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September/October 2016 | Our PET Issue
Save the DATE Can’t miss moments of the fall season in Longmont: Parades, candy and crafts top the list! So get out your sweaters, jackets and pumpkin spice lattes and enjoy the treats of the autumn season.
Welcome PET LOVERS No state loves their pets quite like Colorado does. It certainly seems that way, anyway. With programs like the Dog Walker Watch and Dogs Enjoy Reading, Longmont is no exception. And to further prove the point, Longmont pet owners turned out in droves for our Cutest Pet in Longmont contest and though they certainly all deserved to win, a hearty congratulations to the furry friends that took home the title. We take them everywhere, we seek out the best places and products for pampering them with intention. But what about the basics? Keeping your pet healthy and providing training are two of the most important elements to having a happy and enjoyable life with your pet. There are more than a few business around town to help with that, you never have to look very far. Though temps may be on the downward slide, there are still plenty of occasions to get outside with your pets. Check out the events calendar and don’t miss out! - Misty Kaiser
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We see pets and cultural pet acceptance everywhere. From pint-sized pooches at the grocery store—in their designer handbags that double as pet carriers—to the hotel concierge who offers dog biscuits upon check-in and with each room service order.
pets, then you also know veterinary care is something no pet parent can paws about for too long.
mont. And for that reason, well, their medical care status will likely continue to grow, she adds.
Pets today have more privileges than some people. Whether you prefer scales, tails or whiskers, pets are a valued part of family, says Dr. Molly Abernathy, DVM, with Family Pet Animal Hospital, in Long-
While pet care is essential, try convincing your critter about an exciting car trip to see the vet. To prepare your pet, Dr. Abernathy recommends pulling the cat carrier or dog crate out of hiding a few days in advance of the appointment so they can get used to seeing it. To further help de-stress animals, once they’re inside, she also recommends limiting visual cues.
To be petless is almost an act of sacrilege – in the U.S. and in Colorado. Pet ownership in the state ranks 13th, (61 percent of Coloradoan sown pets) according to a 2012 report published by the Veterinary Medical Association.
“For cats, put a blanket over the top of the carrier because it shuts down the visual stimulus,” says Dr. Abernathy.
While dogs may brag about their coveted title of “man’s best friend”, it’s true; up to an estimated 80 million dogs live in U.S. households, according to the American Pet Products Association. But cats just might someday rule the world, considering up to an estimated 96 million cats reside in U.S. homes.
Also make sure the carrier is level when traveling. To secure the carrier, she recommends folding a towel and placing it under the carrier to create a level surface. Like any parents, pet parents make mistakes too. Like waiting too long before making a call to the vet. Dr.
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Nancy Bureau, DVM with Left Hand Animal Hospital in Niwot, suggests vet care from a preventive care model. She says this change in mindset could help keep pets healthier while saving money down the line. That’s because it’s easier and less costly to treat an illness at early onset compared to advanced progression.
skin, but cannot regrow eye and ear tissue,” she says. Dr. Bureau treats dueling cats that inadvertently catch a claw to the eye and end up with eye infections, as well as plenty of pooches who hang their heads out car windows and end up with irritating specks of dirt in the eyes. While she agrees, it’s fun for dogs to chill with their ears flapping in the wind, “it’s best to keep dogs inside the car,” she says.
Another common mistake people make with their pets includes ignoring eye and ear related problems, says Dr. Bureau.
But if you must roll the windows down for Fido,
“See a vet sooner rather than later because you can regrow
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After getting blood drawn for a routine examination, Lola is held by Patrick Beall, Technician Assistant at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists as she gently calms down. (Paul Litman for Longmont Magazine)
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Sometimes it’s easy to forget when it’s A 7-month old yellow lab is given an orthopedic exam by Dr. Trent Stephen, Veterinary Surgeon, and assisted by Rachael Brady, Internal Medical Technician, left, and Jessica Berryhill, Surgery Technician. time for your pet’s (Paul Litman for Longmont Magazine.) annual exam, says Dr. Brinn Granger, DVM with Aspen helping pet parents remember to Dr. Bureau, who encourages oral Meadow Veterinary Specialists, in schedule those annual exams. check-ups Longmont. That’s partly because of changes in vaccine schedules. With aging pets, annual check-ups “If your pet has bad breath, it “Most vets use a three year vaccine for rabies (for cats and dogs), so people might forget about the other vaccines that are annual,” says Granger. In addition to rabies, annual vaccinations for dogs include: canine distemper, adenovirus (infectious hepatitis), parvovirus, and parainfluenza. For cats annual vaccinations include: rabies, feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (feline distemper). With younger cats, feline leukemia is another vaccination to discuss with your vet. Dr. Granger says vets who send post card and email reminders for annual exams go a long way in September/October 2016
might change. Starting to notice a few gray hairs near Poochie’s pout? Or what about Fluffy’s new sprout of gray whiskers? Aging pets and baby boomers have a few things in common—both usually require more doctor visits. During a pet’s golden years, that extra exam may uncover subtle changes in health that could signal decline. Among them, Dr. Abernathy looks for thyroid issues and weight loss. “A yearly exam is recommended until they are 10 years old, then twice a year after age 10,” says Dr. Abernathy. Keep in mind, the mouth is sometimes overlooked too, says LongmontMagazine.com
could be a sign of mouth or teeth issues,” says Dr. Bureau. Depending on oral disease progression, Dr. Bureau says your cat or dog may need a cleaning, known as a dental prophylaxis, or in more extreme cases, a dental extraction to remove diseased teeth. Both generally require sedation. If you opt for pet health insurance, find out if dental services are offered. But don’t be too surprised if dental coverage is limited, says Dr. Abernathy. And when comparing prices for dental procedures, keep in mind that not all vets offer the same standard set of procedures and post procedure monitoring, she adds.
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If you’re not sure about insurance coverage, Dr. Bureau recommends bringing insurance questions to the vet because they can help you decide which coverage is a good fit.
TOXICITY: Minutes Matter
When your pet comes in contact with certain foods or substances and it causes a noticeable reaction (see sidebar), it’s important to seek immediate veterinary care. Minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
Rachael Brady, Internal Medicine Technician, and Patrick Beall, Technician Assistant, give Lola an ultrasound. (Paul Litman/Longmont Magazine)
Whether through boredom, curiosity, or accident, cats sometimes paw around with plants they wish they had ignored. Poinsettias are a given, for cats to avoid, says Dr. Granger.
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WATCH FOR THESE SIGNS OF TOXICITY IN YOUR CAT OR DOG • Hiding behavior • Not drinking or eating • Less energy than normal • Vomiting • Diarrhea • Salivating September/October 2016
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We asked for it and you came through! OVER 200 OF LONGMONT’S CUTEST PETS were entered into our Facebook contest and after a collective vote, these nine winners were chosen. Say hello to Longmont’s cutest pets of 2016!
MEET...Stiglitz M AGE: 4 A
BREED: Dutch Shepherd
TOYS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: All I think about is my ball. But I currently carry around (and sleep with) my Zogoflex from Chuck and Don’s. I LIKE TO EAT: Anything the people are eating or leave on the counter. (I aalso like to sneak the cat’s food.) FAVOR RITE THINGS TO DO: Chase mountain bikes, stick my head out of the car window w, get tummy rubs, bark at squirrels, and destroy the neighbor kid’s volleyballs that go over the fence. BEST TRICK: Detecting if hippies are close-by. I also know left and right, and will give you a fist bump when you do something cool. HOW I MET MY HUMAN(S): I was given to a rescue when I was 2. My human is a Marine combat-veteran and wanted a working dog, so my family applied to the rescue and a few months later they drove to Illinois to meet me and it was mutual love at first sight. I became siblings with a pitbull mix, Ripley, and a cat, Little Jerry Seinfeld (who was not very thrilled to have another dog in the house).
Stiglitz’ guardians are Jon and Kellie Cross.
MEET...Remi M AGE: 2 1/2
BREED: Labrador Retriever
TOYS I CANT LIVE WITHOUT: Balls, my squeaky snake and water bumper are super fun too. I LIKE TO EAT: Anything people will feed me. FA AVORITE THING TO DO: I love to swim and as a Registered Therapy Dogg, I also like to visit people at a local Memory Care Facility on a regular basis. BEST TRICK: Waving goodbye! HOW I MET MY HUMAN: I was a Christmas present for my human mom.
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ME EET... Oliver Winston W
ME EET... Helga H AGE: 1 year 4 months
AGE: 2 BREED: Maltese
BREED: P Pug
TOYS I CAN’T T LIV VE WITHOUT: My reed bone, my Santa Claus, my frog and...oh yes, my yellow (yep yellow) bunny.
TOY YS I CAN’T LIVE W WITHOUT: My Cat in the Hat
I LIKE TO EAT: Pup-Peroni...yummy
I LIKE TO EAT: Bananas and Cheerios
FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Run through the house like a crazy dog, jumping on every piece of furniture in my way and, of course, chase the squirrels on the fence. Also, I love chewing on my mommy’s hands.
FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: I love to go on walks, play with my ‘babies’ (My mommy says they’re stuffed animals, but they’re still my babies!) I also like to play with Jack, my best human kid friend.
BEST TRICK: Well, I’m a little confused. I roll over when I’m told to lay down and I lay down when I’m told to rollover...oh well.
BEST TRICK: I’m an excellent dancer and I can shake paws.
HOW I MET MY HUMAN: My mommy was never going to get a dog again, then she went to Big Bones Rescue in Windsor, because her cousin Susie told her to just go look. Well, there I was and she couldn’t resist me. Big Bones had rescued me from Texas the night before, boy was I lucky. She brought me home the next day on October 14, 2015 and the rest is history.
HOW I MET MY HUMAN(S): They found me all the way in Wisconsin and soon after I went on my first airplane ride. I was so happy when they picked me up from the airport!
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AGE: 3 A
BREED: Chihuahua TOYS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Regular sized tennis R ballls (My mom says they’re too big for my mouth. I disagree.) Squeaky, my first chew toy, and anything fuzzy and double my size. I LIKE TO EAT: Gourmet doggie cookies, grass, carrots and coconut oil.
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FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Howling to Jazmine Sullivan’s song “Holding You Down”, staring out the window, cuddling, hiding bones in everyone’s clothes and waking my mom up when she’s trying to sleep.
HOW I MET MY HUMAN(S): I was adopted from a family friend.
HOW I MET MY HUMAN: At age 3, I had been a mother of two litters of puppies for Adhonay’s Labradoodles, when I met Marsha. It was love at first sight and Adhonay’s was willing to retire me to a good home environment, letting me go live with the Stewarts in Longmont.
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BEST TRICK: Playing dead
MEET...Willy M AGE: 9 months A
BREED: Australian Labradoodle
T TOYS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Basically anything I can put in my mouth is my favorite, but if I had to pick it would be my mom’s or dad’s hats. m I LIKE TO EAT: Peanut butter, potato chips and again... anything that is i my mouth. in FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Walk, play ball and chew. BEST TRICK: I actually obey with hand signals…my mom loves that! HOW I MET MY HUMAN(S): It was fate and Agape Labradoodles, my birthplace had a little to do with it.
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AG GE: 7 BREED: English Springer Spaniel
BREED: Pit Bull mix TOYS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My Kong toys M
TOYS I CAN’T T LIVE WITHOUT: Myy ball
I LIKE TO EAT: I love tacos (who doesn’t?), fruit, and of cou course, dog food.
I LIKE TO O EAT: Scrambled S bl eggs FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Play with my favorite toy...my ball! BEST TRICK: I have a lot of willpower, I can leave a treat on my nose until my mom says I can take it. HOW I MET MY HUMAN: I met her when I was just 4 weeks old and she picked me to be hers out of all my brothers and sisters.
Autumn’s guardian is Cheyenne Carpenter.
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FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Take naps, go on walks and car rides, chew on a bone, swim and play with my owners BEST TRICK: Rolling over HOW I MET MY HUMAN(S): They adopted me from the Longmont Humane Society shelter.
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Longmont Humane Society (LHS) provided low-cost care to thousands of animals through their Well Clinic.
Almost 3000 dogs, cats, birds and other small animals were adopted out last year from the LHS.
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Training, whether for basic commands or special skills, can benefit both pet and owner. These human students at The Paw Market learn alongside their canines. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)
hink about your friend with the enormous, super-friendly dog who is completely oblivious to his size. He’ll jump on just about anyone, trying to deliver a big bear-hug, even if the recipient screams objections.
Sure, all animals are wonderful – even the ones that aren’t so well behaved. But an untrained pet can be a real pain, both for the owner and for others. And in some cases, an untrained pet can even be dangerous. Which is why it’s important for every pet owner to consider some level of training.
Let’s start with the low hanging fruit. Which pets can be trained?
candid. “You can train any animal,” she said. And that’s true. In fact, Marnie Johnson, owner of The Paw Market, said she’s trained pot belly pigs. “They’ll work for food, just like a dog,” she said. “They’re smart.” But the majority of pet training is aimed at dogs. Given their high energy and capacity for learning, that’s really no surprise. Training makes things more rewarding for the owner and the pet. Shivers even goes so far as to say the right kind of training will make your dog “more confident and well balanced.”
WHEN TO TRAIN Shivers addressed the issue of when to train by dispelling a popular
Johnson agrees. “You can train a dog at any age,” she said. “It just may take more effort.” That’s because, like humans, dogs mature along a predictable developmental cycle. Johnson says between the eighth and sixteenth weeks are the best time to begin training. After the sixteenth week, the door starts to close and the average dog will be a little less receptive. “You have a harder time fixing behavior problems later on,” she said.
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myth. “It’s not true that old dogs can’t learn new tricks,” she said. While there is most definitely an ideal window, training isn’t just for puppies.
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Professional training can help create a better trust between pet and owner. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)
Scour the internet for tips and tricks? Buy a book? Ask a friend whose pup seems reasonably well behaved? Or go straight to the pros? “There are lots of people who have been very successful training their dogs at home,” Johnson said. She even cited YouTube as a decent resource if you plan to go the DIY route. However, the downside of training on your own is something you might not even consider. Namely, yourself. “I feel I’m more of a coach,” Johnson said. “90 percent of my training is the human.” Shivers echoed the same idea. Her goal is to “stop the humans from doing all the work.” Dogs are smart, capable animals. Most of the time, barriers to training come, not from the canine, September/October 2016
Positive reinforcement training gives pets more confidence to act in appropriate ways. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)
DIFFERENT APPROACHES but from the human. When we, as owners, learn how to work with our pets, training can rise to a whole new level. Even if your dog is already reasonably well behaved, you and your dog would likely benefit from the help of a pro. And that’s to say nothing of unique situations. Both Johnson and Shivers spoke of times when owners have come to them at their wit’s end, fearful they might have to give up their beloved pets. Some behaviors are simply too difficult, or even too dangerous, to tackle on your own. If you find yourself in that kind of situation, don’t try to fix it alone. Enlist the help of a professional. LongmontMagazine.com
While there are universal similarities among different strategies, there’s not a single approach to training. As you begin your search for a professional, be sure to ask plenty of questions. Don’t think of it as finding someone who does training “the right way,” but rather try to find someone who’s training style fits you and your dog. For, Johnson takes a more traditional approach. She leans toward positive re-enforcement through praise and treats, and tries to minimize negativity. Her advice to pet owners is to avoid always saying no. Instead, identify appropriate behaviors and say yes to those. Because training opportunities present themselves all the time, she also recommends keeping rewards ——— continued on pg. 27
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Shivers’ approach is a little different.
handy. There should be a small “Most dog owners think that if they know how to stop a dog from doing something, that’s training. That’s management,” she said.
stash in every room in the house. That way, you’re always prepared to re-enforce good behavior. Johnson also said that socializing
Her training program revolves around teaching dogs to think for themselves so they know how to react in practically any situation. She explained that a
your dog is a big part of training, especially with puppies. As she explained, “Socialization with a puppy means introducing him to the world in
dog has about the same intellectual capacity as a 2- to 3-year-old human. Drawing parallels to how we teach children, Shivers advo-
a way that will make him have confidence.” Exploration should feel safe and fun. A training class is a great place to make that happen.
Special agility training sessions at The Paw Market add special skills to a dog’s repertoire. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)
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advocates altering a dog’s behavior in a way that teaches the pup to do things for himself later.
If you’re looking for some professional help, there are some solid training options right here in town.
An example helps. Say you’re out for a walk. Your dog runs ahead and then doubles back, getting his leash tangled around a pole. Most owners will free the dog, themselves. Shivers coaches owners to “instead stand back and encourage them.” It may take a bit, and the dog may be rattled at first, but he’ll learn how to take care of it, himself.
Johnson’s business, THE PAW MARKET, is located at 1830 Boston Ave. Ste D. You can also call her at 720.340.4958 for more information.
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Neither approach is better or worse than the other, and both place heavy emphasis on a fulfilling relationship between dog and owner. As you seek out a trainer, just be sure to ask what approach is the best match for you.
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BY JOLIE BREEDEN for LONGMONT MAGAZINE “We will do everything we can to work with the animal,” said Executive Director Liz Smokowski. “If there is a safety issue for the community or the health of the animal, then we’ll make the difficult decision [to euthanize], but it won’t be because of a matter of time.”
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mixed breed dog had a raft of issues ranging from health problems to those associated with abandonment and abuse. She was adopted multiple times but her complicated history kept bringing her back to the shelter. It took two years at the facility before she finally found the perfect combination of environment and owner. “She’s turned into such a good, good dog,” said Sheri Martinez, who adopted Scarlett this year. “We’re kindred spirits. I’m so glad she waited for me.” Thankfully, not many animals have to wait as long as Scarlett did, or return as often. But that can be at least partially credited to the many forward-thinking programs the organization has put in place to prepare both pets and pet owners for a successful life together. September/October 2016
One example is the Dogs Playing for Life program, which was instituted at Longmont by past training director Aimee Sadler and has since blossomed into nationwide trend in shelter behavior modification. The idea is novel, but simple—doggie play groups that unleash the hounds to have fun, be social, and let off the steam of shelter life. “It’s kind of neat that it started here,” said Julie Bartlett, a volunteer that’s worn many different hats during her five years at LHS. “It really makes them more adoptable and when it’s done correctly, it really enriches their lives.”
LHS does its utmost to work with all animals, matching them up with the perfect new owners. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.)
There’s plenty more enrichment where that comes from. The organization offers a variety of public and private training classes to make sure newly adopted animals (or old dogs who need new tricks) are at their well-behaved best.
They also provide coaching and counseling to pet owners that might otherwise have to surrender their animals. “A lot of people don’t realize what they’re getting into when ——— continued on pg. 33
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In addition to animal rescue and adoptions, LHS serves the community with lower cost pet healthcare and classes. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.)
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For “new” stains (those that are still wet): SOAK UP as much of the urine as possible with a combination of newspaper and paper towels. The more fresh urine you can remove before it dries, especially from carpet, the easier it will be to remove the odor. Place a thick layer of paper towels on the wet spot, and cover that with a thick layer of newspaper. If possible, put newspaper under the soiled area as well. Stand on this padding for about a minute. Remove the padding, and repeat the process until the area is barely damp.
For stains that have already set
CONSIDER renting an extractor or wet vac to remove all traces of heavy stains in carpeting (get one from a local hardware store). This machine works much like a vacuum cleaner and is efficient and economical. Extracting/wet vac machines do the best job of forcing clean water through your carpet and then forcing the dirty water back out. When you use these machines or cleaners, carefully follow the instructions. Don’t use any chemicals with these machines; they work much better with plain water. USE a high-quality pet odor neutralizer once the area is really clean (available at pet supply stores). Be sure to read and follow the cleaner’s directions for use, including testing the cleaner on a small, hidden portion of fabric first to be sure it doesn’t stain. TRY any good carpet stain remover if the area still looks stained after it’s completely dry from extracting and neutralizing. AVOID using steam cleaners to clean urine odors from carpet or upholstery. The heat will permanently set the stain and the odor by bonding the protein into any man-made fibers. AVOID using cleaning chemicals, especially those with strong odors such as ammonia or vinegar. From your pet’s perspective, these don’t effectively eliminate or cover the urine odor and may actually encourage your pet to reinforce the urine scent mark in that area.
IF POSSIBLE, put the fresh, urine-soaked paper towel in the area where it belongs— your cat’s litter box or your dog’s designated outdoor “bathroom area.” This will help remind your pet that eliminating isn’t a “bad” behavior as long as it’s done in the right place.
NEUTRALIZING cleaners won’t work until you’ve rinsed every trace of the old cleaner from the carpet if you’ve previously used cleaners or chemicals of any kind on the area. Even if you haven’t used chemicals recently, any trace of a non-protein-based substance will weaken the effect of the enzymatic cleaner. The cleaner will use up its “energy” on the old cleaners, instead of on the protein stains you want removed.
RINSE the “accident zone” thoroughly with clean, cool water. After rinsing, remove as much of the water as possible by blotting or by using a wet vac.
YOUR JOB will be more difficult if urine has soaked down into the padding underneath your carpet. In some cases, you may need to take the drastic step of removing and replacing that portion of the carpet and padding.
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FRONT RANGE Planting Colors That Pop
BY LAURA HOBBS for LONGMONT MAGAZINE In the Front Range, fall is an especially magical time for foliage. Hillsides, gardens and flowerbeds explode with vibrant colors: quaking golden aspens, jewel-tone asters and deep burgundy mums showcase just a few of the rich hues you’ll see. Even summer’s most devout fans will admit that fall offers some of the year’s most eye-catching tones. And you don’t have to venture into the hills to catch them—you can cultivate them in your own yard. By planting a few key annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs that thrive in our climate, you’ll ensure gorgeous, reliable color as the temps start to cool. Kim Jackson, the annuals manager at The Flower Bin in Longmont, suggests Asters and Mums a few popular picks are a fast way to for fall color. “In the infuse your yard annuals house, mums or porch with fall and asters are the best color . (Shutterstock.com) thing we have for September/October 2016
fall color. We time them just right to bloom in the fall for a good window of lasting color.” She also adds, “Mums are actually perennials, but we tend to treat them as annuals.” Jackson says there’s no shortage of hues when it comes to mums and asters. “They come in almost every color of the rainbow these days—everything from white to pink, shades of blonde, reds, oranges, yellows and even mixes.” And for frost-friendly foliage, Jackson says you can’t go wrong with pansies and violas. “The cooler the temperatures, the more they like it,” she shares. Both are technically perennials but are generally treated as annuals because
of their spindly growth in subsequent years. “They can bloom well into wintertime,” Jackson adds. “I’ve even had them overwinter in my garden.” When purchasing, look for sturdy plants with good leaf color. Some of fall’s richest colors can be found in ornamental kale, another annual that likes the cooler weather. Resembling a frilly cabbage, these showy ornamentals tolerate cold weather and can hold their brilliant color all the way into spring. “Ornamental kale does best in the spring and fall when it’s cool and the color intensifies into a shade of bright plum,” Jackson says. When asked if it’s edible, she adds with a chuckle, “Technically, yes—although it’s not very good.”
Cold-loving Pansies and Violas keep blooming well into winter. (Shutterstock. com)
For perennials, shrubs are a reliable source of intense fall color. You’ve no doubt seen the dwarf burning bush with its bright red leaves. According to
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The Tree Farm south of Longmont, this very popular shrub offers a compact shape with interesting, cork-like bark. In the summer, its leaves turn a deep green before changing to a fiery red in the fall. Small yellow flowers produce a pretty pink fruit, which shows into winter. This short shrub keeps itself neat and tidy, requiring no serious trimming, and has no major issues with disease.
Autumn Blaze Maple provides summer shade and fall color. (Shutterstock. com)
The red-twig dogwood, another popular ornamental shrub, boasts red stems with attractive white-to-blue fruit, adding color to both fall and winter landscapes. Summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lush green leaves turn
a beautiful red when fall arrives, and its understory nature makes it a great shade-tolerant choice. For many color-seekers, fallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hues are synonymous with stately trees ablaze in shades of yellow, orange and red. At The Tree Farm, their most popular tree for fall color is the aptly named Autumn Blaze maple tree, a hardy, reliable and fast-growing shade tree offering color that holds longer and brighter than others. With a well-balanced, broad and oval shape, its leaves turn a brilliant orange-red to fire-engine red in the fall. With a uniform growth habit, Autumn Blaze is the perfect choice for matching rows along a street or driveway. Another eye-catching choice is the regal Royal Raindrops crabapple. Magenta blossoms and deep purple foliage make this easy-care flowering ornamental tree dazzling. The red fruits are prized by nibbling wildlife, adding color without making too much of a mess. Superior disease resistance, adaptability, plus heat and drought tolerance make this unique crabapple a crown jewel.
is an absolute must. If the container already has holes in the bottom, elevate it so excess water drains freely. If there aren’t any holes, place a smaller container with drainage holes inside it, and elevate it with a brick, stone or piece of wood.
Sprawling shrubs and trees are great choices for those gardeners who have the space to spread out, but let’s shift our focus to those who must confine their fall color to a patio or porch. Container gardens are a wonderful way to display fall’s rich colors, especially in limited space. For hues that pop, pick plants that showcase the palettes you want in different sizes and growth habits. This is often referred to as choosing your “thrillers” (tall, spindly plants), “spillers” (edge-trailing plants), and “fillers” (medium height plants). For example, an icy blue succulent like echeveria nodulosa for texture, a bright pink sundowner for ribbons of magenta, and a leafy sweet tea for shades of orange. Once you’ve dialed in your colors, pick a container, paying close attention to the material, porousness and drainage. There are endless varieties available on the market—everything from traditional terra-cotta to more whimsical choices like buckets, old drawers or even a pair of clogs. Keep in mind that darker containers will get hotter in our strong sunlight, and drainage
Finally, a purchasing tip for our spendthrifts: in late summer and early autumn, many garden centers and nurseries discount their inventory of shrubs and trees. While selection may be limited, these sales are a good opportunity to find reduced prices on fallfriendly beauties. Happy planting!
Containers are a great way to add interest to small spaces. (Shutterstock. com)
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Projects to Increase a Home’s Value BY SUZANNE PLEWES for LONGMONT MAGAZINE As you consider home remodeling projects, it is important to evaluate the potential increase in home value against its cost. Some projects are more worthwhile than others and
will garner a bigger return.
An Important Note About Remodeling Cost vs. Value When approaching a home sale, many homeowners believe that the value of their home should increase by the same amount that they spent on a renovation. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. The return on investment varies depending on the type of renovation and whether it’s a mid-range or high-end project. Here are a few improvements that typically return as much or more than their initial cost:
Getting Started – Clean, Clean and Clean Some More Start out simple: Sell it, give it away
or put it in storage. Cleaning out closets and decluttering rooms is a great way to make more space, which is a big selling point to a buyer. Get your home professionally cleaned, including the carpets. The return for this investment averages 400 percent.
Paint Is Your Best Friend Not only is paint cheap, but it can beautifully transform a room, but choose neutral colors. You can do it yourself or hire a professional and get it done quicker. Paint walls, floorboards, trim and doors. Don’t forget the exterior and decks which can prevent future repair costs. A $2,000 investment can result in a $5,000 return.
GIFTOF HOME TOUR This year the tour features 4 homes and will once again have a VIP preview night with dinner at one of 6 restaurants. VIP and General Admission tickets also include a soup luncheon at Longmont Meals on Wheels Cafe on Friday and Saturday. VIP tickets are $35. General Admission tickets are $20. Early Bird General Admission $15 before November 1.
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Update and Lighten Up Light fixtures can be updated easily without breaking the bank. This will brighten up your home’s best features. Consider changing out recessed light fixtures that have yellowed over time. There are many advanced lighting options to choose from that can be controlled from a remote control or your smartphone. The return for this investment averages 300 percent.
Flooring – It’s Important Worn-out floor coverings can really make the rest of the house look tired. Replacing carpets, adding laminate or pre-finished wood floors can instantly bring new life to any room. Considering changing out bathroom and kitchen carpets with vinyl or tile. There are many great flooring op-
tions available for a variety of budgets. The return for this investment averages 100 to 200 percent, depending on the floor covering choices.
Inspect It and Fix It Maintenance is a must. Either do it yourself or hire a home inspector to check for electrical problems, plumbing leaks, furnace units and structural damage that may be occurring. This is a good opportunity find out if you need to replace your roof, repair any leaking windows, adding additional insulation. You’re going to have to deal with these issues during a buyer’s purchase anyway, why not deal with it now?
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estate agent first. Your agent will be able to provide you with an estimate of the current value of your home and a rough idea of what the future value may be after renovations. More importantly, your agent will provide you with some valuable guidance on what renovations make the most sense given not only cost but also based on features most desirable to buyers right now. ————————————— Suzanne Plewes is a Broker Associate at RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland. For real estate questions write to 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537, call 970.290.0373 or e-mail suzanneplewes@ remax.net.
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Home improvement projects can be fulfilling, exciting, fun… and expensive. Most people have a long list of things to fix and improve around the house. But with the cost Mosaics are one easy way to get creative with upcycling. of materials and labor, these projects projects that use up-cycled goods. can get expensive quickly. For most of us, a full kitchen remodel probably isn’t in this month’s budget. But not all projects have to be expensive or even laborintensive. There are plenty of small, affordable ways to spruce up your home this fall by using materials you might already have around the house. If not, there are plenty of places to find the materials without breaking the bank. You don’t even have to be crafty to give your home a little life this season. Clarissa Edelen, owner of Fabulous Finds Consignment in Longmont, says it’s amazing what you can do with your existing furniture. “You can do a lot on a budget by just reworking a space,” she says. “You can cut down on an expensive remodel. It’s amazing how much moving your furniture around in different rooms can make it feel new. Where you think you have to recreate everything, you don’t. Just relocating things is a really great way to do it with a budget.” September/October 2016
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The yard might start looking a little drab as the summer greenery and flowers disappear with colder weather. Spruce it up with your personal design on a homemade mosaic. Danielle Toussaint is an AmeriCorps VISTA in charge of development for the Habitat for Humanity of St. Vrain Valley ReStore, a donation-based consignment shop. She says many of the ReStore’s customers come in to find materials for mosaics. “A lot of people make mosaics for their gardens using tea cups and plates and ceramics from our houseware section,” she says. “They take the plates that are beautiful to them, break them up and make a mosaic out of it.” For a garden mosaic, find a base piece made of a sturdy
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These patio chairs were constructed from shipping pallets, then covered with custom cushions. (Shutterstock.com)
material like terracotta, concrete, or metal. This base piece could be an old bowl, plate, watering can - anything you’d like. You can sketch out a design on the base piece or let creativity guide you. Break up your old china or glass by wrapping it in a bath towel and hitting it with a hammer. Then glue the tiles to the base with a dry, thinset mortar that can be found at any craft store. Allow the mortar to set for two days, then finish with grout and sealer.
Pallet shelving ads a unique rustic touch to this home office. (Shutterstock.com)
Wood pallet projects “Another huge seller for us is pallets,” says Toussaint. “We also sell random pieces of wood that vary in sizes. You can make so many different projects out of that by just sanding it down and polishing it.” There are a number of stylish home uses for an old wood pallet once you’ve given it new life with a coat of
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polish or paint. Anchor the pallet to your wall behind your bed and you have a new, rustic headboard. Use the pallet as a canvas to make large wall art with stencils and paint. You can also make wine racks, tables, benches, or even a vertical garden. For directions and inspiration, Toussaint recommends Pinterest.
she says. “That’s the easiest thing you can do, and it’s very effective.”
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“Pinterest is a huge inspirational website,” she says. “My biggest recommendation would be to get on Pinterest, start saving things you like, then come to the store and find those items you need for the project. You’ll be able to save so much money in the long run.” The ReStore sells all manner of home improvement materials, including used paint, tiling, flooring, wood, bricks, sinks, toilets, and doors. Not only can you find home improvement tools for cheap, but yours purchase also helps the Habitat for Humanity mission. “The Restore is a great resource for people who are DIY-friendly and want to do a project inexpensively,” Toussaint says. “Ninety-five percent of our inventory is donated, so that helps us sell it for less expensively than it would be otherwise at a retailer.”
all with different tastes and styles. “Vendors are charged enough rent that they have to bring nice merchandise that is priced to sell,” Sater says.”They might look on Amazon or eBay to some extent [for prices], but they really try to stay below those prices because they have to move it. They can’t afford to just sit on it.” To properly paint a piece of wood furniture, be sure to sand down all the surfaces you want to paint. Lowe’s recommends a 220-grit sanding sponge for this purpose. After sanding, apply one to three coats of primer and allow it to dry completely. When it’s time to paint, set up your project in a clean, dust-free area, away from direct sunlight or wind. Latex paint does best with a synthetic-bristle brush, but natural bristles are recommended for oil paint. Use a foam
A fresh coat of paint Marj Sater, co-owner of Front Range Mercantile, says a fresh coat of paint can do wonders. “Take an old dresser out in the garage that’s maybe been kicked aside, and put a fresh coat of paint on it,” September/October 2016
roller on any flat surfaces. Remember that paint dries from the surface down, so even if your project appears finished, it might not be fully dry. Follow the directions on the paint for proper drying time.
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Twin Peaks Liquor 999 S. Hoover St. , Uniit C, Longmont 303.684.9165, twinpeaksliquor.com A trip to Twin Peaks is a global experience. From beer, wine and spirits produced right here in Colorado to special flavors from around the world, Twin Peaks Liquor offers an expansive selection for every discriminating taste. The selection of wines at Twin Peaks Liquor numbers in the thousands. Bottles neatly line organized shelves allowing customers to locate varietals from different regions across the United States — including a unique selection of Colorado wines — to countries worldwide. The same goes for beer and spirits — you’ll find organic, seasonal and even gluten-free selections. Find a favorite or go out on a limb and try something new. Customers can even explore the 2,400 bottle walk-in wine and beer cellar that is the only one of its kind in the area. “Located adjacent to our tasting bar, the cellar is a unique space that houses affordable luxury wine and limited release beers,” says Suzy Bergman, the store’s event planner. Speaking of the tasting bar, it’s worth a special trip. “We offer free tastings on Friday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. at our
tasting bar, “The Perfect Pour.” Each week a beer, two to three wines and a cocktail are tasted. Providing the consumer with a plethora of choices, pairing advice and mixology instruction,” Bergman says. The store also likes to reward their local customers by offering a VIP rewards program that treats customers for every dollar they spend with a rebate on a future purchase once a level has been achieved. Weekly deals offer special pricing on a variety of items, and internet savvy people can follow Twin Peaks Liquor on Facebook and Twitter for additional news and deals. Coming soon will be a more user-friendly website, many more promotions and fun events. If a party is in the works, the staff at Twin Peaks Liquor offers great party planning services with specific help in selecting and determining the perfect amount of beverages for the occasion.
As a locally owned part of the community, there’s no question that the folks at Twin Peaks really know their customers. They were a part of Longmont even before 1994 when Todd Buchholtz first opened the store. Born and raised in Loveland, Buchholtz has years of experience in the liquor business. Alongside him, RT Magley, a Longmont native, is the general manager who enjoys getting to know the many customers who enter the doors. Bergman attributes the success of Twin Peaks to their involvement in local charities and business functions as well as their two decades of unwavering commitment to providing unmatched customer service, selection, and price. “We would like to thank Longmont for 22 great years. We are proud to call Longmont home, and truly do appreciate the community support.”
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In its 16th year, the Longmont Studio Tour offers access to the city’s great art in a unique forum that creates a nurturing and supportive environment for artists, where the community and artists interact through workshops, demonstrations and open studios. It’s an amazing weekend in which Longmont artists collectively fling open their doors so the public can experience their process, their art, September/October 2016
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Tour happens Sept. 24-25, with an opening reception on Friday, September 9, at Barrio E’ Centro. At the reception, attendees can meet the artists and get a Tour map. The Studio Tour began in 2000 LongmontMagazine.com
with a partnership forged between a group of local artists and Arts Longmont. This year 53 artists are participating. “Over the years we have hovered around that number, which is a small representation of the many artists who live in the area,” says Arts Longmont executive direction Joanne Kirves. “The community supports the Tour with great enthusiasm. We have people who come every year, those who try to make it to as many studios as possible during the weekend. People love the opportunity to talk with the artists, learn how they work and buy art.” The artists on the Tour will be showing their work in the actual studio where they regularly create art or in a venue, which is not their usual place to work and may also be shared with another artist. A favorite venue on the Tour is at a local farm where artists set up in a
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moment to create. “I try to explain as I go, “ Ambrosia adds. “I recruit my friends to help and blow glass when I am not, so there’s action all the time.” Rey Ford (reyfordfineart. com)
horse barn. There’s an amazing array of art to see and feel on the Tour. It will be a challenge to see the work of all 53 artists, which includes relief printmaking, pastels, ceramics, hand-blown glass, art dolls, bronze sculpture, pottery, fiber, watercolors and dozens of other mediums. Angelo Ambrosia (ambrosiaglassart.com) has been involved in the Studio Tour for a decade. He loves being part of it because he and his fellow artists can share with Longmont how they create their art. “It benefits us because by passing on knowledge of how glassblowing is done we can cultivate an appreciation for the art we make,” he says. “It is amazing how many people don’t know how blown glass art is made so it’s extremely fun to share.” Ambrosia will have a lot of work on display and will be making glass throughout the Tour. He’ll have formal demonstrations in which the public can see how fun it is in the
is an oil painter who works in a representational way, painting still life, portrait and figurative pieces. He began participating in the Tour about six years ago to get more involved in the community and to share his art. “The part of the Tour that I enjoy the most is the opportunity to talk to folks about painting and how I believe that everyone has the ability to develop their artist within, that it is a very learnable pursuit, and how therapeutic it is,” he says. “The Tour has been beneficial for me in many ways; however, the most valuable has been just meeting so many nice people. As an art teacher, another way the Tour has been helpful is by visitors deciding that they want to learn to paint and they become a student of mine.” Ford’s work will be on display at his studio during the Tour and he will
be set up to do a little demonstration for those that are interested. Joanne Kirves relishes the opportunity to highlight some of Longmont’s finest artists. “It is an amazing community of artists who are so willing to open up their doors,” she says. “The challenge is trying to make it to all 53 artists. There is never enough time.” Readers may know Tina Davis (tinadavisstudio.com) from her longtime studio on the west side of town. She now runs Clay Arts CoOp at 947 Kimbark St., a collaborative community art space with potential for a wide variety of artistic pursuits. After a few years off the Tour without a studio space, she is again participating this year and will have her art and that of several other artists and art students on display. “The Studio Tour is great for the community so bring it on!” she says. “I’ve been involved in it for 11 years and look forward to having people visit the new Co-Op.” It’s been a dream come true for Davis to open a multipurpose art space. Clay Arts Co-Op is a place where a Girl Scout could earn a sewing badge, someone could take a lesson in stained glass, actors could rehearse, painters could paint - the possibilities go on. And the Studio Tour is the ideal time to see the art on display and dream big about the space. Artists and visitors alike complete surveys about their experience on the Tour, which helps Arts Longmont to measure the success of the event and what might need tweaking for the following year. There are some obvious benefits to the artists: ——— continued on pg. 60
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the exposure and the possibility to sell their art. But artists also connect with each other and organize commissions and future shows. The gains to the community are immeasurable: soaking in art and having access to the artists in their space, which is not possible on a typical day. For more details and a complete list of participating artists, visit artslongmont.org.
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For years, Longmont has had what Eric Hozempa refers to as a “savings account for the community.” Hozempa is the Executive Director of the Longmont Community Foundation, which receives monetary donations on a regular basis. However, local nonprofits apply for over $400,000 in grants annually. It’s simply more than the foundation can give back. Local nonprofits are a part of the spirit of this community. They provide invaluable services. Every dollar Hozempa and team can funnel their way benefits the whole city. To embody that idea, these funds have recently been renamed as Live & Give Longmont. To help get the word out about all the wonderful opportunities to help the community, the Longmont Community Foundation plans to launch the first annual Live & Give Longmont Day on September 13 of this year. In the words of Mayor Dennis Coombs, “The goal is to make everybody aware...to help promote the well-being of Longmont.” You may not know just how integral September/October 2016
nonprofits are to Longmont, but these organizations truly do enrich the community, providing everything from vital aid residents depend on daily to services that enhance the culture of the city.
it ridiculously easy to get involved, providing deals just for that day. For example, 300 Suns will have a special buy-one-get-one-free offer. Lefthand Brewing has pledged to donate $1 for every bottle sold at their tasting room that day. And the Chamber of Com-
On September 13, the Longmont Community Foundation would like to invite everyone to join in that effort, giving in whatever way you can. “We really want to energize residents to give time, money, or resources,” Hozempa said, emphasizing that monetary donations, while certainly useful, are not the only way folks can get involved. “It can really be anything,” he said. In fact, the Live & Give Longmont website makes it super easy to get involved. The “Take The Pledge” page allows residents to download a PDF pledge form, which they can then fill out to indicate how they plan to give back on September 13. You’re then encouraged to take a quick picture of yourself with your pledge and send it to the foundation, as well as share it on social media. Pledges can be almost anything. You can pledge to volunteer at a local nonprofit, donate materials, food, clothes or money, or even just help out a neighbor by doing something as simple as raking leaves. Any act, big or small, fits the bill, and residents of all ages are encouraged to join in.
merce will even be washing windshields from 1-3 p.m. “We just want to get people involved,” Hozempa said. He went on to draw a powerful parallel. Three years ago when floods devastated the area, Longmont rallied. Folks pitched in to help one another, truly banding together. “You saw the best of people,” Hozempa said. “We have to continue that.” Every pledge shared with the Longmont Community Foundation will be entered in a drawing for one of five $100 downtown Longmont gift cards, so there’s even a chance you’ll get a little something back, yourself. And that’s to say nothing of the incredible impact giving has on the entire community. Go to the Longmont Community Foundation’s website. Take the pledge. Plan on getting involved on September 13. If it helps the community, it helps us all. The Longmont Community Founda-
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pany is on using a team itself and approach, the ensomething tire Front she learned Range, Niduring a 22wot Interiors year career in started out banking and quietly. The project manone-person agement. “We design believe that studio Judy Goldman of Design Studio Interior Solutions in Niwot, offers a full line of design working as a opened in services to her clients. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.) team provides a 2003 and has “We provide everything from better customer grown rapidly choosing décor, couches and chairs experience and saves them money as Colorado’s towns and economy all the way to design-build projand time,” she said. have thrived. ects for homes and commercial buildings that start with a piece of Customers don’t have to make a The best is yet to come, according property,” Goldman said. dozen stops at various companies to Judy Goldman who took ownersearching for services. “It’s more ship of Niwot Interiors in June. Next, she grew the staff of Design efficient,” she said, especially when Her first update was changing the Studio Interior Solutions to meet looking at a remodel. name of the firm to Design Studio the increasing demand for services. Interior Solutions to accurately reflect the full-service design consulting the firm now offers. “We’re now a soup-to-nuts firm that can help clients with a single room or an entire project,” she said. September/October 2016
“We’ve added designers - there are nine designers in all, and we’ve also added an architect to the team,” she said.
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“We help clients avoid some future expenses by taking a broader look at upgrading and fixing things that could be a problem. That way it’s not piecemeal and the clients don’t have to go back later and redo something,” Goldman said.
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Utilizing a team approach for home or office remodels can suggest fresh features for the project. “For us as a team it is the idea of presenting options to the client that they may not have thought they had available,” she said. The addition of a staff architect allows a conceptthrough-completion approach on design-build projects. “A client can come in and say ‘I have this lot to build on. What are my options?’ We can provide a team to present the possible approaches within the budget,” Goldman said. Some clients come to the table with a specific style from French Country to Contemporary in mind, she added, and others have a strong personal design sensibility they want to embody in the remodel or design-build project.
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To give clients broad choices in deciding the look and feel of their project, Design Studio Interior Solutions will open a new 4,000-square-foot showroom in mid-September next to their offices in Niwot. The one-stop shopping showcases the latest samples from diverse providers of kitchen and bathroom fixtures, lighting, upholstery and fabrics, hardwood flooring and carpets, designer window shutters and shades, and even custom bedding.
Fall home improvement tips When it comes to fall (or for that matter, spring) home improvement ideas, Judy Goldman of Design Studio Interior Solutions in Niwot said the single biggest improvement most owners can make is updating the kitchen and bathrooms. “Kitchens are more expensive to upgrade than bathrooms but either will improve the look and value of your house,” she said. The designers at Design Studio Interior Solutions help guide people to create their perfect space from flooring to fixtures. (Tim Seibert for Longmont Magazine.)
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through outdoor adventure activities,” she said. Goldman encourages residents pondering a small or large project to visit the designers at Design Studio Interior Solutions for a chat. “We consult to the needs and tastes of the client and our first hour of consulting is always free,” she said.
Good interior design can incorporate everything from classic to trendy. (Tim Seibert / Longmont Magazine.)
If something in the home is broken, either fix it or get rid of it and replace it. Freshen up your bedroom and bathroom with a set of new linens and towels or a set you haven’t used in a while. It may sound a little silly but try simply moving your art and your furniture around the rooms in your home.
In the next year Design Studio will add more services including staging - helping owners optimize the appeal of their home for potential buyers,” she said. Niwot Interiors was involved in the community since its founding in 2003 and Goldman said that the newly rebranded firm welcomes opportunities to work with schools, nonprofits and community groups in the area. “I like to support the Adaptive Sports Center which helps people with disabilities
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“These are small things but they really make a big difference,” she said.
Adding the final design touches According to Goldman, Design Studio has residential and commercial clients across the state but the primary focus will always be on clients in the Boulder-Longmont area and the northern areas of Colorado’s Front Range. 66
Judy and her team invite you to stop in and discuss what they can help you with, or to just say ‘hi’. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.)
SAMPLES Many delicious gourmet offerings await Longmont restaurant goers as the Passport Eats Food Truck cruises local breweries to team up for weekly beer and tasty bite pairings. An off-shoot of the downtown Longmont restaurant Samples World Bistro, the new food truck also partners with Sample Supports, a service agency with a mission to provide long-term employment solutions for the local under served developmental disabilities population.
Samples World Bistro, a popular local eatery, takes their treats to the streets with their new food truck.
“The intention [of the food truck] is to really drive and get to the point where we can work with Samples Supports to employ people with disabilities so that people can come out and work with us in the ultimate community based job,” Samples World Bistro chief of hos(Rhema Zlaten/ pitality Mark Sample Longmont Magazine) said. “We’ve been improving the truck and we are looking for BY RHEMA ZLATEN different places to book it around for LONGMONT MAGAZINE the state.” September/October 2016
On August 24, the food truck pulled up to Grossen Bart Brewery for a night of beer pairing and gourmet small plates. Samples World Bistro executive chef Ryan Shaw manned the cook top, serving up tastes like Jamaican Jerk Wings and Duck Confit Egg Rolls. The egg rolls were carefully plated in outdoor-friendly bowls, fried crispy with kimchi, carrots and scallions on the inside, and presented with a generously delicious helping of a sweet heat dipping sauce nuanced with cilantro and lime. The regular food truck menu includes dishes such as Carolina BBQ Short Rib Sliders, Langoustine Street Tacos, Pancetta Mac & Cheese, the Samples World Bistro Salad and Truffle Fries. Shaw also adds in seasonal offerings, such as pretzels and schnitzels to get customers in the mood for Oktoberfest celebrations.
“We wanted to do something a little different,” Shaw
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said. “To have Samples here on Wednesdays, we are working on increasing business for both sides.” Wise and Sample are working to sustain culinary and beer synergy by integrating Grossen Bart beers into the foods served on the truck on Wednesday nights.
Executive Chef Ryan Shaw prepares food in the Samples World Bistro Food Truck. (Rhema Zlaten/Longmont Magazine)
said about the truck. “We are keeping with the world theme with a little taste for everybody.”
welcome the partnership of food trucks and breweries. “Food trucks coming to tap room breweries - this is the way we get food for our patrons,” Wise
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“We have different profiles of food,” Sample said. “What we wanted to do was bring our fine casual beer bistro to the breweries. We encourage our kitchen team to work together and anyone from our line to our dishwashers; we are always encouraging them to be creative and cook with beer. The more they know about beer,
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SAYING THANK YOU TO HEROES
BSB is a group of around 20 quilters working independently and as a group to make quilts for returning heroes. Once the quilts are finished, most are donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation, whose purpose is “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” BSB works specifically with the Northern Colorado Chapter, distributing to recipients in Colorado.
How do you thank someone who has risked their life for you? Words don’t seem adequate, so people look for other options. Members of the Longmont Quilt Guild’s “Bee Sew Brave” (BSB) group have found their way— creating patriotic quilts that honor military personnel who have been injured while serving.
Three years ago the BSB group also began a partnership with Challenge Aspen Military Outreach (CAMO), which provides “professional adaptive instruction for military personnel who have been diagnosed with cognitive and/or physical disabilities.” Each February CAMO sponsors a week of outdoor sports and wellness sessions in Estes Park. At the end of the week, BSB members present each participant with a special patriotic
quilt made for them. This year, BSB members decided to try something new; a challenge to include one common fabric. Each design is unique, but features that specific fabric. These quilts will be on display during the Longmont Quilt Guild’s Fantabulous Quilt Show with Boutique, Friday, Oct. 14, 1-8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in Barn A of the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont. In addition to the patriotic quilts, there will be over 100 other quilts; a boutique of quilts and crafts for sale; an exhibit of antique quilts, narrated by noted quilt historian Jeananne Wright; vendor booths; and more. Admission is $5; children under 12 are free; boutique entry is also free. Visit longmontquiltguild. org for more information and a discount admission coupon.
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2016 SUMMER HOPLYMPICS September 14, 6:30-9p.m.; 300 Suns Brewing, Longmont
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Benefitting Habitat for Humanity The House That Beer Built Compete in games like life-sized Hungry Hippo, corny keg lift, real life Pokemon, and group “Pictionary”. There will also be a live auction at half time. Non-drinkers are welcome—only one game will involve beer and only one team member participates. Each team of four can enter for $25 per person, businesses can sponsor for $100 or contribute to the live auction. Find more details at 300sunsbrewing. com/hoplympics. (335 1st Ave., Unit C, Longmont)
LOWRIDERS: CARS AND CULTURE EXHIBIT OPENING AND CAR SHOW September 17 12-4 p.m.; Longmont Museum Get the first gander at the new exhibition at the opening party. Events will include: A full Diez y Seis Car Show and Shine, live music, dancing and other entertainment, as well as food trucks and concessions. (400 Quail Rd,, Longmont)
LONGMONT OKTOBERFEST Sept. 23, 4-10 p.m. / Sept. 24, 12-10 p.m.: Roosevelt Park, Longmont Presented by Left Hand Brewing Company Ten local breweries: Left Hand, Oskar Blues, Pumphouse Brewery, 300 Suns, Grossen Bart, Long’s Peak Tap House, Shoes & Brews, Skeye Brewing, and Wibby Brewing, will be pouring brews. And of course, food, live music, and more German good times. Tickets available online & at the door. A suggested $5 donation goes to the Left Hand Brewing Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. VIP tickets are available for $50 and include your beer and food, shaded seats with table service and a private bathroom. FRIDAY: House Band – Neue Polka 4:00p.m. – Music: Hey, Lady! 4:50p.m. – Mayor Tapping 5:10p.m. – Music: FACE 6:20p.m. – Brat Eating Contest 6:40p.m. – Music: Con Brio 8:10p.m. – Stein Holding Contest 8:30p.m. – Music: The Wailers
SATURDAY: Locomotion Parade - 10-11:30 Kick Saturday off with a parade of art cars, performing arts, bikes, brewery fleets, bands, hot rods, and more! (On Main St., between 3rd Ave. and Longs Peak Ave.) House Band – Neue Polka 12:00p.m. – Neue Polka 1:40p.m. – Malt Sack Races 2:00p.m. – Music: Last Men on LongmontMagazine.com
Earth 3:10p.m. – World’s Longest Bratwurst Festivities 3:30p.m. – Music: Gabriel Kelley 4:40p.m. – Stein Holding Contest 5:00p.m. – Music: Thunk 6:20p.m. – Best Dressed @ O’fest 6:40p.m. – Music: Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band 8:30p.m. – Music: Bright Light Social Hour September/October 2016
A TRADITIONAL GERMAN FESTIVAL OKTOBERFEST October 1, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fickel Park, Berthoud
PAWS IN THE PARK 5K WALK/RUN AND PET FESTIVAL September 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Boulder County Fairgrounds
Come let your inner-German show! There will be brats, krautburgers, pretzels and more. Enjoy German music and dancing, vendors and participate in the Split the Pot Cash Raffle (you can purchase your tickets at the event or at the Chamber Office, 428 Mountain Ave., before the event) and Lederhosen and Dirndle Contest. Bring the kinder hungry; there will also be a Kids’ Pretzel eating contest! (6th St. and Mountain Ave., Berthoud)
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ANNUAL AUTHOR OPEN HOUSE Saturday, October 1, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Longmont Public Library
Meet dozens of local published authors, ask them questions, buy their books, enjoy refreshments and mingle. Authors will include adult, young adult, and children’s age groups representing many different genres. No registration is required. (409 4th Ave., Longmont)
OUR CENTER’S ANNUAL FALL BENEFITTOTALLY 80S October 1, 5 p.m.; The Plaza, Longmont
LONGMONT QUILT GUILD’S FANTABULOUS QUILT SHOW WITH BOUTIQUE Oct. 14, 1-8 p.m.; Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Boulder County Fairgrounds
Support the generous service provided by OUR Center by enjoying a meal with friends, participating in live and silent auctions, and dancing to the high-energy entertainment of That 80’s Band. More information and tickets are available at ourcenter.org/content/events/our-center-fall-benefit.
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Hop on the trolley for a guided tour of Día de los Muertos Longmont style! Your tour guide will share the history, traditions and local adaptation of this Central American holiday that is spreading worldwide! You will visit the Longmont Museum and various downtown locations. Tickets are $5 advance, $8 night of tour, and are available at downtownlongmont.com.
MOLLIE MCGEE’S 2016 FALL MARKET October 15, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; October 16, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Boulder County Fairgrounds
Two days of juried handcrafted and unique items you won’t find at the mall. With over 160 booths at each show, there’s something for every shopper. Entry is $4 and covers both days (kids under 12 free).
BOULDER COUNTY CROP HUNGER WALK October 16, 1:30 p.m.; Heart of Longmont United Methodist Church
A family-friendly walk around Longmont to benefit Community Food Share, Church World Service and Bread for the World. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m., walk begins at 2 p.m. (350 11th Ave., Longmont)
A GIFT FROM THE HEART BLOOD DRIVE October 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Heart of Longmont United Methodist Church
Sign up at bonfils.org or call 303.363.2300. (350 11th Ave., Longmont, heartoflongmont.org)
TRICK OR TREAT STREET October 29, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Heart of Longmont United Methodist Church
This annual Halloween party features games, crafts, lunch and, of course, candy! (350 11th Ave., Longmont, heartoflongmont.org)
HOLIDAY FAIR November 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Heart of Longmont United Methodist Church
Handcrafted gifts and holiday treats from local vendors. (350 11th Ave., Longmont, heartoflongmont.org)
LONGMONT TURKEY TROT November 12, 9 a.m.; Altona Middle School, Longmont
An annual 10K or 2-mile fun run/walk, great for all ages. Proceeds benefit the City of Longmont Youth Scholarship Fund. For details or to register visit longmontcolorado. gov/departments/departments-n-z/recreation-services/ special-events-recreation/turkey-trot. (4600 Clover Basin Dr., Longmont)
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