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The Loveland Valentine’s Day Group Wedding held at Foote Lagoon draws couples from all over the country. (Photo courtesy My Big Day)

‘Tis the season of the heart.

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February is all about celebrating love—it might be love for your community, for your family, your friends or the love of your life. Though February 14 might be the day reserved for all the loveydovey activities, in Loveland we keep the feeling going all month. There are myriad opportunities to get out and have fun with your loved ones, from town traditions to some newer events to add to your list. You can mail your official Loveland Valentine to a special someone, take a jog through downtown with your family, there’s even a chance to renew your vows in the city for Sweethearts. We’ll toss you a few date ideas that will carry well beyond Valentine’s Day, and introduce you to a few businesses around town that you should get to know, and possibly, love. Enjoy this special time with those you love! It only comes ‘round once a year.

— Misty Kaiser



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Banking on Community

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With a Valentine card and special essage from the nation’s Sweetheart City.




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employees efore arriving become thorat the oughly invested Brain Balin children’s sucance Center of cess. Windsor, many parents have “Our staff has exhausted a dizvery strong conzying array of nections with options—from the children, as medication to well as the partherapy—in an ents,” says Ashattempt to adley Wilbanks, asdress their chilsistant director dren’s academic, at the Brain social or Balance Center behavioral of Windsor. Using a combination of physical exercises, academic and challeng“It’s very much nutrition training, Brain Balance Center addresses cognitive disorders and disabilities. (Photos courtesy Brain Balance Center of Windsor) es. It’s not a family here. uncomWe’re all interunique approach to helping children mon for ested in the kiddos’ progress, and overcome developmental deficits. Brain how they’re doing academically and There’s no medicine involved; rather, Balance socially.” the center takes a whole-body apCenter professionals proach to helping children with to hear from parents who are disThe process typically starts with ADHD, learning disabilities, Aspergheartened or frustrated because they families, many of whom are from er Syndrome or behavioral problems. haven’t been able to find solutions the greater Northern Colorado area, that work for their children. coming in for a consultation and The center’s holistic approach comcenter visit. Then, children can come bines physical and sensory motor To help solve this dilemma, the Brain back for a comprehensive, four-hour exercises, with academic skill training assessment that measures sensoryBalance Center of Windsor, which and healthy nutrition. Plus, center has been open for a year, offers a motor skills, visual processing and



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perception skills and academic abilities. Next, the center customizes a program for the child, which includes sensory-motor and academic training sessions at the center; at-home exercises; a clean eating plan; and online and community support.

of center coaches, and they get plenty of individualized attention as each station is capped at two children.


At ďŹ rst glance, the center looks like a gym and computer lab for children, and employees say that children enjoy coming in for their sessions. There’s a sensory-motor room where children work on skills such as strength and balance by crossing monkey bars, walking on a balance beam, jumping on a mini trampoline and keeping rhythm and clapping along with a metronome.

Spaces at Brain Balance look as familiar as any gym and computer lab, setting kids at ease. (Photos courtesy Brain Balance Center of Windsor)

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on computers and do eye exercises. During the sessions, children work through stations with the guidance

Also, when families enroll, they get access to an online portal that helps support the nutritional component of the program, and comes complete with shopping lists, recipe ideas and inspiration for birthday parties. The nutritional program, Wilbanks says, focuses on lean meats and lots of fruits and vegetables, and staying away from gluten, dairy, processed sugar, soy and corn. They can ease into the nutritional component rather than eliminating all these types of food immediately.


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children, says James Ballen, director of community relations. As an example, that could be following steps in the morning to get out the door on time, remembering to to tie their shoes and pack their backpacks. “The program helps children become more organized, and take the appropriate steps to function in the home,” Ballen says. “We get reports that homework takes less time, and, overall, that it’s less chaotic in the home.”


Amber Culver, the program director at the Brain Balance Center of Windsor, says the staff is there to support and encourage families, whether that’s celebrating successes or working through challenging moments. “As a team, we do a great job making families feel at home and supported,” Culver says.

child no longer chewing on his sweater or writing her name in all capital letters, Culver explains. To help monitor children’s success, the center holds regular conferences with parents, Culver says. If you’re interested in Staff supports and encourages families and kids through some of their most challenging moments, with a sense of fun and celebration. (Photos courtesy Brain Balance Center of Windsor)

seeing how the Brain Balance Center of Windsor could potentially help your child, you can call the center at (970)-4609107 to learn more. You can also set up a visit to the center, and receive a free consultation and tour

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Food Bank for Larimer County Works for a Hunger-Free County By WENDY MCMILLAN for LOVELAND MAGAZINE

The holiday season is officially over, and as we take down our twinkling lights, ribbons and bows, and hit the clearance sales, everywhere there are glimpses of plenty. Many, spurred by worry about their waistline after the holiday feasting, will resolve to whittle away at their diets, join gyms and focus on less. But for many, postholiday excess is far from reality, there is only survival. For those struggling with where to get their next meal, Food Bank for Larimer County serves as a lifeline, playing a critical role in improving and maintaining the health of our community. “We have a saying here that is basically, ‘you need food, we have food, come and get some food’,” says Food Bank for Larimer County Communications Manager, Paul Donnelly. “We are here to provide nutritious food for those who are in February/March 2018

bers and volunteers working tirelessly year round. In Larimer County, an estimated 42,880 residents are food insecure, meaning they lack access to affordable, nutritious food. Among these, staggering numbers are seniors, single mothers, and children. Fortunately there is help.

A volunteer at Food Bank for Larimer County packages fresh apples for distribution. (Jonathan Castner/Loveland Magazine)

need, and by doing so we can foster independence; by saving on groceries, our guests can free up money to spend on other necessary expenditures, like housing.” A private nonprofit and the only Feeding America Clearinghouse for donated food in Larimer County, the Food Bank for Larimer County relies on its dedicated team

The Food Bank for Larimer County began working toward their vision of a hunger-free Larimer county in 1984, under the leadership of Sandy Bowden. A volunteer for AmericCorps VISTA, the national service program that works to eliminate poverty, Bowden verified a need for an efficient, centralized food collection and distribution resource after conducting a survey in 1983. Not one to dawdle, she immediately began researching and assessing how other communities met the food needs of all individuals, ultimately determining a Food Bank was needed. Within the year, the nonprofit began operations on


East Oak St. in Loveland. From the first day, Bowden and her team were kept on their toes. Within the first month, they proudly provided 3,800 pounds of food to individuals and families in need. In the first twelve months, Volunteers are a vital part of success at the Food Bank distribFood Bank for Larimer County. (Jonathan Castner/ uted 56, 836 pounds Loveland Magazine) of food. Last year, the Food Bank for Larimer County disfrom corporations, foundations, tributed 9.2 million pounds of food, events and government funding. providing 7.72 million meals through Food is distributed at its two excommunity partnerships and hungerpanded locations, 1301 Blue Spruce relief programs. Dr. in Fort Collins and 2600 North Lincoln Ave., Loveland. Food Bank In simple terms, the Food Bank’s prifor Larimer County further partners mary mission is to provide nutritious with more than 85 community orgameals to those in need. The impact, nizations, including Salvation Army, however, is far broader. By providing House of Neighborly Services, nutritional assistance, guests are proCatholic Charities, Homeless Gear vided with health and hope, and an all-important path to self-sufficiency. and others. These partners help with distributions by shopping the Food However you look at it, whether day-to-day or big picture, this is work Bank for Larimer County’s Food Link pantry, collectively saving over that counts on many hands. $2 million on food costs to provide for the clients they serve. In the early days, the Food Bank’s stock relied primarily on rotating food drives between various houses of worship. Today, individual donors represent more than 50 percent of fundraising totals, Donnelly says, combining with further donations 12 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

Food Bank for Larimer County’s partnerships go far deeper than sourcing food. Committed care and careful planning goes into the nonprofit’s many shared programs.

For instance, in partnership with Loveland Rotary, McKinney and Longs Peak Rotary, the Backpack program supplies weekend food packs with easy to prepare meals and snacks to families in need with children; three mobile pantries take food where it is needed in

partnership with several community organizations; and, a congregate senior meal program offers made-from-scratch meals at nine sites for seniors age 60+ in partnership with Volunteers of America.

How can you help?

Donate food, host a food drive, or make a monetary donation. Make a gift of your time. “Our volunteers are incredibly important to our success,” Donnelly says. “We always need volunteers for a variety of tasks. We have set volunteer shifts throughout the week and a few flex shifts that allow volunteers to sign up last minute.” When it comes to food donations, shelf stable items like peanut butter, pasta, whole grains cereals, canned meats, vegetables, and fruits are always welcome. Not sure what to February/March 2018

share? Never underestimate how far your dollar might stretch. For every dollar donated, says Donnelly, the Food Bank can provide five dollars’ worth of food.


Like the momentum you see from Food Bank for Larimer County? Want to help keep it moving forward? Coming up, Empty Bowls 2018 is a key opportunity to show your support. Tens of thousands of people in our county count on Food Bank for Larimer County, and Food Bank for Larimer County counts on us.

EMPTY BOWLS 2018 Save the date for Food Bank for Larimer County’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. Guests will enjoy a delicious selection of soups, salads and bread from local restaurants as well as a silent auction. Soups are served in a ceramic keepsake bowl, created by local student and artists. WHEN: Thursday, February 15, 5:30-7 p.m.; VIP entry 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Rd., Fort Collins Tickets are available now at emptybowls18 or 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 1301 Blue Spruce Dr., Fort Collins. Tickets are $55 each or two for $100 and VIP tickets are $75 each or two for $140.

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The Loveland Since 1947, the chamber, the LoveChamber of Comland post office merce has officially and 60 volunteer unveiled the 2018 stampers have been Loveland valentine bringing love, hope card and cachet. and sentiments to The unveiling kicks people in all 50 off the 72nd annual This year’s official Valentine, designed by Chris Duran, depicts one of the hearts states and more Valentine Re-Mailfrom the City with HeART program. (Courtesy Loveland Chamber of Commerce) than 110 countries ing Program, the with a special cachet largest program of pre-addressed, pre-stamped valenstamp and message through the its kind. In addition, the chamber antine in an enclosed, larger First Class program. Famous athletes, celebrinounced the 2018 official Loveland envelope to: Postmaster - Attention ties and even the president often get Valentine beer and coffee. Valentines, 446 E. 29th St., Loveland, valentines stamped with Loveland’s CO 80538-9998 special message. Some of the most The 2018 cachet that will adorn heartfelt valentines that have come 160,000 valentines was designed Once received, valentines will be through Loveland are the ones sendby Corry McDowell and the cachet ing messages of hope and love to our verse was written by Judy Rethmeier. removed from the larger envelope, troops overseas, to children battling The cachet includes an image of Dan stamped with the special Loveland life-threatening illnesses and to those Cupid with the United States flag and cachet stamp and postmark then rewho are overcoming tragedy and the following message: mailed to its intended recipient. need an extra note of encourage“Our Sweetheart City has a magical way ment. To brighten up your Valentine’s Day. The date for foreign mail has passed When you open your card, it will reveal but if you act quickly, you can still The spirit of friendship and love we all 2018 Valentine Card on Sale make the Feb. 7 deadline for dofeel.” The Loveland Chamber of Commestic mail. Colorado mail must be merce also produces an annual Valentine’s Day card from the work of Share your love by sending your received by Feb. 9. February/March 2018


local artists. The 2018 card, designed by Chris Duran, depicts one of the beautiful hearts from the City with HeART program. The valentine verse for the card, written by Nina J. Adams, is: St. Valentine started the trend – A special day to reach out to friends. Loveland, Colorado picked up the cue, Sending heart-felt messages to you Spreading friendship, love and peace the world ‘round, The Sweetheart City is a delightful town. Inspired by the beauty of nature, education and the arts, We’re happy to showcase our connecting hearts.

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The history of how Loveland got its name may not be steeped in romance. (A little Loveland 101 trivia; the city’s name is a nod to William A.H. Loveland, the president of the Colorado Central Railroad). But, it’s fair to say Loveland has a lot of heart and has really taken its Sweetheart City moniker and ran with it. Look no further than the hearts affixed to the light posts, the volunteers stamping 160,000 Valentine’s with lovely messages and even the special Valentine’s beer. Now, Lovela nd is embracing yet another tradition that further proves Cupid’s arrow favors Northern Colorado. (No hard feelings, Valentine, Nebraska). The Loveland Valentine’s Day Group Wedding is celebrating its second year, inviting couples to February/March 2018

Staff welcomes couples from all over the country to exchange vows in the Sweetheart City on Valentine’s Day. (Photo courtesy My Big Day)

get married or renew their vows on Valentine’s Day. My Big Day, an event company in Loveland, orchestrates the event, which will again be staged at the Foote Lagoon. And, like last year, Todd Harding from K99’s Morning show will be the officiant. He’ll stand in the middle of the lagoon, addressing couples on the steps around him. The lagoon will be lit by candlelight, and singer-songwriter


Branden Sipes will play classic, romantic songs before and after the ceremony. Loveland plays the perfect host for a big, group wedding, says Cindy Mackin, visitor service manager with the City of Loveland. “Obviously with the name Loveland, we’re aptly named,” she says. But the Foote Lagoon adds to the wedding day magic. The island is a beautiful setting and ready to star as a backdrop in wedding day photos, she says. Eighty people took part in the ceremony last year, says organizer Christine Kovacs Forster, the president and event manager of My Big Day. A dozen of the participants married while the others renewed vows, she says.


Vow renewals and first-timers alike professed their love at the inaugural Valentine’s Day Group Wedding. (Photo courtesy My Big Day)

While many couples were from Colorado, other lovebirds flocked from Minnesota, Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota. One couple in the crowd was celebrating 57 years of marriage. Another participant simply told his wife to show to the Loveland library, where registration happens, and surprised her with wedding vow renewals. “It doesn’t hurt to find creative ways to say I love you,” Forester says. During last year’s ceremony, those creative couples posed for photos in heart-shaped sunglasses. While there were traditional white wedding gowns and tuxedos, one couple came to the ceremony dressed as pirates. (We’re guessing they said ayyyye do). After the ceremony, “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz (the most popular song the group voted on during the registration process) played. A catchy line in the song: “Look into your heart and you’ll find love love love love.” The song is another frontrunner for the 2018 ceremony, but has some competition with other love ballads like Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately.” Participants get to vote on the songs they 18 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

want to hear throughout the ceremony during the registration process. Forester says she was charmed by the city when she moved here 14 years ago. “When I first moved here, I thought: ‘Loveland—what a lovely name. It sounded like such a sweet town,” she recalls. Forester got a first-hand glimpse at just how sweet the city was when she signed up to volunteer stamping cards as part of the re-mailing program, a popular Loveland tradition that dates back to 1947. Volunteers place the stamps on cards that are

“It doesn’t hurt to find creative ways to say I love you,” —Christine Kovacs Forster

mailed from all over the world, including all 50 states and more than 110 countries. Loveland also puts on a Fire & Ice Festival in February, with ice sculptures and fireworks. Forester says she wanted to build on the love-centric traditions in Loveland by giving people the opportunity to say “I Do” in this famously romantic city. Lovestruck? Here’s some need to know information if you plan on participating: To marry or renew vows at the event, participants must register by purchasing tickets online. The event is $90 per couple. Prior to the ceremony, registration will happen from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Gertrude Scott Room of the Loveland Library, 300 N. Adams Ave. in Loveland. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Loveland’s Foote Lagoon Amphitheater at February/March 2018

Pirates need love too! All are welcome at the Group Wedding. (Photo courtesy My Big Day)

Civic Center Park, 500 E. Third St. in Loveland. (It’s behind the Civic Center Municipal buildings). For couples getting married, you can purchase your tickets online, then ap-

ply for a marriage license through Larimer County, and bring it with you to event registration between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. Be sure to return the license back to the County Clerk & Recorder within 63 days after the ceremony. The license will then be officially recorded. For couples renewing their vows, you do not have to apply for any paperwork in advance. Simply purchase

tickets online and show up to the registration that happens from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. You will receive a vow renewal certificate after the ceremony. All couples participating in the group wedding will have their certificates signed by the officiant. You will receive special signature Valentine’s wedding cupcakes, and a gift bag for participating. You will receive these items at registration. Also, a photographer will be available at the lagoon to take photos of each couple, and you’ll receive a keepsake photo immediately. Every couple will also be registered to win a large gift package from participating partners.

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One of the ďŹ rst and most important choices a couple will make about their wedding is the venue. Your surroundings on the wedding day can dictate a lot about the wedding itself, including the number of guests and your catering plan. February/March 2018

Sylvan Dale Ranch makes the most of their majestic natural surroundings for the ceremony while still allowing for an elegant indoor reception. (Photo courtesy Sylvan Dale Ranch)

For many couples, the only decision that will come before choosing a venue is deciding on the size of the wedding. “I think the first step for all couples is to create a tentative guest list,” says Melissa Hoffman, wedding coordinator at the Sylvan Dale Ranch. Once you know how many people you are planning to have at your wedding, you can contact various venues and ask about their maximum head count. If you plan to have a larger wedding, this exercise will help you cross off many potential venues that simply can’t accommodate a big group. The next step is much simpler: go with your gut. “Once a couple has a list of feasible venues, that is when they should start going on tours to see which venue speaks to them the most,” says Hoffman. “It should be

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Alternatively, if you have a clear vision in mind for the style of your wedding, you might want to start by choosing the venue and then build your guest list to fit your dream venue’s capacity. “Once they fall in love with a venue, they have to be willing to cut their guest list down if necessary,” Hoffman says. “It’s really about deciding what is more important: who they get to invite or where they get to remember their special day.” Above all, don’t get overwhelmed with tours—this is supposed to be fun! Hoffman recommends a maximum of ten venue tours. While

this is by no means an exhaustive list of the venues available to you in the Front Range, here are some wedding style trends and local venues that might fit them.

A WOODSY WEDDING The Sylvan Dale Ranch has been a family owned operation since 1946 and that is a feeling the owners want to impart to their guests. “When guests come to this venue they are made to feel as though they are part of the Sylvan Dale family,” says Hoffman. The ranch offers the luxury and seclusion of a far-off getaway, despite the fact that it is only a short drive from Loveland’s town center. Guests have access to a heated swimming





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For a modern-styled wedding with both outdoor and indoor options, the Best Western in Loveland gives brides and grooms an impressive amount of space in one place. (Photos courtesy Best Western)

pool in the summer, a variety of outdoor games like tennis and volleyball and miles of wilderness in which to hike or horseback ride. While rustic and woodsy weddings are typically defined by the venue, there are a variety of other ways to imbue the theme into your wedding. “‘Woodsy’ typically refers to either the location and the decor,” says Christine Kovacs Forster, president and event manager at My BIG Day. Some decorations Forster recommends are greenery, wood planks, wine barrels and other exposed natural wood. She says that while burlap and wooden crates were popular in past years, they have been seeing a decline and won’t be part of the woodsy theme in 2018. It can also be a challenge to express the theme with your dress and cake, but Forster has a couple of recommendations. “One style that can carry over from woodsy to vintage is the fur stole,” she says. “We’ve seen a number of brides rock their fur (faux or real) as a fabulous accessory lately. As far as catering, the ‘naked cake’ is still very popular and mixes well with a woodsy theme.” 22 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

are a popular trend. For catering, modern brides are ditching the white wedding cake for dessert bars. “Anything bite sized is popular,” Forster says. “Lots of options give guests the ability to sample everything.”

A Modern Wedding

A modern, ballroom wedding doesn’t have to break the bank. The Best Western offers a one-stop shop for all your gala wedding needs. “We feature a mountain view at a budget price,” says Carrie Cajka, director of sales and marketing at Best Western. “We can host a rehearsal, ceremony, reception and after party in one spot. We only have one wedding a day, so it’s all about the couple.” The Best Western allows couples to bring in outside catering if they prefer, but they also have an in-house catering option that can create vegan and gluten-free menus for your wedding. With a maximum capacity of 200, the Best Western can host your wedding for as little as $2,000 with food included. For carrying the modern theme over into other areas of your wedding, Forster says off-the-shoulder dresses in nontraditional colors like blue

Caterers are also getting more and more requests for interactive food stations. “Rather than a traditional buffet, there are stations placed around the reception site,” Forster says. “Guests can move from station to station to fill their plate. Many caterers are offering interactive displays such as a macaroni and cheese bar, mini taco bar, smoked cocktails and bloody mary bars.”

A Vintage Wedding

A private property in the heart of Loveland, The McCreery House was awarded The Couples Choice Award 2018 by WeddingWire as a result of their reviews from coupled married there in 2017. “The McCreery House is an enchanting place that feels like home,” says Julie Marsh, venue owner and wedding coordinator. “I want couples to feel that way from the moment they first visit the venue all the way through the wedding planning process and as they ride off into the sunset as a new February/March 2018

The historical McCreery House lends itself to a classically vintage style wedding, with beautiful garden grounds and homey interiors. (Photos courtesy McCreery House)

Mr. and Mrs.” The McCreery House can host a wedding of 150 guests in their outdoor spaces in the summer and between 40 and 65 guests in the winter for an indoor wedding. Forster says traditional and vintage style weddings will be a major trend for 2018. This includes classic dress styles with lots of lace and simple, clean color palettes. “While we saw these trends start to come back in 2017, we think the Royal Wedding will really help influence bridal magazines and websites and the inspiration for 2018 brides,” she says.

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Questions to Ask When Touring Venues • What is the minimum and maximum capacity? • What dates are available on or around your desired wedding day? • What is the site fee and what does it include? (Tables? Chairs? Waitstaff? Bartenders?) • What is the cancellation policy? • Can the site fee change or increase after you have paid a deposit and booked your day? • What are you required to rent or purchase from the venue? Can you bring in outside vendors for catering? Liquor? (Note that many venues have “preferred vendors” they require you to use.) • What are the rules about decorations?



The Sweetheart Classic invites couples to sweat together in Loveland BY JOHN LEHNDORFF for LOVELAND MAGAZINE

If you want to hold onto your significant other, you had better get moving - and preferably moving together. “A growing body of evidence suggests that couples who sweat together really do stay together,” writes Psychologytoday. com columnist Theresa DiDonato.

Strollers are a common sight at the Sweetheart Classic as families cross the finish line together. (Photo courtesy Sweetheart City Racing)

“Sharing a fitness goal (such as training for a 5K or triathlon), taking regular runs together, ballroom dancing, or having a date night at the gym can boost the quality of your romantic relationship.” Sara and Shane McWatters of Loveland not only run together (and have for a decade) but they also now run a series of five races annually in Loveland including the Sweetheart Classic on Feb. 10. “Some people really go for it but 24 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

the Sweetheart Classic is more of a fun run. There will be people in pink socks and red tutus. We don’t discourage that,” Shane McWatters said with a laugh. The 4-mile Sweetheart Classic has been part of Loveland’s Valentine’s Day festivities for a while but this is the second year that the McWatters have organized the race. For 2018 they are partnering with Visit Loveland and the Fire and Ice Festival. Last year the course snaked around Lake Loveland. The new varied course starts in Downtown Loveland and offers racers great views of Longs Peak through the River’s Edge Natural Area. “We typically average

about 250 to 300 runners per race and participation has grown,” Shane said. The number of festive spectators has grown, too. The former Loveland Road Runners organization has become Sweetheart City Racing, a Loveland non-profit that now has an ambitious schedule of five races in its 2018 Holiday Series: the Sweetheart Classic, the Liberty 5K (July 4), the Valley 5000 5K Run/Walk (August), Bell Ringer (Nov. 10) and Toy Drop 10K (Dec 15). “You can register for all the races and receive a discount. It’s ideal for runners who train throughout the year,” Sara McWatters said. February/March 2018

All of the races benefit local nonprofits. Proceeds from the Sweetheart Classic got to the Thompson Valley School District high school and middle school cross country teams. “The funds we raise help the

to race you still can,” Sara said. The race day registration will be available until 8:45 a.m. The Feb. 10 festivities kick off with a free kids’ run at 8:30 a.m. The race organizers urge participants not to dawdle. Be sure

get a medallion crafted by a local artist and gifts from local business sponsors. There is a Top Dog prize for the first person to finish with a

Kids get their own special fun race. (Photo courtesy Sweetheart City Racing)

dog as well as a Top Stroller finisher. “We will announce the winners in the seven age-group categories. We have had everyone from young kids to people in their ‘70s as winners,” Sara said.

The Sweetheart classic is fun for all ages. (Photo courtesy Sweetheart City Racing)

teams offset costs for things like uniforms and transportation. There are also other big expenses including meet participation fees and the cost of going to the Colorado State championships,” Shane said. The schools that benefit are providing young volunteers to help with the race day logistics.

to arrive early to get situated because the race begins promptly at 9 a.m. Parking will be limited near the race start so participants and observers are encouraged to park at Centennial Park (off of 1st and Taft streets) and hop on the free shuttle by 8:45 am.

The Elks Lodge, 103 E. 4th St., is the race headquarters where runners register and the awards events will take place after the race. Race packets and commemorative long-sleeved shirts can be picked up the night before the race at the Elks Lodge.

The Sweetheart Classic awards ceremony including the overall winners and masters winners will take place immediately after the race at about 9:45 a.m. in the Elks Lodge where donated food and drink including coffee and bagels will be available for participants.

However, even if you are an extreme procrastinator you can still run. “If you wake up that day and you want

There are no cash awards for this race but the top three finishers will

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LOVELAND SWEETHEART CLASSIC WHEN: Feb. 10 Where: Downtown Loveland Fees: $30; $55 per couple; Free for kids; 10 percent discount for military and first responders For More Info: sweetheart-classic, 970-2159642


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Baby, Is It Cold Outside? Tips for Staying Active All Winter

most common in seniors. But with a little preparation, these hurdles can be overcome. When venturing out in ice and snow, Dr. Sunderman advises seniors particularly to bring extra assistance such as a walking cane and sturdy shoes with extra grip. Parents, when sending children off to school, Dr. Johar notes it’s worth paying a little special attention to their footwear in winter months as well. Many shoes look like they’re designed for winter, yet they have very little sole or traction on them, putting children at risk. Dr. Edward Jeffrey Donner, M.D. and the staff of orthopedic experts at Colorado Spine Institute. (Photo courtesy Colorado Spine Institute.)

By WENDY MCMILLAN for LOVELAND MAGAZINE Brrrrr. Cold weather, shorter days that just don’t seem to be lengthening significantly just yet...kind of triggers the urge to curl up somewhere snuggly indoors, right? But hibernation mode is not the answer to frosty conditions. In fact, medical professionals stress the significant importance of keeping active during the winter months despite the cold. With restricted daylight hours and chilly air, many people, especially seniors, tend to recluse into their warm homes and forego physical activity. The ensuing lack of exercise can take quite a toll on both physical and mental health. Depression, weight gain, and achy joints, especially for seniors, are all correlated to physical inactivity and 28 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

Wash your hands.

isolation in winter months. But let’s be honest: the new year has set in, and all that renewed momentum of fresh starts has faded somewhat, settling into comfortable routines. How to shake off the the warmth of a beckoning blanket, look past frigid temps, and get moving? We’ve got you covered. Here, Dr. Steve Sunderman, site lead at Aspen Internal Medicine Clinic in Loveland and Internal Medicine Clinic in Greeley, and Dr. Jasjot Johar, Banner Health Emergency Medicine Physician, offer simple, expert tips to help you get moving enjoyably and safely in winter conditions:

It seems almost too good to be true, but simply upping your conscientiousness when it comes to handwashing can go a long way in helping maintain winter fitness. We all know cold, flu, and pneumonia illnesses are easily spread in winter months. Regular hand-washing is one of the best ways to remove germs, protect yourself, and avoid spreading germs to others. By taking extra precautions and maintaining strict hand-washing routines, you can avoid getting sick, Dr. Sunderland says, thereby getting stuck indoors unable to exert yourself.

Mind your feet.

We are fortunate to live in a state with 300+ days of sunshine, Dr. Sunderland reminds us. Get your heart pumping and enjoy a brisk walk when you can. Taking advantage of the warm, sunny days, you’ll help your body get its daily dose of vitamin D, known for a whole host

Most seniors have a discomfort of winter weather conditions in fear of slips, falls, and broken bones, and with good reason. The presence of icy and slippery surfaces certainly increases risk of such injuries, with hip fractures being the

Find the sunshine.

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of benefits, including bolstering immunity, supporting bone health, even protecting against cancer. While winter sunshine is something to celebrate, it’s also crucial to be mindful of possible overexposure. Don’t put away that sunscreen simply because it isn’t hot outside. Sunburn isn’t caused by heat itself, but by UV radiation, Dr. Johar says. UV radiation is actually magnified by snow, putting people at even greater risk on bright, snowy days.

Take water breaks.

When people are outdoors in the cold, they may tend to be less conscious of keeping hydrated because they aren’t sweating, Dr. Johar cautions. But winter weather can lead to

Tips for keeping your pet safe this winter

By Meghan Giannotta, Newsday (TNS)

Don’t forget to bundle up your furry friend before you leave the house this winter. Puppies and elderly dogs are extra susceptible to the cold. Follow these 10 tips from the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to keep your pets safe during the cold weather.

Limit outdoor trips.

Keeping your pets indoors as much as possible is the best way to keep them safe this winter. The Nassau County SPCA says that “outdoor cats are especially susceptible to hazards like frostbite, getting lost or being exposed to diseases.” Allow them inside during the winter months.

Always use a leash.

Even the most obedient pets are safer when on-leash in the snow and rain. Winter weather can “wipe away familiar scents” and leave your pup lost or confused.

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dehydration unexpectedly. Low humidity in wintertime, particularly in a dry climate like ours, can easily lead to dehydration. Children are especially susceptible, Dr. Johar says, due to their smaller size. Look out for symptoms such as lightheadedness, and be proactive, building in access to fluids while enjoying winter fun.

Be creative about taking it indoors.

Some days, there’s just no getting outdoors. For these occasions, or for people who simply can’t face the cold wintry days, there is a wide variety of indoor exercises and social opportunities to stay active and engaged. Dr. Sunderland recommends considering joining a gym for the winter, or building an extra set of stairs into

your day. Remember too, being active isn’t all about fitness. Social opportunities such as game and craft nights are also fun ways to avoid feelings of depression and isolation that can set in during winter.

Breathing cold air directly in your lungs can be a real irritant. Low humidity in wintertime can lead to dehydration. Children especially may be more susceptible, getting dehydrated due to breathing issues-cold weather combined with dehydration is a set up for situations like frostbite.

from frigid temperatures, especially as a puppy or senior. Be sure to slip a winter coat or rain coat on your furry friend before you allow them outdoors.

“bang on the hood of your car loudly a few times before you enter.” The noise will scare away any sleeping kitties.

Keep pets away from electrical items.

Never leave your pet unattended in a car. Especially not during the hot summer temperatures or the frigid ones in the winter. If it’s cold outside, choose to leave your dog at home instead.

Your dog or cat may love to snuggle up next to you and enjoy the warmth of your heated blanket, but allowing them to do so unattended can be dangerous. If you’re worried about your dog keeping warm at night, try using SnuggleSafe Pet Heating Pads. Warm up the pads in the microwave for 5 minutes and the pads will retain heat for up to 12 hours.

Encourage potty trips.

You may find your pet is reluctant to take potty breaks in rain and snow. Encouraging them to continue to head outdoors to do their business is important. Make sure they feel comfortable by bringing an umbrella or slipping a rain coat on them before heading outside.

Check for cats under your car.

In the winter months, it’s not uncommon to find outdoor cats seeking shelter underneath your car. Starting your car while a cat lies beneath it can be dangerous. The Nassau County SPCA’s trick to evict stowaways is to

Never leave pets in the car.

Keep them dry.

After playing in the snow, be sure to dry your pet immediately. Don’t forget to wipe their legs, paws and stomach. Salt from the ice and antifreeze can be hazardous if left on their paws.

Don’t leave them outside.

Leaving your dog or cat outside unattended in the snow or rain puts them at risk for illness. If your pet needs to be kept outside, build a dog house or cat shelter that is wellinsulated. Check their water bowl frequently to be sure the water hasn’t turned into ice.

Keep them healthy.

Low temperatures can make pets “more susceptible to illness during the change of seasons.” If you notice your pet feeling under the weather, don’t ignore the symptoms. Take them to the vet immediately.


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Date night can come with a lot of unintended pressure to come up with the perfect activity. Dinner plus movie tops the list because it’s easy and doesn’t require much planning, but if you’re looking for something a little different here are some romantic options.

The Final Rose

T Candlelight Dinner Playhouse presentation of Disney’s The Beauty and the Beast, appropriately enough, has its last run on Valentine’s Day. Though you may have seen the animated classic, the live performance includes new songs along with the more familiar tunes. The story tells of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an w enchantress. Tickets for the Valentine’s Day performance will include chocolates and champagne, so make it a sweet and romantic occasion with your special date. (For tickets and information visit Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747) M

Sealed with a Kiss

Kiss Me Kate, beginning Feb. 23, continues the romance at the Candlelight Dinner Theater. Cole Porter’s Tony Award winning romantic musical comedy gives a backstage glimpse of a touring company performing The Taming of the Shrew. Throw together two squabbling couples, a few gangsters, and some great music and you get one hysterical play-withina-play. (For tickets and information visit coloradocandlelight. com. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747)

Merry Date Night

Loveland Opera Theater brings the scheming, intrigue and happy endings that makes Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow an irresistible good time. A performance full of will-they-orwon’t-they scenarios keep the audience guessing while elegant parties and catchy music entertain. Make it a date at the Rialto, Feb. 23-25 or March 2-4. (For tickets and more information visit, Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland)

Light Up Your Life

On March 28 the Rialto Theater hosts the inaugural Alley Lights Concert featuring local favorites Dave Beegle, Wendy Woo, and Steve Manshel. Proceeds from the concert will directly benefit downtown businesses who will install lighting on their buildings to help light downtown alleys and make them safer and easier to utilize at night. Alley Lights is sponsored by Loveland Downtown Partnership, and the LDP Business Alliance. (For tickets and more information visit, Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland)

Top of the Town

If you like to leave your entertainment options open, plan a date night for Night on the Town. Every second Friday monthly, downtown merchants, galleries, venues and restaurants flaunt their best for the community. Attend an art opening or exhibit, take in some live music, wander the Loveland Museum’s main gallery for free and take advantage of restaurant specials throughout downtown. It’s never the same date twice. (For tickets and more information visit, Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland) 30 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

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e hear it all the time—everything’s better with wine—especially when it comes to romance. So why not pair the drink with the happenings around town? Stop wracking your brains trying to invent some new and unique excursion to impress your sweetheart. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or simply want a date night with your significant other, here’s a round-up with fun, romantic things around town.



Pairing Food, Wine and Romance –Por Favor Looking for a cozy atmosphere for a little rendezvous? Add Origins to the list. The rustic contemporary feel comes from barn wood décor throughout plus the creative placement of sculptures and paintings from local artists. Say good-bye to decanting a bottle of wine only to discover it doesn’t tickle your fancy. Origins is the ideal spot to share a bite to eat while sampling wines by the glass—with your true love. With over 40 different wines on the menu, you’re sure to find a few keepers for the wine collection.

Noffsinger. That’s because you’re never quite sure what you’ll get with each pour. More often than not, he says tasters are pleasantly surprised. Also be sure to check out Origins’ themed wine tastings. With two wine tastings per month, sip Italian wines, Cabs to whites, Spain to France. Origins, 500 N Lincoln Ave., Loveland,

By ELISE OBERLIESEN for LOVELAND MAGAZINE Enjoy three pours for $11. Sampling different vintages keeps things interesting, says Origins owner, Jeff

Wilbur’s Weekly Tastings Thinking about dinner for two at home this Valentine’s Day? It’s not

Origins owner, Jeff Noffsinger, toasts to a sample of one of over 40 available wines. (Jonathan Castner/Loveland Magazine)


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a bad idea, says Matt Dinsmore, general manager of Wilbur’s Total Beverage, especially if you pick the right bottle. Don’t get me wrong, dining out rocks, but staying in with the one you love all curled up on the couch, well, is a close runner up. Why not break out of the ho-hum libations and try something new and exciting. Because let’s face it—every relationship could use a little of that from time to time. Wilbur’s offers weekly in-store beer tastings on Fridays, from 3 to 6 p.m.; wine tastings on Saturdays, from Noon to 4 p.m. Plus, they will be hosting pre- and post-Valentine’s themed tastings, Feb. 9-10, and on Feb. 16-17. Dinsmore says tastings expose your palette to something new and unexpected—without breaking the bank. “You can get a nice bottle of wine for under $20,” says Dinsmore. When planned just right, a meal at home is a “more affordable luxury without busy crowds or having to drop a ton of dough,” says Dinsmore.

Top 3 Wine Picks— Just Add the Romance Love—Italian Red Rosso (blend), $12.99 Silver Beach—Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand $15 Borgo San Leo—Prosecco, Italy, $16.99 Wilbur’s is located in Whole Foods, 2201 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, February/March 2018

Origins’ wine flights let guests taste a variety of themed wines at one sitting. You might come away with a new favorite. (Jonathan Castner/Loveland Magazine)

Private Winemaking Sesh—Lessons From The Master Looking for that unique date night idea? If the apple of your eye loves wine, or toys with the idea creating their own blend, complete with custom label, than this is just for you. Lino Di Felice, master vintner, started Vintages in 1999 to give locals a way to explore custom wine making. Now you can learn from a master without buying a vineyard or investing in all the equipment that goes into the winemaking craft. Whether you fancy grapes from California, Italy, France or Germany, just say the word, Di Felice sources his grapes from vineyards worldwide. If you want to take your sweetie out for this one of a kind immersive wine making experience, make sure to book your session in advance. “Everything is guaranteed to taste good,” says Di Felice. The hardest part is waiting for your batch to

ment so you can start sipping away. “Bottles must sit for about three to six months, and last up to three to five years in a decent cellar,” he says. The minimum batch is a mere five gallons—that’s 24 bottles of wine, says Di Felice. That’s about $15 per bottle. One session runs $360. Plus, you create your own custom wine label. Want to experience a private wine making sesh? No drop-ins, it’s by appointment only. Reader Tip—makes a great wedding gift or wedding favor for those of you planning to tie the knot. Vintages, 1312 Blue Spruce Dr., Unit 2, Fort Collins,

Putting the ART in Heart Instead of going to the art museum to admire it from afar, now you can try your hand at it—with your sweetie. Glass of Art in Berthoud offers a


Hand paint your own special couple’s wine glasses at

Painted wine bottles light up a kitchen.

Glass of Art in Berthoud. (Photo courtesy Glass of Art)

(Photo courtesy Glass of Art)

variety of medium for couples to express their artistic leanings. From the expected wood and canvas wall hangings, to light-filled wine bottles, wine glasses and a variety of ceramics, guests can create something different with each return visit. A monthly calendar provides a sneak peek at each class so painters can peruse and choose before they go. A full bar—and the occasional karaoke night—make Glass of Art a great date night.

calendar online to see which nights are designated for couples. But if those dates don’t work, it’s not uncommon for couples to simply pick a day that fits their busy schedules. For the Valentine’s themed date night, choose from two locations—their permanent Centerra location or a special off-site pop-up at Verboten Brewing.

Glass of Art, 316 Mountain Ave., Berthoud,

When: Feb. 14, Check-in 6:30 p.m.

Studio Vino offers a fun way for couples to share a love of art while they create it. Couples combine two 16x20 canvasses to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Plus, sipping wine or beer while you paint is just an added bonus to help get the creative juices flowing. Studio Vino’s Owner, Sara Turner says some couples enjoy making art together so much—they turn it into a monthly date night. Check the 34 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

out of the house, than the Rialto Theatre has a little something just for you. At this backstage fundraiser, share a kiss and celebrate Valentine’s Day while supporting a good cause. What Valentine’s Day is complete without Chocolat? We’re talking ‘bout both the movie and confection that melts in your mouth. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and pairings of wine and chocolate before heading into the theatre

Centerra, 6055 Sky Pond Dr., Loveland or Verboten Brewing, 127 E. 5th St., both in Loveland

for a good old classic screening of

Studio Vino, 6055 Sky Pond Dr., Unit P172, Loveland,

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Chocloat, with Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. Visit their website

When: Feb. 14, : 6:30 p.m. Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. 4th St.,

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TownePlace Suites by Marriott to Anchor The Foundry’s South End 102-room downtown hotel will open Spring 2019

TownePlace Suites by Marriott is the latest addition to The Foundry in downtown Loveland. Marriott’s entry marks the first business announcement for the downtown revitalization project, which will transform four acres between Lincoln and Cleveland avenues. The 63,550-square-foot, four-story TownePlace Suites by Marriott will offer 102 rooms and feature an indoor pool, fitness center, lounge and 1,000 square feet of divisible meeting space. The hotel will cater to business travelers and tourists alike, offering free wireless internet, a business center and pet-friendly accommodations. The hotel portion of the project is being developed by Northern Colorado-based Brinkman and Colmena Group, a real estate development and investment company headquartered in Salt Lake City. The hotel fills out The Foundry plan that includes a 460-space, five-level parking garage owned by the City of Loveland, a 35,000-square-foot public plaza for community events and a seven-screen, 625-seat first-run movie theater. 36 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

Two five-story buildings, Patina Flats at the Foundry, will front Cleveland and Lincoln avenues and offer 155 for-rent apartments and 15,000 square feet of commercial space. The overarching Foundry project is a public/private partnership that brings together the City of Loveland, Brinkman, the Loveland Downtown Partnership and investment partner Brue Baukol Capital Partners. The $75 million project is the largest public-private real estate collaboration in Loveland’s history. Formerly known as the “South Catalyst,” The Foundry aligns with the City’s vision for revitalizing the southern zone of the historic downtown district, propelling social and economic vitality throughout Loveland’s core. Construction of TownePlace Suites by Marriott is anticipated to begin by the end of February with an expected completion date and opening in Spring 2019.

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As the City Grows, So Does the Love For more than four decades, the streets of the Sweetheart City have been decorated each February with hundreds of wooden hearts. Many are inscribed with words of affection, devotion and admiration, in the spirit of the month. The Hearts Program was started about 45 years ago by the Loveland Jaycees. The Thompson Valley Rotary Club of Loveland took over the program in 1992, and since then it has evolved into its current form of personal messages custompainted each year on 360 Hearts. It is a very popular annual event with

the Hearts selling out in a matter of days to both local and long-distance purchasers. Randy Touslee, Treasurer of the Thompson Valley Rotary Club of Loveland, says, “Valentine Hearts are a major fund raiser for the Thompson Valley Rotary Club. The majority of the money that we raise by selling the Hearts is returned directly to the community through our Funding and Grants Program.


“Members of Thompson Valley High School’s National Honor Society volunteer many hours to help get the work done that is required to hand letter each of the 360 Hearts that are then hung on lampposts by Loveland Public Works Department employees. It is truly a massive effort, under a strict timeline, that requires the best teamwork by all parties involved. After Valentine’s Day, city crews take down the hearts, which are then stored and reused each year.” According to Touslee, while many Rotarians and their spouses help

Above: Volunteers from TVHS’s National Honor Society help stencil and paint 360 hearts per year. (Photo courtesy Thompson Valley Rotary Club.)

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with the coordination and supervision of the students and the heavy lifting of moving the Hearts, the true “heart and soul” of the program’s success is the hours of planning, coordination, and physical effort that is put in by Rotary member TJ Julien. “Another vital piece of the program’s success,” Touslee says, “is the availability of a heated, lighted workshop made available by a local family, who tolerate the comings and goings of people and vehicles at all hours of the day and night.” Julien says, “This is our commitment to the city. As the city grows, so does the love. This year we were sold out of Hearts on January 8, which is even earlier than last year.” She notes that Information Technology plays an important role in making the process smooth. “Mark Weiman of Rotary is the head IT guy.” She is head of project and production. 40 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

“The City donates their resources to make this happen; we couldn’t do it without them.” What is the cost of a heart? $50. The hearts are reused each year and are not for sale. Community members may request to have almost anything written on the hearts, including notes in foreign languages and symbols. Though there is a 25-character limit. According to Julien, the hearts originally bore only generic sayings, like the popular candy hearts you see today. Then the love messages evolved to be more personal, from one person to another. There is at least one marriage proposal each year. The program has reached its order limit for the 2018 season. Orders for hearts for 2018 would have been accepted from December 26, 2017, the day after Christmas, through January 25, 2018. But, as mentioned above, they sold out on January 8 this year.

The program will open online orders for the 2019 Hearts Program on December 26, 2018. Starting that day, you may order your heart online at “As the city has grown and the popularity of the program has increased, so has demand. Each year the hearts continue to sell out, so get your heart order in early,” says Julien. Thompson Valley Rotary Club of Loveland was chartered in 1989. It describes its purpose as follows: “We are a service club focused on supporting our local community and youth needs, the environment and the world abroad. We join together as friends, family and community business members to raise money through our fundraising events to support what we believe in. Our club culture is one of a relaxed and fun atmosphere.”

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Benefits of Exercise for Seniors The fastest growing segment of our population is adults 60 years of age and older. Healthy aging is achievable with sound planning, diet and exercise. Scientific studies show that exercise is safe for all age groups, and that staying fit is especially important for older adults. Exercise slows the aging process, promotes independence and delays many disabilities. Four areas that are important for staying healthy and independent are balance, strength, flexibility and endurance. Each year, 1 in 3 older adults will fall, and over 300,000 people are admitted to hospitals for fractured hips. Balance exercises are vital in the prevention of falls because they build leg and core muscle strength, and help improve flexibility in

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by Carol Fustos

the hamstrings, quadriceps and lower back. Strengthening exercises build muscles, as well, plus they help increase metabolism, give us more freedom of movement, and keep blood sugars and weight in check. Stretching also reduces the risk of falling, helps improve posture, and increases blood flow and flexibility. Endurance exercises are any activity which increases ones heart rate and breathing for a period of time, and may include walking briskly, swimming, bicycling and gardening. Remember to check with your doctor before doing any exercise program, drink plenty of water, always warm up, don’t overdo, stretch and have fun! G




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(BPT) - What is one of the biggest sources of stress? It’s cleaning on a deadline, especially when guests are on their way. But with the right plan in place, even last-minute cleaning can be efficient and stress-free, says Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert. In an online survey conducted by Toluna, more than half of respondents admitted that most of their cleaning takes place just before guests arrive. With a bit more focus, this preparation can be quick and effective, without stress. After all, parties shouldn’t be a race against the clock. They’re about spending time with friends and family. Johnson shares the following tips to clean smarter, not harder, in the limited time you have before guests arrive.

Ready, set ... declutter

The important first step is to declutter rooms. Set a timer if needed to help you stay on track and avoid spending too much time in one room. Put things where they belong, or if they don’t have a home, put them in a room or under beds where no one will see. Save decluttering those hidden storage areas for later. Prioritize rooms you use most, so if you run out of time, guests won’t notice an untidy area.

Only clean what guests will see Join the more than one-third of Americans who don’t bother cleaning rooms people won’t see. You have enough to stress about as the host. Don’t waste your precious time cleaning parts of the home no one will ever see. Simply shut doors to rooms that you want to keep private, signaling to guests not to enter. If you have family staying with you, give guest rooms a once-over, clean the bathrooms that will be used and, of course, the kitchen and living room.

Skip the sweep

Don’t spend time sweeping with a dry mop when you can vacuum instead. Vacuuming is far more efficient and faster at removing dust, dirt and other debris from the floors. Keep a portable hand-held vacuum nearby in case of a big mess, like a glass breaking during a party. Within seconds, the mess will be gone and you can go back to enjoying your company.

Speed-clean the bathrooms All you need to clean your bathroom quickly is a damp microfiber cloth to give every surface a quick wipe-down and a toilet brush to clean the inside walls of the toilet. To freshen it up even more, pour a half-cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl and add white vinegar along with a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Allow the mixture to bubble for a bit and scrub with a toilet brush. Then, voila: your bathroom is clean, shiny and smelling great.

Tackle the microwave mess

You know people will want seconds well after the leftovers are put away, so use this tip to tackle microwave build-up: Combine lemon juice and water in a microwave-safe bowl and run it for about two minutes. The lemon water will loosen any gunk or food in the microwave for an easy wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Now guests can reheat their leftovers in a clean microwave. With the cleaning under control, all that’s left for you to do is to light a few candles, conquer the grocery list and, of course, enjoy your special guests.

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offers breads, pastries, ‘fun items’

Annie DeCoteau of Berthoud originally didn’t plan to open a bakery and sandwich shop in her home town, but her bread recipe got a lot of attention. DeCoteau used a recipe from an old magazine to create an artisan boule, a round, crusty bread, and took it to farmers markets in Berthoud, Loveland and Mead, often selling out. She and her husband, Bob, opened Rise Artisan Bread Bakery & Café in December 2016 when they outgrew their home kitchen and needed more space for baking bread—plus they could expand their menu with sandwiches, pastries and other baked goods. “It became apparent pretty fast in the second year of doing farmers markets something had to give,” DeCoteau said about making 200 loaves of bread each weekend during the summer months as a cottage

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and sell their breads, wanting to stay in Berthoud and be close to their five children, ages 6 to 18. “We love Berthoud, so we wanted to be part of the community here,” DeCoteau said. The garage behind the building where Rise is located, 405 Fifth St., became available in July 2016, and the DeCoteaus signed a lease with plans to convert the 800-squarefoot space into a bread shop.

Rise Bakery owners, Annie and Bob DeCoteau. (Jonathan Castner/Loveland Magazine)

food business. “It would overtake the house every weekend. I said I can’t do it here anymore.” In spring 2016, the DeCoteaus began looking for a place to open a kitchen


Just as they finished their business plans to submit to the board of health, the front of the building, also 800 square feet, became available in September 2016 when the design studio located there moved out. The DeCoteaus scrapped their plans and started over, taking on the lease the next month and delaying their original open date, DeCoteau said. “Once we were able to open up to this side, we were really able to expand our menu,” DeCoteau said.


Sweet to savory, the treats at Rise Bakery are all drool-worthy. (Jonathan Castner/Loveland Magazine)

made and who made it, something local. It’s good, simple ingredients.”

The menu includes New York-style bagels, artisan pretzels and a range of pastries from muffins to cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, croissants, turnovers, donuts and pies. There are soups, salads, quiches, Paninis and breakfast and lunch sandwiches with names like Putney Mountain, Shrewsberry Street and the Tanglewood. Plus, there are weekly specials most days of the week, such as Twisted Tuesday with two pretzels for the price of one and Fluffanuttah Friday that discounts the peanut butter and fluff sandwich.

DeCoteau created the menu to make the bread “the star” with scratch-made boules, baguettes and loaves, DeCoteau said. The loafstyle breads include honey wheat, oatmeal honey wheat, country white and cinnamon swirl. The flavors of the boules, which are fermented and take 12 to 18 hours to rise, include sourdough, sourdough wheat, green chili cheddar, roasted garlic, herbs de Provence, asiago, rye and cranberry walnut.

“The product is amazing,” said Bethany Curran of Berthoud, who has worked at Rise since its opening. “I like buying something that I know where it’s made and how it’s

“The boule breads are really amazing,” DeCoteau said. “It has to do with a long rise and the way we bake them. They’re crusty on the outside and nice and soft in the inside.”


Rise’s specialty boule is the sourdough, which is made from two starters from Alaska and Vermont. “The way sourdough works is it captures yeast out of the air. It’s different based on the location,” DeCoteau said. “We mix the two giving it its own unique taste.” The DeCoteaus, who work with a staff of 17, make the boules and most of the other menu items on site. “Ninety-five percent of everything here is scratch-made,” DeCoteau said. “We make all of our muffins, pastry fillings, pretzels, doughs, just about everything, you name it.” DeCoteau loves making and serving February/March 2018

farmers markets in the local area. In her second year of selling, she saw the need for a shop and also earned a bachelor of art degree with a concentration in community food systems, which she received in 2016.

Sandwiches, soups coffee and more are also served at Rise Bakery. (Jonathan Castner/Loveland Magazine)

food, but she had two other careers first. She worked in the preschool and early education fields for five years on the East Coast and then owned an inflatable rental business for three years in Longmont after she and her family moved there in 2005. Five years later, the DeCoteaus returned to the East Coast to help with family, ending up living on a small sustainable farm in Vermont. DeCoteau started selling her sourdough bread in 2011 at farmers markets and for more than a year at a friend’s coffee shop, Agawam’s Java Stop, in Agawam, Wash. In 2014, DeCoteau’s family moved to Berthoud and a year later, DeCoteau continued selling the bread at February/March 2018

“It’s interesting how it all lined up,” DeCoteau said. “My husband is a people person. He loves interacting with people, and I love cooking good food for people.”

The DeCoteaus focus on customer service, wanting to make their customers feel welcome at the bakery. “We love our customers, and we love everybody who steps in the door,” DeCoteau said. “We want everybody to have the best experience they can.” Mark Johnson, a music teacher for Berthoud and Ivy Stockwell elementary schools, forgot his lunch on Jan. 16, so he came to the bakery to order the Turner, a turkey sandwich on asiago. “It’s just fresh, and the breads are good, a good flavor,” Johnson said. “It’s something different than going to fast food. I’m sure it’s healthier

for me, too.” Lynsey Morgan of Berthoud came the same day, bringing her two children, ages 3 and 10 months, to buy a loaf of asiago. “We love the fresh homemade bread,” Morgan said. “It’s so crunchy on the outside and so soft on the inside. … We’re going to make a simple sandwich at home, but the bread elevates it so much more. It makes it feel a little more gourmet.” The DeCoteaus use local ingredients whenever they can and serve coffee brewed by Redemption Road Coffee in Mead. “We’re looking for quality and trying to keep those dollars in the community and to support farmers and producers in our local community,” DeCoteau said. The menu items are listed on redframed chalkboard menus, and the décor is black, red and white with rustic wood accents. Two signs with large letters state “Eat” and “Rise.” The serving area has 12 seats, plus, there is outdoor seating. The bakery is open seven days a week, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday The bakery began opening on Mondays in January. In the future, the bakery hopes to bring in a full espresso menu and expand the pastry section, and if the upstairs space becomes available, expand the shop’s size and offerings, DeCoteau said. “We’re producing staples, and we can have some fun and make fun items,” she said.



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The Nation’s Sweetheart City comes alive for Valentine’s Day with the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival, Feb. 9-11. Two days and three full nights of fun featuring an explosive fireworks show with music and lights, ice sculpting, live entertainment, fire performances, the new Fire Sculpture People’s Choice competition, Brewing and Distilling Arts and more. Follow your heart this Valentine’s Day to embrace the passion of the season through the arts of live entertainment, sculpting, culinary, brewing and more at the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival. In addition to the new attractions announced, additional exciting event highlights include: • Live, free music and performances throughout the event • Explosive nightly fireworks show with music and lights • Ice sculpting performances and People’s Choice Award: Come watch and meet nationally renowned ice sculptors carve ice masterpieces. Once complete, vote for your favorite and see the February/March 2018

pieces lit up with colorful, festive lights. • Brewing and Distilling Arts – featuring local brewers and distillers such as Crow Hop, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Verboten Brewing, Big Thompson Brewery, Horse & Dragon and more. Tickets are available for pre-sale in January. • The Family Fair – a mini carnival with rides and face painting. • The Marketplace – a place to

A portion of the proceeds from the festival benefits northern Colorado’s HeartSafe Community to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for Loveland. If you’re looking for things to do this coming Valentine’s day weekend, don’t miss attending this yearly festival. Bring the entire family for a day of fire, ice, music, and fun! Presented by Visit Loveland and Blazen Illuminations, LLC, this event is free and open to the public. Individual attractions and vendors may have a fee. Learn more at

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LOVELAND FIRE & ICE FESTIVAL Celebrate Loveland with fire and ice! Enjoy live entertainment, food, drink and, of course, fireworks. WHEN: Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 5 – 10 p.m., Saturday Feb. 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Loveland COST: Free and open to the public. Individual attractions may have a cost.




What to Do


February is chock full of fun things to do to celebrate the month of love in the

Sweetheart City, but it doesn’t stop there. Loveland is never short for things to keep residents and their families busy.

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

65 ROSES FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS Now - February 28, 8:30 a.m., Reception February 9, 6-9pm; Independence Gallery, 233 East 4th Street, Loveland National and local artists donate paintings of roses and other rose-themed art with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Artwork donated makes an excellent Valentine’s gift for an excellent cause.

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 secure lids will be allowed in the gallery during class.

LOVELAND SENIOR DANCES Second and fourth Mondays of the month, 7-10 pm; 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


LOVELAND FIRE & ICE FESTIVAL February 9-10, 5:30 p.m.; Foote Lagoon Amphitheater, Civic Center Park, Loveland Want to marry your love on the most romantic day of the year? Or maybe just renew your commitment to your spouse? Take a short trip down to Foote Lagoon and join a host of other romantics in this first ever event. See page 47 for more information.

LOVELAND SWEETHEART CLASSIC February 10, 8:30 a.m.; Downtown Loveland Celebrate love with this heart smart event— a 4-mile run/walk for all ages hosted by Sweetheart City Racing. This year’s race is set to kick off in downtown Loveland and continue around River’s Edge Natural Area. See Page??? for more information.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR February 23, 5-7 p.m.; Osaka Hibachi and Canton Palace Celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional cuisine, and dragon dancers right here in Loveland at Osaka Hibachi and Canton Palace.

PAINTING DEMO WITH BONNIE LEBESCH February 24, 1-2:30 p.m.; Artworks Loveland, 310 N. Railroad Ave., Loveland MAKING VALENTINE MICE February 14, 2018 - 3- 4 p.m.; Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., Loveland Teens are invited to come to the library and create their own adorable little Valentine mouse out of polymer clay.

In conjunction with her solo exhibition, The Love Letters, Bonnie Lebesch will be hosting a painting demo in the south gallery. Community members are welcome to learn from the artist and contribute to a community painting to be presented at the closing reception. Free and open to the public.

VALENTINE’S DAY GROUP WEDDING February 14, 5:30 p.m.; Foote Lagoon Amphitheater, Civic Center Park, Loveland Want to marry your love on the most romantic day of the year? Or maybe just renew your commitment to your spouse? Take a short trip down to Foote Lagoon and join a host of other romantics in this first ever event. See page 17 for more information.

CHINESE NEW YEAR February 15, 5-7 p.m.; Loveland Museum, 503 N. Lincoln Ave.,Loveland A special celebration of the traditions, flavors, and events that surround the Chinese New Year. Explore the practice of red envelopes, the Lantern Festival, delectable cuisine, Chinese stories, and more! This museum-wide event promises to be an enchanted evening for the whole family.

EMPTY BOWLS 2018 February 15, 5:30-7 p.m.; VIP entry 4:30 p.m.; Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Rd., Fort Collins Enjoy soups, salads and bread from as well as a silent auction and raise funds for Food Bank for Larimer County. Ticket includes a keepsake bowl, created by local student and artists. See page 13 for more information. February/March 2018

FAMILY FORMAL DANCE NIGHT February 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Harrington Arts Alliance, 575 N. Denver Ave., Loveland This year Harrington Arts Alliance is changing up their annual Father Daughter Dance. Instead of limiting the event to fathers and daughter, they are opening it up to all types of couples by creating this Family Formal Dance. Mothers bring your sons, Grandmothers bring your granddaughters—the possibilities are endless.

COUNTERPOINT ROMANTICS March 2; Good Shepherd Church 3429 Monroe Ave., Loveland The Loveland Orchestra presents: Brahms’ Varitions on a Theme by Haydn, Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 “Surprise”, Brahms - Symphony No. 4.


THE ORIGINAL HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS March 16, 7 p.m.; Budweiser Event Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland

THE ALLEY LIGHTS CONCERT March 28, 6 p.m.; Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. 4th S., Loveland

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action-packed 2018 World Tour against the Washington Generals! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to experience the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. You won’t want your family to miss it - buy your tickets today!

Loveland Downtown Development Authority presents The Alley Lights concert; a celebration of Loveland’s revitalized downtown district. The concert features Dave Beegle, Wendy Woo and Steve Manschel and will help raise awareness and funding for lighting in downtown alleys.

TEEN VOLUNTEER SERVICE PROJECT: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS March 26, 4-7 p.m.; 4-7 p.m.; Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., Loveland Teens: meet up at the library to explore different random acts of kindness for our community! No experience required. This event qualifies for volunteer hours.

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