough to start thinking about pergolas and verandas. Entertainers will relish in the ambience that a tastfully decorated pergola can bring to any party or gathering. Gardeners can enjoy their plants and flowers from the comfort of their patio. Families can enjoy a spontaneous alfresco dinner or weekend lunch under the cover of a pergola. Bringing the outside in, a covered outdoor area will add value to your home and lifestyle by introducing a new kind of space and comfort to your domestic experience. By installing a pergola or patio you are effectively increasing the floor space of your home. As the popular ‘outdoor room’ gains momentum, a pergola will give your home the edge over a property that has not yet taken advantage of the extra space and comfort that an outdoor area can provide. >>

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perfect pergola design guide

Clockwise from top left: Go sleek and modern with a free-standing structure that provides an airy resting stop; Expand living space and let fresh air flow with a large, contemporary style; Classic design; A rustic garden feature and perfect climbing trellis create a secret garden feel; Materials, design and finishing options are only limited by your garden imagination.

and vivid beauty to your home. A classic wisteria or grape vine would add touch of elegance to any pergola. Planting a fruit bearing vine such as passion fruit or sweet smelling jasmine vine would surround your patio with blossoming buds and fresh fragrance all through the year.

MORE OUTDOORS Installing a pergola will allow you to spend a lot more time outside when perhaps it might not have been possible or comfortable without one before. A covered outdoor area would let you savour a hot cup of tea on a rainy afternoon and yet

still enjoy the sensation of being outside. The blistering hot days of summer would no longer prevent you from enjoying time outdoors. NATURAL BEAUTY Planting vines and creepers beside your pergola can bring a lush

ENDLESS OPTIONS With so many materials and designs to choose from, any home renovator or those looking to increase the re-sale value of a property will find a solution to improve the outside and entry points to any home. From canvas and shade cloth to glossy and transparent colour bond, flat roofs or gabled designs, home

owners can make their selection to suit their taste and budget. Sizes can vary, from a simple pergola that accents a growing garden to a larger scale one that covers a seating area to create a true outdoor room. COHESIVE DESIGN A large space with multiple outdoor living areas can be connected by a grouping of pergolas. This helps tie in different elements of the space and keep certain areas, such as the pool and the outdoor kitchen, connected. Pergolas help add flow to the outdoors, making entertaining easier and each space more enjoyable.

Line the perimeter of your outdoor space or structure with hanging lanterns to provide an extra bit of light and ambience after dark; large paper lanterns also look great.

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A bold yet comfortable space designed by Andrea Shumacher Interiors showcases the laid back Colorado lifestyle with a bit of modern flair. Extend design elements to the outdoors by matching fabrics, colors and patterns.

SUMMER DESIGN:

Outdoor LIVING

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reating an oasis in your outdoor space is remarkably similar to the manner of designing an interior room. First, consider how you plan to use the expanse. Will it be for relaxing, dining or entertaining? With this in mind you’ll want to find the key pieces; seating. Use weather resistant furnishings and fabrics that will encourage lounging season after season. ADD COLOR from your interior living area outside, or go modern by using monochromatic pieces and accessories, you can also use flower inspired colors from your garden to enliven the space. PROTECT YOU AND YOUR GUESTS FROM THE SUN. Patio umbrellas are available in many different options and materials, picking one to fit your style and palette is a breeze. Install a sail shade, not only does it provide a shady spot, it also gives you much desired privacy outside.

Living In’s favorite Denver designer, Andrea Monath Schumacher, helps us think like a professional when approaching outdoor living spaces. REPLACE BORING OUTDOOR LIGHTS with a chandelier that looks worthy of an interior space. Hang lanterns from trees or use large globed string lights for an old world after-dark ambience.

your eye out into it is a simple way to honor the natural beauty that surrounds you. Relax. Rewind. Repeat!

CREATE AN INTIMATE SETTING by blocking neighbor or passer-by views. Use outdoor draperies, a bamboo plant screen, or erect a trellis to support a fragrant flowering vine. EMBRACE THE ELEMENTS. Add a fountain for the soothing sounds of water, which in turn will attract the local fauna for your viewing pleasure. Encourage after-sundown s’mores with a fire feature. MAKE YOUR SPACE COMFORTABLE with throw pillows and poufs. Place occasional tables near seating for a handy surface to set down a cocktail or a book. Hanging a mirror so that it reflects the garden or draws

303.458.6462 2406 W. 32nd Ave, Suite D, Denver, CO 80211

andreaschumacherinteriors.com

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In the Cherry Creek School District, it is not about averages, it is about individuals

 The Cherry Creek School District is one of the highest-achieving school districts in the state. Students consistently rank well above the state averages on statewide accountability tests, and above state and national averages on SAT and ACT college board exams.

WHAT’S

HAPPENING

@downtown_denver #downtowndenver #livingindenver #coorsfield @rockies #coloradorockies

 All of the schools in the Cherry Creek School District are in the top two categories of the new accreditation system recently developed by the Colorado Department of Education. Ninetyeight percent rank in the highest category, compared to 70% statewide.  The Cherry Creek School District has the third most National Board Certified Teachers in Colorado.  We educate more than 53,000 children and serve over 300,000 residents in 108 square miles that spread across eight municipalities: Cherry Hills Village, Centennial, Foxfield, Glendale, Greenwood Village and portions of Aurora, Englewood and Denver.  SchoolMatch, an independent, nationwide service, has recognized the Cherry Creek School District as among only 16% of school districts nationwide with its “What Parents Want Award” for 18 consecutive years.

4700 South Yosemite Street Greenwood Village, CO 80111 303.773.1184 www.cherrycreekschools.org

To inspire every student SUMMER 2014 to think, to learn, to achieve, to care.

Missed the win but nothing beats spending a hot summer night watching the @rockies #gorockies #coorsfield #downtowndenver #livingindenver #coloradorockies

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PETS

SEASONAL PET SAFETY; SUMMER ACCESSORIES; $100K CHALLENGE; IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY WITH CUTE ANIMAL PICS FIDO’S SUMMER VACAY

SUMMER SAFETY BY KELSEY ORR

Be sure that pets have plenty of shade and fresh water while outside in the summer heat. Avoid overexertion during the hottest part of the day, usually from 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM. Heatstroke can be a life-threatening problem for pets in the summertime. Sign of heatstroke can be excessive panting, difficulty breathing, excess drooling, rapid breathing, and fever. Never leave your pet unattended in the car during the summer! Even with the windows cracked, or on a cloudy day, or even for just a short time temperature inside a car may reach dangerous levels and could be deadly to your furry friend. According to the American Kennel Club, an outdoor temperature of only 80 degrees can increase a car’s internal heat to more than 120 degrees in just minutes. Even animals can get a sunburn! Any areas where fur is thin or you can see pink or white skin are susceptible to sunburn. Sunscreen for humans can be used but a brand specifically for pets is recommended. Be sure to monitor your pet for excess licking or irritation when using any new product. Be careful around pools, lakes, or any body of water. Although many dogs are great swimmers and love the water, not all dogs are natural swimmers. If you plan on being near the water, invest in a life vest for your pooch. If your dog prefers the swimming pool be sure to rinse fur of chlorine and other chemicals after each swim. 19


accessories + $100K challenge

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Foothills Animal Shelter Accepts

2014’s ASPCA Rachael Ray

$100K Challenge

Foothills Animal Shelter has been selected as one of 50 animal shelters across the country to participate in the fifth and final year of the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their communities) to get more animals adopted, reunite lost pets

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with their families and save more lives than ever before.

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From June 1 – August 31, Foothills Animal Shelter will engage in a spirited competition to go above and beyond saving more animals’ lives during the same three months from 2013. The Shelter is competing for a chance at more than $600,000 in grant funding—with prizes ranging from $1,000 to a grand prize of $100,000 for the Challenge’s top performing shelter.

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most wanted summer accessories

Keep your canine companion healthy, happy, clean and cool this summer season with products meant to make your, and their, life easier. FURRY FRIEND SELECTIONS: [1] K9 Optix Sunglasses for Dogs, baxterboo.com; [2] For sidewalks, asphalt, boats, docks and sand, keep their paws cool with Dog Cooling Boots, keepdoggiesafe.com; [3] Chase, float, rest and play again with the Life Ring Retrieval Dog Toy, keepdoggiesafe.com; [4] Dog Life Jacket, waterdoggy.com; [5] Keep them smelling fresh while protecting from the great outdoors - with odor-eating ingredients that neutralize odors to keep your pet and house odor free, Outdoor Shampoo & Spray, dirtyandhairy.com; [6] Make sure your pet always has access to water with this convenient travel cup - great for hiking, road trips or walks. Also includes a clip for easy attachment to leashes, purses or belt loops, Collapsible Water Bowl, keepdoggiesafe.com

“We are very excited to be given this opportunity because our profile, community presence and support has grown dramatically—resulting in record-breaking adoption rates and a reputation for being one of Colorado’s premier animal shelters. If we won grant funding from the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, we would use the money to help fund the Shelter’s animal care services, including foster care, spay/neuter surgeries, medications, diagnostics, food, specialty veterinary services, animal training and enrichment tools and kennel care. No matter what, we win regardless by increasing our outreach efforts and engaging our community in helping save more lives.”

For more information about the contest visit http://challenge.aspcapro.org/

Did You Know? Puppies begin getting their adult teeth between four and seven months, and are very likely to chew on things during this period.

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TOO CUTE

LOOK AT CUTE ANIMALS: IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY It may sound crazy, but researcher Hiroshi Nittono of Japan conducted a study called ”The Power of Kawaii” which showed that looking at pictures of cute puppies, pandas, kittens and cats won’t just improve your mood, but will actually make you more productive. Students looked at photos of food, adult animals and other neutral objects, but the results were not the same. Those who looked at cute animals outperformed their peers by a significant margin.

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DETAILS

D.I.Y. PATIO PROJECT; CLASSIC SUMMER COCKTAIL; BREAKING GROUND - SUCCESSFUL GARDENING; COUNTRY LIVING - SEED PACKETS AS ART

FRESH TRENDS

D.I.Y. PATIO PROJECT:

CITRONELLA CANDLES by Kelsey Orr

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un and functional, these summer centerpieces will provide a pop of color, a pleasant fragrance and a natural insect repellant to help keep bugs away from you and your guests at your next backyard soiree. Make sure to grab extra mint so you can enjoy a classic summer mojito at your soiree. >>

what you need: Lemons Fresh mint Glass jars, such as mason jars Floating candles Citronella essential oil Water

what you do: 1) Take about half of the fresh mint and gently crush it in your hands to release its fragrance. Add the mint to jars for the first layer. 2) Cut 3-4 lemons into slices. Add the lemon slices to the jars for the second layer. Continue to alternate between lemons and herbs to fill jars about three quarters full. 3) Add a few drops of citronella essential oil into each jar. Then add water to fill jars.

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4) Finally top each jar with a floating candle. Light candles and enjoy!


Cheers To Summer

Capture the tastes of warm weather and long lazy days with this splendid summer cocktail.

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hen Memorial weekend rolls around at the end of May, all the graduations are done, the kids are out of school and the pace has slowed down a bit - the time has come to officially kick off summer. Welcome in the hot season with a cold, refreshing cocktail mixed up especially for the occassion.

CLASSIC SUMMER MOJITOS 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish / 2 limes, cut into wedges, plus more for garnish / 2 cups crushed ice, plus more for serving / 1 cup Lime-Mint Syrup, recipe follows / 1 liter white rum / 1/2 cup fresh lime juice / Club soda Muddle the mint leaves and lime wedges with 2 cups crushed ice in the bottom of a large pitcher. Add Lime-Mint Syrup, rum, lime juice, and more ice. Top off with club soda, to taste. Pour into glasses over ice and serve. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and mint sprigs, if desired.

Lime-Mint Syrup: 2 cups sugar / 2 cups water / 2 limes, zested / 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, stir in the lime zest and mint, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to infuse the syrup with the flavor of lime and mint. Strain out the mint and zest and refrigerate the syrup, covered, until cold.

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details / BREAKING GROUND

THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL GARDENING: BY KIMBA ORR

Crop Rotation T O K E E P T H E V E G E TA B L E G A R D E N h e a lt h y, avoid repeating a planting plan in the same spot. This practice, called crop rotation, can feel a bit like juggling, but it’s important to prevent crop-specific pests and diseases from building up in the soil and carrying over from one season to the next. If you move the crop, the problem has no host on which to live. For ideal rotation, vegetables, or vegetable families, should be grown in a particular spot only once every three years.

MA KE A P LA N Keep good notes and records, and sketch out your garden to keep track of your three year rotation. Crop rotation is not as complicated as it sounds, if you take the time to sketch it out and refer to the list of vegetable families. The benefits are definitely worth the effort! ROTATE BY V E GE TA B L E P L AN T FAM I L I ES Vegetables that are members of the same botanical family are susceptible to the same problems, so try to follow members of one family with members of a different family. For example, plant tomatoes in the spot where the beans grew last year, the squash in the spot where peas grew, etc. T he To m at o Fa m i ly The tomato family includes tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and potatoes. These are heavy feeders and are best planted in enriched soil. Tomato family members are also often affected by the same diseases. The Be a n Fa m i ly These crops enrich the soil by adding a little nitrogen. This group includes green beans, green peas, southern peas, jicama, and peanuts, as well as clover and vetch used as cover crops in the cool season. The Sq u a s h Fa m i ly Squash family members are heavy feeders that grow best in rich soil. They include summer and winter squash, pumpkins, gourds, cucumbers, and melons (including cantaloupe and watermelon).

The Cabbage Family These leafy greens thrive on nitrogen-rich soil. Plant them where a member of the bean family has grown before. Members include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collards, and turnip greens.

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details / COUNTRY LIVING

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN

GROW?

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Best Seed Sources: These old-school seed packets put

a pretty face on tasty edibles.

A FEW FAVORITE SELECTIONS: [1] Baker Creek; This Missouri outfit stocks seeds for more than 1,400 heirloom plants. From $2.00; rareseeds.com. [2] Burpees; One of America’s oldest seed suppliers, this Pennsylvania giant also boasts a boutique heirloom line. From $2.95; burpee.com. [3] Seed Savers Exchange; This non-profit organization near Decorah, Iowa, is the largest heritage seed bank in the United States. From $2.75; seedsavers.org. [4] John Scheepers; Every seed sold by this Connecticut-based business is free of genetic modifications. From $2.95; kitchengardenseeds.com. [5] Chas C. Hart Seed Co.; Family-owned since 1892, this Connecticut company offers 43 varieties of heritage vegetables and flowers. From $2.00; hartseed.com. [6] Renee’s Garden; The seed packets from this California line feature a hand-drawn watercolor portrait, growing instructions, planting charts, tips, and cooking ideas. From $2.75; reneesgarden. com. [7] Johnny’s Selected Seeds; Since 1973, this Maine-based company has grown every single one of their seeds on their certified-organic research farm. From $2.95; johnnyseeds.com. [8] Botanical Interests; Peel open this Colorado brand’s packets, and you’ll find growing tips, recipes, and other info inside. From $1.59; botanicalinterests.com

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ECLECTIC ART

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Don’t toss the packets! These seed packages are some of the smallest forms of exquisite artwork! Take care in opening, press onto paper or mat board and secure with tape or spray adhesive. Torn apart? Place the two pieces a bit apart when securing for a different perspective. Add a reclaimed wood frame to create unique art with a personal, vintage flair.

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FASHION

LIVING IN’S... FASHION EDITOR ALLISON ORR GUIDES US THROUGH 3 SUMMER LOOKS FOR SUMMER PATIO DINING IN THE FRONT RANGE

EASY OUTFITTING

SUMMER STYLE

Summer is here and with that comes patio season – whether it is weekend brunch with girlfriends, a week night happy hour with co-workers or date night with your significant other we’ve taken the guess work out of “what to wear”. These looks are perfect summer patio outfits for every occasion!

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SUNDAY

BRUNCH

A pretty, printed sundress, oversized sunhat and espadrilles are the perfect accompaniment to bottomless mimosas and quality time with girlfriends.

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Locations in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Longmont & Littleton

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HAPPY

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HOUR

If you’re heading to happy hour straight from work, get comfortable and start to relax - pop on some flats, peel off that blazer and trade in your briefcase for a colorful clutch.

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HEALTH ROBERT SINDORF, D.C., SHOWS US HOW TO STAY HEALTHY & STRONG WHILE GROOMING YOUR YARD TO PERFECTION

TRIM IT UP SAFELY

YARD

WORK-OUT We usually think of working out in the gym or going for a run as exercise, but when you are working in your lawn and garden you are also using your body and exercising. This means it is just as important to follow some important safety and exercise tips.

1. WARM UP.

Warming up is a very important part of all exercise routines. If you do not warm up properly you are putting yourself at risk for injury. Take 5 minutes before you start working and walk around the block. This will help to get your muscles ready for action. If any areas feel tight then make sure you do some gentle stretching to get muscles moving properly. Dynamic stretching or stretching with a gentle movement is great for getting your muscles ready for the load that is going to be placed on them.

2. KEEP YOUR BACK STRAIGHT.

If you are bending over to pull weeds or to plant in your yard make sure you keep your back as straight as possible. This is usually easiest to do if you bend down on your knees and work on the ground. You want to avoid standing and bending over trying to plant, pull, and move objects. If you are moving anything around your yard remember to keep your back straight and bend your knees when you are picking things up and moving them.

3. CHANGE IT UP.

Working in one spot for too long can be a recipe for disaster. This allows muscles to get tight and puts load on different areas of the body for too long. If you are working in the yard or garden try changing your task after about 15-30 minutes. This will keep you moving and keep you from loading muscles and joints for extended periods of time.

4. DON’T TWIST.

If you are picking up an object don’t twist your back to sit it somewhere else. This means if you are picking something up don’t try and throw it to your side; instead turn your feet to the side you want to move the object to. This will keep you from loading your low back with too much force. The same rule applies here for shoveling. If you shovel move the dirt in front of you, then move it again from another angle if you need to move it. This ensures that you are always moving objects in front of you and never twisting around.

5. TIME OVERHEAD MOVEMENTS.

When you are working with your arms out at shoulder level or above your head try to limit this to 5 minute increments. So if you are trimming bushes try to take short movements that don’t twist your back and give yourself rest after 5 minutes. If you have your arms above your head trimming trees make sure you limit this to 5 minutes. Holding these positions for too long put you at a very high risk for injuring your shoulders and back. Most people are not accustomed to doing this type of labor and therefore your muscles will fatigue much quicker than you realize. Once your muscles get tired you are inviting injury. Remember moderation is key with everything. If you are feeling tired or worn out don’t keep pushing yourself. Use these tips to help keep you and your lawn healthy all season long.

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DINNER WITH A VIEW

PICNIC SAFETY: 101 Dining in the great outdoors is an unforgettable Colorado experience. Make sure it doesn’t include memories of nasty food poisoning by following these food-safety tips. BY KIMBA ORR

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EATING OUTDOORS:

FOOD SAFETY

Evergreen Lake and the Evergreen Lake House provide a memorable spot for your next outdoor dining adventure. Located on Upper Bear Creek Rd in Evergreen, the majestic views and summer activities make it a popular destination.

Everyone knows to keep potato salad out of the hot sun, but did you know that foods requiring refrigeration should not sit in the cooler for more than an hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees? Keep your coolers in the shade if possible, and follow these other tips: • • •

Make sure everyone washes their hands before handling food to prevent contamination. Bring hand sanitizer or moist towelettes in case there are no sinks, and plenty of paper towels. If you are bringing raw meat for grilling make sure you wrap it separately so the juices don’t spill onto other food around it. Try making oil and vinegar based salads to take on your outing rather than mayonnaise based salads (like our sweet potato salad). Deviled eggs are always a popular picnic item as long as you keep them cool. You can also switch out the mayo with mashed avocado to get the same

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creamy texture and the added bonus of fewer calories. Make a checklist so that nothing is forgotten! Bring extra ice for your cooler. Make sure food is packed in separate airtight containers (less risk of contamination). Bring an assortment of beverages and pack them in a separate cooler; it is sure to be opened and closed several times before the food is prepared. The food will stay cooler longer the less the ‘food cooler’ is opened. Make sure you have all the right condiments for the burgers and hotdogs. Don’t forget tableware and of course a big blanket!

COWBOY BURGERS

SHRIMP & AVOCADO SALSA

Step up your grilling with pre-made burgers, stuffed with goodness

Try this tasty take on chips & dip

2 lbs. ground beef 8 oz. bacon, cooked and crumbled 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded ½ c. finely chopped red onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. sea salt 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper

6 roma tomatoes, deseed and dice 1 avocado , diced 1 c. cooked shrimp, roughly chopped ½ medium jalapeno (or to taste) 2 green onions, chopped ½ tsp. salt Juice of 1 lime ¼ to ½ c. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

In a large bowl gently mix all ingredients together. Divide into 8 portions, forming into patties. Cook on a hot grill to desired doneness.

Add all ingredients except avocado, stir together, add avocado last and toss gently. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.

SWEET POTATO SALAD A summer alternative to the mayo-laden traditions 2 lbs. sweet potatoes, cooked and cut into ½” cubes, leave a little firm Sprinkle over your potatoes: ½ c. shallots, chopped ¼ c. fresh rosemary, removed from stems 2 tsp. sea salt ½ tsp. pepper Whisk together: 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar 3TBL. Dijon mustard ¼ tsp. hot pepper sauce Pour over potatoes. Do not stir. 4 ears fresh corn Cook, cool, cut and sprinkle over salad. Saute: ¾ C. olive oil ¼ c. sweet onion Pour over corn. Chop 3 large tomatoes and add to salad, toss gently.

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CHOCOLATE FROSTED COOKIES

food, etc. / CRAVE-WORTHY

worth writing down... What started as a killer craving for butter cookies with chocolate frosting turned into an intense search for the perfect frosted cookie recipe. Following a relentless hunger obsession through the depths of online research, we came across a recipe for Baltimore’s storied Berger cookies. A close relation to New York City’s Black & Whites (a.k.a. Half & Halfs), these cake-like, jumbo-sized cookies are piled with thick, rich chocolate icing. Craving something a bit crispier, we modified a few details to our liking and used our favorite sugar cookie recipe. The result was a satisfying and incredibly addicting cookie that was immediately added to the recipe box. Cookies: 1 C. (2 sticks) butter, softened 1 C. sugar 1 C. confectioners sugar 2 eggs 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond 1 C. oil 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 1/2 C. flour Cream together the butter and sugars; add eggs and beat till smooth. Add in the vanilla, almond and oil; mix well. Add cream of tartar, salt, soda and flour, mix until smooth. Refrigerate dough 4 hours or overnight. After dough has chilled; heavily flour your working surface and rolling pin. Roll the cold dough to 1/8” thickness; use a round glass or cookie cutter to cut circles from the dough and place on a cookie sheet. Bake 8 minutes at 350 degrees until lightly brown around the edges. Remove from cookie sheet and let cool. Chocolate Frosting: 2 C. semisweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 Tablespoon light corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 C. heavy cream 1 1/2 C. confectioners sugar Heat the chocolate chips, corn syrup, vanilla and cream in the microwave in 1 minute intervals until melted; stir until smooth and let cool. Beat in the sugar until creamy; frost onto cooled cookies. 39


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food, etc. / CRAVE-WORTHY

NOSTALGIC CHICKEN TETRAZZINI Comfort food is at its finest in this vintage, crowd-feeding recipe. Perfect for potlucks, freezer meals, new parents, ailing loved ones or Sunday supper; it is the cure-all, miracle worker in a casserole dish. 1 1/2 C. (3 sticks) + 2 Tbsp butter, divided 1 1/3 C. flour 4 C. milk 4 C. chicken broth 1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes 3 Tablespoons chicken boullion salt & pepper 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 1/2 lbs. velveeta cheese product, cubed 1 lb. spaghetti, cooked & drained 5 C. cooked chicken, chopped 2 C. celery, chopped 2 (4 oz.) jars pimentos 3 (4 oz.) jars mushroom stems & pieces 2 cans water chestnuts, drained & chopped 4 C. crushed corn flakes, divided 1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted Melt 1 C. (2 sticks) butter over medium-high heat, add flour and whisk till combined; slowly pour in milk and chicken broth, stirring constantly until thick and bubbly. Add in parsley, boullion, cream of chicken and cheese, stir until melted, let cool. Saute chopped celery in 2 Tbsp. butter till soft. In large bowl, combine cheese sauce, cooked spaghetti, chopped chicken, celery, pimentos, mushrooms and water chestnuts. Divide the mixture between 2 (9�x13�) casserole dishes. If cooking immediately, preheat oven to 350 degrees; top each dish with 2 C. corn flakes and drizzle with half of the melted butter. Bake for 30-40 minutes. If freezing, cover with plastic wrap and foil. When ready to use, defrost casserole, add topping and cook as directed.

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small bites homemade tortillas Mix 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 2 tablespoons of lard or shortening until crumbly; add 1 1/2 cups of water and mix until the dough comes together; place on a lightly floured surface and knead a few minutes until smooth and elastic. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Use a well-floured rolling pin to roll a dough ball into a thin, round tortilla. Place into the hot skillet, and cook until bubbly and golden; flip and continue cooking until golden on the other side.

WRAP & ROLL How to effectively wrap your eggrolls Place your eggroll wrapper in front of you as a diamond; wet all edges by dipping your finger in a bit of water and running it along the 4 sides. Fold down the top corner, place 1/3 to 1/2 cup of your filling in the bottom third of the wrapper and fold up the bottom third, pulling it back towards you to tighten. Fold in each side to the middle and continue to roll upward. Secure edges with more water if needed.

The Incredible

Mushroom

MUSHROOMS HAVE BEEN a culinary staple for about as long as humans have been cooking with fire, perhaps even longer. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that prehistoric people regularly collected wild ones. To the ancient Romans, this fungus was considered a food fit for the gods, while the Chinese believed they empowered people with Herculean strength. Whether or not these cultures were aware of the nutritional value of mushrooms is unclear. Today, however, their many health benefits are well documented.

a new kind of Before you pick up the telephone to call for pizza delivery, try this new at-home substitute that allows even those watching calories or carbs to enjoy the Italian comfort food. Replace the dough with a tortilla, and voila! individual crispy crust pizzas with endless possibilities. Place your plain tortillas in an oven preheated to 375 degrees and let them crisp for about 10 minutes. When cool enough to handle, top with 3 tablespoons of pizza sauce, your desired toppings and mozzarella cheese. Stick the invididual pies back in the oven and bake another 10 minutes, or

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PIZZA

until the cheese is melted and bubbly. A quick and easy dinner for one, a creative appetizer or light lunch, the topping and serving options are endless. Inexpensive, easy and fun, they would be ideal for children’s birthday parties or groups. Set out different topping and sauce combinations and let everyone build their own! Try buffalo sauce with chicken and cream cheese; alfredo sauce with chicken, vegetables and mozzarella; traditional pepperoni, beef or supreme. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination! Try it with the homemade tortilla recipe!

Like most plants, mushrooms are loaded with polysaccharides, phytonutrients that appear to possess potent anti-cancer properties. Specifically, several studies indicate that eating them may help to prevent breast cancer. This is attributed to the inhibition of aromatase, an enzyme involved in hyperestrogenemia, a condition characterized by excessive estrogen production. Mushrooms are also high in other antioxidants, such as L-ergothioneine. In fact, they contain higher levels of this agent than other dietary sources, including liver and wheat germ, and are not depleted during cooking. According to the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, research suggests that niacin-rich foods, like mushrooms, appear to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders by as much as 70%. In addition, niacin interrupts the activity of homocysteine, an amino acid associated with elevated cholesterol and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoarthritis.


ETCETERA

homemade

DOG FOOD Searching for a way to add wholesome, natural ingredients into your furry friend’s diet? This recipe for homemade dog food is easy, nutritious and dog approved!

BEEFY DOGGY DELIGHT

BONE APPETIT!

1lb ground beef, chicken or turkey / 2 cups brown rice / 5 cups of water or broth / 1 package frozen veggies Brown the meat, then add the veggies to the pot. Since dogs don’t chew their food up like we would it’s good to break up the veggies into smaller portions; not because they could choke, but to get more of the nutrients. Use a food processor to simplify the process and create a vegetable ”paste”. Add the water or broth and rice to the pot, bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Once the liquid is gone and the rice is cooked it’s done! Let it cool to room temperature and then separate the pot into 9 (generous) 1 cup servings. Form each serving into a ball shape and place them on a cookie sheet with wax paper. Stick the sheet in the freezer so they stay in that form, then transfer to a ziploc bag. Now you have ready to serve meals, just thaw them out and serve! Know that you’ll likely need to supplement with dry dog food (or add in specific nutrients to the food) for the various needs they may have.

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PROMISE Ranch By Allison Orr

SUMMER 2014


Something magical is happening at Promise Ranch in Parker, Colorado...

Amidst sprawling farms, piney woods and rolling hills lies what many call “horse country” and within it Promise Ranch, a non-profit therapeutic riding ranch for individuals living with mental and physical disabilities. Established in 2009, Promise Ranch started with a single instructor, a handful of volunteers and a few

promising students. Since then the program has expanded to include three PATH certified instructors, two occupational therapists, nearly 70 volunteers, an 8 person board of directors, 8 therapy horses and over 35 students ranging in age from 3-60, almost all of whom visit the ranch once a week for lessons.

F

ounder, Dr. Anne Moore, a former pediatrician and equine enthusiast, began the ranch with a vision in mind: to instill independence, confidence and trust through “equine assisted activities in individuals facing physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive challenges.” Using therapeutic riding, in conjunction with a medically recognized therapy method known as Hippotherapy, Promise Ranch works with a wide range of individuals with disabilities to improve their quality of life and meet various medical and personal goals.

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At Promise Ranch the two programs focus

Aside from more tangible physical goals,

on distinctly different goals but for many riders they

riders also begin to form strong emotional bonds

begin to “kind of blend and overlap because you get

with the horses they are paired with. As board vice-

the benefits of both,” head therapeutic riding instruc-

president, Marsha Boggart, states, “Promise Ranch

tor at Promise Ranch, Carol Crisp, explains. Beginning

is a non-profit that helps a developmentally disabled

with Hippotherapy, individuals work with an on-site

child [or adult] respond better the outside world after

occupational therapist that uses the horse to help them

they have spent an hour deeply bonding with a horse

achieve medical related goals that may be physical,

by rhythm, feeling and trust.” The deep connection

communicative or behavioral in nature. The therapist

between rider and horse is hard to explain, “there is

uses the horse as a tool to cultivate learning while pro-

just something that you cannot put your finger on

moting balance, fine motor skill development, atten-

[and that is] why these horses seem to understand

tional skills, verbal and sensory responses.

and recognize what these riders are all about,” Carol

tells us.

Through their success in Hippotherapy,

students can then begin to learn the hands-on skills

needed to ride a horse through the ranch’s therapeutic

plains, “Something differentiates us and it’s our

Board president Mark Scheuneman ex-

riding program. Simply put, Carol tells us that thera-

instructors, and it’s our horses and it’s the environ-

peutic riding involves “teaching individuals with dis-

ment that we’re in.” Parent and Promise Ranch board

abilities how to horseback ride through riding instruc-

member, Blair Wyles tells us, “There’s just something

tion.” In broader terms, therapeutic riding teaches

magical that happens to the people that are involved.

individuals the skill set they need to ride with a focus

The people that are involved with [the program] see

on increasing flexibility, improving posture, coordi-

it and feel it and you can see this transformation on

nating body movements and mechanics with the guid-

all levels, and that’s the magic.”

ance of an instructor and most importantly instilling a

therapeutic for everyone involved and everyone con-

Carol adds, “It’s

sense of confidence and accomplishment when these goals are met. Carol, alongside fellow Promise Ranch instructors Katey Simons and Sharon Tiraschi, work to customize the therapeutic riding program for each individual rider to achieve optimal success.

Carol adds that while safety is always in mind,

“In therapeutic horseback riding we try and have our clients do as much on their own [as is] possible. There’ s this mentality in their lives of being told what they cannot do and we are trying really hard to not see their disability but what their abilities are and help them be as independent as possible… We have them do as much as they can on their own to help them feel able not disabled.”

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What is PATH International? All Promise Ranch instructors are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) program. Formed in 1969, the program focuses on equine-assisted activities and therapies for special needs individuals. With over 4,200 certified instructors and 52,000 volunteers working world-wide the PATH program goals include facilitating growth and development, enriching the human spirit and promoting safety within the special needs individuals they serve. Explore more at Pathintl.org


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How To Donate... SCHOLARSHIP

SPONSORSHIP

prtr.org/scholarship

prtr.org/sponsorship

Promise Ranch wants all students to be able to participate in Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding sessions no matter what their financial situation is. Students in need can greatly benefit from scholarship donations which vary from 1-10 session. Give a Promise Ranch student the gift of lessons.

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Sponsor one of the amazing Promise Ranch therapy horses through their sponsorship program. From boarding costs to semi-annual veterinary visits, farrier maintenance and dental exams the horses of the ranch incur a large expense each year and the ranch greatly relies on sponsorship donations to keep their equines healthy. Check out their silver, gold and platinum sponsorhip packages.


EQUIPMENT & TACK

Nearly all of the equipment used by Promise Ranch has been donated and they are always in need of additional supplies. Any equipment that cannot be used directly by the ranch is sold with profits going towards their Veterinary Reserve Fund. For a full list of acceptable non-monetary donation items please visit the site.

NON-EQUINE DONATIONS

Gift certificates to hardware supply stores including Lowes and Home Depot, printing and laminating services, construction, repair or handyman services for maintaining their current facility are also needed. If you believe your donated services can be of use to the ranch please email them for more information.

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Amy and horse Knickee

tributes; the horses, the volunteers, the instructors

a saddle with her feet in stirrups. Due to severe

but also the clients contribute. To spend 45 minutes

muscle spasms in her hands, she had never had the

with a rider…it’s like it takes you for that little bit of

chance to control the reins and is now able to hold

[time] that you’re in there experiencing it, it takes

them and navigate her horse, Knickee, through an

you out of the world and it’s really like a little piece of

obstacle course when she rides. When she began

heaven that you can just be there and experience it.”

therapeutic riding, Amy required the assistance of

Aside from the unexplainable magic, Carol

3-4 volunteers and now she can ride independently

explains another big difference in the Promise Ranch

with a single volunteer at her side. Amy is just one

program is their ability and willingness to work with

of the many success stories at Promise Ranch. Carol

older disabled populations. “You have to take more

and her devoted team of volunteers work with each

time, it takes more flexibility, it takes a certain kind

and every rider to aide them in achieving goals and

of horse…and these larger programs as [riders] get

enable them to reach their full potential and break

older are not able to serve them as well.” “After these

through the physical boundaries of their disability.

kids become adults the medical world kind of says,

And in order for the ranch to continue its and its

okay, you are what you are and you’re not necessar-

rider’s successes they rely heavily on outside contri-

ily going to improve and so a lot of the funding goes

butions and volunteer support.

away and a lot of the focus and interest goes away.”

Carol explains, “As a non-profit we rely

But not here, where from the countless sto-

on charitable contributions, we rely on volunteers,

ries we hear, miracles do happen and no rider, in spite

we rely on the community to help us and support

of age or disability, is left behind. Carol tells us of a

us. Douglas County in particular is very aware of

student whom she worked with as a child at another

its population of people with disabilities and so we

program and now works with as an adult at Promise

have been awarded a [Douglas County Develop-

Ranch. Living with cerebral palsy and wheel chair

mental Disability] Mill Levy grant for two years in

bound since childhood, Amy had been on a horse as

a row.” The Mill Levy grant was established to pro-

a child in another program but was always a passive

vide non-profits with resources to provide their ser-

rider and had never had the opportunity to ride in a

vices to developmentally disabled individuals, some

saddle or control the reins. As she got older and her

of whom are on a statewide waiting list, to “receive

physical condition worsened it became harder to get

services for a variety of unmet needs.”

her on and off of a horse and the program she was in

felt like she could no longer horseback ride. Never

grant has allowed students like Peter to attend the

giving up, Amy enrolled at Promise Ranch about

Promise Ranch therapeutic riding program. Peter’s

three years ago. During her first lesson at the ranch

parents had never heard of therapeutic riding and

Carol asked Amy, “What do you want to do?” Glanc-

were skeptical to bring Peter there. Peter, living

ing towards a rider in the arena, Amy replied, “I want

with cerebral palsy and autism, showed no interest

to look normal.”

in their pets at home and they were unsure of how

Funding provided from the Mill Levy

Carol and her team went to work and slow-

he would react to a horse. In one of those magical

ly helped Amy increase the flexibility in her legs

moments, Peter arrived on the ranch for his first les-

so that she could comfortably ride western style in

son when Angel, a beautiful pony with a reputation

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Volunteer Patty Aslin and horse Angel, also pictured below

VOLUNTEER AT PROMISE RANCH Patty Aslin has been a volunteer at the ranch for the past four years and loves the work that she does at Promise Ranch. Known as one of their “star volunteers� Patty is ready at the go to help groom the horses, fill-in last minute volunteer shifts and greet students as they arrive for their lessons.

The ranch is in need of a wide range of volunteers from individuals who participate in classes and interact with the riders and instructors, to their horse care, recruitment and fundraising teams there are many ways to help the ranch. Download your volunteer application and find more information on the website. prtr.org/volunteer

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Rider Profile: Daniel

opposite top: Rider Daniel

After hours of practice and a lot of positive reinforcement, early this spring Daniel achieved his goal and stood up in his stirrups, even moving his body rhythmically with his horse’s gait, just like a seasoned rider.

Dealing with a severe form of autism, Daniel and his family came to Promise Ranch in 2009, where Daniel was enrolled as their first official rider. At first, Daniel required a lot of physical support to safely ride during his sessions. Fast forward to 2014 and Daniel is now able to ride with little to no hands-on support. Over the course of the last 18 months, his parents, teachers and Promise Ranch instructors have worked with him weekly to build his muscle strength so that he can stand up in his stirrups when riding.

for being a little nippy at times, walked right up to

viduals living with disabilities. Even with over 70 volunteers

Peter and gently placed her muzzle on his arm. His

currently helping on the ranch, it is simply not enough and

parents were amazed at the instant bond Peter and

they hope to build a force of volunteers over the next year

Angel formed and from that day on every day Peter

through such programs as supported employment, as well as

arrives for his lesson Angel greets him. His parents

their current volunteer recruitment program.

report that since starting the therapeutic riding pro-

gram Peter has been able to decrease some of his

therapy services. Their current occupational therapists, Jeff

medications and has greatly increased his abdominal

Galloway and Michelle Baxter, are interested in introducing

strength and can now sit upright on his own.

small animal therapy to the ranch with research being done

Serving children and adults alike, the pro-

and efforts being made to develop a new therapy program

gram continues to grow each year and Promise

using goats, llamas and alpacas. The current board has also

Ranch starts to look to the future. They are currently

been busy working out the details for an equine therapy pro-

searching for a large, private, climate controlled

gram tailored for disabled veterans called Horses for Heroes.

space within Douglas County to move operations to.

In order to successfully start the program a large wheelchair

“Our main goal is to be in our own space by the end

lift is needed along with larger horses that can support more

of the year,” board president, Mark, states. And with

weight than the current brood which they hope to be able to

a new space, the organization has an important list of

accommodate in a new space.

features they are looking for including a more climate

controlled arena and paved access for their clients in

in store for Promise Ranch and making sure that their an-

wheel chairs. These key features are also important

nual fundraiser is a success is going to be more important

for inclement weather conditions and being able to

than ever. Mark fills us in on some of the tentative details

hold lessons as normal despite of the weather.

including a “riding experience” that allows attendees to see

The current Promise Ranch space is located

the program and its riders at work. And while the location

on their founder’s personal ranch and is shared with

and exact date are still TBD as of printing, they are planning

other boarders which at times can cause issues with

on late August with Brother’s BBQ already slotted to cater

riders that are affected by changes in their environ-

the event and a nationally known country singer in talks to

ment due to unfamiliar horses and noise levels. A

perform.

private space used solely by Promise Ranch and its

clients is key in their search. They also hope to find a

within their current space to serve their riders 6 days a week.

space with a larger boarding area to house additional

In the month of April alone the ranch held over 100 lessons

horses, whereas now their boarding space can only

and with hopes of being awarded another Mill Levy grant

house the eight donated and rescued horses that the

this year they know that program interest and enrollment

program currently utilizes.

will only continue to grow. And as Promise Ranch contin-

In addition to a larger space with modern

ues to work in expanding its services and differentiating

amenities, Promise Ranch hopes to increase the

its program from others in the state we know that exciting

catalog of services that they currently offer including

things are in the near future for the ranch and its riders.

supported employment and volunteer work for indi-

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Promise Ranch is also looking to expand their

With these goals in mind, the next year has a lot

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Horse Profile: Paradise An aging Paint/Arabian mix with a rich red mane, Paradise was rescued by the ranch several years ago. Suffering from a physical injury, her original owner was told that she would never be able to train and ride Paradise. At a loss for what to do with the horse Paradise came to Promise Ranch on a trial basis. She was a wild card for the ranch’s instructors who worked alongside her, training daily to get her ready for her first rider.

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When Paradise was finally ready for her first rider Carol had just the student in mind. Rory, a regular rider at Promise Ranch, had been born prematurely and was on oxygen. Carol approached Rory’s mother and asked her to consider allowing her daughter to try out a new horse during that day’s lesson. Hesitant of working with a new horse, mother and daughter went to meet Paradise, who upon seeing them reached her nose out and gently touched the mother’s arm before approaching Rory. She instinctively knew that to have Rory as her rider she would first have to win over her mom.


pictured below: Daniel’s father Blair spends time with a Promise Ranch family member

Rory’s mother immediately noticed the two shared the same beautiful long red hair. It was a magical moment for everyone and from that day on Paradise has become known as “Rory’s Horse.” The two are inseparable and share an amazing, strong emotional bond with one another. Rory has not only decreased the amount of oxygen she needs each day, she has also become verbal and has started walking; and Paradise has gotten a second chance at life as a therapy horse at Promise Ranch.

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pictured below: Promise Ranch board member, volunteer and student Adrianna de Oliveira, has served on both Brazilian and United States Paralympic basketball teams

The success stories, the miracles, the wave of emotions that you can see and feel as soon as you step foot on the ranch have cast a spell of enchantment over all of those involved in keeping the program going; the horses, the riders, the volunteers, instructors and parents who come with their children to experience it. When we leave the ranch that day even we can feel that this has been a life-changing experience. To observe the ranch at work and speak with the people who make it all happen; we leave believers -

There is truly something magical happening at Promise Ranch in Parker, Colorado.

Want more of the ranch? Read about our day at Promise Ranch on the Living in Denver blog: www.LivingInDenver.co SUMMER 2014


FRONT RANGE patio dining IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE LIFESTYLE /

LIVING IN... / WITH FIELD EDITOR KIMBA ORR

LIVING IN DENVER’S TOP PICKS

Dining In The Great

Colorado Outdoors It’s summertime and, if you are like us, you want to spend as much time outside as possible enjoying the amazing Colorado weather. One of our favorite ways to squeeze in a little more time under the sun is to take advantage of the patios at many Colorado restaurants. Whether it is for brunch, lunch, happy hour or dinner, summertime is patio time. Here are some of our favorites! The patio and Mediterranean fare at Grappa in Golden is a favorite of Living In Editors Kelsey Orr, right, and Kimba Orr.

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CHAUTAUQUA 900 Baseline Rd. We chose this patio because of the simplicity and beauty of our surroundings right at the foothills of the Flat Irons. The patio itself is beautiful with all of the hanging baskets of flowers on the old fashioned wooden porch. As you sit and enjoy your meal take in the beautiful view of mountains and the lush, green park where you can watch families enjoying time together flying kites or having a picnic lunch. This patio is also a perfect place to relax after you have been on one of Chautauqua’s many hiking trails.

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MADDIE’S BIERGARTEN 330 Perry St We chose Maddie’s as one of our favorite patios because it is a great place to bring your family for a fun night. You can sit inside or enjoy their patio with traditional biergarten seating. They also have TV’s on the patio for you to enjoy on game days. Bring the kids! They have a special game room for them to enjoy, too. Maddie’s has 23 Colorado craft beers and several different wines, plus a light menu. There is always something going on at Maddie’s that you can enjoy from the patio. They have live music on Saturday night which is always a great time, also check out Sunday Funday and Wine Wednesday.

GREELEY

THE RIO GRANDE 825 9th St. The Rio is a patio staple in Greeley. At night you can see The Rio Grande’s outdoor seating is full of happy people enjoying delicious food on a large, well-lit patio. This patio has the atmosphere to go along with Rio’s famous margaritas to make for a fun evening out. This is also a go-to happy hour patio from 3-6 on weekdays.

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LOVELAND

BIAGGI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO 5929 Sky Pond Dr. This is a casual Italian restaurant that offers an extensive food selection. They have authentic Italian cuisine and great seafood. We chose their patio because of the solitude. The view is great, overlooking a small lake, walking path and some great art sculptures. This is an impressive patio and is great for a business luncheon or a quiet dinner.


ARVADA

THE EGGSHELL 5777 Olde Wadsworth The Eggshell is the perfect patio to enjoy brunch with friends and family on a warm summer morning. There are two patio areas to accommodate the weekend breakfast rushes. Kick off your day with a cup of coffee while watching pedestrians stroll along Olde Wadsworth and Ralston.

LITTLETON

MERLE’S 2609 W. Main St.

FORT COLLINS

COOPERSMITH’S # 5 Old Town Square A patio feature for Fort Collins wouldn’t be complete without mentioning CooperSmith’s. With multiple outdoor seating options, this is truly one of the best patio atmospheres in Fort Collins. CooperSmith’s has a diverse beer selection (with their legendary brewery on site), food for everyone’s taste and is in a prime location right in Old Town Square. The patio is a popular spot in the summer, so you may want to take advantage of CooperSmith’s call ahead seating.

Merles has quite an interesting history they are happy to tell you about, but Merles made our top picks because of its great rooftop patio. Merles is a family friendly restaurant so feel free to bring the whole family to enjoy some rooftop dining. The view from the roof lets you enjoy historic Downtown Littleton. Let’s not forget about their great classic American food, sensational burgers, hand cut french-fries, along with a kids menu. They also offer a large beer selection and of course soft drinks for the kiddos! LAKEWOOD

Zest Café 2740 So. Wadsworth Blvd. This patio is a hidden gem tucked away in a shopping center just off of Wadsworth and Yale. Although it is in-between a few businesses it is still very private and intimate, which is why we chose Zest as one of our favorite patios. This is a great place to bring a date or have a few friends join you for a fun patio experience.

EVERGREEN

THE KEYS ON THE GREEN 29614 Upper Bear Creek Rd.

We enjoyed the patio at The Keys on the Green for Sunday brunch. Located at the clubhouse of the Evergreen Golf Course, the scenery is fantastic with lake and mountain views as well as watching golfers try their luck off the first tee. Brunch was a success as they take great care in offering their delicious food and are very attentive, making sure your coffee cup is always full. A great place to dine and get away from the hustle and bustle. 11


Patio INSPIRATION According to a 2007 survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors, patios were among the top 10 features that buyers want in a new house. More than half of surveyed buyers said that they would be willing to pay a premium for a house with a patio. Today’s patios are of all shapes, sizes and styles - here are a few of our favorite to get your imagination rolling. Ready to start a new project? Contact Aquality Construction (aqualityconstruction.com) or Affordable Sprinkler & Landscape (aslandscape.com) to build your dream-scape!

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“There are very few places that can match the cool air and fresh escape of the Colorado Rocky Mountains in summer.” Photos by KBR Gallery

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