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


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

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


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

nick rhodes publisher pelican publications 1978 south garrison st #110 lakewood, co 80227

casey orr publisher pelican publications

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


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

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

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Directed by Nick Rhodes, Casey Orr Creative Director Kaley Rhodes Art Director Kaley Rhodes Editorial Casey Orr Advertising Sales Brandon Powers

N. 2 FALL / WINTER 2012

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CONTENTS Welcome to Denver




Food, Etc.


Turning House Into Home


Outdoor Adventures


New City, New You






Yard Work


Furry Friends


For Fun


MTD‘s Quick Guides




arts & culture




professional sports


parks & recreation




Getting Started


Advertiser Index


Final Thoughts

098 Connect with us on Facebook!


“Denver is a city that will be far more defined by its future than its past.” John Hickenlooper

Located just East

of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a picturesque city with a beautiful climate. To the surprise of many people who don’t live here, Denver has over 300 days of sunshine each year! Combine this with easy access to the mountains, hundreds of parks and trails and recreational sports leagues it is no wonder Denver is consistently ranked as one of the healthiest and most liveable cities in the country.

Population and Demographics

The seven county area that makes up the Denver metro covers 4,530 square miles, while the state of Colorado covers 103,718 square miles. The Denver metro area is the 21st largest metro area with a diverse population of 2.7 million. Denver County has a population including 10% African American, 31% Hispanic, 3% Asian, and 1.3% American Indian. The population of the metro has had consistent growth every decade. There was a 16% increase in population between 2000 and 2010. By 2030, Metro Denver’s population is anticipated to grow by nearly 50% to almost 3.9 million.

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The arid conditions of the Denver area bring only 8 to 15 inches of annual precipitation. Winters are mild with an average daily high of 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers are also mild with the average high in August being 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The low humidity in the area makes for pleasant summer evenings.

Denver Facts •

Colorado has 222 state wildlife areas.

Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in the country.

Colorado contains 75% of the land area in the United States with an altitude over 10,000 feet.

Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks within city limits. There are also approximately 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains.

Colorado has more microbreweries per capita than any other state.

The first permanent structure in Denver was a saloon.

DENVER CITY HISTORY Denver City was founded in November 1858 as a mining town during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush in western Kansas Territory. That summer, a group of gold prospectors from Lawrence, Kansas, arrived and established Montana City on the banks of the South Platte River. This was the first settlement in what was later to become the city of Denver. The site faded quickly, however, and by the summer of 1859 it was abandoned in favor of Auraria (named after the gold mining town of Auraria, Georgia), and St. Charles City. On November 22, 1858, General William Larimer, a land speculator from eastern Kansas, placed cottonwood logs to stake a claim on the bluff overlooking the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, across the creek from the existing mining settlement of Auraria, and on the site of the existing townsite of St. Charles. Larimer named the townsite Denver City to curry favor with Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver. Larimer hoped that the town’s name would help make it the county seat of Arapahoe County, but unknown to him Governor Denver had already resigned from office. The location was accessible to existing trails and was across the South Platte River from the site of seasonal encampments of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe. The site of these first towns is now the site of Confluence Park in downtown Denver. Larimer, along with associates in the St. Charles City Land Company, sold parcels in the town to merchants and miners, with the intention of creating a major city that would cater to new emigrants. Denver City was a frontier town, with an economy based on servicing local miners with gambling, saloons, livestock and goods trading. In May 1859, Denver City residents donated 53 lots to the Leavenworth & Pike’s Peak Express in order to secure the region’s first overland wagon route. Offering daily service for “passengers, mail, freight, and gold,” the Express reached Denver on a trail that trimmed westward travel time from twelve days to six. In 1863, Western Union furthered Denver’s dominance of the region by choosing the city for its regional terminus. The Colorado Territory was created on February 28, 1861, Arapahoe County was formed on November 1, 1861, and Denver City was incorporated on November 7, 1861. Denver City served as the Arapahoe County Seat from 1861 until consolidation in 1902. In 1867, Denver City became the Territorial Capital. With its new-found importance, Denver City shortened its name to just Denver. On August 1, 1876, Colorado was admitted to the Union. In 1901, the Colorado General Assembly voted to split Arapahoe County into three parts: a new consolidated City and County of Denver, a new Adams County, and the remainder of the Arapahoe County to be renamed South Arapahoe County. A ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court, subsequent legislation, and a referendum delayed the creation of the City and County of Denver until November 15, 1902. Denver has hosted the Democratic National Convention twice, during the years of 1908, and again in 2008, taking the opportunity to promote the city’s status on the national, political, and socioeconomic stage In 2010, Denver adopted a comprehensive update of its zoning code. The new zoning was developed to guide development as envisioned in adopted plans such as Blueprint Denver, Transit Oriented Development Strategic Plan, Greenprint Denver, and the Strategic Transportation Plan. Denver has also been known historically as the Queen City of the Plains and the Queen City of the West, because of its important role in the agricultural industry of the high-plains region in eastern Colorado and along the foothills of the Colorado Front Range.

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Proper vehicle maintenance keeps cars running right no matter the season, but it is especially important in cold weather as Winter brings unique challenges for car owners. follow these 5 tips to ensure a safe and warm driving season. 1. Check the antifreeze: Use an antifreeze tester or refractometer to

draw a few drops of antifreeze from the radiator or overflow. This will give information on the current freezing point of your car’s antifreeze. Check the normal lowest temperature for your area, and add more antifreeze as needed to make sure your engine block does not freeze.

2. Check the tires: Grab a ruler and check the depth of the tread on

your car’s tires. If driving in snow, make sure the tires have a minimum of 6/32 of an inch of tread. If driving on wet roads, look for a minimum of 4/32 of an inch of tread. Make sure to check all four tires, because tires do not always wear evenly, and replace tires that do not meet the minimum tread depth for you area’s weather. Also, check tire pressure and make sure tire inflation reflects the manufacturer’s recommendations for your vehicle.

3. Maintain visibility: Check the wiper blades for signs of cracking and wear. Replace damaged blades with either winter blades or all-season wiper blades. Fill the windshield wiper fluid compartment with non-freezing windshield wiper fluid. Never use plain water in the windshield wiper fluid compartment for winter driving, because plain water can freeze on the windshield, reducing visibility. 4. Check the oil: Check the oil for signs of particulate matter in the oil.

If the engine oil looks thick or unusually dark, start the season right with a fresh oil change, making sure to use the oil viscosity recommended by the manufacturer for cold weather vehicle operation. Information about recommended oil viscosity for cold weather operation is available in the owner’s manual or through an online search.

5. Replace or keep up the battery: Check the date stamp on your car’s

battery, and consider replacing it if the battery is more than three years old. While looking at the battery, clean the metal connectors to make sure the cables make good contact with the battery terminals. Finally, if the battery has any low cells, meaning the fluid in the compartments inside the battery appears lower in some cells than others, have the low cells refilled by a reputable mechanic.

Keep your car running right year-round to avoid getting stuck on the side of the road. While not a substitution for basic vehicle maintenance and regular repairs, taking care of these five car maintenance tips helps to keep cars running in the worst types of cold weather.



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4951 S. Rio Grande St.; Littleton

5702 W. 60th Ave.

5995 W. 38th Ave.




Mobile Detailing Specialists, LLC

Denver West Towing

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16035 W. 4th Ave.; Golden






Swis Tire & Automotive Services

Addison Auto Repair & Body Shop

887 S. Broadway

2005 S. Holly St.



The Tire Source Inc.


3200 28th St.; Boulder 303-443-3021


Dave’s Auto Glass 615 3rd St. 303-995-0986 Safelight Auto Glass 5701 E. County Line Rd

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Intermountain Radiator & Muffler 2500 Federal Blvd 303-433-0462


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WELCOME PUMPKIN PANCAKES with pecan & bananas foster topping

FOR THE PANCAKES 2 C. flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 3 Tbsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 4 eggs, seperated 1 1/2 C. milk 1 C. pumpkin Mix the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and brown sugar in a bowl. Beat the milk and pumpkin on medium speed till combined. Add in 4 egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

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Beat 4 egg whites untill sti, fold into the pumpkin mixture. Melt 2 Tbsp butter on your electric griddle that is warmed to 400 degrees. Pour batter in 1/4 cupfuls onto the hot griddle. Cook until bubbly on top, flip and cook 2-3 minutes more. Serve warm with the pecan & bananas foster topping.


FOR THE TOPPING: 1 C. chopped pecans 1/4 C. butter 1/2 C. brown sugar 1/4 tsp cinnamon 2 bananas Melt butter over medium heat, add brown sugar and cinnamon; cook till incorporated. Add in nuts and cook till coated, 1-2 minutes. Add in bananas and cook mixture until bananas are soft. Pour over warm pumpkin pancakes.




APPLE CRUMB PIE An old recipe gets a bit more decadent with double the crust in this new twist on the classic apple pie.


ew things are as comforting as a classic apple pie. For many, this dessert is reserved for family gatherings or special occasions when someone else makes it. Fear not; even for non-bakers, this simple pie will get you rave reviews. 3/4 C. vegetable oil 1/2 C. milk 3 1/3 C. flour 2 tsp sugar 1 tsp salt Mix the oil and milk together, beat well with a wire whisk.

Combine the flour, sugar and salt and add to the oil mixture - mix with a fork till crumbly. Press 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate. 5 C. apples, cored and sliced 1 C. sugar 1 Tbsp flour 1/2 tsp cinnamon Mix sliced apples with the sugar, flour and cinnamon, pile on top of the bottom crust. Crumble the remaining 1/3 of crust on top of the apples. Sprinkle with 1/4 C. sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and dot with butter.

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BELOW Topped with butter, cinnamon and sugar, this double crust pie is ready for the oven.

Bake in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 45-50 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

HOLIDAY TIME Stress less and enjoy family and friends with slow cooker sides that you can whip together fast .

OLIVE OIL EVOO MARKETPLACE, Colorado’s original olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting bar. LOCATED AT THE HEART OF DENVER, in the revitalized historic shopping district LoDo and now in historic Old-Town Littleton, they offer an interactive and educational tasting experience. EVOO al-

lows their customers to taste their ultrapremium extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars before making a purchase. Encased in beautifully polished steel canisters named “fustis” are over 50 of

the finest and freshest ultra-premium extra-virgin olive oils, flavor fused olive oil, flavor infused olive oil, aged balsamic vinegars and flavor infused balsamic vinegars from across the world.

SLOW-COOKER SIDE DISH The oven goes into overload during the holiday season, and if you only have one it means waiting on one dish before cooking the next. Give your oven a break and have everything ready at the same time by utilizing your slow cooker to create outstanding, and easy side dishes.

SUNDAY FUN-DAY CITRO ON NEW WORL LD BISTRO is bringing life back into a lazy Sunday with amazing food and drinks.

Walk into Citron in South Denver and you are greeted by a warm, casual atmosphere and mouth-watering smells of food.

Recently nominated for “Best Brunch”, Citron’s innovative, fresh prepared cuisine is phenomenal. Go on Sunday for their happy hour

from 2pm - 9pm, While there, the orange mojito and spicy hummus are a must-try. Give life to your Sunday - go to Citron.

CORN is a staple at any holiday or winter meal, if your looking to serve up satisfying cream corn, take 20 oz of frozen corn, 1 stick butter, 8 oz. cream cheese and 1.5 Tbsp. sugar - mix all in your crock pot on Low for 4 hours, stirring occassionally. If you have a big guest list, get out the larger cooker and triple these ingredients. Your side will stay

nice and warm all day for those who like to go back for seconds, and thirds. Put a spin on your corn dish by adding in some pasta: combine 1 Cup elbow macaroni (uncooked) 1 stick of butter, 1 can each of creamed corn and regular corn, and 1.5 Cups of shredded Cheddar - cook on High for around 1 hour or until the pasta is tender. MOVINGTODENVER.CO 17


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

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

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bottom of your 8” dishes, pressing each one up the sides a bit. Set the bowls and 2 additional crusts aside. FOR THE CHICKEN 1, 5lb whole chicken 1.5 Tbsp salt black pepper 1 stick softened butter 3 whole carrots, rough chop 1 lrg. onion, quartered 2 sprigs fresh rosemary or 2 tsp dried 2 sprigs fresh sage, or 2 tsp dried Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Remove anything that may have been included inside the chicken

and stu the cavity with the roughly chopped carrots and quartered onion. Rub the entire outside of the chicken with the softened butter, pushing some underneath the skin as well. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper, sage and rosemary; if using dried. If using fresh herbs, place the rosemary under the skin and lay the sage on top of the chicken. Put the chicken in the oven and roast for 1.5 hours.


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

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






3434 W. 32nd Ave.

300 Fillmore St.

1109 Ogden St.







Happy Cakes Bakeshop



Moes Original Bar B Que

Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl

The Kitchen Denver

530 N. Broadway

7305 E. 35th Ave. Ste. #130

1530 16th St.







Sushi Den

Snooze, An A.M. Eatery

India Tavern

1487 S. Pearl St.

multiple locations

5062 S. Syracuse St.





Pinche Taqueria

2418 E. 32nd Ave.


Cafe Jordano

1514 York St.


11068 West Jewell Ave.



Wooden Spoon Cafe & Bakery




Tommy’s Thai Restaurant



Hacienda Colorado

3410 E. Colfax

multiple locations


2364 E. Third Ave.


Wazee Wood Fire Pizza



1631 Wazee St.

837 E. 17th Ave. Unit #103



2267 Kearney St.


LIttle Ollies

Watercourse Foods


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fall is the perfect time to start thinking about preparing your home for winter. As temperatures begin to dip, your home will require maintenance to keep it in working order through the winter and beyond. here are 10 tips to help you prepare your home for winter

1. Furnace inspection: Inspect your furnace and clean ducts. Purchase furnace filters and change them monthly. Update to a programmable thermostat. Remove any flammable material from your furnace area. 2. Get the fireplace ready: Check the cap and/or screen the top of the chimney. Sweep the chimney, and inspect the fireplace damper.

6. Check the foundation: Rake away debris and vegetation from your foundation. Seal up entry points to keep out pests. Seal foundation cracks. Inspect sill plates for rot or infestation.

3. Check doors and windows: Inspect exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points. Replace cracked glass in windows or entire windows. Remove summer screens. If you have storm windows, install them.

7. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Change detector batteries. Install carbon monoxide detectors near your furnace and water heater. Replace fire extinguishers older than 10 years.

4. Inspect the roof, gutters and downspouts: Add extra insulation to the attic to prevent warm air causing ice dams. Check flashing to prevent water entry. Replace worn roof shingles or tiles. Upgrade with leaf guards on the gutters and downspouts extensions. 5. Service weather-specific power equipment: Drain gas from lawn mowers. Service snow blowers. Check snow shovels’ condition.

8. Prevent plumbing freezes: Drain all garden hoses. Insulate exposed plumbing pipes. 9. Prepare landscaping and outdoor surfaces: Trim trees if needed. Plant spring bulbs and lift bulbs that cannot survive frozen ground. Seal driveways, brick patios and decks. Move sensitive potted plants indoors. 10. Prepare an emergency kit: Buy candles and matches for use during a power outage. Set aside drinking water, non-perishable food items, pet food, waterproof blankets, a battery powered radio, and a first-aid kit in a secure location. MOVINGTODENVER.CO 21

TURNING HOUSE INTO HOME SWIVEL STYLE Large enough to snuggle two; EOS swivel, $999,

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



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

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


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Soft fabric and a deep back provide ultimate comfort and clean style; Miles chair, $1099,

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

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



PLICE KOHLER SIMPLICE This pull down wn faucet from Kohler is tall enough to fit your pots under.

KITCHEN JEWELRY Fixtures are the jewelry of the kitchen, and the kitchen sink is often the focal point of the room. INVESTING in a new faucet is a simple and cost effective way of updating the whole kitchen. Match the new faucet footprint to the old to save hours of frustration and possibly the cost of a new sink. Con-

CHOOSE YOUR STYLE Handles and pulls come in a vast variety of styles and finishes; choose according to your personal taste and style of your kitchen. These long, sleek pulls create a very contemporary space.

sider the height and reach of a faucet’s spout, making certain it will reach all areas of the sink. Higharching gooseneck faucets are very popular as they provide clearance for filling tall pots.

You have many options when it comes to choosing a new backsplash; for a clean, contemporary look a stainless steel laminate backsplash can be easily installed. CAPPED with a thin layer of stainless steel, copper or aluminum, metallic laminate sheets can be easily installed as countertop backsplashes with just a few dabs of panel adhesive. Cut the laminate to fit and secure with adhesive, and for as little as $10 per square foot you have created the look of an expensive pro-style kitchen. Stainless steel appliances are all the rage, but it makes no financial

sense to replace an appliance in good working order. A properly sized metallic laminate panel affixed to the face of a refrigerator or dishwasher can in-

stantly modernize the look for a fraction of what a new appliance would cost.

REPLACE THE HARDWARE HARDWARE has a huge impact on a kitchen’s style. Changing it is a great way to instantly revitalize the space. Make sure to bring along one of the old drawer pulls when shopping to make sure the new hardware matches the holes of the previous set. For a more polished look, consider swapping out hinges to match the new hardware.


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how to remove love the housse - hate the wallpaaper! looking to addd a freesh coat of paint or uppgrade to a more moddern wallcovering?? Follow our steps for easy (nnot scary!) removall

Before you begin, remove a small section in an inconspicuous corner first, using a scraper (if you’re lucky, there won’t be too many layers!). This will give you a better idea of how much time it’s going to take and if necessary, you can change your plans.

step 1. prepare thhe room

step 2. score walllpaper

Place drop cloths at the base of walls to be stripped - remove all switch plates and outlet covers from the walls. Cut the power to the room.

Use a wallpaper scorer to create small holes in the paper, which allow the solution to penetrate through to the adhesive base.

step 3. mixx solutioon

step 4. soak wallss

step 5. strip walllpaper

step 6. cleean wallls

Little works better than hot water and fabric softener. Combine the water and fabric softener in a large spray bottle at concentration of one to one. Mix the solution in small batches to keep the water as hot as possible.

Use a spray bottle to saturate a section of the wallpaper. Spray only as much of the wall as you can comfortably strip in a 15-minute period. Allow the solution to soak the paper for a few minutes before beginning.

Grab pieces of wallpaper at the bottom and pull upward. Use a wide putty knife to facilitate the removal of the paper. Repeat untill all paper is removed.

In a bucket mix 1 tablespoon dish detergent with very hot water. Use a sponge to wipe down the walls, scrubbing carefully to remove all traces of wallpaper adhesive. Finally, rinse down the walls with clean water and towel dry.



DESIGNING A ZEN BATHROOM If you need a respite from your busy life, consider transforming your bathroom into a personal refuge. Follow this simple path to create an authentic, Zen-inspired design.


hen creating a Zen bathroom, the floor plan should flow effortlessly, blending from one area to the next. Simple design is a difficult thing to do well, and Zen relies a lot on architecture rather than decorative elements. So if you’re building or renovating, consider hiring an architect or interior designer to manage the project. They can draw up floor plans, offer suggestions for materials and work directly with contractors to ensure that you achieve the look you want. You may even want to work with a feng shui consultant.

Feng shui is the Chinese art of placement that focuses on creating a positive flow of energy in the house. Whether you choose to hire a consultant or go it alone, here are some tips from designers and architects on how to think about space. You should place the bathtub by a window so that you can experience nature while soaking. The bathroom should interact with adjacent rooms so that the view looking in and out of the bathroom is appealing and serene. The toilet area should not be seen from the doorway. Consider placing a beautiful piece

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of artwork within viewing distance of the toilet; let that art be the focal point from the doorway. You want to feel the adjacent space even though you may not always see it,. There should be something present beyond the wall or screen, a borrowed landscape from another room that suggests a deeper space or surface. While sections may be distinct, the bathroom should not feel divided. You want to be able to easily transition from one space to another. Think of how nature interacts; simplicity, clean lines, fluidity and functionality.” Partitions, such as shoji screens, allow you to divide the room or leave it open as you choose.


PAINTING OVER A POPCORN CEILING The dreadful popcorn ceiling,: if you can’t live with it and don’t want to scrape it just yet, give it a fresh coat of paint and possibly new life.

DENVER DECOR Modern art gets personal with urban, edgy photos of Denver and the Front Range area.

IMAGESOFDENVER.CO is creating a new era of photographic art; with a more personal view point of the city - releasing images that are a bit more raw and eclectic than the traditional cityscapes. Pedestrians, street views and normal day-to-day scenes are common, with a slightly vintage coloring and feel. They create a completely meaningful piece of art to Denver residents and long-time lovers of the city and mountains.

STEP ONE: PREP & DUST THE CEILING Cover everything in the room that will be exposed to possible paint splattering. Wear a dust mark, safety goggles and hair covering. Dust the ceiling using a feather duster. Use a segmented foam roller when painting a textured ceiling.

STEP TWO: PAINT OVER THE POPCORN Paint in one direction and stop. Don’t roll back and forth because once the popcorn gets wet it starts to peel. For stains, roll or spray the stained spot in the same color, letting it dry completely before painting the entire ceiling. If there is a spot that needs more paint, the best solution is to wait for the first coat to dry and then repeat the process.

Visit ImagesOfDenver.Co to find your perfect print, and choose from framing or finishing options as well. MOVINGTODENVER.CO 27



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Eldora Distance from Denver – 47 miles Skiable Acres – 680 acres Terrain – 25% beginners 29% intermediate 29% advanced 17% expert Lodging Options – Nearby Nederland offers a few lodging options, but the limited number of rooms makes it difficult to get a room unless you plan well in advance. Nearby Boulder is a good lodging option, it is a short drive and has plenty of rooms. Bonus – Eldora has Colorado’s best snowmaking system. Coverage is 100% of groomed terrain, more than any other resort in Colorado. Eldora also has the benefit of being just 30 minutes from Boulder Colorado, so you can enjoy the perks of fine dining and entertainment in one of Colorado’s best cities after your day on the slopes. Secret the regulars know – The trip to Eldora from Denver and vice versa can be much less stressful than trips to other resorts because the dreaded I-70 traffic can be avoided. The slogan “Friends don’t let friends drive I-70” has become a popular theme at Eldora.

your 5 minute guide to the 5 closest ski AREAS


Every ski resort in Colorado has something special or unique that makes it “the best” according to its regulars. If you want to find the resort that is “the best” in your book, you are going to have to try out as many as you can and decide for yourself. Since there are so many fantastic skiing and riding options in Colorado we have only profiled the 5 resorts that are closest to Denver.

Loveland Distance from Denver – 53 mi. Skiable Acres - 1,570 acres Terrain – 13% beginners 41% intermediate 46% advanced Lodging Options – Loveland does not have lodging options at the ski area, however Georgetown is nearby and offers several hotel and bed and breakfast options. Bonus – A favorite with locals, Loveland is often one the first ski areas to open for the year. For those who enjoy the freshest powder, Loveland’s Chair 9 takes skiers and riders higher than any other four-passenger chairlift in the world. Beginners enjoy Loveland’s separate base area with milder slopes for them to practice their new found sporting interest. Secret the locals know – While Loveland may not have all of the amenities of some of the larger resorts, Denver area residents like the reasonable lift ticket prices and proximity to the city. Loveland is perfect for a quick trip focused around skiing or riding.

Arapahoe Basin Distance from Denver – 64 mi. Skiable Acres – 960 acres Terrain – 10% beginners 30% intermediate 37% advanced 23% expert Lodging Options- The closest lodging is at nearby Keystone Resort. Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne and Breckenridge are all within 20 minutes of Arapahoe Basin and offer lodging of all kinds. Bonus - Arapahoe Basin offers the highest skiable terrain on the north-American continent. Half of the mountain is above timberline with open bowl skiing and snowboarding through spring and into early summer. One of its signature runs, Pallavicini, is one of Colorado’s longest and steepest trails. Secret the locals know – Arapahoe Basin is one of the first ski areas to open each year. Mid-October openings allow locals to get their first few runs of the season in before tourism season hits its stride.

Winter Park Keystone Distance from Denver – 66 mi. Skiable Acres - 3,081 Terrain – 28% beginners 21% intermediate 33% advanced 18% most difficult Lodging Options - Lodging accommodation options in the Winter Park / Fraser Valley include hotels, motels and lodges located near the base of Winter Park Resort, in the Town of Winter Park, near Granby Ranch and Lake Granby. There are also several ski in ski out options at the resort. Bonus - Winter Park Resort consists of four adjacent areas: Winter Park, Mary Jane, (including Parsenn Bowl), Vasquez Cirque, and Vasquez Ridge. A network of trails and chairlifts connects the four distinct mountains. Winter Park Resort is the oldest continually operated resort in Colorado. Secret the locals know – Winter Park has had the most consistent snowfall of any Colorado resort over the last 20 years giving skiers and riders plenty of powder each year.

Distance from Denver – 75 mi. Skiable Acres – 3,148 Terrain – 19% beginners 32% intermediate 49% advanced Lodging Options – Lodging options are abundant in Keystone as it is one of the more popular resorts to stay at. There is a wide variety of accommodations available, so you will be sure to find something that fits your needs and your budget. Bonus – Keystone is the largest mountain in Summit County offering 3,148 skiable acres, 20 lifts and two gondolas, all nestled at the foot of 2 unique villages. Keystone also offers the largest night skiing operation in Colorado. Secret the locals know – If you are sticking around the resort after a day of skiing, Keystone offers some of the best restaurant options in Colorado.


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The fundamental tool of massage therapy is human touch. Using touch, the therapist glides, rubs, kneads, taps, manipulates, presses and vibrates the soft tissue on the client’s body.

Massage eases pent-up tension and increases blood flow to the area. Massage also stimulates the flow of lymph, a bodily fluid that carries wastes and impurities away from tissues. Experts believe that massage boosts endorphins and enkephalins. These special chemicals in the brain act like natural painkillers. After massage, stress hormones like cortisol are reduced. A positive change in T-cells -- immu-

ne system cells vital to protect against infection -- also occurs. Massage therapy may also trigger serotonin, another brain chemical that helps you to feel calm. Getting a massage is a great way to relieve stress, help you to relax, and also makes you more alert. There are many types of massage. Each one gives a dierent kind of benefit. Here are some

common types: Swedish massage. Swedish massage is the most popular massage technique. It comprises long, sweeping strokes, using the flat surfaces of the hands or palms. The therapist does not put pressure downward. Instead, you stroke laterally or longitudinally about the targeted area. Swedish massage is meant to be soothing and comforting. It may be helpful if you have soreness and muscle spasms or if you have

swelling in an area. Swedish massage works best when the person’s level of discomfort is high and heavy physical contact is not tolerated. Deep massage. Deep massage can help relieve muscle spasms, long-standing tightness, or knots from overuse and static postures from too many hours spent in front of the computer. Deep massage is a firm, hard style of massage. The therapist

uses the thumb, elbow, knuckles or forearm to get deep into the muscle and connective tissue of the particular area. It is almost always very helpful, but not everyone likes the deep pressure. Shiatsu massage. Shiatsu originated in Japan, according to the international, nonprofit Shiatsu Society. It draws on the notion of Qi, or energy that flows throughout the body. With shiatsu, the therapist uses the thumb, fingers or knuckles to put firm pressure in one area for 30 to 90 seconds, trying to release the knot.

TRY A SELF MASSAGE Take a few drops of your favorite aromatherapy skin oil in your hand. Gently touch the back of your neck, about two inches below the hairline. Using your fingertips, gently rub the oil into the skin. As you make contact with the skin, use a circular motion with your fingertips, gently moving up and down the neck. Work outward down the side of the neck to your shoulders, continuing the gentle circular motion. Squeeze your shoulders with your hand, one at a time, using the opposite hand. Then using long, stroking motions, gently sweep the skin from the neck to the shoulder and down to the elbow. If you play a lot of video games or use the computer for hours a day, gently massage your wrists and thumbs to release tension and increase relaxation. Before bed, rub moisturizing lotion on your feet. Knead the instep, toes, heel and sole of each foot until the lotion is absorbed. MOVINGTODENVER.CO 39





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

pocampus, the brain region that is largely responsible for memory and which is particularly vulnerable to age-related decline. The more you exercise, the more BDNF you produce. In one study, mice that exercised by running not only generated new neurons, but those neurons lit up when the mice performed unfamiliar tasks like navigating a new environment.

who did not but also less likely to become depressed in the future.

body, including the brain. In order for that glucose to enter cells, it must be accompanied by the hormone Depression slows the insulin. Unfortunately, in brain’s ability to process some people, cells become information, makes it more resistant to insulin. The difficult for us to concenbody then has to pump out trate and reach decisions, more and more of it, and and causes real memory still blood sugar levels rise, problems. For milder cases, often resulting in type 2 exercise may help lift your diabetes. And even if you mood. It cranks up the don’t develop type 2 diaIt rejuvenates your body’s production of serobetes, insulin resistance is brain tissue. tonin and dopamine, brain bad for your brain. Regular It fights depression. chemicals crucial to happy exercise, however, can Earlier this year, Dartmouth mood. And it boosts levels reverse insulin resistance. In researchers added support of the feel-good chemicals fact, your insulin sensitivity That physical activity is cruto mounting evidence about increases, stabilizing your called endorphins. cial to good health — both the way that exercise affects blood sugar after you eat— mental and physical — is learning and mental acuity: for at least 16 hours after nothing new. As early as the It increases sensithe chemical known as a single exercise session. 1970s and ‘80s, observabrain-derived neurotrophic tivity to insulin. The better your blood-sugar tional studies showed that factor, or BDNF, stimulates When you eat, your body control, the more protected Americans who exercised the growth and proliferaturns most of the food into you are against age-related were not only less likely to tion of brain cells. This is glucose, or blood sugar, the cognitive decline. be depressed than those especially true in the hipmain source of fuel for the

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5 ways exercise makes your brain stronger living your best life means keeping your brain strong; the secret to lifeexercise.

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

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


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

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/EXPLORING THE HIGHLANDS Photos: Ashleigh Vlieger Location: Highlands Community, Denver


he Highlands is one of Denver’s most popular areas to live and play. With beautiful Victorian homes mixed in with modern housing there is something to fit everyone’s style. This trendy address just northwest of downtown has experienced amazing growth and changes over the past few years, and is overflowing with restaurants, bars, and shops. Three diverse commercial districts – Lower Highlands (LoHi), Highlands Square and Tennyson Street make Highlands Denver’s largest neighborhood. This community has been featured in Travel + Leisure Magazine as well as National Geographic Traveler.

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The Highlands borders are I-25 to the east, 29th Ave to the south, 38th Ave to the north, and Sheridan Blvd to the west in Northwest Denver. Highlands Square at 32nd and Lowell is a popular neighborhood filled with trendy restaurants and unique shopping opportunities. Stores include contemporary fashion boutiques, wine shops, specialty cheese stores, baby boutiques, book stores and much more. The street is also lined with restaurants offering an array of cuisines from some of Denver’s top chefs. Highlands Square is great way to spend a day shopping with friends or a night out for dinner with that special someone.




2 1. The pedestrian bridge over I-25 makes for easy and appealing access to downtown 2. There are three large parks in the Highlands area; Sloan’s Lake, Rocky Mountain Lake and Berkley Park 3. Housing styles range from new and contemporary to beautifully restored victorians 4. Highland Square has a cozy, small town atmosphere that welcomes visitors and locals alike to stroll the streets and shop 5. Culture and art are on display everywhere, locals take pride in the arts-driven street fairs and cultural happenings


6. Tree-lined streets and a close commute to downtown equal a highly sought after location in Denver

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7. 32nd avenue is lined with restaurants offering an array of cuisines from Denver’s top chefs

8. Downtown is a beautiful and easy walk from LoHi via the architecturally stunning pedestrian bridge


Highland Bridge, LoHi is a great place to shop, eat, stroll and relax. This is a popular address for many who work downtown because of its location. It is an easy walk from LoHi to downtown via the pedestrian bridge over I-25 or a quick drive or bike ride down 15th Street. The Navajo Street Art District is tucked away in the Lower Highlands area of Denver. With amazing galleries, fine dining, great performance art, and ample parking, it’s truly one of the best kept secrets in town. Come by and experience all that the Lower Highlands has to offer. 7

Another Highlands treasure is the Tennyson Street Cultural District. Here you can find art galleries, antique stores, restaurants and bars making up this hip neighborhood. In the spring and summer Tennyson Street hosts “First Fridays”: The first Friday of every month on Tennyson Street, galleries and artists display and sell their work, offering everything from paintings and photography to Chinese Scrolls and stage costumes. Every June, the Highlands Street Fair brings live music, tasty food, arts and crafts, a classic car show, and more to the neighborhood, while the Dragon Boat Festival celebrates Asian culture.

Cab fare from downtown to 32nd and Lowell: $12.00 (approx.) Cab fare from downtown to 44th and Tennyson: $12.00 (approx.) Other: A series of pedestrian bridges connect LoDo with the Lower Highlands, a short walk from the end of the 16th Street mall. RTD: Direct routes on buses 28, 32 and 44 Highlands has long been the landing point for Italian, and later Hispanic, immigrants. The neighborhood is filled with small family-owned restaurants specializing in regional cuisines from Italy, Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. Locals also take advantage of three large parks: Sloan’s Lake, Rocky Mountain Lake and Berkley Park.

If you’re looking for a neighborhood on the verge, look no further than Lower Highlands, or East Highlands. Spanning both sides of the



El Camino

The front wall of El Camino Tavern in Highlands Square may be bright pink, but on the inside, the El Camino vibe is definitely green. This hip Highlands restaurant and bar prides itself on being a sustainable and eco-friendly place to enjoy a cerveza, margarita, or guilt-free Mexican food. When you think of Mexican food, you can’t help but think of salsa and guacamole. If you visit El Camino in the spring or summer, you can enjoy salsa, guac, and cocktails enhanced with organic herbs grown in the restaurant’s very own rooftop garden. What they can’t grow on the roof, El Camino sources from local farms and vendors. They use all-natural beef, chicken and pork and make salsas, sauces, green chili, tamales, and desserts fresh daily.

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Dragonfly Apparel

Dragonfly Apparel was established in 2003 and has been located in the historic Highlands Square shopping district for 8 wonderful years. They are an independently owned and operated boutique. They carry a wide range of contemporary women’s clothing and accessories from small independent designers to larger established brands. Known for superb fitting clothing and exceptional customer service, this boutique is the perfect example of what makes Highlands Square so special. Stop in and browse the selection of hand-picked trends and fashion forward pairings that will jump start your wardrobe and excite your shopping senses. 3615 W. 32nd Ave. 303-433-6331


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Mondo Vino

Mondo Vino sits at the intersection of 32nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard since 1999. The elegant liquor store was one of the first of a new wave of shops and restaurants to revitalize Highland Square, and it has attracted throngs of customers with an upscale but accessible selection of beer, wine and spirits, and a staff that recognizes faces and is quick with a suggestion (they have never steered us wrong!). Stop in for a bottle of something; more than likely you will leave with much more. Selection and customer service make this one of the best wine shops in Denver; consistently ranked as Top Wine Shop, People’s Choice winner by Denver’s 5280 magazine.


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Happy Cakes Bakeshop

Located at 3434 West 32nd Avenue, Happy Cakes Bakeshop is Denver’s original gourmet cupcake bakery. Decadence from scratch, and so many to choose from! Using the finest, freshest ingredients, they craft each cake by hand into a scrumptious delicacy with whimsical elegance. Voted “Favorite Sweet Spot” in 5280’s “Top of the Town” for 5 consecutive years, Happy Cakes Bakeshop is one of our favorite places to satisfy our sweet tooth. Perfect for all occasions, all ages. Weddings. Birthdays. Charity Events. Business Gifts. Book Club … because everyone deserves a little sugar. And now with more than cupcakes, they will make you REALLY happy. Try their French macarons, whoopie pies, cake truffles, cookies, cakes and more. 3434 W. 32nd Ave 303-477-3556


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/Fort Collins and LOVELAND Photos: Filtering by KBR Gallery Location: Fort Collins, CO / Loveland CO


ort Collins, located in Northern Colorado, is home to Colorado State University and an outstanding public school system. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins offers exciting recreational opportunities, unique cultural offerings, and is a regional center for employment and shopping. Throughout the year, live music and entertainment, as well as great local dining, can be found throughout the historic downtown area. Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city. If you are seeking the Colorado lifestyle and a community in which you can reinvent and reinvigorate yourself then Fort Collins is your city.


oveland is the jewel of Northern Colorado, possessing all the amenities of an urban population center, yet it still has its small town charm, friendliness and welcoming atmosphere. Loveland has long been known as the “Sweetheart City” because of its Valentine Remailing Program. Every year, thousands of valentines are sent to the city where volunteers stamp them for remailing to sweethearts worldwide. Loveland is one of the top arts communities in the country. Receiving the Governor’s Outstanding Arts Community Award in 2008, and being highly rated in articles in national publications, legitimizes this claim.



rom steak to sushi and bistros to brewpubs, dining and drinking in Fort Collins is always a treat.

One of Fort Collins claim to fame is their world class breweries. Fort Collins is the second largest producer of beer in Colorado and the state is ranked first in the country in volume produced by breweries. Micro breweries such as Odell, New Belgium, Fort Collins Brewery, Equinox, Funkwerks, and the Pateros Creek Brewing Company are well known to Coloradans and are starting to get the recognition they deserve across the country as well. Fort Collins hosts the annual Colorado Brewers Festival which showcases the state’s best brew masters on the last weekend in June. The oldest annual brew fest in Colorado, the event is open solely to Colorado breweries. Beer lovers can experience everything the Fort Collins beer scene has to offer with a brewery tour. Love to spend time outside? Experience the joy of the great outdoors with more than 600 acres of parks, 40,000 acres of natural areas, 20 miles of off-street hiking and biking trails, three golf courses, a raquet center, three swimming pools, an ice rink and a community center.

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Eat, drink and be merry. In Fort Collins your options are open - in the mood for sushi? Steak? A cinnamon roll the size of a softball?? All that, and more, waits in local restaurants and when the occasion calls for a friendly libation and live music, Fort Collins? Watering holes are more than up for the challenge - and the beer in Fort Collins is world class! Downtown offers a wide range of options, from pizza to a quick healthy lunch, fine dining to Internet cafes. From the intersection of College and Mountain Avenues, the heart of Fort Collins, you can walk three blocks in any direction and find something to satisfy your appetitie and your wallet. If you’re staying in a hotel on the Harmony corridor, your options for dining are just as vast. Looking for a hearty meal after a day on the trails? Local and well-known flavors abound from steaks to seafood, from margaritas to mojitos, you are sure to find it all.

Cuisines from around the world are represented in restaurants throughout the city, so grab a fork (or chopsticks) and begin exploring Fort Collins’ food and fun!




ust like Fort Collins, Loveland is near the foothills and rivers, so natural pleasures from biking to fishing are close at hand. The Lake Loveland Swim Beach is popular with families during the summer months. A step inside the Loveland Museum/Gallery will bring you close to this town’s history; period rooms and changing exhibits, plus educational classes and an art gallery round out its offerings.


With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and low humidity, Loveland experiences pleasant weather year-round. There is always something happening in this community; from musical concerts, art shows, and theater productions to professional hockey games, community celebrations and a multitude of conventions. Loveland offers a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities enjoyable for every season.

Although Loveland may be best known nationally for its outdoor amenities Loveland is quickly becoming recognized nationally and internationally for its art! In 2005, John Villani, published his fourth edition of “The 100 Best Art

Towns in America” and named Loveland as the number two town, only behind Santa Fe, NM. With over 200 unique sculpture pieces, three major art shows a year, two of North America’s largest foundries and two sculpture parks it is easy to understand why Loveland has become an established arts community. Since the 1970’s, Loveland, Colorado has been a mecca for artists and Loveland’s affection for art is evident everywhere. Throughout the city you’ll find sculpture, galleries, public works creatively decorated and even large walls with beautifully painted murals. At the heart of Loveland is Historic Downtown Loveland where it all began! Founder David Barnes started the beautiful city where downtown stands today and offers a uniquely Loveland shopping and entertainment experience. With several art galleries/studios, a museum, the historic Rialto Theater, unique restaurants, book stores, gift shops, antique stores, sculpture and much more in the heart of Loveland, you’ll find plenty to keep you and your family entertained. If you are looking for beautiful scenery, culture, fine dining, world class art and entertainment, exploring Northern Colorado is a must.


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ditch the mower bag Those grass clippings will become food for earthworms and microbes that will help make your lawn green and healthy.

view your landscape from the inside If you have a room with a big window, make sure it looks good from there as well.

don’t fill every inch with foliage Don’t try to put plants and flowers everywhere. By next spring, you’ll have a weeding and pruning nightmare.

skip the bagging Hate bagging? You don’t have to. If there’s just a light layer of leaves, go over them with your mower and leave them on your lawn. As they break down, they’ll help limit weeds from popping up.

buy more than one Plant clumps of species in odd numbers, such as five or seven in one area, or repeat the groupings throughout your landscape for a unifying effect.

think bigger DIY landscapers tend to make their planting beds too narrow and too close to the house. You want to extend your beds out at least one to two thirds of the house’s height, if not more.

don’t overwater To keep from overwatering your lawn, remember that one inch of water once a week is ideal, maybe once every five days in extreme heat, depending on your soil. Infrequent watering encourages roots to grow deeper to find groundwater, creating a stronger plant.

don’t plant too deep It’s better to plant too high than too deep. People have a tendency to over-dig, and the roots of the tree or plant can get buried, causing it to suffocate, or water accumulates at the root level and rots out the roots.

keep your line of site clear Bushes and spruce trees planted at the end of your driveway may look nice, but they can block your view of oncoming traffic. Keep your line of site clear.




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moving with pets Whether you are moving across the country or across the street, moving is a stressful event for your pets. They will no doubt be scared and confused about the move, so here are a few ideas on how to make the transition smoother for both you and your pet.

1. Update your pets tags and consult with your current veterinarian Make sure your pet’s tags contain updated information including your destination location and cell phone number so that you can be reached immediately if your pet should get lost during your move. Getting an updated copy of veterinary records is also important if you will be going to a new vet after your move and vaccination records are always good to have handy when moving to a new city or state. You can also ask your current vet for a recommendation on veterinarians in your new city. If your pet requires any prescriptions, make sure they have enough to last at least a couple of weeks. Getting a prescription renewal from your current vet is much easier because a new vet will require a visit first and it may be a few weeks before you can get an appointment set. The same strategy should be used if your pet has a special food. You may not be able to find it easily in your new loca-

transporting pets. Almost all airlines will require an up to date health certificate (within 30 days) for your pet before they will allow it on 2. Traveling in the car the plane. Some airlines will allow pets in the cabin, It may seem like a punishment, but it is usually best depending on the animal’s size, but a special crate that to keep your pets in travel fits underneath the seat is crates if traveling for long distances. A restraining har- required (you will have to purchase). Having your pet ness can also be used for dogs, but either way letting in the cabin is preferable as the alternative is checking them roam free maybe a dangerous option. Sudden your pet in the plane’s cargo hold. Most airlines that do stops or sharp turns can cause your pet to take a spill allow pets have a restriction on the number of animals if not crated or harnessed. Your pet may not like being that will be allowed on each boxed in or harnessed, but flight. getting your pet safely to The sooner you start your new home should be making arrangements the priority number one. better. It is ideal to book a direct flight to reduce stress Being crated or harnessed on your pet and to be sure means your pet will need to get fresh air and stretch you are united at your destitheir legs more often. Stop- nation as soon as possible. It should also be noted that ping every couple hours there will likely be at least a for a break may make the trip longer, but your pet will $75 per pet charge by the airline. thank you. tion, so having a few weeks worth is a good idea.

3. Traveling by air You will want to do your research before transporting your pet by air. Different airlines and airports have different rules regarding

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If you have a large animal and you do not think they would fare well in the cargo area there are also animal transport services for hire. This may be expensive, but may be worth it to have the peace of mind that your pet

will be handled by people who make their living helping families move their pets.

4. Upon arrival at your new home Your pet will most likely be anxious and frightened in their new surroundings. When you arrive at your new home, set up a special area for your pet that will be away from the commotion of moving. Put lots of familiar things in this area such as their bed, favorite toys, familiar food and water bowls, litter box etc. Be sure these items are packed in a place that is convenient to get to so you can get your pets settled in right away. Be sure to watch your pet closely and keep doors and windows closed. If you’re previous home is nearby your pet may try to make their way back if given the opportunity. It may take a few days, or even weeks, but before long your pet will be right at home in your new home.

5. Finding a new vet, emergency hospital, dog parks


Once you have gotten moved in and settled into your new place it is time for you and your pet to get out and explore your new surroundings. You should first set out to find a new vet. If your previous vet recommended someone, drop by their office unexpectedly and ask for a tour. You will get a better idea of the cleanliness of their facilities if they don’t have an opportunity to clean up like they would if they scheduled an appointment. If you are starting from scratch in looking for a new vet the best place to start may be by canvassing your neighbors with pets for advice. They know the area and have probably had experience with multiple vets and they likely will be able to tell you where the nearest emergency care is located. Finding your dog’s new favorite park will be a fun experience for you and your pet. Explore different parks and trails whenever you get the opportunity. It is a great way for your dog to meet playmates and for you to socialize in your new community. MOVINGTODENVER.CO 63



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Learn how to host like a pro without breaking a sweat and start planning that amazing house-warming party to show off the new digs.

GET ORGANIZED MAKE A LIST Perhaps the easiest way to stay organized and stress-free when planning your party is to make a list. Plan ahead and delegate: asking guests to help with a partyrelated task makes them feel more involved, so never be afraid to ask. COOK AHEAD Do as much ahead of time as possible. Soups and stews are the ultimate winter and holiday food — they’ll feed a crowd. Quiches and tarts also freeze well, and you don’t have to make them from scratch.

Creating meaningful memories in your new home doesn’t have to drain your energy or your wallet. Keep it fun and personal to you and your family.

STOCK UP You’ll never run out of nibbles if you shop with an aim to entertain. Stock your pantry with a selection of cookies and crackers. Consider purchasing nuts in bulk — which can be mixed together with rosemary, cayenne and brown sugar: melt the mix, pour over toasted nuts and serve warm. Nosh on them alongside drinks or chop and scatter around a cheese platter.

Long-lasting jarred tapanades and pestos make an impressive dip when mixed with fresh sour cream. CREATE A THEME Any celebration can be even more festive when a creative theme is chosen to set the tone. Transform your space into a southof-the-border fiesta by serving margaritas and tacos, or throw a Great Gatsby-inspired brunch with croquet on the lawn. When you spend some time getting creative the possibilities are endless! OFFER A SELF-SERVE BAR The key to a simple drink service? Set up a self-serve bar so guests can be their own mixologists. Set up a pretty tray with a decanter, two or three kinds of liquor and a few festive mixers. Let everyone have fun creating their own concoctions. Welcome guests with a drink upon arrival by placing a tray of signature cocktails and sparkling water near the door so they can grab some bubbly and start mingling as soon as they arrive.


KEEP IT TIDY The best host isn’t necessarily the one who lives in the world’s cleanest house. Got one messy room? Just close the door and turn off the lights and guests won’t go in. A touch of clutter? Consider keeping one bin or drawer empty to sweep papers into when unexpected guests arrive. You can save your filing for when the party is over. CREATE A COMFORTABLE ATMOSPHERE For a casual party, don’t feel compelled to seat guests around a dinner table. If you’ve got a lot of company, a buffet may be the best and most efficient option. Be sure to pull the table away from the wall so that there are four sides available to people, otherwise lines form and people can’t get to the food easily. Set the mood with a homemade playlist on your ipod. If you are a fan of Pandora, this is a great time to utilize it so

you can set it and forget it. Remember to keep the music low — conversation is what counts at any celebration. Try to avoid musical selections with lyrics during the dinner hour, which causes competition between the lyrics and the scintillating dinner conversation that could go unheard. OPEN YOUR HOUSE Too many friends and family to host at one time? Have an open house and let them know they can drop by any time between certain hours on one special day. Your guests will appreciate the flexibility and you’ll gain quality time with the ones you love. Prepare foods that can be done well ahead of time, that way when the doorbell rings, you’re ready. Open houses work best when there are lots of smaller dishes to bring out throughout the day or evening as opposed to one huge main course. That way your buffet

is always fresh. SET UP A KIDS TABLE For a family-friendly gathering, it’s often smart to set up a separate area for little ones to have their own fun. Try covering a table in butcher paper, and place bundles of colored pencils in Mason jars at each seat so kids can channel their artistic side right on the table. Use disposable place settings, and a cupcake centerpiece is sure to be met with delight. Just don’t expect them to save dessert for last! STAY RELAXED Leave yourself an hour before guests arrive to freshen up, slip into something party-ready and light some candles for added ambiance. This creates a welcoming atmosphere from the moment you open the door with a big smile and cocktail in hand, of course. Don’t forget that, as the host, you set the tone, so a relaxed attitude will bring out the same in your guests.

party planning checklist ONE MONTH BEFORE: • • • •

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

3 WEEKS BEFORE: • • • • •

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

2 WEEKS BEFORE: • • • •

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

1 WEEK BEFORE: • • •

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

2 DAYS BEFORE: • • •

Buy groceries and additional bar items Write place cards and create seating arrangements, if necessary Wash glassware and serving pieces


Pick up and arrange flowers Prep and chop fruits and vegetables, wash salad greens, refrigerate

MORNING OF: • • • • •

Chill wine Set table Set up the bar - slice lemons and other garnishes Marinate meat, if necessary Check the guest bath: empty trash, set out clean towels and place great smelling soap and a flower by the sink

2 HOURS BEFORE: • • • • •

Set out all serving pieces Set out favors Finish prepping food Set aside space for dirty dishes Have trash cans and extra garbage bags ready

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The Colorado State Capitol is located at 200 East Colfax in Denver. The Capitol is known for its architectural resemblance to our nation’s capitol. The dome of the building is covered in 200 ounces of gold to commemorate the gold rush and the 13th step leading up to the capitol is exaclty 5,280 feet above sea level - or one mile high. Free tours are offered every 45 minutes Monday through Friday.

In 1858, when gold was discovered in Colorado, hundreds of merchants, miners and settlers moved in for their stake. A year later, the city of Denver was founded; and in 1863, the U.S. government established a mint facility there. Today, the United States Mint at Denver manufactures all denominations of circulating coins, coin dies, the Denver “D” portion of the annual uncirculated coin sets and commemorative coins authorized by the U.S. Congress. It also stores gold and silver bullion. Free tours are available Monday through Friday

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Denver Botanic Gardens has been a favorite Denver destination for locals and visitors alike for over 50 years. It is widely considered to be one of the top botanic gardens in the country. There are three unique sites to visit along the Front Range: Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and Mount Goliath. Each of these demonstrates the varied ecosystems of Colorado.

Denver Zoo, open every day of the year, is home to nearly 4,000 animals representing 700 species. That means a rare look at exotic animals like amur leopards, king cobras, black rhinos, coral reef fish, elephants, zebras, vampire bats, gorillas and more. The zoo spans 80 acres within Denver’s historic City Park and has over 1.6 million visitors annually.

The 16th Street Mall is Denver’s premier shopping and entertainment district. Located in the heart of downtown Denver, the 16th Street Mall stretches 16 blocks and is filled with shopping and dining opportunities. With shuttles to make getting from place to place a breeze and close proximity to venues such as Coors Field, the Pepsi Center, the Colorado Convention center, and the Performing Arts Complex, the 16th Street Mall is an excellent place to stop before or after a show or a game.

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The Molly Brown House honors “Unsinkable Molly Brown”, the heroine of the Titanic disaster with momentos from her life preserved in her beautiful home on Capitol Hill. Molly was one of the most colorful characters to come from Denver’s gold rush period. While sailling on the Titanic, she took command of a lifeboat and was credited with putting down a panic. 2012 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic disaster. Join the Molly Brown House Museum in commemorating this important anniversary as we explore Mrs. Brown’s role in the events surrounding this tragedy as well as Titanic’s lasting legacy on maritime history.

“Taste the Rockies!” on a Coors Brewery Tour. The world’s largest brewing site still uses the same Rocky Mountain spring water that Adolf Coors discovered in 1873. Free tours show every step in the brewing process, and end with free samples for those over 21. Located in beautiful Golden, Colorado, a Coors Brewery Tour is only an easy drive from anywhere in the city.

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BUTTERFLY PAVILION & INSECT CENTER The Butterfly Pavilion combines science education with interactive fun to teach visitors about invertebrates and conservation. The five immersive exhibits, including the rainforest filled with 1600 free-flying tropical butterflies, provide a year-round, unforgettable experience. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy daily educational programs, explore the wonder of the outdoors on the nature trail, and discover the newest traveling exhibit. Butterflies are just the beginning!

ELITCH GARDENS AMUSEMENT PARK Elitch Gardens is a world class amusement park located in the heart of Denver. Just off of I-25 and between the Pepsi Center and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Elitch Gardens is at an easily accessible and fun location for everyone. With over 35 rides and attractions and a 20 acre water park, Elitch Gardens has something for everyone in your family. The park is open May through October and season passes are available! 303-595-4386 / MOVINGTODENVER.CO 73

BUFFALO BILL MUSEUM & GRAVE Buffalo Bill Museum illustrates the life, times, and legend of William F. Cody. It includes exhibits about Buffalo Bill’s life and the Wild West shows, Indian artifacts and firearms. See Sitting Bull’s bow and arrows, Buffalo Bill’s show outfits, Frederick Remington’s “Portrait of a Ranch Hand,” and many other objects from the Old West in the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave. 303-526-0744

ARTS & CULTURE DENVER PERFORMING ARTS COMPLEX The Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC) is the largest performing arts complex under one roof, and the second-largest center of its kind in terms of number of venues and seating capacity. Connected by an 80-foot-tall glass roof, DPAC houses ten performance spaces on its four-block, 12-acre site. The Denver Performing Arts Complex is home to a Tony Award-winning repertory theatre company, Broadway touring productions, contemporary dance and ballet, magnificent chorales, a major symphony orchestra, internationallyacclaimed opera and more. The Denver Performing Arts Complex regularly hosts Colorado Ballet, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Opera Colorado and The Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ theatrical divisions: Denver Center Attractions, the Denver Center Theatre Company and the National Theatre Conservatory. 720-865-4220 /

RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one of the most famous concert venues in the world. Some of hte greatest acts of the last century have come through Red Rocks, including The Beatles, U2, orchestras, comedians, among many others. The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is carved out of 500 foot high red sandstone cliffs, which overlook the city of Denver. Red Rocks is also a popular place for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy a hike or bike ride while enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery. 720-865-2474

THE WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE The Wildlife Experience connects museum visitors with wildlife and habitats in a fun learning environment! A unique blend of interactive exhibits, large format film, fine art, natural history and community educational programs and events is unrivaled and provides discovery and understanding through fun . 720-488.3300

ART DISTRICT ON SANTA FE (ADSE) The Art District on Santa Fe is a multicultural neighborhood just minutes from downtown Denver. Santa Fe Drive is filled with art galleries and the rise in popularity of the area among artists and patrons has gained the Art District on Santa Fe national recognition. The ADSE success has been featured in national publications such as Travel & Leisure, USA Today, CNN, Sunset Magazine and the New York Times, among others. One of the Art District’s “secrets of success” has been the on-going cooperation and genuine welcoming spirit between its membership and the general public. The Art District freely opens its doors and welcomes its guests, from seasoned collectors to artists to new art lovers, without undue pretension and attitude, to create and maintain the friendly and welcoming feel of the Art District. ADSE puts on a showcase on the first and third Friday’s of each month where the galleries and studios open their doors to the public. Drink, eat, mingle, but most importantly enjoy the great collection of artists and galleries that ADSE has to offer. Because of the populatiry of the First Friday Art Walk, shuttle rides are available. The shuttle runs between the Osage RTD Light Rail Station, West High School parking lot, through the Art District on Santa Fe Drive and down Kalamath to Alameda Avenue from 5:30 to 9:30 pm every First Friday.

MUSEUMS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF DENVER Since its inception in 1973, the Children’s Museum of Denver has served the metro-Denver community as a learning institue dedicated to the education and growth of young children, newborn through age 8, and their caregivers. The Museum provides rich play experiences and a dynamic learning environment for children to discover, explore and enjoy. We offer innovative and interactive Playscapes (hands-on exhibits), engaging daily programming and exciting year-round special events. 303-433-7444 /

DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth and the Universe. With permanent exhibitions that include Egyptian mummies, dinosaurs, wildlife exhibits, minerals and gems, and many others, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is fun for all ages. In addition, the Museum provides the Denver community highly acclaimed traveling exhibitions, stunning IMAX films, and educational programs. 720-865-4220

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) explores the art and culture of our time through rotating exhibitions and public educational programs. Featuring regional, national and international artist, MCA Denver offers a wide range of exhibitions promoting creative experimentation with art and ideas. Through adult and youth education programs and other creative events, the museum serves as an innovative forum for a culturally engaged community. 303-298-7554 /

HISTORY COLORADO CENTER Denver’s newest cultural attraction, the History Colorado Center, opened to the public on Saturday, April 28th, 2012. The History Colorado Center is a place for self-discover, inspiration, scholarship and fun. It features original high-tech and hands-on interactive mutimedia along with authentic artifacts and evocative stories of Colorado’s diverse people. As a new Smithsonian Affiliate, the History Colorado Center is sure to make the “must see” list for Denver visitors, history buffs, families - anyone who is attracted to the allure that is Colorado. 303-HISTORY /

WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES - AIR & SPACE MUSEUM The Wings Museum is open seven days a week and provides services, aircraft collections, a variety of exhibit rooms and cases, hands-on exhibits, and open cockpit demonstrations hosted by trained volunteers and Civil Air Patrol Cadets. Traveling exhibits and loans offer unique perspectives on military aviation. During the summers, the Museum hosts weekly Space Camp events tailored to different age brackets of children. The children experience the basics of the theory of flight, computer flight simulators, hand-built aircraft exercises and guided tours of aircraft and cockpits. exhibitions, stunning IMAX films, and educational programs. 303-360-5360 /

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DENVER ART MUSEUM The Denver Art Museum, founded in 1893, is the largest art museum between Kansas City and the West Coast. The unique architecture alone is a must see, but the seven floors of galleries make this one of Denver’s best museums. Galleries range from Western Art to Modern Contemporary to features of art from around the world. Temporary exhibitions ensure that there is always something new for visitors to enjoy. Tickets are available online or can be purchased at the museum. Annual memberships are also available.


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 the statewide accountability tests, and above state and national averages on SAT and ACT college board exams. ❯❯ 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. Ninety-five 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 51,000 children and serve over 200,000 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 17 consecutive years.


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EDUCATION dps DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS Widely recognized today as one of the best urban school systems in the country, Denver Public Schools serves the residents of the City and County of Denver, Colorado. DPS has become the fastest-growing large school district in Colorado in terms of enrollment and student academic growth. DPS is committed to establishing Denver as a national leader in student achievement, high school graduation, and college and career readiness. DPS is comprised of 162 schools, including traditional, magnet, charter and pathways schools, with a current total enrollment of 81,438 students.

The Thompson School District is the 16th largest school district in Colorado, encompassing 362 square miles, and is the largest employer in Loveland and Berthoud. Thompson is made up of 12 early childhood centers, 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, five high schools and two charter schools. District enrollment for the 2011-2012 school year was 15,667 students. The district includes the cities of Loveland, Berthoud and the southern part of Fort Collins as well as parts of Larimer, Weld and Boulder counties.

POUDRE SCHOOL DISTRICT Poudre School District, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, serves approximately 25,000 students and includes 50 schools. PSD, the 9th largest school district in Colorado, covers 1,856 square miles in northern Colorado, including Fort Collins, Laporte, Timnath, Wellington, Red Feather, Livermore, Stove Prairie, and parts of Windsor. PSD has 31 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, 7 high schools, 2 charter schools and 1 K-12 online school.

ST. VRAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT St. Vrain Valley School District is the educational home of more than 27,000 of Colorado’s students. The ninth largest school district in the state, St. Vrain Valley operates 49 schools that are spread over 411 square miles. The makeup of the schools include: 26 Elementary, 9 Middle, 1 Middle/ Senior, 7 High, 2 Alternative, and 6 Charter. There are 13 different communities that makeup St. Vrain Valley School District: eastern Boulder, Broomfield, Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Frederick, Hygiene, Longmont, Lyons, Mead, Niwot, Peaceful Valley, and Raymond. Parts of Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer, and Weld Counties fall within its boundaries. MOVINGTODENVER.CO 79

WELD county school district 6 Weld County School District 6 serves 19,000 in the communities of Greeley and Evans, Colorado. It is the 13th largest school district in Colorado. The makeup of the school district is 15 elementary schools (grades K-5), 5 middle schools (grades 6-8), 2 K-8 schools, 3 high schools (grades 9-12), 4 alternative high schools and 3 charter schools.

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“teaching has taught me that you need to be a life long learner, and sometimes you learn as much from the students as they learn from us.” matt nicolo, dps teacher


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Mapleton is passionate about learning. The 17 schools, which are small-by-design, allow students to discover their abilities, embrace their talents, and explore their passions. Teachers recognize and validate students’ unique individual differences and students are encouraged to be leaders in their classroom and their community. Mapleton Public Schools has over 8,000 students and covers a 25 square mile area.

Adams 12 Five Star Schools is Adams County’s largest school district with approximately 42,000 students attending 53 schools serving Broomfield, Westminster, Northglenn, Thornton, Federal Heights and unicorporated Adamns County. The district’s mission is “To engage and inspire all students to innovate, achieve, and succeed in a safe and supportive environment by ensuring high quality instruction in every classroom, every day.”

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Located just north of downtown Denver, Adams 14 serves the historic community of Commerce City, Colorado. The District serves an area with approximately 33,000 residents. A state and nationally recognized leader in innovative education, student academic success is the number one priority for Adams 14. Adams 14 has over 7,500 students and 13 schools.

Adams County School District 50 is located just north of Denver, Colorado. About 10,000 students are served in 19 schools, including an Early Childhood Center, a K-8 charter school, 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, one comprehensive high school, and an alternative high school. The district employs approximately 1,000 personnel, which includes 581 licensed teachers and 445 educational support professionals. The Adams County School District 50 approach to learning is referred to as SBS (Standards-based System) where the entire educational system is organized around engaging students in 21st century skills, working at their developmental levels and advancing only when they have demonstrated proficiency or mastery.

School District 27J provides service to the entire City of Brighton and portions of the cities of Aurora, Commerce City and Thornton, City and County of Broomfield, and unincorporated areas of Adams and Weld Counties. School District 27J encompasses a 215 square mile area, surrounding DIA. The mission of the School District 27J, with the support of family and the community, is to ensure that all students have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for present and future competence and success.


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in cherry creek it’s not about averages, it’s about individuals.

cherry creek school district The Cherry Creek School District educates over 51,000 children and serves over 200,000 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. The Cherry Creek School District has the third most National Board Certified Teachers in Colorado. More than 62% of Cherry Creek faculty have advanced degrees and teachers have an average of 9.25 years’ experience. Cherry Creek School District expects every student to reach his or her highest potential, and the results are impressive. Cherry Creek students have consistently scored well above state averages on the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP), and on the ACT and SAT College entrance exams. Cherry Creek School District has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the Denver metropolitan area. Over 88% of students graduate and approximately 85% of them go on to college. Admissions Officers from prestigious universities across the country actively recruit Cherry Creek graduates. Cherry Creek has been recognized by Apple Computers, the National School Board Association and the Office of Educational Technology in Washington D.C. for the technological advancements made in the classroom through an ongoing professional development program.

arapahoe county school district aurora PUBLIC SCHOOLS Aurora Public Schools is the sixth largest school district in Colorado with more than 38,000 students. One of Colorado’s most diverse school districts, APS students come from more than 135 different countries and speak more than 115 languages. This culturally rich learning environment is a source of pride for APS and is considered one of their greatest assets.

englewood public schools Englewood is a small suburban community approximately 6.5 square miles in size located near the geographical center of the Denver metropolitan area. Nestled between the city of Denver and its suburbs to the south, Englewood Schools’ students thrive in a unique learning environment. This public school district provides its 3000 students with access to teachers and to programs in ways usually only found in private school settings. Approximatley 25% of all Englewood Schools’ students come from outside the school district, making it one of the top districts in the state in terms of open enrollment.

sheridan school district cherry creek school district has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the denver metropolitan area. over 88% of students graduate and approximately 85% of them go on to college.

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PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder Valley School Distrcit (BVSD) stretches from the peaks of the Continental Divide to the suburbs of Denver. BVSD is made up of 55 schools and over 500 square miles and covers Boulder, Gold Hill, Jamestown, Lafayette, Lousville, Nederland, Superior, Ward, and parts of Broomfield and Erie. There are approximately 28,500 students and more than 4,000 employees in the district. BVSD stands as a leader in academic excellence with outstanding classroom teachers, exemplary schools, and programs that support student achievement.

douglas county douglas county-school district re-1 Douglas County School District is the third largest in the state, serving more than 61,000 students at more than 70 schools. Douglas County School District has maintained their postion as one of the highest performing school districts in Colorado. Enrollment has steadily increased over the last several years, but the Douglas County School District mission has remained the same, “To help students acquire the knowledge and abilities to be responsible citizens who contribute to our society.”

The Jeffco Public School District is like a small city with more than 84,000 students and more than 12,000 employees. In fact, the district is one of the largest employers in Jefferson County and the largest school district in the state of Colorado. The Jeffco Public School District boasts the second highest graduation rate among the 50 largest school districts in the country and the achievements don’t stop there. The 2011-12 Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) achievement results show the district is outperforming the state in all grade levels and content areas — reading, writing, math and science. Jeffco’s scores range from three to 11 percent higher than those of the state. Not only is your child getting a quality education, but the Jeffco Public School District will be sure to see them all the way through graduation. Greater Denver’s smallest school district, Sheridan has an enrollment under 2,000 in 2 elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. The school serves the city of Sheridan and pieces of Englewood. More than 50% of Sheridan’s students enroll from out of district during open enrollment based on the low student to teacher ratio.

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Lps is nationally known for its academic excellence. For the second year, lps is the only school district in the greater denver metro area to be “acc

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Littleton Public Schools (LPS) is a premier school district located a few miles south of downtown Denver. LPS is nationally known for its academic excellence. For the second year, LPS is the only school district in the greater Denver metro area to be “Accredited with Distinction,” Colorado’s highest academic accreditation rating. LPS students consistently score at the top of all students across the metro area on state assessment tests. About 90 percent of its graduates are collegebound and earn about $30 million annually in college scholarships. All LPS high schools are nationally recognized; they have been featured as Newsweek Magazine’s Top High Schools in America and 5280 Magazine’s Top High Schools in the Denver area. All three boast regional and state champions in athletics, academics, and performing arts. Littleton Public Schools is the preferred choice for thousands of students in the area; nearly 20 percent of its students live outside district boundaries and choose to open-enroll in LPS. With a student population of about 15,000, LPS is known for being “ big enough to serve you, and small enough to know you.” LPS offers a comprehensive education from preschool through grade 12. It offers National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence and a high school International Baccalaureate program. LPS leads the country in 21st Century learning. More than 10,000 computers, laptops and netbooks are in use by students and staff every day. LPS serves 28 square miles and includes the majority of the city of Littleton, town of Columbine Valley, and portions of the municipalities of Bow Mar, Centennial, Greenwood Village, and Englewood.

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to be “accredited with distinction,” colorado’s highest academic accreditation rating.


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paradise Basketball, baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, rugby - Denver’s got it all, with some of the worlds best athletes on the rosters.

COLORADO ROCKIES The Colorado Rockies will crank it up again for spring training in February in Arizona to begin preparing for the 2013 campaign. Don’t miss the Rockies 2013 home opener in April. Tickets will be available in March online. DENVER BRONCOS As evidenced by the seas of orange and blue that flood the streets of Denver on Sunday’s every fall, the Denver Broncos are one of the more popular professional sports teams in the Mile High City. 2012 promises to be another exciting year for the Broncos with future hall of famer Peyton Manning under center. Tickets can be purchase at: DENVER NUGGETS The NBA’s Denver Nuggets rule the court at the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver. With a roster that includes big name veterans and exciting up-and-comers, the Nuggets are truly one of the Mile High City’s most exciting teams, year after year. Under Coach George Karl the Nuggets are a perennial playoff team and are poised for another great run in

2012-2013. The season runs from October to June. Single game and multiple game ticket packages are available online at: COLORADO AVALANCE The Pepsi Center is also the home of Denver’s beloved hockey team, the Colorado Avalanche – the “Avs” to fans. With a powerhouse starting lineup leading the way, the team is solid presence in the NHL standings, and their home games are always packed with Avs fans – some of the most devoted (and vocal!) hockey aficionados in the U.S. The season runs from September to June. Ticket information is available online at COLORADO RAPIDS Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids have a new home – the sprawling, high-tech Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, which opened its doors in 2007. Come out and enjoy the world’s most popular sport, one of Major League Soccer’s most exciting teams and Colorado’s beautiful summer weather. Tickets are available at COLORADO MAMMOTH Lacrosse may not be as popular a professional sport as those mentioned above, but thanks to the Colorado Mammoth, it’s

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gaining a fervent following in the Mile High City. The team is part of the growing National Lacrosse League and plays home games at the Pepsi Center, where they often attract sold out crowds and a lively atmosphere rivaling those of the Nuggets and Avalanche. The season runs from December to April. For more information or tickets visit: DENVER OUTLAWS Even more Major League lacrosse thrills can be found at INVESCO Field, where the Denver Outlaws take on all comers May through August. The team is young, hungry, and provides a great introduction to this exciting sport. THE DENVER BARBARIANS Rugby is a sport more often identified with the U.K., but Denver has had a pro (“super league”) rugby club for more than 40 years. The Denver Barbarians (known as the Barbos) competes against 15 other club teams from all over the United States, the highest level of competitive rugby play in the U.S. Head to the new Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to catch the club in all their rough-andtumble glory. The season runs from February to May.

IF YOU’RE A SPORTS FAN, THE MILE HIGH CITY IS THE PLACE YOU WANT TO BE. DENVER IS HOME TO 8 Caborestius es etur? Occum labo. Reiusam, comnias aliaere nam rernamet mo quaecabo. Ut harchillatur sum nonsed maiorro int excerferum Ciist PRO SPORTS TEAMS THAT THRILL SOLD OUT CROWDS YEAR-ROUND.


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a beautiful fall season and mild winters keep outdoor enthusiasts active year-round The City of Denver provides over 200 city and mountain parks, and several more rivers and trail areas for the enjoyment of residents and visitors year round. Some of the parks also host major pubic events during the year such as, festivals, concerts and more. The parks are also highly valued by citizens for their accessibility and environmental sustainability. Special programs involving the public and civic leaders helps to ensure responsible usage, conservation, management of concessions and more.

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Urban Parks • Over 250 urban parks and parkways equals over 4,300 acres of green space •

Over 285 athletic fields are permitted for activities such as sand volleyball, soccer, football, tennis, baseball, softball and rugby •

4 skate parks and one urban terrain park offer skateboarding or snowboarding

Trails Denver offers more than 80 miles of trails within the City and County of Denver and additional mileage in the Denver owned mountain parks, offering ample opportunity for riding, running, jogging, hiking or just strolling. Swimming Pools Denver Parks & Recreation operates 16 outdoor pools and 13 indoor swimming pools, including children’s spraygrounds, lap and therapy pools.



GOLDEN TRIANGLE Bordered by Lincoln, Colfax and Speer, Denver’s Golden Triangle is brimming with galleries, museums, restaurants, live music venues, theatres and remarkable architecture. The Golden Triangle boasts some of Denver’s most famous landmarks such as The Denver Art Museum, The Colorado Historical Society, The Denver Public Library, and the Byers-Evans House Museum.


Located adjacent to downtown Denver, Uptown is widely known as one of Denver’s “hippest” areas. Uptown is filled with restaurants and bars, particularly along 17th Street, or “Restaurant Row”. The area is also home to City Park, the largest green park in the city. City Park is home to the Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The vibrant music scene is another factor in Uptown’s rising popularity. With venues such as The Fillmore and The Ogden, there is always live music nearby.


The Riverfront neighborhood is located along the South Platte River in the heart of Denver. Parks, riverside bike paths, easy access to downtown event centers, newly developed homes and much more make this area one of the most fashionable addresses in Denver.


LoDo consists of 25 square blocks north of Larimer Street between 14th and 22nd Streets. LoDo is Denver’s most popular nightlife destination. Some of Denver’s top chefs call LoDo home as well as some of the country’s top brewers. The streets are lined with brewpubs,

Mountains, Aurora is a gateway to all Colorado has to offer, less than two hours drive to skiing, camping and other outdoor recreation.

HIGHLANDS Incorporated in 1945, Cherry Hills Village comprises 6.5 square miles in Arapahoe County and is an integral part of the south Denver metropolitan region. Cherry Hills Village is a predominantly residential area that maintains a rural atmosphere and is often considered one of the most beautiful communities in the Denver Metro.

The Highlands is one of Denver’s most popular areas to live and play. With beautiful Victorian homes mixed in with modern housing there is something to fit everyone’s style. Lower Highlands (LoHi), Highlands Square and Tennyson Street are famous for their specialty fashion boutiques and award winning restaurants. Highlands Square is located at 32nd and Lowell, and is a neighborhood perfect for an afternoon shopping excursion or for a relaxing dinner. Shops such as Dragonfly, a popular women’s boutique, make this area a “must go” for the serious shopper. Tennyson Street is another lively area and is lined with art galleries and restaurants. LoHi offers excellent views of downtown Denver and is a trendy neighborhood for a night out.


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sports bars, coffee houses and restaurants. Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies, has been at the center of the LoDo lifestyle since 1995. During the day enjoy the art galleries or specialty boutiques in the area.

AURORA Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city with a population of more than 330,000. Aurora is located east and southeast of Denver and its close proximity to Denver and the Denver International Airport make it a convenient location for businesses and a great location for commuters to reside. Aurora is made up of over 450 neighborhoods and 5 school districts giving it a family first feel. Aurora has also been named the 8th safest city in America. Aurora is a great place for enjoying recreational activities as well. Aurora has seven golf courses, two reservoirs and over 10,000 acres of parks, open space and trails. Situated at the foot of the Rocky

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ENGLEWOOD The city of Englewood is centrally located within the Denver Metropolitan area. Sitting just south of Denver, Englewood offers a small town atmosphere of community with all the benefits of a larger metropolitan area nearby.

GLENDALE Centrally located in Denver County, Glendale offers access to everything the city of Denver has to offer; combining the urban lifestyle with a small community feel. Glendale residents enjoy 35 acres of parks and open space, including access to the Cherry Creek Trail; a popular trail for outdoor enthusiasts. Glendale might be most well known for its July fireworks show, which draws thousands of people each year.

GREENWOOD VILLAGE Greenwood Village is a distinct community of families, business leaders, and professionals who enjoy life to the fullest in a backdrop of natural beauty, unique residential neighborhoods and a robust, fast-growing small business and corpora-

te environment. In addition to sports and art activities, residents enjoy art exhibits and lectures, outdoor concerts and dining and shopping at Greenwood Village businesses.

LITTLETON Littleton is located south of downtown Denver and is one of the Front Range’s best places for families. Littleton was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as “The Best Place to Raise Kids in Colorado” for 2011. The rankings put the most weight on school performance and the number of schools, crime statistics and cost of living. Other factors included job growth, air quality, ethnic diversity, and access to recreational amenities such as parks, zoos, theaters and museums.


HIGHLANDS RANCH Highlands Ranch is a 22,000acre master-planned community founded in 1981. Located 12 miles south of Denver, Highlands Ranch has received national recognition for its great quality of life and amenities. It was recognized nationally by Forbes as one of the top places to move in the nation. In 2010, Business Week also named Highlands Ranch one of the best places to raise kids.

LONE TREE Lone Tree is located south of Denver in Douglas County at the crossroads of I-25 and C-470. Less than 20 miles from downtown Denver, it’s a short drive to see major league sporting events and world-class theatrical and musical performances. Home to some of the best shopping and dining in the Metro Denver region, even the most discriminating shopper will be pleasantly surprised

COMMUNITIES by the variety and abundance of stores in the area.

PARKER A well-planned, progressive community, offering excellent opportunities for investors, retailers and developers to relocate or expand. Efficient transportation, open space and trails, recreational amenitites, opportunities for community involvement and superior schools make Parker desireable.


Nestled in the heart of East Plum Creek Valley, surrounded by rocky buttes and stunning views, Castle Rock is named for the prominent rock formation that overlooks the town. Featuring several planned developments tied together by its historic downtown, the fast growing town retains its small -town character.


BOULDER Located northwest of Denver and known for its healthy outdoor lifestyle, Boulder is consistently ranked as one of the fittest cities in America. At the heart of Downtown Boulder is the Pearl Street Mall, a wonderfully charismatic four-block-long pedestrian mall. First class dining, shopping and entertainment can be found up and down Pearl Street.

LAFAYETTE Located 10 miles east of Boulder, the approximate 26,000 residents enjoy a cultural arts center, golf, community and recreation centers, and shopping.

LOUISVILLE In 2011 Louisville was ranked #1 in CNN’s Money Magazine “Top 100 Places to Live”. Affordable housing, world class mountain biking, hiking, and nearby skiing all contributed to its rank. Louisville also has a strong job presence in the tech, telecom, aerospace, clean energy and health care in-

dustries. Louisville is located just 6 miles east of Boulder and 25 miles northwest of Denver.


Longmont has been named in the top 100 “Best Places to Live” in 2006 and 2008, and was also awarded “All-American City” in 2006. The many awards and accolades are well deserved and evident in the growing population and number of businesses in Longmont.


Providing a small-town environment with a rich history and great access to Boulder, there are 594 acres of parks and open space with 27 miles of trails for all outdoor lovers.


Nederland, Colorado is a town like no other. Tucked in the Rocky Mountains just west of Boulder, Nederland has a history rich in mining and music. With unique shops, amazing outdoor beauty, friendly locals, and vibrant music scene, Nederland is definitely not your average small town.


The Town of Erie is located in Boulder and Weld Counties, just west of I-25 for easy access to I-70, Denver International Airport (DIA) and Colorado’s entire Front Range. Enjoy scenic trails, a championship golf course, recreational activities and more. Erie also has a excellent educational system and several community events making this a great place for your family.


LAKEWOOD Lakewood is located just minutes from Denver on the western edge of the metro area and against the foothills. This ideal location gives residents easy access to down-

town Denver and to the Rocky Mountains. As Colorado’s fifth largest city, Lakewood is the home to world class health care, industry leading businesses, the Federal Center and a diverse population. 2011 was a milestone year for Lakewood. It was named “All America City” and given the “Diversity Award” by the National Civic League. The “All America City” recognition is given to only 10 cities each year nationwide.

ARVADA Arvada, Colorado is a beautiful first-ring suburb of Denver. Arvada retains a small-town feel even with its estimaged population of 107,700. Established in 1870, Arvada enjoys a rich history, quiet tree-lined neighborhoods, and a robust mix of business. Arvada’s diverse economic base, highly educated workforce, low crime rate, and a superb quality of life have helped shape this community into one of the most attractive and competitive cities in the Centennial State.

WHEAT RIDGE Wheat Ridge is located just to the northwest of downtown Denver. A residential community of just over 30,000 people with a variety of recreational activities and an ideal location for commuting anywhere in the city, Wheat Ridge is a popular location for families to put down roots.

GOLDEN Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Golden is about 15 miles west of downtown Denver, but separated from the rest of the metro area by two mesas, North and South Table mountains. The mountains surrounding Golden provide endless opportunitites for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and scenic drives. Golden is home to the Coors Brewery, the Colorado School of Mines, and the National Renewable Energy


MORRISON Morrison is located in Jefferson County about 30 minutes from downtown Denver. Despite its proximity to the Denver metro area, Morrison’s location on the west side of Hogback rock formation provides separation from the metro area. Most people know Morrison for its location at the base of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre or nearby Bandimere Speedway. Other attractions include Morrison Natural History Museum and Dinosaur Ridge, a world-renowned paleontological outdoor museum.

EVERGREEN Located 30 miles west of Denver, Evergreen is a picturesque mountain town within commuting distance of the city. Evergreen offers an array of parks, art galleries, theatres, restaurants, entertainment, and more. All this plus endless amounts of recreational activities make Evergreen a popular day escape for people living in Denver.


Located 35 miles southwest of Denver, Conifer is a vibrant community nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation just above 8,000 feet. This area enjoys an average of 255 days of sunshine a year. Highway 285 runs through Conifer, conveniently taking its visitors and residents on a magnificently scenic route straight into Denver, but it’s still far enough from the big city to offer a true mountain lifestyle. From rustic cabins to elegant castles, Conifer’s natural beauty is made up of a large variety of trees, parks, wildlife, and seasonal wildflowers. This is truly an outdoor paradise. MOVINGTODENVER.CO 91




Loveland has long been known as the “Sweetheart City” because of its Valentine Remailing Program. Every year, thousands of valentines are sent to the city where volunteers stamp them for remailing to sweethearts worldwide. Loveland is one of the top arts communities in our country. Receiving the Governor’s Outstanding Arts Community Award in 2008, and being highly rated in articles in national publications, legitimizes this claim. Loveland provides many fine opportunities for recreation enthusiasts. Two world-class golf courses and a nine-hole golf course are available to the public. The Big Thompson River provides fabulous fly fishing. Rocky Mountain National Park is a short drive through the scenic Big Thompson Canyon.


Located in northern Colorado, Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and an outstanding public school system. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins offers exciting recreational opportunities, unique cultural offerings, and is a regional center for employment and shopping. Throughout the year, live music and entertainment, as well as great local dining, can be found throughout the historic downtown area. Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city. If you are seeking the Colorado lifestyle and a community in which you can reinvent and reinvigorate yourself then Fort Collins is your city. Fort Collins maintains more than 600 acres of parks, 40,000 acres of natural areas, 20 miles of off-street hike/

bike trails, three golf courses, a racquet center, three swimming pools, an ice rink and a community center.



Greeley and Weld County are among the fastest-growing areas in the nation and consistently rank high in national surveys of the best places to live and do business. Greeley’s location offers easy access from US 85, US 34, and I-25, and is conveniently located just an hour from Denver International Airport.


NORTHGLENN The nearly 36,000 residents of Northglenn enjoy small neighborhoods with accessible schools, convenient shopping centers, parks, lakes, open spaces and outdoor recreation facilities. The community is connected by the well-planned Greenway Trail System. The 28 miles of off-street walking and biking paths connect with larger trail systems that lead throughout the Denver metro area. Northglenn is only 15 minutes north of downtown Denver.

THORNTON Thornton is a diverse community located 10 miles north of downtown Denver. Thornton is adjacent to I-25 which allows easy access to the rest of the Front Range. Thornton’s commitment to their residents quality of life is proven with the nearly 1,000 acres of land developed or designated for public parks.

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Located 20 miles northeast of Denver, Brighton offers a small town feel and beautiful panoramic views of the Front Range. With 22 parks and wildlife areas filled with scenic trails, outdoor buffs are sure to love Brighton.

COMMERCE CITY Commerce City’s population increased from 20,991 residents in 2000 to 45,913 in 2010, making it the state’s fourth fastestgrowing city amongst communities with at least 10,000 people. Commerce City sits as the 19th largest municipality in Colorado. While the city’s population has more than doubled the city has maintained its small-town atmosphere.

WESTMINSTER Westminster is a growing suburban community that offers a wide choice of housing, excellent schools, and public facilities. With direct access to major highways, Westminster’s central location between Denver and Boulder puts it within easy reach of major business centers, retail centers, and a variety of entertainment and recreational facilities. Activities in Denver or Boulder are a 20-minute drive in either direction and the drive from Westminster to DIA takes about 30 minutes.



Broomfield offers a prime location, situated within the north metro area between Denver and Boulder along U.S. 36/Boulder Turnpike up to the north I-25 corridor, beyond Colorado 7. Our location offers a short 20-minute drive to both Denver and Boulder, and less than 40 minutes to Denver International Airport. Broomfield is constantly looking toward the future, seeking new and better ways to work with business in partnerships that benefit all its residents. Broomfield’s current population is more than 53,000.


Elbert County is located southeast of the Denver Metro. The population for the county is approximately 20,000 and includes communities such as Elizabeth, Kiowa and Agate.

GETTING STARTED utilities GAS & ELECTRIC Xcel Energy 800-895-4999 WATER & SEWER Water and sewer providers vary throughout the metro based on where you live. Call you city office or visit your cities website for information on who your water and sewer provider is. CALL BEFORE YOU DIG Call the Utility Notification Center of Colorado three working days before you begin to dig or excavate for location of underground utilities. This service is free. Call 811 statewide PHONE / INTERNET Comcast 1-800-COMCAST Century Link 303-825-3434


Pro Disposal Inc 303-791-3827

DIRECTV 888-777-2454

Alpine Waste and Recycling 303-744-9881

Dish Network 800-333-3474

Allied Waste 303-287-8043

Century Link 303-825-3434

Eagle Waste and Recycling Services 303-287-8043

TRASH SERVICE / RECYCLING Trash services vary from community to community. Some require residents to contract trash services for themselves, while others have a waste removal contract setup for all residents. You can contact your city or town to find out their waste policies. If you are required to set up service yourself there are several options in the metro area, a few of the many options are listed here.

Waste Management 303-797-1600 NEWSPAPERS / MAGAZINES Denver Post 303-832-3232 Boulder Daily Camera 303-442-1202

5280 Magazine A monthly guide to everything Denver 303-832-5280 Westword The Popular weekly guide to Denver’s Art and Entertainment scene. 303-296-7744 POST OFFICES A post office locator feature can be found on the USPS website. MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS Colorado driver licenses must be obtained within 30 days after residency has been established and within 90 days you must register your vehicle. You are considered a resident if you are employed in Colorado, own or operate a business in Colorado or have rented or purchased an apartment or home.

PET LICENSING Dogs and cats living in most of the Front Range must be licensed annually and vaccinated against rabies. They must be vaccinated in 30 days or have been vaccinated in the last 12 months. Most communities have strict leash laws. For more information, contact the Animal Control office in your county. Adams County 303-288-3294 Arapahoe County 720-874-6750 Boulder County 303-441-3626 Broomfield 303-438-6400 Denver County 303-698-0076 Douglas County 303-660-7529 Jefferson County 303-271-5070


PLANNING YOUR MOVE TO colorado Moving to a new home is an exciting adventure for any family. Whether you are moving across country or just across town there are a lot of plans and decisions that need to be made in order to make your move as easy and stress free as possible. One the most important things you can do when planning your move is to get started early. Make a master list of to-dos for your move several weeks in advance of your move date. This list should be added to and subtracted from as you go. Include timelines and targeted completion dates on your list. This will help ensure everything gets done and that you won’t feel overwhelmed when moving day comes. Some of the items your list may include are: getting rid of junk you don’t want to move, notifying your subscriptions of your change of address, notifying your utility companies and television service providers of the change of address, finding boxes and packing supplies for your move, finding a reputable moving company, and lining up friends to help pack and move.

Getting rid of your junk Everyone accumulates things during the duration of their stay at their current homes, much of which has gotten little or no use. Identifying these items that you do not use or likely will not use can be very helpful. These items can be donated to places like the Goodwill or Salvation Army, or you can hold a garage sale to help clear out some of these items. The more things that you can get rid of, the less you will have to move and find places for in your new home. This project is best started several weeks or even months before you move so you know exactly what you will actually be moving.

Budget your Move Moving expenses can add up quickly, so be sure to do your research on moving costs and set a budget based on your moving needs. It is very easy to get carried away with spending during a move, so a carefully planned budget can help keep things under control.

Identifying your packing needs Once you have gotten rid of, or identified what you will be getting rid of before your move, you can start calculating what you will need in the way of boxes and packing supplies. Whatever amount of boxes you decide will be needed for your move, increase that amount by 20%. You will always need more boxes than you think. You can purchase boxes and supplies from moving companies or order them online from specialty moving stores, but you can also save some money by asking your local grocery stores, hardware and appliance stores, or liquor stores if you can have some boxes from them. They receive shipments throughout the week and typically


just breakdown boxes and recycle them, so they usually don’t have a problem with you taking some boxes off their hands.

Changing your address

If you have magazine or other mail subscriptions you will need to notify the publisher of your change of address. You will want to do this as much as a month before your move to avoid an interruption in delivery. It often takes magazines several weeks to process your change of ad-

dress form. You will also want to notify your television service provider of your move and move date. If they provide services in the area you are moving to they will often transfer your services free of charge to your new address. You will also need to fill out a change of address form with the post office so that your mail will be forwarded to your new address. This is a simple process that can be done online or at your local post office, so you shouldn’t have to do this until a few days before your move.

Inventory your home Do a room by room inventory of your current home and list out everything that you will be taking with you. This is helpful on a couple of levels. First, it will be helpful for insurance purposes if anything should happen to your belongings during your move. Second it will help you when you are unpacking to ensure that all of your possessions are accounted for. Taking pictures of each room in your current home will also help with the inventory process and help you to remember how things were set up and decorated in case you need a refresher when arranging your new home.

Plan your physical move One of the toughest choices for anyone moving is deciding whether to take on the task of moving their things from one home to another themselves or to hire professional movers. There are many factors to consider when making this decision including cost, distance, how much you are moving, how much help you will have, and whether you are comfortable driving a moving truck. If it is within your budget to do so, hiring a professional moving company can make the process much less stressful and less physically taxing. Depending on the distance you are moving and how much you are moving, a professional mover may actually be more cost effective than doing everything yourself.

Hiring Professional Movers If it is your decision to hire professional movers then it is important to do your research on potential companies. Be sure to get quotes from several different companies and do not be shy about the fact that you are shopping around because it may help get you a lower quote. Also do your research on the candidates before choosing. Look for online reviews or check with the BBB to ensure you are getting the best mover for you and your family. Take the process of hiring a mover seriously, after all you are entrusting them with your possessions during the move.

Getting friends onboard to help with the move If you decide that a professional moving company is not necessary it may still be important to get the help of friends or family on your moving day. If you do enlist the help of friends be sure to have a task for them when they arrive. They want the move to go as quickly as possible and being organized upon their arrival will definitely help expedite the process. You may also want to thank your friends that helped you move with a meal or party at your new place after the


move. Taking care of your help is always a good idea, after all you never know when you will need their help again.

These are just a few things to think about when planning your move. There will obviously many more things that may come up and will need to be planned for, but hopefully the above will get

Remember, the more organized you are when planning your move, the easier it will be and the sooner you can relax and begin enjoying your new home. you started.

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