LITTLETON SUMMER 2014
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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.
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.
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LITTLETON WHAT ARE YOU D OI NG T H I S SU M M E R?
Music FESTIVAL What started as a grand opening for the RE/MAX EDGE office in June of 2011 quickly became a fundraiser to help a local family in need of support. The tight knit community banded together to raise funds after a terrible auto accident and in doing so, started a tradition enjoyed by everyone! The Roxborough Music Festival is now in its fourth year and will be held on September 6th from noon until 10:00 PM.
Roxborough Music Fest - September 6th
he first year included a stage and performances by local bands. In 2013, the event raised more than $7000 and supporters included residents, business owners, and area supporters with a shared love for the community. Over 2,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event. Each year the festival has continued to grow, including more bands, vendors, prizes, and activities. The charitable efforts have also continued to grow, helping more people in need every year. Each year the proceeds from the Roxborough Music Festival go to the local charity Hands Across Roxborough that is run by Carlene Harris. Hands Across Roxborough reaches out to local families that have suffered hardships, making it impossible to pay for everyday items such as groceries and utilities, or even more specific things such as medical bills. The charity also provides temporary assistance for those needing rides to appointments, home repairs, or holiday gifts for children.
The Roxborough Music Festival is a family-friendly event with entertainment for both kids and adults. Kids can enjoy games, face painting, activities and a bounce house. Music lovers of all ages can listen to great local talent from variety of genres. Rock and roll, swing, blues, country and folk music can all be found at the festival. Stick around for some great local cuisine and cold drinks from Waterton Tavern and Angel’s Share or peruse the local vendors setting up shop in booths around the festival. Each and every year the talented graphic artist, Steve Schader, creates a new poster and t-shirt design. Be sure to pick up this year’s t-shirt at the event and support The Roxborough Music Festival. Mark your calendars now and join us on September 6th for great music, food, drinks and a relaxing time with friends – all for an amazing cause!
The Roxborough Music Festival is now in its fourth year and will be held on September 6th from noon until 10:00 PM.
ROXBOROUGH MUSIC FEST; IMAGES BY THOMAS COOPER / LIGHTBOX IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY
“Saturday night ROCKED in Roxborough. My family and I went to the Roxborough Music Festival after a full day of hiking and soccer games. It was a super fun way to unwind, catch up with friends and enjoy everything local.”
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It’s all about access and choice, isn’t it? From Denver International Airport, major airlines give you nonstop access to more than 180 destinations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, and Japan. 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?
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CONTENTS ONWARD! Get Outside! Produce-Picking Farms & Fruit Stands Living In‘s Months Ahead
PETS Seasonal Pet Safety Accessories / Too Cute!
DETAILS D.I.Y. Patio Project: Citronella Candles Crop Rotation / Seed Packet Inspiration
FASHION Summer Style: Heat Up Patio Dining
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ONWARD! NOTEWORTHY DATES, HELPFUL TIPS & REMINDERS TO LIVE YOUR BEST SUMMER MONTHS AHEAD
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
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.
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.
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.
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DID YOU KNOW?
>> 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
parker days festival June 13th-15th
sand in the city, arvada June 28th-29th
colorado brewer’s festival, fort collins June 28th-29th
>> 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.
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION, WESTMINSTER
COLORADO IRISH FEST, LITTLETON
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
SUMMER BLOCK PARTY, WESTMINSTER
CASTLE ROCK WINE FEST
Westy Fest, Westminster
Sculpture In The Park, Loveland
BUFFALO BILL DAYS, GOLDEN
AUGUST 15th-17th AUGUST 16th-17th
Colorado State Fair, Pueblo
Thunder In The Rockies Bike Rally, Loveland
AUGUST 29th-SEPTEMBER 1st Tour de Fat, Fort Collins
EVERGREEN JAZZ FESTIVAL
>> 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.
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
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 â€˜outdoor roomâ€™ 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. >>
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.
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.
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
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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.
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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.
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SEASONAL PET SAFETY; SUMMER ACCESSORIES; $100K CHALLENGE; IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY WITH CUTE ANIMAL PICS FIDOâ€™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 carâ€™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
Foothills Animal Shelter Accepts
2014’s ASPCA Rachael Ray
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
with their families and save more lives than ever before.
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.
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:  K9 Optix Sunglasses for Dogs, baxterboo.com;  For sidewalks, asphalt, boats, docks and sand, keep their paws cool with Dog Cooling Boots, keepdoggiesafe.com;  Chase, float, rest and play again with the Life Ring Retrieval Dog Toy, keepdoggiesafe.com;  Dog Life Jacket, waterdoggy.com;  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;  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.
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.
D.I.Y. PATIO PROJECT; CLASSIC SUMMER COCKTAIL; BREAKING GROUND - SUCCESSFUL GARDENING; COUNTRY LIVING - SEED PACKETS AS ART
D.I.Y. PATIO PROJECT:
CITRONELLA CANDLES by Kelsey Orr
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.
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.
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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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 itâ€™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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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN
Best Seed Sources: These old-school seed packets put
a pretty face on tasty edibles.
A FEW FAVORITE SELECTIONS:  Baker Creek; This Missouri outfit stocks seeds for more than 1,400 heirloom plants. From $2.00; rareseeds.com.  Burpees; One of America’s oldest seed suppliers, this Pennsylvania giant also boasts a boutique heirloom line. From $2.95; burpee.com.  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.  John Scheepers; Every seed sold by this Connecticut-based business is free of genetic modifications. From $2.95; kitchengardenseeds.com.  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.  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.  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.  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
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.
LIVING IN’S... FASHION EDITOR ALLISON ORR GUIDES US THROUGH 3 SUMMER LOOKS FOR SUMMER PATIO DINING IN THE FRONT RANGE
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!
A pretty, printed sundress, oversized sunhat and espadrilles are the perfect accompaniment to bottomless mimosas and quality time with girlfriends.
2 BEST BRUNCH Located in an old Victorian home, the original Lucile’s location in Boulder serves up southerninspired comforting brunch eats on a simply charming outdoor patio. SUNDAY BRUNCH SELECTIONS:  Sunday Afternoons Havana Hat, $28.00, rei.com;  Blue V-Neck Vintage Print Dress, $24.95, sheinside. com;  Toms Black Suede Platform Wedges, $69.00, toms.com
Locations in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Longmont & Littleton
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.
HAPPY HOUR FAVORITES:  Lula Designs double strand Lapis necklace, request price, luladesigns.com;  Oversized Envelope Clutch in Royal Blue, $34.99, fashionjunkee.com;  Carrie Parry Shirt Dress, $115.00, fab.com;  Top Moda Laser-Cut Black Ballet Flats, $21.99, shopreflection.com
FAVORITE HAPPY HOUR: TEQUILA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT IS KNOWN FOR THEIR DELICIOUS HOUSE-MADE MARGARITAS, CHIPS & QUESO SUMMER 2014
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3 MUST-HAVE PATIO ACCESSORY
A lightweight wrap or scarf is a must-have for the Colorado summer season. Offering an instant layer if things get a little gusty or the temps start to cool down in the evening. Cashmere Blend Eyelash Wrap, $98.00, nordstrom.com
Leave the kiddos at home, grab your significant other and head out for a romantic date night with cocktails, city views and that tried-and-true LBD (little black dress). WOMEN’S SPRING SELECTIONS:  Tory Burch Chole Flat Sandal, $250.00, toryburch.com;  Drifter Odette Tank Dress, $110.00, farfetch.com;  Kendra Scott Nemera necklace in Gold, $105.00, kendrascott.com
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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
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
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!
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.
PICNIC ITEMS TO AVOID: Ice cream, sticky puddings, and cakes – they are fragile to transport and wasps and other insects love them. SUMMER 2014
CHOCOLATE FROSTED COOKIES
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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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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 (9â€?x13â€?) 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.
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.
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
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 childrenâ€™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 Alzheimerâ€™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.
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
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.
PROMISE Ranch By Allison Orr
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.
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.
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
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.”
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
How To Donate... SCHOLARSHIP
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.
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.
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.
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
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 â€œstar volunteersâ€? 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
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
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-
Promise Ranch is also looking to expand their
With these goals in mind, the next year has a lot
In the meantime, Promise Ranch continues to work
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.
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.
PROMISE RANCH THERAPEUTIC RIDING 10272 DEMOCRAT RD., PARKER, CO 80134 PRTR.ORG
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
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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 at The Tavern is among our top picks.
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The Tavern rooftop patio has indoor and outdoor seating in case the elements don’t cooperate! The Tavern also has an outdoor fireplace on two different levels and HDTV’s for you to enjoy. The bi-level patio is convenient for private parties as well. While we were enjoying a drink, some of their eclectic modern cuisine and a great view we noticed they were having a going away party so we snapped a pic of them. It is also a perfect place for a graduation party or bachelorette party! The possibilities are endless!
MERLE’S 2609 W. Main St. 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!
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Ja Ja Bistro brings you a little piece of France right on their patio from the cloth covered tables to their own Eiffel Tower you can sit beside. Ja Ja is a slang term for wine used in the south of France. They chose the name because it represents many things, the love of wine, the casual atmosphere of the bistro and the way they want you to feel while you are there. If you want a relaxing lunch or dinner with a French flair, Ja Ja is a must. A great date night where you could linger over wine and delicious cuisine!
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. Todayâ€™s patios are of all shapes, sizes and styles - here are a few of our favorite to get your imagination rolling.
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