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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022 | TIMES-CALL
Creating a more Mindful Life
GOALS: FOOD & DRINK
Holiday Hangover? Try Dry January
EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS, LEARN SOMETHING NEW GOING FROM GOAL TO HABIT DRY JANUARY: A HEALTHY TREND
Welcome to 2022
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I think most of us are trying to tiptoe into 2022 without disturbing it too much. Still, the turn of the new year is the time for a little reﬂection before we go on to our hopes for the new year. This can still be the year of you. Rather than making a broad resolution, perhaps try terming them as goals with a small, but steady steps toward achieving them. We’ve looked at several possibilities to better oneself and reaching out toward the community.
Beyond goal setting and follow through, we’ve found a few ways to brighten up winter doldrums. If you ﬁnd yourself single on Valentine’s Day this year, celebrate your single status on Singles Awareness Day instead!
Expand Your Horizons
There are some businesses in the Longmont area with unique ways of making our community better for all, whether that means creating safe spaces for the LGBTQ and allies or providing a new, more affordable take on healthcare. No matter what 2022 gets up to, we can rise to meet the challenge knowing we’re the best selves we can be.
Going from Goal to Habit: Step by Step
Valentine’s Day or Singles PAGE 28 Awareness Day?
Let’s Wine About Winter is Back in PAGE 32 February 2022
MAKING A DIFFERENCE Finding Your Tribe in the LGBTQ Community PAGE 34
RECIPE OF THE MONTH PAGE 37
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Getting a Grip on Your Finances in the New Year
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Theere’s a lot of talk k these days about mindfulnesss and with the New Year it’s a good timee to talk about how to in ncorporatee it into our lives. Min ndfulnesss is a ﬁnee-tuned pracctice and takees years to master but we can introduce oursselves to it little by liittle, every day. We can be mindful while we do housework, listening to mussic while we drive, really while we’re doing anything in our dailyy life. By taki king i little steps like simp plifying our lives and maki king i heallthy lifestyle choices, we can get in sttep with mindful living. There is no magic to it, but being more mindful can help us gain positive outlook as we journey through 8 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
grateful, generous and forgiving in our relationships.
life. It doesn’t eliminate the storms of life but our mindfulness can anchor us to a place of peace and constitution. It also frees us up p to become more
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This newfound freedom helps us be more intentional with our actions, giving us power and control to master and ﬁne tune our entire life. But, it doesn’t come easy, this practice of mindfulness. It is a daily discipline and a whole new way of living. That’s why the New Year is so great; it gives us a fresh start and a clean slate. Why not say 2022 is a year to begin a lifestyle of mindfulness? We live in such a materialistic and
consumer-driven society, full of hustle and bustle, road rage and debt. Accompanied with that lifestyle is a given anxiety and “mind chatter”. Mindfulness and mastering its practice can help us to learn how to walk alongside that stress and chaos without becoming consumed by it. It doesn’t magically take it away, but it can aid us in coping and gaining positive perspective. Chandra Lontz-Smith, MA, LPC, RPT, Licensed Professional Counselor, Synergetic Play Therapist, and Parenting Guide with Genuine Heart Counseling in Longmont,Colorado has plenty of insight and expertise in mindfulness: “Mindfulness is not about getting away from difﬁculties, it’s about cultivating conﬁdence that we can be with whatever arises and allowing us to be present with that stress and anxiety. It is not an easy practice, but it is useful...One thing that can be helpful to consider is that we don’t have to be a master of mindfulness to reap its beneﬁts. Each moment gives us greater access to our innate virtues of kindness, kii curiosity, openheartedness and ﬂexibility and that opens up so much for a life with greater ease…”
to say in response. Take the time to really hear them.
from noticing the negative behaviors of someone else.
Experience your senses. All too often you’re rushing toward the next thing on your to-do list without noticing a single thing around you. Literally— stop and smell the ﬂowers; or the rain, or what you’re cooking. Look someone in the eye and smile. Listen for a bird dsong. Tak ke tiime to actuallly taste your food. Just give your senses the opportunity to pay attention to the people and things around you and take them in.
A simple act of kindness can help you practice positivity as well. Going back to the above, if you’re paying attention to things outside of yourself, you may notice more ways to be kind to others.
Practice positivity. Now, it’s important to say that there is such a thing as toxic positivity, and being relentlessly sunny is not necessarily a mindful response; negative emotions do happen and deserve regonition and compassion. But guiding your
According to Declutter The Mind (declutterthemind.com) there are some simple ways to begin being more mindful; most involve reminding yourself to be more present in any situation. Some things they recommend:
Be an active listener. When someone else is speaking, let their story be theirs and try not to think about how it relates to you or what you want
thoughts with a bit of positive thinki king i may help you see things in a more positive light overall. Things like being grateful and thanking someone out loud (or even better, writing a note) for their positive actions pivots your thoughts
Watching what you give a presence in your life can also help p. Feeding your anger or sense of helplessness only increases those feeelings. Find something that makes you feel joy or hope and commit to giv ving yourself time to experience it daaily. Practicing mindfulness is about retraining the brain thro ough actions, meditation and other mindful practices like yoga. Creaating, building and sustaining a mindful lifestyle may not be as easy as taki king i g a pill, which has itss place, but mind dfulness can creaate permanent and rejuvenating changes. We often n look for a quick k ﬁx and as we know those don’t always sttick. But, mindful livin ng and its accompanying practices, which take discipline and work, do. In the ﬁeld of psycholo ogy, mindfulness has been incorporaated into different forms of therrapy including CBT (Cognitive-Behaviioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical-B Behavioral Therapy). The basic con ncept is if a person reframes their th hinking, their negative emotions and behaviors will improve. This is wh hy the discipline of mindful living is worth it! The good news is that mindfulness LONGMONT MAGAZINE 9
Mindfulness allows us to recognize feelings and accept them. With awareness, we can reign our ego so it doesn’t control us...
is existential in that respect. Mindful living naturally brings out the best you. Because you are more at peace, you have more mental bandwidth to dedicate to living generously. Dr. Roy Hill, who has been practicing as a psychologist in Colorado for many years believes in the power of love and kindness: “Mindfulness allows us to recognize feelings and accept them. With awareness, we can reign our ego so it doesn’t control us…the greatest discovery is when a client realizes they are in control of their own disposition and how they act and react in the present moment, in love and kindness…mindfulness is part of reaching our potential…” Some circumstances may be out of our control but how we react to
them is up to us. To “sit with it” and “be still” is mindful living. It doesn’t mean perfection or protection but it does mean the active decision to
relationships as they are, without judgment. The time for mindful living is now. Think about taking a yoga or tai chi class or practicing a simple meditation. Maybe pick up some herbal teas and ﬁnd a friend that wants to come over and share a cup over pleasant conversation. Go for a walk in nature with a canine or human friend. The options for mindful living are endless. There are many mindful apps too, just search for “mindful living.” It’s never too late to start looking at the world through a mindful lens, it’s within your reach to create mindful living in 2022.
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It’s been a long winter of holiday parties and celebrations, and with those festivities often comes an increase in our alcohol consumption. The trend of Dry January is popular among people who want to start off the new year sober, healthy, and bright-eyed after a season of indulgence. Dry January, or the act of abstaining from alcohol consumption for the ﬁrst month of the year, started as a public health campaign in the UK and the United States and has taken hold ﬁrmly in both countries and further aﬁeld. Dry January is a wonderful complement to almost any new year goal, from losing weight to saving money. While most people who partake in this trend are simply detoxing after the holiday excess, Dry January can also act as a lowpressure introduction to sobriety for someone who thinks they might 12 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
BY EMMA CASTLEBERRY for LONGMONT MAGAZINE have a problem with alcohol – or knows that they do. If you’re interested in staying sober for a month, here’s what you need to know.
Tips for a Successful Dry January Set yourself up for success before January arrives. If you look at New Year’s Eve as your last hurrah, you should be prepared with everything you need before you go out to ring in 2022. “Helpful behavior modiﬁcations include a normal sleep schedule, eating properly, exercise or movement, doing fun things, managing stress as best as possible and setting short- and long-term goals with accountability,” says Greg Hoffman, director of Go Sober. LongmontMagazine.com
“Dry January is a good opportunity to pause and regroup on overall consumption,” says Nels Wroe, founder of Dry Land Distillers. Wroe’s spouse is a prevention educator and specialist that works with colleges and universities on policies to reduce risk behaviors, including alcohol abuse. “It’s really important to be aware and manage one’s alcohol consumption, particularly during the holidays,” Wroe says. He advises using the month of sobriety to develop a new plan on your approach to drinking if you think you’re developing bad habits. “Set some daily and weekly limits, and have a plan for the holidays,” he says. “For example, have zero-proof options, sparkling water, or other non-alcoholic drinks on hand. If you expect to get pressure from friends or family to drink with them, practice a simple script. January/February 2022
2 cups crushed plums or cherries (Note: this recipe works great with other fruits too! Try strawberries and blackberries or other seasonal fruits.)
¼ cup mint leaves ½ cup sugar ¼ cup red wine vinegar ¼ cup apple cider vinegar Mix together the fruit, mint leaves, and sugar and refrigerate overnight, stirring occasionally. Strain and mix in the vinegars, then let the shrub refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Use the shrub in this zero-proof cocktail: Mint leaves 2 oz shrub mix Sparkling water, soda, or tonic
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It can be ‘Thanks, but I’m not drinking right now,’ or ‘I’m good with water for now.’” If you feel successful about your Dry January experience and walk away with a plan, Wroe says you can make next-step decisions more easily. “Then, it’s up to you whether or not going cold turkey is important, or if you can sustain a healthy consumption level that will serve you – and your health – over the long term,” he says.
No Alcohol Doesn’t Mean No Drinks Your social life needn’t suffer during Dry January. You can still enjoy a variety of delicious beverages, and even do so in a bar setting. Awake Denver – the town’s ﬁrst fullservice alcohol-free bar – opened in May of 2021. They serve alcoholfree wine, beer, and spirits, as well January/February 2022
Muddle mint leaves in a shaker. Shake shrub mix with ice and strain the mixture into a large rocks glass over ice. Add sparkling water, soda water, or tonic to top it off. Stir gently. Garnish with fresh or candied cherry and a mint leaf. Enjoy!
as mocktails and coffee. Especially if you’re used to winding down with a beer or a glass of wine, don’t be afraid to experiment with non-alcoholic options. Even better, you can make your own nonalcoholic drinks to enjoy at home. This recipe for a zero-proof shrub comes from Wroe at Dry Land Distillers. “Shrubs are a very old technique to use fruits, herbs and vinegars to create a bracing, complex beverage without alcohol,” he says. “They are a great option if you want a zero-proof beverage that sips and tastes much like a cocktail.”
Beware the Binge “The Dry January Challenge is often the result of binge behavior and overconsumption during the holidays,” Wroe says. While these excessive drinking behaviors are socially acceptable during the holiLongmontMagazine.com
days, they aren’t healthy for your body or your mind. If Dry January appeals to you because you are worried that you have a drinking problem, it’s important to beware of binge behavior after the month of abstinence. “I do not think abstaining from alcohol for just one month has beneﬁts as it sets people up for binge behavior when they return to drinking,” says Hoffman. “If alcohol is negatively affecting performance, relationships, health, or quality of life, there is a problem.” If you’re concerned about your drinking habits, remember that alcoholism is a problem that has a solution. Help is available. Visit gosober.org to learn more.
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Do ﬂowers, candy, dinner and maybe a movie sound a bit too familiar? No one can blame you, it’s easy to get into a Valentine’s Day rut. This year celebrate your love with something a little different. These local gift ideas have a personal touch, perfect for a special night in.
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This hand-poured soy candle can light up your night and leave you with a keepsake tin. A delicate scent of sea salt, orchid and jasmine is perfect to set the romantic mood. (Available at Snarkington’s, 324 Main St., Longmont, snarkingtons.com)
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Why go with your standard box of chocolates when you could get trendy with macarons? Created in Fort Collins, Poeme Macarons are creatively delicious and lovely little works of art. Flavors like Early Grey and Peach, Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Caramel Snickerdoodle are anything but ordinary— much like your love. Locally available at Bricks in downtown Longmont, ﬂavors and availability will vary, so hurry and get yours soon! (Available at Bricks Retail, 512 4th Ave., No. 103, Longmont, bricksretail.com or poememacarons.com)
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hee odometeer of our lives haas just rolled over. o The yeaar 2021 waas a long an nd windingg road wiith many ro oadblocks. But ﬁnaally the num mber 2022 haas rolled up. This is a brand new roaad, the start of a jou urney with endless posssibilities. As we vow to be better, healthier, smarterr, and more organized on our next exp pedition, we look around for a road map m to guide us. Longmont Magazine talked to two people who think long and hard about goals and how to achieve them: Life Coach Joby Roberts and Kristy Nearly, head coach at Training for Warriors Longmont. Joby Roberts, a life coach from Lyons, suggests that to set your goals you should begin by looking at where you want to end. “The ﬁrst part is identifying what is 16 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
BY LINDA THORSEN BOND for LONGMONT MAGAZINE not working in your life, where you are stuck, what you want to improve,” she said. “What’s lacking that you might want to change? Start to get curious and ask yourself questions, like where in life am I feeling ineffectual or ineffective, or where could my life be more fulﬁlling or better?” The second part is to dream where you want to go. Joby said. “Think of LongmontMagazine.com
“Sit down, write down what you’re dreaming,” she said. “W What does fulﬁlled look like, what w would the change g be? Create a dream m board or vision board or a journal of what life would look like if you reached your goal.” Then, she said, depending on your goal and personality, pick an approach that is in alignment with how you learn. “Really look at things that drive and inspire and excite you,” she said. “To create a habit, you might need constant reminders, so you can put sticky notes on your refrigerator or desk. Some people process by January/February 2022
journaling, and you u can journal every day. You migght want time in mediation or o to be spiritually connecteed. If you’re very tactical,, you might want remind ders that say, ‘This iss what I’m committeed to do today,’ on you ur computer’
related, or in rrelationships, the helicopter v view is focusing on where yo ou want to be. All of it focuses on what helps put your energy and drive into push hing through hard tim mes.” Acccording to Head Coach Kristy Neary,
Joby suggests that people who are driv ven by rewards can put a reward system into place for themselves: “M Maybe you get a reward ev very week when you’ve accom mplished that goal. If you neeed acknowledgement, ﬁnd som meone who can give you words of encouragement. e If you’re self-motivated, use a written check list so you can check off every day what you’re going to do.
Traaining For Warriors Lon ngmont is all about goal settin ng. She said,, “Goal setting is one of the main n cornerstones of the gym. We are ffundamentally not just Joby Roberts, life coach, helps clients reach their goals. (Courtesy Joby Roberts)
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The highest level of TFW is the question “Why?” Kristy K said, “We want to know WHY you are with us, wh hat is your motivation, wh hat lights you on ﬁre. m People may say, “I’m here doing ﬁtness beb cause I want to losee 15 pounds. Then we w ask ‘Why?’ Maybe the t answer is ‘Because the doctor said I neeed to be healthier,’ or, ‘Because I want to playy with my kids and grandk kids,’ or maybe ‘I’m not as a strong as want to be,’ or ev ven ‘I’m here because I want a community because maybe I do on’t have a great work environment.’ We want to ﬁnd out about the whole person when we ask that question.” Once the Why is established, TFW asks WHERE is the accountability? Kristy said, “You’ve told me your goal is losing 15 pounds of body fat, then the question is how you be will held accountable. We have people write in a journal. It could be their personal feelings or their ﬁtness goals. Then they share that goal with their spouse or family. We ask if their spouse or family is supportive, and people have interesting answers. We
of wine at dinn ner every night.’ At the end of tthe month, they might hav ve a new Choose 1, Lose 1, or if that did not go weell, they’ll determinee what they should chan nge.”
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ask them to invite their community to hold them accountable, as well as offer encouragement too.” One of the most interesting programs is the monthly forum “Choose 1, Lose 1.” Participants pick one thing they want to add and one thing they want to lose. Kristy explained, “They might say, ‘I choose to do group ﬁtness three times a week. I want to lose having that second glass
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BY ADAM GOLDSTEIN for LONGMONT MAGAZINE New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be painful, unpleasant or temporary. For many, the ﬁrst weeks of January can summon a familiar cycle: a halfhearted attempt to exercise more regularly, to cut out tempting foods from a diet or to stop indulging in beloved vices falls short. Old habits return, and a commitment to reform gets pushed to next New Year’s Eve. Finding real and lasting growth 20 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
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doesn’t have to be this way. The New Year is indeed a perfect opportunity to seek change and pursue goals; the key is ﬁnding resolutions that offer just a good combination of fun and personal improvement. Forget reporting to a stuffy gym packed with other halfhearted resolution-seekers. A better route to ﬁnding a new, improved version of you requires a bit more creativity and verve. Luckily, Longmont and, more broadly, Colorado, offer many paths LongmontMagazine.com
to a better you, whether it’s ﬁnding ﬁtness on the Centennial State’s legendary slopes, learning lifesaving skills in a CPR class, tapping into your inner gourmand via an online sommelier course, taking up a new language or even building skills that can lead to a new career. All of these options are much more profound and rewarding than a gym membership, and local residents have many options to pursue these paths in their own, ﬁgurative backyard. January/February 2022
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have personal growth as a target, and learning new skills can be a great way to ﬁnd a new direction for the next 12 months. Learning CPR, for example, can offer a sense of accomplishment, purpose and usefulness, not to mention a skill that could literally save a life. Longmont CPR (longmontcpr.org) is an ideal place to learn the foundational skills of CPR; the organization features experienced medical personnel as instructors, and offers a ﬂexible, accessible class schedule. “Most of our trainers are highly experienced instructors who have ﬁreﬁghter experience,” Longmont CPR representatives point out. “We try to keep our CPR/AED and First Aid class sizes intentionally small, so you get the personal attention you need and deserve.” For those looking to develop a skill that isn’t as serious as life-saving, the Longmont area offers plenty of options to expand one’s cultural and culinary horizons. In an era of online Master Classes, the area can also supplement a virtual wine or language class with concrete, realworld elements. For anyone tuning in to James Suckling’s wine appreciation class on Master Class, for example, Wyatt’s Wet Goods in Longmont (wyattswetgoods.com) offers all of the necessary vintages to make the 22 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
the casual instruction an app like Duolingo can provide, the online Zoom courses through Journey offer a teacher approach that is “personalized to meet your schedule and language learning needs.”
Journey Language Center offers a comfortable and approachable way to learn a new language. (Courtesy Journey Language Center)
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Finally, a new year can mean a profound new direction, and anyone in the Longmont area looking to switch careers has an inestimably valuable resource in Colorado State University Global (csuglobal. edu), a top-rated higher education platform that’s entirely online. With applicable, useful curriculum and programs that include bachelor’s, master’s and certiﬁcate programs, CSU Global offers options for those looking to build new careers and for those looking to expand their scholarly horizons. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and ranked in the top 10 of U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 top universities list, CSU Global is an ideal option for those higher education seekers who’ve already established a life and a routine. The New Year is a time for growth, change and reform. Thanks to all of these options, that improvement doesn’t have to be boring or temporary.
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Getting a Grip on Your Finances in the New Year
By BRITTANY ANAS for LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Here’s how to become better at budgeting Financial resolutions make regular appearances on New Year’s resolution lists every year. But after the economic uncertainty ushered in by COVID-19, getting a grip on ﬁnances has become more pertinent than ever. In fact, going into 2021, 65 percent of Americans made ﬁnancial resolutions, according to a study from 24 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Fidelity Investments. For Gen Z and Millennials, these types of resolutions were even more popular with nearly eight in 10 resolving to improve their ﬁnancial situations. Now, with 2022 ahead, if you’ve got some budget-related goals you’re hoping to conquer —whether it’s becoming better at budgeting or strategically paying down some debt—you can get a good start by taking free online workshops through Workforce Boulder County. Recognizing there’s no “one-sizeﬁts-all” approach to ﬁnancial goals, Workforce Boulder County offers 11 LongmontMagazine.com
different online classes that are free and open to the public. The solutions-oriented sessions range from “Budgeting on a Small Budget” to “Investing Basics” to “Pathways out of Debt.” In general, the workshops help people gain conﬁdence when it comes to managing their money, explains instructor Marcia Zipkin, who is an accredited ﬁnancial counselor. The classes also help normalize talking about money, which, she says, can help people realize if, say, they’re paying too high of interest rates on a car loan. January/February 2022
“With each topic, we’re building motivation,” Zipkin says. Part of that exercise is asking attendees to notice their strengths and what they’re doing well, along with zeroing in on some areas that need attention. With the ﬁnancial uncertainty of the last couple of years amid COVID, Zipkin also helps people regain conﬁdence by tasking them to focus on what’s within their control and gaining momentum with small steps towards ﬁnancial wellness—which could look like balancing your budget each week, paying bills on time, or setting a savings goal. The question Zipkin asks is: “What’s one small thing you can do to move yourself forward.” The classes also aim to make people savvy consumers. For instance, in
the “Be Informed, Borrow Smart” workshop, the idea is that knowledge truly leads to power when making decisions about where and how to borrow money. This session teaches skills like comparison shopping on interest rates. (According to lender Freddie Mac, comparing ﬁve lenders can save borrowers an average of 0.17 percent on their mortgage interest rate—which may not seem like a lot at ﬁrst glance, but can actually translate to thousands of dollars over the life of a loan). Zipkin also recommends asking lenders for documents of fees up front so you can get comfortable reading contracts and also familiarize yourself with where competitive interest rates stand when it comes to car loans, credit card interest rates, and mortgage interest rates.
Want to join in on one of the workshops? Here’s a lineup of what Workforce Boulder County offers:
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It’s that time of year again; the holiday dedicated to celebrating love in its many, many, forms—Valentine’s Day—is at hand. What was once an exchange of sentiment and rhyming couplets printed on cards between couples, has evolved into months of planning the perfect date, mountains of candy and cute tchotchkes for the kiddos, and school parties. (What do you mean you need two dozen nut/gluten/ sugar-free heart-themed cupcakes by tomorrow morning?!) 28 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
BY MISTY KAISER LONGMONT MAGAZINE But what about the singles among us? Shifting the focus of Valentine’s Day to Palentine’s Day or the more popular, Galentine’s Day (conceived and popularized by NBC’s Parks and Recreation), offers friend groups a chance to put their own stamp on the holiday but even so, Valentine’s Day can feel like a big national ﬂaunting of relationship status. It used to be a bit of joke to refer to Valentine’s Day as Singles Awareness Day, but in 2005 LongmontMagazine.com
the title became ofﬁcial and now, February 15 belongs to singles, and singles alone—pardon the pun. In another nod to Parks and Recreation, it’s a time to “Treat yo’ self!” Singles Awareness Day has its beneﬁts, to be sure: There’s not so much competition for reservations, no pressure to impress anyone else, candy and ﬂowers are deeply discounted and ﬂirting with others is encouraged. January/February 2022
Whether you’re celebrating love or avoiding it this February, Longmont has options to make it memorable.
Off to a strong start
Coffee in bed may sound like a couple oriented activity and certainly has romantic overtones, but honestly, have you ever taken a lazy morning off to sip a steaming cup of delicious hot bean water with no company but your duvet and a book? Heaven. With a little planning you can have
Make it Irish, if you dare, with a slug of Jameson whiskey and a splash of cream.
Coffee in bed is a ritual enjoyed by both couples and singles. (Shutterstock)
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Flowers will forever be associated with Valentine’s Day, and red roses are the deﬁnitive classic, but there are so many more creative arrangements to be had. Rachel Hunter, owner of A ﬂorae in Longmont suggests “incorporating dried elements into a fresh bouquet or even a totally dried arrangement that has been sprayed in cool colors.
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This can be really unique in texture and sculpture design and obviously, it will never die!” Or, stick with a monochromatic color scheme. “For example, an arrangement having different tones of red, rather than say, red, white, tan and pink arranged all together. It’s gorgeous to use different shades of red only in an arrangement,” Rachel says. Ultimately, though, her biggest tip is this: “I would say to... allow the ﬂorists to think outside the box and order based on ‘texture,’ ‘whimsy,’ or something ‘non-traditional’ and the ﬂorist will know how best to create for them. Giving ﬂorist’s designer’s choice often leads to the best designs! Florists just need to know colors you’d like and budget to stay within and they can create based upon that.” Singles, there is no shame in purchasing a beautiful bouquet of your favorite blooms for yourself. If you’ve never done it, try it sometime, it’s an instant mood lifter and what better day than February 15? A cheerful arrangement can do amazing things to brighten your day and your living space, but an even better option might be a houseplant. Hear me out: A plant can bring life to your environment, give you a boost and even help clean your air. Corrina Brink, at Flower Bin recommends Anthurium for a lower light sitituation. 30 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
they’re looking for.
Left: Rachel Hunter creating a ﬂoral masterpiece. (Courtesy A ﬂorae) Right: Anthurium is a low-maintenance, yet colorful, ﬂowering plant, perfect for the single life. (Shutterstock)
“Anthurium is great! It has colorful ﬂowers, does well in lower light and can last for years, with care.” If you have a bright window, she says Jasmine is a popular option. “It’s very fragrant and easy to grow if you have a nice sunny spot.” Flower Bin gets a lot of both plants in stock for this time of year, so you shouldn’t have a hard time getting either.
Putting a ring (or necklace) on it According to The Knot (theknot. com), 40% of questions popped in a given year happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, with December 25 being the most popular day, followed by—you guessed it— February 14. But, whether you’re planning the proposal of the century, or just want to box up something sparkly, obviously, jewelry is a winner when choosing a Valentine’s Day gift. Ron’s Jewelry in downtown Longmont offers a cozy, personal experience to shoppers unsure of what LongmontMagazine.com
Truly though, the best way to get what you want is to buy it for yourself. Gemstones, colored enamels, classic pearls—try them all! There’s no better way to treat yourself than some on-trend sparkle. After all, you deserve it. If you want to do something unique and really fun, take a jewelry class and create your own wearable masterpiece. Indigo Sky in Berthoud offers beading classes that allow you to create something that ﬁts your personality because it’s made by you and you get a fun activity in the bargain, whether you’re single or not.
Wrapping up the day
Valentine’s Day is really all about the date night, and if you really want it to succeed, reservations are part of the equation. Sugarbeet, Dickens 300 Prime, The Roost, are all popular Longmont choices to bring the romance. For something a little different though, try Blue Agave’s Mexican cuisine. A molcajete (seafood or meats and veggies served up in a Mexican stone mortar) and a creatively concocted margarita from the Jalisco bar, followed by a strawberry chimichanga make a lovely and unique Valentine’s Day dinner experience. However, if you want to avoid the crowds, plan a private picnic by candlelight. Most local restaurants are serving up take-out these days— January/February 2022
drinks to dessert— so there’s no reason to cook. Plus, if you bring the food home, you can make the meal as romantic as you like.
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Singles celebrating their singleness won’t likely have to worry as much about reservations on February 15 or the dining preferences of anyone but themselves. With an array of distinctive restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and bars available in Longmont, go wherever the night takes you, singles.
Left: Something shiny is a treat whether is comes from your other or yourself. (Shutterstock) Right: A seafood mocajete from Blue Agave is a deliciously different take on dinner and you don’t have to be in a couple to enjoy it. (Courtesy Blue Agave)
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Let’s Wine About Winter
IS BACK IN FEBRUARY 2022
BY ANDY STONEHOUSE for LONGMONT MAGAZINE should know about, information will be provided on the Eventbrite page where tickets can be purchased or on the event listing on Niwot Business Association website niwot.com.
Enjoy wine, beer, and food at a store-tostore tasting event in Historic Niwot. Winters can get tedious. And life’s too short not to take some time to enjoy the ﬁner things. Among those ﬁne things are the very best in wine, beer, and food, and you have the opportunity to sample an impressive variety at Let’s Wine About Winter. On February 12, 2022, you, your friends, and your loved ones can embark on a pleasant stroll through Historic Niwot for a store-to-store tasting event. From 1 to 5 p.m., merchants along Cottonwood and 2nd Avenues will be opening their doors and offering up over 30 different varieties of wine, beer, and culinary delicacies for your enjoyment. 32 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Let’s Wine About Winter guests mix and mingle. (Courtesy Power & Purpose Marketing/osmosis gallery)
Launched in 2015, this event has been held every year, except for last year due to issues surrounding COVID. As of right now, all plans for Let’s Wine About Winter 2022 are moving forward as usual. Should there be COVID-related issues participants LongmontMagazine.com
Proceeds for Let’s Wine About Wine go to funding improvements at Whistlestop Park and The Children’s Park. While this annual event supports a worthy cause, one of the best features is the opportunity for folks to meet one another and learn more about the community. According to Michelle Henzel of osmosis art and architecture, “Let’s Wine About Winter is an event unto itself. Something that is looked forward to and enjoyed by many every year.” To experience this tasting extravaganza, you’ll need a ticket. A limited January/February 2022
Tara Shaheen, manager of Niwot Tavern is one of the businesses hosting tastings for guests. (Jonathan Castner/Longmont Magazine)
Don’t give up hope if you wait too long before reserving a ticket. A small number of tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served basis at noon at Niwot Realty for $35. Best to reserve your ticket early, so you don’t miss out. Pre-purchased tickets can be picked up on February 12, beginning at noon at Niwot Realty. Participating merchants will begin wine, beer, and culinary tastings at 1 p.m. All ticket holders must show up in person with a valid ID in order to receive their mug, coupon, and wristband.
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Jan Kahl and son, Jason Scarbrough open the doors of Niwot Jewelry to guests during the event. (Jonathan Castner/Longmont Magazine)
Pastiﬁcio Boulder Pasta (food sponsor) Peas & Carrot Catering (food sponsor) Pebble Art Jewelry Pilates of Niwot Porchfront Homes Pinocchios Raza Fresa Mexican Kitchen Rotary Club of Niwot (Wine Sponsor) SevenWealth ShopGirl The Old Oak Coffee House Warren, Carlson & Moore, LLP (food sponsor) Wise Buys Antiques and Vinnie Fera Wines (wine sponsor). More businesses are joining each day! For more information on Let’s Wine About Winter, contact the osmosis gallery at (303) 652-2668 or email Michelle at email@example.com.
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
in the LGBTQ Community Because Inclusive Safe Spaces Matter Safe spaces exist everywhere, from spending time in nature to gathering with friends for an afternoon of laughter and connection. Having the freedom to be who we are and freely express our thoughts and behaviors creates a sense of safety. But that’s not always the case for people in the LGBTQ community who live in fear of self expression, says Vivi PenayLillo, LPCC, bilingual and bicultural therapist. Lillo works with Boulder-based Umbrella Collective, a group of therapists that specializes in working with people who identify as LGBTQ . “I work with kids, adults, couples, 34 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
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English and I am from the Hispanic culture so I understand and I have a transgender son so I have a passion for becoming informed and sharing my experience with my son.”
BY ELISE OBERLIESEN for LONGMONT MAGAZINE LongmontMagazine.com
A lack of acceptance and understanding about gender identify and sexual orientation largely contributes to safety concerns in the LGBTQ community, PenayLillo says. She knows this because her college-aged son, Grey, is collaborated with her on video project sharing details of their experience—from a son and mother perspective of the LGBTQ experience. The bilingual video was intended to boost LGBTQ awareness in Latin culture. The mother-son team shared the video with communities in Bolivia, her native country, and Guatemala, via social media. Their hope was to encourage organizations to embrace their story and build community awareness round it. January/February 2022
“People are marginalized because of their gender or sexuality and that’s why the community needs queerallied organizations.” PenayLillo mentioned some local queer allied organizations currently providing much needed support services. These include: Sisters of Color United for Education, a Denver non-proﬁt dedicated to social justice and cultural identity; Lafayettebased Sister Carmen, non-proﬁt that provides ﬁnancial assistance programs, transportation, nutrition classes, and a food bank; and Out Boulder County, a well-known organization that offers a wide range of LGBTQ services. Out Boulder’s entire list of social activities promoting safe spaces is far too long to list. Anything from cooking classes and book club, to an asexual and aromantic healing group, plus, the queer creative space, dedicated to 18-25 year-olds who enjoy writing and art. Out Boulder also provides mental health and advocacy resources. All programs promote respect, safety and a non-judgmental atmosphere.
Self-Care Corner No one is immune to stress or pain. January/February 2022
es as sounding boards that can help clients solve a wide range of both personal and professional challenges. Things like jobrelated strategies and leadership coaching to smoking cessation coaching, Whitney said.
KJ Whitney (They/Them), founder of Prideful Wellness Self Care Center in Longmont. (Courtesy Prideful Wellness Self Care Center)
Finding ways to manage it sometimes requires the help of a healing practitioners. KJ Whitney is a visionary who dreamed about giving the LGBTQ community greater access to holistic healing space where everyone could feel its safe inclusive feels. Whitney is the founder of Prideful Wellness Self Care Center, in Longmont, a small business that provides massage therapy, reiki and wellness coaching. “We have a mixed staff of allied and LGBTQ and our mission is to bridge the gap of understanding. This is a place where it’s safe to ask a question and our staff knows how to educate the non-LGBTQ population about how to be a better ally,” Whitney said. They described the wellness coachLongmontMagazine.com
People also drop in for weekly tai chi sessions and the ever popular “Queer and Nerdy Game Night” gatherings. Whitney went on to say that everyone needs to feel safe in their surroundings because it encourages people take risks--say who they are-and be themselves. Having support and acceptance allows people to live a more authentic life, he said, especially given that we live in a society that doesn’t always support ideas outside the norm-- if there is a such thing. As for therapeutic services, Whitney also mentioned that it’s natural for people to feel outside their comfort zone when trying something like massage or reiki. That’s why it’s important to ﬁnd a healing practice where you feel safe and welcomed in that space. “Being on a massage table with someone you barely know in a therapeutic setting is very vulnerLONGMONT MAGAZINE 35
them to share.”
able, yet we all need these services to be the best version of ourselves.” Whitney discussed how body dysmorphia can affect a transgender person. Body dysmorphia is related to feeling like a body part or one’s physical appearance is not quite right-- or defective in some way. For this reason, it’s critical that massage therapists have more awareness, understanding and compassion for the person on the massage table.
Aging Spaces For LGBTQ
Michael Chifalo, MSW runs Rainbow Elders of Boulder County, through Boulder County Area on Aging. The program supports the 50 plus crowd through various activities, including a monthly virtual tea. The group meets online for an hour to discuss their experiences, form friendships and provide support to each other. “It’s open ended so people can join in when available. Essentially, it’s ﬂexible so we check-in on how we’re doing and introduce new people,” Chifalo said. Sometimes guest speakers are invited to join the group and share unique ideas or diverse experiences. A Jewish member recently discussed 36 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Some of the Rainbow Elders of Boulder County crew, including Michael Chifalo (right), at the 2018 Longmont Pride event. (Courtesy of Rainbow Elders of Boulder County)
“High Holy Days,” Chifalo said. The discussion helped expand peoples’ understanding of how other cultures and religions celebrate holiday traditions, he added. The beauty of sharing these experiences is that the group comes together through their differences, Chifalo said. When Chifalo moderates the virtual groups, he wants everyone to feel included. He creates inclusiveness by giving new people a warm welcoming introduction and encourages them to embrace the group. “You want them to feel included from the beginning, so they connect and come back. If I see a new face, on the screen, I make sure from the beginning to have them introduce themselves, then highlight that this is Jill’s ﬁrst time, and encourage LongmontMagazine.com
Starting in 2022, the group will offer more activities and inperson events will take place on even numbered months, he said. They plan to meet at the Longmont Senior Center. In the past, the group planned meetups over meals. Through another program called Project Visibility, Chifalo said they are developing training programs that address housing needs of older adults. The program objective is to increase community awareness focused on the needs of the aging LGBTQ community. The team will provide training at skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and longterm care facilities—plus medical and dental providers. This project was born out of a response that recognizes how LGBTQ groups have had to “retreat to the closet” as means to obtain various services, Chifalo said. “Older adults are already isolated in the community and by being LGBTQ, it exacerbates being isolated. And now we’re in the midst of a pandemic so it’s even more difﬁcult with these compounding factors of being older, LGBTQ and a pandemic,” Chifalo said.
Ground chicken adds new ﬂavor twist to
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Spaghetti Bolognese Spaghetti Bolognese is an Italian favorite. Here’s a light version that’s quick, easy and won’t break the calorie bank. Using g round chicken gives a new ﬂavor twist and lightens the dish. The secret to the rich ﬂavor is to thinly slice the onions, celery and carrots cook them until they are sweet. Another hint is to add orange zest to the sauce. This adds a little sweetness and an intriguing ﬂavor. A simple Italian salad completes the meal. SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer Olive oil spray 1 cup thinly sliced onion 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot 4 medium cloves garlic, crushed 3/4 pound ground chicken breast 1/4 cup dry white wine 2 cups reduced-sodium marinara sauce Orange zest from 1 orange (about 2 teaspoons) Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 pound spinach or vegetable ﬂavored spaghetti 2 tablespoons chopped parsley (optional garnish) Place a large pot with 3 to 4 quarts water on to boil for pasta. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and spray with olive oil spray. Add onion, celery and carrot. Sauté 5 minutes, without browning. Add garlic and ground chicken, crumbling the ground chicken with the edge of a spoon. Keep turning the chicken and cutting it with the spoon edge until it is broken into small pieces. Sauté 2 minutes. Add white wine and cook until all of the liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute. Add the marinara sauce and orange zest and gently simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Meanwhile, add spaghetti to boiling water and cook 9 minutes or according to package instructions. Drain and serve sauce over pasta. Sprinkle with chopped parsley if using. Yield 2 servings. Per serving: 636 calories (16.3% from fat), 11.5 g fat (1.8 g saturated, 3.6 g monounsaturated), 131 mg cholesterol, 50.9 g protein, 75.6 g carbohydrates, 8.9 g ﬁber, 205 mg sodium.
ITALIAN SALAD Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer 2 cups romaine lettuce, cut into bite-size pieces 2 cups radicchio lettuce, cut into bite-size pieces 1/2 cup pitted green or black olives 1 cup cherry tomatoes 2 tablespoons reduced-fat Italian dressing Add the ingredients to a salad bowl and toss with the dressing. Yield 2 servings. Per serving: 63 calories (46.8% from fat), 3.3 g fat (0.4 g saturated, 1.8 g monounsaturated), 1 mg cholesterol, 2.2 g protein, 8.4 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g ﬁber, 145 mg sodium. (Linda Gassenheimer is the author of over 30 cookbooks, including her newest, “The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook.” Listen to Linda on www.WDNA.org and all major podcast sites. Email her at Linda@DinnerInMinutes.com.)
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REMEDY CLINIC, PC:
A Medical Practice We Can All Live With BY PAM MOORE for LONGMONT MAGAZINE If you’re looking for affordable healthcare that makes you feel like a human being, not a number, look no further than Remedy Clinic in Longmont. “I offer ‘concierge level’ professional attention at a discounted fee-for-service rate without requiring a membership fee,” says Dr. Christine Stone, physician-owner. A board-certiﬁed general internal medicine physician, Dr. Stone opened the doors to her direct-pay, fee-forservice, private medical practice just two weeks before the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. Despite the challenges of opening during a pandemic, she’s thrilled for the opportunity to serve patients ages 18 and up. Her model of care might appear nontraditional at ﬁrst glance. But according to Dr. Stone, its roots go back to the 19th century. She says back when physicians had yet to become “entangled with” insurance companies, hospital systems, and pharmaceutical companies, they had more time to spend with their patients. Today, more time with your doctor typically comes at a signiﬁcant cost. “Most modern concierge-style practices charge anywhere from $50 to over $200 a month in membership fees alone,” says Dr. Stone. And that’s not including the fees associated with 38 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Dr. Christine Stone in her Longmont ofﬁce. (Jonathan Castner/Longmont Magazine)
each visit. “In that crazy world, my time is worth $450 an hour,” which she feels is inﬂated. “I charge $150 per hour of my time. About the same as you’d pay for a good ladies’ haircut and style, and probably even less than you’d pay the plumber!” Meanwhile, Dr. Stone says the model of care that’s covered by most health insurance plans, while more affordable than the pricey concierge services, has its own ﬂaws. “Physicians at big-box clinics are seeing 15 to 30 patients per day in the ofﬁce, and then dealing with another 15 to 30 on the telephone after regular ofﬁce hours, not to mention dozens more in computerized task lists.” This sets the doctors up for burn-out, and more importantly, makes it too easy LongmontMagazine.com
for patient needs to slip through the cracks. How does Dr. Stone keep her fees reasonable and offer personalized care? “I answer my own phone. My ofﬁce is one large room in an old house in Old North Longmont,” she explains. “There is no front desk, no receptionist, no waiting room, and no medical assistant. You are not greeted with an electronic tablet thrust into your hands at the door. The computer has been relegated to its proper role—as a tool—not a be-all, endall.” She uses software that provides the same functionality as the costly electronic health record systems found in other clinics, for a fraction of the price. January/February 2022
Dr. Stone handles everything from exams to phone calls herself, so your interaction is seamless from the start. (Jonathan Castner/Longmont Magazine)
A few other things you won’t ﬁnd in Dr. Stone’s ofﬁce: glowing screens or ﬂuorescent lights. And she keeps her phone on silent during appointments so she can focus on you. Dr. Stone’s ofﬁce embodies her professional goal: to create “a practice we can all live with.” That means ﬁnancial honesty, transparent fees, and responsiveness. At this point in her career, she’s knows what she and her patients can live with—and what they shouldn’t have to. “It’s been quite a journey,” she says. After completing her training at Emory University’s Grady Memorial Hospital, she worked at an Atlanta private practice for ﬁve years before becoming a locum tenens physician (travel doctor). Following in her mother’s footsteps, she also served as a captain in the Medical Corps of the United States Army Reserve, and did training at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center. Shortly after her mother’s death in 1998, she married her ﬁrst husband. “Due to those big life changes and a reevaluation of ultimate goals, I stepped away from medical practice in 2001.” In 2007, she got divorced and returned to Colorado. By 2013, Dr. Stone knew it was time to return to medical practice. She worked in Boulder Community Health’s amJanuary/February 2022
bulatory clinics before deciding that opening her own clinic was the path that truly aligned with her values. “I found I could no longer dance to the tune set by insurance companies and corporate administration.” She compares her experience to what she imagines the iconic Buffs mascot Ralphie V faced by the time she retired. “I had both aged and matured, was not inclined to be told what to do, and I could no longer be forced to run in a circle,” Dr. Stone says. “Which meant I could no longer practice as an employed physician. Which meant I had to create my own practice, and it had to be, again, something we could all live with. Which meant it had to be economically honest, so it was accessible to most.” Highlights of Dr. Stone’s day include meeting new patients for the ﬁrst time “and then being appreciated for who and what I am, ‘a human being among human beings,’ as Jung would say.” When you come into Remedy Clinic, you’ll be asked to complete forms, which Dr. Stone personally explains to you as you go through them. Following paperwork completion, she will interview you to get your medical history and perform a physical exam. Then she will perform any necessary LongmontMagazine.com
diagnostic testing, such as a strep test or a Pap smear. Finally, you’ll discuss her evaluation and/or treatment plan. “This may involve ordering tests at outside facilities, generating referrals to specialists, or prescribing medication, and the prescriptions are sent electronically to the pharmacy. Then I collect payment for my service.” Payment is straightforward. “I am not looking to harm people ﬁnancially or present them with surprise bills. My fee schedule is transparent and posted on my website,” says Dr. Stone. Visit fees range from $54 for phone or telehealth time to $150 for an hour-long ofﬁce visit. Health insurance can be used to cover costs of any outside testing that is ordered in most instances. HSA and FSA cards are accepted. And if ﬁnances are an issue, let Dr. Stone know; she’s open to bartering. “In exchange for my website photography, I drained an elbow hematoma.” Her goal is simple: to provide affordable, sustainable, personal care to every patient who walks through her doors.
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Want to know where to go and what to see in Longmont? Look no further! We’ve gathered events of all varieties in one place, just for you.
Football Weekends in the Zone
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.; Pumphouse Brewery & Red Zone, 540 Main St., Longmont Be at Red Zone at 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday for all the action. Don’t worry about breakfast! The kitchen opens at 10:30 a.m. and they have you covered with drink specials to go along with the full menu. Saturdays feature $5 Long Islands in 4 varieties, while Sundays offer $4 Stoli Bloodys, $4 Mimosas and $4 Jameson Breakfast Shots while you watch the games. Visit pumphousebrewery.com/red-zone/
Washi Transformed Exhibit Opening Reception January 28,6- 8 p.m.; Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont Be the ﬁrst to explore the world of Japanese paper art and enjoy traditional koto music and a karaoke lounge. Asianinspired light appetizers provided; cash bar. Tickets can be purchased in advance
Queer & Nerdy Game Nights
online or by calling 303-651-8374. (long-
Wednesdays, every 2 weeks; Summit Tacos, 237 Collyer St., Longmont
Hosted by Prideful Wellness Self Care Center, Queer & Nerdy Game Night is a fun way for Longmont and BoCo LGBTQQA+ adults to make new friends and connect within the community. Board games, cards, dice...they play them all. (pridefulwellness.com/ events)
A Matrix For Murder
January 15, 6-9 p.m.; Outworld Brewing, 1725 Vista View Dr., Longmont
Outworld Brewing Co and Stages: A Practical Theatrical present a Matrix of Murder! The audience helps investigate and solve a gruesome murder over dinner and the audience is encouraged to dress for the occasion. There will be a prize for the best costume! (eventbrite. com/e/a-matrix-for-murder-tickets-225514629327?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse)
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Winter Walkabout Music Showcase
February 5, Downtown Longmont Presented by TBK Bank Put on your coat and hat and head downtown for an all-day, multi-venue music festival. Walk from venue to venue to catch many talented musicians from all along the Front Range while you take in all the best that Downtown Longmont has to offer! More information including lineup, venues, and ticket purchasing will be available on their website soon—downtownlongmont.com/ creative-district/events/winter-walkaboutmusic-showcase . January/February 2022
Wyatt’s Wet Goods Presents: The Rare Whiskey Auction February 12, 1 p.m.; Wyatt’s Wet Goods, 1250 Hover St., Longmont If rare and hard to ﬁnd whiskeys are your thing, you are going to want to save the date for this fantastic event. OJ Pratt is ofﬁciating and all funds raised go to charitable organizations: Veterans Community Project, Pearl Group and Kiwanis Club. (wyattswetgoods.com)
Boulder Bach Festival at the Longmont Museum Across Time Across Cultures
February 26, 4 p.m.; Longmont Museum, Stewart Auditorium 400 Quail Road, Longmont This rescheduled Boulder Bach Festival performance had originally been scheduled for October 23, 2021. The program Across Time Across Cultures
embraces a diversity of musical styles including works in romantic style with Moorish-Andalusian, Roma, and Sephardic inﬂuences. REPERTOIRE: Joseph Achron Hebrew Melody, Manuel de Falla Siete canciones populares Españolas, Marko Taj evi Balkan Dances, J.S. Bach Sonata in A Minor BWV 1003 for violin solo, Lili Boulanger D’un matin de printemps, G.P. Telemann Fantasia No. 10 and No. 11 for viola da gamba solo (performed on double bass), Ray Granlund Tango Peregrino (Colorado premiere), Ray Granlund Tango jolie du printemps (Colorado premiere) Tickets can be purchased through the Boulder Bach Festival website— boulderbachfestival.org .
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The Longmont area is fortunate to have so many wonderful businesses and activities to choose from. Here’s a comprehensive at-a-glance guide to the advertisers you see in this edition, helping make our city a wonderful place to live.
Aesthetic Flooring & Hard Surfaces, Inc. 4350 CO-66 Longmont, CO 80504 aestheticﬂooring.com
Blue Agave Fine Mexican Cuisine 2030 Ken Pratt Blvd. Longmont, CO 80501 blueagaverestaurant.net Brown’s Shoe Fit 373 Main St. Longmont, CO 80501 brownsshoeﬁtcompany.com
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Crossroads Dermatology 2350 17th Ave., Ste. 100 Longmont, CO 80503 crossroadsdermatology.com
Flagstaff Academy 2040 Miller Dr. Longmont, CO 80501 ﬂagstaffacademy.org The Flower Bin Garden Center & Nursery 1805 Nelson Rd. Longmont, CO 80501 theﬂowerbin.net Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 2250 Main St. Longmont, CO 80501 freddysusa.com/store/longmont-co
Hygiene Feed & Supply 7455 Hygiene Rd. Hygiene, CO 80533
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Indigo Sky Trading Co. 212 Mountain Ave. Berthoud, CO 80513 indigoskytradingco.com
Koenigsberg, Rachel M., CCHT 16 Mountain View Ave. Ste. 115 Longmont, CO 80501 healthythoughts.net
Left Hand Animal Clinic 304 Franklin St. Niwot, CO 80503 lefthandanimalhospital.com
M and M Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical 110 S Bowen Cir. Longmont, CO 80501 mandmhvac.com Miracle Method Surface Reﬁnishing 1822 Sunset Pl., Ste. A Longmont, CO 80501 miraclemethod.com
Niwot Business Association PO Box 92 Niwot, CO 80544 niwot.com
Pella Corner Animal Clinic 11797 N. 75th St. Longmont, CO 80503 pellacorner.com The Presser Foot 2430 Main St. Longmont, CO 80501 thepresserfoot.com
Pumphouse Brewery 540 Main St. Longmont, CO 80501 pumphousebrewery.com
The Red Door Arts and More 7510 Hygiene Rd. Longmont, CO 80503 reddoorartsandmore.com Remedy Clinic 702 10th Ave. Longmont, CO 80501 remedylongmont.com Ron R. Fine Jewelry 452 Main St. Longmont, CO 80501
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Skyline Kiwanis Club 315 S Bowen St. Longmont, CO 80501 skylinekiwanis.org Steve’s Automotive 510 2nd Ave. Longmont, CO 80501 stevesautorepairlongmont.com Steve’s Plumbing 2907 Sandpiper Pl. Longmont, CO 80503 stevesplumbinglongmont.com Stonum Automotive 1812 Sunset Pl. Longmont, CO 80501 stonumautomotive.com
Wyatt’s Wet Goods 1250 Hover St. Longmont, CO 80501 wyattswetgoods.com
Thank you for shopping with us in 2021! We look forward to supplying all your wine and spirit needs in 2022!