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April/May 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


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Foothills Taste of Loveland

10th Annual

A Wine, Beer and Food Experience

April 19 – 6 to 9 p.m.

FoCoMX – Fort Collins Music eXperiment April 27-28

The Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology, Loveland

Old Town, Fort Collins

Presented by Foothills Service League & First National Bank

Presented by Fort Collins Musicians Association


MAY 11

Longmont Laughfest

Beer, Cider, Spirits & Comedy Showcase

Colorado Governor’s Art Show and Sale

April 28 – 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

May 11 – 6 to 9 p.m.

300 Suns Brewing, Longmont

Loveland Museum/Gallery, Loveland

Presented by Bub Comedy and 300 Suns Brewing

Presented by Thompson Valley Rotary Foundation

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Spring is coming and with it time to spend improving your lawn and garden. Make your plans now, so you’re well on the way when Summer’s heat sets in.

Get in the Garden Spring weather can be fickle, jumping from chilly to warm, windy to rainy to brilliant blue skies. Still, as daylight hours lengthen, we know warmer weather is right around the corner. Can we really help that our thoughts begin to turn to getting outdoors to bettering our spaces? Some of us like to putter around in the dirt, some of us could be considered semi-pro, and most of us fall somewhere in between, but wherever you are on the spectrum, there’s always room for a few new ideas, tips and tricks. You may not have considered ways to water wise up your garden. Or maybe you want to try your hand at fresh grown veggies steps from your porch,that will give back all summer long. Look no further. And while we’re thinking of preparing for the approaching summer, what are your plans for the kids? We have a few ideas for keeping everyone engaged and happy. So sink a shovel and have a happy, productive and wonderful spring! —Misty Kaiser 4 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

WELCOME SPRING with three local plant sale

Each of these sales offers fun extras as well as an opportunity to support local organizations PAGE 6


It Ain’t Easy Dining Green The farm-to-table movement in Loveland PAGE 26



Tips for using your lawn space to grow food




Food Bank for Larimer County is “Fighting Hunger from the Ground Up”. PAGE 14

Saw It - WANT IT PAGE 28 Common TAX MISTAKES to avoid in 2018

Tax mistakes can end up costing youuse this list to make sure you get the most from your return PAGE 30

Ready, Set, CAMP!

18 PRETTY and Wise

Backyard xeric gardens, rain barrels and native plants ideal for dry summer ahead. PAGE 18

Loveland Youth GARDENERS

Local nonprofit teaches students about food and life. PAGE 23

Finding the right camp for your child


ART to Outdoors

Put These Enriching Camps on Your Summer Calendar PAGE 35

SUMMER ACTIVITIES for Kids PAGE 38 Where to go WHAT TO DO PAGE 40 April/May 2018



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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sarah Huber, Elise Oberliesen, John Lendorff, Emma Castleberry, Wendy McMillan Bittany Anas, Shelley Widhalm, Andy Stonehouse, Darren Thornberry, Julie Kailus

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with three local plant sales—and support vital Loveland organizations BY SARAH HUBER for LOVELAND MAGAZINE

Wake up the garden with vibrant blooms from area plant sales. The Loveland Parks and Recreation Department will kick off planting season with a pancake breakfast and plant sale at Chilson Senior Center on April 21. High Plains Environmental Center in Loveland will offer native plants and host a habitat fair on May 5, and the Loveland Garden Club will continue the floral frenzy with a plant sale


and antique and artisan market on May 12.

CHILSON SENIOR CENTER PLANT SALE Loveland Parks and Recreation Department’s 30th annual plant sale will feature annuals, perennials and vegetable plants donated by

community nurseries and home gardeners. “The fundraiser provides scholarships for seniors who are in need of financial assistance to participate in our exercise programs, senior day trips or classes,” explained Gina Debell, Chilson recreation coordinator. She added, “We have had plants that were 10 feet tall along with succulents and beautiful houseplants. The nice thing about this sale is that it really helps those in our community who are in need. It is a fun day, and it brings people of all ages together.” The Chilson Senior Center

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The Chilson Senior Center’s plant sale offers everything from houseplants to vegetable plants, plus pancakes to top it off. (Photo courtesy Chilson Senior Center

hosts a pancake breakfast along with the plant sale. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Chilson or at the door.

The Chilson Senior Center plant sale is from 8 to 11 a.m. on April 21 at 700 E. 4th St., Loveland. HIGH PLAINS ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER NATIVE PLANT SALE AND HABITAT FAIR Plants at the High Plains Environmental Center’s sale are Coloradofriendly, with many of the seeds collected in Larimer County and nurtured at HPEC.

Lauren Sadowsky, HPEC community services coordinator, said, “We produce distinct local ecotypes which are grown without the use of neonicotinoids and other pesticides.” HPEC’s native plants not only “remind us of Colorado’s unique natural beauty,” Sadowsky said, “but having evolved here, they are perfectly adapted to our community and help conserve water and provide benefits to birds and butterflies.” In addition to the plant sale, now in its fourth year, HPEC will present a habitat fair to highlight the relationship between native plants and wildlife. Participating organizations include Loveland Open Space, the Butterfly Pavilion, Honeybee Keep

and the Loveland Initiative for Monarch Butterflies. Funds from the HPEC plant sale benefit student programs onsite as well as a planned Wild Zone, an unstructured, natural playscape. Sadowsky said, “We hope to foster creativity while getting kids back outside and reconnected with the environment.”

The High Plains Environmental Center plant sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 5 at 2968 Bluestem Willow Dr., Loveland.

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The High Plains Environment Center’s Plant Sale features plants adapted to Colorado’s climate that are pollinator-friendly. (Photo courtesy High Plains Environment Center)

LOVELAND GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE AND ANTIQUE AND ARTISAN MARKET For more than 20 years, the Loveland Garden Club plant sale has raised funds for college scholarships, including a horticulture scholarship at Front Range Community College, as well as for local organizations that promote environmentally-friendly gardening and forestry. The sale proffers annuals, perennials, roses, vegetables and houseplants, many of which are grown by club members and some of which are purchased from Colorado wholesale growers. The club’s David Austin Roses draw crowds, as do the club’s

famed heirloom tomatoes, said Donna Drevdahl, co-chair of the plant sale. Club member Betty Hill noted, “Since the plants come from local gardens, we know they do well in our area.” Hill said the club’s sale is scheduled mid-May since “due to Colorado’s unpredictable spring weather, it is advised not to plant new plants before Mother’s Day.”

to 2 p.m. on May 12 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3448 N. Taft Ave., Loveland

The club sale includes an antique and artisan market with nearly 40 vendors, live music, a bake sale and a silent auction. A master gardener will be available for questions.

The Loveland Garden Club plant sale is from 9 a.m.

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YOUR GARDEN and yellow fruit. There’s also a combo of a slicer and cherry tomato perfect for small spaces and for snacking and cooking. Speaking of peppers, a new, attractive variety is Candy Cane Red Pepper. It has green fruit striping that ripens to red and offers up crisp, sweet flavors, much like a candy cane!

A refuge for bees, butterflies and beyond There are dozens of reasons people To find the most popular flowers and plants this year, we checked in with Ball Horticultural Company, a global leader on all things gardening, to see what the top trends are in 2018.

Strong and colorful Get active outdoors with a hobby more satisfying than binge-watching another television series. As a pastime, gardening can help you eat delicious, more flavorful food while transforming your patio or yard into a colorful hangout for butterflies and bees. Many people don’t realize how easy it is to have a fresh supply of crisp veggies, fragrant herbs or fresh-

When spring arrives, we all crave color and warmth to celebrate the end of winter. To get that wow factor - and get it fast - try planting flowers that grow and fill in quickly and thrive in extremes. The Megawatt Begonia brings magnetic color even in shaded spaces. It’s also a lowmaintenance option if you’re new to gardening. Likewise, the Echinacea Sombrero Sangrita is a perennial flower that returns each year with stunning red blossoms.

grown flowers. Whether you have a balcony, rooftop or patio, gardening is a hobby that quite literally allows you to harvest big rewards. One of the most exciting parts of gardening is deciding what to grow. With thousands of plants to choose from - flowers, vegetables and herbs - a small pot of soil can be a canvas for creativity. April/May 2018

For foodies who want to show off Every chef knows the secret to tasty cooking is great ingredients. For many gardeners, the truly magical combination is finding that edible veggie that looks as good as it tastes. Take 2 Combos combine two sweet pepper plants with a touch of heat and beautiful orange

choose to garden: fresh food, interior and exterior decoration, relaxation, stress reduction and more. One emerging trend is that people want to make their garden a destination for pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. A few captivating flowers that attract these beautiful and helpful creatures are: • Lucky Star Pentas - Provides butterflies summer-long flower clusters in eye-catching colors • Copper Prince Ornamental Millet - This thriller makes a dramatic statement with foxtail plumes that birds feast upon • SuperBlue Lavender - A deeply colorful and fragrant bee magnet Gardening helps you relax and decompress. What’s more, there is a huge amount of satisfaction involved in seeing your vegetables and flowers grow. Follow these trends and watch your plants blossom and beautify your home and yard. After all, we could all use a little more color in our lives.



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very different from what you’ll need to grow robust vegetable plants. “ Let me quote a customer of mine,” says Weakland. “‘It takes a ten-dollar hole for a twodollar plant in Colorado.’ That’s really true. You have to get out there and make that soil good. Then, you will have disease-resistant, healthy, vigorous plants.”

Almost every homeowner has looked at their lawn at least once and thought, “Maybe all that grass is a waste of space.” Spring is upon us and, if you’ve ever considered transforming your lawn into a productive garden or mini-farm, now is the time to prepare. If you are considering joining the ranks of urban (and suburban farmers) in Colorado, here are some tips to help you get started. The Growing Project helps homeown-

1.START SMALL Like with any new project or hobby, try not to overdo it with your first foray into urban farming. “Start small and simple,” says Dana Gruber, executive director of The Growing Project, a nonprofit that addresses food security in Northern Colorado through education and advocacy. “There is no need to go big with expensive raised beds and irrigation systems.” April/May 2018

ers get started in growing their own vegetable gardens. (Photo courtesy The Growing Project)

2. PREP THE SOIL “One of the biggest challenges for Coloradan farmers is changing our alkaline soil into a more neutral, organic medium,” says Kevin Weakland, manager of the Loveland Garden Center. The soil for growing beautiful, bright-green lawn grass is

To prepare the soil, Weakland advises urban farmers to add at least two inches of organic matter into the top four inches of soil. He also adds that you need to be careful with manure. “Adding manure can increase the pH and also add salt to the soil,” he says. “You have to be careful when using manures because they can have stuff in them that isn’t good for the garden.” Gruber recommends the manure of llamas, alpacas, sheep, or goats, which can often be obtained for free by calling around to local


farms. “Their manure is great for adding nitrogen to the soil and doesn’t need to be aged,” she says. “With horse manure, make sure it is aged for eight months to a year before adding to your garden.” Another solution is to use an organic compost that’s mostly made from yard waste and food scraps.


“Make a list of a handful of things you and your family like to eat and focus on growing those,” says Gruber. The purpose of a small urban farm is to feed you and your family, so it’s important to focus on items that will be enjoyed and consumed. “You have to choose what you have room for and what you like first,” says Weakland. “From there, you can choose the easy ones to grow.” If you’ve properly prepped the soil, the list of “easy ones to grow” is long. Weakland recommends peas, 12 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

Loveland Garden Center grows and sells many vegetable seedlings to help give your garden a strong head start. (Tim Seibert/Loveland Magazine)

onions, garlic, beans, carrots, beets, lettuce, radishes and even corn, if you have the space for it. Gruber adds spinach, orach (a mountain spinach), summer squash and cilantro to that list. “Also try something new, such as sunchokes or other perennial plants,” she says. “Don’t just rely on annual veggies to feed yourself.”

4. RETHINK THE RAIN BARREL While the law now allows gardeners and farmers to have two 55-gallon rain collection barrels, it might not be the best investment with Colorado’s unpredictable weather. “It makes it a little difficult to plan your garden watering,” says Gruber. “If you can do a system on the cheap, it could be good to supplement

ing and water perennials and fruit trees.” Weakland, on the other hand, says it’s hard to make the rain barrels worth the money. “I don’t think the payoff is there,” he says. Just because the rain barrels are legal doesn’t mean they are a good investment.

5. USE YOUR RESOURCES There are abundant resources for new and veteran gardeners and farmers in Loveland and the surrounding areas. The Growing Project works with the Fort Collinsbased business Growing Yards to convert lawn spaces into food-generating areas. They can help design a raised bed system, plant fruit trees, install compost bins and even construct chicken coops, all within your specific parameters. “There are a lot of good resources online and through nonprofits like April/May 2018

The Growing Project to help you navigate how to start a garden,” says Gruber. “Don’t be shy to ask neighbors who are gardening for advice—that is a great way to trade knowledge, supplies and produce. Also try reaching out to your local Master Gardener network with questions.”

Herbs are a simple way to start small with container gardening. (Tim Seibert/ Loveland Magazine)


Additionally, once you have yielded a harvest, don’t let it go to waste! New farmers often find that they have grown more than they can eat. While you can always share with your friends and neighbors, you can also preserve some of your harvest to be enjoyed for the rest of the year. Colorado State University Extension offers regular Cottage Food Safety Trainings which will teach you how to safely preserve various produce for consumption year-round. The trainings include information about temperature control, storage and the specific details of preserving food at higher elevations. Tickets for the

Raised beds have become a popular way to work gardening spaces into yards. (Photo courtesy The Growing Project)

training cost $40. For more information about these trainings or to sign up, email Anne Zander at

NOT QUITE READY TO STRAP ON THE OVERALLS? If you aren’t ready to convert your lawn to a farm just yet, container farming can present a nice stepping stone into the grown-your-own-food world. Gulley Greenhouse and Garden Center is hosting an Urban Garden Workshop on May 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The class will explore techniques for growing vegetables in containers, perfect for those with space or wildlife challenges. Tickets are $45. For more information, visit

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Food Bank for Larimer County is “Fighting Hunger from the Ground Up” re you a backyard gardener with a few too many tomatoes and zucchinis? Perhaps you run a small farm and can afford to share a bit of the harvest? If that’s you, the Food Bank for Larimer County and the Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins want you to know that nothing you have lovingly planted and harvested should go to waste! Since 2011, the “Plant It Forward” program has given community members an easy way to donate from their harvest. The program is simple: plant an extra row in your garden. When the crop is ready, drop it off at the food bank or the Gardens on Spring Creek. And voila! You have just made a huge difference to folks who might otherwise have a difficult time acquiring fresh, nutritious, local produce. In 2017, the food bank received 40,746 pounds of food from Plant It Forward. Amazing! “We are so fortunate to live and work in this community,” says Paul Donnelly, communications manager for the Food Bank for Larimer County. “The food bank has no shortage of people who support our mission. That is never truer than with Plant It Forward. Gardeners tend to be BY DARREN THORNBERRY passionate about what they do, for LOVELAND MAGAZINE and when you can combine it 14 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

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with feeding those who are in need, it becomes that much more powerful.” The food bank works to dispel the myth that you can’t donate fresh produce as you would canned goods. It’s understandable. People don’t know how long it will keep and where it will be used. And many local gardeners have expressed that they want to assist the community but don’t know how. Plant It Forward solves all that. Fresh, fully grown produce is good to go as often as you have it to donate. Healthy, fresh, nutritious food is often off the table for someone living with food insecurity. Why? It’s too expensive. That’s why your garden donation fills a big gap. Even the USDA acknowledges, “People who

Gardeners tend to “be passionate about what they do, and when you can combine it with feeding those who are in need, it becomes that much

more powerful.

—Paul Donnelly

eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.” “The produce that we get from our

Plant It Forward gardeners is some of the freshest we receive,” says Donnelly. “It is awesome to be able to distribute it to the guests who visit our fresh food pantries. They appreciate being able to get fresh, nutritious food from the food bank.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION • Plant It Forward: • The Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., Fort Collins; 970.416.2486; • The Food Bank for Larimer County, 1301 Blue Spruce Dr., Fort Collins; 970.493.4477;




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dent of Resource Central. “Traditional turf yards are surprisingly thirsty and expensive. After years of watering and mowing, people are starting to look at how droughttolerant gardens can help simplify their yards.”

Loveland and Fort Collins offer incentives to encourage water conservation, as local residents are rethinking their grassy yards this spring

There are five new Garden In A Box kits this year, with a big focus on colors and pollinators including: Hummingbird Delight, Butterfly Bounty, and Purple Reign. Additional kits focus on vegetable gardens, shaded areas, sun-loving flowers, and attracting honeybees.


ith spring landscape season nearly here, Northern Colorado families are participating in water conservation programs at a scorching pace, according to Resource Central, a nonprofit based in Boulder. Three times as many families have reMany homeowners are starting to see the benefits of low-water served drought-tolerant landscaping. (Photo courtesy Resource Central) Garden In A Box kits this month – that’s 2200 The Garden In A that can reduce outdoor water use xeriscape gardens in just two weeks Box program is one of the largest by up to 60 percent. To encour– compared to the same period programs of its kind in the United age families to participate, water three years ago. And participation States, helping Front Range families providers in Loveland, Fort Collins in the nonprofit’s free Water-Wise transition more than 1.4 million and throughout the Front Range are seminars have nearly doubled. square feet of land to beautiful, lowoffering $25 discounts. water landscaping. This initiative has Garden In A Box is a regional water conservation program that provides an assortment of plants and flowers 16 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

“Local families are rethinking their grassy yards,” said Neal Lurie,

saved more than 100 million gallons of water since the program started in 1997. April/May 2018

Honey Bee Heaven and Purple Reign are two of the Garden In A Box options being offered this year. (Photos courtesy Resource Central)

Mother Nature may be contributing to the interest in this program this year. After a dry winter, Colorado’s snowpack is currently 30 percent below average statewide, though each water district collects water from different watersheds and sources. Low snow levels indicate greater risk of drought as the snow melts into

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“It’s heartening to see so many people embracing this program,” or 303-999-3820 x222. All gardens are Colorado-grown, pollinator-friendly, and available for pickup starting in May.

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ry statistics can be pretty sobering.

Colorado has had a winter low in precipitation and the snowpack is not as high as expected. According to, abnormal dryness or drought is currently affecting approximately 4,232,000 people in Colorado, or 84 percent of the state’s population. At the same time, experts say that more than half of all the water used each year by Colorado homeowners is sprayed on lawns and gardens. A lot of it, literally, goes down the storm drain. Fortunately Loveland homeowners and businesses have access to a wealth of free and affordable resources to help them maintain

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Low water plants needn’t be limited to cacti. Some attractive native and non-native adapted plants can help conserve water and provide privacy, color, top soil retention and water conservation in Colorado’s arid climate. (Photos courtesy Northern Colorado Water Conservancy © 2010 Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. All rights reserved.)

garden kits that come with 14 to 32 plants, depending on your sun exposure and soil. It really takes a lot of the guesswork out of planting a water efficient yard,” said Lindsey Bashline, customer relations specialist with Loveland Water and Power. Besides the Colorado-raised perennials, the kits - at $79 to $159 each - include a plant care guide and professionally designed plant-by-number garden maps. A limited number of $25 discounts are available for Loveland Water customers. Bashline recommends the free home irrigation assessments Loveland Water provides. “The assessment looks at where your sprinkler system is putting the water - and how much, and helps set up a watering schedule. It will save you money on water,” Bashline said. The assessors will make minor adjustments to sprinkler heads but they don’t do repairs, she said.

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Roll out the rain barrels and rain gardens

You have a flower garden and a vegetable patch, but you may also need a rain garden. A rain garden is a shallow, planted area designed to catch and retain the downpour after a storm, allowing the runoff to slowly soak into the ground for several days. The process filters water polluted with pesticides, fertilizers and dog waste after washing over paved areas and returns it much cleaner to streams and creeks. The Colorado Storm Water Center at Colorado State University offers in-depth instructions for constructing and planting a rain garden. It advises choosing native plants that are drought-tolerant but can also survive standing water for few days. The Center’s wide range of suggested plants include Sulphur Flower, Golden Columbine, Purple Prairie Clover, White Yarrow, Prairie Sandreed, Western Wheatgrass, Blanket Flower and Purple Prairie Clover. The good news for busy gardeners? The Storm Water Center website

notes that once they are established, “rain gardens generally need very little maintenance.” You can also reuse some of the water that naturally falls on your home, an act that was actually still illegal in Colorado only two years ago. Now, residents can collect up to 110 gallons of rainwater at a time from their roofs to use in their yard.

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Left: Rain barrels can be useful for supplemental watering by storing rooftop runoff. ( Right: Get gardening ideas by viewing low-water plants in a garden setting at Northern Water’s Conservation Gardens. (Photo courtesy Northern Colorado Water Conservancy © 2010 Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. All rights reserved.)

Lucia, a public outreach technician for Northern Water. Just visit the free Conservation Gardens behind Northern Water’s

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Berthoud headquarters to see xeric garden growing techniques and irrigation technologies in action. You’ll also see how pretty water-saving gardens can be with more than 700

plants and 60 turf grasses on display that do well in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. “The most important thing is to


Left: A good layer of mulch helps keep weeds, and water consumption down. Right: Mowing a lawn too short is a no-no in a drought. (Shutterstock)

pick the right plants for the right spot in your garden. Some low-water plants like shade, other plants need full sun. You group plants according to their water needs,” Lucia said.

•Be sure to fertilize and aerate soil properly and use the correct lawnmowing height on turf. “We recommend cutting grass no lower than three inches above the soil. That’s best for most lawns,” Lucia said.

Among Northern Water’s top landscape water-saving tips: •Repair irrigation system leaks and sprinkler equipment. Have a watering survey done so you don’t overwater. Where appropriate, install an efficient drip irrigation system.

•In plant beds be sure to put down fresh mulch and keep water-hogging weeds under control.

•Match the right turf type to location and sun exposure. Consider planting alternative grasses and native ground cover plants.

Northern Water’s website includes a wealth of practical, step-by-step information for gardeners including recommended native shrubs and plants. On the roster of low-water natives are Gambrel Oak, Waxflower, Boulder Raspberry, Big Bluestem Grass, Prairie Winecups, Gayfeather,

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Gardeners are like parents in the waiting—as they anxiously await meeting their newly minted offspring. They diligently prepare the soil, (ie, the baby’s room) to create an inhabitable environment for their little ones to grow. You know, things like weed removal, tilling the soil. And they might even sprinkle a batch of homemade baby food, in the form of compost, into the dirt. Then, oneby-one, tiny seeds fall into the earth as the gardener tops them off with a blanket of nutrient-rich soil. After a few sprinkles of water, abundant sunshine and Father Time of course, a miraculous seedling pokes through the ground. Success.


Students enrolled in various gardening programs at the nonprofit organization learn how to create an environment for plants to thrive while learning vocational and life skills along the way, says McConkey.

Students involved in Loveland Youth Gardeners get to interact with nature in a way that develops confidence and leadership. (Photo courtesy Loveland Youth Gardeners)

so proud when their first tomato or pepper shows up,” said Alyssa McConkey, M.Agr., executive director with Loveland Youth Gardeners, an organization that teaches kids about

“Students in the ‘Youth Gardening Program’ are youth facing barriers and engage in 125 hours each summer with the nature, the outdoors, and others, while learning skills like responsibilities, communication, and teamwork,” says McConkey. The organization accepts 16 students for its 12 week summer program which is designed to teach them how to cope with life’s curve balls on the job by putting them in leadership roles and teaching them useful skills, says Sharon Maier, the organization’s executive assistant.


Kids are identified for the summer program either through a private counselor or their school, she adds. And students can pay program costs on a sliding fee scale. To get the word out about the program, Maier said they work with several local groups like Thomson School District, Loveland Counseling and CASA Harmony House, to name a few.

active U.S. Air Force nuclear missile operations officer.

The Healing Qualities of Mother Nature

During this summer program, students also learn interpersonal skills and ways to regulate overwhelming emotions, says Program Instructor Jaime Ascencio, a Colorado State University graduate student working on her PhD, in counseling psychology.

Kids are placed in teams of four while one is appointed as the leader. Leadership skills come naturally for some students, while others have to work at it more diligently, says Maier. “A lot of kids come into the program with low self-esteem and need to learn how to lead their teams,” says Maier.

Students are allowed to take on leadership roles, teaching them applicable life skills. (Photo courtesy Loveland Youth Gardeners)

Adult mentors and volunteers teach students how to interact with their teams by modeling appropriate behavior, like how to present a calm demeanor, says Maier. Volunteers range from business professionals, to retired school teachers, to an

She teaches students various emotional skills—including anger management—and why it’s not acceptable to yell or throw objects when peers peeve them off. Or why it’s a bad idea to simply walk off when you’re mad. Students learn how to stay in control of their emotions so they can think clearly in the heat of the moment—something Ascencio says is an essential job


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skill. Because what boss tolerates temper tantrums and employee meltdowns? None.

“I will say go pick a spot by the water or lay in the grass and notice your breath,” she said. “It helps them recompose and re-center.”

And let’s face it— plenty of working adults have yet to master the skill of remaining calm in the face of adversity. So, how does Ascencio do it? She said, it takes lots of practice. In the garden environment, it offers unique opportunities for these students to open up and express themselves, says Ascencio. Being outside in Mother Nature has a naturally calming effect, she said. Known as horticulture therapy, she said it’s a newer concept in treatment circles and she hopeful it catches on. “The garden gives us another modality to practice vocational skills, emotional skills instead of sitting in a therapy session,” she said. Adding that individual therapy is also very

Because the mindfulness technique calms students so well, she’s planning to incorporate it throughout the day. The value of this program goes far beyond a therapy setting. Some students may object to the program at first, but many eventually find its value while they create lasting friendships.

Participants also learn to develop better interpersonal relationships.(Photo courtesy Loveland Youth Gardeners)

important for treatment. Ascencio coined a technique called “mindfulness minute” where she takes time in the middle of the day to let everyone chill out and tune into themselves.

“For some, it is their first pre-employment experience and gives them basic skills to be more confident in their first job. For others, especially those who have experienced trauma, the garden is their therapy and place to find joy and connection with others,” says McConkey.

If You Go...

Loveland Youth Gardeners 2018 Spring Plant Sale WHEN: THURSDAY, MAY 17, 4 – 6 P.M. WHERE: 907 S. LINCOLN AVE, LOVELAND Help support Loveland Youth Gardeners. Visitors can buy vegetable plants and herbs, but no flowers. Vist for more information. April/May 2018


It ain’t easy


Six years ago, when Jim Edwards was contemplating setting up Door 222, Loveland’s current go-to spot for Coloradosourced foods and wines, most of the people he spoke with said the idea of a farm-to-table restaurant here would never fly.

Established farm-to-table experts

my research and I saw a big hole in the kind of foods that were available from caterers,” she notes. “I saw a shift that was going to happen, coming from California, the whole slow dining, organic food and farmto-table stuff. I just wondered, ‘will this actually be popular, and will people be willing to pay extra for it?’”

“Everyone said cope with Colorado’s growing season and this was just increased competition as Loveland a steak-andpotatoes and Both Edwards’ and embraces the idea of local food tacos kind of Hartman’s ventures town and there ended up being was no way this ahead of the curve, as the notion was going to work,” Edwards says. of locally-sourced fruits, vegetables The restaurant’s success – and the and meats has become more widely increasing local and national focus accepted. on fresh, farm-to-table-style produce and meats – have demonstrated that That said, Loveland is still a far cry his timing was right, so much so that from Boulder or even downtown he also opened a second restaurant, Denver when it comes to both dinFort Collins’ Locality, based on the ing and total devotion to healthy same concept. lifestyles, and both businesses say they’ve faced challenges over the The same goes for Tracie Reeves years – especially as so many other Hartman and her local business, restaurants have hopped on the Fresh Plate Café and Catering, bandwagon and filled their menus which is celebrating its fifth anniBY ANDY STONEHOUSE with descriptions of fresh and local versary. “Back then, I started doing for LOVELAND MAGAZINE ingredients. Above: Door 222 has long been top of mind in locally sourced food. (Tim Seibert/Loveland Magazine)


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Edwards says he decided to address those shortages by working proactively with a friend who runs an aquaponics farm in Loveland, and experiment with some new yearround options.

“I do find it a little aggravating as you now see it on everyone’s menu,” Edwards says. “We really mean it. Between 75 and 90 percent of the stuff we use is local, literally brought in from a 60 mile radius of town. We recently went out and bought a whole cow in Berthoud and are having it processed at Innovative Foods in Evans, and we’ve signed up for our second cow. That’s about as local as you can get.” Hartman says she has faced the same struggles, trying to stay true to the local foods mantra but coping not only with diverse tastes but the issue of Colorado’s relatively short growing season, unlike California. “I still try to be a little bit ahead of the game on trendy foods, so I pay a lot of attention to nutrition, and look into new information on different foods,” she says. “Quinoa is a good example – that’s big now, but it’s just one of many ancient grains that we’ve experimented with. Root vegetables have also become big, either as salads or hot side dishes.”

“He’s normally a basil grower, but he offered to set aside some space to try out some stuff like butter lettuce or arugula,” he says. “Whatever’s successful, we will start to focus on using in our menus next winter.” The growing season also necessitated some creativity, she says. “With a lack of winter fruits and vegetables in Colorado, we had to be realistic and focus on pickled stuff. But we’re also seeing more foods grown in greenhouses, so we pay attention to that, too.”

This summer, Hartman will also be partnering with the Loveland Youth Gardens, which has a five-acre tract – she’s already given them a wish-list of fresh produce to plant, and will be adding that to her roster of local farms.

If you go... Door 222

Fresh Plate Cafe

222 E. 4th St., #100, Loveland

325 Cleveland Ave, Loveland

(970) 541-3020

(970) 744-3041

Above Left: Fresh Plate Cafe and Catering specializes in locally-sourced soups, salads, sandwiches and other products . (Photo courtesy Fresh Plate Cafe and Catering) Above Right: Door 222 dishes range from lighter fare to hearty, like these spicy lamb meatballs. (Photo courtesy Door 222)

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Saw It - WANT IT

Spring is here and so are a million and one garden chores. Get your garden in shape and keep it that way with built-to-last lawn and garden equipment from Mac Equipment in Loveland.

Mowing It Down

Whether you have acres or a tiny patch of grass to contend with, the first thing you’re going to need is a lawn mower. Making sure you have the right size for the job can change a painful task into a simple one. At Mac Equipment, the selection of high-quality mowers far outstrips anything you’ll find at big-box stores. For larger yards up to full fields, the Hustler Raptor® line of riding mowers will make quick, comfortable work of a large job. Available in 36- to 60-inch deck widths, it accommodates even commercial size jobs. Smoothtrak™ steering also means it has a zero-turn radius, reducing the chance of missing a spot. (Starting at $2,999) If you’re looking for something a little smaller, the Honda HRR216VKA self-propelled walkbehind mower will save you energy and time. A variable speed Smart Drive is the ultimate assist. The three-in one discharge handles mulching, bagging and discharge, so you always get the results you want. ($399)

Slim and Trim

Sttihl is known among lawn and garden equipment for their qu uality and durability. And, since string trimmers are essential to law wn care, why buy one that wasn’t designed to last? The Stihl FS 56 RC C-E string trimmer is smooth running to help reduce operator fatiguee. The Easy2Start™ system also makes getting it started almost effortless. This trimmer is ideal for homeowners with heavy grass to trim in h hard-to-reach places. ($199.95)

Till Then...

The Honda FG110 minitiller/cultivator is perfect for multi-functional garden use. Turn soil for your annual beds and veggie gardens, or take a look at aerator, edger, dethatcher and digging tine attachments for added functionality. It also features Honda’s easy start, 4-stroke engine, plus a limited lifetime tine warranty For all that it offers, the best part is that it won’t take up a ton of room in your shed or garage and prevent you having to purchase separate tools. ($349)

Final Cut

If heavy large chainsaws seem like a little much for your home needs, this Stihl MS 170 Chainsaw is designed for woodcutting tasks around the home. It’s compact and lightweight, but still powerful enough for light tree-trimming, firewood and storm clean up. Mac Equipment also carries the larger, higher grade chainsaws for those who want a little more punch. ($179.95) Visit Mac Equipment at 2116 W. 1st St., Loveland, call (970)593-9421 or check out their website,, for more informtaion. 28 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

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McKee Classic Bike Tour

Early registration has begun LOVELAND, Colo.—The 30th Annual McKee Classic Bike Tour, (MCBT) is scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2018. This non-competitive, multi-distance bicycle tour travels through the beautiful foothills of Larimer County in Loveland and Fort Collins and is a great training ride preparing cyclists for the numerous summer rides available in Colorado. There are four distances to choose from: 62-mile, 37-Mile, 30-Mile, or 10-Mile. The rides begin and end at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, 2000 Boise Ave., starting at 6:30 a.m. Cyclists participating in the 62-mile ride will enjoy the sites of the Big Thompson River, Lon Hagler Reservoir, Carter Lake, Green April/May 2018

Ridge Glade Reservoir, Masonville, Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, Boyd Lake, and Loveland. The 37and 30-mile rides will complete the ride through Carter Lake and then continue back into Loveland. The 10-mile family/fun ride will enjoy a leisurely ride from McKee Medical Center to Boyd Lake and back. Early sign up has opened. Participants who sign up before Feb. 28 at will save $20 off the regular sign-up fee of $65. New for 2018, all participants under age 13 are free. Entry fees after Feb. 28 through April 30 are $65 for adults. The fee for 10-mile riders is $23 for adults until Feb 28. Late fee registration applies from May 1 through May 21. Sign up early to receive limited edition shirts! One hundred percent of all registration fees and sponsorship contributions will benefit McKee

and Banner Fort Collins Nursing Support Programs. The Foundation still needs volunteers to assist with the ride. Volunteers receive a T-shirt and full breakfast. Registration for the ride and volunteering is open at —————————————

About McKee Medical Center Foundation The McKee Medical Center Foundation raises funds and friends for the health and wellness of the Loveland community. Established 35 years ago as a permanent charitable development and trust fund, the Foundation has contributed over $24 million to the McKee Medical Center, its affiliates and the Loveland community it serves.



COMMON TAX MISTAKES to avoid in 2018 or deductions until you file your 2018 tax return in 2019.

Earned Income Tax Credit for lower-income workers

(BPT) - Life changes - getting married, having a baby, buying or selling a home, sending a child off to college or retiring - often come with changes to your tax situation. Overlooking these changes when filing your taxes can lead taxpayers to make mistakes that leave money on the table, potentially impacting their refund at a time when the average refund is about $2,800. Here is a list of common tax mistakes to avoid in the 2018 filing season to help ensure you don’t miss any deductions or credits that you deserve.

Using the correct filing status

One of the most common mistakes taxpayers make is selecting the wrong filing status. A taxpayer’s filing status can affect which credits and deductions they’re eligible for, the value of their standard deduction and their tax bracket. One situation that can make choosing a filing status difficult is when more than one filing status seems to fit. For example, if a taxpayer with children is in the process 30 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

of getting a divorce, they may not be sure if they should file as married filing jointly or married filing separately or, in some instances, whether they qualify to file as head of household. In this case, the taxpayers should run the numbers to see if filing jointly or separately is more to their advantage rather than guessing. In addition, common clerical errors such as mixing up names, forgetting to include information reported on your W- 2, 1099 or other forms, or even making mathematical errors can also affect your tax benefits.

Commonly overlooked credits and deductions

Most taxpayers file their taxes using the standard deduction, but you may be eligible for a variety of itemized deductions that could possibly save you more. Also, you may be eligible for “above-the-line” deductions and tax credits, none of which require you to itemize. And it’s important to note that the newly passed tax reform generally does not impact these credits

Twenty percent of eligible taxpayers, particularly lower-income workers, do not claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Depending on their income and the number of children they have, these taxpayers may be eligible for an EITC of $503 to $6,242. Since eligibility can fluctuate based on financial, marital and parental status, taxpayers can be ineligible one year and eligible the next. Under the PATH Act, taxpayers who claim the EITC and who file early will have their refunds delayed until midFebruary. Despite the delay, taxpayers should file as they normally would to get their refund as soon as possible.

Education credits

Depending on your academic program, what year the student is in, income and other restrictions, there are federal tax credits that can help offset the costs of higher education for yourself or your dependents. To qualify, you must pay for post-secondary tuition and fees for yourself, your spouse or your dependent. Depending on the criteria, a student may use the American Opportunity Credit of up to $2,500 or the Lifetime Learning Credit of up to $2,000.

Itemizing deductions

Itemizing can save taxpayers hundreds of dollars, as only one third April/May 2018

of taxpayers itemize but millions more should - especially homeowners. Owning a home is often the key that unlocks itemization, but some taxpayers with high state taxes and charitable contributions may also be able to itemize. Itemizing enables eligible taxpayers to take deductions such as: • Charitable donations • Medical expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income • Personal property taxes

Here’s how the tax reform plan could affect you (BPT) - With the newly passed tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), now is the time to start thinking about how this will affect you so that you can plan ahead for the outcomes you will start to feel in your paycheck. This tax reform affects virtually everyone; however, families, homeowners, residents of high-tax states, the medically uninsured and small businesses will be especially affected. Most taxpayers will experience changes that could reduce or increase their taxes. If you’re not sure how this may affect you, here is a summary of possibilities.


Like most taxpayers, many families will be affected by the loss of personal and dependent exemptions of $4,050 per person. However, families with income under $200,000 ($400,000 for joint filers) will be eligible for an increased child tax credit of $2,000. Those with income over that amount may be eligible for a smaller credit. This, along with larger standard deductions, may or may not make up for the loss of the personal exemption. Families with dependents over the age of 16 may also qualify for a new family tax credit of $500 for each dependent who April/May 2018

• State income or sales taxes • Casualty losses such as a fire, hurricane or earthquake • Mortgage interest payments

Not filing

On average, the IRS announces annually that approximately $1 billion goes unclaimed in federal tax refunds. Taxpayers can claim a refund for up to three years after the filing deadline. So, in addition to filing your 2017 return, keep in mind to file your 2015 return by April 17, 2018. If not, you

does not qualify for the child tax credit.

Homeowners and residents of high-tax states

Homeowners and residents of high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey, who typically itemize because they have large expenses like real estate taxes and state and local income taxes, may not be able to get the full tax benefit for these expenses, which are capped at $10,000. Some may not find it worthwhile to itemize going forward. Itemizing deductions is only worthwhile if all expenses exceed the standard deduction.

Medically uninsured

Starting in 2019, there will no longer be a penalty for those without health insurance. The penalty, which had become more and more expensive since first implemented in 2014, will not apply to taxpayers without insurance in 2019. Taxpayers who did not have insurance for all of 2017 and do not expect to be insured in 2018 need to make sure to talk to a tax professional, who can help you identify if you qualify for a penalty exemption.

Small-business owners

Some of the largest changes in the tax reform legislation apply to businesses, both large and small. These changes may also affect some rental activities. Corporations will see their top tax rate reduced to 21 percent from the current top rate of 35 percent, starting in 2018.

will lose your 2015 refund. There is no late-filing penalty if a taxpayer is due a refund. Also, even if you are not required to file a return, you may be entitled to a refund. Taxpayers who want to ensure they get the maximum refund without a delay should visit to see if you are eligible for a Refund Advance, or you can make an appointment with a tax professional.

Pass-through entities (LLCs, partnerships and S corporations) and self-employed individuals will be able to deduct 20 percent of their business income, subject to some limits (based on the type of business and income) and phase-outs (based on the partner’s/shareholder’s total income).

Retirement Under the current law, taxpayers can reconvert a Roth IRA into a traditional IRA. This allows taxpayers to avoid paying high tax bills on an amount of money that had fallen in value after the conversion. Now, taxpayers will no longer be able to reconvert a Roth IRA to a traditional IRA. The bottom line is that with this new tax legislation, you’re still going to need to get your documents in order and file, as well as decide if you’re going to itemize and what deductions work for your personal situation. This year, it’s more important than ever to talk to a tax professional about how this affects you to ensure that your taxes are done right and that you have a clear understanding of how changes that take effect in 2018 will impact how you file in 2019. To learn more about the tax reform, how it may affect you and what steps you can begin taking to reduce what you owe in 2018, or make an appointment with a tax professional.




Finding the right camp for your child


ou are considering a summer camp, but how to choose? There’s a camp that is ideally suited for every child, providing a summer of growth and fun whether your child attends a day or overnight camp, a specialized or traditional camp. With a little help from the camp professionals at the American Camp Association, here’s some sound advice that helps parents sort through the choices and benefits that camp delivers. As spring approaches, parents and children can look forward to planning for the future – a future that includes the opportunities for exploration and discovery that arrives with summer camp.

How to decide when your child is ready for camp Children are ready for new experi32 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

ences at different stages. Parents know their children best and these questions can help gauge whether this is the summer your child will start camp. What is your child’s age, and what is your perception of his or her readiness level? Children under 7 who have not had overnight experiences may do better with a day camp as their first camp experience. If you think your child might not be ready for an overnight camp experience, consider the day camp experience to prepare him or her for future overnight camp. How did your child become interested in camp? Does your child talk about camp on a sustained basis? How much persuasion is necessary from you?

Has your child had positive overnight experiences away from home? Visiting relatives or friends? Were these separations easy or difficult? What does your child expect to do at camp? Learning about the camp experience ahead of time allows you to create positive expectations. Are you able to share consistent and positive messages about camp? Your confidence in a positive experience will be contagious.

A camp for every child – the perfect fit Camp can last for just a few days or stretch to all summer long. It’s well worth the trouble to investigate the variety of choices offered by camps before your child packs a backpack. April/May 2018

These questions help you consider

• Diversity of campers

• Chance to learn new skills

the options.

• Chance for family to visit and vacation at close of camp

• Development of specialized skills

Near or Far? Where do you want your child to go to camp? Locally or far away? While each camp experience has something unique to offer your child, this is an opportunity for families to assess what they value for their campers.

Benefits of camp nearby • Easier to evaluate and visit • Friends and family are likely familiar with camp • Minimal travel costs • Likely contact with classmates or children from same region

Benefits of camp far away • More choices • Different experiences, different geography, e.g., mountains or oceans – even different languages • Promotes independence, particularly for early and late adolescent campers April/May 2018

Session length offers another choice Camps offer widely varying options to help parents and children reach their goals for summer fun and exploration. Talking with your child about the goals you both share helps determine which choice is right for you.

Benefits of short sessions (one-three weeks) • First-time or younger campers have a chance to learn new skills • Bonds develop with other campers and staff • Great exposure to camp experience with less expense • Minimizes homesickness

Benefits of longer sessions (four-twelve weeks) • Strong sense of belonging to camp community

• Multiple opportunities for learning and enrichment • Lifelong friendships • Opportunities to contribute to camp culture

Boys only, girls only or co-ed? Now may be the opportunity to explore the choices and benefits of all boys, all girls, or co-ed camps.

Benefits of single gender camps • Breaking gender stereotypes – girls interact with women in position of authority and boys interact with men who act as nurturers • More opportunities to “be yourself ” without impressing or competing with the opposite sex • Camp philosophy may be tuned into gender strengths and weaknesses


• Brother or sister camps may share activities

Benefits of co-ed camps

• Breaking gender stereotypes— girls interact with women in positions of authority and boys interact with men who act as nurturers • Mirrors and prepares campers for everyday living in a co-ed world • Allows families with a boy and a girl to attend the same camp • Offers diverse points of view • Breaks through rigid divisions set up in school when campers participate in equal footing

A camp for every child: traditional, specialty and special needs

Choices abound when it comes to camp programs. One may highlight a wide variety of activities geared to campers of all ages and skill levels, others, because of their setting and expertise, may concentrate on one or two activities while providing traditional activities as well. Parents of children with special 34 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

needs are pleased to learn about the range of camp activities that help kids be kids first.

Benefits of traditional camps • Wide variety of activities • Chance for campers to try new activities • Exposure to more campers and staff at varying activities

Benefits of specialty camps • One or two specialized activities (often combined with traditional offerings) • Expectation for increased proficiency during camping session • Deepens knowledge and skill in particular area of interest or ability

Benefits of special needs camps • Activities geared to campers’ abilities

pertise to understand campers’ strengths and challenges • Supportive and fun atmosphere to share with others

The value of camp for every child

What happens when you make the decision to choose camp? You open up a world of discovery and learning for your child, a world that values children for who they are and who they will become. Camp gives each child a world of good. For nearly one hundred years, the American Camp Association has been serving the camp community and families considering camp. Please visit CampParents. org, to learn more about the camp experience, search the Find a Camp database, and explore the world of child and youth development. For more information about child development and the camp experience, please visit the ACA’s familydedicated website, CampParents. org or call 1.800.428.CAMP (2267).

• Knowledgeable staff with

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Put These Enriching Camps on Your Summer Calendar

While these summer camps may feel like they’re all “fun and games,” they’re also infused with a good deal of education to help satiate your child’s curiosity and help them learn something new. When school lets out for summer, that doesn’t mean the learning stops. Rather, several camps throughout Loveland are eager to help children further explore their interests and

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMPS Sleeping under the stars and playing in the great outdoors is a quintessential part of summer. These camps in Colorado are all about communing with nature. Kids can get “off the grid” at the No Barriers camp in Fort Collins,

build new skills – whether that’s making robots, rehearsing for a theater production or learning a

which provides an authentic and intrepid camp experience. (Think: Hot dogs roasted over a fire, sleeping under the stars, exploring creeks and climbing rocks). “Our Adventure Camp prides itself of being ‘one step from wilderness,’” says Nick Pellitteri, Associate Director of Colorado Adventure Programs. The 144-acre mountain campus is off the grid, with satellite internet and phone for emergency communication. “It’s a technology-free paradise with nature,” he says. While at camps, kids can experience a ropes course, hikes, campfires with s’mores and more. Campers stay in wooden-framed canvas tents to round out the experience.


new sport. April/May 2018

Or, Girl Scouts of Colorado holds various camps throughout the summer, including overnight camps,


day camps, troop camps and family camps. “At many of our camps, girls earn outdoor badges,” says Betsy Smith, Chief Outdoor Programs Officer. “They gain new skills in the outdoors that help them to become more confident and competent in other areas of leadership throughout their lives.” New this year is a “Summer Heat Fire Camp,” which is a firefighting camp for highschool aged girl scouts with a day and overnight option. Among some of the outdoor activities girls enjoy at camp include canoeing, ziplining and horseback riding.

For more information here: No Barriers: nobarriersyouth. org/summer-camps-trips/ fort-collins-summer-camps Girl Scouts:

EDUCATIONAL CAMPS Was your child in awe of the magnificent technology in “Black Panther”? Or, do your kids love building 36 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

contraptions? Direct their attention towards a camp that’s geared toward STEM, which is short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. At Camp Invention, for example, children will build prototypes, repower motors and lights from broken electronics, hear about “a-ha” moments from inventors and build inventions with their teams. The nationwide camp will be in Loveland from June 11 - June 15 for children entering kindergarten through sixth grades. Thompson School District will be holding robotics camps from June 4 to June 8 at Walt Clark Middle School. The camp will be broken into two sections: Intro to Vex Robots for students in fourth and fifth grades and Vex and Arduino Based Robotics for students in sixth to eighth grades. Younger students will be working in small teams to learn about the Vex Robotics system, and

they’ll build, program and drive their robots through a variety of games and competitions, with the help of a mentor. The older students will be working on more advanced robotics project involving wireless and autonomous game play robots.

Find more information here: Camp Invention: Thompson Robotics Camp: page/15839

SPORTS CAMP For sports-loving children, summer can be like one long recess. These camps can help children hone their soccer skills or fall in love with a new sport. Here’s where they can have a “field day” this summer. Loveland Sports and Academic Camp blends learning and athletics. “Just as recess and PE during the school year is important, we find the math and reading is important as the kids play throughout the day,” says Camp Director Jim Nickell. April/May 2018

land. Another one of the studio’s camps will focus on garden-themed artwork.

Throughout the day, children will play all types of sports, including soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, tumbling and badminton. Woven throughout the day is academic enrichment, as well, which includes arts and crafts, reading and math. “Our camp motto is ‘Good Sports,’” says Nickell. Camps are held throughout the summer and are broken into 12, one-week sessions. Half-day camp options are available. Soccer-loving kids can enroll in a camp led by top-notch international coaches during the British Soccer Camp, which is hosting two camps in Loveland this summer. The camps are from June 11 to 15 and July 30 to Aug. 3, and they will focus on teaching new skills and improving game performance. An added perk? Each camper will also get Challenger’s new skill development app and 20 age-appropriate videos to help them practice before camp, says Nathan Robinson, manager of the British Soccer Camps. The British Soccer Camp is also hosting a free skills clinic and sign-up on May 25 at Loveland Sports Park on the astro-turf. The April/May 2018

clinics will be from 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. for ages 3 to 5; 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. for ages 6 to 9; and 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. for ages 10 to 14.

Find more information here: Loveland Sports and Academic Camp: British Soccer Camp: ART CAMPS

Have a budding artist? These camps are sure to stir their creativity. Artisan You, a creative works studio in Loveland, holds several summer camps throughout the summer for children centered around various themes. For example, at one camp, children will create unique versions of familiar games by painting pottery, making fused glass and working with clay. Among them? Gnome tictac-toe and a sweet spin on

At the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s Theater Learning Center in Johnstown, children will learn different aspects of theater, while working on a production of their own. Elementary school children will work on a production of “The Aristocats” while those in middle school and high school will put together a performance of “Guys and Dolls.” “Students are guided through the audition process, rehearsals, masterclasses, and technical stagecraft, concluding in a full stage musical production,” says Sky Cash Seaberry, administrator of the Theater Learning Center. The elementary camp runs from June 25 to June 29, with a performance on July 2. The middle school camp runs July 9 to 20, with performances on July 23 and July 24. And, the high school camp runs July 23 to Aug. 3, with performances on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7.

Find more information here: Artisan You: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse: theater-learning-center


Free and affordable ENTERTAINMENT

for Loveland’s kids By JULIE KAILUS for LOVELAND MAGAZINE You may have your kids’ summer camps lined up, but what about all those in-between days when young ones are hankering for something new to do? You’re in luck. Organizations around Loveland have an array of activities that are sure to shore up a long family summer in Colorado.

What’s playing?

When it’s too hot to playing outside, take an air-conditioned break with Metro Summer Kids Movies, back by popular demand. Located at Metropolitan MetroLux Theatres at The Promenade Shops at Centerra, the 10-week film series runs Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m., beginning on Tuesday, June 12, through Wednesday, August 15. “We look forward to creating a fun affordable experience that the whole family can enjoy,” says David Corwin, president of Metropolitan Theatres. Some of this summer’s featured titles include Ferdinand, Despicable Me, The Lego Batman Movie, The Boss Baby, plus other family favorites. All seats are $2 and will be available at the box office or online at

Centerra of the fun

Speaking of Loveland’s favorite plaza, 38 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

there’s plenty more planned this summer at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. “The dining options and variety of specialty shops inspire community connections through summertime traditions like Movies on Main and so much more,” says marketing coordinator Lucy Skrobacz. Mark your calendar for these favorites:


Free entertaining, educational and experimental activities at the Main Plaza. Select Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


5K fun run on Saturday, June 2, by Rock Bottom. Run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the expo goes 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional details at

MOVIES ON MAIN Free outdoor family films Friday evenings, June 29 through July 27. Preshow fun at 7 p.m.; movies start around 9 p.m.

Colorado Eagles soar into summer Hockey season might have wrapped, but the Colorado Eagles’ summer festivities are just heating up. Fans can expect to see the Eagles at kidfriendly events such as Kid Days at The Promenade Shops at Centerra, Larimer County Fair, NewWestFest, Windsor Harvest Festival and the Loveland Corn Roast Festival Parade. Past interactive Eagles activities have included an inflatable “shoot booth” that lets kids take aim at an inflatable goalie. Watch for updates at April/May 2018

mer reading program, including events, challenges, presentations and prizes. It all kicks off June 1 with a family-friendly party and the sounds of Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta and The Stanleytones Bluegrass Band from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Kids can sign up at and start earning points, playing games, collecting virtual badges and entering to win prizes.

Stay well read—and ahead

Summer Reading program has a cure

Research shows that students who don’t read over the summer lose up to three months worth of learning, a phenomenon known as “summer slide.” Loveland Public Library’s

Children (and grownups) can stay

for that.

up-to-date and in good reading

The iMake Lab, in Loveland Public Library’s children’s area, will also offer technology and activities all summer, weekly elementary programming and special events like the Dinosaur Lady. Teens can take advantage of technology and maker programs, too, plus a special trip to The Flipside arcade.

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What to Do


Spring is finally here and there’s no shortage of things to do in Loveland. Music, art, comedy—it’s all happening in your front yard! While it would be impossible to get everything, we’ve gathered a few dates to add to your calender, just to get you started. Whatever you decide on, get out and enjoy Loveland at its finest.

DOWNTOWN LOVELAND NIGHT ON THE TOWN Second Fridays of the month, 6-9 p.m. Spend some time getting to know your neighbors at this monthly downtown block-party. Attend gallery openings, exhibits, music, visit local restaurants and more. night-on-the-town/

WINTER/SPRING 2018 GALLERY YOGA Thursdays, now – April 26, 12-1 p.m.; Loveland Museum, 503 N. Lincoln Ave.,Loveland Classes will be held in the Loveland Museum’s Foote Gallery, but your fee includes a trip to the Main Gallery exhibition before or after your class. Please bring your own mat. Water bottles with

CHOICE CITY COMEDY NITE – MARDI PAWS April 14, 6-10 p.m.; Fort Collins Marriot 350 East Horsetooth Rd., Fort Collins You’re invited to an evening of southern and cajun inspired fun! The event includes a full dinner, Adoptable Meet-N-Greet and Dog Parade, live music, photo booth, games, Howlin’ Hurricane specialty drink, silent and live auctions, King Cake inspired cupcakes, and of course, live comedians! The emcee will be Cary Klataske from Comedy Brewers, comedian Nancy Norton, opens for headliner comedian Kevin Fitzgerald. Reservations are $55 with discount pricing for tables of 10. No reservations will be available at the door. Seating is limited. More information and tickets available at comedy-night.

secure lids will be allowed in the gallery during class.

LOVELAND SENIOR DANCES Second and fourth Mondays of the month, 7-10 p.m.; Chilson Senior Center, 700 East 4th St., Loveland Music is provided by live bands. Refreshments are served at all dances. All ages are welcome! Call the Senior Center for a complete schedule. cityofloveland. org/departments/parks-recreation/chilson-senior-center


IGNITE Now–April 21; Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia The Lincoln Center Art Gallery is participating in Colorado’s Month of Printmaking (Mo’Print), by presenting Ignite, a statewide juried exhibit of artworks consisting primarily of any print-making media. Guest juror is Melanie Yazzie, professor of printmaking at CU Boulder.

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NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK April 15-21; Various Locations Recognizing the value of volunteers, the City of Fort Collins will take time to thank and celebrate its 9,000 volunteers this month in honor of National Volunteer Week. Come celebrate volunteerism and receive giveaways by attending one of the tours, continuing education or volunteer events. Download the Full National Volunteer Week schedule with descriptions at

W.O.L.F. SANCTUARY ALO-HOWL April 21, 5-9 p.m.; Hilton, 425 W. Prospect Rd. Fort Collins This year’s W.O.L.F. Sanctuary gala fundraiser is hawaiian themed, with entertainment by Halau Makana Lani. Nate Blakeslee, author of American Wolf, will speak and sign books. Rick McIntyre one of the most celebrated wolf

NORTHERN COLORADO ANNUAL SPRING HOME AND GARDEN SHOW April 27, 12-5 p.m.; April 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m; April 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m; Larimer County Fairgrounds, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland Close to 200 vendors will have information on just about everything for improvement inside and outside your home including technology, energy and resource conservation, gardening, patios, landscaping, decks, curbing, and water features. Local businesses will provide helpful hints and tips for all of your home improvement plans. Oh...and if you notice a mouth-watering smell, head for the cooking demonstrations for recipes, techniques and the latest in kitchen equipment. For more information visit: mile-high-productions. com/home.html

experts in America, will also speak. Come enjoy fun, fine food plus an auction to raise money for the rescue and care of captive-born wolves and wolf dogs in their lifetime sanctuary. Reservations are $75 per person.

TASTE OF LOVELAND April 19, 6-9 p.m.;The Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology, Taft Ave. and 14th St..) The Foothills Service League’s Taste of Loveland features food and beverage stations representing 50 fine wines and spirits, 40 area restaurants and a number of local breweries for a memorable evening of amazing wine, beer, and extraordinary food. A silent auction, supporting Foothills Service League projects rounds out the evening. The money raised by the Foothills Service League’s annual events help fund numerous efforts by Foothills Gateway Inc. and the Namaqua Center. This event is made possible by the continued partnership with Gary Buchholtz of House of Spirits and Sara Buchholtz of Thompson Valley Liquors. General Admission tickets are $45 and Reserved Seating tickets are $55 available at events/taste-of-loveland-2018

THOSE FABULOUS 40S May 3 -5, 7:30 p.m., May 6 at 3 p.m. Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. 4th Street, Loveland Loveland Choral Society celebrates its 40th anniversary with the swinging sounds of Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, Bennie Goodman, Artie Shaw and more big band favorites. Hear the hits featuring: Stompin At The Savoy, Moonlight Serenade, One O’ Clock Jump, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Sing! Sing! Sing!, I’ll Be Seeing You and more. Tickets: $18, available at April/May 2018


GOVERNOR’S ART SHOW Opening Gala May 11, 6-9 p.m.; Show open to public May 12 June 17, Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland The Loveland Rotary Clubs present the 27th annual art show and sale benefitting Rotary-sponsored charitable projects. Since 1991, The Governor’s Art Show has featured a juried collection of works by Colorado artists in a wide variety of mediums, artistic techniques, and styles. Opening Gala includes Hors d’oeuvres and beverages by Origins Wood Fired Pizza and Wine Bar. Gala tickets: $75 per person. May 12-June 17 Exhibit Admission: $5, free for Museum members, selected works will also be available purchase. Visit for tickets and more information.


NORTHERN COLORADO STEPPING OUT TO CURE SCLERODERMA WALK June 10, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.; Fort Collins City Park,1500 W. Mulberry St., Fort Collins Get outside with the family and support a good cause at the same time! The Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk is a fun event for the whole family featuring live entertainment, prizes, tasty snacks and kids’ activities. This event supports the Scleroderma Foundation Rocky Mountain Chapter and their mission to provide educational and emotional support for scleroderma patients, promote awareness of the disease and fund research to find a cure. To learn more about scleroderma, visit our website at Registration:

FIRE HYDRANT 5K June 2, 8:30 a.m.; The Promenade Shops at Centerra Larimer Humane Society is pleased to present the 28th annual Fire Hydrant 5K. Beginning with a canine-friendly 5K walk/run and a Healthy Kids fun run. Participants are encouraged to form teams and gather pledges for prizes. Early bird and early “Cat Nap” for those who want to support the event, but cannot attend) registration is $30 now through April 26. Registration is currently open at

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Loveland Magazine, April/May 2018  

Published in the Loveland Reporter-Herald – Loveland, Colorado

Loveland Magazine, April/May 2018  

Published in the Loveland Reporter-Herald – Loveland, Colorado