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Welcome 2018! It’s that time of year and if you’re thinking about turning over a new leaf, we have some ideas to help.

New Beginnings 2018 is here—time to set some goals! Whether you’ve been successful in the past and starting on a new set, or are giving last year’s another go, we’re giving you some expert opinions on getting them to stick. Some readers may have been



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ing plans for ourselves, we have that special holiday to devote to the ones we love- Valentine’s Day. Celebrate by spicing up your love life with food. Eat out or stay in, romance can be found wherever you are. However you’ve started off your 2018, know that you can finish just as strong. May this new year be full of laughter, love and light for all of you —Misty Kaiser 4 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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Nourishing Community: Silver Creek Leadership Academy Capstone Project Combines Love of Food with Love for Longmont PAGE 31


Boulder International Film Festival’s Third Year in Longmont PAGE 57

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sarah Huber, Brittany Anas, Judy Finman, John Lendorff, Emma Castleberry, Linda Thorsen Bond, Wendy McMillan, Andy Stonehouse


Christopher Carter, Tim Seibert, Julia MacMonagle


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Sugar Plum Tea Party Centennial State Ballet hosted their 15th annual Sugar Plum Tea Party fun-

draiser November 25-November 26, 2017. The event allowed young ballet enthusiasts to meet and mingle with some of the most well known characters in dance. Guests were treated to a mini-performance, afternoon tea and snacks and a souvenir photo to commemorate the party. (Eddie Clark/Left Hand Brewing)

Patrons take home a souvenir photo with the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Flowers of every color dance for guests. Patrons enjoy afternoon tea with sweet and savory goodies and a mini Nutcracker performance.

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(Above) The new beer garden mural in its entirety. (Left) John Way, Gamma (seated), and Whitney Way at the unveiling of the mural. (Photos by Bruce Partain)

are ‘all in at City Star’ with respect to the business and the local community. The brewery is everything to us. Actually it is rumored that our building at 321 Mountain—originally City Star Barn livery stable and then Jefferes Garage—traded hands multiple times in poker games.”


It shows an old-timey high stakes poker game, and there on the table is the deed to that very brewery. Co-owner Whitney Way explained: “Metaphorically John and I feel we 8 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Opening a brewery is high-stakes even in the best of times. Whitney and her husband John opened it five years ago and just finished a big renovation. They expanded the taproom and added an outdoor beer garden. The addition of a 1,000 square foot barrel room gives them space for the barrels where they age the brews and a place for special events, tastings

and meetings of home brew clubs. They named it the Zoller Barrel House for a shoe store that used to stand in the location. John designed a big roll-up garage door and the beer garden, which has a stage for live music and seating for 50 people. The outdoor mural was revealed on Labor Day with the artist, Gamma, on hand as Berthoud brewery supporters raised their glasses in congratulations. The Ways commissioned Gamma, who created “All In at City Star” completely freehand, using only spray cans (no stencils or etching) on the 700-square foot concrete canvas. January/February 2018

Close-ups of the mural, show the attention to detail in the coins and watch face. (Photos by Bruce Partain)

Gamma developed the concept for the mural inspired by City Star’s historic roots and the general brewery vibe, which aims to maintain Berthoud’s history. He took inspiration from artifacts unearthed during the taproom expansion and incorporated the wood grain on the concrete wall from wood forms used to construct the building in the early 1900s.

Gamma grew up in Longmont, where he is well known for his photo-realistic historic portraits featured in the downtown passageways. The artist said he was drawing since before he could remember and that creativity and problem solving were always on his mind. After graduating from school, Gamma did not pursue art for quite some time;

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it wasn’t until years later and perfect circumstances that he found a new expression, public art. The world was his painting surface, he discovered, and he had a way with a spray can that took him beyond the hardened parameters of street writing. Painting large-scale projects of his own design, month after month,



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his unintended career began to gain speed. Today, he lives in Denver and works all the time creating murals inside and out for businesses. His work is almost exclusively created with cans of spray paint and can be seen all over the Mile High city and in galleries and books about graffiti and murals ( Last year, Gamma was the featured artist at Longmont’s Firehouse Art Center. “All In” could also describe the way Gamma creates his murals, because he throws himself into his work, hanging from a tall ladder, brandishing spray cans and creating as he goes. Unlike many artists, he can even draw a completely round and perfect circle without using any instruments or measuring tapes. The Berthoud mural sets the tone for the brewery’s beers and ales with classic old West names. Releases include the Widowmaker Imperial Stout, “the darkest beer of the year for the darkest day of the year,” and evocative names like Outlaw, Buccaneer, Belle, Troubadour, Deadwood, Revolver IPA, Cowboy’s Golden, Bandit Brown, Red Necktar, Night 10 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Watchman Stout and 6-Shooter pale Ale. City Star offers award-winning, small batch ales, and was awarded Gold and Bronze medals at the Great American Beer Festival in 2013 and a bronze metal in 2015. In 2016 City Star brewed 925 barrels of beer on their 3.5-barrel system. The City Star barrel-aging has an important effect on the beer, according to Michael J. Casey of Boulder Weekly: “The aroma of bourbon whiskey greets you once you chip through the black wax sealing Outlaw’s bottle cap and pry the beast open. It’ll come out swinging, but give it a minute or five to open up in the glass and let the air smooth out those edges — a solid indication the brew will only improve over time.” City Star Brewing is one of 348 breweries in Colorado, or six breweries for every 100,000 people. In Berthoud, population 6,368, there are two breweries, or one for every 3,000 people. (The other microbrewer is Berthoud Brewing.) Berthoud has been a perfect place

for City Star’s venture, Whitney said. In 2011 her parents, Dan and Rudi Taylor, purchased a 10,000-squarefoot, 100-year-old building they turned into retail and storage space. They operate two businesses there, Wishful Living and Happy Mango Beads. When John decided he wanted to turn his home brewing hobby into a business, he spent a year working at Oskar Blues and then he and Whitney rented the space for the brewery from her parents. According to the Berthoud Surveyor, her parents remodeled the entire building, and the Ways focused on their area, spending a year doing the work. They redid the façade, scraped the ceiling to give it a rustic look, added new walls and installed a new concrete floor and interior systems. They were able to retain historical aspects of the building, such as the ceiling and interior brick, and constructed tables and the front of the bar out of some of the original structural wood beams and wood flooring. They also repurposed some of the original windows to serve as chalkboard menus. January/February 2018

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Repurposed elements, original to the building, populate the interior. The chalkboards utilize original window frames, while tables and the bar are constructed from original beams and flooring. (Photos by Bruce Partain.)

“Anytime we could reuse aspects of the building we did,” Whitney said. They created a walking tour of the brewery with a listing of the historical photos of Berthoud hanging throughout that they printed from historical society images.

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To add even further to the historical feel, the Ways created four tables out of oak barrels that are in the taproom and a barrel chandelier John made out of another barrel. They used corrugated metal along the wall and incorporated wood, metal, brick and concrete elements throughout, using rustic earth tones. “John and I joke that Berthoud chose us,” Whitney said. “The community was very welcoming and we love Berthoud’s small town atmosphere. We were fortunate to purchase our first home in Berthoud three years ago.” Their fixer-upper was built in 1915, a block from the brewery. “It’s too close to bike!” Whitney laughed. She said their children, Taylor, almost 3, and Walter, 5 months, add a wonderful level of chaos to their lives. She said both children spend plenty of time at the brewery and that Taylor loves helping dad whenever he can. Emily Taylor, Whitney’s sister, is now City Star’s general manager.

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Quilts of all varieties and sizes will be available for sale at the Interfaith Quilter of Longmont’s Annual Show and Sale.

Interfaith Quilters of Longmont is celebrating the 32nd Annual Quilt Show and Sale March 2-3, at the First Lutheran Church, 803 3rd Ave. in Longmont. A donation of $5 gets guests into a preview event on Friday, March 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., allowing them to browse (but not buy) before the sale on Saturday. The donation gives them entry on Saturday as well. Guests can attend the sale only on Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a donation of $1. Those who attend Friday’s preview however, are exempt from donating on Saturday. The featured quilters theme this year is An Encore of Us! Several members will display their own quilted pieces and discuss how they were made. They hope to inspire atendees January/February 2018

to try some form of quilting such as paper piecing, machine and hand quilting, art quilts, applique, and more.

Interfaith Quilters serves the community all year long by donating items to OUR Center, the Safe Shelter of Saint Vrain Valley, Quilts of Valor

There will be about 600 quilts of various types for sale including a wide variety of bed sizes, juvenile styles, baby crib, lap, wall hangings, table toppers, pillows and placemats of all colors and themes. Everything is reasonably priced and of superb quality. Best of all, proceeds help OUR Center and the Safe Shelter of the Saint Vrain Valley. Purchases will enhance the community and individuals at the same time. If you have a quilt that you would like to have appraised at the show, quilt appraisal will be offered by Jeananne Wright by appointment only. Jeananne is very experienced in this process. Call 303-772-7684 for appointment.

for military veterans, Mountain States Children’s Home and others. The group is composed of about 130 volunteers with various degrees of experience They gather most Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church on the corner of Third Ave. and Terry St. in Longmont and new members are always welcome. For more information about Interfaith Quilters of Longmont visit or email



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By JUDY FINMAN for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Longmont Public Library is offering a groundbreaking new free lecture/ workshop series for young adults. Scheduled for the first Mondays of the month, February through May, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., this life-coaching series is designed especially for older teens and early- to mid-twentysomethings. According to one of its creators, Jane McKean of Boulder Career Services, who is also a presenter, “These programs will help you get a handle on your career plans, your social life, and taking optimal care of yourself so that you launch your life into the orbit you desire.” Each month’s workshop has a different theme or topic: 14 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

I hope that students going off to college will

be better prepared for the vast changes between the structure that is provided for them in high school and by parents, and the structure they will need to create for themselves to be successful in college.” — Jane McKean February 5 Learn about Careers that are a Good Fit for You, with Jane McKean, MA, GCDF, Career Counselor. Jane will present on the Holland’s model from the Strong Interest

Inventory. “If you find your people, you will find your work.” The session will include a fun, interactive exercise and then will spend some time learning about careers in the Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional fields.

March 5 Learn Tricks to Stay Confident and Ready for Anything! with Dr. Shayna Brody Whitehouse, Licensed Psychologist. It’s “Bring Your Parents” to workshop week! Shayna will discuss ways teens and young adults can stay ready for the easy and the hard things that come their way in life and how parents can help. She will also have interactive activities so young adults and their parents can think about ways to January/February 2018

cope with successes and disappointments and to stay positive.

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Use Your Time to Create a Life that Fits You, with Sheila Kiechlin, Professional Coach and Organizer.

Don’t Just Survive, Thrive! with Karrie Bach, RD, CSSD, Performance and Medical Dietitian. Learn realistic wellness tips for living on your own, like how to stock your dorm room or apartment so that you can make cheap, healthy meals and snacks on the go, how to make sleep a priority while still having fun, and some techniques for relaxation in this power hour of wellness. Karrie will present several options so you can find what fits best for you and your lifestyle. Arrive ready to participate, as you’ll be preparing and making some healthy food options

Come learn that time management is Life Management! Learn techniques and tips to know how and what should go on your calendar and todo list. Explore your values, needs, and strengths and the part they play in creating a life that fits you. There will be activities to help guide you along the process. Please come with an image of your life that fits! No registration is required for this special series. Attendees may come

to all, a few, or even just one workshop session. All the sessions will be held upstairs in the Unquiet Study Room. The program is generously funded by the Friends of the Longmont Library.

Addressing important topics for young adults

Jane McKean explains how the new program was created. “We are members of a Boulder Business Networking International (BNI) group and we wanted to partner to provide comprehensive information to young adults and their parents as they transition to life after high school. We have similar experiences in our private practices with young adults who need help navigating the transition to adulthood in order to stay healthy,

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organized and intentional so they can be successful in reaching their goals. We are also all parents, and hope to support other parents in offering trusted, results-oriented support and guidance in this journey.” The presentations are designed for young adults; however, parents are invited. “The presentations will be interactive and fun!” says McKean. They will provide useful information to promote movement toward independence and self-efficacy in young adulthood. The four professionals hope to give young adults and their parents the resources to handle some big questions, like, What will I major in and what career do I want? How will I survive the speed bumps ahead?

How will I stay healthy? How will I stay organized? “I hope that students going off to college will be better prepared for the vast changes between the structure that is provided for them in high school and by parents, and the structure they will need to create for themselves to be successful in college. Figuring out what that structure looks like for each person is different,” says McKean.

as they tend to use us online rather than visiting our actual building and attending programs. This will be an interesting program to see if we can engage this segment of the community and encourage them to come to the library. I think it has incredible potential, and I really hope it will be a roaring success.” Librarian Barbara Kundanis says, “This is kind of a trending topic, so we wanted to explore it. We want

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Teresa Myers, Longmont Library’s marketing communications manager, says, “Reaching a millennial audience is always a challenge for libraries,

to reflect the community and have community involvement. We get all different ages at the library; we’d like more of a youthful clientele. We want them to know that we are open to everyone and we support their interests, and the community can give g us ideas and request programming.”

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By putting health first, we open up worlds of opportunity and adventure--thanks to the likes of renewed energy, improved focus, and overall wellbeing. When working toward your healthy goals, keep mindful of the big picture with these helpful tips. Prioritize self-care. “A wise saying I once heard is, ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’,” says Jill Andreozzi, L.A.c, D.O.M., R.N., Acupuncturist

Make an eating plan that works for you. “Getting a handle on nutrition and healthy eating in a way that works for you gives you the biggest lift for everything else,” says Cooper Munson, Manager of Fit Republic Nutrition Company. “Don’t skip breakfast. Tune out fad diet messaging. Take a super simple look at what’s important for your body personally, not what someone else needs.” Working out dietary needs takes a lot of work, thinking, and January/February 2018

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else. Financial fitness plays a significant role in physical health, particularly when it causes anxiety.

Shake it up. Routine and consistency are key to progress, but Create a plan with there’s room for action steps and excitement within goals. “When trythose routines. ing to be finan“Keeping variety cially focused, in your fitness what is important routine will help is to have a goal, keep you intera plan for getested and more ting to that goal, importantly help and following Think of organizing as an ongoing process and soon you’ll have a tidier life. (Shutterstock) you avoid risk or through,” says bed, or other similar act of tidying.” injury due to too Daniel Yerger, When the one change is settled as a much repetition.” BreakAway offers MBA, financial advisor with Wadcomfortable habit, Paul says, gradua broad variety of classes, including dell & Reed. “Tools that can help are ally start adding more small projects. cycling, strength, and pilates. Make building an emergency fund, paying By taking things bit by bit, you can trying new things a part of your rouinto your retirement plan first, having get fully organized and have a greater tine, and chances are you’ll surprise a separate bank account for saving yourself with just how much you love sense of control. to buy that special thing for a special to stick with. someone, making use of apps or View your goal as a process. “The software that automate your saving easiest mistake I see people fall into and money management, regularly GET ORGANIZED when trying to get organized is to reviewing subscription expenses such Getting organized will think of it as an event,” says Lucy as insurance or digital entertainment go a long way in helping Kelly, professional organizer and packages for better prices or continyou meet all other goals, owner of Joyful Surroundings, LLC. ued use, and leaning on professionsays Katie Paul, professional or“This leads to exhausting hours spent als such as accountants or financial ganizer and owner of Sunshine Orgadoggedly trying to slay the organizing advisors to help build a budget within nizing. Your environment has a direct monster, and also to quick burnout. your means to make goals that are effect on your mental attitude, and What most of my clients find works both reasonable and achievable.” it’s hard to make changes or break best is to think of organizing as onbad habits if you are surrounded by going; we’re going to get it done, but Pay yourself. “Set aside a portion of a lot of clutter and disorganization. not all in one day. Just acknowledging your income each month to savings By controlling all the “stuff ” in our that takes some of the pressure off or investing, and make sure to have lives, we literally and figuratively clear and makes it easier to build a sustainan emergency fund of at least six a path for positive change. able habit. Ten minutes a day is worth months of income,” says Christine so much more than five hours on a McDonald, LUTCF, Investment No small change is too small. “A Saturday.” Advisor Representative, Wealth great way to start with organization Strategies Group. “This way if your is making one small change that can GET FINANCIALLY FIT car breaks down, your dishwasher become a habit and inspire you to When it comes to fresh doesn’t work, you need emergency do more,” Paul says. “For example, starts and new goals, physidental surgery, you are not going into simply start with making your bed cal fitness tends to top most further debt to manage these expenevery day. It’s amazing how a room lists. But chances are, fiscal fitness is ditures. A general rule of thumb for will look different and more “put as much on our minds as anything amount to save is 10 percent of your together” just by having a made




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gross income in your 20s, 15 percent in your 30s, and 20 percent in your 40s or older.”

other are talking about your individual goals, and your goals together,” Christie says. “Some of your goals should be motivating! They can’t all be paying off debt and retirement. Have at least one savings goal that gets you excited.”

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Reignite a career or spur business growth with local opportunities Sheri Dron of Fort Collins and her husband Ken longed to open a precision machine shop. He was a craftsman, working full time at St. Vrain Manufacturing and part time in their home shop “to get things going,” recalls Sheri, who stayed home raising their two daughters and dabbled in machining under Ken’s tutelage. Then five years ago Ken died unexpectedly while exercising. “My life changed dramatically,” she said. “Where do I go from here? What do I do?” Sheri decided to pursue her and Ken’s dream. Yet she needed more training to head a machine shop. She earned a scholarship into the precision machining program at Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Longmont and completed two internships. “The combination of attending the machining classes at Front Range Community College and working in the field gave me experience, confidence, vision and ideas,” Sheri 22 LONGMONT MAGAZINE


said. She is currently developing machining products for emergency medicine from her shop. “The thought of developing products to save people’s lives gives me purpose, hope and joy,” she said. This January, hundreds of “second-career” students will parade across college campuses for the By SARAH HUBER for LONGMONT MAGAZINE

A student consults with her professor in medical assisting at the Institute of Business and Medical Careers. (Photo courtesy Institute of Business and Medical Careers.)

first time. Some, like Sheri, seek purpose. Others want to grow a small business, make a successful living or cultivate transferable skills. The counselors and administrators of two local colleges— FRCC and the Institute of Business and Medical Careers (IBMC) in Longmont—offer dozens of programs to jumpstart later-inlife careers. The Longmont Small January/February 2018

Students practice their skills in a cosmetology class at the Institute of Business and Medical Careers. (Photo courtesy Institute of Business and Medical Careers.)

spring with an associate’s degree of occupational studies in medical assisting. “I Business Development Center similarly provides career guidance, job fairs and training for small business owners. Elizabeth Harrison of Longmont will graduate from IBMC this

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came to IBMC to better the lives of my children,” said Harrison, now a night receptionist. “I wanted to complete a degree in a field that had job security and would suit our lives.”

Steve Steele, chief executive officer of IBMC, urged those contemplating a return to school to “consider what they hope to achieve.” He asked, “What kind of things do they enjoy doing, what kind of industries appear to be in demand and what length of time could I invest in myself as I pursue something new and different vocationally?” FRCC’s “program and courses” page on their website offers a list of questions to clarify which careers might best fit a person’s goals, interests and talents. FRCC public relations director John Feeley recommended the Department of Labor’s website for a comprehensive list of job descriptions and training guidelines. Admissions representatives at IBMC are available to conduct


Precision machining instructor Larry Hartman demonstrates CNC lathe programming and operation to students interested in a technical career. (Photo courtesy Front Range Community College.)

“Right Fit” career assessments, and counselors at FRCC help students chart the swiftest path to a degree or certification. Feeley noted that transfer students from FRCC to a four-year school perform better academically on average than students who start at a large university. Degrees and programs at community colleges are as varied as cosmetology, medical assisting and optics technician training and transfer degrees in fermentation sciences and geospatial studies. To make school feasible, Sheri and Harrison invested in night classes. “Find a college that has a schedule that can work around your life and that respects that you still have a life going on outside of college,” Steele urged. “Working, balancing your family and school is not going to be easy, but you can do it in the right supportive environment.” FRCC and IBMC host flexible class schedules, with fourday schedules and a range of class times. Sheri said, “There wasn’t a night that I didn’t learn something new. I am very thankful.” 24 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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Community college isn’t the only way to reignite a career or speed ahead in a small business. Each February the Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a nonprofit with a satellite office in the Longmont Chamber of Commerce, hosts a sold-out contract fair. People eager to connect with federal, state and city organizations such as the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Department of Defense, the National Parks Service, the University of Colorado and the cities of Longmont and Loveland are encouraged to attend. Visit the SBDC’s website for tickets. In February the SBDC will also host the Startup Roadmap workshop for new and existing new business owners to examine strategies and tactics for growth. Area small business owners will

likewise find a helping hand in the new Experience CoWork Space (ECS) in Longmont. ECS features flexible or fixed office space for freelancers and business owners to rent, a lounge, conference rooms, La Vita Bella Café and Event Space, Dry Land Distillers and networking and partnership opportunities. Executive director Bonnie Chaim explained, “Our goal at ECS is to create a comfortable, vibrant space to support Longmont community members, many of whom wish to stop working in the isolation of their home or in the more transient setting of a library or coffee shops.” ECS members include film festival producers, attorneys, caterers, tech companies, non-profits and an astrologer. Regardless of one’s position, it’s wise to nurture transferable, or “soft,” skills valued in any career, January/February 2018

currently do, even though it is not where you want to ultimately land.” He suggested

advised Steele. “Show up on time, show up ready to work, look the part and give your best every day,” he said. “Gather recommendations from your supervisors and co-workers. Attempt to be the best at what you


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IBMC president Irving Perez said sacrifices are part of school plus life. “It is hard work, but it is worth it,” he said. “The experience of learning new things and getting outside of your comfort zone can be scary, but that is where learning and growth happens.” Sheri and Harrison concurred. “Life will not always be roses, but it will be worth it in the end,” Harrison said. “To see the pride on your family’s faces. To teach your children what hard work can achieve and most of all to know that you are the one that did it. Take the step.” Sheri added, “When you truly follow your passion, you find your purpose.”


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This year’s best skin rejuvenation treatments and procedures Taking care of your skin is important, but if you find you have problem areas or damage to correct, there are a few procedures that may help. (Tim Seibert/ Longmont Magazine)

Ready to put your best face forward for the New Year? You’ve got several options as skin rejuvenation treatments and procedures can work wonders by erasing fine lines, minimizing those pesky sunspots we’re prone to here in sun-soaked Colorado, and, giving you an allaround radiant glow. As we embark on 2018 and embrace the theme of “new beginnings,” we checked in with the professionals here in Longmont to find out what treatments can help enhance your natural beauty and restore your youthfulness.

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Here are some rejuvenating procedures to consider, ranging from high-tech facials to procedures.

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We know that our skin looks its best and most radiant when it’s properly hydrated. The HydraFacial performs a double duty by vacuuming away dead skin cells and impurities and bathing and moisturizing the skin with serums and a hydrating solution.“You can see the change in the skin at the end of the treatment,” says Jean McBride, owner of


aRejuvenation Med Spa. “It looks more alive and bright.” The treatment is popular with both men and women, she says.

Microneedling can remedy several skin problems “The one rejeuvenating procedure that I believe anyone with any skin type can do is microneedling,” says McBride.

The process creates tiny channels in the dermis of the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing process to create collagen and elastin. The treatment is multi-purpose: It helps diminish age and sun spots, as well as minimize fine lines and wrinkles. The tiny channels can increase serum absorption by 300 percent, reaching deeper layers of skin, McBride says. Stem-cell based serums can then feed your skin, encouraging your skin cells to revitalize themselves.

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Chemical peels can help achieve a number of outcomes. As an example, at aRejuvenation Med Spa a “Customized PCA Skin Chemical Peel” can reduce the


A proper line of sunscreens and skin care can go a long way toward keeping the skin you’re in healthy and looking younger as long as possible. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.)

the skin, removing blackheads, improving age spots, hyperpigmentation (i.e. patches of darkened skin) and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment can also reduce or eliminate enlarged pores. “It’s going to give the skin a nice glow,” Contreras says.

If intense facials just aren’t getting results you desire, ask professionals, like the staff at Meyers Aesthetic Center, about rejuvenating in-office procedures that may have more dramatic results. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.)

depth of surface lines, smooth rough skin texture and treat redness or discoloration on the skin. Meanwhile, a “Lira Lactic Refresh Peel” can hydrate and brighten the skin.

Dermaplaning can maximize your moisturizer

Looking for an easy way to rejuvenate your skin? Give dermaplaning a try, suggests Jaclyn Contreras, medical esthetician with Meyers Aesthetic Center. The exfoliation procedure removes dead skin from the surface of your skin, as well as vellus hair (think: peach fuzz), explains Contreras. This treatment allows your moisturizers to penetrate into deeper layers of your skin, rather than getting blocked on surface levels, which is great for those who have dry skin. “It also makes your makeup look so smooth 28 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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on your skin,” Contreras says. The procedure is done with a stainless steel surgical blade, which might sound scary, she says, but actually feels much like a cat licking the skin. While you could come in for this treatment every four to six weeks, it still will make an impact if you get it done as a yearly pick-meup.

Consider microdermabrasion for a quick “pick-me-up”

Whether you’re short on time or are leaning toward a non-invasive procedure, microdermabrasion can help give your skin a nice glow. You can get a 30-minute express treatment or a longer one-hour treatment, Contreras says. A machine gently sands

Botox and fillers are popular treatments at Meyers Aesthetic Center, Contreras says. The Botox injections can be used to relieve vertical creases between the eyebrows and horizontal creases that stretch across the forehead. “It’s a great way to turn back time, and it helps prevent lines from becoming more prominent on the face,” Contreras says.

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Using makeup to contour and highlight facial features can tack on a lot of time to your morning routine. A cheek lift or filler can help you achieve a natural, contoured look. “Dr. Meyers makes sure that you look natural, and you don’t ever look ‘overdone,’” she says. Also, liposuction isn’t just for abs, hips and January/February 2018

thighs. It can be used to contour your face and reduce or eliminate fatty deposits on your neck, cheek or chin as these areas tend to be resistant to diet and exercise, according to Meyers Aesthetic Center.

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Silver Creek Leadership Academy Capstone Project Combines Love of Food with Love for Longmont By WENDY MCMILLAN for LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Growing up as the daughter of a dietitian, Silver Creek High School Senior Madeline Karr remembers being conscious of the power and potential of food from an early age. In her household, a wide variety or nutritious ingredients, plentiful fruits and vegetables, and accessible healthy snacks was always the norm. And while Karr’s mother, Kaiser Permanente registered dietitian Sue Heikkinen, Ms, Rd, CDE, took care to emphasize the importance of a healthy, balanced diet, Karr didn’t grow up feeling restricted or overly managed with regard to her food choices. Rather, she recalls growing increasingly conscious of the possibilities offered by food, and empowered to personally make –and create—healthy food choices. The kitchen has always held a special allure for Karr, as a place of nourishment, convening as a family and as friends, and for culinary experimentation. Cooking featured as an engaging activity from the time she was a Kindergartner. Her passion was particularly ignited the summer January/February 2018

Madeline Karr displays her Senior Capstone Project, For the Love of Food, at Silver Creek High School. (Photo courtesy Madeline Karr.)

following fourth grade, when she attended a cooking camp at Stir It Up Cooking School in Boulder. “I was initially nervous, afraid I’d be lonely,” Karr recalls. “I didn’t have any friends attending with me. But once I got there, it was so exciting! Everyone was passionate about food. It was so much fun! Also, throughout the cooking classes I took, I brought recipes back home to make again with my family. That really made an impact on me, realizing that the classes went well beyond the time in the classroom, and reached beyond the lives of the direct participants.”

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her Silver Creek Leadership Free Library as part of Academy Senior Capstone his Capstone Project. Project a fairly straightforA location was never ward one. While she intends finalized however, and to pursue environmental that intended portion engineering in college, for of the project was not much of her childhood completed. Recognizshe wanted to be a chef. ing the potential, Karr In adopting that culinary sought permission to persona, whether from a complete the cabinet more mature, career-focused and turn it instead into standpoint or simply as part a Little Free Pantry. of childhood play, Karr Permission granted, next developed a keen awareness step was to determine a of how powerful an active location. Given Karr’s involvement with food can experience working with be in laying the foundation Burlington students, the for a lifetime of healthy school seemed a natural habits. “When you are the fit. She proposed her idea chef, you get to put in what The cheerful Little Free Pantry, to be placed in Burlington to Burlington Principal Elementary, allows those who can spare food to donate to those you enjoy,” Karr says. “In Kerin McClure, who rewho need it. (Photo courtesy Madeline Karr.) formulating plans for my Capsponded enthusiastically. stone project, I thought, what for kids and their families to be better way to promote healthy habits distributed at Burlington Elementary While installment specifics are still than to share my love of preparing and through OUR Center. For this being worked out, Karr projects healthy options, incorporating foods month, however, her focus is putting officially launching the pantry at kids really like?” together a Little Free Pantry for use Burlington Elementary for the by the Burlington school community. school community’s use at the end Since the beginning of this 2017of January. Until then, she is as18 academic year, Karr’s Capstone The Little Free Pantry movement ap- siduously working on getting the project, For the Love of Food, has plies the Little Free Library® concept pantry stocked, soliciting donations continuously evolved in exciting to activate community engagement from local businesses and interested and meaningful ways. The project’s in addressing food insecurity. The individuals. focus, promoting healthy cooking message is simple: give what you and eating to Longmont children and can, take what you need. Neighbors Want to lend support, or their families, remains the rock solid help neighbors. “I read an article in simply learn more? core. However, as she progresses the Times-Call this past September, Follow For the Love of Food on Insin her work, Karr’s project has about the first Little Free Pantry tagram, under the handle scla_love_ steadily developed to include a broad installed in Longmont outside the of_food. Contact Karr by email at variety of channels through which First Evangelical Lutheran Church,” Your feedto support community with lasting Karr says. “I loved the concept. It back and involvement is welcome: stamina. Throughout the fall, Karr felt like a true community initiative every bit counts. “I am feeling so supported and assisted with healthy with no stigma. It also helps reduce many emotions as my project comes cooking after school enrichment food waste. I wondered right away if to fruition,” Karr says. “Surprise, classes for students grades K-5 at I could somehow incorporate somerelief, excitement. It is wonderful to Burlington Elementary School. She thing like this into my project.” know my project has evolved from intends to continue her involvement the earliest brainstorming phases to with cooking classes at Burlington Karr recalled how, last school year having a solid legacy, something that for the spring semester, and is also another student had begun building will continue to support our commuworking on a cookbook containing simple recipes and activities designed a cabinet intended for use as a Little nity into the future.” 32 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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that the 1.52 days is even conservative. Most people assume that if their date was interested in meeting again, there will be some imminent communication. So…. the three-day rule is now (at least) cut in half. For what it’s worth, I don’t recommend a first date on a Saturday night, especially a first online date. A weeknight or Sunday evening date works well, and then if you want to see each other again, you can plan for the coveted Friday or Saturday night slot when you already know you have some chemistry.


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Sugarbeet’s menu has all the makings of a romantic meal: freshshucked oysters and steamed little-neck clams fall into the category of bivalve mollusks, which have been long-celebrated for their ability to induce desire. Chefs prepare a plate of fresh oysters at Sugarbeet. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine

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Few things heat up the romance like a little spice. Modern and traditional combine at Jefe’s Tacos & Tequila. Tacos, enchiladas, burritos and more dish up the chile and afterward, you’re covered for both drinks and dessert. This Valentine’s Day, the restaurant will be serving a “Mezcal and Chocolate” tasting plate for two. “Mezcal and chocolate go well together for many reasons,” says Sean Gafner, owner of Jefe’s. “They are both intensely-flavored cultural elements with similar origins in Mexico and they are both Chocolate, spiced almonds, candied orange peel and cherries fermented to develop their flavor.” The tasting plate will make up this special sampler for Valentines. (Photo courtesy Jefe’s Tacos & Tequila) include a cinnamon-flecked dark chocolate torte, spiced almonds, candied orange peel and Amarena cherries coated in sea salt. “The lightly sweetened bitterness of both chocolate and mezcal is enlightened by tasting back and forth with others flavors, like fruits, nuts and spices,” says Gafner. “The plate is meant to be tasted in a variety of combinations for a sort of ‘choose your own adventure’ style of eating.” The $19 tasting plate also comes with your choice of any two Mezcal Vago mezcals (Gafner recommends Espadin).

Fondue for two brings an interactive element to an elegant meal. (Photo courtesy Samples World Bistro)

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Samples Bistro will be doing a pre-fixe menu for Valentine’s Day. While the pre-fixe menu can sometimes feel, well, a little pre-fixed—couples get to choose their wine or beer pairing at Samples. Additionally, couples can rest assured that the menu will include a special Valentine’s Day fondue for two. “We do comfort food boldly and for special occasions we put on our fancy pants and make comfort food fancy,” says Mark Sample, proprietor of Samples World Bistro. Fondue is not only delicious, but very interactive, creating many opportunities for you to snuggle a little closer to your valentine.

• 1/4 cup whole milk • 6 to 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks • Various raw farmers’ market vegetables, such as fennel, cauliflower, Belgian endive, sweet peppers, and zucchini 1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the oil, garlic, and anchovies and whisk them constantly for 3 to 4 minutes. The anchovies will break apart and disperse in the oil. Whisk in the milk, followed by 6 tablespoons cold butter. As soon as the butter has melted, remove the sauce from the heat and give it a few more beats with your whisk so that everything is creamy and emulsified.

2. Taste the dip; if it’s a bit too fishy for you, add 2 tablespoons more butter. Just remember that you’ll be eating it in small amounts to liven up plain vegetables, so it should have a powerful flavor. 3. Wash the veggies and chop them into pieces appropriate for dipping. Serve with the warm dip. Serves 6. Adapted from Cooking, Blokes & Artichokes by Brendan Collins, Kyle Books ($29.95)

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While Valentine’s Day can be an excellent excuse to treat yourself, getting a reservation can be a challenge. A quarter of Americans eat out on the holiday every year, making it the most popular restaurant day of the year after Mother’s Day. Luckily, eating at home doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice tasty food and delicious drinks. On the contrary— staying home for Valentine’s Day might even leave a little extra room for romance.

The bubbles—champagne and prosecco—often make a popular choice for Valentine’s Day, along with festive, pink-hued rosés. But Dennis Dinsmore of Wyatt’s Wet Goods recommends that lovers go bold this year with an Italian red aptly named Love. “It’s a Veneto Rosso—a nice, soft, full-bodied red—that comes packaged with a red wax heart for a label,” says Dinsmore. The bottle also features a necker with a Shakespeare quote about the love of Romeo and Juliet: “When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew/If you will die for me, I will

die for you.” “Pretty tragic,” says Dinsmore, “but poignant for lovers of all the ages.” A Valentine’s Day sale at Wyatt’s makes Love wine bottles an economic choice, as well: you’ll be able to get a bottle for $10 around the holiday. No discussion of Valentine’s Day would be complete without chocolate. Chocolate is a sacred and not-so-secret ingredient for both happiness and love—a fact wellknown at Aime’s Love. “Our specialty for Valentine’s Day is our chocolate dipped strawberries,” says Aime’s Love owner Jennifer Walter. She

adds that truffles are a popular choice, too, with five different flavors available. “We also make little heart-shaped cakes that feed two people perfectly,” she says. “ It’s like two cupcakes worth of cake.” For added cuteness, Aime’s Love can decorate the cakes like conversation hearts. Walter encourages placing an order well ahead of the holiday. Aime’s Love closes at 4 p.m., so don’t forget to pick up your dessert before that!

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Fresh from the oven pizza sold by the slice keeps customers returning again and again at Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta. (Photos courtesy Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta.)


Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta is loved by local fans of East Coast-style pizza because the restaurants have always served pizza by the slice. These are no slim, scrawny, stiff pizza slices. These are the familiar huge, hot, thin, foldable slices a young John Travolta eats as he walks down the sidewalk in the opening scenes of “Saturday Night Fever.” There is another reason Anthony’s fans are so devoted. “We do everything in-house using really high-quality ingredients like whole milk mozzarella, the kind that creates that stringy cheese melt everybody loves. We make the sauce from scratch. Nothing arrives shredded in bags or frozen,” said Peter Counter, marketing manager for Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta. Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta is a truly homegrown company. It opened with one store in Denver in 1984 and has carefully expanded to 24 Anthony’s locations


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on the Front Range including a busy 7-year-old store in Longmont. “As a diner I love our pizza. The reason I got into this business was because of Anthony’s great New York-style Neapolitan pizza,” said Lee Milne, operations manager for Anthony’s Pasta and Pizza in Longmont. “The pizza dough is made fresh and proofed for 24 to 48 hours. It’s hand-pushed and hand-tossed and spread on a wooden peel. The meat goes on over the sauce and under the cheese. We think that gives it the best flavor. The fresh veggies go on over the cheese,” he said.

Completely fresh ingredients go into making each delicious dish, from salads to pizzas and pastas. (Photos courtesy Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta.)

The No. 1 bestseller in Longmont is the standard cheese Neapolitan pizza. Pepperoni comes in a close second, according to Milne.

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a choice of fillings served with a side of marinara. A trio of fresh salads (including a tossed Caesar salad) can be turned into a meal with grilled or baked chicken. Diners can choose from freshly chopped Romaine lettuce or greens in their salads. The sandwich roster stars a classic hot Chicken Parmesan Hero and the always popular Meatball Hero. Gluten-free pizza and linguine pasta are available and Anthony’s kids’ menu features meals with awesome mac and cheese and a brownie.



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“Pizza by the slice is really big at noontime as part of a lunch special.” Milne said. Both slices and whole pizzas come in three tasty versions: Thin-crusted Neapolitan or White pizza and the hearty, thick-crusted Sicilian pizza. White pizzas are covered with a blend of mozzarella and ricotta cheeses with garlic and oregano. Pizzas can be customized with a lineup of dozens of toppings ranging from pepperoni and bacon to fresh basil, artichoke hearts, feta and fresh mozzarella. Black, green and Kalamata will please the olive lovers.

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Also, a must-have on any Colorado pizza menu: roasted green chilies and fresh jalapeños.

In Longmont, they like it zesty While Spaghetti and Meatballs is a tried-and-true favorite at many Anthony’s locations, the bestselling pasta choice in Longmont is zesty Spaghetti Romano, according to Milne. The pasta is tossed with Italian sausage, chunks of bacon, garlic, Romano cheese and red pepper. Other pasta selections served with garlic bread are simple favorites like Spaghetti Marinara and oven-hot Baked Ziti, Cheese or Beef Ravioli and Lasagna Rollatini. Pasta Genovese features penne tossed with fresh mushrooms and tomatoes plus basil pesto sauce and grilled chicken. Diners can get their appetite fired up with Anthony’s Primo Bread topped with melted cheese or chicken wings served with blue cheese or ranch dressing. The wing sauces start with a mild Honey BBQ and build to the

Many regulars dine-in at Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta locations. “Almost a third of our business is delivery plus a growing number of pickup orders,” Milne said. Ordering online for delivery or pickup is pretty easy at You just choose the location and note the pizza, pasta, sandwich or salad. A customer-friendly selection of small side dishes is available including meatballs, Italian sausage or “one of each.” You can also get a side of creamy Alfredo or Marinara sauce for dipping, dunking or pouring. “One of the biggest compliments we get is that many of our customers in Longmont don’t know that this is a franchise store. To them it’s just: ‘Anthony’s,’” Mine said. John Lehndorff is the former Food Editor of the Boulder Daily

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Roundhouse Fitness’s kickboxing regimen may be right for your New Year’s resolutions

BY ANDY STONEHOUSE for LONGMONT MAGAZINE After the seemingly endless spree of holiday feeding that most Americans do between Thanksgiving and the New Year, many of us are interested in yet again committing to an exercise plan that might shed those pounds and make us healthier overall. But as many of us have found, those New Year’s-resolutioninspired workout plans often peter out by Valentine’s Day, if not sooner, as the monotony of an exercise bike or free weights in a room full of grunting triathletes sets in awfully quickly. January/February 2018

Fun is always invited to class at Roundhouse Fitness. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.)

If you’re looking for an alternative to the regular and sometimes lonely grind of the gym, plus an inspiring cardio and full-body workout that might just turn into a long-term commitment to fitness, Longmont’s Roundhouse Fitness might be your answer in 2018. The facility, located at 1067 S. Hover Street, opened last April as a community-styled project of kickboxing and cardio enthusiasts, after their previous Longmont gym closed its doors. Josh Fauske, Roundhouse’s

er and one of four lead instructors, says the closure left he and a sizable crew of members looking for a new facility to practice their pastime. As a membership-run operation, Roundhouse is able to focus on programs and an instruction structure entirely geared towards healthy fun, not just an endless marketing campaign for more participants, as is often the case with many corporate gyms. “We started off with five different families who had all been previous members, and we all came


Kickboxing isn’t the only thing members practice at Roundhouse. Boot camp style classes, HIIT and self-defense are also offered to all ages. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.)

together and created something for the people – we had a really awesome community already, and it’s grown and grown,” he says. “We are entirely member-focused, and have about 140 people taking part right now.” Roundhouse is primarily based on beginner-friendly kickboxing-centered classes and workshops, but the gym also offers advanced classes, light sparring sessions and even boot camp-styled intense classes, plus self-defense training. For those looking for a heavy-duty post-holiday calorie burn, the gym also mixes high intensity interval training – a more concentrated burst of cardio and strength training – into many of its classes. Fauske says many first-timers still mistakenly equate kickboxing with those terrible martial arts movies 54 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

We have all shapes and sizes here and the awesome thing is that we know every one of them and their journey and goals.” —Josh Fauske

starring Jean Claude Van Damme, or the bloody theatrics of the mixed martial arts arena. Fear not, he suggests: kickboxing at Roundhouse is fun, friendly and only as competitive as you’d like it to be. “Kickboxing has definitely grown big-time over the last few years,

mostly because it’s such a fun and active full-body workout,” he says. “It’s not just you by yourself doing the same routine at a gym. It’s extremely stress relieving. If you’ve had a bad day at work, there’s nothing like coming and kicking a big, heavy bag to get it all out.” More importantly, Roundhouse stresses an absolutely inclusive spirit for membership and as a result, Fauske has teenagers, seniors and people of all athletic ability taking part – a welcome antidote to traditional gym culture, especially in hyper-body-conscious Boulder County. “We have all shapes and sizes here and the awesome thing is that we know every one of them and their journey and goals. The majority of people here have struggled with fitness in the past, or have never January/February 2018

done it before,” he says. “We are their outlet and we help them through the stages of starting a workout regime, and staying dedicated to reaching their goals.” To give first-timers a welcoming but realistic impression of what kickboxing is (and isn’t), Fauske says the first class is always free, and newcomers are also welcome to try out a free, half-hourlong one-on-one training session with he or one of his fellow instructors. “Kickboxing is great but it’s not for everyone, and we understand that people want to try it out before they really jump into it,” he says.

The motto “The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow,” is proudly displayed behind rows of heavy bags. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.)

And unlike many other organized fitness programs, Roundhouse’s programming is also relatively affordable. A New Year’s special, starting Jan. 1, offers monthly memberships priced at $66, $79 and $99. The top-of-the-line membership provides unlimited free classes plus free classes for members’ kids, plus a complimentary pair of boxing gloves and another free one-onone session with one of the instructors. If two family members

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Instructors get some one-on-one in during class. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.)


“We definitely teach women how to protect themselves in an empty parking lot,” he says. “But everything we do is about building self-confidence.”


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zine, the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) brings in films and filmmakers from around the world for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema. This year, for the third consecutive year, BIFF is once again returning to Longmont to screen more than 10 award-winning films at the Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium during festival weekend, February 23-25. The weekend in Longmont starts with an opening night party hosted at the Museum on Friday, February 23 from 5-6:30 p.m., for attendees of the 7 p.m. film. Food and beverage tastings provided by local restaurants and breweries will be available prior to the screening. One of the principal Longmont sponsors, The Roost, will be among the many local January/February 2018

restaurants providing exceptional food. Purchase a ticket to the 7 p.m. film and come early to help us celebrate our return to Longmont! This year’s program will include Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen, a feature documentary that goes behind the scenes to see how the stars are awarded, to talk to the chefs who work tirelessly to maintain their status, and to view the impact of the little red book on the world of haute cuisine. Tickets for Michelin Stars and the full line-up of films shown in Longmont will be on sale February 2 online at biff1. com/longmont, in person at the Stewart Auditorium, or by calling (303) 651-8374. BIFF has developed a reputation as one of the most influential young film festivals in the U.S., with an extraordinary number of new-butunknown feature films, documentaries, and shorts that have gone on from early screenings at BIFF to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations. The

Festival attracts more than 20,000 film enthusiasts, media and industry representatives each year and has been proud to host and celebrate some of film’s most talented artists. “We’re thrilled to bring the Boulder International Film Festival to Longmont for its third year. Longmont’s growing arts community will be delighted by the diverse array of films offered, while audiences can enjoy world class films in the modern and luxurious setting of the Stewart Auditorium,” said BIFF Co-Founder and Director Kathy Beeck.

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The Longmont Ice Pavilion is a seasonal ice rink, offering public ice skating, hockey, skating lessons and party facilities throughout the winter, weather permitting. Come enjoy the ice, get some exercise, and have a great time in the facility.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MONTHLY BOOK SALE Third Thursday-Sunday of each month; Thursday 2-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m.

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PAINT EMPTY BOWLS Now through February 28

Help fight hunger in the community! Paint a bowl for donation to the OUR Center for a flat $12. Painted bowls are made available for purchase or auction at the annual OUR Center Empty Bowls fundraiser on Saturday, March 17 at Longmont High School. (Crackpots Pottery Studio, 505 Main St., Longmont)


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FILM NIGHT First Fridays, monthly, 6:30 p.m. Firehouse Films provides an opportunity for film lovers to enjoy artistic and culturally significant films right in Longmont once a month.

LONGMONT SENIOR CENTER SOCIAL DANCE January 18, February 1 and 15; Lessons - 5:45-6:45 p.m., Dance - 7-10 p.m.

Join the Senior Center every other Thursday now through February for live music and, of course, dancing. Bands play a variety of music sure to get you out on the floor. Admission is $5, with an extra $5 for the lesson, singles and couples of all ages are welcome.

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BOOK CLUBS First, third or fourth Saturdays, monthly

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to read more? What better way to do that than to join a book club? Each club reads a different selection, so you can belong to more than just one if you’re truly ambitious. First Edition!: Third Rocks!: Fourth Editions:

BAND LINEUP: January 18 - Jim Ehrlich (polka, swing, waltz) February 1 - Pepie (upbeat polka, swing, waltz) February 15 - Dave Allard & Honkabilly Heroes (country/western, line dance, swing) (Longmont Senior Center Gymnasium, 910 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont)

WINDOWS TO WELLNESS FAIR January 20, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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OWN IT DISCOUNTS 2018 Now through February 28

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FOOTBALL WEEKENDS IN THE ZONE Now through February 4, 10 am

Be at Red Zone at 10 a.m. every Sunday for all the action. Don’t worry about breakfast! They have you covered with brunch specials to go along with the full menu. Libations? No problem! Take advantage of drink specials while you watch the games. Don’t forget to ask for a table top audio box so you can listen in.

Practitioners and readers will provide 10-minute sessions for $5 or 20-minute sessions for $10. Cash-only fee is paid directly to the practitioner at the fair. Please bring small bills. This is a FREE event. (Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont,

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This year’s concert features both the Longmont Youth Symphony and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, as well as the winner of the LSO Young Artist Competition and author/narrator Jack Prelutsky. Musical selections include: Circus Parade by Bamert, the Young Artist Competition Winner, Symphony No. 2 (Finale) by Sibelius and Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant by Richman. Poet Prelutsky will narrate the concert. The library also hosted a Jack Prelutsky Art Challenge where kids submitted art inspired by Prelutsky’s poetry. All of the artwork submitted will be on display at the Vance Brand Civic Auditorium for the concert.

VIEWS AND BREWS: WINTER OLYMPICS FILM SERIES Thursday Nights, February 1 - 15: 6 p.m.- Galleries, bar and lounge; 7:15 p.m.- Films

While the world is going Olympics-crazy, the Museum helps you prepare by showing the best winter sports movies! All movies are specially paired with a signature cocktail, and galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. to enjoy for free with your film ticket. $8 general public, $5 Museum members. Signature drinks, wine, and beer available for purchase. (Stewart Auditorium, at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont)

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Joseph is sold as a slave by his brothers because of his ability to explain people’s dreams. When the pharaoh calls on him, Joseph predicts a famine and is made the pharaoh’s secondhand man. Don’t miss a special performance on Valentines Day! For information on prices and showtimes visit (Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St.,Longmont)

SIXTH ANNUAL ‘AUTHORS WE LOVE’ OPEN HOUSE February 10, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The Library is offering locals an opportunity to meet dozens of Colorado authors. Readers can browse from table to table, meeting authors, asking questions, and even buying books. This is a relaxed and fun atmosphere to get to know lots of creative Coloradans and maybe even get some inspiration for your own writing. No registration required. (Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave, Longmont)

Join fellow foodies and beverage enthusiasts for a store-to-store tasting event in Historic Niwot. Cottonwood and 2nd Avenue merchants will open their doors and serve over 30 different varieties of wines, beers and culinary tastings. A limited number of tickets will be sold for $25— so don’t wait. Each ticket includes a mug and a $10 coupon redeemable at participating stores and businesses valid from February 25- March 16. A small quantity of tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event on a first come, first serve basis at 12 p.m. at Niwot Realty. Pre-purchased tickets can be picked up on February 24 beginning at 12 p.m. at Niwot Realty. Proceeds go to improvements at Whistlestop Park and the New Children’s Park. Visit for tickets and more information. (Downtown Niwot, Cottonwood and 2nd Avenue, Niwot)

LOVE NOTES February 11, 3 p.m.

Celebrate love with the Longmont Chorale Singers. Enjoy dancing, a silent auction, light hors d’oeuvres, chocolates, and more!


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Brides and grooms are invited to explore the historic Dickens Opera House while meeting a few favorite wedding vendors. Taste samples of the new 2018 catering menu and sip on a sparkly glitter inspired cocktail.

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Munchie Monday: BOGO 1/2 Off Edibles Top It Off Tuesday: 4 Gram of Bud for 1/8th Pricing Wax Wednesday: 25% Off Select Wax & Shatter Thirsty Thursday: BOGO 1/2 Off Drinks Fan Favorite Friday: Kaviar, House, & Mini Joint for $28 Starbuds Saturday: Two Starbuds Cartridges for $60 Shake Sunday: 1/8th of Shake for $20

everyDay 10aM - 7pM 720-340-4548 6924 N 79TH STreeT, NiwoT, co 80503 NiwoT@STarbuDS.uS

The 5 Days of Valentine Valentine’s Day is onWednesday, so the Tavern is loving its community with a Dinner Special every night from Monday the 12th to Friday the 16th. Celebrate at your convenience during The 5 Days of Valentine!

Happy Hour 2pm to 6pm Daily Open 11am Weekdays | 8am Weekend Breakfast 303-652-0200 |

January/February 2018



F E ST I VA L S // CO N C E R TS // A R T // T H E AT E R // FO O D + D R I N K


NEDFEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2018 Featuring Electric Hot Tuna

AUG 24-26


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January/February 2018

Trust Us With Your Skin


Mon-Sat 9am-10pm SUNday 10am-7pm

Destined To Be Your Favorite Wet Goods Supplier 1250 S. Hover, Longmont, CO 80501

(303) 485-9463

Located next to Whole Foods Market at the Village at the Peaks

Longmont Magazine January/February 2018  
Longmont Magazine January/February 2018