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Departments PERSPECTIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Can we talk?—our kids’ lives could depend it

AS WE GROW . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Four rules for ruling your toddler—pick your battles and be consistent

FAMILY ACTIVITIES . . . . . . . 10 Spring in your step—enjoy fresh air, beautiful scenery and family bonding

LEARN AND LIVE . . . . . . . . . . 12 Melody, harmony, rhythm and rhyme—why your child should make music

COMMUNITY NEWS . . . . . . . 14 What don’t you know?—learn something new this month

HEALTHY LIVING . . . . . . . . 16 Head start on spring—try indoor gardening with your child

CALENDAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 6

Events and activities for parents, kids and families

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Features IN THE LINE OF FIRE… 18 Depending on how you define a school

shooting, since the beginning of 2018, there have been anywhere from seven to 18 in the United States. But does the actual number really matter? Isn’t any number above zero too many?

School District News Poudre School District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 PSD calendar of events, Lincoln students get a taste of college life at CSU, Dunn students welcome 32 new U.S. citizens from 20 countries, Black History Month, Kinard’s Rahul Ghosh spells “nachtmusik” to win District Bee

Greeley-Evans District 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 State supports Innovation Pathway for Martinez school, two new principals to lead District 6 schools, District 6 appoints Student Health Advisory Council, MLO Oversight Committee named

Thompson School District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Students make each Valentines’ Heart special, Eagles goaltender to visit elementary school

Lunchbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 School menus for Poudre, Thompson, Greeley-Evans and Windsor

22 S TAYCATION Will your family be sticking around for

spring break? If so, it doesn’t mean you’re stuck with nothing to do. There are so many ways to have fun right in our own backyard. After all, many families’ vacation destination is northern Colorado because of all it has to offer. ABOUT THE COVER: Bree, loves fishing, playing pretend doctor and feeding Grandma's horse, Duke. Photo by Cheri Schonfeld, courtesy of Sky's Open Design on location at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery,



perspective Can we talk?

Our kids’ lives could depend on it


ll of our hearts go out to the victims of the recent shooting and their friends and families in Parkland, Florida. So here we have it, another school shooting and another regrouping of people into their respective corners ready to come out swinging about whom to blame. It seems that we have lost, as a culture, the ability to have a conversation. We demonize anyone who doesn’t agree with us and demand that people step in line with our thinking or brand them traitors to the cause. I believe that we are much less polarized on issues than we’re told that we are, but we live in a debate culture that demands that we take a position—usually the one given to us by people we don’t even know—and defend it with righteous indignation. How can we take back our own thoughts? Is it possible that we might be able to build a culture that can have a dialog? Can we learn to simply listen without preparing our argument? Ending the continual series of school slaughter seems like a topic that should bring us together. I’m guessing that if we picked a random group of 100 people off the street in any town or city and asked for a show of hands of who is against school shootings that everyone would raise their hands. We can all agree on that, right? And I’m guessing that if we asked the same 100 people if we as a community, state, nation should do something about it that we’d get close to everyone agreeing that we should. What if we then asked the group, what should we do about it? Is it possible that we could have a discussion, maybe a brainstorming session, without it devolving into a shouting, finger-pointing match that then does nothing to help anyone? I have to believe we could. I just have to. Maybe it starts small at dinner tables and with friends. Maybe we can listen to other people and not dismiss their ideas simply because they’re not our ideas. If we can keep in mind that we all want the same thing: to protect children, teachers and staff from being murdered at school, then we’re off to a good start. It’s not as simple as outlawing this gun or that bump stock or having a better system to track threats or having cops in every school. It likely includes some version of these but is certainly not limited to them. We have a collective responsibility to learn from each other, to not dismiss people who do not share our ideas as heartless thugs or naïve dreamers, to take off our gloves and leave our corner of the ring. Our kids lives could very well depend on our ability to talk to each other. Please read Kim Sharpe’s story on page 20 about school shootings to learn what our local districts are doing and what support systems are in place in northern Colorado. Here we go, Scott 6


MARCH 2018 • Volume 22, Issue 10 PUBLISHER Scott Titterington, (970)221-9210 EDITOR Kristin Titterington, (970)221-9210 CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Kim Sharpe CREATIVE DIRECTOR Emily Zaynard ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR Greg Hoffman, (970)689-6832 DISTRIBUTION Rob Martin, Susan Pettit COVER PHOTO Cheri Shonfeld, CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Lea Hanson, Katie Harris, Lynn U. Nichols, Kim Sharpe

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Four rules for ruling your toddler Pick your battles and be consistent



s a parent, you don’t want to squelch your 2-year-olds enthusiasm and self-expression, yet toddlers need structure to feel safe and secure in the world. Too many rules and too many consequences become ineffective and overwhelming. That’s why it’s good to come up with five basic rules to live by, and then carry them out with consistency. Choose your top five rules. Rank behaviors from serious to mild and create a continuum of consequences. Behaviors on one end of the spectrum, like hitting or being mean, render an immediate consequence. Behaviors on the other end might simply be ignored, like annoying voices or whining. Most parents make a few hard rules around cruelty and safety; for example, giving an immediate consequence for these top five, non-negotiable behaviors: hitting, bad language, unkind or rude behavior, uncooperativeness and shucking responsibilities—or crossing the street without holding your hand. Once you come up with your top five rules, be consistent on carrying them out. Remember to be specific, recognize good behavior, empower with choices and don’t negotiate. 1. BE SPECIFIC AND DON’T OVER-TALK Your child simply needs to understand the rule and comply with the rule. A simple “no hitting” followed by an immediate time out works much better than a long-winded explanation of why hitting is not acceptable. When parents show ambiguity or indecision, toddlers see it as an invitation to decide for themselves. 2. RECOGNIZE GOOD BEHAVIOR, IGNORE THE BAD When laying down the law it’s important to also praise your toddler when she 8


does things well. Maybe it’s human nature to focus on things that need fixing rather than rejoicing in the things that are right. Praise goes a long way with toddlers. If you notice your child being kind, give a specific compliment, like ‘I like how you are being gentle with the cat.’ This means much more than a general, ‘Thanks for being good.’ Try this: Chat with your spouse or a friend about the positives you’ve seen from your toddler that day. Pretend your toddler can’t hear and share something great he did that day. Or, tell his favorite stuffed animal at bedtime all the wonderful things its owner did during the day. Ending on a positive note might make your child sleep better, too. 3. IGNORE ANNOYING BEHAVIORS While it is really hard to ignore a whining or protesting toddler, sometimes that’s the most effective response. If you’ve given your answer to a request and your child

keeps asking, ignore her or walk away. Kids need their parents to lead, even if they resist it. As a leader, you won’t always be liked, but that’s okay. 4. EMPOWER WITH CHOICES When your toddler refuses to go or puts up a fight getting dressed, the first step is to let her know she is heard. Start with empathy then offer a simple choice. For example, you might say, ‘I hear that you don’t want to go, but Grandma is waiting. Would you rather wear your pink tennis shoes or your sandals?’ The idea is to build freedom within limits. Simple either-or, if-then, when-then choices work great. For example, ‘When you pick up your toys, then we can go to the park.’ Toddlers are learning to navigate their world. When they understand their boundaries, they are more confident and successful. Rules supply the structure they need to flourish.


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family activities

Spring in your step

Enjoy fresh air, beautiful scenery and family bonding K ATIE HARRIS


here’s nothing like a family hike to cure a case of spring fever. This month, head out to one of northern Colorado’s many family-friendly trails for fresh air, exercise and, if you’re lucky, some of the first signs of spring. Read on for a couple of our favorite kidfriendly local hikes, along with tips for a successful day on the trail. DEVIL’S BACKBONE TO THE KEYHOLE Just outside of Loveland on Highway 34 sits the entrance to Devil’s Backbone, the long string of spine-like ridges that run along the west side of the city. From the parking area and trailhead at 1725 Hidden Valley Dr., Loveland, the trail extends north for 12 miles through Devil’s Backbone Open Space and into Horsetooth Mountain Open Space in Fort Collins. The most popular route for families with young children is the 2.5-mile loop to the keyhole. The natural trail features a gentle slope suitable for even the youngest children, and the view of the city from inside the arched rock at the end of the trail will awe hikers of all ages. Be advised that hikers, cyclists and horseback riders, utilize a portion of the keyhole trail and remind children to be vigilant of oncoming traffic and share the trail. Keep an eye out for possible wildlife sightings as well, including coyotes, bobcats, elk, hawks and, emerging late in the season, rattlesnakes. For more information and trail updates visit parks/devils-backbone. HORSETOOTH FALLS TRAIL This trail, situated in Horsetooth Mountain Open Space west of Fort Collins, features 2.5 miles out and back of varying landscape and difficulty. The trail begins with a gradual slope through the prairie, where wildflowers pepper the hillside. Halfway in, hikers enter the forest and are greeted by a narrowing 10


Tips for hiking with kids Be prepared for changing conditions on the trail by dressing in layers. Rain gear, sweat-wicking clothing, and appropriate footwear are musts when hiking in spring. An eat-on-the-go snack such as trail mix or granola bars provide a great distraction from tiring little legs. Water is a must as well! Make hiking feel more like an adventure by planning nature activities before heading out. Games like outdoor bingo and scavenger hunts can be brought along. Bring along trail guides to answer questions and look up the names of flowers, birds and bugs spotted on the trail. Choose trails that offer a reward, such as a lake, waterfall or fantastic views to make the hike feel worthwhile to even the youngest hikers. Even the most enthusiastic young hikers get tired. Pushing children to complete a hike within a set time frame is setting yourself up for failure, and will deter them from wanting to head out on the trail again anytime soon. Practice patience if the younger members of your group need to stop often, and schedule in plenty of time for rests

trail and the sounds of the river running nearby. The trail steepens here, with log steps making appearances at various points. Young children will need to be kept close towards the top of the trail, as it is bordered by a steep drop-off for the final portion. At the end of the trail a small pond, popular for wading, greets hikers. In spring mountain run-off creates a powerful waterfall into the pond,

which diminishes into a trickle by early summer. Hikers retrace their steps to return to the trailhead. This easy-tomoderate hike is suitable for young children with adult supervision, and the changing scenery makes it a popular hike to return to year after year. For more information, including a trail map, visit parks/horsetooth-mountain.


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learn and live

Melody, harmony, rhythm and rhyme Why your child should make music


Lessons and instruments Boomer Music Company 3761 S. Mason St., FC, 223-2424 Musical instruments for sale or rent, lessons, accessories. Hands On Music Academy 2856 Sitting Bull Way, FC, 207-9111 Music lessons for those wanting a clean, safe and homey family environment.


usic is a universal language and one your child should learn, because of the many benefits, aside from the joy of playing an instrument. “Learning to play an instrument develops coordination, confidence, selfesteem, persistence, determination, responsibility and a sense of accomplishment,” says Aimee Latzke, a Let’s Play Music certified teacher. “It also increases focus and attention span, spatial awareness, improves math skills, and helps with literacy and reading skills. And music is a positive outlet for emotional expression, and is quite unique in how it engages both sides of the brain at the same time.” Like learning other languages, young brains more easily soak up music lessons than older ones. Latzke explains that a child’s brain is most receptive to learning music between ages 2 to 9, a period called ‘The Music Window’. Even before the age of 2, however, children experiment with music on their own by singing and banging out rhythms with their toys. Two formal instruments that are good firsts are piano and violin, because they provide solid foundations, which are transferable to other instruments.



Latzke agrees and adds, “We start 4 and 5 year olds playing tone bells and autoharp to learn melody and harmony skills, which then transfer nicely to piano.” Her “we” are 300 colleagues throughout the United States and Canada who teach for Let’s Play Music ( The Suzuki method is another effective way to teach young children to play an instrument. Created by a Japanese violinist, it aims to establish an environment for learning music that models the way children learn to speak their native language. Regardless of how old your child is, what instrument they learn to play or the method by which they learn music, kids learn best when learning is fun. Latzke recommends, “From the time your child is young, enjoy music together. Listen to a variety of musical styles, sing, dance, explore playing different instruments, attend performances, point out what you heard, ask what they liked. When they are learning an instrument, be interested, involved and encouraging.” After that, let the melodies your budding musician plays become music to your ears.

JasCo Music Guitar instruction emphasizing solid technique and understanding music theory. Loveland Academy of Music, LLC 1355 Cleveland Ave., 581-3553 Lessons in piano, voice, drums, guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin and ukulele for all ages. Magnolia Music Studio 210 W. Magnolia St., Ste. 10, FC, 481-8661 Voice, fiddle, harp, violin. Main Street Music Academy 609 Main St., WS, 674-0052 Molding musicians since 1988. Private lessons and summer camps. Piano & Guitar Institute 2925 S. College Ave. #8, FC, 206-4930 2105 Maple Dr., LV, 631-5916 1295 Main St. #3, WS, 686-9660 Students will be exposed to a variety of musical genres. Youth Orchestra of the Rockies FC, 303-322-1764




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community news

What don’t you know? Learn something new this month



f knowledge is power, NoCo will be filled with powerful people of all ages. There are opportunities for many types of learning offered this month throughout the area. CALLING ALL YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS The Larimer County Workforce Center is now accepting applications for the annual Young Entrepreneur Tournament. The application deadline is March 23. “This is our 10th year running this tournament, and to celebrate this milestone we are shifting the focus to highlight impact entrepreneurship,” says Andrew Minor, Larimer County Workforce Center career and business services coordinator. He explains that impact entrepreneurship uses innovative approaches to address an unmet social, economic or environmental need through business. The innovation may take the form of a new product, service, technological application or program. The business may be structured as a for-profit company, nonprofit, or cooperative enterprise. “Regardless of the form it takes, the innovation must improve the quality of life of people in measurable ways.” The Workforce Center will select 30 youth to participate in the 20-hour program over the course of four consecutive Saturdays (April 7 through May 5). Professionals will guide them in the process of creating their socially impactful business plans. On Saturday, May 5, participants will pitch their plans to a panel of business owners and compete to win business investment prize money. There is no cost to participate in the Young Entrepreneur Tournament; community businesses and local foundations support it. Applications are accepted online: Questions should be directed to Andrew Minor at 970-498-6083.



HELP CHILDREN BLOOM Many grandparents who think they’ve raised their family unexpectedly find themselves going through round two when they become primary caretakers and guardians of grandchildren. These families often find themselves isolated from social networks while trying to help the children (and perhaps themselves) heal from traumatic experiences. For support, they can turn to Grand Family Coalition, Inc., a network of grandparents and other kin raising their grandchildren/kin. The group offers educational groups, social connections and youth activities. Studio Vino, 605 Sky Pond Dr. in Loveland is hosting a fundraiser for the coalition, “BLOOM Where They Are Planted.” The public is invited to enjoy an evening of painting on Monday, March 5, 6:30-9pm. Admission is $35 (includes supplies, one glass of wine

and a $10 donation to GFC). Register at wild-violet-fundraiser. Learn more about the Grand Families Coalition at BECOME A HEALTHY HOME EXPERT The City of Fort Collins is looking for enthusiastic community members to be trained in conducting free, in-home air quality assessments. The Healthy Homes program aims to educate Fort Collins residents about the health risks posed by common home pollutants.  The annual Healthy Homes Training for prospective Master Home Educators will be held on Mondays & Wednesdays, April 2–April 11, 5-8pm, and Saturday, April 14, 8am-12noon. (Participants must attend all sessions.) Training sessions will be held at 222 Laporte Ave., in the Colorado River Training Room. The training is free and

meals are provided at each session. For more information, visit www. or contact Selina Lujan, Healthy Homes program coordinator at 970-224-6129 or slujan@ FREE CANCER SCREENINGS FOR WELD COUNTY WOMEN  The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment (WCDPHE) offers free cervical cancer screening and other diagnostic services to women 21 through 64 with support from the Women’s Wellness Connection, state health department program. It also offers free breast cancer screening for women 40 through 64.  Previously, eligibility for these services began at age 40. The Women’s Wellness Connection expanded eligibility to include younger women who may not have the income or insurance coverage to pay for these important screening services. To qualify for these free services, women must earn less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level (for example,

less than $61,500 a year for a family of 4), be in the United States legally, and have no health insurance or have health insurance with high deductibles or co-pays. If a woman enrolled in the Women’s Wellness Connection is diagnosed with cancer, most will qualify for treatment through Health First Colorado’s

Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.  For more information about the Women’s Wellness Connection, visit, or contact Adriana Ramirez, community health outreach worker, at 970-400-2400 or EXPLORE HOLISTIC LIVING Have you ever wanted to understand what holistic health and living are all about? Or maybe you’re already a fan. Either way, a visit to the Spring Holistic Fair will leave you wholly satisfied. The fair will take place March 2425, 10am-5pm, at the Larimer County Fairgrounds / The Ranch – South Exhibition Hall, in Loveland. Admission is $7 per day or $12 for both days; children 12 and under are free. Save $1 on admission prices by bringing a canned food donation for the Larimer Food Bank. Parking is free. Through exhibits and presentations, explore alternative choices for taking care of your body, mind, spirit and the environment. Experience healing modalities from massage and reflexology to energy re-balancing, iridology and aromatherapy. Discover aspects of yourself through astrology, tarot, palmistry, clairvoyant readings, aura portraits and other intuitive arts. There’s something for everyone. Visit for more information and 2-for-1 coupons. RMPARENT

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Head start on spring Try indoor gardening with your child



ids are natural caretakers and are interested in using their nurturing instincts and skills when they can. Ashley Young, Education Coordinator at the Gardens at Spring Creek in Fort Collins says growing something teaches kids the concept of delayed gratification. When you plant a seed or take care of a plant, you must take care of it over a period of time. If the plant thrives, it could be around for years. If not, the consequences aren’t terribly serious—but they are tangible. Young says, “Growing plants not only teaches kids where their food comes from, but also helps them understand the needs of living things, which are surprisingly very similar to our own as humans.” Young says kids can benefit at almost any age, taking on more responsibility as they mature. Preschool-age children can mist leaves with a sprayer or clean dusty plants with a sponge. Older children can remove dead leaves or help re-pot a plant that has outgrown its container. Young says, “This time of year is also a great time of year for getting started with seeds indoors to prepare for outdoor gardening,” and therefore getting kids excited about the months to come. Following are plant selections for all types of children and situations: PLANTS THAT MULTIPLY Kids often love the idea of sharing their plants. They can decorate a pot and give a plant to someone else. Young says, “Like spider plants, strawberries seed by their runners so they are good plants for separation and multiplying.” A Philodendron is also common and easy to grow indoors. Even a lone leaf can be put into a glass of water to sprout roots. Then, it can be easily replanted in a new pot. Philodendron don’t need a lot of sunlight to thrive so they can be kept most anywhere in the house.



Grow your herbs! TOUGH PLANTS “One of my favorite things to grow with kids is herbs. Mint and basil are good because there are many different types and they can be directly used as a food ingredient with which they are familiar,” says Young. Beans and peas are some of the easiest to grow and hardest to kill. “And, they grow really big and really fast; plus you can eat them,” Young adds. “Within a week of planting beans, kids can start to see sprouts, which is exciting.” Scarlet Runner Beans, Orcha Beans, Anasazi Beans, and Hyacinth Beans are additional examples of tough plants that grow quickly. EDIBLE PLANTS Many herbs will grow indoors. A simple pot of chives or basil can be placed on a sunny windowsill and used in cooking. For households with inadequate light and/or humidity for herbs to thrive, indoor garden systems (such as AeroGarden) can ensure success. See the sidebar for herb garden tips!

Herbs that can go from stem to recipe: • Mint • Basil • Chives

Herbs that can help illustrate the growing and pollination cycle:

• Sorrel • Thyme (good for watching pollination because it attracts bees) • Lavender (not for eating, but for smell; also good for watching pollination because it attracts bees)

LET KIDS CHOOSE THEIR OWN The aisles of garden centers and big-box stores are filled with plants that thrive indoors. For a small investment, allow your child to choose a variety that appeals, whether it’s a plant with shiny leaves or a fuzzy texture. Enlist help from staff to figure out what might work best in the conditions you can offer.




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In the line of fire... D

Preparing for the worst at school and at home KIM SHARPE



epending on how you define a school shooting, since the beginning of 2018, there have been anywhere from seven to 18 in the United States. The higher figure includes everything from pre-meditated attacks to unintentional gunfire to stray bullets flying through school property. But does the actual number really matter? Isn’t any number above zero too many? As of the writing of this article, no northern Colorado school has experienced the horror of a mass shooting and hopefully, no NoCo school ever will. But we have to acknowledge it’s possible. “Events such as what happened in Florida and elsewhere are tragic and our hearts break each time we hear of these terrible tragedies,” says Heather Gooch, Estes Park School District public information officer. “It also drives home the reality it can happen anywhere, including here.”

Prepared for the possible

Like school districts across the nation, the Estes Park School District, Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6, Poudre School District (PSD) and Thompson School District (TSD) have plans in place to prevent school shootings and other tragedies from taking place. In fact, you can visit any one of the local districts’ websites to learn about their exact protocols involving school safety of all kinds. Speaking for his own district, but he could be speaking for all NoCo districts, John Gates, the Greeley-Evans School District director of school safety and security, says, “We have a number of policies

and procedures in place in our district to create a safe school environment.” Danielle Clark, PSD executive director of communications, summarizes what PSD and all districts do:

• Train throughout the year with law enforcement to implement security measures to ensure our schools are safe learning environments for children. Maintaining a single point of entry for each school with security cameras around campus • Practicing lockdown and lockout drills at each school (including active shooter drills) • Implement specific protocols, including individual student safety plans, if a threat against the school or student is identified • Conduct ongoing crisis response training across the district and at each school

Plus, all local districts encourage their students and parents to report suspicious behavior, rumors and all safety concerns through the Safe2Tell hotline: 1-877-542-SAFE (7233). Callers remain anonymous. “We have reinforced with our staff and students that if they see something to say something. Knowing what is going on in the school and community is the best way to prevent issues from escalating into violence at school,” Clark says. Jesse Lunsford, TSD safety and security manager, adds, “The Thompson School District employs a two-tier system to address any communicated threats. The process we use is based on recommendations made by the U.S. Secret Service and the Colorado Safe Schools Resource Center. Upon receipt of any threat, trained members of the

school threat assessment team contact the district security department to initiate a threat screening. Depending on results of the screening, an investigation will begin which will involve collecting all pertinent information and interviewing students, staff, family and members of the community.” A system similar to this exists in each of NoCo’s school districts. All reports are taken seriously and investigated.

and hurts before they grow to become grudges and full-blown conflicts. The intention of using a model such as Peacekeeper Circles in the classrooms is to help build a school climate and culture of caring and compassion.”

Gooch says it boils down to this. “We are dedicated to keeping our students safe, and we will continue to evaluate our processes regarding safety and security.”

to treat others isn’t in their classrooms—it’s in the rooms of their homes. Children learn from observing and modeling the behavior of their parents and other family members. Knowing that, parents—indeed, all of us—must be intentional about treating others the way they want to be treated. Specific to how to address traumatic events with their children, parents should remember that everyone responds differently. Carl Nassar, professional counselor and director at Heart-Centered Counseling, says some kids are consumed by the busyness of their lives, and the incident feels removed enough from their day to day reality, that the impact is small (or not as large as adults might expect). Other kids may be deeply impacted, but, perhaps modeling themselves after adults around them, tend to feel that they can get through this on their own, and their feelings get repressed rather than expressed, only to worsen or come out sideways over time. A small number of kids are able to express their feelings and get support, initially from family and friends, and hopefully from school and professional counselors who can support deeper healing. He recommends that in the wake of an event like a school shooting, “… take some extra time with your child, create some slow time, and in the gentleness of that slow time, talk about how you’re both feeling—about different parts of life. And slowly move, if appropriate, to talking about school shootings, and your feelings there,

Mental health matters

When violence strikes anywhere in the nation, local students can get help to process it. After the latest shooting in Florida, “We had counselors ready with tips for students and families…that included resources for helping parents talk about grief, loss and tragedy,” says Clark. “Among the advice we give is that students stay away from news broadcasts and electronic media as much as possible, as it can often exacerbate anxiety and stress,” adds Lunsford. On an ongoing basis, all local districts try to teach kids to be kind and to work out their differences in a variety of non-violent ways, such as through restorative justice and Peace Circles. Gooch says, the Estes Park School District “…employs restorative justice principles to educate staff and students, as well as build a foundation of trust and understanding between peers. Restorative practices are about creating stronger communities and cultivating relationships, and this is part of our proactive safety and security plan at recognizing potentially harmful behavior.” Kiri Saftler, a Peace Circle trainer and facilitator, explains, “The purpose of the Peace Circle is to practice public acknowledgement of appreciation for others’ kindnesses and, in a safe environment, respectfully air small grievances

What’s a parent to do?

School programs and curricula help NoCo students become more caring, but the first place children learn how

and inquire about their feelings. If the child is young enough that they haven’t heard the news on their own, then decide, based on your child’s anxiety level and your felt experience of your child, if it’s appropriate to share the story in an age-appropriate way.” Rumi, Persian scholar, theologian and poet, said, “It’s hard to be a candle. In order to give light, first one must burn.” People in the U.S. are burning—

with fear, with disgust, with outrage, with sadness. Hopefully, one day soon, our light will break through the darkness and school shootings won’t be a reoccurring event in our world.


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Spring Break stay-cation Five ways to keep your fun local


ill your family be sticking around for spring break? If so, it doesn’t mean you’re stuck with nothing to do. There are so many ways to have fun right in our own backyard. After all, many families’ vacation destination is northern Colorado because of all it has to offer. 1. Get back to nature

One of NoCo’s biggest attractions is the great outdoors. Rivers and recreation trails run through it. The mountains are a stone’s throw away. If a wild outdoor adventure is what you’re seeking, explore the following websites to learn about hiking trails, open spaces and parks where you can play.

• Fort Collins Parks: • Loveland Parks & Recreation: www.cityofloveland. org/departments/parks-recreation • Greeley Parks: parks • Larimer County’s Parks and Open Lands:

Speaking of parks, Rocky Mountain National Park ( is just up the road in Estes. And Lumpy Ridge, a world-renowned rock-climbing mecca known for its majestic granite slabs, has miles of hiking trails. A popular route leads to Gem Lake on a trail that’s often free from snow during the winter and early spring months. If you plan a trip to Estes Park, know that U.S. Highway 34 through the Big Thompson Canyon is closed for construction, so you’ll have to go up U.S. Highway 36 through Lyons. tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGR314-004 Dude up

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Ranch ( just west of Loveland (but not affected by the US 34 road closure). They offer hiking, horseback riding, dining and much more. 2. Winter wonderland

For maximum winter fun, try lift-served inner tubing at Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch (www.beaver in Red Feather Lakes. You can also tie on some skates or x-c skis and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. When you’re finished, cozy up by a the fire and sip a hot chocolate. 3. Step back in time

Cowboys and Indians. Pioneers and the Old West. To learn how this part of The West was built, you can visit several history museums. In Greeley, the Freight Station Museum, Centennial Village at Island Grove, the Greeley Museum and the Meeker Home Museum will transport you back to a simpler time. Find details about hours of operation and entrance fees online at Greeley’s Missile Site Park takes visitors into the Cold War Era of national defense. It is a former nuclear warhead site constructed in 1961. Call 970-400-2020 or go online to departments/buildings_and_grounds/missile_site_ park/ for information about free guided tours. The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery ( has many exhibits, hands-on activities and interactive displays where you’ll learn about the history of the city and region. While you’re at it, visit The Avery House (www., built by one of Fort Collins founders, and the The Museo de las Tres Colonias (, which honors the city’s Hispanic sugar beet workers. The Estes Park Museum ( townofestespark/museum) features an

award-winning display, “Tracks in Time,” that tells the story of the Estes Valley from the Ice Age through present age. You also can learn about NoCo’s rural heritage by visiting The Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum and the McCartyFickel Home; both are located in Berthoud ( 4. Get cultural

Northern Colorado offers a variety of ways for people to enjoy world-class cultural events. Several venues attract performers, musicians, entertainers and artists from all over the world, plus those who make their home here. The Union Colony Civic Center ( in Greeley hosts some of the best professional cultural events in the area. The Lincoln Center in Fort Collins ( also attracts big-name talent and shows. Loveland’s Rialto Theater (www. rialtotheatercenter.) opened in 1920 as a silent-film theater. Today, the Rialto’s historic charm makes it one of northern Colorado’s premier performing arts venue. The City of Loveland also is known for its visual art collections. The Loveland Museum/Gallery hosts exhibits from around the globe. It also holds art classes for kids and adults on a yearround basis. Class and registration information is available at www.cityoflove or by calling 970-962-2410. In Fort Collins, art connoisseurs and inquiring minds alike will enjoy the exhibits at the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art ( and

the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures ( Your family also may enjoy touring around our culture-rich communities to view various sculptures and other artistic attractions, such as the Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland. Find information about art in public places in Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland, at: • Fort Collins – • Greeley – (Click on “Maps,” then “Public Art”) • Loveland – (Search for “Art in Public Places”)

5. Move it

Another way to have fun here at home is to get moving. Walk, run and bike on the miles of recreation trails that wind through our communities. Most of the trails are cleared of snow, so if spring break ushers in a spring storm, you’re still good to go! (See the websites list in No. 1 for information about recreation trails.) You also can swim, splash and play at any one of our area’s indoor pools; they’re heated to comfortable temperatures all year round. If taking a dip whets your appetite for fun, learn more online or make a quick phone call to a pool near you. Enjoy your stay!

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• Greeley Recreation Center, 970-350-9400 • Greeley’s Family Fun Plex, 970-350-9400


• Chilson Recreation Center parks-recreation/chilson-recreationcenter or 970-962-2383


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Enrich your child’s world through camp Summer camps enhance education, build friendships and increase self-confidence Katie Harris 32 | RMPARENT



ummer is an opportune time to diversify your child’s school-year routine with unique activities and experiences. One of the simplest and most effective ways to accomplish this is by enrolling kids in a summer camp tailored to their interests. According to The American Camp Association (ACA), there’s been a recent growth in specialty programming being added to traditional camp activities, creating more opportunities than ever to find a camp that appeals to any child ( “There are so many wonderful summer camps in Colorado catering to any interest you can imagine,” says Brownyn Timmons, product and marketing manager for Mad Science Camps of Colorado. “Putting kids in a camp they have interest in gets them excited from day one.” Mad Science ( offers weeklong camps all summer on a variety of science topics from robotics to outer space at their Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs and Evergreen locations. Timmons says the weeklong design allows families flexibility in choosing how many weeks they wish to enroll. The narrow topics of each weekly

camp are designed to allow campers to explore topics of interest at a deeper level. “Kids don’t have to be really science savvy to participate in our camps,” says Timmons. “Our job is to spark that interest in them and get them excited and wanting to explore science more.” While exploring and igniting interest in new topics is a common reason families choose to enroll their children in summer camps, it’s far from the only benefit camps have on kids. According to the ACA’s Youth Outcomes Study, over 90 percent of experienced youth campers associated summer camp with making new friends, getting to know kids who were

different than themselves, and feeling good about themselves. The same study showed that 70 percent of parents of campers said their child gained self-confidence at camp, 69 percent said their child remained in touch with friends made at camp, and 63 percent said their child continues to participate in some of the activities learned at camp. Brooke Cheley-Klebe, owner and director of Cheley Colorado Camp in Estes Park, agrees that connecting with other kids and challenging themselves to try new things are some of the biggest benefits of summer camps for kids. The 27-day-long overnight Cheley Colorado Camp is designed to help kids gain independence, build relationships with peers and camp counselors, and immerse themselves in nature. “Taking longer than a five day break from technology is a huge benefit,” says Cheley-Klebe. “They turn off their devices when they get to camp and they become really invested and connected with the people around them. It’s a very rich experience in the friendships that they make and the challenges they get to be a part of.” Adventure Bound Day Camp at the Hatfield-Chilson Recreation Center in Loveland ( departments/parks-recreation/eventspromotions/adventure-bound-day-camp) offers a flexible before- and after-camp daycare and pick-up program designed to accommodate parents’ work schedules without costing families an arm and a leg.

The camp not only challenges kids to try new activities, such as Zumba and yoga classes, swimming at the indoor pool and embarking on frequent field trips, it encourages them to work on character building as well. “This year we’re incorporating a character education theme,” says Kelly Rathbun, day camp director for Adventure Bound Day Camp. “Campers will be given a characteristic to demonstrate all week. This is designed to benefit campers socially, emotionally, and mentally as well as educationally.” Filling the educational gap that three months off school can create is another major benefit of camps, and one that parents frequently pay special attention to when choosing the right fit for their child. “Camps help keep kids engaged with their education when school is out,” says Timmons. “During the summer time it’s easy for kids to fall into the grind of playing video games or watching TV. Educational camps help bridge that gap for them and keep them learning.” Of course, camp shouldn’t be all work. Perhaps the biggest benefit of summer camp is the opportunity to have fun and be a kid. “It gives kids the opportunity to just play,” says Rathbun. “With the focus on school standards and standardized testing these days, we want to give kids the opportunity to have free play and use their imagination without so much structure so that they can tap into that creative side and have fun.” SUMMER CAMP GUIDE



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Off to camp—safely

Do your homework before sending kids to summer camp JANET WERST


ummer means fun in the sun, water recreation and for many, summer camp! “The warmer months of May through September are when most accidental injuries happen whether playing at home, riding in a vehicle or enjoying summer camp. Parents should be well informed about how the camp they choose makes for a safe, healthy environment for kids,” says Dr. Peyton Taliaferro, Safe Kids member and Loveland based family physician. Safe Kids offers the following tips to help parents make the best, safest choice for their child when it comes to summertime activities at day or overnight camp. First, decide what kind of camp your child would enjoy including day camps, specialty camps, and sleepover camps. If your child has special needs or does best with extra time to acclimate to a new environment, start your research early to find the best camp to suit his needs and interests. Next, contact the camps of your choice and ask some key questions: • What does a typical day look like? • What kind of foods (meals and snacks) do they provide? Can they accommodate your child’s special dietary needs? • What is the camp counselor-tochild ratio? This is especially important for any water activities. • What type of training or certification requirements does the camp have for its staff (including CPR/First aid training)? Does the camp require a thorough criminal/background check for all staff ? • What kind of safety gear is provided with various activities or should you pack your own? (i.e. helmets, life jackets, etc.) • Will children be transported at any time during camp and if so, how? If not via school bus, then parents should provide a car seat/booster seat.



Safety tips for camp

Here are additional tips for parents so that safety stays top of mind:

•A  lert the camp director of any special needs your child has and ask how they may accommodate your camper.

• If your child will be biking at camp, make sure her bike is in good working order with • • • • • •

reflectors on the front, back and sides. Children should wear close-toed shoes and a helmet, every time. Ensure your child wears a life vest when participating in water sports. T  each children to obey traffic rules. As a general guideline, no child under the age of 10 should cross the street alone. R  emind children to wear their seatbelt when traveling in any vehicle; be sure to bring a car seat/booster seat and require that your child be properly restrained when in a car/van. S  end children with proper footwear (water shoes, closed-toed shoes, hiking boots) for the various activities they will be doing. A  pply sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher to your child’s exposed skin 15 to 30 minutes before going out, and send a bottle of sunscreen with your child so that she can reapply. S  end a refillable water bottle with your child and encourage him to fill it several times a day in order to stay hydrated.

Active supervision by counselors, using proper protective gear every time and other simple prevention steps will help children avoid danger this summer while attending camp. For more safety tips, visit

• How is medication administered? Do they have a camp nurse on site? • What is the camp’s discipline policy? • Is the summer camp ACA (American Camp Association) accredited? ACA Accreditation ensures that the camp has had a regular, independent safety audit that goes beyond regulations in most states. ACA accreditation is the best evidence parents

have of a camp’s commitment to a safe environment for their children. • Parents should ask for a list of references – sometimes it can be helpful to talk with other families who have participated in the camp. Janet Werst is the Injury Prevention Coordinator at the University of Colorado Health.



SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2018 Academics (AC), Arts (AR), Athletics (AT), Before School (BS), After School (AS), Day Camps (DC), Residential Camps (RC), Clubs/Organizations (CO)

D I R E C T O R Y B Y C A T E G O R Y ACADEMICS Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum Camp Invention Children’s Speech Therapy Center Discovery Montessori Discovery Science Center Garbage Garage Education Center Latin Classes & Latin Club Little Bear’s Child Care Math Tutoring Our Global Village Museum Poudre River Public Library Districts Science Toy Magic Speech-Language Clinic Spring Creek School The Reading Clinic The Reading Place TR Paul Academy Tutor Doctor UNC Las Chicas de Matematicas UNC Leadership Enrichment Program UNC Summer Enrichment Program VanCo School of Art Weld Library District ARTS Aunt Bea’s Pottery Painting Boys & Girls Clubs, Larimer County Canyon Concert Ballet Clothes Pony Contemporary Dance Academy CSU School of the Arts Dance Express Debut Theatre Company Explorati Teens Writer Boot Camp Expressive Arts Fire It Up Ceramics Flying Colors Art School Foodies! Culinary Academy Fort Collins Fort Collins Children’s Theatre Fort Collins Museum Fort Collins Museum of Art Front Range Classical Ballet Academy Greeley Museums Hands On Music Academy Harrington Arts Academy Inertia Dance JasCo Music Kindermusik by Priscilla la-de-da... Loveland Dance Academy Loveland Museum/Gallery Lyric Cinema Café Main Street Music MeTeggart Irish Dance Miramont Lifestyle Fitness Natural Piano Center Philomusica Piano & Guitar Institute Piano Center of the Rockies Rocky Mountain Music Center


Rocky Mountain Summer Music Camp Sera Schools Music Programs Studio West Dance Center Stylz Dance Studio UNC Jazz Camp Youth Orchestra of the Rockies ATHLETICS Air Force Sports Camps All Star Youth Sports American Dragon Martial Arts Arena Sports ATA Family Martial Arts Baton Twirling with the Golden Girls Big Thompson Tennis Academy Boys & Girls Clubs, Larimer County Camp Chief Ouray-YMCA of the Rockies Chippers Lanes City of Fort Collins Youth Team Sports Catalyst Brazilian Jiu Jitsu City of Fort Collins Golf Courses Classic Lanes Collindale Golf Academy Colorado Cheer Academy Colorado Ice Indoor Football CSU Youth Sport Camps Dance Factory Eaton Country Club Edge Sports Center Edora Pool Ice Center Fort Collins Area Swim Team (FAST) Fort Collins Baseball Club, Inc. Fort Collins Club Fort Collins Girls Softball Club Fort Collins Hockey Club Fort Collins Soccer Club Fort Collins Youth Lacrosse Gargot Farms Riding Academy GK Gymnastics Greeley-Evans Youth League GRIT Athletics Havoc Girls Lacrosse Hearts & Horses Highland Meadows Golf Course Highland Park Lanes Horsetooth All-Star Cheerleading Inner Strength Rock Gym Inner Wave Pencak Silat Inspiration Riding Academy International Black Belt Academy Jumpin’ Karate West, Inc. Kids Night Out Loveland Lewis Tennis School Lobos Football Technique Camp Loveland Archery Exchange Loveland Dance Academy Matpac Wrestling Miramont Lifestyle Fitness Moore Martial Arts Mulberry Pool


New World Sports NoCo Ice Center Northern Colorado Shooting Stars All-Star Cheerleading Northern Colorado Baseball Camps Northern Colorado Orcas Northern Colorado Soccer Camps Northern Colorado Soccer Club Northern Colorado Youth Hockey Northside Aztlan Center Playmakers Practice Facility Premier Gymnastics Raintree Aerobic and Fitness Center Ripple Effect Martial Arts Rocky Mountain Cheer & Dance Rocky Mountain Youth Sports Rollerland Roo Jumps Safe Routes to School Scott Downing’s Youth Football Camp Southridge Junior Golf Academy Sykes Family Martial Arts The Studio Thompson Soccer Assn. Trans Martial Arts Treetop Yoga Studio UNC Baseball Kids Camps UNC Football Camps UNC Men’s Basketball Camps UNC Tennis Camps UNC Volleyball Camps UNC Women’s Basketball Camps UNC Wrestling Camps UNC Volleyball Village Green Synchronized Swimming Team Vollitude Volleyball Club Vortex Swim Club Windsor Lacrosse Windsor Gymnastic Academy Windsor Parks & Recreation BEFORE /AFTER SCHOOL ABC Child Development Centers Bright School-Age Centers BASE Camp Blooming Girls Boys & Girls Clubs, Larimer County Bright Horizons Children’s Early Learning Centers Children’s Workshop Gardens on Spring Creek Girl Scouts of Colorado GK Gymnastics Healthy Kids Club-PVHS Hearts & Horses KinderCare Learning Centers Miramont Lifestyle Fitness Rivendell School Windmill Child Enrichment Center Young People’s Learning Centers

DAY CAMPS ABC Child Development Centers & Bright School-Age Centers Big Thompson Elementary Blue Mountain Riding Academy Centennial Village Museums Choice City Christian Camp City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Colorado Youth Outdoors CSU Environmental Learning Center CSU Youth Sport Camps Farm at Lee Martinez Park Gargot Farms Riding Academy Girl Scouts of Colorado Greeley Museums Hearts in Hand Child Dev. Center Heritage Christian Academy iD Tech Camps Impact, Inc./Teencamp KidzZone Day Camp Larimer Humane Society Lobos Football Technique Camp Miramont Lifestyle Fitness Mountain Kids Mustang Hollow Equestrian Center My Pursuit Church OD’s Sports Crossing Red Fiddle Dance Company Rivendell School Spring Creek School Striped Horse Day Camp Young People’s Learning Centers RESIDENTIAL CAMPS Camp Chief Ouray—YMCA of the Rockies Camp Sunrise Camp Timberline, Inc. Cheley Colorado Camps CSU Football Educo Frontiers of Science Institute Girl Scouts of Colorado iD Tech Camps Kent Mountain Adventure Center Larimer County Foster Care Program Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS Boy Scouts of America Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County Boys & Girls Club of Weld County Child Evangelism Fellowship CSU Environmental Learning Center Fort Collins Baseball Club, Inc. Fort Collins Soccer Club Fort Collins Youth Lacrosse Girl Scouts of Colorado Larimer Humane Society Latin Classes & Latin Club Team Fort Collins United Way 211



SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2018 Academics (AC), Arts (AR), Athletics (AT), Before School (BS), After School (AS), Day Camps (DC), Residential Camps (RC), Clubs/Organizations (CO)

A L P H A B E T I C A L L I S T I N G S 4-H Larimer County, 1525 Blue Spruce Dr., FC, 498-6000 Weld County, 525 N. 15th Ave., GR 400-2066, Age group: 8-18 years A community of young people who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Fee. Category: CO ABC Child Development & Bright School-Age Centers 5000 11th St., GR Locations in Greeley/Evans, Johnstown/Milliken and Windsor/ Severance 352-2222, Age group: 1-13 years Providing school-age activities in a school-age setting. Fee. Category: AC, AS, BS, DC Adolesco Youth Exchange 303-913-4845, Age group: 9-17 years A flexible and affordable nonprofit program of unique, two-way exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students. Fee. Category: AC Adventure Bound Day Camp 700 E. 4th St., LV, 962-2467 Age group: 6-13 years Camp activities including arts, crafts, science, skits, field trips, more. Fee. Category: DC Adventure Child Development Center 5800 W 18th St., GR, 330-KIDS (5437) Age group: 6 weeks-13 years Summer day camps, enrichment programs, childcare and parties. Fee. Category: DC Adventure Gymnastics Center 5800 W. 18th St., GR, 330-0632 www.adventuregymnastics Age group: 3-17 years Gymnastics instruction. Fee. Category: AT


Air Force Sports Camps Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs 719-333-2116 Age group: 8-18 years Summer camps for boarders and commuters. Basketball, cheerleading, diving, fencing and golf. Fee. Category: AT, DC, RC Airborne Aces Flying Tigers Gymnastics 3005 West 29th St., Unit F, GR 352-2042, Age group: 3 years-Adult Gymnastics and tumbling on a competitive, non-competitive and special-needs basis. Fee. Category: AT All Star Youth Sports 155 E. Boardwalk Dr., FC 855-500-ASYS (2797) Age group: 4-17 years Non-contact flag football leagues for coeds. Fee. Category: AT Ann’s All-Stars Baton Twirlers/ Northern Colorado Baton Twirling Club FC, 988-3083, Age group: Children and Youth Child-centered twirling club focused on learning to twirl, forming friendships, developing good sportsmanship and having fun. Fee. Category: AT

BASE Camp 1224 E. Elizabeth St., FC, 266-1734 Age group: 5-13 years Before- and after-school program in many local elementary schools. Fee. Category: AS, BS Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum 4320 E. CR 58, FC, 482-9168 Age group: All History of northern Colorado agriculture, children’s activities, farm animals, more. Fee. Category: AC Berthoud Library 236 Welch Ave., Berthoud, 532-2757 Age group: All Fee. Category: AC Big Thompson Elementary School of Science & Nature 7702 West Hwy 34, LV, 613-5600 Age group: Grades 1-5 Fee. Category: AC, AC, BS, CO Blooming Girls 115 N. College Ave., Ste. 220, FC 207-4094, Age group: 5-12 years Classes and workshops for girls to build confidence and self-esteem. Fee. Category; AC

Ascent Studio - Climbing & Fitness 2150 Joseph Allen Dr., FC 999-5596, Indoor climbing, bouldering and other cool stuff that happen in spite of gravity for the whole family. Fee. Category: AT

Boomer Music Company 3761 S. Mason St., FC, 223-2424 Age group: All Musical instruments for sale or rent, lessons, accessories. Fee. Category: AR

Ballet Renaissance 2050 Big Thompson Ave., EP 2500 E. 1st St., LV 480-7697, Age group: Pre-K-Adult Ballet training and performance opportunities for dancers of all ages and experience. Fee. Category: AR, AT

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County 1505 Brodie Ave., EP, 817-4943 1608 Lancer Dr., FC, 484-5198 2500 E. Harmony Rd., FC, 556-8868 2500 E. 1st St., LV, 663-5450 743 Jocelyn Dr., LV, 776-6747 3815 W. Harrison Ave., Wellington, 568-7338


Age group: 6-18 years Provides environment to help young people reach their full potential. Fee. Category: AS, CO Boys & Girls Clubs of Weld County 24750 3rd St., Galeton, 353-1278 2400 1st Ave., GR, 353-1278 2400 West 4th St., GR, 353-1278 500 24th Ave., GR, 302-2026 111 E 26th St., GR, 702-3900 1600 9th St., Fort Lupton, 702-4660 320 Centennial Dr., Milliken, 590-8478 Age group: 6-18 years Provides environment to help young people reach their full potential. Fee. Category: AS, CO Boy Scouts of America—Longs Peak Council 2215 23rd Ave., GR, 330-6305 5604 McWhinney Blvd., LV, 203-9530 Age group: Grade 1-20 years Serving scouting families in northern Colorado. Fee. Category: CO, RC Bright Horizons 2815 Iowa Dr., FC, 484-4700 3513 Richmond Dr., FC, 229-0300 2420 W. 8th St., LV, 461-9802 Age group: Infants-Youth Developmentally appropriate curricula, certified teachers, state-ofthe-art facilities. Fee. Category: AC, AS, BS Camp Chief Ouray—YMCA 1101 CR 53, PO Box 648, Granby, 887-2648, Age group: 7-17 years Camp Chief Ouray provides opportunities for growth in spirit, mind and body. Fee. Category: RC Camp Invention Eaton, EV, FC, GR, LV, Wellington 800-968-4332, Age group: Grades K-6 One week science and invention camp. Fee. Category: AC, DC



Camp Timberline, Inc. 1207 Longs Peak Rd., EP, 484-8462 Age group: 5-18 years Sports and mountain adventure camp at the foot of Longs Peak. Fee. Category: AT, DC, RC Canyon Concert & Ballet Dance Center 1031 Connifer St., FC 4631 S. Mason, FC 472-4156, Age group: 3+ years Creating and sharing the passion of dance through artistically enriching performance and education. Fee. Category: AR Catalyst Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 1111 Diamond Valley Dr. #102, WS 460-9112 Age group: 5 years-Adult An academy offering Jiu Jitsu, antibullying and self-defense techniques. Fee. Category: AT Centennial Children’s Chorus FC, 970-460-6589 Age group: Grades K-8 Dedicated to offering quality music education through choral performance. Fee. Category: AR Centennial Outdoor Pool 2315 Reservoir Rd., GR, 330-2837 Age group: All Fee. Category: AT Centennial Village Museums 1475 A St., GR, 350-9220 Age group: 6-12 years Experience pioneer life with hands-on activities, games, crafts and more. Fee. Category: DC Cheley Colorado Camps 3960 Fish Creek Rd., EP 586-4244, Age group: 9-17 years Hiking, horseback riding, camping, backpacking, rafting, mountain biking, sports, climbing, arts, crafts and more. Fee. Category: AT, RC



Chessmates FC, 658-9976, Age group: Grades K-9 Kids have fun, learn and compete through chess. Fee. Category: CO, DC Children’s Speech and Reading Center 1330 Oakridge Dr., Ste. #10, FC 419-0486, Age group: Up to 12 years Quality speech, language and literacy programs. Sliding scale. ASHA certified therapists. Nonprofit. Fee. Category: AC Children’s Workshop Early Learning Center 2822 Silverplume Dr., FC, 226-5854 635 S. Grant Ave., FC, 221-1818 1900 Remington St., FC, 224-4240 6700 29th St. Rd., GR, 330-2233 1425 Diana Dr., LV, 663-3146 4601 Sunview Dr., LV, 613-9424 Age group: 5-12 years Games, arts and crafts, field trips, fun; transportation provided. Fee. Category: AS, BS Chilson Recreation Center 700 E 4th St., LV, 962-2386 Open swim, lessons, water fitness classes.Age group: All Fitness, sports and aquatics. Fee. Category: AT Chilson Small Fries Preschool 700 E. 4th St., LV, 962-2467 Age group: 3-5 years Preschool program that focuses on cognitive, language, physical and social-emotional development. Fee. Category: AC Chippers Lanes 555 S. Saint Vrain Ave., EP, 586-8625 830 N. College Ave., FC, 484-4777 217 W. Horsetooth Rd., FC, 226-6327 2454 8th Ave., GR, 353-4275 Age group: 6-14 years Camps, junior bowling leagues, school fundraisers. Fee/Free. Category: AT



Choice City Christian Camp 2112 E. Harmony Rd., FC, 310-6335 Age group: 5-12 years Summer activities day camp with daily field trips. Open 7am-6pm. Fee. Category: DC City of Fort Collins Junior Golf 221-6650, Age group: 5-17 years Instruction for girls and boys. Fee. Category: AT, DC City of Fort Collins Recreation Youth Team Sports 241 E. Foothills Pkwy., FC, 221-6308 Age group: 6 years and up Basketball, football, wrestling, cross country, volleyball and track. Fee. Category: AT City of Greeley Junior Golf 2200 Clubhouse Dr., GR, 353-4653 www. Age group: 5-15 years Multi-level programs for boys and girls. Fee. Category: AT


City of Loveland Youth Golf 2116 W. 29th St., LV, 663-5310 701 Clubhouse Dr., LV, 667-8308 2115 West 29th St., LV, 667-5256 Age group: 5-8, 8-18 years Fun and easy place to play golf whether you’re a golfer or not. Fee. Category: AT City of Loveland Parks & Recreation 700 E. 4th St., LV, 962-2727 Age group: 6-12 years State-licensed camp, field trips, arts and crafts, swimming, science, drama, indoor and outdoor games. Fee. Category: AT, DC City of Loveland Youth Sports Camps 700 E. 4th. St., LV, 962-2445 Age group: 3-18 years Summer youth athletic sports camps. Fee. AT, DC


City Park Pool 1599 City Park Ave., FC, 221-6363 Age group: All Outdoor summer fun with water features, slides and swim lessons. Fee. Category: AT

Colorado Cheer Academy 2536 Midpoint Dr., FC, 305-0170 Age group: 5-18 years Cheer program, athlete performance program, training and conditioning. Fee. Category: AT

Clearview Library District 720 Third St., WS, 686-5603 Age group: All Bookmobile, programs, story times. Windsor, Severance and West Greeley. Fee. Category: AC

Colorado Early Learning Epic Explorers Summer Camp 4512 McMurry Ave., FC, 893-2354 Age group: 3-5, 6-10 years Summer camp that includes field trips, splash days and special events. Fee. Category: DC

Clothes Pony and Dandelion Toys 111 N. College Ave., FC, 224-2866 Age group: Toddler-10 years Sing-alongs, storytimes and LEGO club. Fee. Category: AR, CO Collindale Golf Academy 1441 E. Horsetooth Rd., FC, 223-4653 Age group: 5-17 years PGA professional supervised junior golf camps, clinics and instruction. Fee. Category: AT

Colorado Youth Outdoors 4927 E. CR 36, FC, 663-0800 Age group: Grades 4-11 Camping skills, archery, shooting sports. Fee. Category: AT, DC

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Community Life Center 220 North Grant Ave., FC, 449-5191 400 S. Link Lane, FC, 449-5191 415 Mason Ct. #1, FC, 472-060 community-center Age group: Families After-school programs, adult education, recreation, community resources. Category: AC, AT, AS Community Preschoolers 1003 W. 6th St., LV, 669-4323 Age group: 2 1/2-5 years Co-op preschool, August-May. Fee. Category: AC

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Conservancy Dance 813 8th St., GR, 356-7104 Age group: 2 years-Adult Instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and tumbling. Fee. Category: AR Contemporary Dance Academy 2531 S. Shields St., #2A, FC, 232-9539 www.contemporarydance Age Group: 2-18 years Ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical. Fee. Category: AR Cool Beans Playhouse & Cafe 4019 S. Mason St., #5, FC, 266-1135 Age group: Birth-8 years with Adult Indoor play space with treehouse, forest and a café for parents. Fee. Category: AT CSU Basketball Camps CSU Campus, FC, 491-6491 product-category/boys-basketball, product-category/girls-basketball Age group: Grades K-12 Fee. Category: AT, DC CSU Center for the Arts 1400 Remington St., FC, 491-2787 Age group: Children and youth Over 90 music, theatre, dance, visual arts performances and exhibitions. Fee. Category: AR



CSU Early Childhood Center 223 S. Shields St., FC, 491-7082 Age group: 6 weeks-6 years Quality care and educational experiences. Fee. Category: AC CSU Environmental Learning Center 2400 S. CR 9, FC, 491-1661 Age group: Grades K-12 Educational programs, nature center, trails. Camps. Open to public. Fee. Category: AC, DC CSU Volleyball Camps CSU campus, FC, 213-1830 Age group: Grades 4-8 Beginner to advanced youth players. CSU coaches and elite staff. Fee. Category: AT, DC CSU Youth Sport Camps 201-A Moby B Complex, FC 491-6318 Age group: Grades 1-8 A day camp that promotes the benefits of physical activity for youth in the community. Fee. Category: AT, DC Dance Express FC, 493-2113 Age group: 5+ years Modern dance troupe for persons with and without disabilities. Fee. Category: AR Dance Factory 2956 W. 29th St. #19, GR, 506-9040 Age group: 3-18 years Classes in tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, pom. Fee. Category: AR Debut Theatre Company 827 Riverside Ave., FC, 224-5774 Age group: 6-17 years Northern Colorado’s only year-round, nonprofit, hands-on youth acting school/performing troupes. Fee. Category: AR



Diagonal Theatre Co. (Held at Bas Bleu Theatre) 401 Pine St., FC 720-216-3138 Age group: Grades 1-12 Summer theatre camps for kids, including play making, improv, Shakespeare and musical theatre. Fee. Category: AR, DC Discovery Bay Waterpark 715 E. 24th St. GR, 353-3538 Age group: All Outdoor summer fun with water features and slides. Fee. Category: AT Discovery Montessori 225 E. Skyway Dr., FC, 223-2445 Age group: 2 years-Grade 6 Calm classrooms, onsite horsemanship, French, music, computers, art. Fee. Category: AC, AR, AS, BS Drum Major and Leadership Camp UNC, 501 20th St., GR, 859-351-2987 Age group: 13-19 years Registration deadline: June 1 Learn conducting and leadership skills. For future drum majors. Fee. Category: AR, RC Eaton Country Club 37661 WCR 39, Eaton, 454-2479 Age group: 5-18 years Weekly play and lessons for ages 9-17. Beginner lessons ages 5-8. Fee. Category: AT Events Center (EC) Sports 218 Smokey St., FC, 282-1112 Age group: 8-13 years Hockey, skating, volleyball, parties. Fee. Category: AT Edge Sports Center 4450 Denrose Ct., FC, 472-0048 Age group: Grades Pre-K-8 Provides indoor turf for youth and adult sports, like soccer, volleyball, baseball and more. Fee. Category: AT, DC LASER TAG NOW OPEN! FORT COLLINS LASER TAG NOW OPEN! ESTES PARK LASER TAG NOW OPEN! FORT COLLINS North College Lanes GREELEY 555 S St Vrain Ave BROOMFIELD Horsetooth Lanes 830 N College Classic Lanes (970) 586-8625 100 Nickel St 217 W Horsetooth (970) 484-4777 2454 8th Ave (303) 466-9700 (970) 226-6327 (970) 353-4275



Edora Pool and Ice Center (EPIC) 1801 Riverside Ave., FC, 221-6683 Age group: 6 months-Adult Open swimming and ice skating, lessons, teams, Fee. Category: AT Educo Leadership Adventures/No Barriers USA 224 Canyon Ave., Ste. 207, FC 484-3633, Age group: 10-17 years Adventures that challenge kids to become leaders and gain confidence since 1988. Fee/Free. Category: AT, RC Epic Climbing Gym at the Estes Park Mountain Shop 2050 Big Thompson Ave., EP, 586-6548 climbing-gym Age category: All 4,500 square feet of indoor climbing for beginners through experts. Fee. Category: AT Estes Park Aquatic Center 660 Community Drive, EP, 586-2340 pool-info Age group: All Open swim, lessons, water fitness classes. Fee. Category: AT Estes Park Museum 200 Fourth St., EP, 586-6256 townofestespark/museum Age group: All Exhibits and programs detailing the area’s history from the Ice Age to today. Fee. Category: AR Estes Valley Library 335 E. Elkhorn Ave., EP, 586-8116 Age group: All Vast array of books and other media, special programs, story times. Fee. Category: AC Estes Park Violin Age group: Youth-Adult Lessons focused on music reading, theory, physical technique and ear training. Fee. Category: AR

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Family FunPlex 1501 65th Ave., GR, 350-9401 group: All Indoor waterpark, miniature golf, fitness center, gymnasium, more. Fee. Category: AT

Fort Collins Judo Club 2721 S. College Ave., Unit 3, FC 232-8016, Age group: 4-8, 9-13, 14+ years A dojo with the objective to teach traditional and competitive judo. Fee. Category: AT, CO

Farm at Lee Martinez Park 600 N. Sherwood St., FC, 221-6665 Age group: 6+ years Summer and spring break camps. Fee. Category: DC

Fort Collins Museum of Art 201 S. College Ave., FC 482-2787, Age group: 5 years-Adult A museum-based art school for all ages and abilities. Fee. Category: AR

First United Methodist Church Co-op Preschool 1005 Stover St., FC 482-0343, Age group: 2 1/2-4 years Quality, developmentally appropriate preschool program. Fee. Category: AC

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 408 Mason Ct., FC, 221-6738 Age group: 3 years to Adult Provides hands-on learning for ll ages. Fee. Category: AR

Fort Collins Area Swim Team (FAST) FC, 372-2744 Age group: Grades K-12 Year-round competitive swimming for all abilities. Fee. Category: AT Fort Collins Baseball Club 211 S. Bryan Ave., FC, 484-3368 Age groups: 5-24 years Recreational and competitive baseball club for boys and girls. Fee. Category: AT, CO, DC Fort Collins Children’s Theatre FC, 829-8929 Age group: 10-14 Theatre, summer workshop, fall production cast. Free. Category: AR, DC Fort Collins Club 1307 E. Prospect Rd., FC, 224-2582 Age group: 6 weeks-5 years, 6-11 years After-school and summer youth day camps—swimming, climbing wall, more. Fee. Categories: AS, AT, DC



Fort Collins Preschool 1200 S. Taft Hill Rd., FC, 221-1345 Age group: 2-5 years Get involved in your child’s education. Structured cooperative classes for ages 2-5. Fee. Category: AC, DC Fort Collins Pencak Silat 4103 S. Mason St., FC, 817-4266 Age group: 5+ years Kungfu for kids and families. Training benefit for life. Fee. Category: AT Fort Collins Soccer Club 2721 S. College Ave., Ste. 10, FC 226-4253, Age group: 4-18 years Recreational and competitive soccer for boys and girls. Age-appropriate camps. Fee. Category: AT, CO, DC Fort Collins Stars Girls Softball Club FC, 672-9797, Age group: 6-15 years Competitive girls softball fun. All abilities welcome. Fee. Category: AT Fort Collins Youth Lacrosse FC, 231-4054, Age group: K8 Competitive and recreational leagues, camps and clinics for boys. Fee. Category: AT, CO



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Front Range Classical Ballet Academy 2709 Ringneck Dr., FC, 980-8425 Age group: 3 years-Adult Creative movement through preprofessional ballet. Russian-based syllabus. Fee. Category: AR

Golden Girls Baton Academy 534 W. 66th St., LV, 631-4842, Age group: 4-16 years Twirling, dancing, drilling, parades, festivals, shows. Improve coordination, poise, self-esteem, discipline. Fee. Category: AT

Frontiers of Science Institute UNC, 501 20th St., GR, 351-2976 Age group: Grades 11-12 Six-week summer science immersion program. Fee. Category: AC, RC

Greeley Archers GR, Age group: All Encouraging and enjoying the sport of archery. Fee. Category: AT

Garbage Garage Education Center 5887 S. Taft Hill Rd., FC, 498-5775 education/edcenter Age group: Grades K-12 Displays and interactive exhibits about reducing, reusing, recycling, landfills, household hazardous waste. Free. Category: AC Gardens on Spring Creek 2145 S. Centre Ave., FC, 416-2486 Age group: 2+ years Experience nature. Fun events, ongoing programs and camps all with horticulture themes. Fee/Free. Category: DC Gargot Farms Riding Academy 3833 W. CR 8, Berthoud Age group: 6-14 years Indoor arena, 50 acres; English, individual, group, camps; equineassisted psychotherapy, sports psychology. Fee. Category: AT, DC Girl Scouts of Colorado 877-404-5708 Age group: Grades K-12 Summer camp open to all girls. Fee. Category: CO, RC Global Village Museum and Learning Center 200 W. Mountain Ave., FC, 221-4600 Age group: All Collections and activities to promote international understanding. Fee. Category: AC, AR

Greeley-Evans Youth Baseball Softball League 6501 W. 20th St., GR 339-8286, Age group: 6-16 years Recreational and competitive baseball and softball league for boys and girls. Fee. Category: AT, CO Greeley Ice Haus 900 8th Ave., GR, 350-9402 Age group: All Ice skating classes, figure skating instruction, or hockey leagues. Fee. Category: AT Greeley Museums Several locations throughout Greeley 970-350-9220 Centennial Village Museum Store 970-350-9224 Hazel E. Johnson Research Center 970-336-4187 Age group: 6-12 years Hands-on activities for youth. Fee. Category: DC Greeley Recreation Center Pool 651 10th Ave., GR, 350-9400 group: All Open swim, lessons, water fitness classes. Fee. Category: AT, DC Greeley Youth Sports UNC, West Campus Fields, GR 350-9401, youth-sports Age group: 8-14 years Fee. Category: AT, DC

GRIT Athletics Livermore, 219-6214 Age group: 5-18 years Wrestling, track and field. Fee. Category: AT Hands On Music Academy 2856 Sitting Bull Way, FC, 207-9111 Hands-On-Music-AcademyLLC/162392463778765 Age group: 4+ years Explore piano, guitar, voice, drums, bass composing, recording, team bands, Bach-Rock. Fee. Category: AR Har Shalom Preschool & Kindergarten 725 W. Drake Rd., FC, 232-9668 preschool Age group: 3-6 years A Jewish, Montessori-inspired preschool and kindergarten. All are welcome. Fee. Category: AC Harrington Arts Alliance 575 N. Denver Ave., LV, 568-8370 Age group: All Creative expression for all. Acting, singing, dancing, drawing, songwriting, main stage productions. Fee. Category: AR, DC Haunted Game Cafe 3307 S. College Ave., FC, 402-2466 Age group: 10+ years Family board game fun. Open games. Free. Category: AC Havoc Girls Lacrosse Northern Colorado FC, 366-9304, Age group: Grades 1-8 Year-round seasons and clinics Fee. Category: AT, CO Healthy Kids Club, University of Colorado Health 1024 S. Lemay Ave., FC, 495-7511 Age group: Grades Pre-K-8 Health and safety education, afterschool programs and special events. Fee. Category: AS, AT

Hearts & Horses 163 N. CR 29, LV, 663-4200 Age group: 2+ years Therapeutic riding program for children with physical, cognitive or emotional challenges. Fee. Category: AT, DC Hearts in Hand Child Development Center 2464 Marquette St., FC, 223-1245 Age group: 5-12 years Preschool, private kindergarten; summer camp. Fee. Category: AC, BS, AS, DC Heritage Christian Academy 2506 Zurich Dr., FC, 494-1022 Age group: Grades Pre-K-12 Heritage Summer Learning Studio offers learning opportunities in a Christian-centered environment. Fee. Category: AC Highland Meadows Golf Course 6300 Highland Meadows Pkwy., WS, 204-4653, www.highlandmeadows Age group: 7-17 years Junior golf programs for beginner and intermediate golfers. Fee. Category: AT, DC Highland Meadows Tennis Center 6755 Crystal Downs Dr., WS 217-9291, www.highlandmeadows Age group: 5-18 years Quick start to junior competitive programs. Semi-private and group lessons. Fee. Category: AT Highland Park Lanes 1900 59th Ave., GR, 330-2695 Age group: 4-18 years Winter junior bowling league. Fee. Category: AT

High Plains Library District 2650 W. 29th St., GR Centennial Park Branch Library 2227 223rd Ave., GR Farr Regional Library 1939 61st Ave., GR Lincoln Park Branch Library 1012 11th St., Ste. B, GR Riverside Library 3700 Golden St., Evans 888-861-7323, A community of libraries offering programs and materials for all ages. Fee. Category: AC Hope Farms 1601 N. Shields St., FC Age group: 7-12 years Day camp includes horse riding, animal care, gardening, crafts, supervised cooking classes, more. Fee. Category: DC i9 Sports 1437 N. Denver Ave., LV, 422-1127 Age group: 3-12 years Fun, safe, convenient youth sports leagues for spring, summer and fall. Fee. Category: AT iD Tech Summer Camps CSU and more. 888-709-8324 Age group: 7-18 years Coding, game development, robotics, and design for kids and teens. Fee. Category: AC, RC ideas happen here 200 Mathews St., FC, 227-3356 Age group: 5-10 years Art classesand parties for children. Fee. Category: AR, DC Impact Dance Company 1031 Conifer St., FC, 231-0844 Age group: 11-15 years Full-time age-appropriate activities for 11- to 15-year-olds. Fee. Category: AR Inspiration Riding Academy FC, Pierce, 402-2536 Age group: 3 years-Adult Teaching hunter jumper lessons. Pony club. Lesson horses available. Fee. Category: AT, DC

International Black Belt Academy 1833 E. Harmony Rd., FC, #5 204-9977 3091 W. 29th St., GR, 330-5425 www.internationalblack Age group: 4+ years Martial art and karate classes for kids and families. Fee. Category: AT JasCo Music Age group: 10+ years Guitar instruction emphasizing solid technique and understanding music theory. Fee. Category: AR Jumpin’ 6055 Sky Pond Dr., Ste. P100, LV 776-9756, Age group: 1-10 years A kids inflatable play place. Fee. Category: AT Karate West, Inc. 3725 S. Mason St., FC, 223-5566 Age group: 4+ years-Adult Martial Arts programs for peewees, kids, teens and adults. Fee. Category: AT Kent Mountain Adventure Center 170 Elm Rd., EP, 586-5990 Age group: 9-17 years Rock climbing camps, wilderness courses, mountain biking, canyoneering, school groups, families. Fee. Category: AT, RC Kids Night Out Loveland Chilson Recreation Center, 700 E. 4th St., LV, 308-0439 Age group: 7-14 years Supervised Saturday night fun with live DJ, gym, contests, more. Fee. Category: AT KinderCare Learning Centers FC, LV, GR, 888-525-2780 Age group: Infant-12 years Before- and after-school, and enrichment programs. Fee. Category: AC, AS, BS










Lake Loveland Swim Beach 2626 N. Taft Ave., LV, 962-2727 Age group: All Open seasonally from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Fee. Category: AT Larimer Humane Society 3501 E 71st Street, LV 226-3647, Age group: 8-13 years Critter Camp: 5-days to teach children about responsible care and treatment of animals. Fee. Category: DC Laughing Buck Farm 3724 N. CR 13, FC Age group: 3+ years Year-round Farm School for all ages. Fee. Category: AC, DC Leadership Enrichment Program UNC, 501 20th St., GR, 351-2683 Age group: Grades 11 & 12 Registration deadline: March 3 Challenges for high-ability learners. Fee. Category: AC, RC The Learning Experience 4775 Boardwalk Dr., FC, 223-3377 Age group: Infant-10 years Early education, quality childcare, premier preschool, kindergarten enrichment. Fee. Category: AC, DC The Learning House 3533 Riva Ridge Dr., FC, 266-0844 Age group: 4-8 years Four-day science camps filled with experiments, exploring and enthusiasm. Fee. Category. AC, DC Learning Rx 1100 Haxton Dr., Ste. 105, FC, 672-2030 Age group: All Make learning quicker, easier and more fun by training your brain. Fee. Category: AC Lewis Tennis School 2201 S. Shields St., FC, 493-7000 Age group: 3+ years Professionally run instruction, tournaments, leagues. Fee. Category: AT



Life Center 1511 East 11th St., LV, 667-4939 375 Meadowlark Drive, Berthoud 532-0161 Age group: Families Education, activities, recreation and resources for the whole family. Category: AC, AT, AS Lighthouse Dance 217 E. 4th St., LV, 667-2060 Age group: 18 months-Adult High-quality dance training in an atmosphere of joy and encouragement. Fee. Category: AT Lincoln Center 417 W. Magnolia St., FC, 221-6735 Age group: All ages Live family-friendly performances to introduce children to arts and culture. Fee. Category: AR Little Bears Child Care 1247 Riverside Ave., FC, 472-1984 2251 Hampshire Rd., FC, 484-3932 Age group: 6 weeks-8 years Core knowledge emphasis, Spanish and sign language included. Fee. Category: AC, AS, BS Lobos Football Technique Camp c/o Rocky Mountain High School 1300 W. Swallow, FC, 488-7016 Age group: 7-14 years Non-contact football technique. Camp led by Rocky Mountain Football program. Fee. Category: AT, DC Lone Pine Classical School Age group: Grades 3-12 Latin and Greek classes for homeschoolers. Fee/Free. Category: AC Loveland Academy of Music 1355 N. Cleveland Ave., LV, 581-3553 Age group: 5 years-Adult Piano, guitar, ukulele, voice, drum and bass lessons—fun for all. Fee. Category: AR

Loveland Dance Academy 440 N. Lincoln Ave., LV, 667-2091 Age group: 2 years-Adult Instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and tumbling, building confidence. Fee. Category: AR Loveland Laser Tag Fun Center 401 Denver Ave., LV, 663-9999 Age group: 7+ years Laser tag, laser maze, ropes course, climbing wall, parties, group events, more. Fee. Category: AT

Loveland Youth Gardeners 907 S. Lincoln Ave., LV, 669-7182 Age group: 5-21 years Cultivates skills, stewardship in young people through sustainable gardening and healthy living practices. Fee. Category: AS, CO

Moore Martial Arts 514 Main St, WS, 686-1247 Age group: 4 years-Adult Teaching true self-defense with a combination of Anshinkai-do Karate and Kosho Ryu Kempo. Fee. Category: AT

Magnolia Music Studio 4019 Mason St., Unit 2, FC 303-931-0130 Age group: Youth-Adult Harp, voice, piano. Fee. Category: AR

Mountain Kids 419 E. Stuart St., FC, 482-3118 Age group: 5-18 years Gymnastics, dance, swimming, preschool, summer day camp, afterschool transportation and care. Fee. Category: AC, AR, AS, AT, DC

Loveland Museum/Gallery 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV, 962-2410 Age group: 3+ years Art classes and camps for tots, youth, teens and adults. Fee. Category: AR, AS, DC

Main Street Music Academy 674-0052 Age group: Varies Molding musicians since 1988. Private lessons and summer camps. Fee. Category: AR

Loveland Preschool 2500 N,. Garfield Ave., LV 412-2320, Age group: 2-5 years Parents and teachers cooperate to provide a developmentally appropriate learning environment. Fee. Category: AC

Mathnasium 2733 Council Tree Ave. #107, FC 221-1432 Age group: Grades 2-12 Math tutoring. Fee. Category: AC

Loveland Public Library 300 N. Adams, LV, 962-2665 Age group: All Programs, story times. Fee. Category: AC Loveland Sports and Academic Day Camp 1669 Eagle Dr., LV, 980-1994 Age group: 6-12 years Fun, safe place for children with reading, math, sports and activities. Fee. Category: AC, AT, DC Loveland Swim Club LV, 203-1374 Age group: 4 years-College Learn-to-swim and competitive swimming programs for athletes ages 4 through college. Fee. Category: AT

McTeggart Irish Dancers 1532 E. Mulberry Street, Unit B, FC 663-0282, Age group: Varies Boys and girls perform year-round. Fee. Category: AT Mighty Kicks Northern Colorado, 970-682-4898 Age group: 3-8 years Introductory soccer program focusing on the overall development of each child using an age-specific curriculum. Fee. Category: AT Miramont by Genesis Health Clubs 901 Oakridge Dr., FC, 282-1000 1800 Heath Pkwy., FC, 221-5000 2211 S. College Ave., FC, 225-2233 3755 Precision Dr., Ste., 100, LV 744-5005 Age group: 5-18 years Safe, fun and active after-school programs, day camp, no-school day camp, swim lessons, more. Fee. Category: AS, DC

Mountain Sage Community School 2310 E. Prospect Rd., FC, 568-5456 Age group: Grades K-8 A K-8 charter school inspired by Waldorf education and sustainable living. Fee. Category: AC Mulberry Pool 424 W. Mulberry St., FC, 221-6657 Age group: All Open swimming, lessons, teams. Fee. Category: AT Music Workshops & Camps at CSU Colorado State University, FC, 491-1584 Age group: Grades 7-12 Camps for band, orchestra, vocal, percussion with world-class instruction. Fee. Category: AR My Heroes 735 S. Overland Tr., FC, 678-984-7774 Age group: Grades K-12 Hippotherapy services for specialneeds riders. Fee. Category: AT New World Sports 119 E. Mountain St., FC 416-6803 Age group: 8-18 years old Guided biking, hiking and rafting tours. Outdoor sports gear and rentals. Fee. Category: AT

NoCo Ice Center 7900 S. CR 5, WS, 206-4423 Age group: 4 years-Adult Hockey and skating for youth and adult. Serving FC, GR, LV, WS. Fee. Category: AT NoCo Theatrix - Children’s Theater 1296 Main St. #D, WS, 407-970-7504 Age group: 5-13 years Musical theater programs year round. Singing, dancing, acting. Camps, workshops, more! Fee. Category: AR, AS, DC NORCO Volleyball Club 7395 Greendale Rd., WS 667-5005, Age group: 6-14 years Private lessons, camps, clinics, leagues. Fee. Category: AT, DC Northern Colorado Orcas WS, 282-5150 Age group: 7-17 years Synchronized swimming is for anyone who likes music, dance, and swimming. Fee. Category: AT Northern Colorado Rush 4681 W. 20th St., #203, GR, 351-6255 Age group: 3-18 years Promotes passion for soccer that is fun and positive. Fee. Category: AT Northern Colorado Wrestling Camps UNC, Butler Hancock Ctr., GR 351-2090, www.northerncolorado Age group: 8-18 years Multiple camps for advanced and beginning wrestlers looking to gain valuable skills and techniques. Fee. Category: AT, RC Northern Colorado Youth Hockey 7900 S. CR 5, WS 206-4423, Age group: 5-18 years Competitive and rec teams with clinics and summer programs. Fee. Category: AT



Northside Aztlan Community Center 112 E. Willow St., FC, 221-6256 Age group: 2+ years Classes, programs, sports, camps. Fee. Category: Category: AC, AT, DC OMS Colorado Olympic Taekwondo 2981 N. Garfield Ave., LV. 461-0444, Age group: 4-Adult Olympic taekwondo, self-defense classes, workshops, private lessons, camps, parties. Category: AT Opera Fort Collins FC, 482-0220 Age group: Grades 1-3, 4-8 Students learn elements of opera culminating in a musical performance. Fee. Category: AR Partners Mentoring Youth EP, 577-9348 530 S. College Ave., Unit 1, FC 484-7123 710 11th Ave., GR, 378-6501 Age group: 7-17 years One-to-one mentoring relationship between adult role models and youth facing challenges in their personal, social and/or academic lives. Fee. Category: CO Piano & Guitar Institute 2925 S. College Ave., #8, FC, 206-4930 2105 Maple Dr., LV, 631-5916 1296 Main St. Unit C, WS, 686-9660 Age group: Toddler-Adult Students will be exposed to a variety of musical genres. Fee. Category: AR, DC Piano Center of the Rockies 2721 S. College Ave., #5A, FC, 282-9171 Age group: All Specializing in piano classes for kids, teens, adults and retirees. Fee. Category: AR


Poudre River Public Library District Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., Ste. 200, FC Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC 221-6740, Age group: All Programs to encourage literacy, curiosity and imagination. Fee. Category: AC Premier Gymnastics of the Rockies 1410 E. 11th St., LV, 663-3173 Age group: 18 months-18 years Gymnastics, cheer, tumbling. Private lessons, open gym. Summer camps. Fee. Category: AT, DC PSD Early Childhood Program Fullana Learning Center 220 N. Grant Ave., FC, 490-3204 early-childhood Age group: 3-5 years Early Head Start, early childhood, preschool programs. Fee. Category: AC Raintree Athletic Club 2555 S. Shields St., FC, 490-1300 Age group: 4-17 years Youth dance, yoga, weight lifting, basketball, swimming. Fee. Category: AT Redeemer Lutheran Early Childhood Center 7755 Greenstone Trail, FC, 206-0381 Age group: 2 1/2-6 years Half-day programs. Fee. Category: AC Ripple Effect Martial Arts 2948 Council Tree Ave., #137, FC 282-3714 Age group: 3+ years High-energy summer and year-round martial arts program. Fee. Category: AT Rivendell School 1800 E. Prospect Rd., FC, 493-9052 Age group: Grades Pre-K-5 Summer day camp sessions. Fun learning, hands-on activities, play. Fee. Category: AC, AS, DC


RJ’s Amazing Entertainment FC, GR, LV, WS, 377-0093 Age group: 2+ years Parties, airbrush tattoos, face painting, balloon animals, more. Fee. Category: AR

Seraphim MMA 804 E. Eisenhower Blvd., LV, 292-8016 Age group: 8-16 years Youth and teen MMA. Six-week camp. Boost confidence. Make new friends. Fee. Category: AT

Rocky Mountain Archery 4518 Innovation Dr., FC, 226-5900 Age group: 6+ years Indoor archery range offering equipment and lessons for all skill levels. Fee. Category: AT

Sera Schools Music Programs FC, 343-0819, Age group: Pre-K-Adult Private, semi-private, and group instruction on piano, guitar, violin, and voice. Fee. Category: AR

Rocky Mountain Fever Basketball Club 3307 S. College Ave., #200-1, FC 631-9310, Age group: Grades 3-11 Club basketball for boys and girls. Fee. Category: AT

Shadowcliff Critters, Creeks, and Crows 100 Summerland Park Rd., Grand Lake 970-627-9220, Age group: 6+ years Learn about the laws of nature as a family, relax, enjoy. Fee. Category: RC

Rocky Ridge Music Center 465 Longs Peak Rd., EP, 586-4031 Age group: 10-22 years Classes, lessons and music camps for all ages. Fee. Category: AR, RC RollerLand Skate Center 324 S. Link Lane, FC, 482-0497 Age group: Grades K-12 School fundraisers, birthday parties, school-break skates, private parties, live music! Fee. Category: AT Roo Jumps Inflatable Party Rentals Northern Colorado, 616-4291 Age group: All Interactive and inflatable play areas for events. Fee. Category: AT Safe Routes to School 281 N. College Ave., FC, 416-2357 Age group: Grades K-8 Kids and parents walking and biking to school for good grades and good health. Fee. Category: AT Science Toy Magic Age group: 6+ years Active, engaging presentations, aided by the use of science toys. Fee. Category: AC

Snow Valley Basketball Camp UNC Butler Hancock Gym, GR 720-470-4282 Age group: Grades 6-12 Individual skills camps for improving basketball skills while having fun. Fee. Category: AT, RC Soggy Noodle Estes Park Children’s Theatre EP, 586-9125 Age group: 9+ years Co-op theatre company where parents contribute their time and talents. Fee. Category: AR Southridge Junior Golf Academy 5750 S. Lemay Ave., FC 416-2828, Age group: 5-16 years Beginner and intermediate golf classes. Fee. Category: AT Speech & Language Stimulation 760 Whalers Way Building C Suite 100, FC 495-1150, Age group: All Specializing in language programs, articulation, literacy, social-pragmatic language, vocal-cord issues, more. Fee. Category: AC



Spring Creek School 1900 Remington, FC, 224-4240 Age group: 12 mos.-Grade 5 Preschool, kindergarten, before- and after-school, summer camps. Fee. Category: AC, AS, BS, DC Sproutin’ Up Summer Camps Held at The Botanique 5100 E. Hwy. 14, FC, 391-2613 Age group: 3-11 years Junior Farmer one-day experiences or week-long day camp options. Fee. Category: DC Starflower Dance Company 751 Pine Tree Dr., EP, 593-8424 StarflowerDanceCompany Age group: 6 years-Adult Private and group dance and fitness classes for all ages and ability levels. Fee. Category: AR, AT Studio West Dance Center 216 W. Horsetooth Rd., Ste. B, FC 225-1611, , Age group: 3-17 years Summer dance day camps and workshops. Fee. Category: AR, DC Summer Enrichment Program UNC 501 20th St., GR, 351-2683 Age group: Grades 5-10 Registration deadline: June 6 Enrichment program for gifted and talented high-ability learners. Fee. Category: AC, RC The Summit 4455 N. Fairgrounds Ave., WS 663-6363 Age group: Varies Bowling, laser tag, arcade, more. Fee. Category: AT Sunshine House FC, GR, LV, 800-551-1561 Age group: Infant-School age After-school and summer camp, part-/full-time available. Fee. Category: AS, DC


Sweetheart Lanes 2320 N. Lincoln Ave., LV 667-3510, Age group: All Leagues, parties and open bowling. Fee. Category: AT Sykes Family Martial Arts 5800 S College Ave., FC 267-0490, Age group: 3 years-Adult Karate, Jiu Jitsu, bullying prevention. Fee. Category: AT Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch 2939 N. CR 31D, LV, 667-3915 Age group: 6-18 years Old-fashioned family camp, trail rides, hay rides, camp fires. Fee. Category: DC, RC Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center 424 Pine St., Ste. 100, FC, 493-2628 2109 Maple Dr., LV, 667-7240 Age group: 6 weeks-5 years Quality childcare/preschool. Fee. Category: AC, AS, BS TEAM Wellness & Prevention 2900 S. College Ave., FC 224-9931, Age group: Grades K-12 Promotes healthy lifestyles through the prevention of substance abuse. Fee. Category: CO Tennis Association of Greeley 708 22nd St., GR, 356-5326 Tennis-Association-ofGreeley/1130857656929763 Age group: Varies Junior tennis programs and tournaments. Fee. Category: AT The Reading Clinic 800 N. Garfield Ave., LV, 667-3190 Age group: 5 years-Adult Individualized instruction in reading, writing, study skills and math. Fee. Category: AC


The Studio 3307 S. College Ave., Unit 6, FC 223-8155 5613 McWhinney Blvd LV, 669-5155 3307 S. College Ave., FC 223-8155, Age group: 2+ years All-in-one camps, dance intensives, rock-star camps and summer classes. Fee. Category: AR, DC Thompson Valley Preschool, Inc. 803 E. 16th St., LV, 667-6552 Age group: 3-6 years Income-based, school readiness preschool program. Building the foundation for a child’s education. Fee. Category: AC Thrive Martial Arts 2561 S. Shields, FC, 305-3735 1540 Main St. Ste. 206, WS Age group: 4 years-Adult Martial arts classes, summer programs and camps. Fee. Category: AT, DC Timberline Gymnastics 2026 Lowe St., FC, 226-0306 Age group: 18 months-Adult Recreational gymnastics for physical, social and mental growth. Fee. Category: AS, AT, DC Tomora Training Center 11000 U.S. Hwy. 34, GR, 381-3499 Age group: Youth-Adult Equestrian training, lessons, clinics for all styles and disciplines of riding. Fee. Category: AT, DC T.R. Paul Academy of Arts & Knowledge 4800 Wheaton Dr., FC 226-2800, Age group: Grades Pre-K-8 Free public Mosaica charter school with a fine arts focus. Fee. Categories: AC, AS Tran’s Martial Arts 2925 S. College Ave., FC, 493-3838 Age group: 6 years-Adult Instruction in self-defense, physical and personal fitness. Fee. Category: AT

Tutor Doctor 303-963-9711, Age group: School age One-on-one, in-home tutoring. Fee. Category: AC UNC Baseball Camps UNC Jackson Field, GR, 351-1714 Age group: Grades 3-12 Offering several baseball camps. Fee. Category: AT, DC, RC UNC Bear PAW Camp 351-1890, Age group: 5-11 years Registration deadline: June 30 Fun week of physical activities, skill development and active games. Fee. Category: AT, DC UNC Football Camps UNC Butler Hancock Fields, GR, 351-1875 EarnestCollinsJrFootballCamps Age group: Grades 1-12 Multiple day/overnight camps designed to develop fundamental football skills. Fee. Category: AT, DC, RC UNC Jazz Camp UNC, 501 20th St., GR, 351-2394 Age group: Middle school-College Registration deadline: June 15 Jazz skills and theory camp offers students the opportunity to work with nationally respected musicians. Fee. Category: AR, RC UNC Men’s Basketball Team Camp UNC Butler Hancock Gym, GR, 351-2983 sports.aspx Age group: Grades 9-12 Registration deadline: June 1 Freshman, JV and varsity teams. Seven game guarantee. Fee. Category: AT, RC UNC Swim Camps UNC Butler-Hancock Swimming Pool, GR 800-645-3226 sports/2014/10/13/ GEN_1013143153.aspx Age group: 9-18 years Fee. Category: AT, DC, RC



UNC Volleyball Camps UNC Campus, GR, 351-1719 Age group: Grades 3-12 Open to boys and girls. Fee. Category: AT, DC, RC UNC Women’s Basketball Camps UNC Butler Hancock Gym, GR, 351-1713 Age group: 5-8, 9-17 years Offering several camps in June. Fee. Category: AT, DC, RC United Soccer Club 1217 W. Eisenhower Blvd., LV 461-9358, Age group: Grades 3-12 Competitive and rec programs in spring and fall. Fee. Category: AT, DC Up In Lights Productions LV, 292-8682 Age group: 6-18 years Musical theatre training summer camps, singing, dancing, acting, final performance. Fee. AR, AS, DC VanCo School of Art 254 Linden St. in Downtown Artery building, FC, 430-5113 Age group: 5 years-Adult Offers classical training for artists with a passion to learn and create. Fee. Category: AR, DC


Village Green Pool 1831 Valley Forge Ave., FC 493-2099, Age group: Birth-18 years Swimming, diving, wading pool, swim teams, swim lessons, tennis. Friendly neighborhood community. Fee. Category: AT Village Green Synchronized Swimming Team 1831 Valley Forge Ave., FC 493-2099, Age group: 6-18 years Fun, teamwork, exercise for girls in a safe, supportive environment. Fee. Category: AT Vortex Swim Club 481-6640, Age group: 5-18 years Developmental and competitive program for beginning and advanced swimmers. Fun environment. Fee. Category: AT Wee Love Preschool 3800 W. 20th St., GR, 339-3305 Age group: 3-5 years Premier, nonprofit, parent-cooperative school providing an academically focused program. Fee. Category: AC Windmill Child Enrichment Center 1215 Automation Dr., WS 674-0004, Age group: 6 weeks-5 years Fun, safe summer camp for schoolage children. Fee. Category: AC, AS, BS, DC


Windsor Gymnastics Academy 687 Academy Ct., WS, 686-6175 Age group: 18 months-12 years Competitive and rec teams. Summer day camp, fun activities. Fee. Category: AT, DC Windsor Lacrosse 7025 Eastman Park Dr., WS 576-9694, Age group: Grades 1-8 Basic lacrosse skills and skill development for boys. Fee. Category: AT, DC Windsor Parks & Recreation 250 N. 11th St., WS 674-3500, Age group: All Programs and activities for families. Fee. Category: AT Windsor Wrestling Club Windsor Middle School, 1100 Main St., WS, 539-3069 Age group: 6-15 years Fee. Category: AT Winona Outdoor Pool 1615 SE 4th St., LV, 962-2435 Age group: All Fee. Category: AT YMCA of the Rockies 2515 Tunnel Rd., EP 586-3344, Age group: All For youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Fee. Category: DC, RC

Young Child Summer Enrichment Program UNC 501 20th St., GR 351-2683, Age group: 4-9 years Registration deadline: June 15 Enrichment program for children who demonstrate unique talents and abilities. Fee. Category: AC, DC Young People’s Learning Centers FC, 482-1212 Age group: 5-15 years Fun child and teen camps. Fee. Category: AS, BS, DC Youth Enrichment League 970-688-4151 www. colorado. Age Group: Grades K-12 Youth enrichment classes and summer camps. Fencing, Legos (STEM), chess, sports, more. Fee. Category: AS, BS, DC Youth Orchestra of the Rockies FC, 310-7998 Age group: 7-18 years Challenges young musicians to strive for excellence. Fee. Category: AR, AS, BS

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May 29 – August 17 For children entering K- to 8th Grade Through innovative programming and the use of active learning practices focusing on obesity prevention, lifelong fitness, and skill development, the Youth Sport Camps support the educational and public service commission of the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University by providing the benefits of physical activity and healthy lifestyles for youth in the community.

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■ Baseball/Softball (grades K-8)— 1-week sessions from 5/30-7/7 ■ Basketball (Grades 4-8)— 1-week sessions from 6/26-8/18 ■ Colorado Adventure Camp (Grades 5-8) – Helps campers to explore outdoor activities and pursuits. 1–week sessions from 5/30-8/11 ■ Field Sports (Grades K-8)—Provides campers a brief “taste” of several different sports. 1-week sessions from 5/30-8/18 ■ Fun LIFE (GradesK-6)—Fitness, nutrition and recreation camp. 1-week sessions from 5/30-8/10 ■ In-line Hockey (Grades 4-8) —1-week sessions from 5/30-6/23 ■ Golf (grades K- 8) 8:00-10:00am only. 1-week sessions from 5/30-8/10 ■ Lacrosse (Grades K-8) — 1-week sessions from 6/5-8/4

■ Music and Movement (Grades K-8) )— Explore the combination of dance, aerobics and non-contact martial arts from 6/5-8/18 ■ Smart Fit Girls (ages 12-14) A girls-only camp focusing on healthy physical, social, and personal development through physical activity. 6/19-6/23 ■ Soccer (Grades K-6)— 1-week sessions from 6/26-8/18 ■ Sport Science (Grades 5-8) - A look into the science of movement and activity. 1-week sessions from 6/12-8/18 ■ Super Sports Camp (Grades K-7)—A combination of sports, swimming lessons and other enrichment activities. 2-week sessions from 5/30-8/18 ■ Tennis (Grades K-8)—8:00-10:00am only. 1-week sessions from 6/5-8/18 ■ Volleyball (Grades 4-8)—1-week sessions from 7/10-8/18

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poudre school district news Students get a taste of college life at CSU


ixth-grader Madelynn Wiggins didn’t hesitate when asked if she’d thought much about her future. “I’m going to college,” she says confidently. “I think I’m going to go to Colorado State University or to Notre Dame.” Madelynn was on a field trip to CSU, along with more than 200 other sixth graders from Lincoln Middle School. This is the second year the school has taken students on this trip, which aims to give the students a taste of college life and inspire them to follow their dreams after they finish high school in just a few short years. “I know it seems like a lifetime to them,” says Charlene Peterson, the Lincoln media specialist who accompanied the students. “But it’s to motivate and inspire. … It seems like it lit a lot of fires.” During the visit, students met CSU student athletes and heard from first-generation college students. For Madelynn, who will be the first in her family to attend college, this was particularly meaningful. She listened intently



as the students talked about their college experience and doled out advice on how she, too, could get to a university. “They said pick good friends, friends who will help and who will encourage you,” she says. Aidan Scully says his favorite part of the trip was seeing a real-life college dorm room – it was nicer than he expected – though he is not quite sure how he feels about having a roommate. He says he hasn’t spent too much time thinking about college, but says he’d like to end up at a place like CSU. “It’s a lot bigger (than I expected), he says. “It’s just really cool.” DUNN STUDENTS WELCOME 32 NEW U.S. CITIZENS FROM 20 COUNTRIES Fifth-grade student Harper Skejerseth spoke softly to the crowd in her school’s gymnasium, but her message was loud and clear: Welcome. Harper’s speech was part of a momentous occasion at Dunn World School. She and the rest of the fifth-grade class recently hosted a naturalization ceremony for 32 new U.S. citizens from 20 countries.

For the students, the ceremony marked the end a unit of inquiry on how migration changes people and places. For the 32 new citizens, it marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter. “I welcome you as neighbors, friends and family,” Harper says, reading from a winning essay she wrote, selected by school officials to be read at the ceremony. “I welcome you as new citizens of this country, and I welcome your children and their children.” Andy Lambrecht, Denver field officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, acknowledges the hard work and sacrifices the new citizens have made in the years leading up to that day. He also honored each individual country of origin represented at the ceremony before he administered the Oath of Allegiance, which cemented the 32 candidates’ status as new U.S. citizens. Principal Deborah Ellis also spoke to the crowd and welcomed the new citizens, saying the experience was also meaningful for students. “As an international baccalaureate

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school, we are committed to creating a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect,” she says. This was the 15th year Dunn has hosted the ceremony. Students presented each new citizen with a miniature American flag after they took the Oath before serenading them with an enthusiastic rendition of “This Land is Your Land.”

Alicia says she was inspired when reading the works of Martin Luther King Jr. and activist, historian and sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois. “It showed me certain things you can do as a person of color and not be held back,” she says. Understanding the stories that make U.S. history and how the events of the past can affect the present is key for students, history teacher Christine Matthie says. Some students at Collins have taken this a step further, and have spent lunch breaks during February, Black History Month, asking their peers to sign a banner and pledge not to use hate speech.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: STUDENTS SHARE WHAT THEY’VE LEARNED, ASK OTHERS TO SIGN PLEDGE Fort Collins High School history wiz Alicia Jones sees the past as more than the actions of nameless, faceless people. She likes to delve deeper, and she thinks history classes should, too. “U.S. history is always promoting the idea of celebrating diversity in history and celebrating the different types of people we learn about,” she says. “With African Americans, (it’s important to) treat them so kids learn about them as humans first, rather than just slaves.” In her own studies of U.S. history,

KINARD’S RAHUL GHOSH SPELLS “NACHTMUSIK” TO WIN DISTRICT BEE Rahul Ghosh almost sounded like a famous actor accepting an Oscar when he celebrated his win at Poudre School District’s recent Spelling Bee. “I’d like to thank my mom,” he says in the PSD Board Room, moments after clinching the title as District Champion with the correct spelling of nachtmusik. “She helped me study the words.” Nachtmusik, in case you were wondering, is German in origin and means “serenade.” Not that Rahul, a seventh-grader at Kinard Middle School, needed any of that information to get it right.

March 2 – Elementary schools not in session (teacher work day) March 12-16 – S  pring break March 20 – Board of Education meeting

Twenty elementary and middle school students from across the district recently competed at the District’s Spelling Bee, to earn a spot to compete at the State Spelling Bee in the spring. Rahul says that leading up to the Bee, his mom ran drills with him, quizzing him on a list of words she pulled up on her computer screen. “That is correct, congratulations,” Spelling Bee Judge and PSD Contest Coordinator Connie Kibbe says into the microphone. “Holy cow; well done boys. That was amazing.” The final two contestants, Rahul and Lesher sixth grader Joseph Leisz, had duked it out round after round, spelling increasingly difficult words. When it was over, Joseph offered Rahul a high-five after a hard-fought competition. The top ten spellers in the District are eligible to attend the State Spelling Bee on March 10 at Sturm Hall at the University of Denver. Those students are:

• Josephine Armstrong, Blevins eighth grader • Austin Evans, Bauder fifth grader • Rahul Ghosh, Kinard seventh grader • Ethan Klabunde, Bethke fifth grader • Amber Kranz, Liberty Commons eighth grader • Joseph Leisz, Lesher sixth grader • Ananya Mahapatra, Webber seventh grader • James Messick, PGA eighth grader • Duncan O’Kelly, Johnson fifth grader • Allison Wuu, Traut fifth grader


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greeley-evans district 6 news State supports Innovation Pathway reasonable to continue with this plan. “I am proud of the hard work the Martinez staff and our District staff have done to develop and implement a solid plan to help our students achieve and grow,” Dr. Pilch says after the hearing. “At the end of the day, the commitment and work of these teachers and school leaders will make a huge impact on the students. We are excited to see where they will go.”

The Colorado State Board of Education has approved the Innovation Pathway for Billie Martinez Elementary School, which is entering its sixth year on the state accountability clock. Any school that has been rated as Priority Improvement or Turnaround for more than five consecutive years in Colorado must go before the State Board of Education, which has four options to address achievement issues: close the school, redesign the school as a charter school, let an outside entity come in to manage the school or the Innovation Pathway, which allows the school to design an innovation plan to address achievement and growth needs of its students. Billie Martinez Elementary was actually approved as a School of Innovation by the Colorado Board of Education last year. However, the school fell 7/10 of a point short of moving into the Improvement category this year, and remained on the accountability clock as a school ranked as Priority Improvement. Therefore, District 6 had to go back before the State Board of Education 68


Thursday to ask for approval of an Innovation Pathway as the means to improve achievement and growth at the school. Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch, Board of Education President Roger DeWitt, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Leadership Wes Tuttle and Martinez Principal Monica Draper presented the plan to improve achievement and growth at Martinez at a hearing before the Colorado State Board of Education. After the presentation, and questions and statements from the State Board of Education members, the Innovation Pathway for Martinez Elementary was approved by a vote of 5-1. Martinez is implementing a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics focus, as well as utilizing blended learning and projectbased learning as a way to move student achievement and growth. “They were less than one point from coming off the clock,” says Commissioner of Education Dr. Katy Anthes, who recently visited Martinez Elementary School. “I do believe it is

TWO NEW PRINCIPALS TO LEAD DISTRICT 6 SCHOOLS The Board of Education approved the appointment of two new Greeley-Evans School District 6 principals who will take over leadership roles beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Dr. Suzette Luster has been hired as the next principal at Franklin Middle School. Dr. Luster has nearly 18 years of education experience, including 6 years as an assistant principal at Brentwood Middle School and Greeley West High School, as well as serving for 12 years as a teacher of students with disabilities. Dr. Luster earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degrees in Communication Disorders, and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies all from the University of Northern Colorado. Additionally, Dr. Luster earned a second Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix. Steven Isenhour will become the next principal at Madison Elementary School. Mr. Isenhour comes to District 6 with nearly 30 years of educational experience, including six years as a physical education teacher and 20 years as an elementary principal. Mr. Isenhour earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice and Physical Education, a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education, and an Educational

Leadership License all from the University of Northern Colorado. DISTRICT 6 APPOINTS STUDENT HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL Seventeen high school students will serve on the newly formed Student Health Advisory Council for GreeleyEvans School District 6. The youth are currently finalizing their mission statement, and are considering “Making a Difference in Present and Future Lives.� The group will determine significant health issues that exist in their peer group and then will work to address those issue between now and May 2019. This program is funded through a grant from Kaiser Permanente, and the students will receive a small stipend for serving on the committee. Members of the Student Health Advisory Council are: Valerie Gomez, Jefferson High School; Cadence Heaston, Northridge High School; Meghan Wampler, Greeley Central

High School; Brendan McCune, Greeley West High School; Ryan Foslien, Northridge High School; Kaleea Turman, Early College Academy; Cielo Ramos, Greeley Central High School; Emma Voigt, Greeley Central High School; Carly Burzell, Greeley Central High School; Jacquelyn Gonzalez-Burciaga, Union Colony High School; Monica Chacon, Union Colony High School; Reina Gifford, Greeley Central High School; Maya Potter, University Schools; Brooke York, Northridge High School; Mikyla Bowen, Northridge High School; Samantha Wahlmeier. Northridge High School and Nydia Stohm-Salazar, Northridge High School. MLO OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE NAMED; SPENDING POSTED A group composed of business leaders and parents reviewed applications and have selected six Greeley and Evans residents to serve on the Citizens

Oversight Committee for the 2017 Mill Levy Override spending. The purpose of the Citizens Oversight Committee is to review the expenditure of dollars coming into District 6 though the 2017 Mill Levy Override, which was approved by voters in November 2017. District 6 will begin receiving that money, and has a spending plan in place that aligns with the ballot language for the MLO. Details of that spending plan can be found at www. Charter schools will also begin receiving dollars this spring, and are working on spending plans for their schools, which will also be submitted to the Citizens Oversight Committee and posted on the District 6 website. The Citizens Oversight Committee will also report publically on the spending of the MLO dollars and its review of those expenditures. The group will decide how those reports are formatted and released once they begin meeting regularly.


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thompson school district news Students make each Valentines’ Heart special

Each February, it’s hard not to feel love in the air with numerous celebrations occurring in Loveland. Among activities of interest, the Fire and Ice Festival lights up downtown and the internationally recognized valentine re-mailing program hand-stamps messages to sweethearts around the world. Another widely recognized tradition can be seen while driving the streets of Loveland: giant red hearts of love notes between families, couples, friends and businesses hanging throughout town. Have you ever wondered how they are made? The hanging of hearts started around forty-five years ago by the Loveland Jaycees. Originally, the hearts only included generic sayings such as, “Be Mine,” “True Love,” and “Always.” In 1992, the Thompson Valley Rotary Club (LTVR) took over the program and started adding personal love messages. What was once a fun night of Rotarians getting together to create a few dozen hearts quickly became an enormous project with hundreds of hearts being requested. During 70


this time of growth, the hearts were painted in Jeff Allen Young’s barn, who was a Loveland resident and LTVR member. Noticing they needed help, Jeff ’s daughter Holly recruited fellow classmates as a part of the National Honors Society at Thompson Valley High School (TVHS). Since 2001, the TVHS NHS students have hand-painted all of the hearts hanging in town. Today, the Valentine’s Heart Program is capped at 360 hearts. On December 26, the application for the program is opened to the community. Last year, the hearts sold out by January 14 and this year the hearts sold out even faster on January 8. Working closely with the city, which hangs the hearts around town, the students have roughly two weeks to hand-paint 360 hearts. Each year, the hearts are recycled. Students start their process by repainting all of the wood hearts bright red. Afterward, students carefully begin reading the messages people have submitted. Even though each submission is limited to 25 characters

long, one-by-one the students figure out a way to make every single heart special. Tamara Julian (“T.J.”) has led the Valentine Heart Program for the past four years. When asked about the students’ involvement with the program, she says, “It’s everything. For the kids, it brings about creativity and volunteerism. They have so much pride in what they do and how they’re doing it. They remember exactly which sign they created and the story behind it.” The program has grown so large that T.J. is considering reaching out to other clubs at Thompson Valley High School to discuss the possibility of helping next year. The Valentine Heart Program is a win-win for everyone. Every year, all proceeds from the hearts are given back to the community through various organizations of LTVR’s choosing. Students also have a chance to learn about volunteerism while keeping this wonderful and longstanding tradition alive. “My favorite part about painted hearts is getting to drive through town and see hearts that I remember painting hanging on the light posts,” says Isabelle Johnson, current TVHS NHS student. “It’s pretty fun!” A special thank you goes out to the Loveland Thompson Valley Rotary for leading the Valentine Heart Program and continuing to involve TSD students in this beloved community tradition. EAGLES GOALTENDER TO VISIT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL The 1st Choice A.S.K. program recently arranged to have Colorado Eagles Goaltender Lukas Hafner and Forward Ryan Harrison visit the students at Laurene Edmondson Elementary School. The students and parents loved asking questions and getting autographs from the special visitors.


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lunchbox POUDRE SCHOOL DISTRICT— Elementary student lunches are $2.65, secondary student lunches are $2.90 and reduced lunches are PK-5 free, grades 6-12 $0.40. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1 Pepperoni/cheese pizza; chef salad & roll 2 No school! 5 Hamburger/cheeseburger; turkey gravy & roll 6 Cheese ravioli & roll, mac n’cheese 7 Teriyaki meatballs & rice; chicken patty sandwich 8 Beef taco & rice; chicken strips 9 Meat lover’s or cheese pizza; veggie wrap 12-16 Spring Break! 19 Chicken drumstick, mac n’cheese 20 Lasagna w/veggies; Philly cheesesteak sandwich 21 Asian noodle & meatball; chicken patty sandwich 22 Chicken tacos & rice; hamburger/cheeseburger

23 Meat lover’s or cheese pizza; chicken Caesar wrap 26 BBQ pulled pork sandwich; chicken nuggets 27 Meatball sandwich; chicken Alfredo 28 Orange chicken & rice; hot dog 29 Beef & bean burrito; chicken patty sandwich 30 Pepperoni or cheese pizza MIDDLE SCHOOLS 1 Pepperoni/cheese pizza; chef salad & roll 2 No school! 5 Hamburger/cheeseburger; turkey gravy & roll 6 Cheese ravioli & roll, mac n’cheese 7 Teriyaki meatballs & rice; chicken patty sandwich 8 Beef taco & rice; chicken strips

9 Meat lover’s or cheese pizza; veggie wrap 12-16 Spring Break! 19 Chicken drumstick, mac n’cheese 20 Lasagna w/veggies; Philly cheesesteak sandwich 21 Asian noodle & meatball; chicken patty sandwich 22 Chicken tacos & rice; hamburger/cheeseburger 23 Meat lover’s or cheese pizza; chicken Caesar wrap 26 BBQ pulled pork sandwich; chicken nuggets 27 Meatball sandwich; chicken Alfredo 28 Orange chicken & rice; hot dog 29 Beef & bean burrito; chicken patty sandwich 30 Pepperoni or cheese pizza

THOMPSON R2J SCHOOL DISTRICT— Please check district web pages for updated prices. 1 Penne w/meatballs 2 No school! 5 Chicken breast nuggets; chicken ranch wrap 6 Cheese quesadilla 7 Farmer’s breakfast 8 Pizza stick w/sauce 9 No school! 12-16 Spring Break! 19 Toasted cheese sandwich; turkey sandwich

20 Hot dog 21 Chicken parmesan 22 Pizza roll 23 Asian combo 26 Chicken ranch wrap; hamburger 27 Baja fish tacos 28 Mac n’cheese 29 Pizza 30 Sweet n’sour chicken w/rice SECONDARY SCHOOL 1 Penne w/meatballs; BBQ pulled pork

sandwich 2 No school! 5 Chicken breast nuggets; French bread boat 6 Cheese quesadilla; chicken sandwich 7 French toast casserole; pizza 8 Pizza stick w/sauce; popcorn chicken 9 No school! 12-16 Spring Break! 19 Toasted cheese sandwich; variety burrito 20 Hot dog; meatball sub

21 Chicken parmesan; spicy chicken sandwich 22 Domino’s pizza; BBQ pulled pork sandwich 23 Asian combo; pizza stick w/sauche 26 French bread boat; hamburger 27 Baja fish tacos; chicken sandwich 28 Popcorn chicken; Domino’s pizza 29 Pizza 30 Sweet n’sour chicken w/rice; hamburger

GREELEY DISTRICT 6— To obtain a complete meal, student gets an entrée and can select 1-3 sides. Elementary lunches are $2.55, and middle school lunches are $2.80, reduced-price lunches are K-2 free, 3-8 $.40. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1 Stuffed shells w/garlic knot; ham & cheese wrap 2 Chicken, bacon, ranch pizza or cheese pizza 5 Chicken tortilla soup; pesto chicken salad wrap 6 Chicken enchiladas w/fiesta rice; chicken fajita wrap 7 Tater tot breakfast; cinnamon roll; ham & cheese wrap 8 Pasta la rasta w/breadstick; turkey & cheese hoagie 9 Pepperoni or cheese pizza; PBJ 12-16 Spring break! 19 Breakfast for lunch 20 Salisbury steak w/rice pilaf; American beef hoagie 21 Chicken queso gordita crunch; PBJ 22 Pork carnitas w/tortillas; Italian sandwich

23 Hawaiian or cheese pizza; PBJ 26 No school! 27 Soft shell taco; chicken salad sandwich 28 Chicken gumbo w/green chile & cornbread; PBJ 29 Stuffed shells w/garlic knot; ham & cheese wrap 30 Chicken, bacon, ranch pizza or cheese pizza MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Stuffed shells w/garlic knot; ham & cheese wrap 2 Chicken, bacon, ranch pizza or cheese pizza 5 Chicken tortilla soup; pesto chicken salad wrap 6 Chicken enchiladas w/fiesta rice; chicken fajita wrap 7 Tater tot breakfast; cinnamon roll; ham & cheese wrap 8 Pasta la rasta w/breadstick; turkey & cheese hoagie

9 Pepperoni or cheese pizza; PBJ 12-16 Spring break! 19 Breakfast for lunch 20 Salisbury steak w/rice pilaf; American beef hoagie 21 Chicken queso gordita crunch; PBJ 22 Pork carnitas w/tortillas; Italian sandwich 23 Hawaiian or cheese pizza; PBJ 26 No school! 27 Soft shell taco; chicken salad sandwich 28 Chicken gumbo w/green chile & cornbread; PBJ 29 Stuffed shells w/garlic knot; ham & cheese wrap 30 Chicken, bacon, ranch pizza or cheese pizza

WINDSOR SCHOOL DISTRICT— Price for elementary lunch is $2.90, for middle school students, $3.15. Reduced lunches are elementary, free; middle school, $0.40. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1 Big Daddy cheese or Pepperoni pizza; PBJ 2 Green eggs & ham; Truffula berry muffin 5 Pizza sticks w/sauce; PBJ/string cheese 6 French toast sticks; pancake on a stick 7 Chicken & black bean chili; mini cheeseburgers 8 Chicken & waffles; breakfast burrito 9 Big Daddy cheese or pepperoni pizza; fish sandwich 12-16 Spring break! 19 Mac n’cheese; PBJ 20 Chicken & honey buscuit; pancake on a stick 21 Hamburger; corn dog 22 Chicken sandwich; turkey & cheese sub 23 Big Daddy cheese/Hawaiian pizza; fish sandwich



26 Popcorn chicken; PBJ w/string cheese 27 Chicken Alfredo; mini cheeseburgers 28 Chicken nuggets; corn dog 29 BBQ pork sandwich; turkey & cheese sub 30 Big Daddy cheese or pepperoni pizza; PBJ w/string cheese MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Rotini w/tomato sauce; French bread pizza 2 Green eggs & ham; Truffula berry muffin; fish sandwich 5 Mini ravioli; rip stick 6 French toast sticks w/sausage patties; cheeseburger 7 Chicken & black bean chili w/cinnamon roll; hamburger 8 Chicken & waffles; hamburger 9 Steak & cheese sub; fish sandwich

12-16 Spring break! 19 Mac n’cheese; corn dog 20 Cheese enchiladas; cheeseburger 21 Teriyaki chicken w/brown rice; hamburger 22 Chicken tenders; hamburger 23 Meatball sub; fish sandwich 26 Popcorn chicken; chili nachos 27 Chicken Alfredo; cheeseburgers 28 Mandarin orange chicken w/brown rice; Hamburgercs 29 BBQ pork sandwich; chicken nuggets 30 Pepperoni calzone; hamburger


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MARCH 2018 ONGOING MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS Read and Seed Youth Program Preschool readiness activities including a story and related craft activity. Ages 2-5 with adult. Pre-registration required for groups over five students. $3. Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., FC. 1010:45am & 11-11:45am. 416-2486 THROUGH APRIL 15 Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate Hysterical play-within-a-play where each cast member’s on-stage life is complicated by what is happening offstage. Ticket prices and showtimes vary. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Dr., Johnstown. 744-3747 THURSDAYS, THROUGH APRIL 26 Gallery Yoga View and appreciate art during a quick lunchtime mind and body tune-up. After class, explore the art and history exhibits. $5 Loveland Museum, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 12pm. 962-2410 programs-events/gallery-yoga.

FRIDAYS, MARCH 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Friday Fandom Club From Anime to Dungeons and Dragons, from old school video games to karaoke, there’s something fun each week! Grades 4-12. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 4pm. 221-6740, www. MARCH 3 THROUGH APRIL 29 Brandon Gellis: Innate Confluences Exhibition Multimedia experience featuring 3D printed sculptures, laser cut interactive pieces, layered-digital landscape reconstructions, artist-led tours, kids workshops. $5, Free-members. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 962-2410, www. MARCH 5 THROUGH 26 Meditation for Brain Health Class combines memory strategies, various meditation techniques and deep breathing to reduce stress, relax and improve memory. $10. Medical Center of the Rockies, Big Thompson Canyon classroom, 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., LV. 11am-12pm. 495-8560, www.

MARCH 5 THROUGH 27 Theater Learning Center Camp: Legally Blonde The Musical Jr. Features daily master classes taught by working theater professionals. High schoolers. $425. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. 4747 Marketplace Dr., Johnstown. 744-3747, tlc@ THROUGH MARCH 7 Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Workshop Strategies to feel in charge of eating instead of feeling out of control. $65; includes book and journal. Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr., FC. 3-4:30pm. 221-6644, recreator. MARCH 9 THROUGH 18 Meet the Instruments Scavenger Hunt Find musical instruments hidden in the library and win a prize! Ask childrens’ staff for game sheet. All Poudre River Public Library Locations, FC. All day. 2216740,

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MARCH 10 THROUGH 12 Lifeguard Training Course Learn skills required to become a Lifeguard. CPR/AED and First Aid certifications included. 15+ (must be 15 years old by first day of course). $205 includes manual, resuscitation mask, certification. Splash Swim School, 1110 W. Prospect Rd., FC. Saturday/Sunday 9am5pm and Monday 10am-3pm. 631-8227, SATURDAYS, MARCH 10, 17 Big Birds of River Bluffs Open Space Discover the larger-than-life birds that live along the Poudre River. All ages. River Bluffs Open Space, 6101 E. CR 32E, FC. 9-10:30am. 619-4489, www.larimer. org/naturalresources. MARCH 12 THROUGH 16 Spring Break Camp at the Gardens Full- and half-day options packed with activities through hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math. Ages 5-11. $135-half day, $250-full day, scholarships available. Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., FC. 9am-12pm or 1-4pm or 9am-4pm. 416-2486, www.

MARCH 20 THROUGH APRIL 19 Connect with Nature - Become a Master Naturalist Learn about ecology, public speaking and how to lead a variety of programs on natural areas. $172, includes materials, field lunches and snacks. Space limited. Dates/times vary - each training day required. 224-6118, naturalareas/vol-naturalists.php. MARCH 21 THROUGH 23 Lifeguard Training Course Learn skills required to become a Lifeguard. CPR/AED and First Aid certifications included. $205 includes manual, resuscitation mask, certification. Splash Swim School, 1110 W. Prospect Rd., FC. Friday 4-8pm and Saturday/ Sunday 9am-5pm. 631-8227, www. WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 21 THROUGH APRIL 11 Messy Hands Art for Preschoolers Caregivers attend with children, class materials provided. Wear clothes that can get messy! Registration required for each session. Ages 4-6. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 10am. 221-6740,

MARCH 22 THROUGH 23 Become a Powerful Tools for Caregivers – Grandfamilies Co-Leader For limited time, no tuition fee for trainees who commit to: Co-lead two PTC-Grandfamilies 6-week series within 12 months of completing training; Conduct one additional series each subsequent year; Consider becoming a Master Trainer. Nancy Mendoza 491-8204, MARCH 24 THROUGH 25 Spring Holistic Fair Explore alternatives for taking care of body, mind, spirit and environment: tarot, palmistry, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, more. $7-day, $12-weekend, children under 12-free. Canned food donation for Food Bank saves $1. Larimer County Fairgrounds/ The Ranch, South Exhibition Hall, 5280 Arena Cir., LV. 10am-5pm both days. SATURDAYS, MARCH 24 THROUGH APRIL 14 Kids Explore Art Create unique works of art using various art tools and techniques. Registration required for each session. Grades K-3. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 10am. 221-6740 Imagine Art Create unique works of art using various art tools and techniques. Registration required for each session. Grades 4-7. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St. FC. 1pm. 221-6740

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1 On the Road to Reading— Early Literacy Fair Read, write, sing, talk and play with your children! Interactive learning activities based on five practices of Every Child Ready to Read. Riverside Library, 3700 Golden St., EV. 10:30am. 888-8617323, Book Talk with Douglas Light Local author Douglas Light to speak about newest book, Where Night Stops. Old Firehouse Books, 232 Walnut St., FC. 6pm. 484-7898, Seuss Celebration Dr. Seuss is on the loose! Fun stories, special craft and other Seuss activities. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 6pm. 888-861-7323



FRIDAY, MARCH 2 Educator Appreciation Breakfast Celebrate all Thompson School District teachers and staff members for their work. Embassy Suites, 4705 Clydesdale Pkwy., LV. 7am. School’s Out Day Camp Pack a lunch and spend a day investigating gardening, pollinators, harvesting, cooking and exploring the natural world. Grades 1-5. $55-child, scholarships available, preregistration required. Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., FC. 9am-4pm. Beyond the Classroom: Zumba Kids Dance, in the library. Registration required. Grades 3-5. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 1pm. 888861-7323, Seuss Celebration Dr. Seuss is on the loose! Fun stories, special craft and other Seuss activities. Farr Regional Library, 1939 61st Ave., GR. 10:30am. 888-861-7323

School-Break Museum Adventure: Creating Snowmen Kids adventure building snowman from clay, etc. Ages 6-11. $20, $16-members. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 10:30am-1:30pm. 962-2410, Reception for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) RPCV are cordially invited to a reception in their honor. With the theme “Highlighting Host Homes,” attendees will exchange stories and share experiences. Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures, 200 W. Mountain Ave., FC. 5-7pm. RSVP to Erin Cubley, 315-8544958 or Fort Collins Gallery Walk Monthly, self-guided walking tour of galleries and art-minded businesses. Historic Downtown Fort Collins. 6pm-9pm.

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Dive-In Movie Night - Moana Float around the pool while watching a movie! Root beer floats and pizza included. Ages 3-99,(0-2 welcome too). $15-swimmer 3+ years ($50-family max), 2 and under-free. Splash Swim School, 1110 W. Prospect Rd., FC. 7-10pm. 631-8227, “Classical Mystery Tour” with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra Tribute show for fans of The Beatles. Four musicians look and sound like original band. Accompanied by orchestra. Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7:30pm. 356-5000, SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Old Firehouse books goes LIVE on Facebook Hear about great things going on in the store. Online at oldfirehousebooks. 10am. 484-7898, www. Wild Flower Seed Paper Create paper filled with seeds that can be planted to grow beautiful wildflowers. All ages. $20. Gulley Greenhouse, 6029 S. Shields, FC. 10:30am-12pm. 223-4769, Leap into Science – Catch the Wind In this workshop, children observe and explore wind as Gilberto does in “Gilberto and the Wind.” Build wind catchers and describe effects of different wind speeds. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 10:30am. 888-861-7323, www. Estes Park Community Center Grand Opening/Open House Gymnasium, indoor walking/jogging track, pool with lazy river and slide, group fitness facilities, golf simulator, drop-in childcare, more! Estes Park Community Center, 660 Community Dr., EP. 11am. 586-8189, Teen Art Café Experiment with different art tools, approaches and formats with FRCC art instructors. Materials and snacks provided. Space limited. Registration required. Grades 6-12. Harmony Library, FRCC Redcloud Peak Room, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 11am. 221-6740, www.



Free Navy Band Concert Wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and a wind ensemble repertoire. Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7pm. 356-5000,

TUESDAY, MARCH 6 Kites and Wind Art and science activities all about wind! Ages 2-5. Windsor-Severance Library, 720 3rd St., WS. 10:30-11am. 686-5603, www.

MONDAY, MARCH 5 Painting to Support Grand Families BLOOM Where They Are Planted - fun evening of painting will help support children being raised by grandparents. Register online. $35 (includes supplies, one glass of wine and $10 donation to Grand Family Coalition). Studio Vino, 6055 Sky Pond Dr., Unit P172, LV. 6:30-9pm. 6854583,

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 Play with Your Food Food themed challenges to test mind, body and palate. Ages 9-12. Windsor-Severance Library, 720 3rd St., WS. 6:30-7:30pm. 686-5603, event/593925.

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An Evening with Kate Moore Best-selling author Kate Moore will speak about her latest book, The Radium Girls. Fort Collins Hilton, 425 W. Prospect, FC. 7pm. 484-7898, THURSDAY, MARCH 8 Spheros Robot Obstacle Course for Teens Robots in obstacle courses. Guide Spheros through a labyrinth of tricks and traps. Lincoln Park Library, 1012 11th St., GR. 4pm. 888-861-7323, FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Children’s Day After Hours: Night at the Museum Learn more about the history of Loveland, create cool art work, or join our Explorer’s Program. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 3-6pm. 962-2410, Book Talk with Gavin Ehringer Gavin Ehringer will speak about his book, Leaving the Wild, a thought-provoking read about animal domestication. Old Firehouse Books, 232 Walnut St., FC. 6pm. 484-7898, DimeStories Old Firehouse Books partners with the Bean Cycle to host authors that read 3 minute stories. The Bean Cycle, 144 N. College Ave., FC. 7pm. 484-7898, www. Stargazing with the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society Get an up-close look at the night sky over the Rockies. Telescopes provided. All ages. Devil’s Backbone Open Space, 1725 Hidden Valley Dr., LV. 7-9pm. 619-4489, www. SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Seed Swap and Giveaway 11th-annual family-friendly event includes free gardening classes, kids’ crafts, more. All ages. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. All day. www.thegrowingproject. org or Super Sphero Become a SPHERO programmer! Learn programming and robotics through clever and intriguing games. Registration required. Grades 6-12. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 10am. 888-861-7323,



Succulent Wall Hanging Create your own living mosaic to hang on a wall. Teens, adults. $35. Gulley Greenhouse, 6029 S. Shields, FC 10:30am-12pm. 223-4769 Little Explorers: Do you see what I see? Investigate the patterns, colors and shapes and how animals use them. Denver Zoo presents with real zoo animals! Limited to first 30 children. Ages 3-6. Riverside Library, 3700 Golden St., EV. 10:30am. 888-861-7323, Make it Happen Explore the history of Russian culture and paint your own Matryoshka Nesting Doll. Ages 6-9. Windsor-Severance Library, 720 3rd St., WS. 2-3pm. 686-5603, www. Book Talk with Colorado author Alex Well Denver-based author Alex Wells will discuss new book, Blood Binds the Pack, sequel to Hunger Makes the Wolf. Old Firehouse Books, 232 Walnut St., FC. 6pm. 484-7898,

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Spring Break Program: Making Waves Explore the science of sound through projects that make some noise. Drop in. School-aged kids, younger with caregiver. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 10-11:30am. 221-6740, www. Spring STEAM: Animal Art Create animal art using mixed media. Grades K-5. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 1pm. 888-861-7323. www. Pirate Ship Makers Join WOW! Children’s Museum to learn what happens when buccaneers use duct tape to build pirate ships and test their seaworthiness. Guardians welcome. Registration required. Limit to first 25. Grades K-2. Farr Regional Library, 1939 61st Ave., GR. 1pm. Riverside Library, 3700 Golden St., EV. 2pm. 888-861-7323,


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DIY Solar Lanterns Create a solar lantern from an ordinary canning jar. All materials provided. Registration required. Grades 6-12. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 2pm. 888-861-7323, National Fanny Pack Day Customizable fanny packs with opportunity to create your own flair. Limited to first 20 teens. Riverside Library, 3700 Golden St., EV. 2pm, 888-861-7323, Fables with the Follies Bike Storytelling night. Light snacks provided. Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, 316 Willow St., FC. 6:30-9pm. TUESDAY, MARCH 13 School-Break Museum Adventure: Spring Break, Tropical Style Painting project to make students feel like they’re on the beach. Ages 6-11. $20, $16-members. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 10:30am-1:30pm. 962-2410, www.lovelandmuseumgallery. org/classes-workshops.

Spring STEAM: Animal Coding Can you make a sphero run a rat maze? Grades K-5. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 1pm. 888-861-7323 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 Eric West’s Music for Kids Fun, participatory show with guitar, banjo and an antique trunk filled with unusual instruments, puppets and dancing limberjacks, All ages. Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 10am AND 11am. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 2pm. 221-6740, www. School-Break Museum Adventure: Spring Break, Tropical Style Learn to mix paints for amazing colors. Ages 6-11. $20, $16-members. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 10:30am-1:30pm. 962-2410, www.

Build a Worm Farm Everything needed to build a red-worm farm plus after care instruction. All ages. $15. Gulley Greenhouse, 6029 S. Shields, FC. 10:30am-12pm. 223-4769, www. Spring STEAM: Animal Homes Look at animal homes and try to build one yourself. Grades K-5. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 1pm. 888861-7323, Go Ballistic! Mini-Catapult Challenge Use creative brainpower and problemsolving skills to construct working catapult from everyday objects. Then test creation in friendly competition. All materials provided. Registration required. Grades 6-12. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 2pm. 888-861-7323, www. Rocky Mountain Raptors: Spring Migration Find out which raptors are leaving, and who can we look to see from spring into fall. Kids. Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 6:30pm. 221-6740, THURSDAY, MARCH 15 School-Break Museum Adventure: Painting and Drawing Learn basic composition, shapes, balancethe basic tools to make a great drawing or painting! Ages 6-11. $20, $16-members. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 10:30am-1:30pm. 962-2410, Spring STEAM: Animal Jeopardy Test your knowledge of the animal kingdom. Grades K-5. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 1pm. 888861-7323, Tabletop Thursday Casual tabletop gaming night. Games provided but may bring own tabletop, role-playing, card-based or any strategybased games. All skill levels. Farr Regional Library, 1939 61st Ave., GR. 6:30pm. 888861-7323,



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FRIDAY, MARCH 16 School-Break Museum Adventure: Line and Shapes Learn to apply layers of fun, new, constructive drawing techniques for amazing artwork! Ages 6-11. $20, $16-members. Loveland Museum/ Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 10:30am-1:30pm. 962-2410, www. Spring STEAM: Raptor Tools Rocky Mountain Raptors present Raptor Tools. Look in-depth at amazing tools or adaptations that help raptors survive in the harsh wild world. Live raptors in attendance! Registration required. Grades K-5. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 1pm. 888-861-7323, www. Book Talk with author Willy Vlautin Author and musician Willy Vlautin celebrates release of newest book, Don’t Skip Out On Me. Old Firehouse Books, 232 Walnut St., FC. 6pm. 484-7898, www. SATURDAY, MARCH 17 Sharin’ O’ The Green Fun Run Kick off the northern Colorado race season with this festive 20th-annual fun run! All proceeds benefit Partners Mentoring Youth and their mission of matching positive adult role models to youth facing challenges in our community. Walkers/ runners of all ages, abilities. Fort Collins City Park. 8am-Library Park. Register at, keyword: Sharin’ O’ the Green 2018. Kid Chefs in the Kitchen! Fun & hands-on! Teaching basics & giving kitchen confidence with a yummy menu. Ages 10+. Venue TBD. 2-5pm. 2225604, Night Sky Photography Learn how to take amazing images of stars, planets and galaxies. All ages. Devil’s Backbone Open Space, 1725 Hidden Valley Dr., LV. 7-9:30pm. 619-4489,



SUNDAY, MARCH 18 WII U Tournament Tournament featuring Super Smash Bros, Just Dance 2017 and Pokken Tournament. Grades K-5. Riverside Library, 3700 Golden St., EV. 2pm. 888-861-7323, TUESDAY, MARCH 20 3, 2, 1...Fun! Explore numbers and basic math in a fun and playful environment with handson games, activities and snacks. Ages 2-5. Severance Town Hall, 3 Timber Ridge Pkwy., Severance. 11:15-11:45am. 686-5603, event/568910. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 Disney Trivia Night Test your Disney knowledge against other fans. Questions mostly from well-known Disney feature films, but anything related to Disney is possible. Limit 6 players per team. Costumes encouraged. Registration required. Ages 10+. Riverside Library, 3700 Golden St., EV. 6pm. 888-861-7323, River Blue Movie, Can Fashion Save the World? Award-winning documentary uncovers dark side of fashion, one of the most polluting industries. Examines destruction of rivers, its effects on humanity and solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future. All ages. $15-regular admission, $10-students. Lyric Cinema, 1209 N. College Ave., FC. 6:15pm. 224-3247, Bad Art There’s no such thing as bad art! Show off your creative side and let the fun begin. Registration required. Ages 9-12. WindsorSeverance Library, 720 3rd St., WS. 6:307:30pm. 686-5603, www.clearviewlibrary. org/event/593923. SATURDAY, MARCH 24 Hanging Basket Easter Fairy Garden Build a miniature garden in a hanging basket. All ages. $30. Gulley Greenhouse, 6029 S. Shields, FC. 10:30am-12pm. 2234769,

Concert to Benefit Kids The Owl Canyon Outlaws perform live! Proceeds support Voices Carry, effective child abuse prevention and response. All ages. $25-online, $30-at the door. The Boot Grill, 130 W. Laurel, Unit B, FC. 7-11pm. 407-9739, www.voicescarrycac. org/concert-for-kids. TUESDAY, MARCH 27 Y is for Yoga Build literacy skills and healthy minds and bodies through books, songs, rhymes and yoga! Ages 3-6, Windsor-Severance Library, 720 3rd St., WS. 10-10:45am. 686-5603, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 The Alley Lights Concert: Dave Beegle, Wendy Woo & Steve Manshel Enjoy tunes from these well-known local musicians and help raise awareness and funding for lighting in Loveland’s downtown alleys. $25. Rialto Theater, 228 E. 4th St. LV. 6pm. 962-2120, www. Bedtime Yoga Little yogis can join a pajama event complete with calming yoga poses and breaths, and story. Ages 3-6. WindsorSeverance Library, 720 3rd St., WS. 6:307pm. 686-5603, event/591142. FRIDAY, MARCH 30 Family Bingo Night Play BINGO and win prizes with family and friends. All ages. Range View Elementary School, 700 Ponderosa Dr., Severance. 6:30-7:30pm. 686-5603, www. Glow-in-the-Dark Teen Egg Hunt Party Afterhours hunt for glow-in-the-dark eggs plus video gaming, anime watching, snacking, crafting, music making, more! Grades 6-12. Registration required. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 6:30pm. 221-6740,

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error seized me as I buckled myself next to my first newborn son who was all-snug in his car seat. Panic gripped me as we drove away from the birthing center because no one told me what to do once we arrived home. I was well versed in pregnancy body care, how to breathe during labor and all that, but that’s where the instruction stopped. No one told me how to do life with a baby human. Feeling abandoned to my own devices, I gathered much information from other parents, classes and books. Eventually, I developed my own parenting style based on tough love that probably was tougher on me than my kids. When my toddlers fell down, I refrained from reacting and let them 90


get up by themselves without a lot of drama. When my school-age children forgot their sack lunches or homework, I didn’t allow myself to rush to their rescue, but rather allowed them to experience natural consequences. When my young college freshmen called because they were short on cash, I didn’t bail them out; instead I suggested they stick to a budget and/or get another part-time job. Sometimes I felt like a really mean mom, but I reasoned that my job was to raise up my kids to understand that life isn’t going to hand them everything they want or need exactly when they want or need something. I wanted them to learn to be responsible for their own belongings and

accountable to meet deadlines. Often times it was (and still is) painful to watch them struggle, but that’s what kids must do to learn how to do life well on their own. If they’re trained to be resourceful, thoughtful individuals equipped with life skills, they will be able to take care of themselves. So, looking back, I now understand why no one gave me instructions for how to raise my baby. It’s because they couldn’t. Parenting is a unique journey. No single parenting method works the same for every mom or dad or child. It’s a process honed by a variety of trials, experiments, joy, heartache, happiness and yes, moments of panic. No one ever gets it exactly right, but somehow, most of us do okay.


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RMParent March 2018  
RMParent March 2018