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August/September 2017 | Schools, Sports & Success!

Loveland Magazine REPORTER-HERALD



Back to school time is upon us and with that the beginning of Prep Sports seasons across Colorado. Old rivalries and new players meet on the field to hash it out for another year.

Schools, Sports


Back to the Grind! Well folks, it may seem like it just started, but summer is on the downslope and that means it’s time to start thinking backto-school.


In this edition we’ll explore some of the school related happenings around town as well as the roll sports play in student involvement. We’ll address the recent news of concussion injury in athletes and give you the rundown of home games so you’ll know when to go show your school spirit. But event though summer days are waning, that doesn’t mean that the fun is. There is still time to get in a few more days outside and a couple of major events to enjoy with family and friends before getting back to the daily grind. Check out the event calendar for some ideas and watch for “If you go...” boxes throughout stories to give you at-a-glance information about local events and businesses. Most importantly, enjoy the remaining lazy days of summer! - Misty Kaiser 4 LOVELAND MAGAZINE


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Schissler Academy of Fine Arts offers students new two-year Fine Arts Program


Prep for Fall Prep Sports Season PAGE 23 Sports and Concussion Prevention PAGE 27 Saw It - WANT IT PAGE 33

Organizations lend a HELPING HAND

Students in need get a hand with supplies, clothing and food PAGE 11

What’s New & Noteworthy in Area Schools? PAGE 15



34 MAKING a Community in Loveland

The maker movement is going strong at Loveland CreatorSpace PAGE 34

School Calendar

BAD DADDY, Good Burger PAGE 17

HIGHER EDUCATION, higher expense:


Loveland CORN ROAST Festival PAGE 41

Budgeting tips for college students and their parents PAGE 18

Oktoberfest! PAGE 44

Benefits of School Sports

Where to go WHAT TO DO


Fastpitch Softball Winds Up For Fall PAGE 21


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By SHELLEY WIDHALM for LOVELAND MAGAZINE Art instructor Amanda Gress asks students in her four-week watercolor class at Schissler Academy of Fine Arts to mix alizarin and cadmium reds to get a true red. “Alazarin is cooler and cadmium has more orange in it. If we mix them together, we get a pretty good basic red, a candy apple red,” Gress said in mid-June during the third week of the class. Gress explained the basics of creating a color wheel for the students in the recreational program at the downtown Loveland art studio. Simple color theory, along with tone studies and line drawing, are the prerequisites students need to take to apply for a new two-year Studio Arts Certificate program at the studio. Janeen Schissler, owner and founder of the studio, will launch the first program Sept. 6 for 10 students, plus an apprentice, and already has a full roster with a waiting list. Gress will be teaching watercolor and life drawing in the program.

Schissler, who founded the studio at 129 E. Fourth St. six years ago, currently offers a recreational program for youth, young adults and adults in classical fine art techniques in drawing, pastels, oils, watercolors and other mediums. The classes, which are beginner to advanced levels, typically have 12 students with four instructors in what is considered semi-private lessons, and the students work at their own pace through the structured curriculum written by Schissler.

Students in Schissler’s Studio Arts program learn technique and skill without the added cost of expanded study. (Tim Seibert/Loveland Magazine)

Pat Pilkington of Windsor, who has taken classes at the academy for more than five years, wants to make a career out of her passion for art by selling her artwork in galleries and entering it in contests.

“I have several students that want to go to the next level,” Schissler said about the certificate program, which is equal to a four-year degree without the humanities and with less cost and time involved. “I want my students to spend time at the easel or at the drawing table rather than spending time in humanities. …It’s laser-focused on skills, getting your painting and drawing skills down in a short amount of time.”

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adding that she expects to hone her skills and gain a deeper understanding of the discipline. “There’s so much more than putting it on a page. There’s reasons behind everything, why you do what you do. … It makes you way more knowledgeable in your artwork.” The certificate program focuses instruction on the classical techniques of drawing and painting in various classical mediums. The mediums are the materials used like oils, watercolors and pastels, while the techniques can range from direct painting to glazing, impasto and knife painting. Schissler, who will work with a staff of nine other instructors to teach the certificate program, bases her curriculum on the principles of drawing and painting taught by master artists from the Renaissance to the present. Her motto is “classical instruction for a solid foundation,” where students learn to create a realistic representation of what they see.

Students benefit from one on one instruction at Schissler Academy of Fine Arts. (Tim Seibert/Loveland Magazine)

“If you have a classical background, you can make better design decisions,” Schissler said. Drawing is the foundation to all of the classical mediums, so Schissler will have her students study the classical drawing mediums of charcoal, graphite, silverpoint, and pen and ink. Working in the different mediums “keeps their drawing interesting, because if you draw in one medium, it’s tedious and boring,” Schissler said. Schissler, however, recommends her students focus their career aspira-

tions on one medium, technique and subject—such as landscapes, botanicals, still-lifes and the human figure—to become accomplished in a chosen discipline. Dolly Halverson of Loveland, who has taken academy classes for 1 ½ years, focuses on botanicals through drawing and the use of watercolors but wants to learn about oils. She plans to become a professional artist, instead of treating it as a lifelong hobby. “I’m looking forward to the classes, because it’s going to be the whole picture from drawing to watercolor to oils, everything you need basi-

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components and human anatomy for artists. “When you study something at the level of botany or anatomy, it becomes more intuitive; you can anticipate what’s under the skin or the structure of the flower,” Schissler said. “You become more intuitive the better you understand your subject.”

Learning to use a variety of mediums is a basis of classical arts education. (Tim Seibert/Loveland Magazine)

cally,” Halverson said. “They take you from where you are and build from there.”

ease, to bring what I see to paper in full life, to transfer a mood with colors.”

Tatiana Samokhina of Loveland, an academy student since the spring, wants to improve her drawing skills and become a children’s book illustrator.

The students in the certificate program will delve deeper than students in the recreational program in the areas of line and proportion, color, and tone and value, and their skills will build on each other. They will take classes in color theory, perspective, composition, value studies, art history and other classical mediums that include silverpoint, conte crayon, watercolor and oil painting. Their electives will be in advanced drawing in the areas of botany, botanical illustration, landscape

“The program is for those who believe the growth of an artist is impossible without a solid ‘old school’ foundation (and) deep knowledge of the techniques and mediums,” Samokhina said, adding that she wants to fulfill a lifelong dream “to learn how to draw, to sketch with


Marjorie Leggitt, who teaches in the recreational program, will teach botanical illustration and other classes in the certificate program. She likes that the program serves as an incentive for students to build on their skills toward a degree instead of taking random classes. “It urges them to work harder,” Leggitt said. “If I have to take a series of classes, there’s that desire to keep improving my skills to do better and to get to a level of achievement. … It’s basic skills. It’s a foundation of those skills. Once you get them, you’re ready to go on to more challenges.”

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Other courses in the certificate program will prepare students for the professional art world in the areas of portfolio preparation, website creation and conservation framing—all important for submitting work to competitions, exhibits and galleries. Students also will learn how to grind their own pigments to make paints and how to make supports that include canvasses and panels to better understand the tools and surfaces for drawing and painting. “Classical instruction just takes time,” Schissler said. “You don’t learn it over night. It takes a lot of practice and discipline.” Instructors Amanda Gress, Cody Winiecki and Robyn Dutkowsky, left to right. (Tim Seibert/Loveland Magazine)

Janeen Schissler of Loveland develops classical art program from her master studies Loveland artist Janeen Schissler knew from childhood she wanted to be an artist, growing up in a family that loved the arts. But she also knew she didn’t want to go through a traditional art program and designed her own course of study by working under a variety of masters. “The best trained artists, whether they go into abstract or more contemporary styles like expressionism and impressionism, and the most accomplished recent masters have had classical training to begin with,” said Schissler , owner of the Schissler Academy of Fine Arts in downtown Loveland and an artist for 35 years. “It prepares you for the rigors of the life of an artist. It’s hard work to become accomplished at it.” Schissler studied with master artists who taught her classical approaches to basic drawing and painting. “I wanted to learn the classical way, so I made my own path and found instructors who would teach me,” Schissler said, adding that she wanted to focus her studies and not take the time with the extra humanities. “You have to spend so much time to master every part of it, and it’s a lifelong endeavor. … I feel like I’m still learning. I could live 10 lifetimes and still not master everything there is to know about it.” 10 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

Schissler, while she was a student, started showing her work right away. She had her work featured in solo and group exhibits in the United States and Canada and in private and corporate collections. She also opened several studios for teaching art and in 2005 became the director of a small classical art school, called The Studio, in Seattle. Schissler took elements of her instruction combined with what she learned were the best practices from art history to create the recreational and certificate curriculums for the Schissler Academy of Fine Arts. Her approach to the curriculums is atelier, a historical approach to instruction coming from the French word for “studio,” meaning the classroom has a low student-to-teacher ratio with master level instructors. Schissler had wanted to open an atelier school in Seattle but decided to locate it in the Bonnell Building, owned by her sister, Mary Hiatt. After being in business for two years, she added a section in the front of the building to sell art supplies. Two months ago, she brought in the Frame Shop at Colorado Fine Art Supply, operated by her husband, Steve Jydstrup. “I think what Janeen offers is incredible. I really admire her for putting together such a great program,” said Marjorie Leggitt, who teaches in the recreational program and will teach in the two-year certificate program. “She has a great following, too.”

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Organizations lend a

Helping Hand


to students in Loveland

out to students for a new outfit for school.


“We don’t want kids to use their gift cards for socks and underwear,” Morales said. “We want them to be able to get a new outfit.”

Loveland organizations will not let students start back to school this August without the tools they need to succeed. This might be socks and underwear from House of Neighborly Service, meals on the weekends from the Loveland Rotary Club “KidsPak” program or backpacks full of supplies from the Thompson Education Foundation.

Volunteers accept socks and underwear all year to make sure students have new things to wear for school. Morales said that in 2016, the organization helped over 500 students at the Back to School Bash.

A pair of young ladies recently even asked friends to bring food Back to school season can be financially stressful for many families. Three Monetary donations for hungry children local organizations look to ease some of that burden, giving kids a more can be made online or instead of presents to their confident start ro the year. ( at the receptionist desk birthday parties, said Tom the load and get their kids taken care at HNS, and make Carrigan, chairperson of of for the school year,” commented sure to designate it for the “back to KidsPak. Sarah Morales, director at House of school” drive. The public is welcome Neighborly Service (HNS). to make donations of money, socks “We’ll work that into our menu,” he or underwear right up through the said. morning of Aug. 9. Students will House of Neighborly Service then receive the free socks, underHNS staff members are focused “We have families who come to us wear, gift card and other items that now on a “socks and underwear that are in crisis. They’re trying to may have been donated, like binders drive” for school age children to decide to pay their light bill or get and school supplies. hand out at their Back To School groceries, or keep their cell phone Bash on Aug. 10. Donations are also on. If we can, we help them lighten being accepted for gift cards to hand If students also participate in the August/September 2017


formation sheet,” Carrigan said. “It has 17 signs of hunger. Principals make sure all new teachers are familiar with what hunger looks like.”

Thompson Education Foundation backpack program, then they can use the school supplies at home to help with classwork.

Carrigan said the program receives about half its funding from a grant through Larimer County, The Back to School Bash makes a special party for families picking up needed school supplies. (Photo courtesy HNS) and $7,000 each “We’re letting kids year from Cargill know that they might Inc. of Fort Collins. KidsPak also rebe on tough times with their famThe Loveland Rotary Club partners ceives a large donation from Subaru ily, but be sure they can have school with the Food Bank for Larimer of Loveland. In November and supplies, a new outfit, a new pair of County to order the food. A Food December, customers who purchase shoes, new underwear,” Morales said. Bank nutritionist comes up with a vehicles from Subaru can select one “Statistics tell us that they are more menu every week. The food is delivof five local organizations to desiglikely to be successful (in school) if ered to the Rotary Club and volunnate a $250 donation by Subaru. they walk in and are confident in that teers bag the food. “We are properly new outfit. You should see the smiles labeled a supplemental weekend food Last year, Carrigan said that of 118 cars sold during that time period, on the kids faces. It’s one of our best program,” Carrigan said. 117 of those customers designated events.” the donation to KidsPak. A typical bag might include milk,

KidsPak Around 80 individuals will volunteer their time this year to pack sacks of food on a weekly basis for students who might otherwise spend a weekend hungry, said Carrigan. Volunteers will start packing bags of food Wednesday, Sept. 6, and spend time every week after until May 23, 2018, packing food for students to take home on the weekends. Volunteers place the sacks in bins, which will then be distributed to 36 locations in Thompson School District from early education to high school. The Loveland Rotary KidsPak program has budgeted enough money—$69,900—to create and deliver 19,700 food bags in the Thompson School District this year. Last year, the volunteers provided 18,820 bags. 12 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

raisin bran, macaroni and cheese, chicken or tuna in water, a can of vegetables, a can of fruit or fruit cups and granola bars. Twice a year, the packs are also stocked with toothpaste and toothbrushes.

He said that the program started in 2009 with three schools and 34 students. Now it’s up to 36 schools and over 500 bags a week.

Each week during the school year, teachers, counselors, health professionals and administrators identify the students who they think could benefit from the program, and order their bags from the Rotary website. Rotarians don’t ask for names; they simply box up the bags and distribute them to the schools. Each student, who has been identified, takes a bag of enough food for five meals, according to Carrigan.

“We got 16,000 pounds of food last year,” Carrigan said.

“If we have new teachers, we give those teachers a ‘signs of hunger’

KidsPak will also have a city-wide food drive in March where volunteers will hand out sheets of paper to customers with suggested food items to buy for KidsPak.

Thompson Education Foundation It takes around $20 to fill a backpack, if you do it the way the Thompson Education Foundation does it. August/September 2017

the school supply lists. Akeley-Charron said that the foundation raises every cent they spend through cash donations from the community and local service groups (like KidsPak).

The “Help Kids Succeed” backpack drive has also grown in leaps, “By and large it’s according to Kim $20, $60, $100 Akeley-Charron, donations from the executive director Loveland residents Lori Richard, right, and Morgan Banwart, 13, fill a pencil box community, which of the Thompson with highlighters and dry erase markers along an assembly line of school supplies. is pretty incredEducation Foun(Photo courtesy Pamela Johnson / Loveland Reporter-Herald) ible,” she said. dation. The organization served 800 Schools chase bulk items from vendors. They students in 2008 and will hand out send the foundation stuff backpacks full of everything 1,500 backpacks this year to stuestimated lists of how dents in elementary, middle and high students need at every grade level. many backpacks they school. The foundation asks for cash The foundation also aligns elemenwill need the followtary and middle school supplies with donations, which staff uses to pur-

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ing year, and those backpacks are delivered in late July (July 27 this year). When students arrive for registration the following week, they can ask for backpacks. They don’t have to give identification or proof of income.

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Where: House of Neighborly Service, HNS Life Center, 1511 E. 11th St. DONATE Back to School Drive: Visit honservice. org or visit the center and deliver monetary donations or socks and underwear to the receptionist. Designate the donation for Back to School. KidsPak: Donate to the Loveland Rotary Club KidsPak program at Volunteers are also welcome every Wednesday during the school year to bag food. Help Kids Succeed backpack drive: Donate $20 or more on the Thompson Education Foundation website at thompsontef. org/Pages/HelpKidsSucceed.php

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ith the 2017-18 school year nearly upon us, there are a few items to report on that concern Lovelandarea schools. At a glance, the new Loveland Classical High School is ready to open, CSU’s new stadium is set to debut Aug. 26, and the Thompson School District’s Dual Language Immersion program is seeing robust enrollment at Truscott Elementary and Cottonwood Plains Elementary.


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Loveland Classical Schools (LCS) is implementing its next phase of expansion with the move of the 6 - 12 grades into its new building on Wilson Ave. in north Loveland. Enrollment occurs throughout the summer, but at press time current projected enrollment at the new Academy campus in the two school level programs is approximately 210 students in the middle school and 110 students in the high school. “One of the main pillars of the LCS classical model is the emphasis on character education and our identified core virtues,” says high school assistant principal John Kaufman. August/September 2017


“The core virtues are actively taught at LCS in the classroom, specific time set aside for such instruction (we refer to this as Agora in the middle school) and in the ongoing interactions between staff and students. The teachers are trained and encouraged to refer to the core virtues when they are working with students. This philosophy and process works well to develop the students’ appreciation of the virtues.” According to Kaufman, LCS students are taught about the legacy that we have been gifted with from our forebears - Greeks, Romans,

ropeans of the Enlightenment and our American Founders. “There is a clear and straight line of thought that comes up through all these groups. As such, this wonderful country we live in was built on the wisdom begun with the great thinkers of the West, beginning with the Greeks. We celebrate this legacy, actively study it and have our graduates well versed in these concepts.” The high school uses the core virtues and character education focus to animate its intracurricular activities. A House system in the high school sees multi-grade level teams competing in a number of areas - sports, intellectual, debate, seminar discussions. “These competitions always emphasize good sportsmanship and the virtues inherent within our character education program,” says Kaufman. Prospective families take two steps to be eligible for the LCS lottery: attend an Informational Open House meeting and fill out an Intent to Enroll form. A student that is promoted from LCS’ 8th grade is guaranteed a spot in the 9th grade


Loveland Classical Schools opens their brand new building to students this fall. (Photo by John Kaufman/Loveland Classical Schools)

class. For more information, go online to or call 970.541.1507. Colorado State University is proud to be playing football in its brand new stadium this fall. Opening day is August 26 against Oregon State at 12:30 p.m. The stadium seats 36,500 with standing room space to reach a total capacity of 41,000 CSU students and fans. “Playing football on campus provides the largest engagement opportunity for the university six times each year,” says CSU director of athletics, Joe Parker. “Alumni who come to football games will be back on campus, walking in the same places they walked as students, and showing their families this beautiful campus. The engagement is beneficial for the entire university, and it’s a community-wide celebration. Most of our student will have the opportunity to walk to games, and all students enjoy free admissions and an in-venue experience that gives them the best seats in the stadium. We believe we offer the best game-day experience and are very excited to begin so many new traditions this year.” Season tickets and three-game miniplans are available now at csurams. com/tickets or by calling 800.491. RAMS (7267). Single-game tickets go 16 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

on sale July 26. Parker recently announced that CSU has reached a new record of 14,000 season tickets sold, and many metrics indicate that fans are very eager to see the Rams play and experience the new on-campus stadium. Check out the stadium’s very own website: stadium.colostate. edu. The Thompson School District offers its Dual Language Immersion 50/50 Program in Spanish in two schools - Truscott Elementary School and Cottonwood Plains Elementary School. Last school year, 300 students were enrolled in the program, which started in the 2015-16 school year at the kindergarten level. The K-12 dual language program will add a new grade level each year through grade 12. School district literature states that the Dual Language Immersion Program is an academic program that enhances the development of content in English and Spanish, as well as literacy in both languages, so that students will graduate ready for college, career, and life in a globally competitive economy and a collaborative global community. This unique program builds student linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in both English and Spanish. Students learn standards-based content as they become linguistically

and academically proficient in two languages. The Dual Language two-teacher team plans and works together to deliver the district curriculum. The English teacher only teaches in English in one room: science, social studies, literacy in English, and calendar skills to reinforce math skills. The Spanish teacher only teaches in Spanish in one room: math, literacy in Spanish, and calendar skills. The district has posted an informative promotional video about the program online at thompsonschools. org/Page/15015. For more information and to enroll, please contact Cottonwood Plains Elementary School at 970.613.5900 or Truscott Elementary School at 970.613.6900.


LOVELAND CLASSICAL SCHOOLS RIBBON CUTTING When: Aug. 26, 1 p.m. Where: Academy Campus, 3015 W. 29th St., Loveland Celebrate the new campus with Ice Cream and self-guided tours of the new campus. August/September 2017


2017-2018 School Calendar* August 18, 2017....... School Begins Grades K-5 August 21, 2017...... School Begins Grades 6-12 September 4, 2017....................Labor Day-Holiday September 5, 2017..Professional Learning Day-No Students October 6, 2017 ....................... Teacher Work DayNo Students October 12, 2017......................................................... Parent/Teacher Conferences October 13, 2017............................................. Teacher Exchange Day-No Students November 20-24, 2017 .............................................................. Thanksgiving Break December 21, 2017 .................................................................. First Semester Ends December 22, 2017 ................................................ Teacher Work Day-No Students December 25, 2017-January 5, 2018 ....................................................Winter Break January 15, 2018......................................................Martin Luther King Day-Holiday February 19, 2018 ............................................................... Presidents Day- Holiday February 20, 2018 ...................................... Professional Learning Day-No Students March 2, 2018.......................................................... Teacher Work Day-No Students March 9, 2018...............................................................Parent/Teacher Conferences March 12-16, 2018 ................................................................................Spring Break May 16, 2018...................................................... Last Day for Graduating Seniors May 18, 2018........................................................... Teacher Work Day-No Students May 25, 2018............................................................. Last Day of School - 1/2 Day May 26................................................................................. High School Graduation

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Budgeting tips for college students and their parents High school graduation should be a time of celebration. But for a lot of families, it can also be a source of stress. College is a big step into the future for any student - and it comes with a hefty price tag. According to a 2015 survey, the topranking financial worry for parents with children under the age of 18 was paying for college. The study found that budgeting for higher education costs was the chief concern for 73 percent of applicable parents. The same study found that financial concerns around budgeting for college were even prevalent in higher-income households. Sixty-one percent of homes earning $100,000 or more a year expressed concern. When you look at the costs of tuition today, it’s easy to see the cause for concern. So what can you and your family do to make college more affordable for everyone? Start by following these tips. 18 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

Seek out grants To help ease the burden of college expenses, it’s a good idea to apply for as many grants as possible. Grants come from multiple sources including the government, organizations and even some private companies or estates. A grant is basically funds awarded by one entity for a specific purpose. College grants are one of the most common and there are several online resources you can use to search for grants. Start with and expand your search from there. You never know what you will find.

Keep a close eye on your budget The 70-20-10 rule makes for a helpful guideline when saving for

lege. Under this rule, 70 percent of your money is allocated for living expenses -- such as the mortgage, food, clothing and gas -- 20 percent goes into savings and 10 percent is allotted for debt. Set up your own model and set aside a set percentage of your savings to be allotted for college (say 5 to 10 percent) and try to hold true to these numbers as much as possible to support your total savings and budgeting goals. Vanderbilt’s 2017 Home Loan Guide includes an excellent article on budgeting, along with an interactive budgeting sheet to help calculate your expenses. “Budgeting is a roadmap to financial success built around your personal income and expenses,” said Eric Hamilton, President of Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. “Whether you’re saving for your first home or a college education, the importance of building and following a budget plan cannot be understated.” August/September 2017

College tuition is one of the largest expenses most people will incur in their lifetime - until they purchase their first home. So for parents who are helping with their child’s college expenses, shouldering both can be difficult to manage. If you find yourself in a difficult situation concerning your mortgage payments, be sure to contact your mortgage loan provider to see what programs they may be able to offer to help keep payments on track. But the best defense is a good offense. Planning ahead and putting aside funds for college tuition will help reduce or eliminate any impact paying


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BENEFITS of School Sports can have a big impact on your child’s fitness levels. According to a report from the National Federation of State High School Associations, a study found girls had a healthier weight and body mass when they were given more opportunities to participate in high school athletics.

Joining an athletic team is a great way for student-athletes to build relationships with others and confidence in themselves. From football and basketball to volleyball and golf, there is a sport for every season depending on the size and location of your child’s school. Parents play a key role in encouraging their children to join an athletic team without being overly pushy. If your child shows an interest in a sport, there are various things you can do to make sure it is an enjoyable experience.

amount of time associated with the schedule. Check this time requirement against other activities — both school and family-related — in which your child is currently involved. This kind of research can be a big help in making your decision as a family.

Potential Benefits

Studies also suggest that studentathletes are less likely to participate risky behavior when they are part of an athletic team. The more a child is engaged in something productive that requires both mental and physical commitment, the more likely they are to stick to healthy life decisions. Other potential benefits, according to research by national organizations, include higher grade point averages, better attendance, stronger social relationships and enhanced skills in leadership, time management, creativity and concentration.

Playing sports is not only fun but

There’s no question that playing sports is good for kids’ mental, physical and social development. But if team sports just aren’t their thing, there are other ways to keep physically fit and achieve similar benefits.

Set Realistic Expectations

For example,both dance and martial arts offer discipline, commitment and

Sports aren’t solely about game day. There is extensive work required during practices and camps that may not be on your child’s radar just yet. Before signing your child up to play a competitive sport in middle school or high school, be sure he or she understand the commitment that will go into being a member of the team.

physical fitness. And, with all of the hiking, biking, climbing and other, more solitary types of outdoor sports that the Loveland area has to offer, there’s bound to be something to get your kid moving. Also, for teens 16 and up wanting to stay fit,or high school athletes between seasons, Anytime Fitness has five area locations to help get them in shape or keep them there. Visit them at any of their area locations to ask about memberships and special.

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Fastpitch Softball



By L. L. CHARLES for LOVELAND MAGAZINE Fall is fast approaching, and so is fastpitch softball season. At Loveland’s three high schools, varsity and junior varsity teams are forming and the game schedules are set. For those unfamiliar with the sport, it may look a lot like baseball on the surface, but the rules are quite different than baseball. Games are Loveland’s Abby Anderson (9) is greeted at home plate by her teammates after hitting one of two home quick and lively and still runs in the third inning Saturday. The Indians beat Cherry Creek and Rocky Mountain to win the 5A provide plenty of action. Region 2 tournament. (Michael Brian / Loveland Reporter-Herald) Look away for a moment, High for 30 years, and has coached who have played varsity ball all four and you may easily miss both boys baseball and girls softball. years. Jessi Case returns in shortstop a game-changing play (so put down After coaching junior varsity softball position and Kassi Reiger will again that cell phone and pay attention, players for 10 years, he is now beginbe behind the plate as catcher. The fans). ning his eighth year as coach for the two veterans will bring energy and varsity team. Mike’s younger brother, inspiration to their younger team Each game lasts for seven innings. Randy, is head coach at Loveland’s members. There is no leading off bases or Mountain View High School, which pickoff plays. No-hitters are rare, adds a friendly family rivalry to the As head coach, Felton often sees the and the prevalence for bunts and competition. development of his players across all short-game strategies means you four years. “As freshmen, they start a have to have a really solid infield. In junior varsity play, Felton says, bit wide-eyed and overwhelmed,” he Pitchers must throw the ball under“The girls are playing mostly for fun, says. “Everything is happening just hand, with no more than one-andand we try to get anyone who is ina little too fast. But by their junior a-half revolutions of the arm. As in terested involved. At the varsity level, year, they have developed a level of baseball, batters get three strikes and the play is more intense. There are confidence. You can see it in the way walk to first base after four balls. only 19 games in the season, so every they step into the batter’s box and one of them counts.” the way they take the field. By senior Loveland Magazine recently visited year, it’s time to just let go and play with Mike Felton, softball coach at all out.” Loveland High School, to learn more Freshman can qualify for varsity play about the school’s fastpitch program. if they have the skills. There are two Felton has been teaching at Loveland returning senior starters this year Just as in baseball, softball pitchers August/September 2017


with the arms or legs. Many pitchers have their own private pitching coaches as well,” says Felton. Most players are two-sport athletes (track and basketball are the most common second sport) and so they stay in game-ready condition year round. Over the years, players as a group have become taller and thinner. With the advent of summer league ball, they are staying in shape playing a 60-game schedule, and they return toned and ready, Felton says.

Mountain View’s Kaley Barker (14) puts the ball in play. (Photo courtesy Michael Brian / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

are the key to a team’s success. While the pitch counts in a game can reach up to 110 in just seven innings, pitching takes less of a physical toll than in baseball. “The year we won the state championship in 2012, the same girl pitched every game by herself. About the only physical problem they may encounter is a sore back, never issues

The MVPs in this sport aren’t just out for themselves. The real stars are the players who are the first ones to cheer on another team member when they make a great play. A Labor Day tournament in Erie will give the Loveland High School Indians a chance to face competition from strong 5A teams from as far away as Oklahoma. Many of the girls are playing for exposure to try to get a scholarship (college scouts are usually in attendance). The season culminates in the annual state tournament at Aurora Sports Park in October. Loveland High’s first game, against Boulder High School, takes place Tuesday, August 29 at Centennial Field. For more information and to see the entire season schedule, go to

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With three high schools in Loveland, your choices for prep sports are many. Whether you have a student playing sports or not, odds are you have a friend or neighbor who is. Sports are an important part of academic life for students and an important part of the community they live in. The talented athletes and coaches represent their school and town when the meet a challenge on or off the field and Thompson School District has a great deal of pride in their athletic programs. It is important to note that the following schedules, while current at publication time, are subject to change without notice. It is not uncommon for athletic events to be postponed, canceled or moved due to weather or other circumstances. Each school hosts its own online calendar that can be accessed from

Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m. vs. Poudre Loveland High defeats Greeley West in a 2016 game. (Photo courtesy Reporter Herald)


INDIANS FOOTBALL Freshmen Sept. 7, 4 p.m. vs. Thompson Valley

Oct. 28, 10 a.m. vs. Brighton

Oct. 26 6:30 p.m. vs. Brighton

JV Sept. 2, 10 a.m. vs. Westminster

GYMNASTICS Varsity Sept. 6, 6 p.m. vs. Niwot

Sept. 22, 4 p.m. vs. Fort Collins Oct. 5, 4 p.m. vs. Broomfield

Sept. 8, 4 p.m. Loveland Invite Sept. 28, 6 p.m. vs. Rocky Mountain

Nov. 2, 3 p.m. vs. Greeley West

Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m. vs. Legacy Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m. vs. Fairview

SOFTBALL JV Sept. 6, 5 p.m. vs. Mountain View Sept. 9, 10, a.m. vs. Fossil Ridge

Oct. 19, 5 p.m. vs. Mountain Range

Sept. 12, 5 p.m. vs. Thompson Valley

Boys Varsity Aug. 26, 11 a.m. vs. Pueblo County

Sept. 21, 4:15 p.m. vs. Fort Collins

Sept. 6, 4 p.m. vs. Rocky Mountain

Sept. 23, 10, a.m. vs. Broomfield

Sept. 12 4 p.m. vs. Fossil Ridge

Sept. 26, 4:15, p.m. vs. Horizon

Sept. 16, 10, a.m. vs. Broomfield

Sept. 28, 4:15, p.m. vs. Greeley West

Sept. 18, 4 p.m. vs. Poudre

Sept. 30, 10 a.m. vs. Boulder

Sept. 16, 10, a.m. vs. Monarch

VARSITY Sept. 8, 7 p.m. vs. Thompson Valley

SOCCER Boys JV Aug. 26,12:30 p.m. vs. Pueblo County

Sept. 14, 4 p.m. vs. Greeley Central

Sept. 15, 7 p.m. vs. Greeley Central

Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m. vs. Rocky Mountain

Sept. 25, 4 p.m. vs. Legacy

Sept. 28, 4 p.m. vs. Mountain View

Sept. 29, 7 p.m. vs. Mountain View

Sept. 12, 5:30 p.m. vs. Fossil Ridge

Oct. 17, 4 p.m. vs. Fairview

Varsity Aug. 29, 4:15 p.m. vs. Boulder

Oct. 14, 10 a.m. vs. Niwot

Oct. 12, 7 p.m. vs. Niwot

Sept. 16, 11:30, a.m. vs. Broomfield

Oct. 19 3:30 p.m. vs. Mountain Range

Sept. 6, 7 p.m. vs. Mountain View

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Sept. 7, 3:30 p.m. vs. Rocky Mountain Sept. 14, 3:30 p.m. vs. Fort Collins Sept. 26-27, 9, a.m. Conference Championships Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m. vs. Longmont VOLLEYBALL C-Squad Aug. 29, 4:30 p.m. vs. Westminster Sept. 5, 4:30 p.m. vs. Thornton

Mountain View Mountian Lions Volleyball battles it out with Berthoud. (Photo courtesy Reporter-Herald)

Sept. 9, 10, a.m. vs. Fossil Ridge

Sept. 23 10, a.m. vs. Broomfield

Sept. 12, 7 p.m. vs. Thompson Valley

Sept. 26, 4:15 p.m. vs. Horizon

Sept. 16, 10, a.m. vs. Monarch Sept. 21, 4:15 p.m. vs. Fort Collins

Sept. 28, 4:15 p.m. vs. Greeley West

Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m. vs. Fossil Ridge

Oct. 17, 4:30 p.m. vs. Boulder Freshmen Sept. 5, 4:30 p.m. vs. Thornton Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m. vs. Fossil Ridge Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m. vs. Monarch Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m. vs. Fort Collins Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m. vs. Horizon Oct. 12, 4:30 p.m. vs. Greeley West Oct. 17, 4:30 p.m. vs. Boulder

TENNIS Boys Varsity Aug. 17, 3:30 p.m. vs. Poudre

Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m. vs. Monarch

Aug. 24, 3:30 p.m. vs. Thompson Valley

Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m. vs. Horizon

JV Aug. 29, 5:30 p.m. vs. Westminster

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Oct. 12, 4:30 p.m. vs. Greeley West

Sept. 05, 5:30 p.m. vs. Thornton

Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m. vs. Fort Collins

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Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m. vs. Fossil Ridge

Oct. 7, 10, a.m. vs. Windsor

Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m. vs. Monarch

Oct. 12, 4 p.m. vs. Fort Collins

Oct. 03 5:30 p.m. vs. Fort Collins

Oct. 26, 3 p.m. vs. Greeley Central

Oct. 10 5:30 p.m. vs. Horizon Oct. 12 5:30 p.m. vs. Greeley West

JV Aug. 24, 4 p.m. vs. Holy Family

Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m. vs. Boulder

Aug. 31, 4 p.m. vs. Thompson Valley Sept. 28, 4 p.m. vs. Loveland

Varsity Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m. vs. Westminster

Oct. 19, 4 p.m. vs. Monarch

Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m. vs. Thornton

Nov. 2, 3 p.m. vs. Skyline

Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. vs. Fossil Ridge

Mountain View and Thompson Valley go head to head. (Photo courtesy Reporter-Herald)

Boys Varsity Sept. 2, 10 a.m. vs. Berthoud

Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. vs. Monarch

Varsity Sept. 7, 7 p.m. vs. Silver Creek

Sept. 5, 4 p.m. vs. Weld Central Junior Senior

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m. vs. Fort Collins

Sept. 22, 7 p.m. vs. Niwot

Sept. 7, 4 p.m. vs. Valley

Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. vs. Horizon

Oct. 5, 7 p.m. vs. Windsor

Sept. 14, 4 p.m. vs. Mead

Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. vs. Greeley West

Oct. 13, 7 p.m. vs. Fort Collins

Sept. 28, 4 p.m. vs. Silver Creek

Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. vs. Boulder

Oct. 27, 7 p.m. vs. Greeley Central

Sept. 29, 4 p.m. vs. Erie Oct. 5, 4 p.m. vs. Greeley Central





FOOTBALL CTeam Sept. 9, 10 a.m. vs. Silver Creek Sept. 21, 4 p.m. vs. Niwot August/September 2017

Boys JV Sept. 2, 12 p.m. vs. Berthoud

Oct. 16, 4 p.m. vs. Niwot

Sept. 5, 5:30 p.m. vs. Weld Central Junior Senior


Sept. 7, 5:30 p.m. vs. Valley

JV Aug. 24, 4 p.m. vs. Greeley Central

Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m. vs. Mead

Sept. 7, 4 p.m. vs. Centaurus

Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m. vs. Silver Creek

Sept. 15, 4 p.m. vs. Longmont

Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m. vs. Erie

Sept. 20, 4 p.m. vs. Loveland

Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m. vs. Greeley Central

Sept. 21, 4 p.m. vs. Niwot

Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m. vs. Niwot

Sept. 26, 4 p.m. vs. Thompson Valley

Oct. 3, 4 p.m. vs. Silver Creek

Sept. 21, 3:30 p.m. vs. Thompson Valley

Oct. 5, 4 p.m. vs. Northridge


Varsity Aug. 24, 4 p.m. vs. Greeley Central Sept. 7, 4 p.m. vs. Centaurus Sept. 15, 4 p.m. vs. Longmont Sept. 20, 4 p.m. vs. Loveland Sept. 21, 4 p.m. vs. Niwot Sept. 26, 4 p.m. vs. Thompson Valley Oct. 3, 4 p.m. vs. Silver Creek Oct. 5, 4 p.m. vs. Northridge TENNIS Aug. 24, 3:30 p.m. vs. Frederick

CTeam Sept. 5, 4:30 p.m. vs. Centaurus Sept. 07 4:30 p.m. vs. Greeley Central Sept. 19 4:30 p.m. vs. Niwot Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m. vs. Northridge Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m. vs. Longmont Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m. vs. Thompson Valley Oct. 17, 4:30 p.m. vs. Silver Creek JV Sept. 5, 5:30 p.m. vs. Centaurus Sept. 7, 5:30 p.m. vs. Greeley Central Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m. vs. Niwot

Aug. 31, 3:30 p.m. vs. University

Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m. vs. Northridge

Sept. 5, 3:30 p.m. vs. Longmont

Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m. vs. Longmont

Sept. 7, 3:30 p.m. vs. Centaurus

Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m. vs. Thompson Valley

Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m. vs. Niwot

Oct. 17 5:30 p.m. vs. Silver Creek


Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. vs. Mountain View

Varsity Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m. vs. Centaurus

Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m. vs. Longmont

Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m. vs. Greeley Central

Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. vs. Niwot

Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. vs. Niwot

Sept. 30, 12 p.m. vs. Palmer

Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. vs. Northridge

Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. vs. Centaurus

Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. vs. Longmont

Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. Silver Creek

Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. vs. Thompson Valley

Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. Greeley Central

Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. vs. Silver Creek

Exchange student, Rafael Branquinho Soares de Castro playing for Thompson Valley in 2016. (Photo courtesy Reporter-Herald)

SOCCER Boys JV Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m. vs. D’Evelyn Aug. 30, 5:30 p.m. vs. Golden Sept. 21, 05:30 p.m. vs. Centaurus


EAGLES FOOTBALL JV TBA- check website for updated information

Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m.vs. Greeley Central Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. vs. Mountain View Oct. 12, 05:30 p.m. vs. Niwot Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m. Palmer Ridge Boys Varsity Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m. vs. D’Evelyn Aug. 30, 5:30 p.m. vs. Golden

Varsity Sept. 1, 7 p.m. vs. Mountain View

Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m.vs. Centaurus

Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m. vs. Holy Family

Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m.vs. Greeley Central

Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. vs. Berthoud

Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. vs. Mountain View

Oct. 6, 7 p.m. vs. Longmont

Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m. vs. Niwot

Oct. 20, 7 p.m. vs. Fort Morgan

Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m. vs. Palmer Ridge


TENNIS Boys Varsity Aug. 18, TBD

Oct. 12, 4:30 p.m. vs. Silver Creek

Aug. 19, TBD

Greeley Central

Aug. 22, 3:30 p.m. vs. Niwot

Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 5, 3:30 p.m. vs. Centaurus

JV Aug. 25, 5:30 p.m. vs. Loveland

Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m.vs. Longmont

Aug. 31, 5:30 p.m. vs. Palmer Ridge

Sept. 14, 3:30 p.m. vs. Silver Creek

Sept. 7, 5:30 p.m. vs. Northridge

Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m. vs. Steamboat Springs

Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m. vs. Longmont

VOLLEYBALL CTeam Aug. 25, 4:30 p.m. vs. Loveland

Sept. 30, 11 a.m. vs. Palmer

Aug. 31, 4:30 p.m. vs. Palmer Ridge Sept. 7, 4:30 p.m. vs. Northridge Sept. 14, 4:30 p.m.vs. Mountain View Sept. 21, 4:30 p.m. vs. Longmont Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m.vs. Niwot Sept. 30, 10, a.m. vs. Palmer Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m. vs. Centaurus

Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m. vs. Niwot

Oct. 05, 5:30 p.m. vs. Centaurus Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m. vs. Silver Creek Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m. vs. Greeley Central Varsity Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m. vs. Loveland Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m. vs. Palmer Ridge Sept. 7, 06:30 p.m. vs. Northridge

SOFTBALL JV TBA- check website for updated information Varsity Aug. 25, 7 p.m. vs. Berthoud Aug. 29, 4 p.m. vs. Longmont Sept. 5, 7 p.m. vs. Mountain View Sept. 7, 4 p.m. vs. Greeley Central Sept. 9, 11 a.m. vs. Chatfield Sept. 13, 4 p.m. vs. Niwot Sept. 15, 4 p.m. vs. Northridge Sept. 19, 4 p.m. vs. Silver Creek Oct. 3, 4 p.m. Centaurus

GYMNASTICS TBA- check website for updated information ———————— Source:

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By Brittany Anas for Loveland Magazine



ith football season around the corner, coaches are drawing up X’s and O’s. But one of their most important game plans? Safeguarding student-athletes from concussions and head injuries, and knowing how to respond if a player takes a hard hit.

concussion protocol,” says Kevin Clark, the Athletic Director at Loveland High School. And, new for the upcoming school year is a cutting-edge program from Banner Health Clinic that will aid in concussion recovery. Through the program, Banner Health—which

has offices in Greeley and Loveland—will be providing baseline testing of athletes to gauge how their brains work normally, critical information should they need to be treated for concussions in the future.

School officials in Colorado— including those here in Loveland—are increasingly focused on preventing and responding to concussions. Among the protections in place are mandatory trainings for coaches, a Colorado law that sidelines players who suffer head injuries, partnerships with health organizations and purchasing hightech football helmets. “Our district, in my opinion, has been very proactive when it comes to student-athlete safety and August/September 2017


highest concussion rates for male athletes occur in football. For female athletes, soccer and basketball plays have the highest concussion rates.

Getting a ‘fingerprint’ of the brain

In an effort to better treat concussions, Banner Health Clinic has developed a baseline testing program that’s been used in Arizona for the past five years and is expanding to Colorado.

Rising concerns about concussions Defined, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI— caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that then causes the head and brain to rapidly move back and forth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These kinds of sudden movements can potentially cause the brain to bounce or twist in the skull, ultimately creating chemical changes in the brain. Sometimes, brains cells are stretched and damaged. Over the past decade, awareness surrounding concussions has been increasing. From a cultural standpoint, Will Smith’s 2015 movie “Concussion” put the dangers of head trauma in the spotlight, and critiqued the NFL. The NFL has increased its focus on head injuries—with measures that include everything from new rules to prevent concussions and investing in helmet technology. Five years ago, the NFL pledged $30 million to the National Institutes of Health to advance brain research on concussions and brain trauma. Clark says 28 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

the NFL’s increased concern surrounding player safety seems to have trickled down to state and local levels. Here in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law the Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act, which went into effect in 2012. The law requires coaches be trained on how to recognize concussions. It also requires players must be pulled from a game if it’s suspected they have a concussion. Subsequently, student-athletes can’t return to play without clearance from a medical professional. The law came about after an incident in fall of 2004, when Jake Snakenberg, a freshman football player at Grandview High School in Aurora, took a hit during a football game, collapsed on the field and never regained consciousness. A week prior he likely had sustained a concussion, but did not report his symptoms. He died from “Second Impact Syndrome.” Concussions make up about 1 in 10 injuries among high school athletes nationwide, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The

The baseline testing acts like a “fingerprint” of the brain, providing a picture of how your brain normally functions. Then, if a concussion were to happen, physicians can tailor a treatment plan unique to your situation. The program allows athletes to complete baseline testing at a clinic or at a mobile site. The testing uses computerized programs to measure an individual’s ability to remember and react to words and pictures. The baseline results show how someone’s brain functions in a nonconcussed state. Banner Health has purchased a vehicle and is hiring an athletic trainer who will focus exclusively on taking the baseline testing program to the field. Banner Health has two objectives with its program: Educate the community about concussions and baseline test as many young athletes as possible so a more complete recovery can be ensured if concussions occur. The evaluation just takes about 20 to 30 minutes, says Colleen Dupuis, DO, is a family medicine and fellowship-trained sports medicine physician with Banner Health. DuAugust/September 2017

is another symptom to be aware of, Dupuis says.

puis says the testing helps medical professionals gather more objective data prior to concussions. Knowing a studentathlete’s baseline, can help better determine when they are ready to be cleared to play sports again.

According to the CDC, other concussion symptoms could include blurred vision, difficulty thinking clearly and sensitivity to noise and light.

Spotting concussion symptoms

Concussion symptoms can vary, Dupuis says. The most common symptom is a headache, she says. Older kids will often complain of headaches, neck aches and dizziness and feeling as the though the roof is spinning. Younger kids, though, are

Dupuis says it’s also important to know that your student-athlete might not have any symptoms immediately following a head injury, but those symptoms could appear 24 hours later.

more likely to have a decreased appetite and trouble sleeping. Fatigue is also a common concussion symptom, and changes in mood

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better treatment options. It was once thought that if somebody suffered a concussion they needed to be woken up every two hours, Dupuis says. That’s not longer the case, she says.

Orthopaedic and Spine Center of the Rockies, with a trainer from the medical center working closely with the high school’s coaches and training them on concussion protocol.

Unless a head injury happened late in the evening, right before somebody were to go to bed, there’s no need to awake them throughout the night, Dupuis explains. Rather, it’s best to let them get a good night’s rest.

Additionally, the district in 2016 invested in Riddel Speed Flex helmets, which have padding materials throughout the inside to help absorb impact energy. The helmets have received a top rating (five stars) from the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings. The system awards more stars to helmets that reduce concussion risk.

Preventing head injuries on the field Clark says that once a year, all coaches and assistant coaches in the Thompson School District go through a concussion training. Loveland High School also has a continuing partnership with the

Every year, an equipment representative comes to the schools and inspects the football helmets, reconditioning them to ensure they are in the best shape, Clark says. If a helmet doesn’t pass the standards, it’s replaced.

If you think an athlete has a concussion, use the following action plan: • Remove the athlete from play • Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury • An athlete should only return to play with permission from an appropriate health care professional Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Banner Health partners with new radiologists locally Banner Health hospitals in Northern Colorado will partner with a new radiology group to read and interpret medical images for patients effective today. Physicians with Radiology Imaging Associates (RIA), based in Englewood, Colorado, begin work at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley and Banner Medical Group clinics today. The group will expand services to include McKee Medical Center in Loveland and Banner Fort Collins Medical Center in Fort Collins on Dec. 12. The group consists of more than 75 radiologists who partner with physicians in hospitals in Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska. The providers have exceptional skill and expertise in their specialties. Most of

the providers are fellowship-trained in specific fields with certifications. “Rather than have one physician read and interpret medical images for any number of illnesses or injuries, RIA physicians focus on specialty areas,” said Wendy Sparks, chief operating officer at North Colorado Medical Center. “For example, the physicians who interpret mammograms are very specialized in that field to provide the highest level of service.” Dr. Woodie Hopper, president of RIA, said: “Everyone at Radiology Imaging Associates is honored to partner with Banner Health to provide imaging services to Greeley and the rapidly growing Northern

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The new school year is well on its way and with it comes sports! You know it’s fall when parents, educators and students come together in a fun show of support for their school! Here are some cool ways we found to celebrate and support your favorites!


That’s the Ticket

The MVB (Most Valuable Bear) punch card gets you into 10 events at UNC of your choice during the 2017-2017 school year (excluding premium games and post-season play). Plus, each punch entitles the card holder to: Up to four general admission tickets women’s basketball and wrestling contest, and up to two general admission tickets to any men’s basketball game. Visit uncbears. com for more information. (MVB punch card, $99 + fees, available by calling the UNC Ticket Office at 970.351.4849, stopping by the Nottingham Box Office, or online at

Sit Back and Shout

For those of us with older backs and hips, or just those of us who recognize that bleachers were not designed for comfort, foldable stadium seats are the way to go. This seat, available at Dick’s Sporting Goods, is padded on the bottom and folds quickly for easy transport. It also features adjustable reclining so sports fans get exactly the support they need and a convenient storage pouch. ($24.99 at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Promenade Shops At Centerra, 5875 Sky Pond Drive)

Put a little heat on it

Does anything complement game day like hot wings? At Wing Shack, students can get five boneless wings, plus fries and a drink for $6, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a valid student ID. And it doesn’t even have to be a game day! (Wing Shack, 158 E. 29th Street) August/September 2017

Go Team!

There should be no question whose side you’re on when you show up at sporting events this season. Proudly display your school spirit with screen printed or embroidered apparel from Inklings Screen Printing. For clubs, families or any group of six or more, the folks at Inklings in Loveland can help you customize your team-wear with many different options. So get your friends together and make your own impressive cheering section more visible from the other side! (Inklings, 2230 W. 1st St., Loveland,




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“We came for the tools and stayed for the people.”

By LINDA THORSEN BOND for LOVELAND MAGAZINE What makes a community? It’s not just a group of people; it’s people who work together toward a common end. The Loveland CreatorSpace is that community. The nonprofit cooperative makerspace is made up of people who

socialize, collaborate, discover, educate, create and problem-solve together. They want to make things and they need a space to do it. They find each other because they have a common purpose. Or as one of the founders Jamie Leben said, “We came for the tools and stayed for the people.” Leben explained the reasons CreatorSpace was started: “Have you ever not started a project you were really interested in because of lack of tools or workspace, money or

somebody to help you get started? Are you frustrated at work, but going back to school doesn’t fit your time or budget? Are your kids or grandkids or you yourself interested in technology but you can’t spend the money on the equipment? “That was me. I was a frustrated tinkerer, I wanted a space to work and we wanted to give our sons a leg up on creativity. Could there be a place where people pool their resources and create a non-profit workspace? It would be a membership makerspace-- like a gym for your mind.” In recent TEDx talk, Leben said he



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Artistic endeavors and feats of engineering alike are aided by the tools and tech at Loveland CreatorSpace. From walls of basic wrenches and screwdrivers to machinery like the 3D printer on the right, the space is designed to give members the right tools for the job. (Tim Seibert/Loveland Magazine)

drove to makerspaces in Boulder and Longmont, but he wanted something closer to home. So he worked with other innovators and entrepreneurs who needed the community, and that’s how the Loveland CreatorSpace was born in Loveland about five years ago. There are several ways to view the Loveland CreatorSpace. It’s a building, it’s a membership organization and it’s a collection of tools that can make out-of-the-box thinking become reality.

The Building

The building is 6,200 square feet at 320 North Railroad Avenue. When people walk in the doors, they’re in a makerspace coworking space. They are surrounded by people who love to tinker on the critical tools of the new economy. There are rooms, cubicle or even shelves available to rent. The building has space for workshops, meetings and classrooms. Shane Bryan is a board member who directs the facilitators. He runs 36 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

his start up out of the space and is part of almost every collaborative project that happens around at CreatorSpace. Other members say he is an inspiration to anyone that walks through the door and an example of what the place is all about. He’s proof that a building can be much more than just a place.


According to lovelandcreatorspace. com, members have 24/7 access to the space to work on their projects with the shared tools. The site says, “Membership is designed to build and support a community of makers working in the space on an ongoing basis that fosters for members and the general public. Memberships are on a monthly basis, with no contracts, and are based on a ‘hobbyist’ level of involvement. If you are looking for a place to tinker or help get your prototype off the ground, you’ve found the right place!”

and it’s $100 to rent a cubicle. Each person who uses the space has to complete a membership agreement and waiver and can go to the New Member Orientation on the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. There are some opportunities that don’t require membership including free public open workshop hours daily from 2 to 6 p.m. where nonmembers can use the workspace and some tools. There are also events, classes and meeting that can help newcomers see if they want to become members.

The Cool Tools

Memberships start at $25 a month for starving makers to $100 a month for a corporate membership. Renting space on a shelf is $10 a month

CreatorSpace’s tools are the coolest. There’s a 3D LulzBots printer station, a machine shop, laser and vinyl cutters, a Raspberry pi single board computer station, a set of Arduino boards and kits for experimenting and instruction, an electronics fabrication station, hand tools and a wood shop. There are more than a dozen recent desktop PCs and laptops with a mix of Linux and Windows suitable for teaching a class

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(Left) A maquette of a much larger kinetic sculpture being created and assembled at CreatorSpace. (Right) Members not only benefit from the tools, they also have space to work, collaborate and learn together. (Tim Seibert/Loveland Magazine)

and building a lab. And the best thing is, in this community people want to show you how to use the tools!

Typically untypical

Probably no one has ever called Ed VanDyne typical, but his very uniqueness makes him a typical member of CreatorSpace. He’s an artist who combines creativity with technology; he’s an inventor, an engineer and a founding member. He and his team, Rocky Mountain High Flyers Guild, are creating a huge sculpture for the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada Aug. 28-Sept. 24. They’re working at CreatorSpace to make a mobile that is more than 40 feet in diameter with over 1200 LED lights on a huge lotus flower that blows a 20-foot flame out its top on command. It has arms that are 40 feet in diameter that hold 30 artist-made mating dragonfly pairs that make hearts with their wings and legs. “CreatorSpace is critical for this kind August/September 2017

of project; it’s the meeting space where this work can get done,” VanDyne said. “There are about 20 people working on the sculpture, maybe more. Six or seven are doing LED programming, some are wiring, some are welding, some creating woodwork and artwork. We have the help of CreatorSpace’s 3-D printers and other tools. It’s what we call skunk work, when we leave our main office to do high-speed focused projects in record time. We have all the tools here; we can build everything right away as opposed to getting the quotes, sending in the order, and waiting for it to come back. We do it in the high speed way.”


VanDyne said there is huge value in the community. “When we need help there are always people to help us. There’s one electrical engineer we can call when we have an electrical problem, and he drives down here and helps us fix the problem. I’m a mechanical engineer but electrons give me a challenge. We have resources and about 75 members, with probably 15 people in the space everyday doing something.”

doubt that 3D printers are central

The Erion Foundation has been a key supporter of this project since the beginning. A newer sponsor is Lutzbots, created by Aleph Objects, Inc. The Lulzbots 3D printers available to the CreatorSpace have become a powerful tool in education, bridging the gap between classroom concepts and reality with hands-on learning. Without the 3D printers, the makerspace would not have critical tool of the new economy. Aleph Objects noted: “There’s no to the work in a makerspace. There are several from Lutzbots that create an immersive learning environment for a wide range of curricula, from STEAM programs to makerspaces. When students are engaged they see real-world relevance, increasing their motivation to learn. (”



Bad Daddy,

Bad Daddy Burger Bar makes good on the burgers and the bar offering patrons a large selection of cocktails, beer and wine. (Tim Seibert/Loveland Magazine)

A juicy medium-rare cheeseburger dripping with two kinds of bacon, bacon mayonnaise, onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles; it’s called a “Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids.” And a 10-ounce beef patty with bacon fried in buttermilk, horseradish mayo and all the fixin’s; That one is called a “Bad A** Burger.”

license plates, mafia mugshots and music paraphernalia decorate the walls. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar opened in Loveland in April and general manager Nate Barnhart said the reception has gone way better than expected.

“Get the chips, oh get the chips,” advises one customer during a noontime rush at the restaurant as another customer decides between homemade chips and fries.

“We wanted to get open early and establish ourselves in the neighborhood… before things got crazy when Scheels (the sporting goods store) opens in September,” Barnhart said.

The customer sits with a friend at the bar, where records, hub caps, “Back to the Future” posters,

Bad Daddy’s, which originated in North Carolina in 2007, has over 12 locations in Colorado now, includ-


ing a new one in Arvada, with plans to open locations in Norman, Okla. and Georgia this year. The Johnstown location is near Bonefish Grill off Colorado 34 and Interstate-25. It employs 75 people. Bad Daddy’s philosophy is “to prepare simple foods with culinary passion,” according to its website at In 2017, 20 locations have opened in North Carolina, South Carolina and Colorado. “Customers like the location, the chef-inspired burgers… They’re just over the top burger creations,” Barnhart said. “The soul of this place is the kitchen.” Their signature August/September 2017

Bad Daddy’s elevates the burger beyond the fast food standard with options like the “Magic Mushroom.” (Tim Seibert/Loveland Magazine)

margarita “is to die for” and they have 24 microbrews on tap, all from northern Colorado. The motif is a classic rock, garage feel, and two giant west-facing garage doors can be opened for a panoramic view of the Front Range. Monique and Ferd Anderson drove from Windsor to Loveland on a Wednesday and settled into a booth for patty melts and “make-yourown-burgers” with blue cheese. “This is our second time in, what, three weeks?” Monique half-asked, consulting her husband. “This might be our third time here,” August/September 2017

Ferd said.

lies to older people.

The Andersons like the portion sizes, fries, quick service, and that the burgers don’t arrive at the tables cold.

When the waitress arrives to refill their drinks, she asks Ferd if he wants his Dr. Pepper in a glass or to-go cup.

“We have a hard time with burger joints,” Ferd said. “We want it to be hot, you know. It seems like it’s difficult to be hot.”

Taken aback, he says, “Oh, in a togo cup.”

“Also the quality is important,” Monique added. “And they got a bunch of beer, so that’s nice,” Ferd said. The Andersons like the atmosphere and the mix of all ages from

Barnhart said the food is all made in house, including the dressings and burgers. “Nothing is ever frozen. It’s all fresh and craft-inspired,” Barnhart said. “We do some funky stuff like a ‘Magic Mushroom’ that has a lot of truffle in it, wild mushrooms, melted cheese.” LOVELAND MAGAZINE 39

Barnhart added that the restaurant has a “killer happy hour” at 3-6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to close. Full Sail Brewery makes a Bad Daddy’s Amber Ale for them and their house margarita has a limit of two because it’s so strong. “We like everything bad a**,” Barnhart said. “Bad a** food, bad a** service, bad** margaritas, bad a** everything.”


Bad Daddy Burger Bar patrons enjoy creative burgers in a rock and roll atmosphere. (Tim Seibert/Loveland Magazine)


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AT THE LOVELAND CORN ROAST FESTIVAL: A Long-Standing Community Tradition

With a history reaching back more than 100 years, The Loveland Corn Roast Festival is one of Loveland’s longest-standing traditions. James Swan, a Loveland farmer, sugAugust/September 2017

(Photos courtesy Loveland Chamber of Commerce.)

gested the first corn roast festival in 1894. Swan presented the festival as an opportunity for the community to advertise its agricultural resources. The community responded enthusiastically, and, save a single year when it was cancelled due to the illness of a


prominent organizer, the festival has been held every year. The Corn Roast of the old days featured activities like horse races, grand balls, masked carnivals, and speeches by the mayor. In 1982, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce took on the responsibility of hosting and planning the event. While there won’t be horse races or a grand ball, this year’s Corn Roast Festival will have all the makings of a


Over 18000 ears of corn will be shucked and roasted. (Photos courtesy Loveland Chamber of Commerce.)

place winners. The first place team will gain ownership of the coveted traveling trophy. Marie DeWolf, who has

fun summer party: face painting, beer, contests, games, and—of course —lots and lots of corn. “Saccata Farms in Brighton Colorado will bring in about 18,000 ears of corn,” says Mindy McCloughan, President and CEO of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. “We have a full corn roasting team that will start roasting corn on Friday at 1 p.m.” The festival is on the west side of the railroad tracks at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Railroad Street. Miki Roth of Group Real Estate, the emcee for this year’s Corn Roast Festival, is scheduled to kick off the festivities on Friday, August 25 at 5 p.m. Beer gardens, amusements, corn sales, and nearly 100 vendor booths will be open to entertain attendees. One of the first events of the twoday festival is the Corn Shucking Contest, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Teams of seven will shuck, clean, wash, and bag as many ears of corn as possible in three minutes. Each bag holds 12 ears and there will be prizes for first, second, and third 42 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

Registration costs $150 for a team. Only 35 teams can compete and McCloughan expects the spots to fill fast. “We are encouraging people to get in early, as we will definitely have to turn people away,” she says. After the Corn Shucking Competition, 80’s tribute band Retro will perform starting at 8 p.m. The festival closes at 10 p.m. on Friday.

been coordinating the festival’s Corn Shucking Contest for over 10 years, says most of the teams are businesses and the contest provides an opportunity for team building. “Some teams have been competing for many years and use the contest as a bonding activity with employees,” she says. “They really enjoy it and it is a very competitive event.” The corn shucking contest has a utilitarian purpose, too. “The corn shucked on Friday night is then cleaned, cooled, and prepared for the next day, when it will be boiled,” McCloughan says. “We will serve boiled and roasted corn on Saturday.” The registration deadline for the Corn Shucking Contest is August 11.

Saturday morning will start off with a Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Elk Lodge, starting at 6:30 am. Breakfast is followed by the Corn Roast Festival Parade at 9:30 a.m. The parade will complete a 6,200foot loop, starting and ending at the festival site. “The greatest spots to view the event are at Fourth and Railroad and at Cleveland and Railroad,” says McCloughan. “The parade will travel along Cleveland between Sixth and Third and along Railroad Avenue between First and Sixth.” Corn enthusiasts will also have an opportunity to earn their stripes at the Corn Eating Contest at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Registration for this contest starts on Friday at 5 p.m. The Corn Eating Contest will be August/September 2017

followed by a relatively new addition to the festivities, the Second Annual Cornhole Tournament. Sixty four teams will compete in a single elimination competition. Registration for a two-person team costs $80 and the deadline is August 11. Each team member will take home a koozie and t-shirt and be entered to win a cornhole set. Teams will also receive a goodie bag and four beer tickets to share. There will be prize packages for the first, second, and third place teams. Saturday’s festivities will also include a duck race hosted by the Rotary Club and music starting at 4 p.m. with Cable Ten, followed by The Tyler Walker Band at 6 p.m. The festival ends at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Food and beer purchases and

children’s activities will operate on a token system rather than credit card or cash. There will be three token booths located throughout the festival and attendees can also purchase their tokens in advance at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. It requires more than 200 people to plan and execute this event and the Chamber of Commerce is still seeking volunteers. Contact them directly about volunteer opportunities. McCloughan says the Corn Roast Festival benefits the community in many ways, one of which is the exposure and support it provides for Loveland’s downtown shops and restaurants. “It is an excellent economic stimulus for the downtown businesses,” she says.

Additionally, the festival provides an opportunity for the community to engage with each other and recognize the town’s rich history. “It’s a way to come together as citizens of Loveland, showcase all the hidden jewels that Loveland has to offer, and add a little bit of that hometown flair.”


CORN ROAST FESTIVAL When: Aug. 25, 5-10 p.m. and Aug. 26, 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Where: Fourth Avenue and Railroad Street.

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Local brewers bring suds to Loveland Oktoberfest As sizzling summer days start to cool down and fall approaches, there’s still plenty of time to keep the festival spirit alive. What better way to pre-celebrate fall than soaking up suds at the Annual Loveland Oktoberfest? Lovelandbased Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will host the family friendly event. Based on event popularity from past years, the brewery’s cofounder Aaron Heaton expects to see about 4000 people. Brew batches from six other local breweries on tap should be enough to satisfy thirsty craft beer enthusiasts. 44 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

Grimm Brothers will be serving brews from local breweries like Loveland Aleworks, Big Thompson and Big Beaver, to name a few, says Scott Smith, marketing coordinator with Grimm Brothers. While it’s anyone’s guess which beers will be on tap from the other local breweries, Smith has encouraged them to create a special Oktoberfest batch. However, many of those breweries have not yet finalized details on what they plan to deliver, he said. Grimm Brothers alone will pour 150 gallons of their signature Oktoberfest brew, Farmer’s Daughter, said Heaton. So keep your eyes


peeled because you might stumble upon the farmer’s daughter herself as she serves up thirsty beeroisseurs. Warning: Slight buzz-kill for memorabilia lovers. Commemorative beer steins will not be sold at the event this year, said Smith. Instead he encourages festival-goers to bring their own beer steins. The average one liter stein will cost two tokens. Don’t try calculating the math while drinking during the festival. It simply means you can fill that one liter beer stein for just 10 bucks. While the brewmiesters at Grimm August/September 2017

(Above) Loveland Oktoberfest features fun activities for all ages. (Left) Traditional German foods and, of course,beer are a big part of any Oktoberfest. (Photos courtesy Grimm Brothers Brewhouse.)

Brothers are known for keeping customers on the edge of their bar stool guessing which fairy tale character they will feature on the next label, they’ve also gained popularity on the awards circuit. They recently won the 2017 gold medal award from the U.S. Beer Open. Little Red Cap, their signature malty amber, with a hoppy kick, brought home the award in the Alt category, said Heaton.

Historical Side Bar Here’s a little tidbit for all the history buffs. The original story line of Little Red Riding Hood –(and the Big Bad Wolf) was published in 1697 by Charles Perrault. It wasn’t until 1812 that Little Red Cap pounced onto the scene when Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, aka the Grimm Brothers published their version of the fairy tale. Undoubtedly, the “wolf ” likely would have sampled a pint or two August/September 2017

from Red Cap’s picnic basket – had she offered it back in the day. [Source: University of Pittsburg, Professor D. L. Ashliman, retired.]

A new spin on traditions Held on location at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, chances are your senses will fire on most cylinders. That’s because of the unique sights—from people dressed in traditional clothing, think lederhosen for the guys, dirndls for the ladies—to the smells and tastes that go with traditional German fare, think pretzels, mustard and sausage. Not to mention the entertainment—which includes a wide range of music and more. Not all festivals get high marks when it comes to doing the homework that’s often required to create a traditional cultural experience. To give a

festival its authentic traditional flare, it’s important to blend in cultural relevance with traditional elements, says Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, also known as HeidiTown, who helped plan the event with her husband Ryan and the planning committee. She wanted festival-goers to experience a truly authentic Oktoberfest— not the watered down version you might get at other venues. If you’ve attended previous Oktoberfest events, perhaps you’ve wondered why Irish music echoed in the background. It’s a great choice at Irish


Loveland Oktoberfest offers a fun and authentic experience. (Photos courtesy Grimm Brothers Brewhouse.)

Festivals, but not the best choice for Oktoberfest, said Kerr-Schlaefer. This year you can expect German polka tunes from the CSU band, known as Neue Polka Colorado. Because let’s face it, whether you’re at Oktoberfest in Munich, or here, no Oktoberfest is complete without polka tunes. “It’s not just about serving pretzels, people really crave the authenticity because it makes the festival more interesting,” said Kerr-Schlaefer. To punch things up a few notches, Craig Nicholson, aka, DJ Kaaos, will be spinning tunes from German pop bands. Ramstein, a Berlin-based industrial metal band known for the popular song, Du Hast, will likely be in his playlist that night, he said. “I’m going to drop some German hip-hop, old school, electronic, and punk rock bands from the 80s,” said Nicholson. With two turn tables, a mixer, and his 46 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

laptop, he expects the music to be a crowd pleaser. Plus, the light show will feature strobes and lasers to help music lovers get into their groove on the dance floor. “I’m going to come in and bring some head noddin’ music and I’ll be mixing all night long with no breaks in the music,” said Nicholson. “We’re going to go non-stop with no fadeouts.”

Food fit for barbarians

Plans are still underway for the preevent barbarian-themed dinner, said Heaton. A limited number of tickets will be sold, but forget the forks.

Meats will be served up on a platter fit for barbarians and diners will each have a unique dining utensil—a knife. It’s a barbarian-style of eating that dates back about a thousand years or more, says Ryan Schlaefer, whose brain child it was to serve dinner in this barbaric fashion. Local brewer lineup at Loveland Oktoberfest includesGrimm Brothers,Verboten, Crow Hop, Loveland Aleworks, Big Thompson, Big Beaver and Buckhorn.


LOVELAND OKTOBERFEST When: September 15-16, 2-10 p.m. (Friday); 12-10 p.m. Saturday Where: Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, 623 N. Denver Ave., Loveland Free Admission, beer tokens $5 each Enjoy traditional polka tunes by CSU Neue Polka Colorado on Friday night, time TBD; DJ Kaaos spinning a mix of German pop, Saturday, from 5-9 p.m. For more event details, visit

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What to Do



As evidenced by the recent heat wave, summer isn’t over yet! That means there’s still plenty of fun to yet be had around town, so don’t put away your dancin’ shoes. Art, music, movies and food are all there to help us round the corner into fall, so that back-to-school rush doesn’t hurt too much. Just check the list below and take your pick.


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.

City of Loveland’s Farmers Market is the perfect summer activity with the family.


Sundays through September 24, 9 a.m.1:30 p.m.; Fairgrounds Park, 700 S. Railroad Ave., Loveland The Loveland Farmers Market was voted one of the 10 best Farmers Markets in the state of Colorado, and in this state, that really speaks very highly. Load up on fresh fruits and veggies, as well as meats, breads and prepared foods at the Sunday Farmers Market. You can also shop for crafts and artisan good as you enjoy the live entertainment. Parking and admission are free. Cash, major credit cards and SNAP accepted on site! (Please use the north entrance off of Railroad Avenue to access the closest parking spaces.) 48 LOVELAND MAGAZINE programs-events/events/night-onthe-town/


Now through August 8; Friday 4-10 p.m., SaturdaySunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Tuesday 4-9 p.m.;The Ranch, 5280 Arena Circle,Loveland

There’s so much going on at The Larimer County Fair and Rodeo, it’s almost impossible to mention it all, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try—It’s not too late! Certainly hit the rodeo, carnival, livestock, dog and horse events, but make sure to save time for vendors, music, acrobats, fireworks, movies under the stars and much more.


First and third Wednesdays monthly, 5:15-6:15 p.m.; McKee Medical Center, 2000 N. Boise Ave., Room B, Loveland This is a free class offered to those who have been touched by cancer. To register, please call 810-6633.

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August 11-13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Owens Field, 920 W. 29th St., Loveland Three days of world class art, wine and entertainment hosting hundreds of nationwide artists in a variety of medium.


August 12-13; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.; Benson Sculpture Garden, 2908 Aspen Dr., Loveland Loveland High Plains Arts Council hosts this juried exhibition and sale of threedimensional artwork created by over 100 sculptors from around the world.

Visitors will enjoy strolling through Loveland’s outdoor art gallery while sipping wine, and listening to unique entertainment from Yellow Bird Dancers, Bluesman Mike Andersen and the Blues Review Band, Estun-Bah, Inka Gold and Tony Duncan - Hoop Dancer.

Proceeds from the show go towards the purchase of new sculpture for Benson Sculpture Garden as well as toward improvements in the park.


August 12-13; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.,North Lake Park, 2800 N. Taft, Loveland Join the Thompson Valley Art League for the 51st annual Art in the Park to celebrate art in all its many forms. This event features 200 artists booths, musical performances and a food court for refreshments.


Aug. 25-27;The Ranch Events Complex, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland A fabulous show of street rods, street machines and custom-built cars, organized by the Road Knights Car Club.


August 25-26; Friday 5-10 pm., Saturday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; 4th Street and Railroad Avenue, Loveland This annual event is a Loveland community favorite! Start festivities off with a parade and stick around for a shucking competition, a corn eating contest, a lively Corn Hole competition plus all the corn you can eat while enjoying entertainment, great vendors and more. See page 41 for more information.


Sept. 8-10; Friday - Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; The Ranch Events Complex, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland Ready to hot rod? Then don’t miss the Goodguys Colorado Nationals Giant Automotive Festival, September 8 through 10 at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland. This high altitude weekend of fun features over 2,000 1972 and earlier rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and classics on display, vendor exhibits showcasing the latest products and trends, a classic car auction, “Nitro Thunderfest” dragster exhibition, a big swap meet and Cars 4 Sale Corral, the Goodguys AutoCross timed racing competition, live music, a model and pedal car show, a FREE Kids Zone featuring the Revell Model Make n’ Take and so much more! American made or powered muscle cars, customs and trucks of all years are welcome on September 10 for K & N Filters All American Sunday! August/September 2017




Pastels on 5th is a community-wide festival in which artists, businesses, and downtown Loveland get to create a beautiful sidewalk gallery with colorful pastels. This free event and familyfriendly event is a fun and entertain way to see art in a unique medium.

Enjoy live music, fun and games paired with traditional German fare and local brews. See page 44 for more information.

September 9; Downtown Loveland, 5th Street, near Loveland Musum

Visitors get to wander along the sidewalks and watch local and regional artists, both professional and amateur, create works of art right at their feet. There’s even a children’s art area where kids can get in on the creative fun. Families can also enjoy live music, food and an Artist Marketplace, before voting for their pick in the People’s Choice awards. Designated judges also select their favorites and award cash prizes to the winning artists.


Sept. 14, 6-9 p.m. (VIP 5 p.m.); Marriott, 350 E. Horsetooth Rd., Fort Collins The annual Taste Benefit is exactly what it sounds like; a fundraiser centered around some of the best food Northern Colorado has to offer. Don your snazzy duds and sample some of the finest cuisine from locally owned restaurants, local craft beers and a variety of wines to the sound of live music. And don’t for the generous silent auction items! This year’s event features a new setting in an outdoor pavilion with a larger auction space and a VIP lounge. 100 percent of every ticket sold supports the Larimer County Food Bank’s hunger-relief programs., 50 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

September 15-16; Friday 2-10 p.m. ; Saturday 12-10 p.m.; Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, 623 N. Denver Ave., Loveland


Sept. 22, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Mariana Butte Golf Course, 701 Clubhouse Drive, Loveland Prizes and contests are just a part of the fun at this annual tourney benefitting Alternatives to Violence. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. and the shotgun start at 8 a.m., but be sure to stay for the after party at Wapiti Colorado Pub right there on the course.


Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Bond Park, Downtown Estes Park Kick off Elk Fest weekend by participating in the Rut Run 5K on Saturday; registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Then stick around for Elk Fest features like bugling competitions, an archery range, elk-themed kids’ activities and arts and crafts, live music, Native American storytelling and music, and a display of raptors. Guests are encouraged to pick up self-guided elk tour maps. Souvenir and food vendors will be on site as well offering plenty of choices. Stop into the craft beer garden on both Saturday and Sunday serving up refreshing libations.

LOVELAND DOWNTOWN DISTRICT LIVE Sept. 23 , 2-9 p.m.; 4th Street from Lincoln to Cleveland This series brings together the heart and soul of Loveland for a unique block party experience. Join the action for music, art, shopping and the best of Loveland’s downtown vibe. Explore the businesses and meet the people who bring life and energy to downtown. Bring the kids for a fun afternoon, or make it a fun night out. Dance, shop, eat and celebrate! Stop by the Loveland Downtown Partnership booth for information and recommendations. The series wraps up Saturday, Sept. 23 with a stellar lineup, great demonstrations, vendors, local businesses, galleries and breweries.

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