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n experienced Edgewater City Council member will slide into the mayor’s seat, after city voters chose a mayor and three City Council members in the Nov. 7 general election. Along with current mayor Kris Teegardin, incumbents whose terms expired this year include Mayor Pro Tem Todd Riddle and councilwomen Laura Keegan and Janet Spangenberg. Keegan and Riddle were among four candidates for mayor, along with Grant Babb and Bonnie McNulty. Keegan won the four-way race with 312 votes, Riddle received 274, Babb 253 and McNulty 200 votes. Keegan, who will serve a two-year term, said she was very honored to have been chosen mayor and felt her more than eight years on the City Council helped. “I’m familiar with the city and the growth we’ve seen,” she said. “I really reached out to people to say I’ve actively participated and I want to continue.” John Boltran garnered the most votes among the six city council candidates – 618 - and called the campaign a Continued on page 15

WEST COLFAX COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TRANSFORMED the landscaping in front of Rockley Music for its second Business Beautification Project of the year. More than 20 volunteers with help from Calahan Construction accomplished the task in three hours one Saturday in October. PHOTO COURTESY OF WCCA

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f you’re looking for activities to celebrate the holidays locally, the your cities, libraries, nonprofits and churches have got you covered. Here is a rundown of the activities taking place through midDecember:

Fall Vendor Event Saturday, Nov. 18, Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge The Fall Vendor Event will have products you can purchase and take with you, and products you can order. Businesses include: Color Street, Damsel in Defense, HELO, LipSense, Life Designs Real Estate, LuLaRoe, Monat, Norwex, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, PartyLite, Premier Designs, Red Bandana Bakery, Serve the Line Foundation, Shaklee, Stitchin’ A Dream, Usborne, Wildtree and Young Living. Just in time for holiday shopping! Come and buy local and support some home-based businesses.

live reindeer petting; Artisans Market with handcrafted holiday gifts; arts and crafts for the whole family; and local restaurants and food trunks. The tree-lighting ceremony will begin in front of Stevens Elementary at 6:30 p.m. This is the city’s official tree-lighting ceremony with more than 12,000 multicolor bulbs to light up the spectacular 25foot evergreen! Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a local food bank! For more info, call 720-259-1030.

Holiday Open House & Kids Craft Party Saturday, Dec. 2, Wheat Ridge Library, noon to 4 p.m.

Start your holiday season with us at our festive holiday open house and create fun holiday crafts! Get your face painted between noon and 2 p.m. Suitable for all ages. For details, visit www.jeffcolibrary.org.

DIY Holiday Gift ‘Buffet’ Sunday, Dec. 3, hOMe Collective, 1 to 4 p.m., 6101 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge Learn how to handcraft a thoughtful set of gifts for yourself or your loved ones this holiday season! Master herbalist and Reiki healer Alana Watanabe will offer a widely varied “buffet” of handcrafted gift tutorials including herbal salve, essential oil massage candles, exfoliating scrub, shaving lotion for all genders, aromatherapeutic cologne, chakra balancing blends, handcrafted

Saturday, Dec. 2, Stevens Elementary, 3 to 7 p.m., 7101 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge Start off your holiday season with carolers, hot cocoa, crafts, Santa and Mrs. Claus, train rides and more! Localworks and the City of Wheat Ridge are excited to kick off the season with the sixth annual Holiday Celebration on Ridge at 38. Fun family activities include free hot chocolate, cider, and cookies; live holiday music; free horse drawn carriage and train rides; free professional photo with Santa;

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Gingerbread House Decorating Saturday, Dec. 9, Wheat Ridge Library, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 5475 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge Prepare for the holidays by decorating a festive gingerbread house during winter break! Show off your artistic engineering and decorating skills with your friends! Suitable Continued on page 2

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he last few months have been disastrous for many people in our country and heart-rending for all of us. We witnessed hurricanes, massive fires, and manmade disasters of shootings, more shootings, and trucks driven into crowds. Faced with a flood of disasters we can’t control and can’t forget, we all can raise the good by finding ways to do something worthy and helpful in our own communities. With the holiday season approaching, there are many ways to do just that. There are ways to give your time in volunteer activities. KNITTING FOR COLLIER HOSPICE AT IPIE in Wheat Donating food, toys, clothing and other items can add an extra boost of Ridge every Saturday are Linda Salazar, Amanda Pe- comfort and joy for someone’s holiday, also.

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that “Lakewood should just shut down and take things backward” in terms of growth. “That’s a very isolationist point of view and would not have a positive effect on Lakewood,” he said. “I’m very concerned that the current council will be taking a few steps backward.” Davis said he was proud his campaign did not rely on consultants or a political party and had no regrets. “I think municipal races should be nonpartisan and when you have politicking in these races it creates a paralyzed council,” he added. In other Lakewood City Council races, Ramey Johnson defeated Kyra deGruy in Ward 1, Mike Bieda got more votes than Michael Gifford in Ward 3, David Skilling won a three-way race over Bill Furman and LaDawn Sperling in Ward 4 and Karen Harrison won the Ward 5 seat over Nancy Palozzi. leave a message, please provide your name, address, phone number and how many meals are needed. Meals may be requested to pick up at the church. No reservations for pickup or delivery accepted after 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Contact the church at 303-237-5526 for more information.

The Christmas Craftapalooza Saturday, Dec. 2, New Life in Christ Church, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1380 Ammons St., Lakewood The Christmas Craftapalooza is a different kind of craft fair. Vendors not only sell their own handmade items, but also present a mini-workshop where participants make their own crafts! The fair is free to attend, and vendors pay a very low table fee plus 10 percent. Vendors are asked to bring a simple craft for fair goers to make that would be suitable for gift giving for a low fee – $5 to $10 – or even free. The Craftapalooza targets families with children who are mid- to low-income and is presented at a facility that provides a cold weather shelter for families. This is an excellent opportunity to minister to individuals and families who have fallen on hard times, and may not have an opportunity to give their families and loved ones a special Christmas. To reserve a table as a vendor, please call 303-406-1917.

Holiday Open House Wednesday, Dec. 6, Edgewater Library, 3 to 6 p.m., 5843 W. 25th Ave., Edgewater Come enjoy food, get your face painted and talk to Santa! Fun for all ages! Visit www.jeffcolibrary.org for more information.

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families from 6 to 7 p.m. to come experience and learn more about their school. All schools offer half-day native language (English and Spanish) preschool, full-day kindergarten, one-way dual language, 1:1 iPads and much more! Teachers and staff from Jefferson Junior/Senior High will also be at each school. Registration for kindergarten runs from Jan. 8 through 31, 2018, so now is the time to start researching and visiting local schools.


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half-century ago it was the Space Age. Optimism was in the air. An optimism that inspired a generation of architects to form inert materials into approximations of flight and transparency. Named after a Los Angeles coffee shop, the Googie style of architecture defines America’s mood between the joy of returning home from war and the uncertainty and mistrust of the Watergate era. Swooping roofs, glass exteriors, and a radically revolutionary approach to structure characterized the buildings of this era. Googie designs captured West Colfax’s economic giddiness during this period. One architect used Googie to give this mood a form. Richard Crowther was one of Denver’s busiest architects during the city’s postWorld War II economic boom. More or less self-taught, Crowther moved to Denver from San Diego to begin the redesign of Lakeside Amusement Park’s ticket booths and ride entrances in 1948. From the drafting tables of Richard Crowther & Associates in Cherry Creek, his commissions – the Eddie Bohn Motel at 4801 W. Colfax (yes, in Denver, but still on West Colfax), Joslin’s and Fashion Bar department stores, and the Cooper Cinerama on South Colorado Boulevard – were instant landmarks epitomizing a young city racing to become a regional metropolis. On West Colfax alone, Crowther’s buildings included Berry’s Drive In at 7030 W. Colfax (completed in 1956), the Copper Penny at 7290 W. Colfax (1958), and the Fox Theatre on Wadsworth one block north of West Colfax. Half-century later, what do these Crowther-designed mid-century masterpieces have in common? They’re all gone. However, despite some alterations, two of his commissions still stand on West Colfax. In the 1950s and 1960s, Lakewood was not yet a city, but West Colfax was Colorado’s main commercial artery. Expansion and growth were all around. Lots were still available along the avenue to build restaurants and specialty shops. New businesses wanted a new look. Enter Richard Crowther. In 1954-55, Crowther ventured west from downtown Denver to design his first commission on West Colfax. To unaccustomed eyes, the Copper Kitchen at 8591 W. Colfax was unlike any other building standing on the avenue. The building’s “look” merited a mention in its grand opening, full-page newspaper ad: “The Contemporary designs and furnishings will interest you immensely” tossed in between references to “Come as you are” dining and “Pit prepared dinners smacking with Hickory.” The Rockley family has operated their music store in the building since the mid1990s. Family matriarch Nina Rockley recalled that the Copper Kitchen was the hangout for Jefferson County’s movers and shakers in the days before Lakewood’s incorporation as a city. On West Colfax it was raining copper for Crowther by the late 1950s. His Copper Penny design was much more in the Googie style than the Copper Kitchen. At the Copper Penny, the roof soared and the Tiki-esque lettering of its neon sign shone at dusk. A review of Crowther’s papers at the Denver Public Library-Western History Collection includes a ripped page from an unidentified national publication complimenting the Copper Penny’s covered carports as “a must in the changeable weather of Lakewood (near Denver) Colo.” Latecomers to the neighborhood might

RICHARD CROWTHER’S DESIGN FOR THE COPPER KITCHEN restaurant, completed in 1955, lives on as Rockley Music. COURTESY THE AUTOBEE COLLECTION remember this building as Whisky Bill’s. The Copper Penny dropped in the early 21st century to make way for a Home Depot. In October 1961, the women’s pages of both the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News ventured out of downtown to lavish accolades on the Lilli Russell dress shop. The Post’s Fashion Editor, Gretchen, (yes, just Gretchen) commented that the shop resembled “a charming country club.” (What other kind is there?) Once inside, “you’ll pause to recover your breath” after you took in the beige, white, and black interior. The News correspondent countered with just the facts: “The structure is fashioned from concrete block, utilizing a butterfly roof construction.” Located at 8990 W. Colfax, the Lilli Russell dress shop has spent most of this century as the Hob Nob Doggie Daycare Center. Crowther used nearly all of the elements from what was hot in early 1960s commercial building design – brick, unusual roofline, plate glass fronts – to create this modest example of the Googie style. The good news is the building is still standing and still in use. And despite the change in the business’ target species, the Lilli Russell building has retained much of its original integrity. At the height of his powers in the early 1960s, Crowther explained to the Cherry Creek Courier the architect’s role in the life of a city. Crowther believed the architect, “combines an aesthetic sense with mathematical perception to give his work something more than mere practicality. The finished work must breathe life as though it had an existence in itself.” Crowther passed away on Christmas Day of 2006, in his 96th year. Googie was good to Crowther. Crowther was good to West Colfax through his designs that people still talk about today. Undoubtedly, he was aware that commerce has an unfortunate holdover architecture. Toward the end of his life, an assault led by the next generation of developers was already underway on even the most distinctive of his designs. This attack has resulted in a generation of lessinspired buildings. Those who appreciate the art within architecture realize that the sameness of today’s designs have yet to completely sweep away Crowther’s contributions and legacy. Thank you to the Denver Public Library-Western History Collection for access to the papers of Richard Crowther.

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a great place to start shopping for unique gifts. There is ceramic work, quilted art, decorative books and even cute art made from sewing notions. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, but they may have winter hours when the seasons change. Pirate: Contemporary Art, at 7130 W. 16th Ave., not only creates their own work, but visits schools to guide students to create their own unique artwork. Their hours are Friday 5 to 10 p.m., and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The next shows will be from Nov. 24 through Dec. 10: Lisa M. Kerns will be exhibiting “Indeterminate: New Works on Paper.” Nicole Banowetz’ inflated art transformed by Chris Bagley’s unique lighting will create a unique environment. Although the weather and the season are changing, artists will keep creating. Bakers will continue to make kolache, cakes and sweets. And shoppers for the unique and amazing will continue to visit 40 West Art District. See you there!


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umpkin spice, gingerbread, maple and chocolate are famous flavors in autumn’s kitchen and bakery, but most locals know those delights are equally at home in the taphouse and coffee bar as part of everyone’s favorite seasonal brews. The holiday brew season kicks off with Allegro Coffee Roasters on Tennyson Street where roastmaster Nathan Fulton and his team are preparing specialty drinks such as ginger snap lattés and Galapagos La Tortuga special roast. Allegro makes their own flavored syrups and roasts beans onsite. One of the most popular requests every year at this time is the maple cold brew. Allegro adds pure maple syrup to the single-origin java sundahejo as the coffee is being kegged. “Cold brewing is perfectly made for the winter,” Fulton said, explaining that the drink’s origins trace back to Nordic communities where people took coarsely ground coffee and let it extract in cold water over a period of 12 to 24 hours, a process that decreases the coffee’s acidity.

“There's still some of the acids in there, but they’re not going to be as bright in the flavor,” Fulton said. “That slower process brings out a cleaner cup in the end.” The addition of maple gives the cold brew a seasonal touch, and the darker roast adds a bold flavor and body. The low acidity minimizes the stomach problems often resulting from the holiday season’s hustle and bustle. Beer lovers can head down a little ways to Joyride Brewing Company in Edgewater. The brewery’s So Fresh and So Cream is a blueberry-flavored American style cream ale that has a little bit of maize in it for texture as well as to dry it out. “By itself, it’s a very nice lawnmower beer,” said Joyride’s brewmaster and co-owner Dave Bergen. “And then we add a little more than 400 pounds of blueberry puree, so it has a beautiful purple hue to it with pink foam.” The beer also serves as a fundraiser for Pints for Prostates. One dollar from each pint sold will be donated to fight prostate cancer. Bergen’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, and his father survived prostate cancer. The October and November seasonal beers have a

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for the holiday season. Karen Carpio-Thomas started the business in August of this year with her husband, Gary. They currently have two seasonal milk stouts on tap: Left Hand Milk Stout out of Longmont, and Factotum Slogger Sweet Stout from Denver. Their other seasonal tap includes a Peach Habanero Imperial Red Ale from Crabtree Brewing Company out of Greeley. “We don't have set beers,” Karen said. “Taps rotate. They’re replaced with new beer and new breweries. There’s always something new.” Karen said when she and Gary are selecting a beer, they look for uniqueness, variety and a Colorado locale. “We want a style that we haven't had on the tap wall before,” she said. “Our goal is to bring small breweries that were a little further out.” Discovery Tap House is located at 4990 Kipling St., Suite 7, in Wheat Ridge. Joyride Brewing Company’s address is 2501 Sheridan Blvd., in Edgewater. Readers can find Allegro Coffee Roasters at 4040 Tennyson St., in Denver.


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offer catering pick-up from the restaurant, drop-off at the home or in-home buffets with servers. When it comes to planning a catered event in your home with servers, Williams points out a common oversight that people don’t always account for is the set-up time before the event and tear down afterward. He says customers may think they are only paying for three hours of the servers’ time when in actuality they pay for five – this includes the hour before event time and the hour after. As for placing the order, Williams says to call two to three days in advance for pick up; at least a week in advance for drop-off and at least two weeks for in-home parties with staff. Allergies and dietary restrictions are generally not a problem. In fact, they are happy to make meals gluten-free for an additional charge. If you are on a tight budget, they can work with you. Williams says the key is to “minimize stuff as best you can.” Finally, remember it’s the holidays. Be Continued on page 10

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s the holidays approach, there will be more articles and blog posts about shopping for ingredients without spending too much money, how to cook the perfect turkey, or making those delicious side dishes that will have everyone coming back for seconds. Some are likely to clip these helpful tips, while others are busy coming up with their own. Then there are those who seek new options for holiday meals they can serve at home – especially options that don’t involve shopping for ingredients or, even better, don’t involve much preparation beyond stirring food or cooking it in the oven. Fortunately, there are meal delivery services that can accommodate the busiest people or the “cooking-impaired.” The trick is to know what it is you want to eat, how many people you wish to feed and how much you can afford to pay for the ingredients (or complete meal). Not all delivery companies offer options for traditional holiday feasts, but the convenience of having food delivered during a season of extended-hours shopping, holiday work parties, and jam-packed social calendars can be enough incentive to use such a service. When exploring meal delivery services like HelloFresh, Blue Apron or Home Chef, it is clear from the start that the only way to research them is to first provide an email address. Once the company has received that email, they let the prospective customer tool around their site to learn about their packages and pricing. Meals are based on how many recipes per week a customer would like for how many people. For example, HelloFresh offers a Family Plan of three recipes each

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week to feed four people. The weekly rate is $104.88, but by entering a promo code the first week would cost $74.88. To receive three meals a week for four people Blue Apron typically charges $107.88. With its discount for first-time subscribers, the cost would be $87.88, while Home Chef charges $119.40 for three meals a week for four people. With their new-subscriber discount, that fee drops to $89.40 for the first week. Some services include delivery or shipping fees, while others add those fees on top of the cost of the meals/recipes. For a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that either is ready to serve or requires minimal preparation, one option is Martha Stewart’s Marley Spoon. For $159.99 (plus shipping), Marley Spoon, ships a kit with all of the ingredients, along with cooking instructions, for a 12- to 14-pound turkey, gravy, four sides and one dessert to feed between eight and 10 people. Send a Meal provides complete, prepared meals that simply require heating. For Thanksgiving, Send a Meal’s Continued on page 10

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for catered events. However, they can work within budgets that meet that limit. Sears’ advice for keeping the catering budgetfriendly is a more limited menu because it will require a more limited staff. She also says buffets tend to be more budget-friendly than hors d’oeuvres. With so many holiday menu options, choosing what’s best for your party can be overwhelming. Sears says that customers can be involved “as much or as little as they want.” As it seems to be the trend among most restaurants and catering companies, they are happy to hold your hand through the whole process or let you take the reins. So, if you are looking for a quick and easy catering solution, you can always go online and order from local grocers and restaurants, but if you are looking for something a little more your style, don’t feel intimidated. Just ask your favorite restaurants or your local catering companies. They are happy to accommodate and serve you at home for your next holiday get-together. Another option is Denver-based SupperBell, which has partnered with local chef and restaurant owner Frank Bonanno to offer its “Frank Bonanno Thanksgiving.” For $149.95, they will send half of an herbbrined roasted turkey with five side dishes. This is enough to serve four to six adults, or four adults and four children. Delivery is free. While this is not a comprehensive list of options available to those who lack the time or desire to prepare a Thanksgiving feast, it should be enough to give a sense of how much a person will need to budget for a meal delivery service – whether it is a one-time special occasion or an ongoing need.

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uying local artwork is one of the best ways to support local artisans, small business and the arts district. And for the month of December we have an “Under $100” wall at the 40 West Gallery, 1560 Teller St. – you can buy reasonably priced artwork and take it right off the wall with you when you go! Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, Dec. 1, 5 to 8 p.m., or stop by anytime during the month (Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.) to grab a holiday gift for someone else, or yourself.

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CRASH – Crazy, Radical, Awesome Show Hanging Join us at 40 West Gallery, 1560 Teller St., for the opening reception of our final 2017 exhibition featuring works from all mediums, all themes – CRASH(ing) together, on First Friday, Dec. 1. We’re also bringing back our resident $1 poet, Allison Cohn to work her magic at her typewriter. Give her a single dollar (or more if you like) and a word and she’ll draft up a poem that you can take with you. It’s a way to get a wonderful piece of artwork for super cheap and all proceeds go to the district. As always we’ll have beer and wine, light bites and tons of artwork available for purchase.

Lonnie Hanzon Tree Lighting Ceremony & Caroling Internationally renowned artist Lonnie Hanzon is famous for his large-scale sculptures and mixed media pieces. He’s the artist behind both the Houston Zoo Lights installations and the Denver Wizard’s Toy Chest immersive displays. He’ll be bringing a 16-foot Christmas tree to the heart of 40 West Arts and the lighting ceremony will be spectacular. Held at the Lamar Station Plaza, 6733 W. Colfax Ave., on First Friday, Dec. 1 (early evening hours, check website for exact times), we’ll have carolers and hot cider, a food truck stationed on-site and 40 West Arts is hosting its First Friday opening reception the same night!

For details, visit www.40westarts.org.

For Lease: A Pop-Up, SiteSpecific Performance and Installation Join 40 West Arts for the unexpected, weird and wonderful “For Lease: A Pop-Up, Site-Specific Performance and Installation,” at Lamar Station Plaza (Old Hollywood Video Building), 6781 W. Colfax Ave., First Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Built by a network of local artists and responding to the specific site, this installation will use broad themes, consider ideas and expectations of

commercial shopping experiences and tap into the physical organization of space in relation to architectural structure and the material of commerce.

Details at www.40westarts.org.

Lakewood Art Gallery Holiday Craft Show The Lakewood Arts Center, located next to Casa Bonita (yes, the one and only), will fulfill any gift-giving quandary, with its Lakewood Art Gallery Holiday Craft Show, First Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. There is a venue and cost point for everyone. Not only will you be able to find that one of a kind piece, you will also be supporting local artists and The Lakewood Arts Council by purchasing from the gallery. Wine & appetizers, live music by Song Salad and live demos make this opening complete! Visit www.lakewoodarts.org for more information.

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ow sodium. Non-dairy. No sugar. Gluten free. As we get older, we seem to run into more and more dietary restrictions. Whether it is due to one condition, multiple conditions or just helping our bodies to age well, navigating the right diet for our individual bodies can be a nightmare. Worse than that can be navigating our way through the holidays. Within the age of information, there is no excuse for us to not obtain knowledge about our health. However, when it comes to finding guides to help us with our own unique health situations, sometimes it can feel like slim pickings. Since we have entered the holiday season and around every corner lurks warm, filling delights sprinkled with temptation (and a failed blood-pressure test), we want to do a two-part series about food and nutrition. In this issue, we have tips from a local nutritionist about staying healthy through the holidays. Next month’s issue will cover how to find the best nutritional resources to ensure you are eating the best foods for your personal situation. To give you a hint for the types of resources to use, we spoke with a local nutritionist who provided a list of tips to stay healthy through the holidays. Lynn Tandler is a Certified Nutrition Consultant (CNC) and the owner of Longevity Wellness, LLC. She encourages education in her clients as well as in the community through monthly presentations she holds at the Natural Grocers in Wheat Ridge. Tandler expresses that the “holidays are a stressful time to be healthy.” In her own

words, she gave us a few tips on how to stay healthy during the holidays: • Try and stick with your normal eating schedule even if you are traveling or have company. • Eat three healthy meals a day, especially breakfast! This will provide you with energy and help regulate your blood sugar. • Each meal should contain a serving of protein, vegetables and whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat bread and pasta for example). Vegetables provide fiber and lots of vitamins and minerals. Among other things, protein helps preserve muscle mass which we can lose as we age. Eat the protein first and then the rest of the meal. • Eat whole foods (farm to table) instead of processed foods which have excess salt and sugar, and less nutrients. • Watch your sugar consumption! A treat or two a week is plenty for optimal health. And watch out for sneaky sugar – it is found in many foods during the holidays, not just desserts. • Be choosy about what you eat during the holidays! Don’t fill up your plate just because it is the holidays. Eat what you love, leave what you like. • Trim the trimmings! Watch your serving sizes! • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your body working properly! Drink small amounts of water throughout the day. Tandler will be giving a free presentation on this subject at the Wheat Ridge Natural Grocers on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. She says the event is open to the public and is usually followed with a food demo by a Natural Grocers Nutritionist.


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Ask the Superintendent Questions For Jeffco Education Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass Since your first day with us here in Jeffco, you’ve been listening to community members from all sides of every issue. One on one, newly formed committees and write-in forums. While parents have rolled up their sleeves digging into the work. Have you received any kind of push-back from within the district? Comments like “Jason’s giving the store away?” Or, “This is not how we’ve always done that.” To be honest, I haven’t really gotten a great deal of resistance or push-back from inside Jeffco Public Schools. There are a couple of reasons for this and they were not by accident. First, I’ve worked hard to try and understand the context and work underway in Jeffco. Jeffco was operating under a strategic direction called the Jeffco 2020 Vision that had an accompanying strategic plan which ran from 2015-2017. At its heart was an effort to change the student experience. Specifically, it was about moving toward learning that was authentic, engaging, and which gave students the chance to practice important skills such as collaboration, creativity, problem-solving, and taking responsibility. While factual knowledge is still important, schools in Jeffco were working to change the student experience to more closely match the things our kids will need once they leave our schools. This is absolutely the right work and our new vision document (called Jeffco Generations) picks this effort up and puts it on overdrive. I think a second reason is that I am deeply respectful of our education and support professionals. I care deeply about our people and want the best for them. We have fantastic professionals working Jeffco and I think they know they have a supporter in me. I’ve never been about tearing people down or threatening folks into improving. I think every school system has a built-in and powerful drive to get better and that’s the children. So, I’ve been focused on unleashing and supporting people who want to do great things. I think the only pushback I’ve gotten is that I’m moving fast, making decisions, and pushing Jeffco to adapt and change faster than I think the organization has previously experienced. While this might be a strain on some, the board of education brought me here to get something positive done and move this community and its schools forward and into a better place. So, I bring a sense of urgency to that work. It’s important to me that we get something meaningful, lasting, and significant accomplished here and there is no time to waste in making that change a reality. Jason E. Glass, Ed.D. Superintendent & Chief Learner, Jeffco Public Schools www.jeffcopublicschools.org If you have a question for our new Superintendent please submit it to Guy@ NostalgicHomes.com or call it in to 303-999-5789.

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t’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Holiday sights and sounds are e-v-er-y-w-h-e-r-e: the perfect turkey, the perfect tree, the perfect kids, the perfect bank account, the perfect in-laws, the perfect time. It seems like from the moment the last kid rings the doorbell on Halloween to the second or third day of the new year, every store, every magazine, every commercial reminds us, oh so constantly, how wonderful and perfect this time of year is for everyone – but you, and maybe the president. But in truth, the holidays are a challenging season for many people across all ages, walks of faith and stages of life. Families are messy, bank accounts are tight, decorating the tree becomes a fiasco when kids bicker or couples disagree about little things – like where to put the penguinon-the-sled ornament that his mother gave him and you can’t stand. Or carving the turkey on Thanksgiving – the denouement of the most indulgent day – becomes a bloody butchering because someone drank too much and got sloppy with a carving knife and they need stitches. Or it’s your first holiday season alone after the divorce and you aren’t sure what you’re feeling. Or there’s going to be an empty seat, or the feeling that someone is missing, because they are, and the holidays can bring up some raw feelings after the passing of a loved one. “How do I make it through when everyone seems joyful,” is a question Dr. Patty Luckenbach, associate minister at Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, hears often this time of year. “The holidays in our culture represent family, love, joy, abundance. Those are qualities a lot of people aren’t experiencing, or from their experiences have deep rooted resistance to allow themselves to just be joyful,” she explained. As each of us is different, so to are the triggers and situations that give rise to inner stress, sadness and anxiety. While a chaotic shopping trip or a disastrous dinner can certainly shake us up, Luckenbach said for some, “It could be as subtle as falling leaves or snow, or hearing Christmas carols – anything in our humanness” that reminds us of a loss or sadness when we’re being asked to “rekindle

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music from local bands and displays by local artists. One of the artists at the Nourish kickoff dinner was Chris Long of Gold Hill, who was proud to participate in the event. “I eat a plant-based diet,” Long said. “The places where my art is seen is important to me. I want to connect with people on the same frequency that the art was made.” The crowd seemed to enjoy the evening’s festivities as well as the menu. “I think organic foods taste better,” said Libby Goines of Evergreen, one of the attendees of the October event. “Once you know the difference, there’s no going back.” Goines chooses a mostly vegan diet to avoid animal cruelty and factory farming. “Knowing what I know,” she said, “I don't want to eat that [factory-farmed foods].” For more information on Soltribe Cuisine, visit www.soltribecuisine.com or Like their page on Facebook at @SoltribeCuisine.


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WHAT’S HAPPENING Night Out with Your Legislators, Dec. 4 Join the Jeffco League of Women Voters at the Iron Rail Tavern, Monday, Dec. 4, to socialize with the Colorado State Legislators representing Jefferson County and hear them present their legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The free, open-to-the-public event takes place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 4111 Kipling St. No reservations required. The League of Women Voters is a nonprofit that encourages public participation in local government, educates voters and advocates on public policy. The League is nonpartisan and does not endorse or oppose political parties or candidates at any level of office. For more information, call 303-2380032 or visit www.lwvjeffco.org.

Holiday Art Market in the Highlands, Dec. 8 and 9 Art in the Denver Highlands Northside is staging a two-day Holiday Art Market, featuring handmade crafts, fine art, food, gifts and more, at The Sanctuary, 3101 W. 31st Ave., Denver. Times are Friday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We are all local artists and crafters, many of us from the Sloan Lake, Edgewater, Wheat Ridge, N.W. Denver and Lakewood communities,” said market co-coordinator Lilli Brackett. Admission is free. For more information visit www.facebook.com/ArtInTheHighlands.

Brothers Redevelopment Program Connects Veterans With Benefits Nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment’s new Aging in Place Initiative helps veterans, their spouses and seniors discover all their benefits. With Brothers’ free Senior Services Navigation, trained staff helps veterans apply for lesser-known benefits, including the Aid and Attendance Program. It’s a valuable resource for veterans, increasing their monthly payments if they require care from a spouse or other person, or are housebound. Senior service coordinators also can explain and assist with Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Home and Community-Based Services(HCBS). Veterans and seniors may qualify for many no-charge, life-changing services they don’t know exist, including Brothers’ Home Modification and Repair program, furnace installation and repair, Paint-A-Thon, and other resources. Many veterans and seniors qualify for transportation assistance and a widening array of opportunities that Senior Services Navigation can identify and tap for them. Established in 1971, Denver-based nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment provides a range of housing and other solutions for the region’s low-income, elderly and disabled residents. For more information, call Colorado Housing Connects at 1-844-926-6632.

Senior Connections Offers Free Classes, Social Events Colorado Senior Connections hosts a continuing series of fun events for seniors. Join Colorado Senior Connections for Classical Connections Music Class, an amazing musical tour through the classical music world, taught by Betsy Schwarm, a college professor and noted music historian. Tuesdays, Nov. 21 and Dec. 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Edgewater Rec Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. Pay $5 upon arrival. Beginners are welcome in “An Afternoon of Bunko,” a fun dice game with lots of

action that is easy to learn; $6 per class. Held Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Edgewater Rec Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. Call 720-763-3042 for more information. The Historical Society Quilting Circle next meets inside the Wheat Ridge Historical Park Museum, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about the history of Wheat Ridge and bring a project to work on – it doesn't have to be quilting! There is a show-and-tell time to see what everyone is working on. All levels are welcome, and others can help you get started if you want to learn. Feel free to bring a sack lunch. Men’s Group meets twice a month to discuss sports, politics and current events. No subject is off limits, but members are expected to behave appropriately. Each member will take a turn leading a group discussion. Men from Edgewater, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood and around are welcome. Next meetings are Thursday, Nov. 23 and Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Edgewater Rec Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/COSeniorConnection/

3D Printing, Holiday Apps, Parties and More at Corky Gonzales Library There are free celebrations, gaming, music therapy sessions and classes this month and next at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, located at 1498 N. Irving St., Denver. See how a 3D printer works and learn how to make a 3D object - an action figure, a phone case, whatever you can invent – in “3D Printing and Modeling”, Nov. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Lena Archuleta Meeting Room. Learn how to use free 3D modeling software (available at tinkercad.com) to create objects that can be 3D printed or even used in video game creation - and we'll print out what you make in the workshop (this may take a week or two) for you to take home - free. Limited to first 20 attendees. Ideal for ages 8 and older. Explore cell phone apps appropriate for the holiday season in B-YODA, Monday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. B-YODA – Bring Your Own Device Android – explores various apps for phones and devices using the Android Operating System. These gathering are the first Monday of every month in the second floor meeting room. Celebrate the holidays with other teens by making greeting cards, creating graham cracker gingerbread houses and feasting on hot cocoa, pizza and other delicious snacks at a holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2 to 4 p.m., in the Lena Archuleta Meeting Room. Free, suitable for grades six through 12. Teens gather around for great board games, ping pong, Legos, Wii U and XBOX ONE in “Game Day!” every Friday, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Lena Archuleta Meeting Room. No registration required. Free snacks!

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Proud Souls Barbecue Offers Cooking Classes Proud Souls Barbecue, 2485 N. Federal Blvd., is offering two cooking classes this month. “Holiday Turkey & Prime Rib” with special guest chef Jason Ganahl of GQue BBQ is Saturday, Nov. 18. For $75, guests learn tips and tricks on how to craft that perfect Thanksgiving turkey and holiday

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“rewarding and validating experience.” “Now I want to take the ideas and suggestions I heard from the voters to help the city work toward solutions,” Boltran said. Caleb Rountree, with 495 votes, and Spangenberg, with 443, were also elected to four-year terms. Other candidates and vote totals: Cory Reid-Vanas, 390; Darrin Levy, 378; and Virgie Carr, 208. Riddle said he was disappointed at his second-place finish and felt four candidates for mayor in a smaller community was too many. “The vote was split too many ways,” he said. Responsible growth and land-use issues were among the top concerns Riddle heard from voters, along with a desire to have the city’s code enforcement officer work fulltime instead of part-time in response to the city’s growth rate. Code enforcement efforts, home

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commitment to routines like meals and bedtime and being more selective about what activities you and your child commit to. In children, Glover explained, stress shows up differently than in adults, who may more easily observe their own feelings. Changes in a child’s sleep and eating habits are two signs that parents can be cognizant of throughout the holiday season. Mindful indulging in addition to exercise is also important for both children and adults, stressed Glover. “Exercise is one of the most effective

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affordability and development were the top issues Boltran heard from voters. “I was surprised to hear how important the issue of code enforcement is to Edgewater residents,” Boltran later wrote in an email. “Addressing this issue, as well as concerns on development and affordability, will be top priorities for me. I heard several ideas for solutions to these issues while campaigning. Going forward, I plan to turn these ideas into action through collaborative efforts with the community, my fellow councilmembers, and city staff.” Keegan said city administrators will soon address the code enforcement officer situation. Boltran added Edgewater needs to strengthen relationships with its citizens, and the City Council, along with Keegan, need to take a team approach to tackle issues. Keegan said the city needs to improve its communication with residents. The new mayor and council members will be sworn into office at the first regular City Council meeting following certification of election results. ways to handle mood and depression and for a variety of reasons I encourage people to make it a habit,” Glover said. Making it “fun and doable” with even just 15 minutes a day not only supports our response to stress, but offers valuable quality time to reconnect and unwind with your child or your own thoughts – be it with a game of tag, playing catch, or just a walk around the neighborhood. Lastly, make gratitude a ritual. Both Luckenbach and Glover encourage practicing gratitude with yourself and with your family. By creating a daily ritual with your family, Glover explained, you can find joy and appreciation for the season by looking at “gifts of the day that aren’t materially based.”

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The Action Center The Action Center at 8755 W. 14th Ave., Lakewood, provides needed support for struggling families and, also, for the homeless across Jefferson County. The holidays put an extra strain on families who are already barely getting by. The Action Center can make the difference between a happy holiday and no holiday. Nonperishable food items, as well as, jackets, winter boots and sleeping bags, are in short supply. The center packs thousands of Thanksgiving food boxes for families and hosts a Santa Shop, too. Parents can visit the shop without their little ones and choose the perfect Santa presents for Christmas morning. Donations of winter clothes, toys and school supplies are always needed. An abundance of both donations and volunteers are important during this busy season. For more information, check out the Action Center online at theactioncenter.org or call 303-237-7704.

Wheat Ridge Optimists’ Blue Santa Toy Drive The Wheat Ridge Optimist Club is guided by the Optimist vision to provide hope and a positive outlook in young people. Their activities encourage youngsters to have an

active interest in their communities and civic activities. The Optimists sponsor a Junior Optimist’s club at Everitt Middle School. Two Thursday mornings a month, the Optimists meet at Stevens Elementary School from 8:40 to 9:10 to pack backpacks for students and welcome volunteers to lend a hand. The Blue Santa Toy Collection will take place at the Lakeside Walmart at 5957 W. 44th Ave. on Nov. 25. From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Optimist members, and Wheat Ridge and Edgewater police, will be collecting toys from shoppers. Volunteers are welcome to help wrap gifts at Wheat Ridge City Hall, 7500 W. 29th Ave., on Dec. 15 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Optimists and police will deliver gifts the next day. There is more information about dates, times and activities at www.wheatridgeoptimist.org.

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Lakewood has a bounty of volunteer opportunities listed on the Lakewood.org website. Check them out if you’re looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity or more regular volunteer activity. If you enjoy an old-fashioned holiday, Lakewood Lights is Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center might be a perfect event for you to volunteer. Volunteers will print photos with Santa, help children make ornaments, and serve hot chocolate and cookies. There are limited volunteer positions so check them out soon. “We are currently looking to fill our Municipal Court Bailiff positions during the week,” said Karla Garland, Lakewood’s

The Jefferson County Human Services Department encourages the public to help give a hand up to families during the holiday season. Nov. 1, they began a Sponsor a Family Holiday Gift Drive. This program supports children and families who otherwise might have no gifts this season. Many of the children have experienced abuse or neglect, but all those children still have Christmas dreams. Visit www.jeffco.us and enter “sponsor a family holiday gift drive” in the search box on the site to find out more about the program.

Prospect Valley Elementary in Wheat Ridge is holding a toy drive until Dec. 8. This is the second year for the drive, which provides gifts for children who might otherwise have no new Christmas toy. School professionals identify children within the school who might benefit from the toy drive and the Optimist Club identifies children outside the Prospect Valley community. The community is invited to bring donations of new toys to the school at 3400 Pierson St., Wheat Ridge, during school hours.

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volunteer coordinator. “Also, we are recruiting for museum tour guides and museum gift shop volunteers.” Garland can be reached at KarGra@ Lakewood.org or at 303-987-7868.

Family Tree, Treasure Trunk Thrift Store The Family Tree at 3805 Marshall St., Wheat Ridge, provides services designed to change the picture of domestic abuse and to combat homelessness. They provide a Domestic Violence outreach Program, Homeless Emergency Services, Family Stabilization Services, and many others. Among their services, they provide a place for supervised visitation with children. Family Tree uses volunteers in a wide range of positions. If you are interested, check out the “Volunteer Opportunities” link on the website for more information. Treasure Trunk Thrift Store at 5892 W. 44th Ave. in Wheat Ridge also belongs to Family Tree. The store is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. Donations for Treasure Trunk can be brought during those hours, but check their website, first, for items they accept.

Kullerstrand Elementary Miracle Shop Kullerstrand Elementary at 12225 W. 38th Ave. in Wheat Ridge is accepting donations of toys or cash for their Miracle Shop for Christmas. Donations make a wonderful difference for a struggling family. The Miracle Shop enables parents to shop for their children for Christmas. Tim Weaver, Kullerstrand Family Liaison, explained parents with very limited funds are able to purchase brand new toys and gifts for a very minimal amount. Parents feel good, because they paid for the gifts. Children feel good, because they have new toys.

Lakewood Police Department Gift Drive Just before Christmas, the Lakewood Police Department delivers gifts to children in Lakewood whose families would not be able to buy presents. Organizing a new toy drive in your neighborhood, donating, or sponsoring a family are some ways Lakewood citizens can help with this effort. New toys, new clothing, or new books will certainly brighten someone’s Christmas. Toys, books, hair accessories, school supplies, board games, skateboards, or cash donations can help with the program. Donations can be mailed or left at the Lakewood Police Department at 445 S. Allison Parkway. For more information, contact LPDVolunteerCoordinator@ LakewoodCo.org or call 303-987-7105

Knitting for Collier Hospice If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity and you enjoy knitting or crocheting, Knitting for Collier Hospice might be a group you’d enjoy. The group began when Jacqueline Whittaker, a nurse at Collier Hospice, asked a friend if her knitting and crocheting friends might be willing to make a few blankets or shawls for hospice patients. Whittaker explained that the only time her days at work are hard are the days when “we have patients who just cannot get comfortable or patients of families we cannot please.” The first batch of blankets and comfort shawls given to the Hospice was everything that Whittaker had hoped they would be. Patients loved the soft coziness and their families loved the homey touch to warm up the hospital atmosphere. The group meets in Wheat Ridge at Ipie on Saturdays and Mighty Joe’s Kitchen on Wednesdays to knit and enjoy good conversation. Events are posted on Facebook and NextDoor. You can, also, send your name and email to knittingatcollierhospice@ gmail.com for more information.

Neighborhood Gazette – November 2017  

The November 14 – December 18, 2017 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Edgewater, Sloan's Lake, West Colfax and Two Creeks neighborhoods...

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