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Welcome........................................................5 Special Events For BLR Residents!.......................6 One-To-One Tutoring. ......................................10 Around Town ..................................................10 Wintertime Moving Tips....................................13 How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions...........15 BLR Academy To Expand To High School.............19 Builder Spotlight: Covington Homes..................20 Colorado Celebrates Its Four National Parks........22 Snow Bike & Brew’...........................................24 A New Community Health Partnership................26 Banning Lewis Ranch Directory..........................30
RANCH HOUSE HOURS: MONDAY-THURSDAY 9:00AM-8:00PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9:00AM-6:00PM SUNDAY 12:00PM-6:00PM
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BLR MAGAZINE If you have an idea for BLR Magazine, wish to contribute an article, or advertise in upcoming issues of the magazine, please contact the PTMD Publishing Team at 719-219-5444 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. PTMD PUBLISHING Ad Sales................................ Ashley Bennett email@example.com Creative Director..............Greg Barrington firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial Manager and Director of Marketing..........Kim Sandoval email@example.com Printing & Mailing Services My Favorite Printer..................... Rich Fowler firstname.lastname@example.org Contributors: The Banning Lewis Ranch Community (Residents, Ranch House Staff, Homebuilders). Banning Lewis Ranch (BLR) Magazine is the official magazine of the Banning Lewis Ranch community. BLR Magazine is published quarterly by PTMD Publishing, LLC. Banning Lewis Ranch and PTMD Publishing may not be held responsible or liable for the business practices of advertisers, errors or omissions within this publication. Articles included in BLR Magazine reflect the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs or opinions of Banning Lewis Ranch or PTMD Publishing. ©2016. All Rights Reserved.
Try Any Of Colorado's Four National Parks (pg 22.)
There are so many great things to enjoy about life in Banning Lewis Ranch. From the all the exciting fitness classes and social activities going on at The Ranch House to seasonal events like the Summer Concert Series and Trunk or Treat Halloween, there’s never a dull moment in Banning Lewis Ranch. As we embark on 2016, we have the pleasure to share that our community will be home to the 3rd Annual St. Jude Dream Home. Thanks to community builder, Covington Homes, Banning Lewis Ranch and the entire Colorado Springs community will once again come together in the fight against childhood cancer. This issue of BLR Magazine is filled with news about the Dream Home, exciting announcements from Banning Lewis Ranch Academy and our community YMCA, upcoming activities at The Ranch House, tips on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions... and, we even have ideas for a Telluride winter getaway. As an added bonus, our friends from Colorado.com have also provided a fantastic feature article on how we can all take part in the National Park Service’s Centennial Celebration. As always, this magazine is created for your enjoyment. If you have story ideas for future editions, please let us know. Let the page turning begin. -the Editors
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SPECIAL EVENTS FOR BLR RESIDENTS!
All events are held at the Ranch House and are exclusive to BLR Residents. Please remember to RSVP to enjoy these events. Call the Ranch House at 719-522-2432.
FEBRUARY 12 & MARCH 18
Read, sing, play, do a craft, and have a snack. Story Time is created for preschool age children.
FEBRUARY 13, MARCH 18 & APRIL 15
PARENTS NIGHT OUT
We play games, eat, do a craft and watch a movie. Children 3-10 years old. Small fee applies.
DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE
Turn Special Moments into Works of Art.
A night for Dads and Daughters to come eat, dance and have daddy daughter time.
MARCH 18, APRIL 9
This is the night children 9-13 years old come together to eat and watch a movie! Small fee applies.
EASTER EGG HUNT
Hop on by and meet your neighbors for the Easter festivities. We will have an Easter Egg Hunt for BLR children.
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Residents (21+) enjoy an evening of casino fun. There will be light hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds will support Relay for Life.
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FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL All events take place at the Ranch House and are free to residents, unless otherwise noted.
BEER & POKER CLUB TIME: 6:30pm Once a Month - Thursdays FEBRUARY: 18 MARCH: 17 APRIL: 21
TIME: 2:00 PM Wdnesdays FEBRUARY: 3,10,17,24 MARCH: 2,9,16,23,30 APRIL: 6,13,20,27
TIME: 6:00 PM Once a Month - Thursdays FEBRUARY: 11 MARCH: 10 APRIL: 14
CARD & BOARD GAME NIGHT (CLUB)
TIME: 7:00 PM Once a Month - Wednesdays FEBRUARY: 24 MARCH: 23 APRIL: 27
DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE TIME: 6:00pm Saturday, February 27
TIMES: 10:00am & 5:00pm Tuesdays & Thursdays FEBRUARY: 2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25 MARCH: 1,3,8,10,15,17, 22,24,29,31 APRIL: 5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28
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KEEP IT MOVING
TIME: 10:15am Mondays & Wednesdays FEBRUARY: 1,3,8,10,15,17,22,24,29 MARCH: 2,7,9,14,16,21,23,28,30 APRIL: 4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27
NETWORK GROUP (CLUB) TUESDAY NIGHT TIME: 7:00pm FEBRUARY: 2 MARCH: 1 APRIL: 5
WEDNESDAY MORNING TIME: 8:30am FEBRUARY: 3, 17 MARCH: 2, 16 APRIL: 6,20
PARENT'S NIGHT OUT SPECIAL SATURDAY TIME: 4:00pm FEBRUARY: 13
REGULAR SCHEDULE Once a Month on Fridays TIME: 4:30pm FEBRUARY: 19 MARCH: 18 APRIL: 15
6:00pm Mondays & Wednesdays FEBRUARY: 1,3,8,10,15,17,22,24,29 MARCH: 2,7,9,14,16,21,23,28,30 APRIL: 4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27
QUILTING CLUB TIME: 2:00pm FEBRUARY: 7, 9
SELF DEFENSE TIME: 9:00am FEBRUARY: 6
TIME: 10:15am Once a Month on Fridays FEBRUARY: 19 MATCH: 18 APRIL: 15
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY AT THE RANCH HOUSE TIME: 4:30pm Sunday, February 7
TIME: 9:00am Mondays & Wednesdays FEBRUARY: 1,3,8,10,15,17,22,24,29 MARCH: 2,7,9,14,16,21,23,28,30 APRIL: 4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27
TIME: 5:00pm Saturday, February 6
TIME: 6:00pm Tuesdays & Thursdays FEBRUARY: 2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25 MARCH: 1,3,8,10,15,17,22,24,29,31 APRIL: 5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28 Dates and times subject to change. Please contact the Ranch House at 719-522-2432 to confirm listings. You may also visit the online Community Event Calendar at www.BanningLewisRanch.com, go to the community tab and click on Event Calendar.
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AROUND TOWN One-To-One Tutoring. DID YOU KNOW THAT THE CHILDREN’S LITERACY CENTER PROVIDES FREE ONE-TO-ONE TUTORING TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN READING BELOW GRADE LEVEL? SOME TUTORING IS AVAILABLE RIGHT HERE IN BANNING LEWIS RANCH.
The Children’s Literacy Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, began as a Junior League project in 1991. It has since evolved into a state-wide effort that receives support from a broad base of individual donors, businesses, corporations, schools, and foundations. CLC’s program results in a 95 percent success rate! Program participants develop a solid reading foundation essential to success now and in the future. Tutors give each child the confidence they need to succeed. The ability to read and learn guarantees economic security and social stability in our neighborhoods and communities. CLC Spring Tutoring at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy LOCATION: 7094 Cottonwood Tree Dr. DATES: Mondays & Wednesdays through May 4 2016 TIMES: 4:15pm-5:15pm & 5:30pm-6:30pm To enroll your child, please complete the Parent Commitment form online at www.childrensliteracycenter.org/enroll-children. Please be sure to have your child’s teacher complete the Student Referral form also available online. Do you have what it takes to be a tutor? If you are 14 or older and want to make a difference in the life of a child, join the Children’s Literacy Center in offering one-to-one tutoring. The experienced staff will train you to use CLC’s fun, award-winning Peak Reader ® curriculum. Learn more by visiting the “Volunteer to Tutor” page online at www.childrensliteracycenter.org or call 719-471-8672.
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KIDS ONLY ZOO VALENTINES DATE: Saturday, February 12th and 13th, 2016 TIME: 6pm-8am LOCATION: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo COST: $50.25 member per person, $60.25 non-member per person Let us do all the work, all you have to do is drop the kiddos off! We will have a pizza party, roast s'mores, go for an evening tour, and even meet an animal up close! The best part is that we'll be sleeping among the animals in our renovated Loft building! We will even throw in a continental breakfast and a morning tour to will complete your adventure. Kids must be 5 years or older to participate. Call 719-424-7827 for details.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS DATE: Thursday, March 10, 2016 TIME: 7:00pm, Doors open at 6:00pm LOCATION: Broadmoor World Arena TICKETES: 719-520-SHOW Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to The Broadmoor World Arena, March 10, 2016, at 7 p.m., during their 90th Anniversary World Tour. Known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, the Globetrotters also announced today that they are giving back even more during their 90th year with The Great Assist program. Stars of the team will leave a mark in communities across North America with acts of goodwill during the tour that is set to play over 330 games in 260 cities. Fans are encouraged to visit GreatAssist.com to nominate a worthwhile cause or a deserving family in need of a smile, and the Globetrotters will help as many fans as possible throughout the
CARRIE UNDERWOOD DATE: Thursday, March 29, 2016 TIME: 7:00pm, Doors open at 6:00pm LOCATION: Broadmoor World Arena TICKETES: 719-520-SHOW
tour. In addition to fan requests, the team is planning to bring their bullying prevention program to over 400 schools and community centers, talk to youth about character education and physical fitness, visit children’s hospitals and lend a hand to those in need. On the court, the Globetrotters’ 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. With a starstudded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm– plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.
The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round will be Underwood’s first tour “in the round.” With the stage in the middle of the arena floor, the 360-degree setting will allow fans on all sides of the arena to get a very intimate and unique concert experience. Barry Lather (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Usher, Michael Jackson) is the tour’s Creative Director and Butch Allen (Metallica, The Eagles, Eric Church, No Doubt) is Production Designer. Underwood has arranged for a donation of $1 from each ticket sold at the U.S. dates of The Storyteller Tour to be contributed to the C.A.T.S Foundation to help aid its causes including Checotah, Oklahoma’s education and literacy programs. Established in 2009, the C.A.T.S. (Checotah Animal, Town, and School) Foundation helps with general causes, needs, and services in the area of Checotah, Oklahoma, Carrie’s hometown, to directly impact the community.
NATURE STORYTIME! DATE: First Sunday of Every Month TIME: 1:00PM LOCATION: Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center 1805 N 30th St COST: FREE! Fun, Free, Family Event Nature Storytime! The 1st Sunday of every month at 1:00pm at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center! Enjoy nature-themed Storytime and Craft Activity! This program is a collaboration between the Pikes Peak Library District and the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. For ages 3 and up. Please join us for a fun, educational afternoon at the newly renovated Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. Call 719-634-6666 for details.
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3rd Annual Colorado Springs St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Built by Covington Homes
7024 Jagged Rock | Colorado Springs | Banning Lewis Ranch Tickets Available March 23, 2016 1-800-379-5217 | dreamhome.org
5 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths plus 3 car tandem garage and finished basement 3,224 square feet, 3,147 finished square feet Main level study, gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances and quartz counters Open floor plan with covered outdoor room and high ceilings Wrought iron railings, wood floors, plush carpets, elegant faucets, and decorative splashes HERS Rated Energy Efficient Home that performs on average 30-40% better than a code built home
OPEN HOUSES: April 30 – June 5 Saturdays, 9am – 5pm & Sundays, 12pm – 5pm GIVEAWAY DATE: June 10, 2016 Winners will be announced on KKTV 11 News Only 8,500 tickets will be sold. To get more involved in the Colorado Springs St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, contact Jaymie Hardtarfer | 303-377-9987 | jaymie.hardtarfer.org
WINTERTIME MOVING TIPS
By Janet Corniel Movinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gal
oving during inclement weather can be a challenge. Snow, sleet, rain and blustery weather can really put a damper on your moving day. However, here are some tips to help mitigate really challenging weather on moving day.
Protecting your floors.
Start by laying down cardboard boxes on your floor that outline a path to each room. This way you can protect your flooring. Make sure to tack them down to prevent tripping. A professional seasoned mover will automatically do this for you.
If you are having professional movers move your goods, explain to them your expectations before they load or unload. If you are moving yourself or with friends, plan accordingly.
Choose a few key entrances that will best meet your furniture needs. By limiting access, you will keep your house warm and save your floors. Have a large beach towel you will no longer want or need near that one entrance. This way if your shoes or the movers work boots get dirty they can wipe them down before entering.
If it is brutally cold on the day you are moving you may want to consider one of two things, purchasing a small space heater to put in your garage or by the entrance you have chosen to move your things in or get hand and foot warmers to help. Unless you have faced the fact that you have moved to the frozen tundra and it will not thaw until May, you can prioritize items and move in the essentials and leave the rest in your garage until you have a better weather day. Either way make the best of it and it will be over soon.
Dress in Layers. Whether you are moving yourself or have movers move you, you will be in and out of the home and putting on a bulky coat and taking it off gets annoying.
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COLORADO SPRINGS’ GO-TO HOMEBUILDER Richmond American Homes Since 1976, Richmond American has developed a strong reputation as the local builder you can rely on. We’re constantly introducing innovative new floor plans designed to meet the everyday needs of the modern homebuyer. Come find the dream home for you.
Discover the Richmond American difference at Banning Lewis Ranch • More included features, like gourmet kitchens & deluxe master baths* • More ways to personalize • Smartly engineered floor plans, designed for how you live • One-stop shopping for your new home, mortgage & insurance** • Complimentary design assistance at the Home Gallery • Pre-installed radon mitigation systems • Energy-efficient features built into each home
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*Included features will vary by home and may not be available on all houses. Availability may vary by community, plan, build status, elevation and/or location. **The Richmond American Homes companies (RAH), HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation (HMC), American Home Insurance Agency, Inc. (also known as AHI Insurance Agency or AHI) and American Home Title and Escrow Company (AHT) are owned, directly or indirectly, by M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. and, therefore, are affiliated companies. Each of RAH, HMC, AHI and AHT offers services independently of each other, and if you obtain a product or service from one company, you are not required to utilize the services of, or obtain products from, any of the other companies. Your decision to use a company that is not affiliated with RAH, HMC, AHI or AHT will not affect your ability to obtain products and services from these companies. ***Closing dates are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed. Homebuyers may be limited in the structural changes, options and upgrades which can be made to homes. Actual homes as constructed may not contain the features and layouts depicted and may vary from photo. ©2015 Richmond American Homes, Richmond American Homes of Colorado, Inc.
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HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS THE NEW YEAR HAS ARRIVED, AND YOU HAVE ALREADY DRAWN UP YOUR RESOLUTIONS. NOW, HOW TO STICK TO YOUR PLAN?
Steps: 1. Put it all on paper. Write your resolutions down, and keep them in an accessible place as reminders - tape them to your mirror, write them in a journal or put them on your refrigerator door. 2. Mark your calendar. Set deadlines for yourself to tackle each step toward reaching your goal, one at a time. 3. Start as soon as possible. Go out and purchase the necessary equipment or literature; call now and set up an appointment with your dentist, your doctor, your trainer, your accountant....
4. Find a role model. Is there anyone who has succeeded in fulfilling an ambition like yours? Look to this person as a reminder that it is possible to achieve your goal. 5. Check your progress regularly, and give yourself an occasional reward for your efforts. Make sure the reward isn’t contrary to your resolution; celebrate a cigarette-free month with a weekend trip or a new outfit, not with a cigarette! 6. Inform friends and family of your goals, and recruit them to regularly remind and support you in your endeavors.
Success Tip: Don’t sweat the setbacks; persistence is the key.
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We Stand Apart Covington Homes is Honored to Announce: we are Officially the St Jude Dream Home Builder
in Colorado Springs and Southern Colorado
Win a Brand New Covington Home at Banning Lewis Ranch The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. Unlike any other hospital, the majority of our funding comes from individual contributions. And thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude. Founder and entertainer Danny Thomas opened the doors to St. Jude in 1962 with the dream that “no child should die in the dawn of life.”
Please Join Us in the Fight Against Childhood Cancer!! Come Visit us at 7015 Jagged Rock Cir, Banning Lewis Ranch for more Information Building in Banning Lewis Ranch, Flying Horse, Parkwood at Wolf Ranch, Stonehaven at Wolf Ranch, and Wolf Ranch Villages
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BLR ACADEMY TO EXPAND TO HIGH SCHOOL Top-Rated, K-8 Charter School Will Begin Serving Freshmen and Sophomores in the Fall of 2017
anning Lewis Ranch Academy (BLRA), a K-8 public charter school, has been approved to offer a high school program opening in the Fall of 2017. In a unanimous vote the Falcon 49 District School Board approved BLRA’s application for expansion to the charter agreement from K-8 to K-12. The school will offer seats to freshmen and sophomores only in the Fall of 2017, adding the junior class in Fall 2018, and senior class the following year (Fall 2019). Banning Lewis Ranch Academy is an award-winning, top-rated school. Since opening in 2006, BLRA has always achieved a Performance rating, the highest level awarded by the state. The high school will offer a rigorous, college prep education, including the daily use of technology and an extensive list of Advanced Placement courses. BLRA currently serves 750 students with an extensive waiting list. The expansion includes a new, state-of-the-art middle and high school campus that will be
built in the same community. The current campus location will continue to house the elementary school and will allow BLRA to open more seats to students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. “We would like to thank our school community and families for their interest and support of this effort,” says Eric Dinnel, former BLRA Head of School and now Vice President at ACCEL Schools, “We look forward to offering an exceptional high school program to this community, and the ability to serve families with a full, K-12 educational experience.” “From our students, to our families, to our staff, Banning Lewis Ranch Academy has grown to be an amazing school,” says Deann Barnett, BLRA Board President, “Our success is evident in everything from our test scores to our extra-curricular activities, to our sense of community. We now have the opportunity to grow again and give our students the ability to continue their success through graduation. We are pleased to be able to bring this new high school to our community
and are very excited to see the amazing things these students will accomplish.” “BLRA has been in operation for 10 years and in that time has become a highly successful school. The staff has been dedicated to creating a safe and positive school environment where students can flourish and we are excited about the opportunity to extend our influence through the high school level. We are so fortunate to have a community of families that support a charter school option for their children and we are thrilled to provide the next level of quality programming,” says Amy Brundage, BLRA Head of School. Families interested in enrollment should check the school website for updates: www.blracademy.org
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COVINGTON HOMES COVINGTON HOMES BREAKS GROUND AT THE SITE OF 3RD ANNUAL COLORADO SPRINGS ST. JUDE DREAM HOME® GIVEAWAY HOUSE IN BANNING LEWIS RANCH.
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ovington Homes broke ground on the 3rd annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house on Friday, November 13. The home is to be raffled for the benefit of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The home will be located in the Banning Lewis Ranch community in Colorado Springs, CO. Representatives of Covington Homes, KKTV 11 News, Banning Lewis Ranch, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Y96.9 FM, The Gazette, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Furniture Row, Hanson HotSpring Spas and national sponsors Brizo®, Shaw Floors, and Trane as well as several subcontractors and suppliers were all in attendance for the momentous occasion.
This year is the first year that Covington Homes will be the builder of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house. “We are truly humbled and honored to be the Southern Colorado St. Jude Dream Home Builder. Our entire Covington Team is looking forward to helping in this very worthy cause and contributing whatever we can to help fight childhood cancer,” said Grace Covington with Covington Homes. To learn more about the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Colorado Springs or to be involved as a sponsor please visit dreamhome.org.
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COLORADO CELEBRATES THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL IN ITS FOUR NATIONAL PARKS Reprinted With Permission From Colorado.com
his year, the National Park Service will celebrate 100 years of protecting the many beautiful and unique national parks across the country. From fishing in one of the deepest canyons in the Western Hemisphere to surfing down the highest sand dunes in North America, Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four national parks offer vastly diverse and unique experiences. The state is also home to eight national monuments, four national historic trails, a national recreation area, two national historic sites and a river corridor. Following is a sampling of unparalleled experiences for those hoping to get outdoors to celebrate the National Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centennial in every season in Colorado throughout 2016 and beyond.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park The drama of 2,700 feet of sheer black walls falling into the Gunnison River make for one of the deepest canyons in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the Southwestern part of the state, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park features a multitude of activities offering year-round fun. When snow blankets the ground in winter, snowshoe trekking, cross country skiing and winter backcountry camping allow for views of the snowy canyon and pure white overlooks. The warmer months are plentiful with natural pursuits. Rafting, fishing and stargazing are just some of the ways to enjoy the canyon. Expert rock climbers can put their skills to the test on Painted Wall, the tallest vertical wall in the state, measuring at a height of 2,250 feet.
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Surrounded by mountain landscapes, there are plenty of recreational activities and lodging offerings in the nearby town of Montrose. After a long day of adventuring, four local brew pubs are ready to serve up refreshing suds.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Mountains of sand stand higher in the San Luis Valley than anywhere else in North America at this unique landscape that was created over one million years ago. In late spring, visitors can soak in Medano Creek, a popular stream at the foot of the dunes and one of Colorado’s best beaches. Guests can even bring flat inflatables to use as they float down the waves. A new type of boarding adventure presents itself in the summer months. Sandboards feature a special design and slick bases for prime sliding on any size dune from the small to the mighty. Late September and early October provide opportunities for photography with unusual contrasts of colorful trees, dunes and snowcapped mountains. The dunes are also great for sledding or cross country skiing in the snowy winter months.
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Just a few miles from the sand dunes, Alamosa offers visitors scenic wonders, outdoor activities, culture and plenty of history. The hungry guest can find many locally-based restaurants ready to serve up an authentic dining experience.
Mesa Verde National Park As the first park to be established in efforts to "preserve the works of man," Southwest Colorado’s Mesa Verde takes visitors back in time to showcase more than 700 years of Ancestral Puebloan history. Mesa Verde is also the largest archeological preserve in the U.S. There are a variety of summer itineraries for those who have a few hours
to a couple of days to spend in the park. Tickets can be purchased for ranger-guided tours throughout the largest cliff dwellings in North America, including Cliff Palace, the park’s biggest cliff dwelling. The abundant winter ecology allows for snowy hikes. Because of Mesa Verde’s bare trees, wildlife is more visible in the winter. Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are perfect opportunities to find animal tracks in the snow. To cool off in the summer heat, nearby Durango has an abundance of refreshing mountain lakes and rivers. After a dip in the water, stay at one of Durango’s many historic and unique lodging properties. Along with many restaurant offerings, the town of Cortez gives visitors the opportunity to buy local and prepare their own foods from the seasonal farmer’s markets.
Rocky Mountain National Park Nestled between the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake, 415-square-miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Trail Ridge Road takes visitors up to 12,183 feet in elevation on the highest continuous paved road in the U.S. A variety of ranger-led programs teach visitors about the park, wildlife and flowers. During the fall, visitors can’t miss the annual elk rut when bull elk gather in meadows with viewing areas available for onlookers. In the colder winter months, cross-country skiing, sledding and snowshoeing are all popular diversions for those wanting to play in the snow.
Nearby downtown Estes Park features a charming village filled with shops and galleries, many of which are independently owned. Grand Lake offers a variety of options for those looking to stay along Rocky Mountain National Park’s backdrop including, cabins, resorts, ranches and more.
Colorado’s Eight National Monuments Browns Canyon, Colorado, Canyons of the Ancients, Chimney Rock, Florissant Fossil Beds, Dinosaur, Hovenweep and Yucca House are Colorado’s eight national monuments dedicated to protecting our state’s tremendous history and culture. These monuments include the highest density of archaeological sites in the country, one of the most diverse insect fossil sites in the world, prime white water rafting and stone towers built by the Ancestral Puebloan people. Colorado’s national monuments offer unique learning experiences for all who visit.
ABOUT COLORADO Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 25 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state's breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 12 national parks and monuments and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet. For more information or a copy of the 2016 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit www.COLORADO.com or call 1-800-COLORADO. BANNING LEWIS RANCH MAGAZINE
THE HOTEL TELLURIDE LAUNCHES NEW FAT TIRE
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olorado’s San Juan Mountains boasts some of the ski country’s most incredible terrain, and Telluride is the mecca, stashed amongst the highest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks in North America. Skiing and boarding are not the destination's only winter attraction, Telluride also offers terrain for winter biking and has an award-winning local brewery and new distillery. The Hotel Telluride, a 59-room luxury boutique Rocky Mountains meets European chalet-style hotel located in the heart of Telluride, Colo., is offering a new and exclusive ‘Snow Bike & Brew’ package this upcoming winter season (available now through March 31, 2016). It is an ideal package for the adventure seeker who is looking for a fun alternative winter alpine activity, while enjoying some of Colorado’s best local craft beers and spirits. Telluride sits at an elevation of 8,750feet in Southwestern Colorado and is nestled in a box canyon among some of the most undeniably stunning scenery in the Rocky Mountains. Tucked in the town of Telluride is The Hotel Telluride, an ideal base camp from which to explore and experience Telluride. The hotel’s new ‘Snow Bike & Brew’ package combines adventure and luxury with a three-night stay in an Elite View room offering 180 degree views of the San Juan Mountains, a private professionally-guided fat bike snow tour by the Telluride Bootdoctors (a local
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professional outdoor retailer since 1986), locally crafted beers and spirits, and a customized five-course dining experience at The Hotel Telluride along with breakfast for two daily. Guests will be picked-up from the hotel and guided on a tour across Telluride’s scenic snowy valley floor on Bootdoctors’ ‘Fatboy’ Specialized® snow bikes, rideanywhere bikes that provide extreme tire floatation and traction that enable riders to go where other bikes cannot, like snow packed trails. Guests then wind through pristine snowy single track trails first to the Telluride Brewing Company, an award-winning brewery open since 2011 that has received gold medals at the 2012 and 2014 Great American Beer Festival, and at the 2012 World Beer Cup. There, following a tour of the brewery, riders will celebrate their success of fat tire riding with award-winning craft beers brewed on-location, and made with water coming straight from the Rocky Mountain snowmelt. Beers are made from premium malts, hops, and yeasts that create rich aromas and smooth-tasting flavors.
Next, riders head to the Telluride Distilling Company. Just opened in 2014, the Telluride Distilling Company offers guests a tour and taste of the hand-crafted Telluride Whisky and Telluride Vodka distilled on-site. After the tastings, riders are shuttled back to The Hotel Telluride. Upon arrival back at The Hotel Telluride, weary riders can rejuvenate in two outdoor hot tubs to relax any sore muscles while taking in the mountain views. Then later in the evening, as part of the package, guests enjoy an intimate customized gourmet dining experience in front of a cozy fireplace with a crackling fire featuring a five-course meal with wine pairings at The Hotel Telluride’s chef table presented by Executive Chef Sergio Gonzalez who has been delighting palates for more than 17 years in the Telluride food scene. The Hotel Telluride’s ‘Snow Bike & Brew’ package starts from $1,550 (based on double occupancy) is available through March 31, 2016 (subject to weather conditions, based on availability, blackout dates apply). This package is only available by calling The Hotel Telluride directly at 866-468-3501.
Package includes: ·· Three-night stay in an Elite View King or Double Room at The Hotel Telluride ·· Daily breakfast for two ·· Private, guided winter Fat Bike tour by Bootdoctors to the Telluride Brewing Company and Telluride Distilling Company ·· Five-course wine pairing dinner at The Hotel Telluride Chef’s Table
About The Hotel Telluride The Hotel Telluride is a 59-room luxury boutique chalet-style hotel situated in the heart of Telluride in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado. The Nook, the hotel’s restaurant offers casual American cuisine for breakfast, après ski/hike or dinner. The Hotel Telluride is pet friendly and is located at 199 N. Cornet St. in easy walking distance to Telluride’s shops, restaurants, art galleries and The Telluride Ski Resort. For more information, visit www.thehoteltelluride.com, or reservations call 866.468.3501.
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THE YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION AND PENROSE-ST. FRANCIS HEALTH SERVICES
DEVELOPING NEW COMMUNITY HEALTH PARTNERSHIP AND SERVICE DELIVERY FRAMEWORK
he YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services are entering into a strategic community-wide partnership to improve the health of the population throughout the Pikes Peak Region and enhance the value of
both organizations. Each organization has unique competencies, workforce talent, physical footprint and share a common purpose in improving the health of our community. “The Y is thrilled to have Penrose-St. Francis as our Health Care System Partner of choice. Aligning our shared values and vision, the Y realizes that through collaborative efforts we can have a greater impact and meet the growing needs of our community,” said President and CEO of the Y, Boyd Williams. “The Y believes it is the premier organization to deliver transformational and sustainable well-being throughout the community. We want to help people become and stay healthy by using expertise from both organizations to provide access and services in a creative and impactful way.” The vision is to merge these two world-class social platforms to nurture the health of our communities through new programs and services such as health risk assessments, screenings and employee wellness.
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“We are excited to become the Health Care System Partner of the Y,” said Margaret Sabin, President and CEO of PenroseSt. Francis Health Services The Tri-Lakes Health Pavilion in Monument opened earlier this year and embodies the structure and spirit that both PenroseSt. Francis and the Y wish to extend throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Penrose-St. Francis hopes to collaborate with the Y on programs and services at
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The YMCA of the Pikes Peak region is the proud recipient of the 2015 El Pomar Foundation’s Awards for Excellence and serves more than 115,000 people in the community with over 1,000 dedicated and mission-focused staff members and volunteers at eight Y Family Centers, 15 before-and-after school sites, four outdoor aquatic centers, three metro district recreation centers and a year-round resident camp and conference center at Camp Shady Brook in Deckers, Colorado. For 137 years, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region has been committed to empowering people with the resources and support they need to live healthy and community-driven lives. By offering members innovative and community-based programs, the Y nurtures the potential of children, empowers people to lead fuller lives through healthy living and
About Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care facility offering a full complement of emergency, medical and surgical services. Penrose-St. Francis was named one of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” eight years in a row, 2008-
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RANCH HOUSE ACCESS CARD:
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Northtree Ranch House Recreation Center amenities are included as part of the Banning Lewis Ranch Metro District Operating Fee.
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David Peak – Senior District Manager
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Trash and Recycling Services Bestway Disposal Phone: 719-633-8709 bestwaydisposal.com
Covenant Control and Enforcement MSI
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Design Review Committee Please submit plans to: Banning Lewis Ranch Metropolitan District #1 8390 E. Crescent Parkway, Suite 600 Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Colorado Springs Utilities csu.org
Shops at Briargate
Trash & Recycling Service
Powers Peak Center
Bestway Disposal is included as part of your Metro District Operating Fee (719) 633-8709
Key Pickup for Mail Service United States Postal Service
usps.com (719) 638-1781 Mailbox keys can be picked up from Matt Tisthammer at the Ranch House.
Penrose St. Francis Medical penrosestfrancis.org
Memorial Hospital Central memorialhealthsystem.com
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Colorado Springs Children’s Hospital mhchildren.com
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Vista Ridge High School Grades 9 - 12
Sand Creek High School
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Falcon High School OTHER AREA SCHOOLS
Ridgeview Elementary School
Stetson Elementary School Grades K-5
Springs Ranch Elementary School Grades K-5
The public K-8 charter school known as Banning Lewis Ranch Academy opened in the fall of 2006 and is designed to offer students a number of advantages, including performance-based education, high academic standards, gifted and special education programs, and integrated learning with the acclaimed Paragon® Curriculum.
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Skyview Middle School Grades 6-8
Falcon Middle School Grades 7-8
Horizon Middle School Grades 6-8
Pikes Peak Community College University of Colorado at Colorado Springs uccs.edu
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