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ristin and I just went to a performance by Robert Earl Keen, Jr. at the Mishawaka Amphitheater in the Poudre Canyon. It was a great evening for one reason, (of course, beyond the facts that any show at the “Mish” is going to be great and we could sing along with just about every song). What made the night truly special to us was our little crowd—our tribe, as we like to call them. Kristin and I met in college where we were both attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There we met friends that would last a lifetime. One of those friends, Bill, rented a house in Poudre Park last week, right on the river, so we all rendezvoused there. Russ, who now lives in Breck, showed up, too. Then Jay came up from Denver. We all met about the same time in Lincoln 30 to 35 years ago, doing the same things, mainly climbing and generally questionable behavior. Bob, Will and Jordan were along, too. As relative newcomers, we’d only know them for 15 to 20 years. Another “recent” 15+-year friend, Helen, joined us, too. Now it starts to ramp up a little. My brother and his wife were there, too. They’d arrived the night before. They live in Paris, so we only get together once a year and Troy was friends with all the current and ex-Nebraskan contingent. So if you’ve followed this this far (and I applaud you for that), you might be getting a sense of what a reunion it is, but there’s more. Andy, our 24-year-old son, had flown in from Olympia, WA, the night before too and was at the show. He’d grown up with all of these people. In fact, when we lived in the canyon in the 90s, Jerry Jeff Walker frequented the Mish and we had seen him perform under similar circumstances with many of these same friends. So there was a bit of déjà vu, a bit of nostalgia, and a lot of good fun. Andy said to me more than once how he couldn’t imagine a better group of people at a better place and time as we crooned away with REK. Also several times that evening, Bill would motion to the group of us and say, “I’m rich. I’m rich.” It nearly brought a tear to my eye...actually it might of! A couple of days later, another long-time friend, Greg, and his family came through town. We had pizzas at my parent’s house and hung out with Troy’s family too before all going to the drive-in. When Greg, Troy and I started talking about the elementary school that we’d all attended I realized that here it was again...old friends who had become part of the tight tribe. As I reflected, I realized that we’d spent an afternoon with some other friends and their kids who we’d known for 25 years and who’d become mentors to our kids and us. Tomorrow we leave for a family reunion with the cousins in Nebraska. We’ve been gathering for more than two decades and no one misses it unless there is just no way to make it. Bill reminded me of one of my favorite St. Exupery quotes: “Old friends cannot be created out of hand. Nothing can match the treasure of common memories, of trials endured together, of quarrels and reconciliations and generous emotions. It is idle, having planted an acorn in the morning, to expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of an oak.” I, too, feel rich. Scott Titterington, Publisher 6


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t’s hard to believe, but I turned 50 this year and it seems like my face decided it was time to let the world know. I swear, every day brought a new or deeper wrinkle. If you’re like me, you hate wrinkles but not so much that you are willing to inject bacteria into your face. It may not be the flesh-eating kind, but hey, it’s a cousin. If you’ve ever considered it and read the warnings about Botox you know what I am talking about. Most likely the best way to go into it is blind. Being naturally minded and crazy for research I just couldn’t do it. That’s why I went looking for a more natural solution to wrinkle reduction. I found one in Jessica Trumble with Healing Gardens Esthetics ( with the Healing Gardens Health Center in Old Town, Fort Collins. She’s a holistic esthetician. Cool, huh? Jessica’s solution to fine lines and wrinkles is to use natural products to promote new cell growth through exfoliation. As we get older, we make less and less collagen and elastin. Think of collagen as grout or glue between cells, giving the face structure and holding it all together. By exfoliating, removing the surface layer of dead cells, the skin is shocked into having to produce new cells, which stimulate new collagen production—and Voila! —fewer wrinkles. Of course it’s not a miracle cure as nothing ever is, but it does seem to make a difference. I know after leaving Jessica’s my face feels much smoother and looks younger. Even my husband has noticed without prompting and that in itself is amazing. Exfoliating speeds up the normal cell turnover of the skin on your face. Jessica’s approach is twofold: chemical and mechanical. You’ve probably heard of the mechanical type—microdermabrasion. Basically, she runs a minivacuum over my face and with the help of a diamond surface she takes off the top layer of dead skin, forcing my face to 8


bring forth a new layer of cells. The chemical peel exfoliates by burning away the top layer of skin. I know that sounds scary, but she uses natural chemicals to do it: lactic acid, salicylic acid and fruit enzymes. These acids work by breaking up the intercellular “cement” that prevents the natural shedding of dead cells. I have to say, my face feels great afterwards. So, for now I will try exfoliation. Jessica describes exfoliation as a “long-term solution to prevent and reverse aging.” It

day and reapplying frequently, using a good moisturizer, and applying vitamin A (Retin A) and C serums. If you want to buy an anti-aging cream, make sure it has Retinol or Retin A in it. Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) and peptides and pentapeptides have also been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. What else can you do? Eat more fish (Omega-3 is great for the skin), get more sleep (when you sleep your body produces human growth hormone (HGH) which helps your skin’s elasticity), don’t smoke, drink

has the added bonus of lightening those annoying dark spots and clearing up acne. Jessica likes to alter the two types of exfoliation. I’ve had two treatments and am anxious to see how my face will turn out after the recommended six to eight. At least it’s better than injecting bugs in my face! And six treatments are cheaper than one treatment of Botox, so I figure I can’t go wrong. Of course, I am doing the normally recommended things to keep wrinkles at bay, which include using sunscreen every

lots of water, and eat fruits and veggies known to have antioxidants (which fight free radicals that destroy cells). Fifty is a big number. I keep trying to figure out how so many years passed so quickly. It’s okay if my face says “I’m 50!” but when it starts saying I’m older than I am, that’s a problem. And, yeah, as someone recently advised, it’s probably time to start “embracing my inner crone.” Just not yet. Give me a few more years, anyway.


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The ride of your life

Try one more family fling this summer at an amusement park K ATIE HARRIS


ugust is upon us, but that doesn’t mean time has run out to enjoy summer! Whether you’re regretting not fitting in a family trip this summer, or just looking for one last opportunity for all-day fun before sending the kids back to school, these local amusement centers will give your kids something to talk about long after school’s back in session! Take a spin on a go-kart, go for a train ride, or play a family game of mini-golf at one of these local in-town or neighboring city parks! Buckhorn Northern Railroad at North Lake Park 29th St. and Taft Ave., Loveland Kids big and small will enjoy a quick trip or two around the track on a train that’s a part of Loveland’s history. While there, enjoy the neighboring park and lake. Summer hours: W, 2-8pm; Tuesday and ThSu, noon-8pm. (Open through Labor Day.) Admission: $.75 per rider. Call 970-9622727 or visit aspx?page=1981 for more information.

Elitch Gardens 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver With 15 rides designed for small children, along with roller coasters, a water park and live shows, Elitches truly has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Summer hours: Su-F, 10am-7pm; Sa, 10am8pm. (Open weekdays through August 25th, weekends through October) Admission: Adults, $45.99; Children and seniors, $31.99; Ages 3 and under, free. Parking, $15. Check or call 303595-4386 for current discounts and online pricing.

Fort Fun 1513 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins Featuring go-karts, mini-golf, bumper cars and boats, mini-bowling, a weekend train ride, and more!



Summer hours: M-Th, 10am-10pm; F-Sa, 10am-midnight. (Open year round) Admission: Packages vary, visit www.fortfun. biz or call 970-472-8000 for details.

Fun City 455 Prospect Village Dr., Estes Park Soar down two giant slides, ride gokarts, bumper cars and boats, try out a bungee trampoline and climbing wall, or play a round of mini-golf. Summer hours: Daily, 10-8:30. (Seasonal closure varies depending on weather) Admission: Ride costs vary, visit www. or call 970-586-2828 for more information.

Gateway Park Fun Center 4800 N. 28th St., Boulder Try your hand at unique kids’ activities such as a human maze, batting cages, and a driving range, or engage in old favorites like gokarts and an arcade. Summer hours: Daily, 10am-10pm (Open year round with varying winter hours) Admission: Ride prices vary, call 303-8728994 or visit www.gatewayfunpark.reach for more information.

Greeley Family FunPlex 1501 65th Ave., Greeley While known for it’s fantastic kid-friendly pool, the FunPlex is also a great place to play mini-golf and indoor sports such as basketball or volleyball. Summer hours: M-F, 5am-10pm; Sa, 7am8pm; Su, 11am-8pm. (Open year round, swim and open gym hours vary) Admission: Ages 5 and under, $1.50; Ages 6-15 and seniors, $4.50; adults, $5.50. (Mini-golf admission not included). Call 970350-9401 or visit funplex.aspx for more information.

Loveland Laser Tag 401 Denver Ave., Loveland Not only will you find a 5,000 sq. ft. laser tag arena complete with mist-equipped

passageways, Loveland Laser Tag also features dodgeball, basketball, air hockey and a Wii entertainment center. Summer hours: M-Th, 11am-10pm; F-Sa, 11am-midnight; Su, noon-8pm. (Open year round with varying winter hours) Admission: Prices and packages vary, call 970-663-9999 or visit www.laserfuncenter. com for details.

Ride-A-Kart 2250 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park Take a spin on go-karts, bumper cars and boats, and the Xtreme Trampoline, play minigolf, water wars, or try the batting cages. Summer hours: Open daily 9:30am-10pm through mid-August, 10am-6pm late August through September. (Also open weekends until seasonal closing in October) Admission: Packages vary, visit www.ridea or call 970-586-6495 for details.

Tiny Town Miniature Golf 840 Moraine Ave., Estes Park Play a round of mini-golf at a course boasting a small town, friendly feel. Summer hours: Daily, 9am-9:30pm. (Open year round, hours are weather dependent) Admission: $3/person. Call 970-586-6333 for more information.


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f you’re flirting with the idea of composting, it’s normal to be skeptical. Who wants a pile of rotting food in their yard or home? But, composting is more than that – much more. There are many great reasons to compost and the effects can be good for everyone. Waste reduction Integrating composting into your household is one of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of waste you throw away. Additionally, fewer compostables in the landfills mean less landfill mass. Better fertilizer = superior garden When made from a wide variety of plant materials, compost provides a more comprehensive array of nutrients for growing plants than synthetic fertilizer or raw manure. Compost is also more nutrient dense than raw animal manure so it provides longer-lasting results. High-temperature composting can kill weed seeds, unwanted insects, and many types of disease-causing bacteria; all factors that lead to a healthier garden that needs less maintenance. Contribution to cleaner air Compost can help build soil carbon and reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide. This helps moderate the types of greenhouse gas that contribute to climate change. Plus, since composting reduces the amount of food that ends up in a landfill, it simultaneously reduces the amount of methane produced, which is also believed to contribute to global warming. It’s free Materials to make compost are usually free and in northern Colorado, always locally available. Food trimmings are clearly no additional cost, but other additives such as leaves, dead plants, water, and worms are also easy to obtain for



free. Growing more and better crops for less (or no) money is always a win. Getting started: easy steps While some choose to make composting a complex activity that needs daily attention, others have success with little day-to-day work. The first step is obtaining a suitable composting container. Outdoor retailers and local garden and landscape shops have multiple options. It’s also easy to make your own with leftover wood scraps. Once a location is chosen, begin your mixture. It’s important to have a balanced mix of green stuff and brown stuff. Green stuff is high in nitrogen and helps to activate the heat process; it includes food trimmings, coffee grounds, and grass cuttings. Brown stuff is high in carbon and serves as the “food” for your compost; it includes dead leaves, cardboard and cardboard tubes, and dead plants. In addition to green and brown stuff, your compost pile needs both air and water. Compost that isn’t well ventilated can smell bad, attract flies, and get slimy. Your compost needs to be about as damp as a wrung out sponge. You may need to add water. Once you’ve got a pile started, be sure to layer, mix, and/or stir. All of the ingredients (green stuff, brown stuff, air, water) need to interact with one another in order to be effective. Stirring and turning doesn’t need to occur any more often than a few times per month. What not to compost For hygiene and safety reasons, never compost meat, fish, oils and fats, feces, or cat litter. It is also wise to avoid composting bread, pasta, nuts, and seeds. The easiest rule may be to simply never compost cooked or prepared food. Harvesting your compost If all goes well, you will eventually find that you have a layer of good compost at

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Don’t let summer sting and bite you West Nile virus and rabies make a showing

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As summer heats up, it’s a good time to stock up on and use mosquito repellant. This is especially important since the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed the state’s first human case of West Nile virus. Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the Larimer health department, says, “Anyone who has been out in the evening lately is probably noticing mosquitoes. Though people might be annoyed by them, the good news is that the numbers of Culex, the ones that carry West Nile virus, are still very small.” But, she warns, “We generally see a rise in infected mosquitoes beginning the first few weeks of July.” Dr. Mark Wallace, executive director for the Weld County Health Department says conditions are the same in that county. “So far, our overall mosquito presence is low.” However, as summer continues, the risk for contracting the virus increases.” LeBailly points out that the appearance of the virus in mosquitoes happens so suddenly that an infected bite can happen before you’re even aware of West Nile virus circulating in the county. “That’s why it’s really important to protect yourself from being bitten now, before the numbers of infected mosquitoes have exploded and your risk becomes high.” West Nile virus is carried by birds and transmitted by mosquitoes that bite the infected birds. Infected mosquitoes transmit the virus to humans, horses and birds. West Nile virus symptoms may appear in three to 14 days after infection. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, muscle aches and weakness, and rash. Symptoms of severe illness include high fever, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, vision loss, paralysis and even death. People over age 50 are at increased risk of complications of West Nile virus infection. At highest risk of serious illness from West Nile infection are solid organ 14


transplant recipients and people with weakened immune systems. However, anyone can become ill from the bite of a West Nile virus-infected mosquito. If someone develops symptoms, they should contact their health care provider immediately. Mosquitoes thrive in the hot weather, in the tall grasses and in standing water along the edges of the rivers, in backyards, in playgrounds, planters and many places where summer’s best activities take place – such as gardens, patios, softball and soccer fields, and golf courses. It’s good to protect yourself from bites when out in the early morning, evening and through the night either by wearing protective clothing or by using a repellent that is appropriate against Culex mosquitoes. Rabies is rare, but take care Another public health concern is rabies, since a bull and two horses in Weld County, and an unvaccinated kitten on a rural agricultural property north of Fort Collins in Larimer County were confirmed to

have the disease. The case of the kitten has garnered much attention because it’s the first cat in Larimer County to test positive for rabies since the health department was established in 1968. According to the Larimer Health Department, the animal was submitted for rabies testing by a local veterinarian who had examined it for neurological problems and was bitten by the cat. The animal was euthanized and sent to the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, which confirmed it had rabies. During the time the kitten was infectious, it bit or scratched several family members. Three adults and five children are currently receiving rabies vaccine for their exposure. Treatment is warranted because the rabies virus affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), and not treated, it results in paralysis and, eventually, death. In May 2012, skunks surpassed bats as the most common source of rabies in Larimer County, which significantly increases the risk of domestic

Take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes To prevent mosquito bites: Use an effective mosquito repellent when outside between dusk and dawn. Apply repellent to all exposed skin. Read the label before applying to adults and to children; depending on the concentration of the repellent, you may need to reapply it after a couple hours. The Centers for Disease Control recommends using repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (also called p-Menthane-3,8-diol), or IR3535; these repellents have been shown to be effective when used as directed. Eliminate mosquito-breeding areas around your home such as containers of standing water, and treat backyard ponds with a mosquito “dunk” or add mosquito-eating minnows to the pond.

Empty standing water in birdbaths, pools and other containers at least weekly—twice a week when temperatures are over 90 degrees. Mosquitoes can grow from eggs to biting adults in only five days. Repair all house screens and screen doors. A blood-seeking mosquito needs only a fraction of an inch gap to enter a home. Direct one or more strong fans at seating areas of decks or patios. The brisk breeze makes it harder for mosquitoes to fly nearby and land. For information on West Nile virus and safe use of mosquito repellents, visit: •, • •

animals being exposed to rabies. Skunk rabies is a type of “terrestrial” rabies, meaning that it is carried by animals that travel on the ground, rather than by bats that fly. Rabies in ground-dwelling animals, like skunks, increases the risk of rabies exposure to pets, livestock and humans. Beyond skunks, rabies has been confirmed in raccoons, foxes and bison. And several horses in Colorado have died of rabies, including a horse living on property on the Weld/Larimer County border in June. “The number and location of the positive animals isn’t as important as knowing that skunk rabies is now widespread along the front range and nearby foothills of Larimer County,” said LeBailly. “Unvaccinated pets and livestock could be exposed to rabies almost anywhere throughout the county.” For more information on rabies and steps to reduce the risk of exposure, go online to: ehs/rabies.htm, Departments/HealthEnvironment/ index.html (see Health Hot Topics) or Murphy Center for Hope under new ownership, management A Fort Collins nonprofit organization, Serve 6.8, has breathed new life into the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope by purchasing it from the United Way of Larimer County. The Murphy Center opened in March 2009 as an innovative “one-stop-shop” for families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to access services and improve their circumstances. In recent times, the center struggled financially and plans to shift ownership from United Way to Touchstone Health Partners (who managed operations of the center since 2009) dissolved, leaving the future of the center uncertain. Thankfully, Murphy Center services will continue with Serve 6.8 at the helm. More than 20 different nonprofit and community organizations currently have a presence at the Murphy Center and more than 120,000 visits have occurred since its opening day. Thirty-seven percent of center clients are families with children. The Murphy Center currently

averages 156 visitors per day. Serve 6.8 will maintain the current collaborative business model of the Murphy Center, and Sister Mary Alice Murphy, a longtime community advocate for the homeless, gave her blessing to continue using her name on the facility. Serve 6.8 also offered ongoing employment to Touchstone employees who have helped shape the Murphy Center into the successful facility it is today. “Our mission is to serve people in our community in tangible ways with no strings attached,” says Mike Walker, Serve 6.8 executive director. “When presented with the opportunity to serve families and individuals who are homeless or near homeless in our community, we saw it as a perfect mission fit for us. The Sister Mary Alice

house at the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope in November 2013 as part of National Homelessness Awareness Month.

Murphy Center for Hope was built on a strong foundation of community collaboration. We look forward to building on that collaboration by engaging our community in supporting the life changing work that happens everyday through the Murphy Center staff and its partner organizations.” “When people are struggling to get back on their feet and become self-sufficient, it’s a long road. And without people to support you on that journey, it’s a very deep hole,” says Sister Mary Alice Murphy. “It’s very important that the Murphy Center continues to provide services, and I’m pleased that Serve 6.8 plans to continue the spirit of hospitality of treating guests with dignity and respect to help them improve their lives.” Serve 6.8 is planning to host an open

Hahnke, WRC public relations coordinator. The Connect for Health Connection Network is a program that will offer assistance to individuals, families and small businesses seeking healthcare coverage through Colorado’s new health insurance marketplace. Beginning in October, the program will offer an online marketplace for health insurance. “The role of WRC is a vital component for our low-income community members by presenting informational education and best options for their personal circumstances in our trusted environment established nearly 40 years ago,” says WRC Executive Director Mary Vivo. For more information, contact WRC at 970-484-1902 or visit www.

Local Women’s Resource Center to connect people to health insurance Women’s Resource Center (WRC) was among a select group to become part of the Connect for Health Assistance Network. WRC is one of 58 groups selected across the state to provide in-person assistance to customers of the new health insurance marketplace. “This is a tremendous opportunity for WRC to serve our local community and play a hands-on role in the national health reform movement through outreach education and helping individuals and families consider health plan options,” says Jennifer


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School lunch redo

Go hot, cold, colorful, nuts and sweet this year R i c h ard K eller


he calendar isn’t deceiving you. A few short weeks remain before you wake your cranky children, dress them in new clothes, and ship them off to school. Along with the revised schedule, the question “What’s for lunch?” will make a return to your kids’ vocabulary. Keeping children interested in the contents of their lunch bags has been a dilemma for decades. Sure, they may be excited for the first few weeks, but quickly get bored the minute they get two bologna sandwiches in a row. There’s no need to fret. With some new technology and food substitutions, your kids will anticipate lunch each time they sit at the cafeteria table. What follows are a few suggestions to get you through the school year without too many complaints. Go hot The lack of a microwave at your child’s school shouldn’t prevent them from a hot meal when they don’t purchase lunch. Besides insulated bags, products like the Lunch & Go ($29.95, www. have an insert to keep food warm for up to five hours. This allows your child to dine on leftovers from the previous night’s dinner or, when the weather gets cold, soup to keep them warm during recess. Go cold Sometimes your children want to forego a sandwich for lunch and sip one of your healthy smoothies. Since normal bags turn these drinks into warm mush, consider packing them in an insulated bag with an ice pack. Another option is to try something like PackIt ($19.95,, a lunch bag that can be placed in the freezer and kept cold for up to ten hours after removal. This keeps smoothies chilly and vegetables and fruits cool and crisp. 16


Go colorful The practice of placing one serving of fruits or vegetables in a child’s lunchbox has continued since the days of Laura Ingalls. However, with the amount of fresh and organic produce available in today’s markets, there’s no need to keep this limitation. Stock their storage bags or containers with a colorful variety for maximum health. For example, red and orange vegetables like peppers and carrots give your children a boost of the antioxidant eye strengthener beta-carotene. The yellow and orange citrus fruits keep your children healthy during the winter thanks to copious doses of Vitamin C. Go breakfast Your family has breakfast for dinner sometimes, so why not have it for lunch as well? Items like oatmeal, pancakes, and even omelets can keep in an insulated bag stored in their cubbyholes. Since toast may go stale, consider replacing it with a whole-wheat bagel or homemade biscuit with apple butter or honey stored in individual containers. Go nuts Forget the chips and pretzels you once packed in your child’s lunchbox, because the crunch they gave can be replaced by a variety of nuts. Almond slices, cashew pieces, and trail mixes provide good fats for the body, as opposed to the saturated ones in most name-brand potato chips. In addition, nuts are chock full of protein, potassium, Vitamin B, and other essential vitamins and minerals. With nuts,

check to see if there are any limitations in your child’s school due to allergies. Go sweet – the healthy way Kids anticipate the cookie or cupcake added to their lunchbox. Correction – they pretty much expect it from you. Avoid the pre-package, overpreserved, never-expiring sweets found on your supermarket shelves for homemade or bakery-purchased items. When making from scratch, think about the ingredients you can use to make the item healthy as well as good tasting. Substitute refined white sugar and flour for agave syrup and glutenfree, whole-wheat flour. In addition, check to see if you can utilize egg whites in your recipe or, as a substitute, unsweetened applesauce. Check the products you use to make the toppings for cupcakes and sugar cookies. Try to create your own whipped cream instead of using the container in the store’s freezer aisle, and use dark chocolate cocoa powder for frostings.


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The better body image Build (real) body confidence and give (real) perspective on why ultra-thin (for girls) or ultra-bulky (for boys) isn’t best.


o matter how hard we try, we all fail when it comes to erasing social messages about body image from our kids’ minds. The idea that thin is best for girls and big and bulky is best for boys gets through, at least on some level, despite our greatest efforts. If you don’t believe me, look in your kids’ closets. There’s a good chance you will find old Halloween costumes that serve as ridiculous examples of these unrealistic goals. Few girls escape the draw to be a Princess or Barbie for Halloween. Few boys have made it through early elementary school having never been Batman, Superman or a Power Ranger. If you can proudly say your kids avoided these enticements, start looking at their old action figures and dolls that are still lying around. Most likely, you’ll notice they deliver the same message. “Over the past few decades, GI Joe has progressed from an average man to an enormous man with biceps and quads that are unattainable for boys much like Barbie’s full yet thin figure is unattainable for girls,” says Andrea Leigh Holt, MS, LMFT, a Mental Health Therapist for the



By Lynn Utzman Nichols Health District of Northern Larimer County who works out of UCHealth’s Family Medicine Center. Holt has a special take on body image having completed her master’s thesis on the subject as well as counseling individuals about body image, eating disorders and healthy living. “While it’s obvious that girls get the message that what matters most is being physically attractive, I found that it’s statistically just as significant for boys. It’s just not as obvious,” she adds. So, what’s a parent to do to combat such strong social messages that a person’s worth is in his or her looks—and that the most desired “looks” are out of reach for most of us, except a very few? Holt has some good ideas. Start by challenging the media on its false portrayal of what we should look like—by showing how models and even sports stars are altered, shaped and continuously coiffed. Then reinforce that food is fuel, bodies have function, and beauty goes far beyond physical. Finally, project a healthy body image and you will be well on your way to raising

kids who are not only okay with how they look, but proud of who they are and what they can do. Call out the media! Tune in any random night and you are sure to see hard bodies trying to survive, win a singing contest, or conquer zombies or vampires on TV. Movies, music videos, video games and now social media all give the same message: it’s best to look hot and for girls that means extra thin with large breasts and for boys it means “cut” bodies with lots of muscles and being “well endowed.” “Help kids understand that what they see in magazines and in the media is not real. Let them know that most of us could never look like that. Celebrities and sport stars have whole teams— trainers, chefs, makeup artists—who help them look that way. It’s their job to look good and they spend most of their time doing it,” Holt says. She suggests showing kids just how false these images really are. Go online and search “before and after pictures of models” and you are bound to see how ordinary looking people can be made

to look amazing. Producers go to great lengths to splice out undesirable features like extra weight or moles and enhance others with photo software. They can literally change the shape of the face, mouth, nose and eyes to make them more appealing. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the Dove Evolution video on YouTube: jf46U. It shows a model coming in looking a bit disheveled and what she looks like for the photo shoot. Every girl in America should see it. “When I am working with a young adult who is struggling with body image I show her these manipulations so she can see that the final image is not based in reality. That it’s really quite false,” Holt says. Boys also fall victim to sport celebrities who are enhanced by the media. To gain such mass they may be bulking up with steroids, constant weight lifting, and other supplements. “I’ve noticed this shift where sport athletes are now modeling or selling supplements, so the media’s habit of enhancing has bled into the sports world,” she adds. Today’s kids have the extra hurdle of navigating social media. Posting pictures, reading comments and sending messages on various social media sites is often a daily activity for tweens and teens—and a habit that opens them up to public criticism, empowering other kids to comment on their looks. Holt tells of a photo she saw that was enhanced by an “Instagram filter” of a mom and her 14-year-old daughter on vacation: “In the first photo, the girl looks like the average 14-year-old kid and with just one filter she suddenly looks like a 20-year-old model. The mom asked what was wrong with the first picture. I agree.” What does this teach our kids? “Maybe that they are not good enough as they are—that they have to enhance, fix, and falsify to look acceptable,” she muses. Body functions Holt believes that one of the best buffers against media messages is to reinforce with your tween that his body has a function. “It’s not just there to be evaluated by others. It’s there to excel at a sport or another activity, like theatre or

art. Even with art, the body has a function—you are creating something wonderful with your hands,” says Holt. It doesn’t matter what it is, find something your child is good at and focus on the confidence that brings. “Help your child cast a wide net and find a number of things he is good at and enjoys. It brings the focus back to function and purpose, not just looks,” she adds. Also, increase body confidence by allowing your child to take safe risks— in other words, let her explore the world—physically, mentally and emotionally—on her own. When she comes to the realization that: “My body is strong. I’m smart. I can handle this” on her own, it will run deep and help her in times when her looks are questioned. It will also prepare her for when she eventually leaves home.

labeling them as “no no’s” that your kids can never eat. “Moderation is the key. When people start thinking, “I can never have chips or ice cream or French fries, they fail. They get obsessed with what they can’t have and then they binge. A person might decide that it’s her last chance ever to eat the forbidden food so she decides to eat a whole bunch of it all at once with a plan to never eat it again. But if she takes it off the “no” list and allows herself to eat it once in a while, she’s not so tempted, Holt advises. Think of it as the 80/20 rule. If you eat well 80 percent of the time, you can eat not so perfectly the other 20 percent of the time. Finally, eating well has a positive psychological effect—it feels good to eat things we know are good for our bodies and help us function well.

Food is fuel, not the enemy! Here’s something fascinating you probably didn’t know: Eating disorders are pretty much an American invention. “A lot of research shows that there are no such things as eating disorders in other parts of the world, that is until they are introduced to American television and get the message that ultra-thin is best. Now we are seeing eating disorders in several countries,” Holt exclaims. Eating disorders get their punch from the belief that food is to be avoided—that it is literally poison to our bodies. Food doesn’t nourish us, it makes us fat. The less we eat the better, and if we do become “weak” and eat, we need to purge to get rid of it. Of course, eating disorders go much deeper than that, but these are ideas some kids who struggle with them have. Holt admits people often have a complicated relationship with food: “Americans don’t tend to eat well. Too many of us our obese and we love fast food. It’s tricky. How do we combat obesity without making it about being thin? The answer is making it about health.” That can start with educating kids on what foods are healthy for us and what nutrients they hold. On the flip side, teaching which foods are fun to eat but provide mostly empty calories is also important. With unhealthy foods, resist

Model healthy body image Last but not least, be a model (and not the overly skinny type!) for your kids when it comes to a healthy body image. The actor Kate Winslet is quoted as saying, “As a child, I never heard one woman say to me, ‘I love my body.’ Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. No one woman has ever said, ‘I am so proud of my body.’ So I make sure to say it to Mia, because a positive physical outlook has to start at an early age.” If this is true for you, you may have to retrain yourself. Most likely you picked up some “rules” about food and bodies from the women or men in your life. Did your mom always lament about losing ten pounds or would she constantly diet or eat a tiny meal while she fed others a full dinner? Was your dad obsessed about working out? Do you find yourself repeating these habits? Do yourself and your kids a favor: catch yourself. Then, make yourself do the opposite. When you want to give yourself a disgusted look in the mirror, smile. When you feel ugly, find something you like and comment out loud about it. When you want to sit on the sidelines, jump in and participate. After all, your kids’ healthy body images start with you. And really, you are fine just the way you are. UCHealth sponsored this article.


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thompson school district news Check out “Thompson Online” Thompson Online offers a robust online education for K-12 students through the Thompson School District. Students attend classes through an online platform, accessing the curriculum and assignments 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection. Online teachers interact with students through multiple venues, creating a virtual learning environment. The school follows the same high accreditation requirements, including TCAP assessments and Annual Yearly Progress expectations, as any other Thompson school. Thompson Online students can grow, learn and earn credits toward graduation as a Thompson School District student. For further information, contact Kellie Bashor, principal, at 970-613-5132 or thompson Thompson School District information guide The district has posted its informational guide online at www.thompsonschools. org. The publication includes essential information needed to prepare for the start of school, including registration information, school start times and program details. A limited number of printed copies of the publication will be available at the schools, Loveland and Berthoud libraries and the Loveland and Berthoud Chambers of Commerce. New principals at Thompson School District The following schools will greet new principals in the 2013-2014 school year. This list is current as of July 8, 2013:
 Lanny Hass has been hired to become the principal of Thompson Valley High School. Hass is filling the position that was vacated by Mark Johnson, who retired at the end of the school year. Hass, who is a graduate of Thompson Valley High School, has over 24 years of experience in the field of education. He completed his undergraduate work at Colorado State University before pro22


ceeding to earn his Master’s Degree in Mathematics at the University of Northern Colorado and his administrative licensure through CSU. Hass served as a teacher at Berthoud High School, Bill Reed Middle School and at Thompson Valley before transitioning to the role of Assistant Principal at the location. In January 2012, Hass began work as the “Colorado Integration Project Manager” for the district, managing grant funding that has been awarded by the Colorado Legacy Foundation. 
Tiffany Miller has been named the principal at Conrad Ball Middle School. She began serving in the position on an interim basis this Spring when Dr. Scott Elias departed the district. Miller was born and raised in Fort Collins. She attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education before moving back to her home community to teach elementary school. She later earned a Master’s degree in Education Leadership with an emphasis in Human Resources from Colorado State University. Two years ago, Miller was hired to become an Assistant Principal at the middle school. 
Karen Hanford is now serving as the new principal of Truscott Elementary School. Hanford will be filling the position vacated by Wendy Fothergill, who has decided to depart the district. Before the appointment, Hanford served as the English Language Acquisition Administrator for the district, a role she had been in since 2011. Before that, she taught kindergarten, second, fourth and fifth grades at schools in LaPorte, Greeley, and Longmont, Colo. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University, and an endorsement in the Linguistically Diverse program at Adams State College. Hanford’s vast experience also includes work as a Reading Intervention Specialist, Title One

Literacy teacher, GT liaison, ESL teacher and RtI Coordinator, as well as service on numerous leadership teams. 
Christine Smith has been named interim principal at Walt Clark Middle School. Smith is filling the position that was vacated by Martha Gustafson, who has departed the district. Smith, who attended Walt Clark Middle School as a youngster and later graduated from Thompson Valley High School, has spent her entire 17year career at Turner Middle School in Berthoud. She served as a 6th-grade teacher for 11 years and has most recently been the assistant principal for six years. Smith attended the University of Northern Colorado where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a focus on Elementary Education. She later completed her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Educational Leadership at Colorado State University. 
Kimberly Tymkowych is the new principal at Centennial Elementary School in Loveland. She is filling the position vacated by Anne Marie Sanchez, who has moved to the district’s administrative office to focus on literacy efforts as a “Principal on Special Assignment.” Tymkowych comes to the district from Weld County School District 6, where she served as an assistant principal at Shawsheen Elementary School since last year. She also has experience as an instructional math and literacy coach and has taught third and fourth grades. Tymkowych received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum Instruction and Assessment from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2010, she also earned her Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.

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poudre school district news Parent volunteers show students that school is important

Diane Desrosiers is the VBC for Zach Elemenatary.

Poudre School District has over 18,000 volunteers, consisting of parents, grandparents, seniors and community members. Managing that many volunteers in 48 schools is quite a feat! Helping the PSD’s Volunteers & Partnerships office manage the multitude of volunteers at each school site is a Volunteer Building Coordinator (VBC). These dedicated volunteers donate many hours to ensure the volunteer program at their school is a success. Some have done it for many years, starting in elementary schools, and continuing in this volunteer position even after their children move on to middle school and even high school! Zach Elementary Volunteer Building Coordinator, Diane Desrosiers, volunteered for three years in the school prior to becoming the VBC for the 2012-13 school year. She volunteered in the classroom for reading groups, helped with math and classroom parties, and was involved in Staff Appreciation events and Zach’s Kindergarten Breakfast. Desrosiers says, “I love helping in the classroom the most out of all my volunteer duties. I think children really absorb the idea that if their parent is at school helping, then school must be very important and that their parents care about them and how they do in school.” Parent volunteers at Zach are very dedicated and Desrosiers says she is amazed at the hours spent each week by the volunteers, reading and working with the students, making copies, preparing projects, 24


and organizing things for teachers. One of her favorite memories was the year they made flower posters for each staff member at Zach. Each child decorated a petal for their teacher and other staff members, and the petals were put on flower posters. “The halls of Zach were lined with beautiful flowers for each and every staff member,” recalls Desrosiers. She has also helped with performing clerical tasks for teachers, which frees up the teachers to spend more time in direct instruction and one-on-one help with students, coordinating the Staff Appreciation events, and coaching Book Bowl. Desrosiers likes to read, hike, listen to Great Courses lectures, ride bikes with her family, and learn new things in her spare time. “As a stay at home mom, volunteering gives me the chance to use my skills and creativity while my kids are at school, while knowing that everything I do directly benefits Zach and the kids attending school there,” says Desrosiers. Registration and school choice deadlines Registration days for new students in PSD are scheduled for:

• August 5-9: New middle and high school students • August 6-7: New elementary students

Visit school websites for more detailed information about days and times for registration. School of Choice deadlines for elementary and secondary schools are in January and February. Visit the PSD website for more information on how to apply.

School start dates, open houses and bus schedules The first day of school in PSD is August 20. However, some schools offer transition days for incoming new students (typically at the 6th and 9th grade levels) on Monday, August 19. Visit your school’s website or call your child’s school in August for details. School start and end times, open house dates and bus schedules are posted

to the PSD website before the start of school at Breakfast and lunch prices for 2013-14 Full priced/reduced price meal fees for elementary and secondary schools in 2013-14 will be as follows: Breakfast Paid Student: $1.25 Reduced: $0 Free: $0 Lunch Elementary Paid $2.25 Secondary Paid $2.50 Reduced $.40 School supply lists available at schools Elementary school supply lists are available at each school, listed in school newsletters, and may be available from local merchants. Secondary students should bring a notebook, paper, pencil, and pen the first day of school. Classroom teachers will announce specific supplies required. Needed updates at school The start of school is a great time to update information about your child. Please ensure the following information is current with your child’s school:

• Please inform your school’s health care staff if your child has health concerns, medications or dietary needs. A complete physical exam by a physician is required for the preschool program and recommended for students entering kindergarten and 4th grade. • Parents are encouraged to keep phone numbers, addresses and emergency contact information updated throughout the school year. Watch for a student information form to come home with your child during the first week of school. Provide your email for emergency notifications and communication from the school and district. Sign up at > Email Alert Sign Up (found on the slideshow at the top of the page).


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greeley-evans district 6 news 2013-14 calendar and school schedule available The Greeley-Evans School District 6 school calendar and schedule for the 2013-14 academic year is available through individual school websites, as well at the District 6 website at www. The calendar and schedule reflect some changes from the previous school year that should be noted. The school year will begin Aug. 15 for all students. Daily start and end times have changed at each school level. In addition, Northridge, Greeley Central and Greeley West high schools will now have an early release day each Monday, a change from last year. Jefferson High School and the Greeley Alternative Program will not have the same early release schedule. Here are the school schedules for the 2013-14 academic year: Elementary/K-8—Mondays 8:25am-2:15pm; Tuesdays-Fridays 8:25am-3:45pm Middle schools (except Engage Online Academy)—9am-2:45pm; Tuesdays-Fridays 9am-4:15pm High Schools (except Engage, Jefferson, Engage and Greeley Alternative program)—Mondays 7:15am-1:45pm; Tuesdays-Fridays 7:15am-3:15pm Morning half-day kindergarten will start at 8:25am and get out at 11:20am Tuesday-Thursday. They will have a longer day on Monday starting at 8:25am with a 2:15pm dismissal. They will have no school on Friday. Afternoon half-day kindergarten will start at 12:50pm and get out at 3:45pm Tuesday-Thursday. They will have a longer day on Friday; starting at 8:25am and dismissing at 2:15pm. They do not have school on Monday. Bus transportation has been adjusted to accommodate the new schedules. Routes and pick-up and drop off times will be available through the Transportation Department after Aug. 1. The school calendar for 2013-14 is available at 26


GAP graduates record number of students in 2012-13 The Greeley-Evans Alternative Program graduated 74 students in a ceremony at Greeley Central High School Friday night, June 28. The alternative high school also graduated 36 students in December, bringing the total 110 students, a record for the program. An additional 34 students took credit recovery courses through GAP and were able to graduate at their home school this May, says GAP Principal Dave Shaffer. “That’s 144 students who graduated because of this program,” Shaffer says. “These are students who can now go onto college, the military, jobs – they have opportunities they would have not had without a high school diploma.” GAP offers three shifts of classes to accommodate students who must work full time or who need more flexibility. It allows students to progress through courses at their own pace, and offers a place for students who have not been successful in a traditional school setting, or who are of a non-traditional high school age. “We are incredibly proud of all these students,” Shaffer says.

District 6 wants help naming new middle school Greeley-Evans School District 6 is seeking input from residents of Greeley and Evans on the name, mascot and colors for the new middle school that will be constructed in West Evans in 2015. The district will be collecting suggestions at community and school events, and through the District 6 website at under the New Middle School tab on the left side of the homepage. The new school will be constructed to replace the existing John Evans Middle School. Funding is being provided through a Building Excellent Schools Today grant, as well as matching funds from a local bond issue that passed in November 2012. A screening committee composed of students, parents, school and community members will review the suggestions and narrow the pool to about six choices. The public will then again have a chance to vote for their favorite. The top three vote-getters will be presented to the Board of Education in October for the final selection. The school is slated to be completed by the fall of 2015.


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lunchbox Poudre School District— Elementary student lunches are $2.25, secondary student lunches are $2.50 and reduced lunches are $0.40. Entrees offered daily: Elementary—a variety of fruits and vegetables, milk and juices; Secondary--hot and cold sandwiches, fruits and vegetables, deli salad and pizza. Elementary school 20 Burrito; chicken nuggets; PBJ 21 Chef salad; hamburger; corn dog 22 Veggie wrap; Teriyaki chicken w/rice; grilled cheese sandwich 23 Turkey & cheese deli; cheese pizza; black bean tostada 26 Ham & cheese deli; chicken patty sandwich; turkey pot pie 27 Yogurt & fruit box; mac n’cheese; chicken enchilada bake

28 Veggie paella; cheeseburger; chicken Caesar salad 29 Hog dog; unbreaded chicken bites; PBJ 30 Mediterranean wrap; pepperoni pizza; cheese raviolis Secondary schools 19 Nachos el Grande; pasta w/sauces 20 Teriyaki chicken w/rice; beef tacos 21 Chicken nuggets; tomato soup & grilled cheese

22 Orange chicken w/rice; Philly cheesesteak 23 Asian noodle bowl; burrito 26 Mac n’cheese; chicken taco 27 Black bean tostada; Italian spaghetti 28 Unbreaded chicken bites; chicken enchilada bake 29 Baked potato bar; Spanish chicken 30 Turkey gravy & potatoes; Asian rice bowl

Thompson R2J School District — Elementary lunches are $2.50. Secondary school lunches are $2.75. Reduced lunches are $0.40. Offered daily: PBJs & fruit. Elementary schoolS 27 French bread boat 28 BBQ chicken breast 29 Chicken fajita taco 30 Veggie lasagna

Greeley District 6 —To obtain a complete meal, student gets an entrée and can select 1-3 sides. Elementary lunches are $2.25, and middle school lunches are $2.50, reduced-price lunches are $.40. Offered daily: PBJ. Elementary schools 15 Herb chicken w/dinner roll; ham & cheese hoagie 16 Veggie pizza; PBJ 19 BBQ pork sandwich; turkey & cheese wrap 20 Tacos/rice; chicken salad sandwich 21 Lasagna w/breadstick; PBJ 22 Chicken sandwich; ham & cheese hoagie 23 Pepperoni pizza; PBJ 26 Hamburger/cheeseburger; turkey & ham wrap

27 Bean & cheese burrito; chicken salad sandwich 28 Pasta w/meat sauce; PBJ 29 Roast turkey w/dinner roll; ham & cheese hoagie 30 Cheese pizza; PBJ Secondary schools 15 Herb chicken w/dinner roll; Italian wrap 16 Veggie pizza; PBJ 19 BBQ pork sandwich; chicken fajita wrap

20 Tacos/rice; club wrap 21 Lasagna w/breadstick; PBJ 22 Chicken sandwich; ham & cheese hoagie 23 Pepperoni pizza; PBJ 26 Hamburger/cheeseburger; turkey & cheese wrap 27 Bean & cheese burrito; chicken salad sandwich 28 Pasta w/meat sauce; PBJ 29 Roast turkey w/dinner roll; Italian wrap 30 Cheese pizza; PBJ

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AUGUST 2013 ONGOING Through-Aug. 4 South Pacific presented by the Stampede Troupe The classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical that premiered on Broadway in 1949. Greeley Central High School, 1515 14th Ave., GR. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars. Aug. 1-4 The Mostlies: Parody Night present Fifty Shades of Grey…Hair The Mostlies present their annual musical, comedy, parody revue. The show is rated PG-13. Lincoln Center, FC. 11am. 970-221-6730 or Aug. 2-4 Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Presented by Up in Lights Theater Productions for Kids by Kids Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., LV. 970-962-2021 or Aug. 9-18 Encore! Encore! “The Red Velvet Cake War” A fast-paced, off-kilter, southern comedy baked inside a high-stakes wager, a family feud, and a Texas tornado. Lincoln Center, FC. 970-2216730 or Aug. 16-17 Chippendales A must-see for birthday girls, bacheloretts and all women who just want to have fun! Rated R. 7pm. Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. 4th St., LV. 970962-2120 or Aug. 16-18 Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest  This community arts and music festival’s 25th anniversary year will feature 8 stages of continuous live entertainment. The kick-off concert evening on Friday, August 16 will begin at 5pm on the



Mountain Avenue Stage, then the full festival runs all day Saturday and Sunday. The festival celebrates Fort Collins’ 140th birthday by hosting over 250 vendor booths, arts and crafts, all types of cuisine, great Colorado beer, a carnival, a Kids’ World and Kids’ Music Adventure and all in historic Downtown, FC . Festival Hours: 5-10pm Friday/ 10am-10pm Saturday/ 10am-7pm Sunday. 970-4846500 or Aug. 23-24 I Dreamed I Was a Dancer Presented by Canyon Concert Dance Center. Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia, FC. 970-221-6730 or High Country Conservatory of Dance 2013 Summer Showcase. 7pm. Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. 4th St., LV. 970962-2120 or Through August 25 Shrek: the Musical This Colorado state premiere is certain to be the biggest endeavor ever presented by Midtown Arts Center. This show brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life. Midtown Arts Center, 3750 S. Mason ST., FC. 970-225-2555 or Through Sept. 1 The Sound of Music This lavish and critically acclaimed production tells the uplifting true story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains and works its magic once again, for young and old alike. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Market Place Dr., Johnstown, CO. 970-744-3747 or www.

Thursday, Aug 1 Thursday Night Live Concert Old Town Square, FC. 7-9pm. 970-4846500 or Hit & Run (Bluegrass) Foote Lagoon Concerts. 7-9pm. Civic Center, 500 E. 3rd St., LV. 970-9622770 or Nature Nuggets—Home on the Range Bring your little ones (ages 3-7 years) for stories, hands-on activities, and games. 10-11am, Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the barn near the parking lot. www. Family Movie Night: Hotel Transylvania 6pm. Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave., Firestone. 720-685-5100 or Computers for Kids: Keyboarding & Word Processing For children grades 3-5. 4-5pm. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 970-506-8600 or iLearn Technology: Microsoft Word 101 9:30am-11:30am and 12:30-2:30pm. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 970-962-2599 or Genealogy Help@Your Library 1-5pm. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 970-962-2599 or www.

Friday, Aug. 2 Downtown Summer Sessions Concert Series Local Colorado bands, local craft beer and summer fun! Old Town Square, FC. 7-9pm. 970-484-6500 or www.


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Scrabble @ Your Library Players of all ability and experience levels are welcome. 10am. Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 970-2216740 or Passport to Health: Kickboxing— cardio, conditioning, and muscular toning Outdoor fitness series. 11:30am12:30am. Great Lawn at Chapungu Sculpture Park, east of Macy’s at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. LV. Sounds of Centerra: BeenThereDoneThat (rock) 7pm. Great Lawn at Chapungu Sculpture Park, east of Macy’s at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. LV. Tell Me More About Comets and Meteors Enjoy a brief family-friendly astronomy program followed by skygazing with telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. Dress warmly, bring water, and a jacket. Please arrive on time—entrance gate closes after start. Registration required at 8-10:30pm, Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Meet at the picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from the parking lot.

Saturday, Aug. 3 Movie Night: Mars Attacks! A hostile takeover by flying saucers provides the basis for this off-beat sci-fi epic staring Jack Nicholson and Glenn Close. Rated: PG-13. 7pm. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970-2216740 or Monday, Aug. 5 Kindle & Library eBooks This class is also for iPad, smartphone and other mobile device users who want to use the Kindle app for their library eBooks. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 970-962-2599 or www.



Tuesday, Aug. 6 Noontime Notes: Rodney James & The High Gear Daddies (Rock-n-Roll, Rockabilly) Oak Street Plaza, Old Town, FC. 11:30am-1pm. 970-484-6500 or www. Great Decisions—China in Africa What are the interests that govern China’s engagement in Africa? 7pm. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970221-6740 or NightTime Nature with Kevin Cook: Master of Aquarobics: American Dipper 6-7pm. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 970-962-2599 or www.

Todo Mundo (World/Latin) Foote Lagoon Concerts. 7-9pm. Civic Center, 500 E. 3rd St., LV. 970-9622770 or Computers for Kids: Power Point For children grades 3-5. 4-5pm. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 970-506-8600 or Nature Nuggets—Bunny Hop Bring your little ones (ages 3-7 years) for stories and hands-on activities. Parents/ guardians must be present at all times. 10-11am, Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Meet at picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from parking lot.

Thursday, Aug. 8 Thursday Night Live Concert Old Town Square, FC. 7-9pm. 970-4846500 or

Downtown Summer Sessions Concert Series Local Colorado bands, local craft beer and summer fun! Old Town Square, FC. 7-9pm. 970-484-6500 or www.

Vibrant Health Education—Minerals Find out how optimum mineral levels will make your brains snappy and your muscles strong. Presented by Kathy Westover, MA, MNT. 7pm. Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 970-2216740 or

Friday, Aug. 9 Zumba—fun, dance-based cardio Outdoor fitness series. 11:30am12:30am. Great Lawn at Chapungu Sculpture Park, east of Macy’s at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. LV.


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Drive-In Movie Series for Kids Make cardboard-box cars for the “drivein” (Please bring a box that your child can sit comfortably in and a shoebox for snacks.) 3-6pm. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 970-962-2599 or

Saturday, Aug. 10 Live Nation presents Brian Regan It is the quality of Regan’s material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow his fan base. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian Regan consistently fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Lincoln Center, FC. 7pm. 970-221-6730 or Movie Night: Men in Black Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith star as members of a top secret organization established to monitor alien activity. 7pm. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970-221-6740 or Chess@Your Library 11am. Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 970-221-6740 or Ben Taylor Singer-songwriter plays a blend of pop, folk, and rock and roll. His songs are inspired by everyday happenings including emotions, relationships and the great outdoors. 7:30pm. Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. 4th St., LV. 970962-2120 or

Sunday, Aug. 11 Genealogy Program A class on research facilities with emphasis on the types and examples of available facilities in the area. 2pm. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970221-6740 or Nook and Library eBooks 5:30pm. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 970-962-2599 or www.



Tuesday, Aug. 13 Master of Aquarobics: American Dipper Kevin Cook. Noon. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970-221-6740 or

Genealogy Program: Taking Stock— Developing a Solid Research Plan 6:30pm. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970-221-6740 or www.

International Night: Guatemala Addison Welsh shares her experiences in Guatemala during the summer of 2013. 7pm. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970-221-6740 or www.

Nature Nuggets—Bunny Hop Bring your little ones (ages 3-7 years) to learn about nature with stories and hands-on activities. Parents/guardians must be present at all times. 10-11am, Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space. Meet at program shelter near parking lot.

Muslim Journeys: Persepolis High Schoolers interested in learning more about Iran and Iranian culture are invited to attend this presentation. 1-3pm. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 970-962-2548 or www.

Wednesday, Aug. 14 Old Town Tunes with Bettman and Halpin A mixture of folk, roots, bluegrass and jazz. 7pm. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970-221-6740 or www. Breastfeeding Basics Learn techniques that can help breastfeeding go smoothly. Dads welcome. Medical Center of the Rockies, 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave. LV. 7-9pm. 970-495-7500 or Assistive Technology Demonstration Learn about the assistive technology options available to you. 10am-Noon. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 970-221-6740 or Paws to Read Young readers read out loud to therapy dogs. 6:30-7:45pm. Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave., Firestone. 720-685-5100 or

Thursday, Aug. 15 eTown Live Radio Taping: Big Head Todd & the Monsters and more 7pm. Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia, FC. 970-221-6730 or

Computers for Kids: iPad Mania For children grades 3-5. 4-5pm. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 970-506-8600 or www.

Friday, Aug. 16 Power Walk and Running—cardio, heart rate Outdoor fitness series. 11:30am12:30am. Great Lawn at Chapungu Sculpture Park, east of Macy’s at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. LV. www. Sounds of Centerra: Interstate Cowboy (country) 7pm. Great Lawn at Chapungu Sculpture Park, east of Macy’s at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. LV. www.

Saturday, Aug. 17 Kindles@Your Library Learn to download library eBooks to your Kindle anywhere, any time. Bring your Kindle. 3:30pm. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 970-221-6740 or Health Care Crisis: Why are so many so sick? Dr. Derek’s monthly health talks. 10:30am-noon. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 970-962-2401 or

Sunday, Aug. 18 Game Day@Your Library 1-5pm. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970-221-6740 or www.


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Monday, Aug. 19 Assistive Technology Demo 9:30-11am. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970-221-6740 or www. Money Matters: Outsmarting Investment Fraud 7pm. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 970-221-6740 or www.

Tuesday, Aug. 20 Everyone Has a Story/Digital Journaling 101 Learn to create a WordPress blog, a content calendar to keep you and your blog moving forward, as well as how to build your first post, find your style, share via social media, curate comments and guest post. 7pm Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970221-6740 or Wednesday, Aug. 21 Childbirth (Labor skills) Learn the techniques of breathing, massage, relaxation, positioning and other tools to use in labor. For mother and one support person. Westbridge Medical Suites, 1107 S. Lemay Ave., FC. 7-9:30pm. 970495-7500 or Money Matters: Investment Fraud 7pm. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970-221-6740 or www. Nooks@Your Library Learn to download library eBooks to your Nook. 7pm. Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 970-2216740 or

Thursday Aug. 22 Nature Nuggets—Busy Beavers Bring your little ones (ages 3-7 years) to learn about nature’s amazing little architects and visit a beaver lodge. Parents/guardians must be present at all times. 10-11am, Magpie Meander Natural Area. Meet at Soft Gold Park parking lot. Computers for Kids: Scratch That! 4-5pm. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 970-506-8600 or www.



Friday, Aug. 23 The ballad of Baby Doe Presented by Opera Fort Collins. A rags-to-riches two-act opera based on the historical figures of Horace Tabor, Agusta Tabor, and Elizabeth “Baby Doe” Tabor. 7:30pm. Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia, FC. 970-221-6730 or History Come Alive: Dr. Rose Kidd Berre Learn about the first woman superintendent of Denver General Hospital. 7pm. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 970-221-6740 or Cycling—cardio, heart rate, and training Outdoor fitness series. 11:30am12:30am. Great Lawn at Chapungu Sculpture Park, east of Macy’s at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. LV. Sounds of Centerra: Potcheen (Celtic) 7pm. Great Lawn at Chapungu Sculpture Park, east of Macy’s at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. LV.

Saturday, Aug. 24 Movie Night: War of the Worlds A contemporary retelling of HG Wells’ seminal classic sci-fi adventure. 7pm. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970-221-6740 or Tuesday, Aug. 27 Library eBooks on your iPads, iPhones, Smartphones and Tablets Learn how to find the Overdrive, Freading and One Click apps, download them and begin checking our library eBooks and eAudiobooks on your phone or tablet! 7pm. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 970-221-6740 or Friday, Aug. 30 Ballet in the Round 7pm. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 970-221-6740 or

Es importante que los niños tengan un buen comienzo cuando visitan por primera vez al Dentista.


sa visita debe estar hecha con

A veces los padres envían men-

padres así que piense en la primera

sajes negativos a los niños sobre

visita como una entrevista de tra-

ed espera del equipo de dentista y

el dentista así que padres piensen

bajo donde usted va a contratar al

lo que espera el niño.

que la oficina del dentista es como

dentista si no cumple con los requis-

el salón de clase donde primero

itos necesita seguir buscando hasta

tiempo de preguntar qué va a pas-

se observa para darles tiempo a

encontrar el apropiado, no deje a su

ar en la primer visita para que así

los niños para que conversen con

hijo con el primero que se ofrece.

como padre se sienta cómodo con

los asistentes. Que es lo que usted

el procedimiento de la oficina, si la

observa? Están tratando al niño

ayuden para encontrar un buen

persona en el teléfono no contesta

conforme su edad? El equipo de

dentista donde puedan crecer

todas sus preguntas entonces en

dentista está contento y amable?

saludables sus hijos.

forma amable vuelva a preguntar

Ellos están ensenando al niño o

cuando llegue a la cita.

solo están haciendo su trabajo? Re-

padres, niños, y dentista para que

spuestas positivas a estas pregun-

tenga el mejor cuidado!

todas las expectativas que ust-

Yo recomiendo que se tome el

Para los niños, la visita al dentista tiene que ser acerca de apren-

tas ponemos a los padres y niños

dizaje, sentirse cómodo y con-

en buenas manos.

fortable los niños aprenden mas

Esto incluye en el grupo a los

Al final de la cita, todo ha sido ex-

cuando se sienten en confianza y

plicado y usted está conforme con

en un ambiente amable y mirando

las respuestas y todo lo entendió.

a otros niños.

Espero que estas ideas les

El dentista también ensena a los

—Greg Evans, DDS Owner, Big Grins Pediatric Dentistry


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It is important that Children get off to a good start when visiting the dentist for the first time.


he first visit sets the ground

other children. Often parents

you so you are comfortable

rules for what to expect

unknowingly send mixed signals

with your understanding? Den-

from the dental team and

to a child about dentistry, so

tists also teach parents, so think

what is expected of the child. I

parents can think of the den-

of that first visit as an interview.

recommend taking the time to

tal office like a classroom and

Would you “hire” that dentist,

ask what will happen at the first

observe first. That gives a child

or do you need to keep look-

visit so you as the parent have

time to interact with the staff.

ing? Don’t settle when it comes

a comfort level with the proce-

What do you observe? Is the

to your kids, your gut feeling

dures of the office. If the phone

child treated in an age appro-

should be positive!

person can’t answer that ques-

priate level? Are the staff caring

tion, then question whether

and cheerful? Are they teaching

you find a place your child can

they are kid friendly!

or just going through the mo-

grow and be healthy. It takes a

tions? Positive answers to these

team of parents, child and a den-

should be about learning and

questions will put both parent

tal team that cares to get it right!

gaining confidence. Children

and child at ease.

For Children, the dental visit

learn best in a comfortable environment and by watching

Hopefully these tips will help

At the end of the appointment, are things explained to

—Greg Evans, DDS Owner, Big Grins Pediatric Dentistry


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A rediscovery of self-expression as a parent, without the guilt B y Ma i a B a c c ar i


dear friend of mine cut a piece of wood, broke out her paint cans and a length of wire to assemble a sign and a two-by-two-foot space in this world, in which she and her house guests may, in theory, live a moment without guilt. The sign reads, “Shame-Free Zone.” What was the impetus for this sign? A series of conversations constantly circling back to the topic of our children and our time, hours and minutes and seconds of our ever hectic lives, which have essentially been hijacked by our kids. Completely inappropriate complaints about the sleep we don’t get, the fun we don’t have, and the bathroom we can’t find the time to clean. These grievances are consistently preceded with the guilt-inspired and completely obvious statement, “Of course I love my kid and enjoy spending time doing (fill in the blank) but…” What does all this time deprivation lead to? For most of us it leads to an attempt to carve out a tiny morsel of the day, week or month in which we can reconnect with our pre-parent selves. We hear the persistent jargon that we need to take care of ourselves in order to take care of our children. However, most of us talk about it more than actually doing it; and when we do take a much-needed sanity break we often feel guilty about it. I hear it from friends and I hear it from parents that I have just met. Tales of our guilt-laden outings, times when we were, for shame, taking care of our own needs and desires. I had a conversation with a single mother of three daughters about how she was preparing to go to a wedding in the mountains for the weekend without her kids. She expressed her utter excitement about having some time 42


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