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December 2016/January 2017 | Happy Holiday Edition


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Happy Holidays Loveland! In case you didn’t know...the holidays are here. Snow is finally falling and we’re about to bid 2016 a fond farewell. Things have certainly changed a lot this year, but certainly, one thing will always remain the same: Loveland is a great place to live, work and play. In this edition we’ll look at some of the hottest holiday trends, things that are available right here in town, as well as a slew of holiday activities to keep you busy and entertained. Looking toward 2017, we have fitness tips, ways to teach your kids about money, and ways to help local nonprofits in the coming year. So get out, play in the snow while it’s here, then gather with your friends, family and community for a happy holiday and a fantastic new year, Loveland!

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Anna Christiansen, 7, builds a snow fort around her dog, Lizzy, a 3 year-old husky mix on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Mehaffey Park in Loveland. (Photo by Jenny Sparks/Loveland ReporterHerald)






Two holiday celebrations come together for one big event in Berthoud


Teaching Kids the BENEFIT OF SAVING PAGE 10

Support your local arts and culture with the gift of experience.

Fun Trends for a FITTER YOU

Loveland Artworks PAGE 28

Saw It - WANT IT PAGE 32 TAKE TO THE SKY with drones Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, drones offer fun for all PAGE 36

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A Virtual Holiday Dream Come True PAGE 38 Talkin’ About GENERATIONS PAGE 40 A.S.K for Children PAGE 44




Where to go WHAT TO DO PAGE 47


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FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, Christmas in Berthoud has given local residents the chance to merge holiday fun with community service. Tracing its roots back to 2004, the heart of the event has always been a charitable effort. It was primarily about helping families in need.

activities to the mix, including some great holiday shopping opportunities, Christmas themed celebrations, and the Colorado State Snow Sculpting Competition.


This year, Christmas in Berthoud is morphing into something bigger, but the core mission is still very much intact.

The very first Christmas in Berthoud was designed purely to help underprivileged families. There is no good time of year to be strapped for cash, but the holiday season is an especially tough time to struggle. And for families with children, a shortfall can be painful.

Scheduled for December 14-17 and redubbed Berthoud Snowfest, the event will continue those philanthropic good vibes while adding several other

To help ease some of that pain, Grace Place Church launched a giving tree program. Recognizing the program as something truly valuable to the

Snow Sculpting competitor, Forrest Hoskins, really gets into his sculpture. (Photo by Kerri Ertman.)

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The snow, man-made (and possibly real) will be flying for the Snow Sculpting competition in Fickel Park. Sculpture blocks measure 10 feet tall and 7.5 feet wide. (Photo by Kerri Ertman.)

community, the Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce, additional local churches, and other local organizations and businesses soon joined in. Christmas in Berthoud was born. But don’t let the name change rattle you. Rest assured, the emphasis on helping local families is still there. “We’re continuing to do that,” Deanne Mulvihill said. Mulvihill is the executive director of the Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce. “We don’t want to lose that tradition,” she added. “It’s important.”

Giving And Getting In addition to the giving tree, the expanded festival will continue to include another well-received tradition: the Artisan Market. “The Artisan Market will be at the Community Center,” Mulvihill said, “and the dates are pushed back.” In the past, the Artisan Market has taken place on the first Saturday in December. This year, the market will open for business on Saturday, 8 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

The Snow Fuddz, (L to R) Forrest Hoskins, Kerri Ertman and Carey “Moose” Hosterman return to compete with hopes of winning another People’s Choice award. (Photo by Kerri Ertman.)

December 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Artisan Market is a great opportunity to snag some good deals from local merchants. If you’ve got last-minute shopping to take care of, you don’t want to miss it. On top of that, shops and restaurants throughout Berthoud plan to offer daily Snowfest deals from December 14 through 17.

On Saturday, the town will host a Parade of Lights to be immediately followed by a tree lighting at scenic Fickel Park. Hay rides will be available after the tree lighting, and those interested can also join in for a good, old-fashion acapella Christmas caroling session.

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Perhaps the most spectacular part of the festival will be the Colorado State Snow Sculpting Competition. If you’re not familiar with snow sculpting, prepare to have your socks knocked off.

Even if you’ve got all your holiday shopping squared away, there’s still plenty of seasonal fun for the whole family. For example, stores and homes throughout the city will be decorated. Berthoud’s small town charm really shines this time of year, and with the halls fully decked, it’s a sight to behold.≠≠ If you’ve got little ones, there’s plenty for them to do, too. On Thursday, December 15, there will be a Kids Snow Sculpting Competition. Armed with nothing but an ice scraper, kids will have the chance to put their artistic talent on display. The competition is open to anyone, and sign-ups are available online.

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Kerri Ertman is a snow sculpting enthusiast, and that’s meant quite literally. As she talks about the craft of snow sculpting, the passion in her voice is unmistakable. Ertman and her partner, Steve Mercial, founded the Colorado State Snow Sculpting Competition. When asked about this year’s event, she said, “We’re bringing world class artists to Berthoud.” In past years, the competition has been held in Longmont during FebDecember 2016/January2017

The traditional Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting take place on Saturday, December 17 in Fickel Park followed by caroling and hay rides. (Photos courtesy Berthoud Chamber of Commerce.)

ruary. However, the weather in February isn’t typically as snow sculpting friendly as the cooler temperatures in December. So Ertman and Mercial were looking for a new home for the competition. When the opportunity to merge with Berthoud Snowfest came along, they jumped at it. Which begs the question, what is snow sculpting? For one thing, it’s big. How big? The artists start with blocks of snow that stand 10 feet tall and measure 7.5 feet in diameter. The rules of turning that mass of snow into art are simple. “Only hand tools,” Ertman said. No power tools. No dyes. No lights. Just raw artistic talent and whatever hand-held implements the artist needs to create the perfect detail. “It usually takes a couple of days [to complete a snow sculpture],” Ertman explained. And that’s part of why the competition fits so well with Snowfest. While December 2016/January2017

team plan to take all their meals in Berthoud at local restaurants. They’ll always be wearing special jackets so they’re easy to spot. If you see one out and about, feel free to visit with them.

other holiday-related activities are happening around town, the snow sculptors will be hard at work at Fickel Park. And as they work, the artists welcome spectators and questions.

“It really is a close-knit community,” Ertman said of her fellow artists. Nine teams will be competing at Snowfest. The winning team will qualify to compete at the national level.

Something For Everyone Each three-person team typically works in a rotation, Ertman said, leaving one member of the team free to shovel away excess snow and visit with onlookers. The artists see their work as something to be shared, even while it’s in progress. So if you want to know why they’re using that particular tool on that part of the sculpture, just ask! In fact, the sculptors’ commitment to being available to the public for questions and comments is so sincere that the members of each

Events like Snowfest are rare. Family friendly, full of engaging activities, focused on community service, and almost entirely free, this is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your family in a truly beautiful setting. If you’d like more information about Snowfest, be sure to check out their website at The full schedule of events is listed there.





With holiday gifts of money boosting their regular allowance income, kids may have a stash of cash starting in the new year. What will they do with all their wealth? If they haven’t acquired the habit of saving money, this is a good time for them to start. Parents can easily teach their children important financial lessons. Think of the many opportunities when money – or the lack of it – is the subject of family discussion. A visit to the supermarket can be a field trip about spending and the costs of food. Setting goals for their earnings, practicing patience, and resisting temptation are behaviors that kids can learn. Financial advisers from Investment Centers of America, Inc. (ICA), in Loveland are adamant about the benefits of teaching children to save money. Andrew Moore comments, “I have three young children and I think it’s our responsibility as parents to get them excited about the idea that saving is a good thing, and not always purchasing when you have a little money – just to buy something. It’s teaching them patience; teaching the understanding that [having] money down the road can be as exciting as spending it on buying a gumball now.” Tyler Rusch says, “As a Certified Financial Planner, I have a deep passion for teaching people about saving. I’ve also been invited to speak to various


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classes about the subject. Saving is a habit and everybody should learn it as soon as they start to earn any money. Whether it is mowing lawns, babysitting, or walking the neighbor’s dog, everybody should be accustomed to saving some of their earnings. It is a great habit to learn.” He suggests some useful ways to help kids understand and practice saving versus spending. “I like the idea of setting a goal and working towards it. If there is something your child wants to buy, let them reap the benefit of working towards that goal themselves. There are so many things that can be learned, from simple math by calculating cost and how long it takes to accomplish their goal, to becoming empowered to

make their own financial decisions. If a child decides to spend some money instead of putting it toward their goal, they will realize they need to change their goal or work to earn more to replace it.” Parents may wonder what types of accounts financial advisers recommend for kids. Rusch suggests, “Start simple with a savings account. A parent or guardian can open an account

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He has experience with youngsters who have been successful savers, thanks to the training they received. “I ran across a family that instilled good habits of saving with their son when he was younger. Now, at the age of 27, he has his house, truck, and school loans all paid off. Because of the time his parents took to show him how to plan and save properly, he is completely debt free at a very young age.” Rusch urges parents and kids to “Start saving now and fine tune

Teaching kids about savings from a young age helps prepare them to better manage it when they’re older.

someone planted a tree a long time ago,’ a quote by Warren Buffett, regarded as one of the best financial minds of our time, illustrates that simply acting on an idea can reap substantial rewards.” At what age should kids start saving? Are there signs parents should look for to determine if kids are ready? Natalie Shamley of ICA says, “I think by 5- to 6- years old they should have a clear glass jar or piggy bank so they can see that the money is growing. Parents should make a big deal about it. Take them shopping and let them pay with their own money. Tell them how much everything costs and let them make the decision if it is worth it to pay that much. Guide them but let them




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Shamley recommends matching funds to motivate kids to save. “What worked for my family is that I matched a certain percentage of what they saved. My oldest was a good saver so he took advantage of that idea. He is now 39 years old and is a great saver.”

your child wants to buy, let them reap the benefit of working towards that goal themselves. —Tyler Rusch

best types of accounts for kids, she says, “ I would start with a savings account or checking account for teenagers. My parents helped me to open a checking account when I was in eighth grade. Every month I had to balance my checkbook. I think it got me off to a good start. I still

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Loveland Opera Theater (LOT) is one of the many local arts organizations that performs at the Rialto Theater. (Photo courtesy LOT/ D. St. John Photography.)

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Despite the town’s small size, the arts and culture scene in Loveland is reminiscent of a much larger, metropolitan area. The Loveland community has opportunities to hear all genres of music in concert, to peruse the works of world-renowned artists such as Picasso and Dali, to see Oscarwinning films and enjoy professional Broadway plays. The variety of this scene truly means there is something for everyone, and that includes the crowd on your gift list this holiday season.



Consider giving a gift of experience for the holidays. When you purchase a membership or season pass to institutions of art and culture in Loveland, you not only present the recipient with a meaningful present, but you also support an important pillar of the community. This year, make your gift matter.


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Rialto Theater The Rialto Theater is nothing if not historic, says Erika Lehman, Marketing

Kids’ indie-rock performer, Laurie Berkner, takes a moment to pose in front of the historic Rialto sign, now located in the lobby of the theater. (Photo courtesy Rialto Theater.)

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theater events are on the calendar, too. “From horror movies to Irish music to classical music to opera, you can see everything here at The Rialto,” says Lehman. “It’s a wide range of events for anyone who likes arts and culture or live performance.” If it sounds like all of these events would appeal to someone on your list, consider giving the gift of a Rialto membership.

Performances that cater specifically to children, like this one by Jeff and Paige, are just some of the many options at The Rialto (Photo courtesy Rialto Theater.)

as low as $4. Gift certificates in any amount are available by phone or in person at the box office, but not online.

such as independent, foreign, and classic films. Rialto screens all of the Oscar nominated short films in February.

“We’ll have a big selection of shows this year,” says Lehman. “The bearer of the gift certificate can choose how he or she wants to spend it.”

The concert schedule at Rialto also has something for everyone. This spring’s concert lineup includes local Celtic group The Elders, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary, and American Idol’s Taylor Hicks. The Rialto also hosts a comedian every quarter and Kevin Nealon of SNL will grace the stage this coming spring. Opera and musical

A gift certificate to The Rialto would be an especially well-suited gift for any movie buff. The theater regularly hosts series with movies that you can’t find in big theaters,

“A membership gives the beneficiary insider access to discounted tickets,” says Lehman. “It brings someone into the inner circle of Rialto.” Memberships start at $25 for students and seniors. For $500, one can purchase the highest level of membership which earns them a brass name plaque on one of the theater’s historic seats in addition to their other benefits. Regardless of how much you spend, your gift will overjoy the recipient and provide support for one of Loveland’s most historic institutions.

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For the artist in your life, a membership to The Loveland Museum presents an opportunity to experience globally recognized art right at home. The Loveland Museum is the only accredited museum in northern Colorado, and one of only a few in the entire state. The high caliber of this museum has drawn the art of household names like Georgia O’Keefe, Pablo Picasso, Francisco De Goya, Ansel Adams, and Salvador Dali.

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“Usually, names like that only go to major metro areas,” says Lehman, who also oversees the Museum as part of her job with the City of Loveland’s Cultural Services. “It’s great that we can give the commu-

Works from artists like La Joie, Marc Chagall (Left) and Still Life with Guitar and Partition, Pablo Picasso (Right) hang in Loveland Museum’s current exhibit.

nity access to world class art. The Loveland Museum is among an elite selection of museums.” The Loveland Museum’s star-studded reputation is only growing and Lehman assures the coming year will bring more big names. “We bring really famous exhibits to Loveland every year,” she says. “We have an exhibition featuring a wellknown artist next fall. I can’t say who it is, but it’s a very big name.” Memberships start at $30 for an adult individual, with a $10 discount

for seniors and students. A $45 dual membership is available for two adults and a family membership costs $65. These basic memberships provide free admission to the museum’s main gallery for a full 12 months and discounts on class registrations and museum purchases. Upgraded membership levels are also available. For the true culture enthusiast on your gift list, an Arts Advocate Membership ($150) gives the beneficiary allinclusive access to both The Rialto Theater and The Loveland Museum. See membership for more details.

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“We bring Broadway to your backyard,” he says. “People can come to the Playhouse and have a professional Broadway musical experience without the hassle of traveling to Broadway or even downtown Denver.” Season nine still has some excellent shows scheduled: Forever Plaid opens on January 12, 42nd Street on March 23, and the season finishes with The Slipper and The Rose: The Story of Cinderella, opening June 15.

Candlelight Dinner Playhouse will be celebrating their tenth anniversary season in 2017. The lineup for this “diamond jubilee” is definitely sparkling: Beauty and the Beast, Music Man, Kiss Me Kate, and Disney’s Newsies are just some of the excellent Broadway musicals, like Evita (pictured above) make their productions way to Loveland via Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. that season ticket (Photo courtesy Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.) holders will have access to. Season 10 option of transferring their tickets subscriptions went to friends and family. Candlelight on sale Friday, November 25 and also offers gift certificates in any can be bought online or by calling the Candlelight box office. amount when purchased from the Subscriptions give the beneficiary access to one set of season tickets for each show, unlimited coffee, tea, and soda, exchange privileges up to 24 hours in advance, and the

box office. Certificates in $10 and $50 amounts can be bought online at any time. These certificates can be redeemed towards any of the shows on the lineup. Giving the gift of live entertainment keeps the Loveland community vibrant and matters far more than a material gift, says Berlin. “Live entertainment offers something that nothing else can,” he says. “You’re creating a memory. Giving the gift of art to a loved one is amazing because that memory is very

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Fitness culture continues to expand in Loveland as exercise lovers and beginners alike lace up their athletic shoes and get ready to amp up their workout routines after the new year begins. The forecast for 2017 fitness trends ranges from simplifying workout regimens to people pursuing specialized gyms and classes for their workouts. Vincent and Carla Love opened Planet Fitness in Loveland this past May, and their focus is bringing simplicity back to workouts. “We cater to a large population that likes simplicity and a more basic experience like treadmills and 20 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

out at all levels. We offer free training for people who are coming and starting out.” Planet Fitness fills a niche as a lower price-point gym appealing to a broad consumer universe with a $10 a month membership fee.

weight training,” Love said. “We are branded and really focused on creating a judgment-free zone. It is a different environment where we don’t target body building, but we have an all inclusive environment where everyone can come and work

“We try and make it available to anyone,” Love said. “We give them access to the best equipment and we do it in the affordable way. People assume that for 10 bucks a month you get an inferior product, but we have the best equipment and a big friendly environment.” December 2016/January2017

On the other side of the spectrum, some gyms are popping up for people who want to focus on a specific fitness level, like high-end cycling.

Melissa Holmlund, the director and owner of Lighthouse Dance

“I think one of the key trends that we have seen recently is a trend away from the general full service gyms that do a bunch of different things to specialized gyms, such a cross-fit, yoga or cycling,” Love said. “There are smaller more specialized gyms that have popped up that will probably continue.”

in Loveland, will continue offering trending Barre Fit classes in 2017. This workout style has a total body fitness focus through the incorporation of dance, Pilates, stretching and balance into each session and the class suitable for dancers and non-dancers alike. “It is hard on your muscles but kind on your joints,” Holmlund said. “We use really small controlled movements throughout the class. We will do a lot of squeezing and pulses that work our muscles to the point

Smaller, more personalized gyms are becoming the new norm for those seeking a more tailored fitness experience.

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of failure. So your muscles will shake, because once they shake they will get to the point where they tone. You will work head to toe, especially your bigger muscles.” During the course of the class, participants can expect to use ballet barres, light weights and workout balls, and constantly move to music. The workouts are designed to increase flexibility and balance, improve range of motion and promote post-workout relaxation.

The Barre Fit class at Lighthouse Dance combines more traditional workout with ballet inspired barre work which provides a full body workout.

“When you get done with a Barre class, you feel like you worked your entire body, but you also feel relaxed,” Holmlund said. “I think it is a trending class because when you get done with the class, you feel great. You see results pretty quickly, and you also feel energized and relaxed.” Barre Fitness classes are appropriate for all age ranges, from teenage

years to 50 and better. It is a low impact program, but also focuses on cardio. Optimal attendance is two to four times a week to start seeing results. “Our older ladies are saying that their balance is improving, and the pelvic floor is improving, and posture,” Holmlund said. “There’s also modifications for every age and level as well. So we have women who may not be able to get on their knees, so they will do pushups on the bar instead of the floor, or a

woman might use a 2-pound weight instead of a 5-pound weight. So there are women who come in who have never taken a fitness class before and it is adaptable for them.” Another trend Holmlund sees on

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the rise is moms working out with their babies. “A trend that I personally think is going to grow more is moms wearing babies for workouts, like baby wearing ballet or yoga classes,” Holmlund said. “Barre is another one where you can do baby wearing.” Lighthouse Dance currently offers a weekly baby wearing ballet session and a weekly baby wearing Barre class, and Holmlund hopes to expand those offerings as those

JoEllen Amundson, the owner and manager of the Loveland Curves/ Jenny Craig facility, also believes that workouts incorporating multiple types of fitness components into one session are on the rise. Workouts at Curves/Jenny Craig are a tested and proven 30-minute session designed specifically for women, and often blend body resistance tactics like rotating side planks, lunge runners, and dive push-ups with the use of strength machines. All of the sessions come with personal attention by certified fitness consultants. “Classes are regularly changed up to include elements such as balance, coordination, strength and cardio all

in one place for a well-rounded total body workout,” Amundson said. The incorporation of boxing moves into fitness routines is also a trend Amundson sees continuing in 2017. “Boxing is a great whole body workout that focuses on arms and legs while also working the core,” she said. “Not only does boxing help to strengthen the person physically, but it’s a great mental workout too. It can help increase stamina, balance and coordination while providing stress relief. Curves offers a boxing specialty class, which is a higher intensity class that includes cardio and strength elements. Curves coaches help each member with form and pacing.”





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By JULIE KAILUS for Loveland Magazine If you want to buy local this holiday season, look no further than Polar Bottle. It’s sure to be a treasured stocking stuffer for sport-minded friends and family—or anyone who’s focused on the health benefits of drinking more fluids, more fashionably year-round. Started by avid cyclists in Boulder garage, Polar Bottle has grown into a success story in the sport hydration niche. The bottle’s innovation— keeping liquids cooler longer—was sparked by co-founder Robert Heiberger’s engineering experience working with heat loss in the field 24 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

of medical-technology design. He adapted his knowledge to create the insulated Polar Bottle, alongside Judy Amabile who began handcrafting the reusable insulated water bottles with materials sourced from American manufacturers. While Polar Bottle was the first to the now-crowded insulated squeeze bottle market and is sold all over the world, the company remains true to its roots, committed to philanthropy and advocacy in the Boulder County community.

Marketing manager Addie Bash says Polar Bottle is loved for benefits beyond its sheer originality. “We’ve established ourselves as leaders in the hydration industry with a loyal customer base, in part because of our innovative design but also because of our commitment to our customers,” she says. “First and foremost, we have never used harmful chemicals like BPA or Phthalates in our products. We also offer a lifetime guarantee on all our products, as well as free replacement caps.” Building on the popularity of the original Polar Bottle Sport, the December 2016/January2017

company has expanded since 1994 with a variety of hydration lines. For example two lifestyle bottles— the handy Ergo and stainless-steel Thermaluxe—are both fitted with an easy sip-through cap and can insulate both hot and cold liquids.

The affordable Cenote Hydration System is Polar Bottle’s recyclable hydration system. And all new for 2017 are the Big 42 (a 42-ounce version of Polar Bottle Sport) and the 24-ounce Color Series line, featuring a 24-ounce container, fresh opaque palette and upgraded high-flow cap.

Polar Bottle products available locally at Cycleworx, Bicycle Village, Golden Bear Bike Shop, Treads Bicycle Outfitter, Wheatridge Cyclery and Performance Bike, as well as retail stores including Dick’s Sporting Goods and Target.


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Solving the hard-to-clean and expensive-to-replace dilemma in hydration systems, the Cenote sports a durable but disposable reservoir that can be recycled responsibly and replaced affordably. $15.99. Replacement bladders $7. Reservoir 4-packs $30.


This highly innovative high-flow cap features a self-sealing valve designed to prevent leaking, leaking even in the open posi position. Available on BreakAway line bottles (from $13.99) or as a $5 stand-alone accessory.

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“Vertebral Augmentation”

“Stem Cells”

The Regenerative Orthopedic and Spine Institute was founded with the passion to advance technology and research in order to help patients with their spinal injuries and back pain. With over 10 years of cellular regeneration experience, Dr. Donner has developed a program where instead of surgery, orthopedic stem cells are utilized to treat orthopedic injuries and conditions due to aging and joint degeneration in spine, sacroiliac joints, shoulders, hips, knees, and other joints. Our autologous stem cell treatment uses adult mesenchymal, multipotent stem cells taken from a patient’s own bone marrow and then injected back into the injured, damaged, or painful area in the office setting on the same day.

Back pain in any form can be a debilitating problem that many people deal with on a daily basis. Many people have pain for extended periods of time and though either lack of care or unsuccessful procedures, find themselves without good solutions. Before giving up hope of ever finding relief from spinal-related or back issues, suffers should examine all of the possible solutions to their particular issues. Experience, innovative techniques, and whole-person focused care are the keys to finding relief from pain and returning to a more normal life. 26 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

Dr. Donner takes great pride in identifying painful osteoporotic compression fractures and providing quick relief with a simple in-office procedure. The fractured vertebra is repaired with “Bone Cement”, a procedure called Vertebral Augmentation or Vertebroplasty. This simple, minimally invasive procedure is done with great success returning you to a life of less pain. Vertebral Compression Fractures of the spine and pelvis are debilitating, disabling and painful but treatable. Do you have any of these symptoms? Severe back pain especially in the elderly, acute onset of back pain, severe back pain in someone with known osteoporosis, or a sharp, stabbing pain that appears to “wrap” around the body. Dr. Donner also utilizes a program called “Own The Bone” developed by the American Orthopedic Association which is aimed at treating and preventing future fragility fractures due to osteoporosis through multi-platform education and treatment. This program is patient-focused providing all the tools and support necessary to help patients remain fracture free. Colorado Spine Institute received the Star Performer recognition in 2016 from “Own the Bone” in the US News and World Report magazine for exceeding patient care in treating and preventing fragility fractures.

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Many of the treatment performed by Colorado Spine institute are in-office. That means no hospital stays or visits, and treatment is truly full-service. The staff is dedicated to providing care at very stage of treatment and recovery, guiding every patient through their journey to wellness with compassion, knowledge, and experience.

Focus on prevention and education, no just procedures The staff and programs at Colorado

Spine Institute are focused on getting patients back into working order. This entails not only specific treatments or therapies, but with preventative steps as well. The focus on more of the healing process than just a single surgical procedure helps overall patient health and prevention of future issues.

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Dr. Donner’s dual certifications Dr. Donner serializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal pain involving the entire spine including the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacroiliac areas. Among his many distinctions, he has the honor of being the only spinal surgeon north of Denver to have dual bard certification in orthopedic and spine surgery with both the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the American Board of Spine Surgery. He is also an active senior member of the interventional Spinal Intervention Society.

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Artworks Loveland:


Jennifer Ivanovic stands with her colorful paintings in her studio space at Atworks Loveland


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Roomy workspaces. Around-the-clock access. Fast wifi. These are just a few of the things that any artist—aspiring or established—wishes for in a studio space. Add to that two gallery areas for exhibits, openings and programs, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a working artist’s dreamland. At Artworks Loveland, artists can have it all and more. As the largest studio artist community in Northern Colorado, Artworks Loveland is dedicated to advancing the contemporary arts and visual artists. With over twenty-seven studios and two exhibit galleries, artists can focus on their work while maintaining a sense of community. “We encourage that community aspect so the artists are getting out of their studios and talking to each other and finding out what they can do together,” said Angela Canada Hopkins, Artworks Loveland’s director of operations. A non-profit arts organization since 2011, Artworks Loveland has made it their mission to provide affordable studio space and exposure for local visual artists while engaging the community through contemporary art exhibits and programs. “Our facility is a place where exceptional visual art is created, where experimentation and collaboration are nurtured, and where contemporary art is encouraged,” their mission statement proudly proclaims. December 2016/January2017


Sylvia Eichmann plays music in front of one of her larger pieces.

Now that the scene is set for artists to thrive, who are the local artists working at Artworks Loveland? Dedicated to their craft and their careers, artists who rent space here are grassroots members of the art community who want to gain exposure and networking opportunities through a community-oriented atmosphere. Whether artists are opening their art studio for a public event or meeting potential buyers for a commissioned project, they keep creativity and collaboration at the forefront of their artistic endeavors. Enterprise aside, the supportive spirit at Artworks Loveland provides artists with community, mentorship and professional development opportunities that aren’t always found when artists work from home. Fellow artists are encouraging and empathetic to the often feast-or-famine nature of an artist’s career, and offer a helpful support network and constructive feedback to further growth. Studio artists at Artworks Loveland couldn’t agree more. “I joined Artworks Loveland for the aspect of community. Although my studio 30 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

practice requires solitude, interaction with other artists is essential. In an atmosphere where creating is thee principal enterprise, e k I’m inspired to work harder,” said Jan Carson, who rents studio 111. “Thee sharing of feedback, new ideas and skills benefits all—simply put, engaging with the other artists at Artworks supports and fosters my creative growth.” Another Artworks Loveland artist, Abbie R. Powers—one of the first artists to be accepted by the organization—said moving into an Artworks studio was the best business decision she’s ever made. “The longer I do this, the more I realize how much of a business game it is. It’s not just about making art. And having that collaboration, being among other creative people who are coming in every day and committing and working, the networking part of it—that’s huge,” she told Innovation News in a recent interview.

In addition to brightly colored hanging pieces, Jennie Milner also creates jewelry and murals.

Ar Loveland has tion with Artworks been effective in gaining exposure. “Because my work is so contemporary and so specific, it would be very difficult for me to show or be represented by one of the galleries in this area, so having a space for me to operate as an artist made all the difference when I first came into this building.” Artworks Loveland’s regular gallery events and exhibits add even more exposure. “Every time we have a show here that I’m involved in I make a new piece, which I wouldn’t be doing if I were working out of my house or in a different environment,” Powers told Innovation News.

Describing her work as a mixture of performance, video and installation, Powers shares that her

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Abbie R. Powers works primarily with silks in her performance and video art.

community needs,” said Canada Hopkins.

Photographer Ronda Stone,also incorporates mixed media and natural elements into her work.

With an $850,000 expansion in 2015 funded solely by the Erion Foundation, a charitable organization at the helm of Artworks’ inception, Artworks Loveland helped to solidify the city’s place on the map as an art-centric community. An additional 11 long-term studios were added during the expansion, along with an additional 3,000 square feet for workshops, events and a gallery. “The expansion had been a goal from the start, but we began with the first space just to put our toes in the water and see how things went. We’re a small organization, but we want to grow with the community and provide what the

Another boost from the 2015 expansion: an artistin-residence program, complete with an artist’s studio. Dedicated to supporting regional professional artists and promoting contemporary art, the artist-in-residence program supports Artworks Loveland’s mission by encouraging participation, engagement, and enriching the community through the creative process during open studios, project initiatives, exhibitions and educational programs. The Artworks in-residence studio is a place where professional artists work, conduct research, experiment, and introduce a variety of contemporary art to the community. Resident artists can network with other artists and arts professionals, and connect to a valuable and supportive community. “We know that artists today are juggling many responsibilities and financial commitments,” Artworks says on its website. “Our program

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offers short-term residencies, 2 to 3 months, and we do not charge a fee for studio workspace. Artists are responsible for their living space and transportation arrangements. We make every effort to provide the artist’s residency needs with the resources we have available at that time.” Next year, Canada Hopkins hopes to expand the program even further. “We hope in 2017 to grow the program where we get artists outside of Loveland. We’re starting to attract artists that come to Loveland, work on their projects here and become a part of the community,” she told the Reporter-Herald last December. The city of Loveland has been cultivating its reputation as a regional art center for several decades. The city is also home to the nationally acclaimed Benson Sculpture Garden, which showcases over 150 cast bronze sculptures and is host of the annual Sculpture in the Park art show. Throughout the city’s parks and streets, visitors find galleries, murals, sculpture and other public artworks to celebrate its love affair with the arts. LOVELAND MAGAZINE 31




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Take to the Sky


When you hear the word “drone,” there’s a good chance your thoughts turn first to unmanned military aircraft— the kind used primarily for surveillance and reconnaissance. After all, those kinds of drones have gotten a fair amount of attention in the past few years. However, drones have a host of alternate applications, both for businesses and hobbyists, and this holiday season, they are one of the hottest gifts on the list.

Drones come in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on their application and the skill set of the operator. Some are small enough to safely use indoors and some are simply too big to fit through your front door. Additionally, some models are considerably easier to fly than others.

The Rules

What Are Drones?

As you might suspect, the FAA has a set of guidelines for drone use. While just about anyone can own and operate a drone, there are certainly things you cannot do with them.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines drones as “unmanned aircraft systems” (or UAS), and the name is more or less self-explanatory. A drone is any aircraft, big or small, that takes to the sky without a human onboard. In general terms, that includes everything from large, airplane-like radio controlled vehicles to multi-rotor crafts, like quadcopters.

To ensure safety, the FAA mandates that UASs keep to an altitude of 400 feet or lower, reaching speeds no greater than 100 miles per hour. Operators are required to maintain eye contact with the drone at all times, even if the craft is equipped with a live first-person video feed. Drones cannot fly over or near stadiums, sporting events or airshows from one hour before the event un-


til one hour after the event is over. And, of course, drones are required to keep clear of airport flight paths and are even required to adhere to FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions. That’s all well and good, but for many there’s an additional concern: privacy. The FAA has yet to implement thorough rules regarding privacy, though the state of Colorado is currently considering various legislative approaches to regulating drone use. In the meantime, common sense makes this a bit of a no-brainer. Don’t use drones to spy on your neighbors. That kind of misuse is a clear violation of others’ privacy.

Recreational Use Make no mistake about it—even with regulations already in place, drones are growing in popularity. Which begs the question, what’s the appeal? Gary Kolm, co-owner of multiple HobbyTown USA locations in the area, believes the driving factor is an increased interest in aerial photography. “That’s kind of the whole craze with this stuff,” he said. December 2016/January2017

Learning to fly a quadcopter like this one at Hobbytown, is much easier and faster than other types of model flying, and the start-up cost varies widely, giving more people the opportunity to try it out

According to Kolm, recreational drones allow for levels of photography and video previously inaccessible to amateurs. He explained that newer technologies, like the accelerometers found in virtually every smart phone, have paved the way

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Speaking specifically about quadcopters, Kolm said, “Anyone can fly these now.” A quadcopter works on

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a light breeze and has some really fun options you can add to it.” Those options include not only an onboard camera, but also a water gun, a bubble blower, a missile launcher, or a winch.

There are many levels of buy in for drone enthusiasts. The Typhoon Q500 model (2015 pictured) is one of the top selling drones available at Hobbytown, even though it’s at the higher end of expense.

inexperienced operator can learn to fly a quadcopter drone in a single afternoon.

done via a first-person live video feed with spotters used to maintain eye contact with the vehicles.

What’s more, these small aircraft are capable of some impressive tech tricks. Not only are most capable of mounting cameras, but some can even transmit live images and video feeds viewable on a smart phone, tablet or even on the remote control, itself. Some come with GPS, allowing them to maintain a position, automatically compensating for wind. If the radio signal is lost, there’s a “return to home” function.

Organizations like DR1 Racing combines first-person view (FPV) drone racing pilots and teams all over the country and competes in races world wide.

Some include a gyroscope which keeps the camera steady and still, even if the craft is jostled. More advanced models even have the ability to follow a target, allowing a mountain biker, for example, to shoot video footage of him/herself in action. In addition to photography, Kolm said there’s also growing interest in drone racing. Racing is typically 36 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

Even ESPN has even gotten in on the action debuting the Drone Racing League, with its first season just ended in November.

Getting Started The cost of recreational drones like the quadcopters Hobbytown USA carries start as low as $30 and top out at around $1,000. Co-owner Justin Mueller says, “The median price really depends on what the customer is looking for. The Spidex 3D is our most popular entry level model at $39.99. It’s easy to fly and very durable. Moving up a level gets you a slightly larger model called the Shadow 240. At $79.99 the Shadow 240 will fly outside on a day where there is

If you’re looking to go straight to the top, the most expensive craft is the Yuneec Typhoon H hexacopter. “The main advantage of a hexacopter is that if one of the motors fails the other five can safely fly and land the craft,” Mueller explains. It does have other features that set it apart though, like landing gear that won’t block the camera, an autopilot feature that will fly to a chosen location and back again, and a 7-inch controller that displays camera footage in real-time. For statistic junkies, it also gives the pilot coordinates, altitude, distance, how many satellites it’s using and more. Though the manufacturers suggest pilots be 14 or older, Mueller says they have had successful experiences with kids as young as 10. If you’re interested in checking out the drone craze and would like to snag one of your own, the good news is entry level devices are very affordable. Small models run as little as 30 bucks. Not only that, but the folks at Hobbytown USA are happy to provide demos to interested buyers and help out new operators by providing quick tutorials before you’ve even left the shop. Stop by Hobbytown USA at 3500 South College Ave. in Fort Collins or 1935 Main St. in Longmont for more information.

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Top Models

Novice or pro, these are the drones on everyone’s wish list this holiday season, according to Justin Mueller at Hobbytown.

ARES SPIDEX 3D $39.99 Just the click of a button flips you from normal to inverted flight and the advanced flight software makes flying inverted easy by automatically adjusting the controls so you can fly with the same stick movements inverted as you would in normal flight. And switching from 180° flips to 360° flips is as simple as another click of a button. The Spidex comes in your choice of two bright fluorescent trim schemes that provide easy orientation, plus LED lights that help with visibility when flying in the dark.

YUNEEC Q500 $799.99 Simply the best value 4K system available, an included Android touchscreen controller means faster setup and no need to add your own mobile device to capture impressive 4K video. Typhoon 4K also captures 1080p/120fps slow motion video with a full complement of manual camera settings for total creative control. Perfect ground shots are also available with the included Handheld SteadyGrip™.

It’s Ready-To-Fly with everything you need in the box no assembly required— 2.4GHz 4-channel transmitter, a LiPo battery, and a USB charger. All you need are AA batteries to power the transmitter, and you’re ready to fly!

ARES SHADOW 240 $79.99 A feature-packed mini quadcopter that’s ideal for both the absolute beginner and the experienced pilot. The advanced six-axis stabilization system allows you both agile flight and maximum stability, and Ares’ exclusive software package ensures both first-time and experienced pilots will have that ‘dialed in’ feel in flight. Plus, two control rates help ease the learning curve. Powerful LEDs and a color-coded lighting system with specially designed light bars make the Shadow 240 visible at any angle even in the dark. Clip on the modular WiFi FPV camera (sold separately) and be in the pilot’s seat as you fly. The image is streamed real time to your mobile device. Plus, you can easily add a rocket launcher, a squirt gun, a bubble machine, or a winch for even more flying fun. December 2016/January2017

BLADE INDUCTRIX FPV RACE QUAD $199.99 The Blade Inductrix FPV BNF Ultra Micro Electric Drone (battery and charger included) is the perfect beginner FPV drone. Designed for indoor flying in even the smallest of places, this drone is an ultra-micro marvel. Four specially tuned Electric Ducted Fan rotor systems give this modern quad performance that feels incredibly smooth with far less noise than a conventional propeller rotor system. Durable rotor housings inherently prevent damage whether it’s bumped into walls or falls into the grass. Brilliant LED orientation lights and a sleek body design help keep you going in the right direction. Innovative SAFE® technology with self-leveling makes staying in control easy, even if it’s your first flight.


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By Craig Guillot, CTW Features While the term “virtual reality” has been loosely thrown around over the years, the virtual technology we’ve often seen in science fiction movies is now going mainstream. A number of VR headsets on the market enable anyone to immerse themselves in virtual games or travel to faraway places, all from the comfort of their living room. The 2016 holiday season is expected to be one that propels the VR industry forward. Here are four devices that will help your favorite gamer literally get their head in the game.


In development since 2012, the Oculus Rift was officially released to the public in March 2016. Rift uses state-of-the-art optics with a high refresh rate display to keep images in sync with where the user is looking. Rift’s technology and low-latency constellation tracking system heightens the sensation of presence. There are also a variety of accessories available including a remote, an integrated VR audio device and controllers. As with other high-end VR headsets, users will need a powerful desktop to optimally run many virtual reality games.


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Vive enables users to move, walk and explore virtual worlds in 360-degree motion with what it calls “realistic room experiences.” Vive’s laser tracking system follows the movement of 32 sensors on the headset and 24 sensors on each of the hand-held wireless controllers to replicate the user in the digital world. Vive features a 110-degree field of view with a 2160x1200 pixel combined resolution and a 90 Hz refresh rate. The Chaperone guidance system keeps players safely within the boundaries of their designated play areas so they don’t bump into furniture or walls. A forward facing camera on the front exterior also allows Vive to blend virtual experiences with the real environment.


Powered by Oculus, the Samsung Gear VR offers a budget option to get a taste of virtual reality. Simply snap a Galaxy smartphone into the wireless headset to experience a world of 360-degree experiences. A 3D view and head-tracking motion makes the device quickly respond to tilting movements of the head. There are nearly 50 available games, along with content that includes everything from virtual roller coasters and skydiving to travel to exotic destinations. With no need for a computer, the VR can be used anywhere.

SONY PLAYSTATION VR $499 The Sony PlayStation VR brings a virtual experience to a top-selling gaming platform. The headset is created exclusively for use with the PlayStation 4 in a “plug and play” design that makes entering a VR experience easier than ever. Current game titles include Star Wars Battlefront, VR Worlds, Golem and RIGS Mechanized Combat League. The headset features a 5.7 inch panel with a resolution of 1080p per eye and a 100-degree field of view. The user’s movements are tracked via LED lights through the headset and two PlayStation Move handheld controllers.

WAIT! BEFORE YOU JUMP INTO THE VIRTUAL WORLD VR technology is still in its infancy, but it’s changing rapidly. Here are four things you need to know before buying the new technology.

1. Not All Games Are Compatible With All VR Platforms Like other game consoles, certain games and experiences are only available for certain VR headsets. If your heart is set on a specific title, check before you buy. 2. Most VR Headsets Aren’t Intended for Kids Manufacturers of all major headsets – Oculus, HTC, Sony and Samsung December 2016/January2017

– have issued disclaimers stating their products are not intended for use by children under 13 years old.

3. Experts Aren’t Sure How VR Affects Our Eyes The technology is still very new, so research hasn’t been done on the effects of VR headsets on our vision. Experts warn that long-term use could potentially have adverse effects.

4. VR Can Cause Motion Sickness You should immediately discontinue use of VR if you begin to feel lightheaded, nausea, fatigue or other feelings of discomfort. Headsets can also lead to injuries, like walking into walls or falling down. Users should only use VR in a safe environment. Manufacturers recommend staying seated as much as possible. LOVELAND MAGAZINE 39

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Generations of the Borsdof family photos line the walls at Generations Wine & Martini Bar.


The warm martini and dinner spot has won hearts of Loveland diners. The original business plan for Generations Wine & Martini Bar wasn’t too complicated, said owner Erin Borsdof. “I wanted to open a bar that I would like to have a drink in,” she said. Borsdof moved to Colorado from Illinois in 2006 and ended up working at the Pourhouse near Generations’ future location in downtown Loveland. 40 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

“I always had kept a foot in the restaurant business as a bartender and waitress to make extra money,” Borsdof said. She opened Generations in 2012. “Generations” was originally going to be the name for a sports bar but now refers to the generations of Borsdof ’s family whose photos adorn the walls. “When I saw the space it seemed ideal for speakeasy.

I wanted a place that was a little classier than a tavern and good for date night and business lunches,” she said. Borsdof always tells lost diners that Generations is on the “other” side of the railroad tracks that split the city. The long, narrow eatery is built around the bar. “We have a 24-foot bar in a 72-foot building and it is made from poured concrete,” she said, adding that the old building has character. “There’s no such thing as a level floor in the restaurant so the Generations team has become expert as keeping tables level. December 2016/January2017

“For us martinis are the flagship idea and we have 32 of them on the menu right now,” —Erin Borsdof

The bar has a good selection of wines by the glass and bottle and craft brews but the focus is on mixed drinks. “For us martinis are the flagship idea and we have 32 of them on the menu right now,” Borsdof said. Some are simple classics and other martinis are more unique. “We have one called the Accidental Jalapeno Martini. A bartender accidently used jalapeno juice instead

of olive juice in a martini and the customer decided he liked it,” she said. Another popular cocktail, The Healthcare, prescribes a combination of champagne, absinthe and raspberry liqueur. The fun menu fills many dining needs from a snack at the bar to multi-course feasts. Starters and tapas range

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The popular Sunday Brunch offers up unique takes on old favorites.

from grilled cheese finger sandwiches filled with garlic aioli, cheddar, provolone, tomatoes and candied bacon to gorgonzola-stuffed mushrooms. Entrees include teriyaki flank steak with new potatoes and a poached salmon plate with greens, onion, cukes, toast points and cream cheese. When the Loveland ReporterHerald gave out its Reader’s Choice Awards for 2016 it wasn’t surprising that Generations Wine & Martini Bar won Best Appetizers and Best Happy Hour. Borsdof said there are some dishes

that will always remain on the menu including a smoked duck breast sandwich with provolone, cheddar cheese and roasted red peppers on toasted sourdough bread with jalapeno jelly. “That’s definitely a cult favorite. Bacon-wrapped dates are our No. 1 seller. No. 2 on the list is the vodka martini. And we didn’t set out to be a pizza place but they sell really well,” she said. One pizza tops a crust with roasted artichoke hearts, olive oil, mozzarella, cream cheese, black pepper, parmesan and green onions. Saturday and Sunday brunch attracts long lines of folks looking for

Generations tries to keep things interesting for regulars by staging monthly special dinner experiences. “We had a ‘Game of Thrones’ dinner where we made the place look like a medieval castle. For the French dinner we had can-can dancers on the bar and a singer,” Borsdof said. Other themed dinners have included a Southern spread, a three-course all-fondue meal and a multi-course Little Italy dinner. The next celebration is New Year’s Eve when the eatery offers three seatings for a fixed price, multicourse meal. “The biggest weekend of the year is Valentine’s Day which includes the Fire and Ice Festival,” Borsdof said. John Lehndorff is the former dining critic for the Rocky Mountain News and food editor of the Daily Camera.

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A.S.K. for Children


BY L.L. CHARLES for LOVELAND MAGAZINE Parents, does this scene sound familiar? It’s a weeknight. Dinner is over and the evening chores are done. Now comes the dreaded question. “Have you done your homework?” After the prerequisite sighs and grumbles, out come the textbooks, notebooks and laptops. Nobody ever said a kid had to like homework, right? Educators will tell you that homework is an important part of a child’s education and development. It encourages positive study habits 44 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

and a sense of responsibility – lifelong traits that will help them be successful in their adult lives. The National Parent Teacher Association recommends that the appropriate amount of nightly homework should be about 10 minutes for each grade level (for instance, 30 minutes for a third grader; up to 120 minutes for high school seniors). However, a Stanford researcher has reported that the students in her study were managing an average of 3.1 hours of homework each night. Students reported that this amount of homework was creating significant stress and negatively impacting

other health factors. Additionally, this left the students little time to enjoy extracurricular activities or family socializing. But suppose students could get the support they need to get their homework done before they even go home. Instead of parents struggling with their students, the conversation is now more positive and productive. There’s even some time to get out into the community and explore extracurricular activities. That’s the idea behind A.S.K. After School Kare for Children, a Northern Colorado nonprofit organization dedicated to boosting the December 2016/January2017

“Since the students are allotted a generous amount of time to work on their homework and keep up on assignments, it leaves home time as family time.” quality of education for all kids.

material and boosted her grades.

but the entire family, she says.

The group is the brainchild of Bill Black, a CSU alum who also serves as president of the organization. Black once owned several martial arts studios in Atlanta that featured after-school classes for young students. These students were expected to maintain good grades in order to take part in the very popular karate classes. The idea was to develop both bodies and character.

The 501(c) (3) organization hires a director at each school, along with several teachers who are able to do additional tutoring after school. School administrators know that these teacher tutors will be consistent with the focus or direction of their particular school, Black explains.

As if founding and running A.S.K.

When Black moved back to Colorado in 2006, he took this basic model and scaled it up. “A.S.K. works to create more family time at home, for quality interactions,” Black says. “We also are very focused on developing young people by exposing them to many types of interests.” A.S.K. brings in specialty instructors for sports, science, arts and crafts – even young entrepreneurism. There are popular field trips, like a recent visit to a fire department. Many of these children would not be able to have these enriching experiences without the support of A.S.K. Starting in 2007 with just one school in Milliken, A.S.K. has now grown to serve sixteen schools in the Thompson School District. Parents and educators alike have given the group rave reviews. “We absolutely love A.S.K.!” says Molly Hebert, who has a student in Loveland Classical Schools. “Adelyne is utterly blossoming and really loves the program.” Hebert says that the personal tutoring has improved her child’s understanding of the December 2016/January2017

Mandi Archer is the first grade coordinator at Loveland Classical Schools. She also serves as an A.S.K. after-school tutor. “I love being a tutor for the Loveland Classical Schools A.S.K. program. Our students often come from households with two working parents or a working single parent.” With the parents getting home later in the evening, Archer says, the main focus becomes dinner and then bedtime routines. “Students become susceptible to falling behind in their school work. Since the students are allotted a generous amount of time to work on their homework and keep up on assignments, it leaves home time as family time.” Archer says that this is her third year as a teacher at Loveland Classical Schools. “I think it’s great that A.S.K. employs a teacher whom the students know. They get the advantage of having a tutor who is familiar with the curriculum, the teaching style and the school’s core virtues. The students know that we will hold them to the same high expectations we have in class.” The tutoring program not only benefits the student

isn’t enough, Bill Black has also created a non-profit social networking site called Networking Families of Colorado. Anyone can join for free. Users of the site are encouraged to make a tax-deductible online donation to A.S.K. to help grow its community outreach programs. Residents of Windsor, Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley can offer items for sale, announce community events, or promote their own organizations. Businesses are welcome to promote themselves if they add a link on their website linking to the A.S.K. website. There are plans to add Longmont to the network soon.

Resources 1st Choice A.S.K. 970.460.0031

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Non-profits get funding boost they need on

Colorado Gives Day “When we all support nonprofits, people thrive and it makes our community a better place. It improves quality of life and everyone is lifted up.” —Kayla Arnesen

By ELISE OBERLISSEN for LOVELAND MAGAZINE Community First Foundation started Colorado Gives Day in 2010 to entice Colorado residents to show their philanthropic side. By going to the Colorado Gives website, residents can find charities that resonate in their hearts, and either donate locally or across the state. Over the years this kind of philanthropy has helped many nonprofits and has raised $111.5 million since it began, says Kayla Arnesen, the organization’s Communications Director. “We’ll have more than 2000 nonprofits on our website, from animal welfare, to human services and food distribution, to environmental organizations,” says Arnesen. “Just type in your zip code and give to a local organization.” With FirstBank as its primary sponsor, company CEO John Ikard, had this to say in a statement: “We were astounded by the record-breaking success last year, and couldn’t be prouder to sponsor an event that supports thousands of nonprofit organi46 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

zations and reflects our organization’s most important values.” Here’s how it works. When Colorado residents donate through Colorado Gives Day on December 6, nonprofits receive the individual financial gift, plus, they receive a partial matching gift through the $1 Million Incentive Fund. Residents who want to donate on Colorado Gives Day simply log on to and find their favorite nonprofit, choose your donation amount, whether you want your gift to be a single donation or recurring, add it to your cart and check out. If you don’t have a personal favorite that you want to support, they make it easy for you to choose an organization by location or cause. Each participant profile has a short description of what they do as well as other factors to help donors decide what they would like to support. The hardest part is narrowing it down in the end. If you can’t donate on December 6,

the site is open for donations yearround, and nonprofits always need funds.

Making Use Of The Funds Too many nonprofits exist on a lean budget that requires them to scrape together financial donations, volunteer support and in-kind offerings, like pro bono professional services. Donations received help offset the daily costs of operation and providing services. Each member profile provides a needs statement, history and financial graphs so that donors can learn more about the organization and understand where their donation will be going.

Keeping the Charitable Spirit Alive Year Round While it’s fun and important to donate on Colorado Gives Day, nonprofits want to remind everyone about the importance of giving year-round. Without that support, many would be in dire straits. While many organizations need money to run existing programs or start new ones, nonprofits must also budget for everyday expenses like paying the electric bill and for personnel. So, whether you make a donation in March 2017 or on December 6, 2016, your donation counts. Giving is fun and it makes a difference, says Kayla Arnesen, with Community First Foundation. “When we all support nonprofits, people thrive and it makes our community a better place. It improves quality of life and everyone is lifted up.” December 2016/January2017


Winter is finally here, but in the midst of all the holiday rush, remember to slow down and take some time to enjoy the season. Make some memories on the ice rink, take photos with Santa, take in a seasonal performance and don’t forget those less fortunate. You can find any or all of those choices right here in Loveland.



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A WONDERFUL LIFE Now – December 31, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Dr., Johnstown


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 blockparty. Attend gallery openings, exhibits, music, visit local restaurants and more.

Frank Capra’s classic holiday tale is brought to the stage. The story of George Bailey and his wonderful life remains a timeless tale of dreams, cynicism and the power of love that exhilarates the mind and heart and celebrates the kindness in us all. events/night-on-the-town/

VISIT WITH SANTA AT PROMENADE SHOPS AT CENTERRA Now through Christmas Eve Bring your camera to capture the magical moments when your child visits with Santa in his winter wonderland. Located next to Jumpin’, near Best Buy. SANTA’S SCHEDULE Saturdays through December 17 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays through December 18 | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, December 22 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, December 23 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, December 24 | 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. December 2016/January2017

OUTDOOR ICE SKATING Daily through February 26; The Ice Rink at Promenade Shops at Centerra, Loveland Visit Northern Colorado’s finest outdoor ice skating rink for a fun winter activity with family and friends. Admission is $7 for children 12 and under, $8.50 for adults and includes skates. Regular hours: Monday-Friday 2-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Winter hours (effective 1/2/17): MondayThursday 2-8 p.m., Friday 2-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. On Sundays, December 4-18 from 12-4 p.m., you can also enjoy complimentary, horse-drawn carriage rides down Main Street to make the holidays complete. Rides depart in front of The Ice Rink.


COLORADO GIVES DAY December 6; For the seventh year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank presents Colorado Gives Day. This annual statewide movement celebrates and increases philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Visit on December 6, choose a nonprofit organization in your community and donate online—it’s that simple. Give where you live and support the nonprofits that support you.

CASINO NIGHT December 8, 5-8 p.m. Embassy Suites, 4705 Clydesdale Pkwy., Loveland Join NOCO HBA for their year-end Holiday extravaganza and Toys for Tots event. Enjoy a night of fabulous food, drink, and gambling for fun

MENORAH LIGHTING AND CHANUKAH CELEBRATION December 8, 5 p.m.; Peters Park/Loveland Museum, 503 N Lincoln Ave., Loveland December 13, 4 p.m.: Old Town Square, Fort Collins

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Join Guest of Honor Mayor Wade Troxell, local and state dignitaries and the community for the annual Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration, featuring lighting of the giant Menorah, Jewish holiday music and traditional Chanukah foods.

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LOVELAND ORCHESTRA - WAR HEROES December 9, 7 p.m. - Pre-Concert Lecture 7:30 p.m. - Concert; Good Shepherd Church 3429 Monroe Ave., Loveland Join the Loveland Orchestra for a concert featuring music by: Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man Williams - Hymn to the Fallen, Saving Private Ryan Gould - American Solute Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture Williams - Battle of the Heroes, Star Wars Episode III Zimmer - Gladiator Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije Featuring the Loveland High School Choir

THE NUTCRACKER December 9, 7 p.m.; December 10-11, 2 and 7 p.m.; Lincoln Center Performance Hall, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins Canyon Concert Ballet presents their 36th annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet. With a dazzling score by Tchaikovsky performed by the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, this is a rare chance to see a classical ballet accompanied by a live, full orchestra in Fort Collins. This iconic holiday story is sure to please audiences of all ages with mystery, battles, and beautiful ballerinas.

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TUBA CHRISTMAS December 10, 2 - 3 p.m.; Oak Street Plaza, Fort Collins Northern Colorado’s TUBA Christmas is a national tradition of a tuba and euphonium only concert ensemble playing a concert of holiday favorites. The event is open and free to the public.

SANTA’S WORKSHOP AT CENTERRA December 10 and 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; The Group Inc., 5401 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland Santa is setting up shop at Centerra this holiday season and he’s ready to listen to wish lists at his special workshop. The workshop will also feature ornament decorating, cookies and coloring as well as horse-drawn wagon rides and story time with Mrs. Claus. Visitors to Santa’s Workshop are also encouraged to participate in Centerra’s Canned Food Drive to benefit local nonprofits. Nonperishable food will be collected from December 3 through December 17 at The Group, Inc. This event is free and open to the public, brought to you by Country Financial, with contributing sponsors TRI 102.5 and Eye Center of Northern Colorado.

BERTHOUD SNOWFEST December 14-17, Fickel Park, Berthoud The first annual Berthoud SNOWFEST happens this December. Combining the best of Berthoud’s traditional ‘Christmas in Berthoud’ and a new winter festival which will be the sanctioned Colorado Snow Sculpting Competition. Snow will be made and constructed into 8-foot blocks for carving prior to Snowfest. The carving competition will take place over four days in Fickel Park so guests will be able to see the sculptures take form. Other activities will include a Holiday arts and crafts fair at the Berthoud Community Center, and on Saturday a Kids’ Fun Snow Sculpting Contest and a Parade of Lights beginning at 5 p.m. and of course, food, drinks and fun all weekend long! The emphasis traditionally placed on giving back to the community at Christmas in Berthoud remains a large part of the seasonal festivities. Now through December 5—Donations can be made at, and there are many other ways to give around town as well: November 5-December 5 Coin Cans will be placed in businesses throughout Berthoud. November 21-December 5 - Giving Trees Trees are located at Hays Market, Berthoud Library, New Freedom Church November 21-December 5- Giving Table Located at Hays Market. November 28-December 5- School Coin Drives See page 6 for more information.

CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA December 16, 7:30 p.m.; December 17, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; December 18, 3 p.m. Rialto Theater, 228 E. 4th St., Loveland Celebrate the holiday season with the Loveland Choral Society and a spirited Christmas Orchestra in a star-spangled holiday music festival. Classics, carols, and seasonal songs from American composers and songwriters display the diverse sounds of this country. Appalachian Winter, a merry medley from Irving Berlin’s timeless White Christmas, and hits from How the Grinch Stole Christmas add sparkle and cheer to your holiday traditions. Tickets: $18 Plus standard ticketing fees, December 2016/January2017


LOVELAND OPERA THEATRE HOLIDAY SOIREE December 17, 6:30 p.m.; Private home in Loveland Call 970-593-0085 or email for location and reservations. Join the Loveland Opera Theater (LOT) for food, gorgeous singing, handbells and FUN! Delicious appetizers, dessert, and wassail will be served to entertainment will feature stunning LOT singers (Emily Morris, Rebecca Robinson, Nathan Snyder, Mike Tyson, Scott Van Beber, Adam Ewing and Rob Hoch) performing holiday favorites! Admission is free but donations of $35 per person are very much appreciated. Seating limited to 60.

FIRST NIGHT December 31, 5:30- 10 p.m.; Downtown Fort Collins Make plans to be Downtown on New Year’s Eve for First Night Fort Collins! This non-alcoholic, FREE, family-oriented, arts-based celebration attracts an all-ages audience to 50+ performances at 6 venues throughout Downtown. This event is produced by the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association. This year’s theme, “Winter Wonderland” offers opportunities to enjoy international dance, live theater and magic shows, comedy, music and singing, wandering entertainment in Old Town Square and more! Kids will have plenty of room to run with balloon drops, a “bounceland” of giant inflatables, face painters and a Kids’ Countdown in the Square that blasts off at 5:30pm. 50 LOVELAND MAGAZINE

A SEASON OF DANCE December 22, 6:30 pm: Rialto Theater 228 E. 4th St., Loveland Open house performance featuring students of The MacKinnon Royal Dance Institute program and competition dance teams. This production is sure to delight and enchant dance lovers of all ages! All are welcome for this celebration of dance and works inspired by the season! Tickets: $13 advance, $16 at the door (Plus standard ticketing fees.)

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: OVO January 11-15; Budweiser Event Center, 5290 Arena Cir., Loveland Cirque du Soleil returns to Loveland in January 2017 with OVO, for seven performances only, as part of a global tour in arenas around North America. Tickets start at $34 for adults (subject to change) and $25 for children. Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs available.

BIG THUNDER DRAFT HORSE SHOW January 13-15; Ranch-Way Feeds Indoor Arena at The Ranch, Loveland Show times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with a pre-show one hour before each event time. The event draws national and local competitors, from Canada to Northern Colorado. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children (2-12 years), $12 seniors (60+), and a family four pack for $40 and the Budweiser Events Center Box Office. VIP: $25 for adults, $15 for kids includes a special seating area, snacks and hot chocolate. To receive a discount for groups of ten or more, please call 970.619.4122. All guests can walk through the barns and see the horses one hour before show time. Draft Horse University, an informational class session about the horses involved, will occur Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Ticket price is $10 in addition to an event ticket.

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