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Family Magazine 5 Back-toSchool Tips For Your Teen

Paper is Back! Start the school year by writing it all down!

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August, 2019 | Vol 1

Cover: Building a Village for Families

Is Your Child A Natural Yoga Expert? Check out the SAMH “Many More Tomorrows” Event Guide Inside!


In this issue: Honeybees have evolved an extraordinary form of communication known as the "waggle" dance to direct her hive mates to the nectar. During the waggle, she dances a figure-eight pattern, with a straight "walk" in between the loops and a sporadic fluttering of her wings. We at Waggle Family Magazine want to connect you to all the wonderful stories, resources, and opportunities in the St. Vrain Region, our own waggle!

Rikki White

Creator & Editor-In-Chief Waggle Family Magazine

Dear Reader, I’m so excited you have joined us for the inaugural issue of Waggle Family Magazine! We look forward to serving the St. Vrain region as we publish our magazine quarterly.

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Building a Village for Families

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5 Back-to School Tips for Your Teen

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May We All Have Enough

By: Melanie Piazza

By: Yvette Morton

By: Kim Gentert

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Paper is Back!

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Celebrating and Savoring Sisterhood

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Back-to-School Fitness for Kids

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Help The Ones You Love Have Many More Tomorrows

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Event Guide – Many More Tomorrows

So sit back, read, think, and enjoy!

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The Outdoor Cinemas in Thompson Park

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We Need to Talk About the Moms

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In a community abundant in wildlife, one organization is here to help!

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Children are Natural Yoga Experts

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8 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

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CPWD’s Youth Transition Program

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Music, Health, and Wellness Through the Ages

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Storytime is for Parents, too!

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Eliminate Hunger with Food Share

We aim to provide our readers with deep and informative articles; we seek to lighten up the day with a bit of humor; we strive to be here for all St. Vrain families; and we hope to help make their lives a little brighter.

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By: Hermine Ngnomire

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By: Supporting Action for Mental Health

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By: Melanie Piazza

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Building a Village for Families By: Melanie Piazza | info@familyvillagelongmont.com Melanie is the Founder and Executive Director of Family Village, a Longmont Cooperative. Melanie will be a regular contributor to Waggle and will be focused on discussing the challenges and unique experiences of motherhood. Please email her if you have any suggestions for specific subjects you’d like discussed.

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few years ago, I was a parent struggling with my newborn and 3-year-old here in Longmont, where our little family had only recently moved. I had also become a full-time caregiver to my terminally ill mother. My life became running her to and from the ER regularly, hanging out in the chemotherapy ward, managing her medications and her comfort, cooking and feeding her whatever her nausea could tolerate and slowly saying goodbye to her- all with my babies in tow. I had felt the gnawing loneliness and pressure of being a parent before my mom’s illness, but this added trauma pushed me over the edge. I felt desperate, calling whatever local resources I could think of, begging family members to fly in and give me a hand, and even accepting the kindness of a stranger who felt my pain through a crisis post I put on Nextdoor who volunteered to watch my kids. I become angry. Angry that I had no village and that it seemed nearly impossible to find one. Angry that we live in a time where the values of independence and self-reliance have all but squelched community and connection. They say it takes a village to raise children. But how does that work when the village is mostly extinct in our modern world? As parents, we often must uproot our families for better employment opportunities,​ so we become disconnected from our original foundational village of parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents. Most families’ finances require two incomes (or extreme budget cutting), which leaves little time or energy for socializing and getting to know our neighbors the way that our parents’ and grandparents’ generation did, thus disconnecting us from the chosen village of our neighborhoods. Social media creates more pressure by projecting unrealistic images of perfection as well as shaming in posts from our peers about the best/worst safest/most dangerous smartest/easiest ways to raise our children. All of this disconnect us from the village of each other. It’s no wonder we feel like we’re losing our minds. But it's not just our minds that have been lost. We’ve lost our support systems, too. One good thing that comes from anger is that it provides motivation to ignite change. And my anger led to my commitment to find a way to rebuild the concept of a Village in a way that would suit our modern times. So I pulled together a group of moms who felt the same need for connection and we started to build Family Village in early 2018. Family Village is a safe and nurturing space for families to take care of themselves, socially, physically, and vocationally. It is a place to build community so that they feel less isolated and more supported. We are a cooperative, meaning our members are also owners working together to operate the business. Our on-site childcare is managed by highly qualified and experienced Childcare Director, Toni Green, who oversees the children and utilizes our members to help watch and entertain them. The parents remain onsite. They can socialize and

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work on projects in our cozy community rooms, maintain their entrepreneurial or remote businesses, meditate or nap in our quiet room, take a fitness class or get a wellness treatment. Parents can participate in all of these things while knowing their kids are just down the hall being cared for, having fun, and creating a village of their own. We want to expand the Village, not just through welcoming new young families but also by growing intergenerationally. We've recognized that our Village is not complete without the wisdom, experience, and support of those who are beyond child-rearing years. We envision Tai Chi and yoga classes, music and dance classes, crafting circles, support groups and possibly even food prep sessions with intergenerational attendance. We have grandparents, parents-to-be and teens who are members or volunteers and the demographics of our membership continues to evolve to create a more complete village. Supporting Family Village comes in many forms. We’re still in startup phase, so financial contributions and business sponsorships are great ways to build our foundation. Membership is our favorite way of being supported. Joining the Village is easy. Come and see us in our brand-new space at 1303 South Bross Lane and we can show you around, make introductions, and walk you through the membership process. You can also visit us at familyvillagelongmont.com to peruse our offerings and Access Pass level options. And finally, we can always use more volunteers. Our volunteers help the village by offering classes for kids or adults, giving tours and even helping with marketing so that our Village becomes that much more powerful. We welcome folks of all ages and stages of life who are looking to take the best of traditional Village life and bring it to the modern age. wagglefamily.com

Melanie | Cover Story / Family Village

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5 Back-to-School Tips for Your Teen

Help your teen adjust to the new school year for optimal wellbeing By: Yvette Morton | yvette@yvettemorton.com Yvette Morton EdS, MA, MCWC is a wellness coach and educator who supports teens, young adults and busy moms as they move through life’s transitions. She guides clients through a self-reflective process to identify values, create new habits, and feel empowered to achieve their goals for better overall health and wellbeing.

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he new school year has started and it may be stirring up a lot of emotions for your teens. Many students are excited to return to classes, extracurricular activities and seeing friends and favorite teachers. However for some, the return to school can be a nerve-wracking time of anxiety about the year ahead. For middle and high school students these feelings may be especially high as they face increasing academic expectations and social pressures. Here are five tips to ease your teen back into the new school year. These tips will help you support your teen to have a positive transition with academic, physical and mental wellbeing. 1)

Get back to a regular sleep schedule.​ I know, this is not an easy feat with teenagers, but by and large it’s probably the most important thing they can do to ensure they are ready to learn and are prepared to manage the stress middle and high school life can bring. Sleep is directly tied to overall physical and mental wellbeing and teens should be getting 8-10 hours regularly. Tired kids are going to have a harder time working through academic and social challenges so make good ​sleep habits​ a priority.

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Encourage Stress Management Strategies​: Things can get out of balance easily for teens as they juggle homework, extracurriculars and jobs. Help your teen establish effective time management tools, ​organizational habits​ , and allow time to decompress through activities they enjoy.

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Plan ahead meals and snacks.​ How many times has your teen come home and said they are “starving” and there’s “nothing good to eat”? Teens who regularly eat healthy foods will be friendlier, less stressed and better prepared for learning. Start the year off right and designate a little time each week to planning, shopping and preparing ​healthy meals​ and snacks that everyone will enjoy.

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Promote activities that get them involved.​ This goes right back to stress management. Encourage your teen to participate in something they enjoy. Whether it’s a club, sport, hobby or shooting baskets with their friends in the driveway, teens who stay active and connected with peers and supportive adults are happier and healthier at school and at home.

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Keep the lines of communication open. ​ I am a parent of teens, and know how hard it can be to get information from them about their day and what is happening in their lives. The most likely times they share things with me are while driving in the car, during mealtimes or engaging in an activity together. Without bombarding them, ask them how they are feeling about the new school year, and what they are excited or nervous about. Help them brainstorm solutions to possible problems, but try to limit giving unsolicited advice. Family life can get very busy with teenagers in the house and it’s easy to feel disconnected. Creating small chunks of time to reconnect and communicate will reinforce your teen’s relationship with you and will benefit their long-term health and wellbeing. wagglefamily.com

Yvette Morton | Personal Coach

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May We All Have Enough By: Kim Gentert Kim is the co-founder of Little Willows Clothing Boxes, a non-profit which provides coordinated clothing boxes for underserved families.

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dream of a community where everyone has enough. No overflowing drawers, no empty closets... simply homes with enough good, quality things to provide for our daily needs and make us feel at home. What changes in our community would need to happen for this dream to become a reality for all? Alongside my sister, I faced this question head on as we created a non-profit called Little Willows.

As we reflected on the reality of our community, we saw a major need in our clothing donation system. Our community has a lot of great clothing resources. There are very few children in our community who have absolutely no clothes. No empty drawers... dream come true? Hmm, some would say yes- I say not yet. What if those clothes actually fit that child? What if those clothes where suited for the appropriate season? What if those clothes all coordinated together? What if those clothes brought joy into the home? That would be my dream come true. And that is what Little Willows is providing through our beautiful coordinated clothing boxes. At Little Willows, we give new life to gently used clothes so that when placed in the hands of a family, they feel completely different, like an intentional gift put together especially for them. In order to ensure our clothing sets feel this way, we do a lot of sorting and organizing to meet the current size and seasonal needs of each child that receives it. With all the basic clothing needs for a week, these boxes provide a relief for care-takers and cute everyday style to support confident kids. We know the process is worth it every time we get to see the joy and ease it brings to families receiving a beautiful box. It is our privilege to provide these beautiful, coordinated clothing sets to children sizes preemie through 5t who are in Foster Care, facing homelessness, and have special needs. At this time, we serve families by referral through partnering organizations (see full list on website). A case by case approval is provided through Board vote for families with the need for clothing support not referred through a partnering organization. For more information on how to receive a box, or how to support Little Willows through a clothing or financial donation, feel free to contact me at kim@littlewillows.org. You can also check out our website www.littlewillows.org and follow us on instagram @littlewillowsorg.

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Paper is Back! By: Angela K. Nickerson | hello@midmodernmama.com Author Angela K. Nickerson has lots of plans and executes most of them on her two websites: PiningForRome.com and MidModernMama.com. She loves planning so much that she has even written her own Christmas planner: The Nice List. The 2019 edition is available to order now. For a list of Angela’s favorite planners as well as the stickers and washi that make planning fun, check out her planner guide: midmodernmama.com/planners.

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In the 100° heat, I slogged up the front steps of my middle school, frying under the Texas sun. I dreaded opening the school doors. I couldn’t figure out how to use the combination lock on my locker. I couldn’t keep all of my teachers straight. I went to the wrong classes at the wrong periods. After school I spread all of my books and notebooks out on my bed at home hunting in despair for assignments that seemed to vanish. I was drowning. And by week three, I gave up. One day my English teacher said, “Where is your planner?” I stared at her blankly. I didn’t have a planner. She sent me straight to the school store to buy the school planner. I had no idea these magical publications existed, but there it was — pages for each week, gridded for each class, and monthly calendars for longer-term assignments. My life changed completely.

Using a planner didn’t make middle school any less of a social nightmare, but I earned good grades, always had my assignments done and I figured out how to use a combination lock -- because I wrote my combination IN my planner! Learning to use a planner was the most important thing I learned in middle school. While my life has changed a lot since middle school, I still plan on paper. As a teacher, I used lesson planning calendars and taught my students how to use paper planners. As the Director of Publications for a large non-profit, I used a planner that had one whole page per day for notetaking. Now[a] as a freelance writer, author[b][c], and mom, I use two Passion Planners: one for weekly planning and tracking of travel, events, tasks, and goals;[d][e] the other serves as editorial calendar and content notebook. Lest you think I am a neo-Luddite, I also use Google calendars as well as an online project planning tool. I live online, but I organize my life on paper. Technology has its place, but I stick with paper in part because there is science behind it: paper is better. Study after study has shown that physically writing something down -- not typing it -- improves your long-term learning and memory. In other words: if you write it down on paper, you are more likely to remember it and more likely to do it! So here we are at the start of a new school year -- a wonderful time to recommit to writing it all down. Whether you are a parent trying to keep your work and school schedules straight, a student juggling the assignments and schedules of a new year, or a professional working to stay on top of your commitments, look for a planner that’s right for you. It’s not hard to find one in any price range, size, or design. Fancy or simple, expensive or cheap all planners serve the same purpose: put your life down on paper and take control of your calendar, your obligations, and your commitments.

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Celebrating and Savoring Sisterhood By: Hermine Ngnomire Hermine Ngnomire is a mother, activist, and entrepreneur who is as passionate about food and feeding large groups of people as she is about swimming and her beloved Denver Broncos. Originally from Cameroon, this graduate of Boulder High and CU, enjoys easy hikes, traveling and meeting new people. Hermine will be penning a recurring article for Waggle reviewing local restaurants.

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ftentimes the closest relationships bring out the best in people. In the case of Pistachio’s Café & Bakery the best food originates in lifelong relationships. This is evident in the savory flavors of the Chorizo Spinach Waffle.

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At 6:00 am sharp the doors to the far left of the strip mall just north of 23rd and Main open to a Johanna Gaines interpretation of an old-time classic café and bakery. While shiplap may not be present, inspiring word art, color wash butcher block tables, and a refrigerated pastry case come to life. What draws a newbie into the establishment is the smell of freshly roasted coffee. While deciding what to order on the menu board, I notice a quartet of men in uniform in the back corner of the café . The King of Burritos, Officer Holladay, is having his usual. There are groups, couples, and individuals who meet here for breakfast. Many have become regulars since the café’s opening in August of 2018. Back up at the ordering counter Perla Ruiz is heard in the background ensuring that all orders go out correctly and swiftly. By standing on tippy toes and leaning heavily to the left, it is easier to catch a glance of older sister Sandra Ruiz perfecting the freshly made green chili that many Longmontonians in-the-know think is the best around. The sounds of 80s rock from Talking Heads’ ​Wild Wild Life​ to Bon Jovi’s ​Living on a Prayer​ make the decision clear: the craving this morning is for savory, so savory it will be. After making an order at the counter, I pick the table of my choice. Minutes later, the gregarious and genie-like wait staff brings out my every wish. The Ruiz sisters perfected their high-altitude baking and cooking while working at their parents’ restaurants in Anchorage and Steamboat Springs, where the family-run “La Fiesta Grill and Cantina” is still open. Whether the duo first learned to perfect the Chorizo Spinach Waffle in Alaska or Colorado doesn’t matter, I am just thankful and celebrate the savory tastes of a sunny side up egg laying on a tossed bed of spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. A quick slide of a knife later and a bright orange yolk dribbles down a Belgian-style waffle infused with homemade chorizo. The visual cues alone entice the palette. From the first taste through to the last, the experience is as heartwarming as when my sibling and I concocted baked and cooked goods. To call the Chorizo and Spinach Waffle dish from Longmont's Pistachio ​Café ​& Bakery savory is an understatement as it is made with love. Anything made with love can be celebrated as it is the truest thing that a chef can bring to the meal and makes for the best experiences when eating alone or with loved ones. Which family members will you bring to the Ruiz’s family breakfast or lunch?

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Back-to-School Fitness for Kids By: Sara Martin | longmont@f45training.com Sara is a born and raised New Mexico gal now living in and loving Colorado. Most days you can find her on a sand volleyball court, cuddled up with her crazy pups, or listening to a podcast. She holds a degree in Exercise Science and is the owner of F45 Training Longmont--a HIIT group fitness studio where she follows her passion of coaching and training others in their unique health and fitness journeys.

When I think of back-to-school, I think of routine, less flexible bedtimes, and more consistent (but busy!) schedules. Among the chaos, I think most of us can agree that back-to-school doesn’t really make us think about exercise. I mean, who has time for that? Simply waking your kids up on time, making sure their shirts aren’t inside out before school, and remembering to pack them a lunch makes you sweat enough...that counts right? It may seem like an extra chore but adding regular activity with your kiddos into your daily routine will increase your productivity in all other aspects of your day (hello endorphins!) and it will keep your kids healthy, less stressed, and on their way to developing healthy habits for the rest of their lives. First, let’s talk logistics. In terms of timing, whatever works best for your family is great, but try and stick to a routine. Should you plan for a family activity as soon as the kids gets home? Do you wait until it cools down outside? Whatever you choose, be consistent--this way both you and your children know what to expect. And remember, these activities don’t need to be 2+ hour ordeals--even 20 minutes of the day adds up in BIG ways. Once you’ve decided on the WHEN, you’ve got to decide on the WHAT. The most important key here is FUN. Get creative and try a variety of different activities. Take note of the favorites and continue to rotate through them. Chances are your kids will go through phases anyway--flying a kite after school might be fun for a week and then the kite goes in the garage to be buried under a pile of baseball bats until next Spring. Just roll with it--onto the next activity! This is a lot easier when the weather is nice and daylight lasts longer, so take advantage of this time of year to get outside. Try and think of some ways that you can incorporate movement into things you already do on a daily basis. Is your kid’s school within walking or biking distance? Do you have a dog that needs a daily walk? What kind of sports do your kids enjoy? Try a few out and see! You never know what sport your child will gravitate towards (lacrosse anyone?). Throwing a softball or football in the backyard, passing a volleyball back and forth, or setting up a mini golf course can make for some of the most fun memories for you and your kiddos. And what about the weekends? Make it special! Play at the swimming pool, go to the skating rink, bust out the roller skates, turn washing the car into a family water fight, make an obstacle course in your own backyard--the possibilities are endless. And once the weather gets cooler, don’t cut out your scheduled activity time--just get creative! Maybe you can play a game of hide and seek in the house, or have a dance party, or even take an online yoga class together and laugh about the sillier poses. Most importantly--be a role model. If your kids see you making movement and activity a priority with a positive attitude they learn to approach it the same way.

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Songwriting and Philosophy Workshop with Grey Havens

9/2 Mon

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Grey Havens Philosophy and local singer-songwriter David Coile

An exploration of collaboration, creativity, and meaning through music. Perfect for songwriters, musicians, and folks. A sober karaoke night featuring a live back-up band.

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Think Deeply About Art

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Grey Havens Philosophy and the folks from Soft Voices

An interactive educational workshop on how music can promote health and mental wellness.

A relaxing mural-making activity that will help you think deeply about art and its place in your life.

n Music makes mental wellness n Art makes mental wellness n Physical Activity makes mental wellness n Nutrition makes mental wellness

Longmont Community Justice Partnership Jessica Goldberg 528 Main St., Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-1527 jessica@lcjp.org

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Janis Dochterman MA, LPCC, RYT Creative Conscious Connections LLC www.creative-conscious-connections.com 720-884-6673 1400 Lee Hill Drive, A1-7, Boulder, CO 80304

www.cpwd.org • info@cpwd.org Longmont: 615 N Main Street, 303-772-3250 Boulder: 1675 Range St., 303-442-8662 N. Metro: 10317 Washington St. Thornton, CO, 303-790-1390

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Event/Activity

Date

Time

Location

Rock Painting: Using Art as a Tool to Promote Positive Feelings

9/10 Tue

1-2 PM

Encouragement Board

9/10 Tue

Presenter

Description

Longmont Senior Older Adults Center 910 Longs Peak Ave

Soft Voices

Enjoy painting a positive message on a rock to place in the community. Our Kindness Rocks project goal is to promote random acts of kindness.

3 - 5 PM

Firehouse Art Center 667 4th Ave

All Ages

Paula Peacock – facilitator

Need a lift me up? You can stop by the Firehouse Art Center and pick up letters of encouragement and positivity.

Celebration of 9/11 Ryan Spickard’s Life Wed with Poetry and Contemplation

3 - 5 PM

OUR Center 220 Collyer St

All Ages

OUR Center - Soft Imagine a brief pause in your day. Time to soak in Voices

Vision Board Work- 9/12 shop Thu

6 - 7:30 PM

Recovery Café 402 Kimbark St

Teens And Adults

Christine Saunders, Life Coach of Wholehearted Life Coaching facilitator

Vision Boards – one of the most valuable tools for self-expression, a way create a tangible example, idea or expression of your future tomorrows.

Art, a Matter of Mind: Neuroscience, Psychology and Mindfulness in Art

7 - 8:30 PM

La Vita Bella, 471 Main Street

Teens And Adults

Flux

The average time Americans spend looking at a work of art is less than half a minute. Let’s connect with the beauty around us.

Conversation Start- 9/13 er Film: Dissonance Fri

9-10 AM

Longmont Senior Older Adults Center 910 Longs Peak Ave

Brandy Queen, LPC

Short, animated film about a musician’s journey through art and life with a mental illness; discussion follows.

Community Memory Weaving

9/13 Fri

6 - 9 PM

Firehouse Art Center 667 4th Ave

All Ages

Paula Peacock facilitator

Participate in a Community Memory Weaving by Celebrating someone you know who has died by suicide or seriously considered it.

Meditation and Movement

9/16 Mon

3 - 4 PM

Center for People with Disabilities 615 N Main St.

All Abilities/ Ages

Phil Sidoff

Meditation and Movement: Another tool to manage Health and Well Being

9/12 Thur

Audience

the words of poetry. Share in the company of listening ears & open hearts.

Note: All dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please see manymoretomorrows.org for the latest information, full workshop descriptions and presenters bios.

Stacy Goresko, Ph.D. Longmont Family Village CoOp 1303 S Bross Lane, Longmont 80501 720-580-3969 www.familyvillagelongmont.com

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Yvette Morton, LLC 720-773-0164 Yvette@yvettemorton.com yvettemorton.com

Trainer, Certified Autism Consultant www.TheSocialDiet.com Professional Certified Life Coach ThinkOutsideTheBoxCoaching.com

720-290-2707

www.mooka.org 970-587-3206

Curriculum-based classrooms where children and adults can learn self-awareness & emotional regulation skills

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Event/Activity

Date

Time

Location

Audience

Walk 2 Connect: Connecting Parks Walk

9/16 Mon

5:30-6:45 PM

Meet at Centennial Pool Parking Lot

Open to Public

The Joy of Moving With Others!

9/16 Mon

6 - 8 PM

Longmont Senior Center 910 Longs Peak

11 To Adult

Grey Havens Philosophy

Explore the joy of moving with others! Our fun, easy silent improv activities make it easy even for shy folks to get into the flow.

Yoga Balance for Mind and Body

9/17 Tue

4 -5 PM

Longmont Senior Center 910 Longs Peak

Older Adults

Dee Marie

Gentle yoga class to help you relax, relieve stress, increase brain function, and create balance in life.

Social Run and Talk 9/19 at Shoes and Brew Thu

5:30-8:30 PM RSVP: info@ shoesandbrews.com

Shoes and Brews 63 S Pratt Parkway

Runners/ Walkers

Rob Krar

Walk/Run Social Run with Q and A afterwards, Raffle Prizes at 7:15

Active Body, Active 9/20 Mind: See What Fri You Can Do

1-2 PM

Longmont Senior Center 910 Longs Peak

Older Adults

Avoca Irish Dance Learn about the benefits of movement for our mental School

Social Run, Talk 9/20 and Dinner with Fri High School Cross Country Runners at Shoes and Brews

4 - 6 PM

Shoes and Brews 63 S Pratt Parkway

Special Invite Rob Krar to High School www.robkrar. Runners com/about

An opportunity for local High School Student Runners to participate & meet Rob Krar.

Mountain Trail Fun Run/Walk with Rob Krar

9/21 Sat

7 AM MEET UP - 11:30 AM

Shoes and Brews 63 S Pratt Parkway

All Abilities/ Ages

Rob Krar Creator of “Running into the Darkness to Find the Light”

Come enjoy a morning in the Mountains, taking in the views of the Continental Divide, Longs Peak and the Estes Park Area. The Estes Park Lake Trail is 4.5 miles long. Run/walk out & back or do the entire loop.

Coping with Loss

9/23 Mon

3 - 4 PM

Longmont Senior Center 910 Longs Peak

Older Adults

Brandy Queen, LPC

A guided conversation on mental health exploring a variety of losses, how we cope, and how we can support each other.

Family Foods to Build Good Moods

9/23 Mon

5:30-6:30 PM

TBD

Family Friendly Event

Terry Mast MNT

Helping families learn about meals and snacks that feed mental and emotional health.

6 - 8 PM

Longmont Senior Center 910 Longs Peak

11 To Adult

Grey Havens Philosophy

Join us for an exploration of food, culture, and what it truly means to nourish oneself and one’s community.

Exploration of 9/23 Food, Culture, and Mon What Nourishment Really Means

www.mommayougotthis.com mommayougotthis@gmail.com 303-709-9049 PO Box 270148, Louisville, CO 80027

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info@namibouldercounty.org 303-443-4591 3470 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304 www.namicolorado.org

Presenter

Description Meet up with the Walk 2 Connect walk from Centennial Park to Kensington Park & meet up with Longmont community members

health; enjoy an Irish Dance presentation.

900 S Hover St, Longmont, CO 80501 45training.com/longmont/home longmont@f45training.com 303-834-3571

402 Kimbark Street, Longmont, CO 80501 720-815-2885 recoverycafelongmont.org

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Event/Activity

Date

Time

Location

Audience

Presenter

Description

Boost Your Mood with Omega-3s

9/24 Tue

5:30-7:30 PM

Kitchen Company, 464 Main Street

Paid Class Register At Kitchencolongmont. com

Chef Andrea Foro

Learn about how foods high in Omega-3s boost mental and emotional wellness (**Paid class).

Community Conversation: Coping with Anxiety

9/24 Tue

6:30-7:30 PM

Lyons Regional Library 451 4th Avenue, Lyons

12 to Adult

Janaki Jane/Emily A guided conversation on mental health exploring Kintzel

Vegetables, Gardening and Mental Wellbeing

9/25 Thur

5:30-6:30 PM

La Vita Bella, 471 Main Street

Family Friendly Event

Catherine Blackwell (Brown's Farm)

Learn how growing and eating plants benefits mental health and wellbeing.

The Social Diet

9/26 Thur

TBD

TBD

Family Friendly Event

Stacy Goresko, Ph.D

The greatest joys in life come from meaningful relationships with others. The Social DietÂŽ provides the education and tools.

Stories of Hope and Healing: Story Slam

9/26 Thur

6-7:30 pm

La Vita Bella, 471 Main Street (need space confirmation

Teens and Adults

Janaki Jane/Ashleigh Sinclaire

Share your story of hope and triumph! Come sign up for your seven minutes of fame.

Feed the Mind

9/27 Fri

11:30 AM 12:45 PM

Longmont Senior Center 910 Longs Peak

Older Adults

Debbie Arnold

Foods that benefit cognition and support mental wellness. (Meals on wheels will offer a lunch followed by the presentation).

Sweets to Help Beat Anxiety

9/27 Fri

2 - 4 PM

Kitchen Company, 464 Main Street Longmont

Family Friendly Event (Drop-In)

Chef Andrea Foro

Learn how some sweet treats can have a calming effect on the mind.

Healthy Power Breakfast

9/18 Wed 9/25 Wed 9/28 Sat

10 AMNoon

Journey Culinary 706 Kimbark Street

Paid Class Register At Journeyculinary.com

Journey Culinary 706 Kimbark Street

Learn to make fresh and organic nutritional juices accompanied with quinoa with natural almond milk, flax seeds and spinach scramble eggs.

Movement for Mental Health

9/29 Sun

TBD

Lyons Colorado— outside!

All ages

Jasmine Lok, Mayama Movement Studio

Come join us in an all-ages, all abilities movement celebration!

what anxiety is, how we cope, and how we can support each other.

Note: All dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please see manymoretomorrows.org for the latest information, full workshop descriptions and presenters bios. n Music makes mental wellness n Art makes mental wellness n Physical Activity makes mental wellness n Nutrition makes mental wellness

303-882-8447 www.redtailhealth.com support@redtailhealth.com 4840 Riverbend Rd, Suite 100 Boulder, CO 80301

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303-492-5680 Center 720-635-6563 Foundation rdsfoundation.org info@rdsfoundation.org PO Box 1169, Niwot CO 80544-1169 1905 Colorado Avenue, Boulder, CO 80309

Pro Bono Mental Health and Counseling Program 789 Sherman Street, Suite 220, Denver, CO 80203 Kelly Groen, Pro Bono Mental Health Director 720-420-3216 kgroen@sparkthechangecolorado.org www.sparkthechangecolorado.org/mental_health

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Festival Speakers Event/Activity

Date

Time

Location

Audience

Presenter

Description

Music: A Means for Creating Total Health and Well-Being

9/14 Sat

12 - 1 PM

Longmont Museum Auditorium

Everyone

Faith Halverson

Join a healing, fun workshop creating and experiencing music of all kinds.

When the Body Sings the Blues: Understanding Mental Health’s Mind/Body Connection

9/14 Sat

1 - 2 PM

Longmont Museum Auditorium

Teens and Adults

Flux

Take a tour of the mind and body to gain insights into the molecular, cellular, and behavioral mechanisms underlying immune-related mood changes.

Finding the Men- 9/14 tal Health Care Sat You Need

2 - 3 PM

Longmont Museum Auditorium

Teens and Adults

John Kellow and Brittany Dekoch

Find out what to expect when you seek mental health care, from individual therapy to psychiatric hospitalization.

Vaping and Youth: Let’s Start With the Facts

9/14 Sat

3 - 4 PM

Longmont Museum Auditorium

Parents and Teens with break out groups for each for last 40 minutes

Brittany Carpenter, MPH

Learn about the emerging health trends related to Vaping and direct mental health effects.

Nutrition for Mental Health

9/14 Sat

4 - 5 PM

Longmont Museum Auditorium

Teens and Adults

Dr. Christopher Lowry

Find out how nutrition directly influences your mental health.

Reduce Anxiety and Depression: Be Active!

9/14 Sat

5 - 6 PM

Longmont Museum Auditorium

Teens and Adults

Dr. David Allen

What kinds of activity, and how much work to reduce anxiety and depression? Learn about the latest research.

How To Create Mental Health

9/14 Sat

6:30 - 8 PM

Longmont Museum Auditorium

Teens and Adults

Panel Discussion with questions

Discover how you can be the creator of your own mental health.

SoundWell Music Therapy, PLLC 1361 Francis St, Suite 201 E Longmont, CO 80501 303-521-2791 www.soundwellmusictherapy.com faith@soundwellmusictherapy.com

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Naropa Community Counseling Center 3400 Table Mesa Dr., Ste. 102 Boulder, CO 80305 303-546-3589

Longmont Youth Center, Children, Youth & Families 303-651-8580 1050 Lashley St, Longmont, Colorado longmontcolorado.gov/youth-center

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Festival Workshops Event/Activity

Date

Time

Location

Audience

Presenter

Description

Mindfulness Practices for Navigating Life’s Challenges

9/14 Sat

11:15 AM 12:15 PM

Longmont Museum Kaiser Room

Teens and up

Cindy Garner

Brief, real-world mindfulness practices to calm the nervous system and focus attention in the present moment.

All

Peggy Dyer Be a part of the OneMillionFaces. org movement!

Have your photo taken by a master photographer as you share your dream for a world full of mental wellness.

One Million 9/14 Faces: Share your Sat story and your passion! Professional Photos

12 - 5 PM

Sharing your story of Hope: A storytelling workshop

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Longmont Museum Kaiser Room

Teens and up

Ashleigh Sinclaire

Come learn from a Master Storyteller how to shape your story into a compelling, moving story of hope.

The Social Diet: 9/14 Build Community Sat through Cooking

1:45 - 3 PM

Longmont Museum Kaiser Room

Teens and up

Stacy Goresko, PhD

A fun, interactive workshop that shows you how to bring people and food together in simple, tasty ways.

Paint & Heal: Public Mandala Painting

9/14 Sat

2 PM - 5 PM

All

Tyrell Osborn Cooper

Join in creating a public art mandala of hope and healing! Anyone can join in helping to paint this 5 foot by 5 foot mandala that will be hung at St. Stephens square. In the mood for coloring? Sit and color a mandala or take one home to color later.

Vaping: Teens only

9/14 Sat

3:15 - 4:00 PM

Longmont Museum Kaiser Room

Teens Only Break-out group

Turn Your Anxiety into a Super Power!

9/14 Sat

4:15 - 5:30 PM

Longmont Museum Kaiser Room

Teens and up

9/14 Sat

What you and your teen should know about the hazards of vaping.

Avani Dilger, MEd, MA, LPC

Learn and practice strategies that you can use to manage stress and anxiety in productive ways, and tools for raising resilient children.

Note: All dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please see manymoretomorrows.org for the latest information, full workshop descriptions and presenters bios.

Lucy Ann Clark Life Designer

Lucy Clark Communications Lucy Clark Communications Graphic Designer • Digitial Media Websites • Branding • Video 7ucy.com • 443-996-6374

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Lyons

Mental Health Initiative Lyons Mental Health Initiative Janaki Jane 720-600-3483 lyonsmhi@gmail.com

720-224-3804 303 Atwood St. Suite 5, Longmont greyhavensgroup.org info@greyhavensgroup.org

rockymountainmindfulness.org 970-480-7605 info@rockymountainmindfulness.org

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8565 S Poplar Way, Littleton CO 80130

720-348-2805

Highlands Behavioral Health We provide psychiatric care to adolescents ages 11-17 and adults ages 18 and older who are struggling with mental health issues. We provide inpatient acute stabilization, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programming.

Call our intake office at 720-348-2805 24/7 to schedule a free level-of-care assessment or walk in directly for an evaluation at our offices.

Many More

Take Action Make A Difference

Go to http://bit.ly/MHFALongmont to sign up for a class or email John.kellow@longmontcolorado.gov Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. LEARN HOW TO: identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Tomorrows

Mental Health

Toolkit SCAVENGER HUNT

Join Supporng Acon for Mental Health at the Many More Tomorrows Fesval on September 14th to fill your toolbox with tools that will make a difference. Everyone wins prizes!

Discover how these tools and more create mental wellness: Mindfulness Art Music Growth Mindset Nutrion Physically Acvies Philosophical Inquiry Relaonships Thinking Skills

safeTALK is a 3.5 hour workshop will offer skills that will help you not to miss, dismiss, or avoid signs of suicide. You will also learn how to approach someone you are worried about as well as how to connect them with lifesaving resources.

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The Outdoor Cinemas in Thompson Park Sponsored by the Historic Westside Neighborhood Association

By: Lonnie Doolie | https://www.facebook.com/HistoricWestsideLongmont/ Lonnie Dooley has lived in Historic Westside for 17 years. She is active in the neighborhood group and supports activities and projects that improve and highlight downtown Longmont.

Everyone is invited! Join us for this Summer’s Movies:

Shazam​ Saturday, August 17​th

Bumblebee Saturday, August 31​st

How to Train Your Dragon / The Hidden World Saturday, September 7​th

Avengers Saturday, September 14th (either Infinity Wars, or Endgame

The Outdoor Cinemas in Thompson Park is a yearly event, sponsored by the Historic Westside Neighborhood Association. Movies are shown on four Saturday nights in August and September. These movies are free of charge and open to the public. The movies are shown at beautiful Thompson Park, 420 Bross St, at dusk. Bring chairs, blankets; whatever makes you comfortable while watching the movie. Local dance groups ​Avoca Irish Dance Academy and ​Airborne Dance Tour will perform this summer. Local groups like Well Church and The ​Wise Team / Keller Williams 1st Realty​ will give out snacks at some of the movies. The ​Girl Scout Troop 77918 Daisy Group will have a refreshment stand at one movie. Ace Hardware has donated supplies and bug spray and David Hartman will be doing Face Painting. Our movie nights are truly a community event! The Outdoor Cinemas started 19 years ago, when neighbors gathered in a parking lot downtown and watched movies, against The Gold Key Travel building. It was moved to Thompson Park, and the city handled it for years. Five years ago, the city decided not to do it anymore. Tamar Hendricks from Crackpots and Blake Hendricks from Old Town Outfitter (two big supporters and West Side neighbors) asked the Historic Westside Neighborhood Association to take it over. Lonnie Dooley, from the neighborhood group, knew how important it was to the community to continue this tradition. She committed to raise the funds through donations from area businesses, companies and individuals. She was successful and the Historic Westside Neighborhood Association has been able to pay for the rental of the equipment, the movies rights, insurance, and supplies. Each year, different local businesses, companies, and individuals donate to keep this tradition alive. The Outdoor Cinemas in Thompson Park has become more than just a movie night. It is an opportunity for individuals, families and groups to have a night out, relax, bring dinner, enjoy snacks and refreshments, and enjoy a movie in a beautiful city park. A gentleman told me once that his kids had seen the ad, so he knew they’d be making the trip- from Ft. Morgan. This has turned out to be a wonderful event for the people of Longmont and beyond. Please join us this year! These are the local supporters of this year’s event. Their donations keep these movies free of charge and open to the public.

Crackpots / Old Town Outfitters / Advantage Home Inspection / Ellis Bottom Line Bookkeeping / High Plains Bank / Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. / The Cheese Importers / Old Town Animal Hospital / Brown Shoe Fit Co / Kitchen Company Longmont / 8z Realty - Krista Koth / The Roost / Jefe’s / Rosalee’s Pizzeria / 300 Suns Brewing / Magic Fairy Candles / Longs Peak Pub & Tap House / Youngevity / Cheba Hut / Longmont Bicycle Company & Coffee / HandsOn Auto Tech / Crystal Joy / Samples / Martinis / Independent Bank / Tangerine / ​Atomic Prints / Neighborhood Group Leaders Association Grant​. wagglefamily.com

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TFW FOR TEENS Training For Warriors Longmont 950 Boston Avenue M – F 4:30 pm AGES: 12-17 GENDER: Male & Female WHAT IS A WARRIOR? Training For Warriors has its roots in martial arts, but we are not a martial arts program. 20+ years ago, TFW founder Martin Rooney developed a training system for world class MMA fighters. He coached champions like Roger Gracie as well as athletes and teams in college, professional and Olympic sports. The physical training system Rooney used was not sports specific. Instead, he focused on producing the most athletic physiques, highest relative and absolute body strength, quickest reaction times, maximum endurance, enhanced flexibility, and most disciplined minds.

WHAT DO YOU GAIN AS A WARRIOR?

STRENGTH | ENDURANCE | FLEXIBILITY ➢ Competitive advantage over other athletes ➢ Develop physical and mental confidence ➢ Make friends with other teens who love non-traditional sports

COURAGE | DISCIPLINE | PATIENCE A SPECIAL OFFER FOR TEENS

Sign up by Aug 31 and get a $75 voucher! Just mention this offer! CONTACT TFW

Visit our website for full program details! https://tfwlongmont.com/programs/tfw-youth Monthly Unlimited $159 Punch Card 10 Pass $179 Punch Card 20 Pass $279 Call to register 720-600-4375

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We Need to Talk About the Moms By: Melanie Piazza | info@familyvillagelongmont.com Melanie is the Founder and Executive Director of Family Village, a Longmont Cooperative. Melanie will be a regular contributor to Waggle and will be focused on discussing the challenges and unique experiences of motherhood. Please email her if you have any suggestions for specific subjects you’d like discussed.

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et’s be honest. Motherhood is a complex gig: beautiful and rewarding and painful and exhausting. It always has been. Being a mom today comes with some great privileges that past generations didn’t have access to, including tools, contraptions and a plethora of research to help guide our decision-making. But it’s also terrifying. And lonely. There’s pressure to keep the kids busy and sufficiently engaged. “There are so many ‘experts’ warning you what to do and not do and so many competing demands on you as a person that it’s exhausting.” notes Emily Waldeck, mother of a soon-to-be two-year-old. In addition, there is often pressure or desire, either financially or psychologically, to have a meaningful career, make a difference in the world, and find or heal ourselves. But not much by way of resources to make that easy. This is my eighth attempt at writing this article. I love writing and have been aching for a way to communicate the pains I’ve experienced with motherhood. But I’ve been interrupted countless times to soothe my son out of a bad dream, tend to dramas at work and home, clean up ketchup smears from the carpet, run payroll for work, and counsel my husband on his career stress. And now, here I am, sitting in a hotel room on the way to an out of state funeral. My daughter is whining that the pink shirt I suggested she wear is, in fact, NOT pink and is a jammie shirt (it’s not.) And my son is trying to get my attention so I can witness his twirling-underwear-over-his-head skills. I’ve missed the draft deadline. But my hope was to write about the plight of moms today. So, this works. It also demonstrates the dichotomy of being a mom and having a career or vision beyond our children. We never feel like we are doing any part of our life well. I think it is the experience of most moms (and many dads, too) that the things they love to do and the aspects of themselves that existed pre-children become shoved to the background behind caregiving and housekeeping and money making and responsibility tending. Our personal desires and our dreams don’t leave us, but we often must leave them, with hopes that once we get out of this stage or that stage that we can rediscover them. But sometimes it just feels hopeless to hold onto these dreams. And in truth our kids are a part of our dreams. But somehow their needs not only rise to the top, they can drown out our own. Society doesn’t help this one bit. Immediately after birth, attention is primarily focused on the baby’s needs. The advice “sleep when the baby sleeps” and “make sure you’re eating enough and drinking enough water” is less about mom’s needs and more about ensuring her ability to take care of the baby’s. And even when the more nuanced advice addresses mom’s needs for tending to her deeper needs of emotional and physical support, it often puts additional pressure on the mom. Because calling out “self-care” when there’s no resource, time or support to get it just puts salt in the wound. So, we need to have a serious conversation. As mothers, we need to give ourselves some grace. We need to connect with one another. We need to knock off the shaming. We need to lose the guilt. But it is not just on us to take care of ourselves. It is necessary that our systems and our culture and our civic representatives start looking at what makes motherhood so brutally challenging and find solutions so that moms can be taken care of. “Mothers need care so we can care for our kids. Without that, it’s a downward spiral of depletion that ripples through every system in our society,” says Waldeck. When mothers are strong and healthy and resourced, they make powerful decisions, they come up with innovative and paradigm shifting ideas, they move mountains. If we take care of the mothers, the children and our society’s future can thrive. So, let’s keep talking.

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In a community abundant in wildlife, one organization is here to help! By: Chelsea Barrett Chelsea Barrett is the Development Manager at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which cares for more than 3,600 mammals, songbirds and waterfowl each year. Greenwood also offers education programs for children and adults of all ages. Visit ​www.greenwoodwildlife.org​ to learn more.

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f you live in the Saint Vrain Valley, you'll most likely encounter some type of wildlife every day. Part of the allure of living in Colorado is that it is home to so many animal species. When humans and wild animals live in close proximity, there are a number of situations that can arise that can prompt questions or even action. That’s where Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center comes in. Greenwood is a nonprofit organization devoted to the rehabilitation and release of orphaned, injured, and sick wildlife. We also provide outreach programs for audiences of all ages regarding rehabilitation, humane solutions for human-wildlife conflicts, and how you can help our state’s wildlife. Last year, our organization treated more than 3,600 mammals and birds and provided educational services to over 7,000 participants at 116 events. Next time you encounter wildlife in distress, call us at (303) 823-8455 between 9 am – 4 pm daily for immediate advice. For wildlife emergencies when we are closed, ​www.greenwoodwildlife.org​ is a fantastic resource for all kinds of animal encounters.. Interested in learning more about Greenwood’s mission to educate the public about wildlife? Our education and outreach volunteers will visit your class, scout troop, club, or other organization. Visit ​www.greenwoodwildlife.org​ and fill out an Education Program Request form under “Outreach” on the main menu. We’d love to talk to your organization about what we do, who we treat, and how you can help. From preschoolers to senior citizens, we can provide an age-appropriate program for your group. If you want to learn more about volunteering, there are many ways to get involved. Our website includes a variety of opportunities. Fill out an online application and our Volunteer Manager will contact you about attending orientation and training. Greenwood is not able to offer tours to the public, so volunteering is one of the best ways to learn more about the organization. You must be 18 or older to volunteer at the center due to the risk of zoonotic diseases, but there are plenty of other ways for young ones to get involved. We have a list of ways kids can help including building nest boxes and other projects, collecting supplies, and being a wildlife ambassador in their community. Greenwood is always looking for volunteers and donations! Imagine your child finding an injured wild animal. He or she desperately wants to help but has no idea what to do. That’s exactly what happened last year when two young sisters came across a little Western Field Mouse lying cold on the side of the road after some unseasonably cold weather. They knew the mouse wouldn’t make it through the night if it was left outside. They warmed him up and their mom drove them to Greenwood in the morning to deliver the animal into our care. The sisters were relieved and reassured to know the mouse would be cared for by the experienced wildlife rehabilitators at our center. The mouse spent some time at our center recuperating and regaining strength before it was released back into the wild. It was a happy ending for both human and animal, which is Greenwood’s ultimate goal.

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Children Are Natural Yoga Experts By: Monica Fitzpatrick | monica@mooka.org Educator, Owner of Mooka, and Co-Owner of Elevated Yoga Studio. Monica teaches children, families, and educators self-awareness skills through yoga, mindfulness, and growth mindset practices. Discover more at ​www.mooka.org

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oday, I found myself being referee between young siblings fighting over who gets to press the elevator button. Their cries were so shrill it pierced my ears and it took everything I had to not join them in their screaming. But I know they are fighting so fiercely because they are fully feeling their frustration in that moment. A major aspect of a yoga practice is being purely aware of the moment. When we are fully present, we become aware of our surroundings through our senses. We sense our body fully - physically, mentally, and emotionally. We do this by practicing and honing these skills - movement to connect with our physical body, breathing to connect with ourselves and our world, mindfulness to clean our wandering mind, resting to integrate all the practices into every cell of our body. These practices help us become more aware of ourselves and the world around us. Children are often already doing this. We have all seen a child (or better yet remember our younger selves) being lost in the small world of an ant on the sidewalk. We all have felt the amazement when of being lost in trance while staring up at the clouds as their shapes shifted. I can remember throwing my body into the grass or hanging upside down simply because it made me smile. For children when the moment passes, so do their emotions. I know because two minutes after we got off the elevator it was like that fight had never happened. We, the adult yoga practitioners, are all seeking what these children are already experiencing. I don’t need to interrupt a child’s exploration of ants to teach them a down dog. Instead, I welcome them to teach me in that moment - enter their world, move at their pace, and be fully present in the moment with them. Then somehow along the way life happens and the stress of today’s world presents itself. It is in these moments of stress that I can give gentle guidance to a child to access their known space of mindfulness and calm. I must also continue to sneak away to my yoga practice when I can because we all need time to reconnect with ourselves before we cross paths with another elevator button.

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8 tips for first time home buyers By: John Nichols | john.nichols@kw.com Starting in 2012, John discovered a driving force and passion in his life: acquiring and managing his own portfolio of rental properties. John has gleaned tremendous wisdom from many years of experience buying and managing his properties. This sets John apart from many real estate agents currently licensed in Colorado, and his goal is to provide value and be a tremendous asset to his clients. John is a Buyer's Specialist with Keller Williams in Longmont.

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Save and sacrifice as much as possible in order to deposit a large down payment. Equity equals wealth, pure and simple. ​Remember, saving money is a second income!​ Burn that into your brain. Thoroughly educate yourself every chance you get. This is a huge decision, and you must be fully present to make the best one possible. There are many great books and podcasts out there to help you on this journey. Consider “house hacking.” Buying your first home will deplete many of your assets and can leave you temporarily “house poor”. One alternative is using your primary residence as an income generator to pay for some of your mortgage. House hacking can be as simple as renting out an extra bedroom, to buying and fixing up a duplex and renting out one side. There are a tremendous amount of resources and information about House Hacking, so dig in and see if it makes practical and economic sense to pursue. Meet with a loan professional right away. Before you ask a Realtor to show you properties, have an official letter from a lender specifying how much house you can afford. Even if you are not qualified to buy a home right away, a good lender will help you zero in on a path to be loan ready. Once you are prequalified for a home, go house hunting. Find a reputable Realtor to help you with this process. Once you find the home of your dreams, it’s time to make an offer. Your Realtor has a fiduciary duty to act in your best interest and negotiate a fair price for your dream home. Your Realtor will also help you navigate the dates and deadlines related to the purchase of a home. Once your offer is accepted, you are now under contract. In addition to signatures, you will be asked to put down Earnest Money of $3500 (or a certain percentage of the home price). This money is usually held by a title company, and it’s your “skin in the game” to indicate to the seller you are a serious buyer. This deposit can be refunded to you based on stipulations in the contract, and it will go towards your down payment if you become the owner of the property. Find a great home inspector, since a home inspection is absolutely critical (plan on paying around $300). Your inspector will send a report to all parties to the contract, and it may help you negotiate a lower price, or possibly get out of the contract with your earnest money in hand. Also, you’ll be asked to pay for an appraisal of the property. Similar to the inspection, the appraisal is part of your due diligence and will protect you in case the property is assessed at a much lower price than what you expected. Buying your first home can either set you up for building wealth, or hold you back financially for years to come. If you adopt a saver’s mindset, thoroughly educate yourself, and hire professionals with your best interest in mind, you’ll position yourself for success.

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CPWD’s Youth Transition Program

Assisting Young People Transition to Independence By: Teresa Greene | teresa@cpwd.org Teresa Greene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with a focus on Special Education and Youth Mental Health. She has over 15 years of professional and personal experience working with people with a range of disabilities. She has a compassionate heart and is always willing to help out.

To find out more or to make an initial appointment, please contact: Teresa Greene Youth Independent Living Advisory (303 442-8662 x. 247 (720) 340-2288 Cell Teresa@cpwd.org To learn more about the Center for People With Disabilities, please visit: www.cpwd.org

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he Center for People With Disabilities’ mission is to provide resources, information and advocacy to assist people with disabilities in overcoming barriers to independent living. Through 9 programs and throughout 10 counties along the Front Range, we offer a variety of services and resource to support all people with any disability in achieving and maintaining independence.

One of our featured programs is our Youth Transition Program. While in school, young people with disabilities are enrolled in an Individual Education Program (IEP) that includes resources and benefits to help them with their education and provide assistance for them to meet activities of daily living. When youth transition, the need to apply for adult benefits, and also need other skills and supports to begin their journey of living independently. CPWD’s Youth Transition Program is designed to promote independence in young adults with disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood. We work with youth ages of 16 to 26 with any disability. We teach workshop in the schools, assist youth, parent and caretakers in understanding their IEP, teach self-advocacy to youth, and help the students prepare for life after high school. Some of our program participants may have already transitioned from high school and work with us to set independent living goals such as going to college, getting a job, or moving out of their parents’ house to live independently. The program offers Peer Support Groups that bring a combination of support, encouragement and sharing along with fun times and community. Our Youth Transition Program also hosts events such as Accessible Game Night with adaptive video game controllers, as well as board and card games. Game Night is open to all youth, with or without disabilities. During the summer, the Youth Transition Program conducts recreational and educational outings to assist youth with disabilities in learning outside social skills and integrating into the community, and to have some fun! Recently, our Youth Transition Program participated in the Colorado Youth Leadership Forum, held at the Denver University Campus from June 29 to July 3. Thirty youth with disabilities, including 6 from our program, came together to learn leadership and civic skills, practice goal-setting and participate in a mentoring process as a way of fostering personal growth and preparing for transition to adulthood. Here’s what some of the participants had to say: “I had such a great time at YLF. My favorite part was the tour of the Capital building in Denver.” Leigh “It was awesome making new friends, meeting all the other delegates from different parts of Colorado.” Arabella To become part of the program, the first step is to set up an appointment with our Youth Independent Living Advisor. Parents are welcome, of course, but ultimately, we encourage the youth themselves to identify, set and work towards independent living goals and skill building. Following that initial meeting, the youth will complete an intake form and create specific independent living goals. They will become part of the group and be invited to participate in activities, and be assisted and supported in working towards and achieving their independent living goals.

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Music, Health, and Wellness Through the Ages By: Faith Halverson – Ramos, MA, LPC, MT-BC Working with people of all ages as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Music Therapist, I offer individual, group, and community music therapy services designed to help you experience sound wellbeing, embrace change, and love your life. Music assists you in tapping into your deepest self and improving mental health, wellness and spiritual growth. Offices in Longmont and Loveland (at Journeys of Change).

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rowing up and getting older isn't without its physical, mental, social, and emotional challenges. As we develop and mature, we go through significant changes to which we must adapt. Regardless of your age, music can help you navigate these changes because of our hard-wired responses to music. Music can benefit us through all stages of our lives. We can feel our emotions through music and also learning how to manage them. Music can bring us comfort during difficult times, and it can improve our physical health. Music can even change our neurology. Children: The relationship between music and children is fundamental. Think about how and why we sing lullabies to babies. Music can be soothing to the body and to the nervous system. Listening to, singing, and making music can help children to ground when feeling anxious. At the same time, music can be stimulating and motivating, which can help when a child is feeling depressed. More than once I have seen a child's mood shift with an engaging song. Most kids (and adults) just can’t resist moving to a good beat! Children also gain other benefits from making music such as fine motor and cognitive skills. Learning how to play an instrument involves attention, focus, and perseverance. Childhood is a vital time in a person’s development and these skills are important. Teenagers: Music also benefits teens. For example, playing in a group can foster a sense of belonging, which can be helpful for teens seeking to belong. Likewise, talking about songs helps teens to explore their thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. This helps them to develop their own identity. Adults: Music can help adults to better “adult.” For example, listening to music can motivate you to exercise or to do what needs to get done. Likewise, playing an instrument or making music can engage your mind and body in healthy ways. Making music with others can help you to be more social. You may even boost your self-esteem by taking a chance and playing in public! Older Adults: Older adulthood is a time for reflection and a different kind of personal growth. There may be changes to your body and mind, which can be worrisome. Or you may be caring for someone, which can become stressful over the long haul. You may be grieving a variety of losses. Music at this stage can greatly enhance the quality of life. (Although for continued music-making, some modifications might be necessary). Meaningful music can support life review and reminiscence. This can be especially reassuring or comforting for someone who has dementia. Music can also promote selfreflection and contemplation which can lead to deeper personal growth. Sometimes a person's unique situation requires professional support. Music therapy is a healthcare profession that uses music to achieve therapeutic growth. Board-certified music therapists (MT-BC) have extensive training in the therapeutic benefits of music. This training allows music therapists to work in a variety of settings. Please seek out a qualified music therapist if your personal situation warrants music therapy. Some cases where you might benefit from this kind of professional support is if trauma, addiction, mental health or neurological factors (autism, traumatic brain injury, or Alzheimer’s) are involved.

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Storytime is for Parents, Too By: Teresa Myers Teresa Myers handles marketing and communications for the Longmont Public Library and loves telling people about all the great things the Library has to offer.

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ast summer, Kristin L.* contacted the Longmont Public Library through its Facebook page with a short message asking a simple question about a library program. After exchanging a couple of messages, the conversation quickly turned to more serious topics. Kristin was exhausted, frustrated, discouraged, and feeling isolated as a mom to her six-month-old daughter. She needed activities for her baby and connection for herself, and she couldn’t figure out where to start. Kristin knew that she’d benefit from the companionship and support of other local moms, but she didn’t know any other local moms. Pretty much every library you’ll visit has storytimes – those sweet, fun programs that introduce the littlest library patrons to the concepts of books, stories, and reading. The benefits of storytime to developing brains have been well-established by years of research and countless studies, but what is less recognized is how good storytime – and other library programs – can be good for parents, too. Having a schedule for you and your baby, getting out of the house, having something to look forward to that you know is good for your child, and finding opportunities to get to know other local parents are all good for new parents and can all be found at the Library. It’s a safe, comfortable place, resplendent in enrichment possibilities for your baby’s hungry brain, and chock full of other parents, many of whom feel just like you! The Longmont Public Library has storytimes every weekday, plus lots of other programs for children of all ages. Children aged eight and younger must be accompanied by a dedicated caregiver, so opportunities to meet other parents – we have quite a lot of dads these days, too! – are abundant. Of course, when you’re done visiting, don’t forget all the great things to check-out and take home. We have books for every child, regardless of age or interest, plus DVDs and audiobooks. For our tiniest patrons, we have Storytime Kits, bags full of books with a unifying theme like transportation or animals, and First Experience Bags that help little ones tackle big hurdles like entering kindergarten or going on their first sleepover. We even have a small collection of adult books, aptly called “The Five Minutes’ Peace Collection” just outside the entrance to our children’s library, so you can grab a great book for yourself, too. So, stop by and join us for Yoga Storytime on Mondays or Bedtime Storytime on Thursday evenings, and while you’re here, get a bunch of fun, guilt-free, enriching materials for you and your kids. To learn more about getting a free library card as well as regular and special programs for children, visit our website at http://bit.ly/LongmontCOLibrary or stop in and head to the Children’s and Teens Information Desk. Let them know you saw this article and you’d like to learn more. They’ll be happy to help.

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Serving Boulder and Weld Counties since 1991 Why Airborne? Yes, we teach great gymnastics and dance. But that is secondary to us- our main mission is to develop growth mindset and character through quality gymnastics and dance. Not everyone will make a career out of gymnastics & dance (like our coaches have,) but our whole community will be positively impacted by the life lessons we teach.

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Building a Hunger-Free Community Community Food Share | 650 S Taylor Avenue, Louisville, CO Community Food Share’s mission is to eliminate hunger in Boulder and Broomfield Counties through engagement, collaboration, and leadership

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At Community Food Share, we not only provide food directly to families, seniors, students, and others, we’re also a hub — delivering millions of pounds of food a year to local food pantries to reach people in their communities.Our goal is to distribute 10.5 million pounds of food this year, but we focus on quality, not just quantity. At least 75% of our distribution will be fresh produce, dairy items, or high-protein foods.If you are in need of food assistance, we will help. Community Food Share provides free groceries directly to residents of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, and we can connect you to other resources that best fit your situation. Feeding Families is Community Food Share’s onsite pantry. If you have a child on free or reduced lunch, you may fill a cart with fresh produce, milk and pantry items, free of charge, once a week. Families receiving WIC benefits or with a child attending Boulder County Head Start or Wild Plum Center are also welcome weekly. Bring a letter from the school district, WIC, or Head Start, photo identification, and proof of address in Boulder or Broomfield County. Print and complete our enrollment form ahead of time or at Community Food Share when you arrive. If you enroll during Feeding Families shopping hours, you may get food at the same time. You will be asked to re-enroll every September if you continue with the program. Homeschooling families, who would be eligible for free and reduced price lunch if their children were attending public school, are also served by Community Food Share. If you live in the Boulder Valley School District, call (303) 447-1010 to request a Family Survey Form. If you live in the St. Vrain Valley or Adams 12 Five Star School District, apply at www.myschoolapps.com​. Feeding Families is open Wednesdays, 10:00 AM-3:45 PM, as well as Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 AM-1:45 PM. The best time to apply is 9:00 AM-12:00 PM on Thursdays. Feeding Families is always looking for volunteers. We have volunteer activities available for both individuals and families.We are also grateful for donations of food and funds. Please visit our website at wwwcommunityfoodshare.org to register as a volunteer and to donate food and funds. For questions about Feeding Families, please call us at (303) 652-3663 or send us an email at feeding families@communityfoodshare.org

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Waggle Family Magazine Fall Issue 2019  

Waggle Family Magazine connects local families with non-profit resources and local businesses. We believe that when our St. Vrain Valley fam...

Waggle Family Magazine Fall Issue 2019  

Waggle Family Magazine connects local families with non-profit resources and local businesses. We believe that when our St. Vrain Valley fam...