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March/April 2017 | The Eco Edition



OUTDOORS Nurturing a Successful Organic Garden


Living Green in Longmont Going “green” what does it mean? It’s a far-flung collection of ideas and actions that all fall under the one hopeful umbrella of using fewer resources, creating less waste, and overall, delivering less of a blow to the planet we inhabit. How do we accomplish that? The options are unending. Longmont has its fair share to contribute, though and that’s where we can start. We’ve collected a few ideas in this edition, like home improvements that are not only kinder to the earth, but save you money in the long run, too. People are starting to pay more attention to organic foods and plants outside of the farmers markets and in their own yards, preserving soil and water quality. The City of Longmont’s forward-thinking curb-side composting program is ahead of the curve on reducing and reusing waste. Even fashion trends have picked up on the idea of living green and Longmont is no exception. Jewelry, upcycling and curated vintage are all thriving in our community. Though the many choices can seem overwhelming, taking that first step is always the way to get started. Fortunately for us, we live in a great city that makes it much easier to live the green life. 4 LONGMONT MAGAZINE




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and its effects from everyday life

Plastic Purge author to speak at the Library on April 13 LONGMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY— Author and ecologist Michael SanClements is on a mission to greatly reduce the amount and variety of plastics we encounter and use in our everyday lives, and he’s written a book to help us understand why and how to do this. Relying heavily on rigorous scientific data, Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles is a Denver Post No. 1 bestseller and receiving strong reviews on for its sensible, straightforward approaches.

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Plastic is everywhere we look. Our computers and children’s toys are made out of it, and our water and slices of American cheese are packaged in it. But why is there so much and what is it doing to our bodies? Is it possible to use less plastic and be happier and healthier? Michael SanClements holds a PhD in ecology and is a senior scientist at the National Ecological Observatory Network and an affiliate faculty member of the University of Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. As an ecologist, his research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and he has presented at dozens of international conferences on the environmental sciences. SanClements will appear at the Longmont Public Library

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on Thursday, April 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. to share the stories, science, and suggestions behind his book. This program is part of the Longmont Public Library’s “Authors We Love” series. For more information and to learn about more upcoming author talks, visit library/programs-events-and-classes/authors-we-loveseries. Advance registration for this program is required, and is likely to sell out. Register online or call (303) 6518472 to register by phone. ———————————————————

About Authors We Love The Longmont Public Library launched the Authors We Love series this year to give readers the opportunity to hear authors in many different genres discuss their own works firsthand. The series makes connections between “readers and writers” in a personal setting, which gives readers a more intimate look into the works they enjoy and writers an opportunity to share their process. Longmont Public Library is also open to recommendations of authors that patrons would like to see and invite them to submit their ideas via email or phone at (303) 651-8472.


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Brings Fifth Season of Colorado Craft Cinema to Longmont By L. L. Charles for LONGMONT MAGAZINE

The Front offshoot from this local film Range Film community. Festival (FRFF) will be lighting up screens in The Front Longmont for Range Film a fifth season, Festival was April 20-23. founded Short films and in 2013 by feature-length Longmont’s works will be Firehouse Art presented at Center, which multiple host partnered with venues across Colorado Festown, adding to tival Producthe diversity of tions in 2016 the screening to manage Festival Producer Jake Fink at Dickens Opera House for Front Range Film Festival’s experience. Past the festival’s Opening Night 2016. (Photo courtesy FRFF) seasons have estabproduction and film fans attended the 2016 season. lished this event as a promotion. The perfect opportunity to get out, see Firehouse Art Center remains as the Besides screening films, the festival some great films, and rub elbows with title sponsor and receives a share of serves as a film community connecother film fanatics. the festival revenue to support its tion for aspiring and working filmongoing mission. makers. “We will be presenting quite a “We’re still finalizing the lineup of few workshops that include discusfilms,” says Jake Fink, executive direc“We can host up to 80 individuals sions on preproduction, production tor of Colorado Festival Productions, auditorium-style at the Firehouse Art and film distribution – how to get “but we are expecting 25 to 30 titles Center,” says Beryl Durazo, executive your film out there in front of the that are primarily by Colorado filmdirector for the center. “We typically public so it can get recognized,” Fink makers. We nearly tripled the attenhave around 40 people in attendance, explains. A new Meetup, “Women dance last year, and we’re hoping to and we will be hosting small screenin Films and Beyond,” is a recent do that again this year.” Nearly 1,000 ings and workshops. As an art gallery, March/April 2017



THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Left Hand Brewing Company The Front Range Film Festival kicks off with a special opening night party at Left Hand Brewing Company. Raise a toast to a successful fifth season of FRFF with a special release Left Hand Chocolate Porter, created as part of a tasty beer and dessert pairing that you won’t want to miss. “Our director of production calls this a Chocolate Bomb of a Porter!” says Emily Armstrong, media manager at Left Hand Brewing.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 21 Stewart Auditorium, Longmont Museum & Cultural Center Celebrate Earth Week at the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium at Longmont Museum & Cultural Center. Two compelling documentary films will examine social justice and environmental sustainability. Sonic Sea takes an insightful look at noise pollution and why the whales are fleeing our oceans. Wolf Conservation: Past, Present and Future will be followed by a panel discussion curated by the Sierra Club of Colorado. A possible guest appearance by a wolf ambassador is in the works, too. 5-6 p.m.: Happy Hour with FRFF beer, appetizers and live music 7 and 9 p.m.: Short films, documentaries and panel discussion After party at The Speakeasy

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SUNDAY, APRIL 23 Multiple Venues 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Rise and shine for the Filmmaker Brunch and Awards Ceremony at The Roost. Celebrate the community of filmmakers that make FRFF great. 11-Noon: 48-Hour Filmmaking: Shorts presentation 2 p.m.: Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley is proud to host a screening of the Goya nomination from Paraguay, El Tiempo Nublado, followed by a discussion of current

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BY SARAH HUBER for LONGMONT MAGAZINE If the best companies recycle, the jewelry store is one of the greenest places on the planet. These days, not only can consumers reset or redesign their jewelry and recycle their gold, but they can also invest in eco-friendly, sustainable lab-grown diamonds and colored gemstones. “As jewelers, we care deeply about the environmental effects of mining and the living conditions of the workers whose labor brings us diamonds,” said Rose Faissal, co-owner of Longmont Jewelers at The Gold Market, a Longmont mainstay for 42 years. “We want our gems to be environmentally sustainable, and we see our customers, and in particular March/April 2017

millennials, are dedicated to sustainability too.” Longmont Jewelers at The Gold Market sells lab-grown diamonds to nearly half of its customers shopping for diamond rings. Lab-grown diamonds, Faissal explained, are propagated in a laboratory by exposing a small seed crystal, or sliver of diamond, to intense temperatures and pressures similar to those exerted upon naturally formed diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are optically, visually and chemically identical to natural diamonds, said Linda Snyder of Snyder Jewelers, a Longmont family business for 69 years. Like Longmont Jewelers at The Gold Market, Snyder Jewelers offers lab-grown diamonds as well as lab-grown gemstones.

ed in a lab, is still a human being. The diamond, created in a lab, is a real diamond in every way.” Lab-grown diamonds are certified and graded by industry leaders such as the Gemological Institute of America and verified by a gemologist in store. Each lab-grown diamond is unique in size, shape, cut and clarity, as with natural diamonds, and inscribed

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Lab-grown diamonds are indistinguishable from naturally mined diamonds of the same quality. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

with a serial number to distinguish it from a natural diamond. Labgrown diamonds are 20 to 30 percent cheaper than natural diamonds. Snyder said a rising number of customers wish to avoid “blood diamonds,” thanks to the eponymous movie. Faissal and Snyder stock

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and gemstones, however, require a mammoth amount of electricity to produce, and the technology remains experimental. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, motivated by environmental concerns, is one of the biggest investors in the business. Interest in American-mined gem-

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work within their budget.” Repairing a piece of jewelry will also extend its life and sustainability. Jewelry ages well, Fagetti said, if one maintains it. Ron R. Fine Jewelry stocks a plethora Rose Faissal demonstrates a jewelry design program on the computer. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

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Snyder Jewelers uses a laser to reengrave details on older, scratched piece of jewelry and to reinvigorate dull stones. “Our master jeweler can restore a piece to as good or better than brand new,” Snyder said. Snyder Jewelers works with a refiner to melt gold from family pieces and recast jewelry in updated settings as desired. Ultimately, Faissal said, “the jewelry business is a recycling industry.” Longmont Jewelry at The Gold Market purchases gold and diamonds to sell wholesale and thus helps maintain the respective gold and diamond markets. “Gold is never old. Diamonds don’t wear out,” she said. “For our customers and the environment, we love to make jewelry new and loved again.”

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Khaliah Ali: Greener Diamond Foundation Ambassador & Donation Program Five percent of the sales of MiaDonna Lab-Grown Diamonds are donated to the company’s non-profit Greener Diamond Foundation. It funds educational, mentoring and agricultural programs aimed at preventing blood diamond war orphans from a life of poverty. Khaliah Ali is The Greener Diamond Foundation’s humanitarian ambassador. “An Ali likes nothing more than a good fight and this is one worth fighting,” says Ali. “We are fighting to save the planet and to lives. Tens of thousands of children are orphaned due to diamond conflicts in Africa, which have killed four million people during the past two decades, according human rights organizations.” Both Ali and Anderson have traveled on relief missions to African diamond mining regions. “Murder, torture, kidnapping and rape are everyday occurrences in Africa’s diamond-mining countries,” says Anderson. “Most consumers neither know nor care about the origin of their diamonds. Consumer complacency is a key reason why blood diamonds still flow into jewelry stores.” She emphasizes, MiaDonna laboratory diamonds are grown in a controlled, professional atmosphere. The environmental impact is near zero and, more importantly, no one was killed in the process.

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By EMMA CASTLEBERRY for LONGMONT MAGAZINE There are many ways to incorporate the three R’s of sustainability—reduce, reuse, and recycle—into your lifestyle. Many of us take the traditional sustainability steps: we recycle our paper and glass in the blue bins, carry around our reusable water bottle, and try to reduce our plastic consumption. But there is one realm of life that often gets overlooked by even the most eco-minded citizen: clothing. Every year, the global community consumes more than 80 billion articles of clothing. The level of manufacturing necessary to keep up with this demand March/April 2017

posed if the public not only had the requires knowledge an enorand means mous amount to handle used of water and clothing more rechemicals, but Tunics are the latest in comfort. Both are available at sponsibly. With smarter also depletes natural shopping choices, conresources. sumers can extend their sustainable lifestyles to their closet. If this weren’t problem enough, These three Colorado companies ofclothing is also perceived as a highly fer guilt-free clothing choices without disposable item, meaning that textiles sacrificing style. are a major contributor to the world’s waste stream. Eleven million tons of textiles are thrown away every year in the US. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Some sources even estimate that 95 percent of US clothing waste could be recycled or


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Not only is Goddess Gear apparel free from harmful pesticides and chemicals, but market for sustainable clothing. “Clothing is something everybody uses, purchases, throws too much of away,” she says. “It seemed like a great way to make an impact.” The past decade has seen growth not only in the market for sustainably made clothes, but also the possibilities for designers. “So many more fabrics have become available and so many more people are interested in it and willing to pay for it,” Elmore says. “Things are on a good trajectory now.” Elmore started making the Goddess Gear line predominately from hemp, a fabric she still uses in her designs

along with bamboo, organic cotton, and linen. Hemp and linen are bast fibers, which means they are made from the stalk of the plant rather than the flower. “Those kind of plants are more pest resistant and require less water,” Elmore says. “That is a major positive attribute of natural fibers.” Because Goddess Gear uses a fiber reactive dyeing process that doesn’t employ chemicals, Elmore says her line is especially well-suited for people with skin sensitivities.

it’s also locally designed and manufactured. Elmore designs the clothing line at her studio in Longmont. Those designs then travel to Elmore’s sewing contractor in Denver, where they are brought to life. Elmore says the Goddess Gear line has a very specific customer: women in their late thirties to fifties. “Its cute, with ruffles and girly details, but with a fit for an adult woman,” she says. “That’s my niche and I don’t know of any other eco-friendly focused companies that are geared to that age range—a lot are for younger customers.”

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Baker is partnered with a procurement in Texas that sifts through used clothing and sorts it according to wool content and color. The company then steam washes the sorted articles, bails them and send them to the Xob facility in Longmont. Xob employees then cut off the unnecessary parts of the sweaters, like zippers and buttons, and steam the wool pieces flat. All production remnants are reused in some fashion. Through this highly sustainable process, Xob estimates that they have diverted more than 130,000 pounds of waste from the landfill. “Wool is a good, stable, natural fiber that still has a lot of life in it,” Baker says. “It’s got durability. Even when it does reach the end of its lifecycle, it can be shredded and composted.” Baker says part of the appeal of Xob hats is that they are made with an older fabric.

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The resale clothing industry is a testament to how much clothing is sent to the landfill before it’s useful life is truly over. Rockin’ Robin’s Retro, Vintage, and Resale Clothing, currently located in Niwot, is moving to a larger space in Longmont this summer because of a recent and enormous growth in inventory. Sheryl Salkowitz, a Rockin’ Robin’s investor, purchased the entire stock from the nowclosed Candy’s Vintage Clothing, Costumes, and Jewelry in Boulder. “We ended up buying everything that Candy’s owned,” Salkowitz says. “Hence, our little 1300-square-foot building in Niwot has become majorly too small for the inventory.” When they move to the new Longmont space, Rockin’ Robin’s will be expanding their inventory even

Rockin’ Robin’s current shop in Niowt will be moving to a new, larger space in Longmont to better house all of their unique finds. (Photo courtesy Rockin’ Robin’s Retro, Vintage and Resale Clothing) March/April 2017


further to include vintage furniture, makeup, and hair styling accessories. Whatever you find at Rockin’ Robin’s, you can rest assured that it’s been saved from the landfill. “We’re not throwing it out. We’re reusing and repurposing clothing,” Salkowitz says. “That’s the big part of it—this stuff isn’t going into a landfill. And whatever we can’t use, we donate.” Visit the Rockin’ Robin’s website to stay updated on their move, rockinrobins. net.

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Bamboo flooring like the one in this bedroom, is one of the most sustainably sourced options and comes in many colors and styles. (

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on earth, and there’s always a surplus of supplies. During the past few years, interior designers have been incorporating the durable material in new mediums like rugs and window treatments.” Another suggestion is a boucle rug made from 100 percent Indian jute, an affordable vegetable fiber that can be spun into durable threads. Or go with recycled carpet that’s already made from recycled materials, such as a flip-flop rug, made from scrap material from flip-flop shoe factories in the Philippines.

According to Lumber Liquidators, bamboo offers “the performance and look of exotic hardwood for less. It’s a fast-growing grass that produces new stalks without the need for replanting. For added durability, there’s strand bamboo. [It is] one of the most sustainable flooring products – looks, feels, and performs like hardwood.”

A wraparound deck is made from such items as recycled plastic bottles and wood shavings. “Just as sturdy as wood, the Fiberon composite recycled decking comes with a 20-year warranty, meaning your back porch will look as good as new for many seasons. Fiberon comes in several shades and textures, from traditional grains to exotic hardwoods.

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aesthetics as well as durability with these products. And they are green and eco-friendly as well. “The LVT flooring is green by design; it is made with up to 50 percent recycled products, and produced with green energy, and adheres to air quality and VOC standards. All these products are made in the USA.” In carpeting, she notes, “Infinity nylon carpet fiber can be recycled back into new carpet again and again. Carpet made with Infinity is CARPET TO CARPET™ certified, which means it never needs to go to the landfill.” She adds that “Carpet Masters is committed to environmental solutions that divert waste from the landfill. We are proud to be a member of CARE, a program to recycle post consumer carpet and padding.” She, too, praises wool carpeting. “Carpet Masters carries a full line of the highest quality natural wool carpets. Wool is a naturally sustainable carpet fiber that is stain resistant, absorbs noise and noxious gases

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Organic practices don’t vary between landscaping and growing food, according to Lauren Richardson, site director for local non-profit Growing Gardens, which was founded with the mission of cultivating community through sustainable urban agriculture. “In fact, some of my favorite organic ‘landscapes’ include edible crops,” she says. Converting to organic gardening includes using organic products and processes for fertilization, as well as pest and weed management. Going organic also demands that growers


“Often it can mean being patient and opting for a slower approach to soil improvements and problem solving rather than using whatever synthetic ‘solution’ is presented to the gardener,” Richardson says. But the benefits seem to outweigh any burdens. Chemical-based gardening can present more problems than meet the eye. Richardson says, “You end up with people burning plants with the harsher pesticides and fungicides, or killing beneficial insects that may be essential for pollinating their desired crop.”

How to get started with an organic garden One of the best ways to get started is to get educated before you take the leap. Find a go-to resource with teaching tools that are fine-tuned for Colorado’s tricky growing environment. For example, Longmont’s CSU Extension office is a great resource. It offers learning in everything from amending soil to becoming a master gardener (see sidebar), plus access to experts that you can reach out to with some of your most pressing questions about starting an organic garden or LONGMONT MAGAZINE 43

Grow Organic, also known as Peaceful Valley, for both information and goods for organic growers, new and veteran alike. Small-scale

A community garden like this one is a great place to get acquainted with gardening if you’re just getting started. (Photo courtesy Second Start Community Garden)

converting conventional croplands to an organic space. Kroll says hands-on practice is also advantageous. “Begin your adventure in organic gardening at a community garden,” she says of Second Start Community Garden located at 11th Avenue and Baker in midtown Longmont. “We have mentors who can assist you.” Local garden centers are helpful, too. Each time you’re in purchasing organic products you can pick the brains of some of the best in the business like Michael Morris, Kim Jackson, Kara Gonzalez or Jeanette Frizzle of Longmont’s The Flower Bin. Organizations like Growing Gardens also offer affordable classes throughout the year on how to grow organically specifically for a mountainous region. Likewise, online resources are bountiful. Richardson recommends 44 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

gardeners can find organic seeds at Botanical Interests, or try High Mowing Organic Seeds for larger landscape and food cultivation projects. And don’t forget the local farmer’s markets. They’re an excellent resource for connecting with people who already garden successfully on the Front Range, as well as stocking up on organic veggies, herbs, perennials and annuals. Richardson doesn’t think going organic necessarily takes more effort than gardening conventionally, but it does take a little more forethought in the planning stage. “It’s just different work,” she says. “For example, in a nonorganic

garden, if someone wants more nitrogen they might buy an off-theshelf synthetic nitrogen fertilizer. In an organic garden, someone would either purchase a product derived from bone meal or chicken manure that can have the same effect—and some research would argue is more available to plants and soil than its synthetic counterpart.”

Cultivating an organic philosophy Going organic is about more than just what you are growing or consuming personally; it’s

Learn the best ways to keep both soil and plants healthy by gardening with others (Photo courtesy Second Start Community Garden)

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based gardening, whether for food, flowers or lawns, is detrimental to an entire ecology that the human eye can’t see.” Organic methods also tend to be more holistic and last longer. The idea is that when you go organic you being to focus more on treating a cause, as opposed to a symptom, so that your food garden, landscape or lawn stays healthy without needing a bunch of expensive inputs for the long-term. Moving to a new way of thinking requires dedication and commitment, but Richardson recommends


money on organic-labeled goods.

“Often it can mean being patient and opting for a slower approach to soil improvements and problem solving rather than using whatever synthetic ‘solution’ is presented...” —Lauren Richardson

not over-thinking it. For example, don’t go out and spend a bunch of

“Most plants and grasses need the correct amount water, healthy soil, air and the environment that’s appropriate for them,” she says. “Plant your plants, watch how they do and address the easy and free things first. If that doesn’t work, or you have a pest infestation, use all the awesome resources out there to address it as it comes up.” In other words, just grow for it.

How to become a master gardener Like people who love wine and commit to becoming a sommelier, diehard gardeners can dig into a “master gardener” certification.

“It’s a significant time investment, but does a great job of giving a broad overview of all things gardening, and it’s taught by some very highly regarded horticulturalists,” says Richardson. The Colorado Master Gardener curriculum, offered by the CSU Extension office in Longmont, not only educates growers about new gardening techniques, best practices and organic options, but can introduce students to a whole new community of resources. With a new online learning program, you can also take things at your own pace if you’re balancing career and family. Simply earn “digital badges” to show progressive expertise by taking individual courses, bundling courses or completing the full program. Pairing master gardener studies with fieldwork in a community garden is the ultimate combo. “As a transplant from Alabama,” Knoll says, “I found being part of a community garden was a great way to learn about gardening in a different environment and to make new friends.” 46 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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Recycled Sporting Equipment Greens your Game

Chris Otero and Chris Martin make discount sports equipment available to those trying out something new or just trying to save money (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)


you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you already know two things about sports in Colorado. First, the location is great for all kinds of athletic activities all year round. Options range from snow sports, like skiing and snowshoeing, to league play team sports. The weather is accommodating, and mother nature has provided a variety of landscapes. Then there’s the second thing any Colorado sports devotee knows. OutMarch/April 2017

door activities ain’t cheap. That’s true on multiple levels. The impact to the planet can be very real, for one. Consider the sheer amount of gear even basics sports require. Then there’s the impact to your wallet. By one estimate1, it’s not uncommon for some families to spend as much as


10 percent of their gross income on youth sports. That’s right. 10 percent. If you’re interested in lowering the cost of your family’s athletic pursuits, environmentally and economically, there’s an easy solution. Consider buying used sporting equipment. Play It Again Sports just recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. LONGMONT MAGAZINE 47

Golf and hockey can both be expensive sports to invest in, but Play it Again Sports takes equipment with plenty of life left in it, and puts it back into the hands of )future and current players at a less inhibitive price point. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

sporting equipment, from snowboards to disc golf gear. They’ve also got you covered for team sports like baseball and hockey, as well as home fitness equipment, like treadmills. And because they carry both new and used merchandise, you’re sure to find something within your budget. Specializing in both new and used sports equipment, Play It Again gives weekend warriors and the families of young athletes a way to grab the necessary outdoor gear without breaking the bank. It’s a viable option that’s better for the planet and easier on your pocket book. Chris Martin, who owns the Longmont franchise of Play It Again Sports with her husband John, said that’s simply a part of their mission. They aim to “get kids to play sports at an affordable cost.” Play It Again carries a full line of 48 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

You might be wondering two things about used sporting equipment. First, is it safe? And second, is it sanitary? “We are very concerned about safety,” Martin said. In fact, her staff is militant about making sure the used equipment on their shelves is up to snuff. While they make exceptions for some high-end, expensive pieces of equipment, like treadmills, the vast majority of their used sports gear is about 3-5 years old. “We’re looking for current styles,” Martin said. That ensures top performance as well as

current safety standards. Pieces of equipment that degrade with use, like some helmets, are only available new. As for the second concern, Martin simply said, “Everything is disinfected.” Clothing is washed, and all other equipment is sprayed down and thoroughly cleaned. The store also offers a customers an option to return used gear within 7 days. Some fitness equipment comes with a 30-day return policy. “I want people to be happy,” Martin said. If you’ve got a closet (or garage) full of sporting equipment and have been thinking about clearing out that space, Play It Again Sports is a great resource there, too. There’s no reason at all to throw away gently used gear that’s only a couple of years old. Why not cash in on your under-used March/April 2017

equipment and give someone else an opportunity at a good bargain at the same time?

When kids join sports teams, like baseball, they can grow out of equipment quickly. Used equipment can be a cheaper option for keeping up with growth spurts. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

Sellers have three options at Play It Again. You can sell your old gear outright, walking out of the store with cash in hand. Or you can trade in gear for in-store credit to be applied toward another purchase. When you trade, you get a little more for your used gear. Finally, some high-end items, like more expensive fitness equipment or bicycles, are sold via consignment, allowing the seller to make the most from the sale without having to deal with the hassle.


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If your gear isn’t in demand for resale, the pros at Play It Again can point you in the right direction to donate it, ensuring that it still finds new life in the hands of someone who can use it. Play It Again is also committed to


promoting green efforts whenever possible. For example, they’ve been known to collect skis too old for resale, passing them along to artisans who craft furniture from the retired equipment. That keeps them out of a landfill, and stays true to Play It

Play It Again Sports is located at 800 South Hover Street right here in Longmont. Whether you’re on the prowl for new equipment or clearing out gear you no longer need, be sure to pay them a visit. 1. Sullivan, Paul. “The Rising Costs of Youth Sports, in Money and Emotion.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 16 Jan. 2015. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.

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The Wild Game Experience opens in Longmont Just in time for March Madness, a new restaurant and bar has opened in Longmont with plenty of big screens to watch the basketball tournament. Or, you could bowl, catch a live concert, sample local beers, play some arcade games or try your hand at bocce ball. Really, it’s a choose-your-own adventure of sorts at the Wild Game Experience, 2251 Ken Pratt Blvd in Longmont.


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1 a.m. on weekends. From the robust menu to the entertainment options, the idea is to offer a little something for everybody, says Dave Wilson, owner. “We’ve got a lot of entertainment options,” he says. “There’s multiple things to do besides just eat and drink.”

Work off your meal with a round of ten pin for the family, all without leaving the building. ( Photo courtesy The Wild Game Entertainment Experience)

The brand-new family entertainment center is also adding to the region’s

late-night options, staying open until 11 p.m. on weeknights and


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Plus, an artist’s mural with bison is a tribute to the nearby University of Colorado and will make football fans feel at home come fall. Here are 7 reasons to get excited about The Wild Game Experience’s new Longmont location:

You can bowl between bites Love bowling but wish the standard alley fare would go beyond nacho cheese and chips, washed down with a light beer? Enter The Wild Game Experience, which will feature eight bowling lanes with projection screens so that you can watch, say, a game while you’re bowling. Genius. And those nachos? They get a major upgrade here. The Nacho Stack is topped with black beans, pico de gallo, cheese fondue, jalapeños, sour cream, and scallions with the option of guacamole and chicken, too. You can eat healthy at a bar Yes, there are chicken wings and sliders on the menu. But, they are gussied up with wing sauce options that include flavors like ghost pep56 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

per, thai chili, old bay and others in addition to the typical buffalo sauce. As for the sliders, you can get pork sliders topped with citrus slaw or beef sliders with caramelized onions. But in addition to these upgraded bar staples, the menu is a big one and filled with some delightfully unexpected options. Among them? Mango, cucumber and jicama seasoned with lime juice and tajín or oven roasted beets with feta, balsamic and pumpkin seeds. Plus, there are soups, salads, burgers, pizza, sandwiches and big plates rounding out the menu.

You’ll find plenty of local, craft beers Boulder County is a mecca for craft beer lovers. So, it makes sense to pay homage to the great, local beers. The Wild Game Experience is carrying several beers that come from local breweries, many of which come from within a five-mile radius. IPA lovers can turn their attention to the Insane Rush IPA from Niwot’s Bootstrap Brewing or the Avery IPA from Boulder’s Avery Brewing. As for pale ales, Dale’s Pale Ale from Oskar Blues

Brewing and Hazed and Infused from Boulder Brewing are both on tap. Not a beer drinker? There’s also an extensive wine and cocktail lists with everything from mules to sangria.

You can try your hand at classic bar games Adults love games, too! In addition to bowling and an arcade, you’ve got plenty of game options, including some brewery staples like cornhole. But, there’s also a bocce ball court, foosball table, pool table, darts, ping pong and shuffleboard. Basically, you could spend an afternoon at The Wild Game Experience and create your own bar game olympics. You can catch some live music The expansive space will also include a stage for live music, says Wilson, with musicians taking the stage on Saturday nights. There are arcade games for kids or kids at heart From the old school Skee-Ball games March/April 2017

to a new virtual rollercoaster ride, The Wild Game Experience features 40-plus gaming stations. Bonus: you can win prizes.

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Beyond bar food, The Wild Game Experience offers innovative takes on traditional foods and a full seated dining room. ( Photos courtesy The Wild Game

The entertainment complex can bring people together Wilson’s idea for the new entertainment complex is that it be a community gathering spot. Already, local brewers have plans to engage in some friendly competition through a bowling league that pits them against one another. But, whether it’s enjoying a glass of wine on the patio and looking out at Longs Peak or coming for a fun-filled family day, the concept of The Wild Game Experience was built around the idea of community. Also, a large banquet hall is inside the building, with a barn façade, and is ready to host anything from high school sports banquets to corporate meetings to holiday parties..

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HOPS + HANDRAILS returns March 11

Spring Beer Fest and Board Competiton featuring Chris Robinson Brotherhood returns to Longmont for its fifth year

Doors open at 11 a.m. with riders starting their runs and the beer fest gets fully underway by noon. Guests can sample a wide variety of the nation’s finest craft beer from over 60 breweries. A $40 sampling pass provides attendees unlimited tasting during the session. The rail jam will feature a four-story ramp loaded with trick rails including a keg wall! The competition will be fully underway by 12:45 p.m., with Colorado’s best riders competing in the Open and Women’s March/April 2017

and Junior’s categories. The Hops + Handrails stage will be lively and rocking featuring Grant Farm at 1 p.m., and headliner Chris Robinson Brotherhood (formerly of The Black Crowes) performing at 4:30 p.m. Hops + Handrails welcomes all ages. Want to get your little one on a board? Check out the Ringlet Park, presented by Burton Snowboards and Satellite Board Shop, with junior boards and instructors on site. Also check out the Play It Again Sports Puck Off, Dizzy Fun Center, and facepainters. Local fare will also be available from Abo’s Pizza, Georgia Boys BBQ, Hefe’s


Left Hand Brewing Foundation is bringing the mountain to the people! Now in its fifth year, Hops+Handrails features the best of Colorado, pairing a 65-plus craft brewery festival alongside a 40’ high ski and snowboard ramp and rail jam competition. Returning on March 11 to Longmont, the unique hybrid event gives attendees a taste of what Colorado does best—craft beer, winter sports, and live music. Closing on a high note, the rock and blues band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, will headline Hops + Handrails 2017.

Tacos and Sisters Dumplings. Tickets to the Beer Fest and Rail Jam are available online and day of. General admission to the beer fest, rail jam and concert is $40, rail jam and concert only admission is $15, or spring for the Elevated Experience for $75 and get access to exclusive beer and food, hot tubs, couches, shade and a private bathroom. Event proceeds will benefit the Left Hand Brewing Foundation, SOS Outreach, and Chill Foundation. To date, Hops + Handrails has raised over $100,000 for the community!


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Chevy Bolt

Basic to Deluxe Trendy or Here to Stay?

If you think electric vehicles (EV) are the provenance of The Jetsons or a recent idea, think again. The first successful electric car in the United States debuted 126 years ago - the work of a chemist from Des Moines. Fourteen miles an hour might not have been a magic carpet ride, but it was still a no-gas vehicle, a foreshadowing of what was to come. According to, electric cars were in their heyday in 1900, accounting for a third of all vehicles on the road. Fast forward to now, and you’ll see numerous iterations of electric and hybrid cars on the streets of Loveland any given day. The Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and i8, Tesla, 62 LONGMONT MAGAZINE


will drive the price down to less than $100 in years to come.

and others all share the road with the gas-chugging beasts of the 20th century. But why now, after more than a century of fits and starts for e-cars?

Another factor that seems to be nudging e-vehicles to the fore is greater awareness and acknowledgment of the environmental impact of traditional cars and trucks. In 2013, transportation contributed more than half of the carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, and almost a quarter of the hydrocarbons, emitted into our air ( Automakers are wisely responding to customers’ interest in stemming the tide. Electric vehicles offer a “step change improvement” in efficiency, converting about 60 percent of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels versus about 20 percent for the energy

Ion Yadigaroglu, an early investor in Tesla, stated in a June 1 article om that battery technology is one of the factors driving the trend. “The issue is mainly lowering the cost of batteries, with performance already adequate for most applications,” he said. “The cost of a kilowatt of lithium-ion storage has dropped from about $1,000 in 2008 to something like $200 today.” Yadigaroglu cites advanced technologies that

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stored in gasoline (driveelectricnoco. org). So with your interest whetted for an all-electric or hybrid car, here’s a primer on a few of the top rated ecars on the market.

2017 CHEVY BOLT With an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, a more thrill-inducing ride versus other EV models, a practical price point, more space and power plus significant cargo space, advanced technology and safety features, the latest Bolt is a head-turner in the EV market, to put it mildly. Even Motor Trend noticed, naming it their 2017 Car of the Year.® “In my opinion, electric vehicle models will rise in popularity for the foreseeable future,” says DavidsonGebhardt Chevrolet manager Scott Hartwigsen. “The United States and countries around the world are working hard to limit the effects of March/April 2017

global warming. Given the scientific evidence, I believe people will continue to seek out transportation options that impact our environment in a minimal way.” Base price: $36,620 (Before federal tax credit)

TESLA MODEL S Unparalleled performance is delivered through Tesla’s all-electric powertrain, and the Model S accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.5 seconds. The car has Autopilot capability designed for stress-free highway driving. The Model S features full LED adaptive headlamps offering 14 three-position LED dynamic turning lights to improve visibility at night. The Model S features a Medical grade HEPA air filtration system, which removes at least 99.97 percent of particulate exhaust pollution and effectively all allergens, bacteria and other contaminants from cabin air. The bioweapon defense mode creates positive pressure inside the cabin to protect occupants (tesla.

com). Base price: $68,000

NISSAN LEAF The technology used to make the Nissan Leaf is constantly advancing, and its new 30-kilowatt-hour battery gives the Leaf its best available range ever up to 107 miles on a single charge. An advanced lithium ion battery powers the car, and you can charge at home or on the go. While a hybrid has an electric drivetrain and gas engines, the Leaf uses nary a drop of gas and rocks out with an aerodynamic body, regenerative brakes, and available LED low-beam headlights that use half the energy of traditional ones. “Our customers want an EV for a few reasons: environment, gas and maintenance savings,” says Tynan’s Nissan (Fort Collins) EV specialist Tom Lotz. “I think EV popularity will grow due to such amazing tax credits, dealer discounts, and battery technology getting better by the year.” Base price: $32,000. LONGMONT MAGAZINE 63

BMW i3

BMW 2016 I3 AND I8 Simply put, the i3 is a high performance EV with the legendary BMW driving experience. The i3 is fast - the fastest BMW up to about 35 miles per


hour because the torque is available from zero on electric-powered cars. It’s also the lightest EV available. The i3 is 95 percent recyclable and that includes the lithium ion batteries. Base price: $42,400.

The i8 is a low-production, high performing, very technologically advanced car with two power sources: the electric motor and three-cylinder turbo gas engine. It’s an unrivaled luxury sports car. Body panels are weight-saving thermoplastic. The wood trim is easily-sustainable eucalyptus, and door and dash panels are made from kenaf, similar to hemp, grown in Malaysia. Base price: $135,000. “Our customers want pollutionfree driving, sensitivity to environmental issues, no gas purchase required, efficiency, the chance to drive a car from the future – today!,” says Co’s BMW Center (Loveland) client advisor Matt Bailey. “We are seeing more interest in EV sales all the time.”

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Sustainable Resilient Longmont


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The city of Longmont is on the brink of a fundamental change, one that could have a profound impact for generations to come. That’s the outlook of Abby Driscoll, chair of the Board of Directors for Sustainable Resilient Longmont (SRL). Since taking over the position in October, Driscoll has worked hard to support a clear vision for the future of Longmont. Driscoll, along with the rest of her colleagues, isn’t imposed by the prospect of the kind of transformation that would make Longmont’s municipal operations fully sustainable and minimally intrusive. “I feel that Longmont is truly at a crossroads right now, with our city leadership and our decision making,” Driscoll said. “Are we going to keep doing the same thing that we’ve been doing for years, or are we going to try to prioritize more smart-growth and development and opportunities to invest in clean energy and renewable March/April 2017

an organization dedicated to addressing large-scale environmental issues locally. Epic change begins at a grassroots level for the members of SRL. “I feel like Longmont is becoming more and more aware of environmental issues. I think we have a huge opportunity to harness that awareness and empower people through informing


them,” said Driscoll, whose environmental advocacy work started with a gig canvassing for the Sierra Club in

energy?” That question lies at the heart of SRL, an organization with a mission statement that, appropriately, follows the acronym LEAF: “To Link, Empower, Advocate and Facilitate sustainable solutions in Longmont and beyond.” In 2014, founder Joan Gregerson, brought together Longmont residents who shared similar concerns about environmental issues on a local and global level. With an

1995. “We have an opportunity to make an impact now for the health of future generations.” That’s a pretty ambitious task, considering the fact that as a nonprofit, SRL is largely dependent on the work, investment and efficacy of a group composed largely of volunteers. Still, SRL’s members pride themselves on their earnestness and passion, effective qualities in spreading a message. LONGMONT MAGAZINE 65

One needs only to look at the group’s annual Earth Day Festival to understand the power of their efforts. For three years in a row, SRL has used Earth Day as a platform to spread awareness about pressing local, national and international ecological issues, hosting a communitywide event that features presentations, discussions and educational resources. This year, the group will bring the event to the Longmont Museum, a venue that will offer the group an expanded scope and scale. The event slated for April 22, officially billed as the “Youth of the Earth- Earth Day Festival,” will use the facility’s AV capabilities, meeting rooms and toptier performance spaces. The event

will feature films and presentations, as well as the family-friendly booths and activities that have come to define the group’s annual event. “It’s our first year holding the event at the Longmont Museum, and we’re very excited. It’s such a great facility – we’re going to be utilizing the new auditorium space and the meeting rooms,” Driscoll said, adding that one of the goals of this year’s celebration is to draw more than 1,000 visitors. “We’re working really hard on fundraising right now to make it free for the public to attend.”

“I think we have a huge opportunity to harness that awareness and empower people through informing them,” — Abby Driscoll

Another difference this year will be the targeted audience. In years past, SRL has geared the Earth Day celebration specifically toward younger visitors. This year, the push is to get attendees of all ages and backgrounds. “This year, we’re trying to incorporate programming for the entire family in addition to what we’ve done in

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That approach aligns with SRL’s work in the community. Since its inception, the nonprofit has been working steadily to implement communitywide initiatives. Whether it’s working closely with the city’s sanitation department to develop the new curbside composting program or communicating with the City Council to spark discussions about sustainability, SRL has been dedicated to making an impact for all. After all, making a difference in the environmental future of Longmont will take participation from citizens of all backgrounds, all ages and all political affiliations. Everyone can benefit from a municipality that’s 100

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percent sustainable, Driscoll said, and that ambition tops the list of the organization’s long-term goals. Working with local government officials and reaching out to national organizations are the first steps to seeing that objective realized. “In 2014, we went before city council and advocated for Longmont to do a sustainability plan, to look at ways to grow and develop in a way that


years past,” Driscoll said.

mitigates our impact on the environment,” Driscoll said, adding that the push resulted in steps like the hiring of the city’s first sustainability coordinator. “We have a lot of ideas about bringing that action to the next level.” “There’s no time like the present,” she added.


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MAKE & MINGLE CRAFT TIME First and third Saturdays monthly 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Longmont Public Library Bring your knitting, sewing, drawing, scrap-booking or other creative project to the library. This group feeds your creativity with interruption free time and the company of other crafters. Bring whatever you’re working on and your own supplies, and have fun with other crafters/makers/artists! Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. No registration necessary; just show up. (409 4th Ave., Longmont,


FILM NIGHT First Fridays, monthly, 7 p.m. Firehouse Art Center

Firehouse Films is dedicated to bringing creativity in the format of film to the Longmont community. Film makers are both local and national and always provide for interesting discussion. (Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave., Longmont,

2ND FRIDAY February 10, 6 – 9 p.m. Downtown Longmont

Every second Friday of the month, enjoy art, music, food, performances, shopping local merchants and more in Downtown Longmont. Featuring gallery openings, promotions and activities taking place throughout the district. (Downtown Longmont Creative District, Longmont) March/April 2017

NIWOT TAVERN GRAND REOPENING March 1; 4-7 p.m. Niwot Tavern


More than 30 tables designed and decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals will fill the newly remodeled Fox Hill Club— and you can have a chance at winning one! Each ticket to this fundraiser for Longmont Meals on Wheels comes with three chances to win the table of your choice. Guests will be able to purchase additional chances for $1 each.

After closing for a remodel, Niwot Tavern reopens with a refreshed look, and the same great menu and service you know. Join them on March 1 to check out the improvements and enjoy Happy Hour and Prime Rib specials all day. (Niwot Tavern, 7960 Niwot Rd., Niwot)


March 8, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Still Cellars Distillery and Art House Wilson Harwood is a Nashville based songwriter and loop artist whose latest work incorporates banjo, guitar, ukulele and voice, in live loops. His tour, celebrating the release of his new single, Rose Petal, is making a Longmont stop at Still Cellars. (Still Cellars Distillery and Art House, 1115 Colorado Ave.)

Table decorators may display as few as two place settings, but a minimum of four place settings must be available for each tablescape drawing, plus any other decorations and benefits the decorator chooses to provide. There will also be prizes for the tablescape receiving the most tickets for the drawing. Purchase your tickets by visiting the website. All proceeds benefit Longmont Meals on Wheels and will be part of March for Meals, a month of activities, nationwide, to raise awareness of senior hunger. (Fox Hill Club, 1400 CO119, Longmont,

EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER March 18; 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Longmont High School

Empty Bowls is the OUR Center’s signature annual fundraiser, now in its 14th year. Empty Bowls was designed to raise awareness of hunger in the community with the proceeds going to benefit the OUR Center’s food program. Guests at the event select a hand-crafted bowl made by a local artist, then select two types of soup provided by area restaurants or caterers and bread. They enjoy a meal and keep the bowl to remind them of those who face hunger every day.

Empty Bowls patrons choose their bowls to help feed the hungry. Photo courtesy of OUR Center.

Some bowls are also put up for silent auction. Doors open and the silent auction begins at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door). The price of 1 ticket means a meal for 10 people in need in the Longmont community. (Longmont High School, 1040 Sunset St., Longmont, March/April 2017



Centennial State Ballet will host their 4th annual Murder Mystery fundraiser, “Phantom at the Ballet.” The evening will begin in the Swan Atrium where guests will enjoy food from local catering sponsors. This interactive event will also feature a pas de deux performance from Giselle. Centennial State Ballet students and guest artist Matthew Helms will be featured in the performance and supporters of the organization will act as characters in the murder mystery event. Guests are invited to delve into the age old question of “who dunnit” at a local art exhibition, with prizes given at the end of the evening to the top three detectives.

Photo by Keith Bobo Photography

Visit to purchase tickets in advance, $50.00 per person. Seating is limited. Tickets include entrance to the event, appetizers, a plated dinner, dessert and a cash bar. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (303) 772-1335. (Stewart Auditorium, Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont,

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MOUNTAIN MARDI GRAS ARTWALK FUNDRAISER March 10, 6-10 p.m. Instant Imprints

ArtWalk Longmont hosts live artists and music, and interactive activities on ArtWalk Saturdays. In support of those efforts they are hosting a Mardi Gras Party complete with delicious Louisiana food provided by Whole Foods Market, local spirits from Still Cellars, live music by VooDoo Julia and Foxfeather, and an art auction and photobooth to add to the fun. Tickets are $15 and proceeds go to ArtWalk Longmont. For tickets and information visit (Instant Imprints, 372 Main St., Longmont,


March 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m Roosevelt Park A skiing and snowboarding competition in the middle of Longmont? Sure, why not? Save the date for Left Hand Brewing Company’s Hops + Handrails and sample some craft beer, local nosh and sick tricks. See page 59 for more information. (Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont,

MOORS & MEADOWS, LOCHS & GLENS March 12, 3 p.m. Lifebridge Church

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early with this special concert by Longmont Chorale and Denver & District Pipe Band featuring a selection of Irish music. Tickets are $5-$16 and children under 13 are free. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets. (Lifebridge Church, 10345 Ute Hwy.,

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GISELLE SPRING GALA PERFORMANCE April 22, 2 p.m.; April 23, 1 p.m. Niwot High School Auditorium

Centennial State Ballet (CSB) is proud to present Giselle for its spring Gala Performance. The ballet tells the story of a peasant girl, Giselle, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of ghostly women who entrance men to dance until death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover for death, but Giselle’s great love frees him from their grasp. Choreography by Stephanie Tuley, after Petipa, and composed by Adolphe Adam. Musical accompaniment features the Centennial State Ballet Chamber Orchestra at Niwot High School Auditorium. Audiences of all ages will be entranced by the artistry of the Centennial State Ballet performers. Centennial State Ballet celebrates their 19th Performance Season in 2016-2017, titled The Season of Magic. CSB is proud to be a part of the Longmont Arts Community. Giselle represents the final performance of the 2016-2017 Season for the organization. The vision of Centennial State Ballet is to provide live ballet performances to the community. CSB maintains operations as a non-profit organization via local business sponsors and individual donors, ticket sales from performances, and various fundraisers throughout the year. Tickets are $17 for Students/Seniors, $22 for Adults. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets. (Niwot High School Auditorium, 8989 Niwot Road, Niwot)

UNDERWATER EASTER EGG HUNT April 15, 1 p.m. Centennial Pool

This unique event is a fun opportunity for youth to retrieve weighted eggs from the water at Centennial Pool. Doors open at 1 p.m. with egg hunt starting at 1:30 p.m. ( Centennial Pool, 1201 Alpine St., Longmont)

ROCKY MOUNTAIN STEAM FEST April 29-30,10 a.m.-5 p.m. Discover, create, imagine and explore at this festival of Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Making. Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest in Longmont is an opportunity for the whole family to get hands on about science in a fun and playful way. All activities are all experiential – guests get involved in a tactile way, learning things that will stay with them long after the festival is over. Photo by 23rd Street Studios, Boulder

Enjoy exhibitors, activities, entertainment, education and more in the areas of: Arts and crafts, robotics, electronics, building and , Legos, marble tracks and science in action. There will also be food and drink available to refresh your busy brain. This is a ticketed event, with single day tickets starting at $8 for youth and $12 for adults. Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets in advance. (Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont 72 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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