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RidgeFest Now Chock-Full of Chalk Art, Sept. 9 n By

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Chalk Art Festival will be inaugurated at this year’s RidgeFest, Saturday, Sept. 9 from 3 to 9 p.m., in the heart of the Ridge at 38 district. RidgeFest is a free familyfriendly event highlighting the agricultural heritage and handmade/homemade appeal of Ridge at 38 and the entire Wheat Ridge community. In addition to the new festival, the event will feature four bluegrass bands, a classic car show, cottage food contests, an international heritage festival, vendors, food trucks, local beer and wine, and lots of kids’ activities. Wheat Ridge resident Olivia McLeod and her family will head up the Chalk Art Festival with the support of the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission. McLeod has a passion for chalk art and recently won the People’s Choice award at the 2017 Denver Chalk Art Festival. The artists will work all morning and afternoon to create unique works of art. Between 3 and 6 p.m., RidgeFest attendees will witness the artists finishing their pieces. After 6 p.m., attendees can view the finished work. Quickdraw Homegrown Music will kick off the bluegrass Continued on page 4

CHECK OUT THE CHALK ART AT RIDGEFEST, Saturday, Sept. 9 from 3 to 9 p.m., in the Ridge at 38 district. This year the free family-friendly event boasts a Chalk Art Festival, including work by chalk artist Olivia McLeod. This drawing, inspired by original artwork by Czech painter Alphonse Mucha, was featured during the Denver Chalk Art festival earlier this summer. PHOTO COURTESY OF OLIVIA MCLEOD.

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he start of the Wheat Ridge Farmers 5000 5k race will take place at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Wheat Ridge High School, 9505 W. 32nd Ave. The classic road race raises over $20,000 each year for the school while promoting physical fitness and community spirit. The Farmers 5000 features a flat, fast course on neighborhood streets near the school. It typically attracts about 500 runners, and an equal number of volunteers, family members and spectators. The current course record and fastest-ever Farmers 5000 time is 15:19, set by Dewi Griffiths in 2013. The race includes an elementary school challenge to promote not only physical fitness in our youth, but to also promote a sense of community within all of Wheat Ridge. This year the businesses of Wheat Ridge can showcase their fitness and be part of a competition to be named the “Fittest on the Farm.” The Wheat Ridge business with the most employees registered and competing on race day will be awarded a Gold Level Sponsorship for the 2018 race, a $1,500 value. Fee is $25 per business. The cost for the run/walk is $35, with discounts for alumni ($33), and youth and Jeffco staff ($25). Fee for the Elementary School Challenge is $10, and the Fun Run, $5 (no t-shirt). There is a $100 cash prize for the firstplace overall male and female, and gift certificates from Runners Roost Lakewood for first and second runners-up. The top three male and female runners in all categories will receive a gift certificate from Apple Ridge Café; categories are 8 and

under, 9 through 12, 13 through 15, every five years thereafter, and 80 and over. All entrants are eligible for prize drawings at the race finish, courtesy of area businesses (but must be present to win). Early off-site registration is available Sept. 1 through 16 (noon) at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling, or Runners Roost Lakewood, 7978 W. Alameda. Participants can also register online

through midnight, Sept. 15; mail-in registration must be postmarked by Sept. 8. All mail-in registrations and online registrations made before 2 p.m. on Sept. 12 may be picked up at Wheat Ridge High School on the following dates: Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 13 through 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to noon; and race day. Sept. 17, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The community event is organized and

carried out by volunteers, who perform planning and coordination as well as raceday logistics and operations. Volunteer information and sign up can be done online. Race participants are encouraged to park in the student lot on the north side of Wheat Ridge High School, at 35th and Holland Street; access is off of 38th Avenue, as 32nd Avenue will be closed to traffic. Visit www


Painting Parties Uncork Creativity n By

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The concept of paint-and-sip parties sprung up several years ago as a way to combine instructional art with wine tasting. These types of parties have been popular for anyone looking for an interesting option for date night, girls night out or even corporate teambuilding workshops. Nicole Anderson is one of the instructors at Teller Street Gallery and Studios in Wheat Ridge. She's been leading step-by-step painting parties at the shop since 2012 and claims the designs are appropriate for all skill levels. “Being a teacher for five years, I kind of know how a beginner starts,” she said. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art and has been teaching children’s art in after school programs in the Denver metro area for the past 10 years. At the Teller Street Gallery parties, she said some of the students’ favorite designs have been the Colorado flag, Denver skyline and the Red Rocks landscape. With Halloween coming up, she'll be working on some skull paintings and other haunted scenes. “People get to explore their creative sides,” Anderson said. “It’s just MERISSA FREUDIG SHOWS HER FINISHED DRAGrelaxing.” The paintings are done with acrylic paint so they dry quickly

ONFLY after July’s Paint at the Edge workshop at Edgewater Inn. PHOTO BY GWEN CLAYTON.

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Election Races Set for Wheat Ridge, School District n By

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he the City of Wheat Ridge as well as the Jefferson County Board of Education will conduct elections Nov. 7. Interested candidates must file nomination petitions before Aug. 28 with the respective city clerk or school board office. For the City of Wheat Ridge, one seat in each of districts I, II, III and IV plus the mayor are up for election. As of press time, Notices of Intent have been filed by the following: • Mayoral candidates: Joseph DeMott and William Starker. • District I candidates: Janeece Hoppe • District II candidates: Rachel Hultin and Zachary Urban • District III candidates: none • District IV candidates: Leah Dozeman, Virginia Ruth Baranowski, Andrew Rasmussen and Valerie Nosler Beck. All positions serve four-year terms. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age on Election Day, a registered elector and a Wheat Ridge resident for one year. Nomination Petitions must be turned in to the City Clerk's Office at 7500 W. 29th Ave. An election forum is scheduled for Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

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enough for people to take home after the party. Local artist Merissa Freudig also uses water-based acrylic paints for her mobile painting parties business. A photographer by trade, she came back to her bristled roots six years ago when her wife suggested she augment her photography business. “I went to one of the [paint-and-sip] places and thought, ‘This would be so much better in your home,’” Freudig said. “So I started it as a mobile painting-party business.” Freudig’s Paint at the Edge are frequent events at the Edgewater Inn and other local restaurants. In July, she led a group creating a dragonfly design. Bernadette Soehner has attended Paint at the Edge parties in the past with fellow hockey moms, and she plans on attending more in the future. “I think they’re a great social outlet and a confidence booster too,” she said. “I don’t think the cost is outrageous per person and it’s fun to bring home a piece of art.” Freudig has been an avid artist since the age of eight. Clay modeling, watercolor painting and drawing were her media du choix until she grew up and had to start thinking about a career. “I got my degree in photography, thinking it would be a way to make more money than through art,” she said. “So, it’s funny how I went full circle and just came back to the painting, because that was my number-one passion.” Today, Freudig still has her photography business, and in addition to her painting parties, she is a licensed art therapist. “I started seeing how powerful it is for other people,” Freudig said. “Typically people

The event will be hosted by the City of Wheat Ridge and Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact City Clerk Janelle Shaver at 303-235-2823 or visit Three out of five directors are up for election this year in the Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education, including District 1 (Incumbent: Brad Rupert), District 2 (Incumbent: Susan Harmon) and District 5 (Incumbent: Ron Mitchell). Requirements for School Board candidates include: Must be registered to vote; must be a resident of the school district for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the election; must be a resident of the director district in which he or she is a candidate; and must not have been convicted of a sexual offense against a child. Filing papers can be picked up at the Jeffco Public School Board/Superintendent Office located at 1829 Denver West Dr., Bldg. 27, fourth floor, in Golden. For more information, call 303-9826500 or visit In all Colorado elections, once declared as a candidate, each person must meet filing requirements under the state’s Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA). Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. always enjoy themselves, but it can bring out some bold emotions. I've had people cuss out their paintings, and I'm like, ‘What's going on over here? Let's work through this.’” Earlier this year, Freudig received her master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology/Art Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder. “It’s basically the same thing as talk therapy, but you’re using art as a different language, a different way to express your emotions,” Freudig said. “I love doing the parties, but I wanted to do something that gave back more, something bigger than myself.” To find out when the next Paint at The Edge event will take place, follow Painting Parties on Facebook at @PaintingParties. Cost is $25 per person and includes supplies and canvas. Food and drinks are available for separate purchase, and happy hour prices are offered during the painting party. Teller Street Gallery and Studio is located at 7190 W. 38th St. in Wheat Ridge. Business hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. with paint-and-sip parties held in the evenings. The class schedule can be found on the Teller Street website at www. The parties cost $30 for supplies and the canvas. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks are available for separate purchase. Outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Group discounts and private parties are available. Anderson is offering a $5 discount to Neighborhood Gazette readers who mention this article. For more information about Paint at the Edge, call Merissa Freudig at 303-9092202. Edgewater Inn Pizza is located at 5302 W. 25th Ave. For more information on Teller Street Gallery, call 303-424-9273 or find them on Facebook at @tellerstreetgallery. – AUGUST 15 – SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 – NEIGHBORHOOD GAZETTE




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raffle participants are entered to win this classic piece of furniture valued at $4,500. There will be a tour after-party at modmood/ RETRO Consignment for tour attendees and raffle participants. The winner of the chair – who need not be present – will be announced at 6 p.m. Localworks is a community-based, nonprofit development corporation advancing Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community. It is comprised of members who contribute to a movement of positive progress for Wheat Ridge. Both community and economic development work is done through activities and investments affecting the housing, businesses, policies and identity of the City of Wheat Ridge. Learn more and find tour and raffle tickets at

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or years, Wheat Ridge residents have been told positive change is coming to parts of the city in need of sprucing up or redevelopment. Fortunately, it looks like there finally is progress on some of these long-awaited projects. The developer of Corners at Wheat Ridge, at the corner of 38th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard, is preparing to begin vertical construction on that site. The TIF-funded project will include 80,000 square feet of retail and more than 230 new market-rate apartments. Not far from that location is West 38th Avenue and Upham Street, where Wazee Partners are working on a mixed-use development, including 160 new marketrate apartments and 80,000 square feet of retail space. According to Tyler Downs, a principal with Wazee Partners, the new Vectra Bank building is now under construction at the site. Once that building is completed, which Downs says should be in about six to eight months, Wazee Partners

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concerts at 3 p.m. Heartstring Hunters is the second act at 4:15 p.m., and Thunder and Rain will follow at 5:30 p.m. This year’s headliner, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, will take the stage at 7 p.m. This year’s cottage food categories will be bread, fruit pies, and jams/jellies. Those interested in showing off their classic car or their winning recipe can learn more about competing at Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also still available. Contact CDoran@ for more information.

will break ground on the planned mixed-use community and build the balance of the development. In its August 2017 newsletter, the City of Wheat Ridge Economic Development Division provided updates on additional developments underway. One such project is Perrin’s Row, which is a community of energy-efficient row homes on 38th Avenue and Depew Street, and Kipling Ridge, a shopping center at the southwest corner of Kipling Street and 38th Avenue anchored by Sprouts Farmers Market. Two additional developments under consideration are a Hacienda Colorado restaurant and a new retail building and maker-space facilities on 44th Avenue at Jellison Street. Additionally, plans remain in place for the Wheat Ridge Ward Road RTD rail station, which will take riders from the G Line directly to Union Station. For more information about any of the projects currently under development in Wheat Ridge, contact Steve Art at 303235-2806 or

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convenient, car-free locations for shopping and eateries. Retail stores will be transformed hile it’s the people who generally into places that sell experiences rather than make a community A+, regional goods. New development in Wheat Ridge is and national real estate trends also have already focused on place-making and multia significant impact on our city. Creating use residential to include entertainment, retail, an awareness of those trends is the key to restaurants and access to trails and parks. Trend: New housing will attempt to embracing change and successfully evolving as a city. A document called “Emerging Trends In combine live, work and play situations for maximum land conservation, Real Estate 2017” from the Urban travel reduction and higher Land Institute (ULI) illustrates return on construction cost. The some of those trends that apply to Corners at 38th and Wadsworth Wheat Ridge. I find it interesting Boulevard, the Transit Oriented that the City of Wheat Ridge Development at our Wheat Ridge is moving in the very direction Ward Station, and the plans guided by market demand that is for Clear Creek Crossing are all outlined in the ULI document. focused on blending opportunities Trend: Women now earn 58 to live, work and play. percent of all college degrees in While the real estate the United States and earn more landscape is definitely changing, than their spouses 38 percent of I believe Wheat Ridge is creating the time. This may indicate an Joyce Jay an attractive environment to increased need for childcare and preschool options in our community as well entice younger professionals and families as as the need for professional job opportunities well as maintaining that sense of community and belonging for seniors downsizing into requiring a higher level of education. Trend: 18-27 year olds will be forming the residences that require less yard work and new sets of households that every city needs. maintenance. This is an exciting time for our city as These individuals will need places to live and interact as well as cultural and recreational we see long-term plans become reality with activities and could draw employers to base projects including The Corners at 38th, Fruitdale Lofts, and the West End at 38, which businesses in Wheat Ridge. Trend: Rental units will be more in demand will all open new residential housing this fall as both the younger and the newly retired or next year. With all we have to offer as a want that easier lifestyle. Home ownership city including our parks, trails, open space, is predicted to go down to 60 percent. Wheat quality schools, retail, restaurants, and places Ridge could offer a nice blend of ownership to gather as a community like the Ridge at 38, and multi-family rentals, especially if the units we will continue to see more people wanting to live and work in Sweet Ridge. The future looks are well managed. Trend: Living styles will want more bright indeed. n By

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ocalworks’ events celebrate Wheat Ridge, bring new people into the community, and allow residents to meet new friends and neighbors. Hardworking teams of volunteers donate their time and energy help make these events successful. Becky Olstad is one such dedicated volunteer. Olstad owns Becky Olstad Photography and has been volunteering with Localworks since 2016. She started on her journey towards volunteering at last year’s Trunkor-Treat. “I remember leaving the event so inspired by the enthusiasm I saw in the community of participants and volunteers,” said Olstad. “Around that time, I’d been looking for an organization to volunteer with on a regular basis and reached out to Localworks to get involved with the Communications Advisors Team as a photographer.” Since her start as a volunteer, Olstad has attended and photographed many Localworks’ events particularly those hosted on the Ridge at 38. Olstad’s skill and passion have been a huge asset for Localworks. As she notes, good photography is expensive but important. Having strong photos that tell a nonprofit’s story helps motivate others to volunteer and attend future events. “I think photography is a unique service to volunteer because regardless of how the photographs are used, the act of documenting, to me, is a way of saying, ‘the work you’re doing here is important,’” said Olstad. She also remarked that volunteering as a photographer gives her the best seat in the house. Olstad noted that through her time volunteering, she has been able to meet

many people in the community. According to Olstad, “It’s so easy these days to retreat into social media platforms which can feel so divisive… For me, connecting with neighbors in real life through Localworks has made such an impact on my perspective in the community.” For Olstad, it has helped foster her sense of community, and that local connection has brought out Wheat Ridge’s small town charm. When asked what she would say to potential volunteers, Olstad declared, “Unplug for a minute - meet your neighbors - do some good.” Localworks is looking for volunteers for many upcoming events and ongoing committees. From RidgeFest to the Holiday Celebration, there are several different volunteer opportunities for community members that would like to get involved. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to email for more information. Ashley Holland is the Marketing and Events Coordinator at Localworks.

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Sunday FUNDAY activities, and the annual community picnic.” “What I see and like about Mountain View is that people are at home working in their yard or out walking their dog. Everyone seems friendly. This is something I don’t see in my own neighborhood.” Contact Michele Romero at dromero@ or 303-421-7282.

Community Picnic is August 19 Circle the date. Saturday, Aug. 19, from 3 to 6 p.m., marks the annual social event to celebrate the final days of summer with food, fun and family activities at the Mountain View community picnic. Publicized as the “Cowboy Roundup,” the annual community picnic prompts a western inspired theme. The police department will grill the burgers, hot dogs, and roasting corn. Country music sounds, plus a piñata, and selfie photo booth are samples of the featured entertainment. Please join Mayor Kiddie, the town council, staff, and neighbors for the festivities on Saturday, Aug. 19, 3 to 6 p.m. at the Town Hall Park, 4176 Benton St.

Street Resurfacing Updates On July 24, the Colorado Department of Transportation began work to complete concrete upgrades and repaving along North Sheridan Boulevard. The CDOT project expands from 25th Avenue to 52nd Avenue. Mountain View residents can anticipate crews replacing select sections of the curb, gutter, and sidewalk along the 4300 block of Sheridan Boulevard by the end of August. The repair and maintenance of 44th Avenue establishes a partnership with Wheat Ridge, Lakeside and Mountain View. The foreseen two-week project is tentatively scheduled for September 2017. The start date will be determined on Aug. 24, when the three municipalities meet to finalize project details. Contact John Pughes at jpughes@ for additional project information.

ASK THE EXPERT Pregnancy And Chiropractic in chiropractic can help you establish pelvic balance and vertebral alignment. The vertebral column protects the uring pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological nervous system, which is the main changes that take place in preparation to communication system to all systems create a suitable environment for the baby. of the body, including the reproductive The average weight gain for a pregnant system. Keeping the spine aligned helps woman is between 20-35 pounds, which the entire body to work more effectively. The goal of chiropractic care increases the pressure exerted during pregnancy is to assure by the baby to some organs, the patient a comfortable like stretch of the adnexa, pregnancy and to help facilitate parietal peritoneum, bladder, an uncomplicated labor and urethra, rectum, and pelvic delivery. Recent reports showed structures. Another change results from a chiropractic and in the woman’s body is the medical collaborative study segregation of hormones to indicating that 75 percent of soften the ligaments, which pregnant patients who received causes vertebral displacements chiropractic care during their and even uterine restriction. pregnancies stated that they All of these can cause pain and Yamila Cruz found relief from pain. Prenatal discomfort in the mother. In fact, several scientific studies have found that chiropractors have cared for pregnant more than half of women who are expecting women for many years. However, recently, a baby experience waist or back pain at some with the increased interest in natural stage during the course of their pregnancies. birthing, and in an effort to avoid having Chiropractic care is a good alternative a C-section, a growing number of mothers to improve your health without using have incorporated chiropractic into their medical prescriptions that can be harmful prenatal care obtaining great results. Visit to the baby. Some chiropractors take a your chiropractor and check your spine. You specific interest in prenatal and postnatal will be grateful. Dr. Yamila Cruz-Martinez works at the care and seek additional training, they use gentle techniques that avoid unnecessary Sloan's Lake office of Aim High Chiropracpressure on the abdomen area. The doctor tic; contact her at n By

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Chapter One: We Head Back To Class their kids for the first time will have much to learn: How to check on your student’s grades, homework due, long-term projects he Carnation Festival parade just ended and attendance. If you are waiting for a call a few hours ago and I'm still feeling great asking the whereabouts of that book review about a community that gets together once your son worked on, that is probably still a year to celebrate its heritage. Families and at the bottom of his backpack, don't. It's friends came out on floats, in cars and on on you to make sure that all assignments foot. There were amazing decorations, loud have been handed in. When your cellphone cheers, singing and dancing as far down 38th rings and shows a caller with a Avenue as you can see, showing 982 prefix number, you should us how communities can probably finish your dinner first gather to celebrate education, before listening to that message. classrooms and school spirit. As I am kidding, of course, but a parade judge this year, I had a please realize that technology front seat to an amazing show. I has taken over almost all forms was so impressed with how the of communication between new principals in town came out parents and schools. swinging with Stevens stepping I urge you to get to up their decor and Wilmore know your child’s teacher and Davis showing up with more develop an ongoing line of students than anyone else. It Guy Nahmiach communication. Don't wait for was also great to see Pennington parent-teacher conferences or a with a renewed level of energy. school function when their time is limited. The parade, of course, was peppered with Your teacher will appreciate that and your political aspirations, from local politicians student will benefit from it. While you're to county and state representatives. It's at it, why not volunteer for a position on a gentle reminder of the politics that live the PTA or Accountability boards? When a in and out of our classrooms. I constantly principal or staff see parents working hard hear from parents that while they support for the benefit of the school, you can almost our teachers, their biggest wish is to feel them match your efforts with theirs. eliminate the rhetoric from the hallways and Although you could encounter a push back classrooms and, perhaps, focus our energy from your own kids, who consider school on moving first day of school back to where grounds as their own territory and don't it belongs, after Labor Day weekend. want you anywhere near it. As we head back to class in the next Adding to the “Ask the Super” column, couple of weeks, it will be business as usual where our superintendent answers for most families. But parents enrolling n By

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questions from the community, a new section has been added by the name “School Visitor Pass,” where guest writers will include principals, school board members, etc. This issue features Ali Lasalle and Amanda Stevens, both school board members with the Edgewater and Wheat Ridge articulation areas. If you would like to hear from specific members of our education community, please write or call me. There are so many topics coming up in the next few months, like the growing debate over homework – we’ll hear from educators on both sides and all levels of the issue. Updates on school closures: Will they or not? Is it too late? Holding back students,

and who is responsible for those who arrive at high school still reading at an elementary school level? The age-old conversation about charter and neighborhood schools and, of course, what list wouldn't be complete without GT funding? I’ll leave you this month with a question I've been asking educators: Does a teacher’s job include not only teaching the curriculum, but also to excite the student about the subject matter? You'd be surprised at the answers I've been getting. Call me with your thoughts. As always, thanks for reading. Contact Guy Nahmiach at 303-9995789 or

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s the new superintendent for Jeffco believe we also have the opportunity to be Public Schools, I’ve made an intentional the best example in the nation of what can effort over this past month to crisscross the happen when people in a community come county, meeting with people and making forward and put their children above the as many connections as possible. I’ve had fray of the “us versus them” politics and the chance to visit with parents, students, outside money that is attempting to direct employees, community and business and control our community schools. leaders, and elected officials across Jeffco. We must flip that story and become Thank you for sharing so many valuable the best example of what can happen when insights and perspectives about people in a community come your schools. forward and put their children Jeffco Public Schools is a above the local, state, and well-run organization that has a national political fray. This is our tradition of quality and service to community, our schools, and its students and the community. our kids – and the people who We also have many talented live in Jeffco need to determine and passionate educators and the future and direction we want support employees working on – not any outside entity. What’s behalf of kids and families. best for Jeffco’s kids should be While we begin from a solid a nonpartisan issue. We should foundation, there are also areas love our kids and community to improve. The community Jason E. Glass, Ed.D. enough to put them above is hungry for leadership, a outside influences. Schools compelling vision for where our schools will come from the community; the community go in the future, and information about the comes from its schools. direction of its schools. You want to know Looking ahead, your participation is an more about the decisions that shape our way important part of transforming our schools forward. into a new, dynamic learning environment While I’ve been in a listening and for today’s students and future generations. “seeking to understand” stance for these past I plan on keeping up the listening and few weeks, I am pivoting to put forth such relationship building across Jeffco. Plus, a shared vision. My goal is to set a course we’ll increase our communications effort, that unifies and inspires our community – and have more community workshops as and sets our students up to lead successful we move forward. Together, we’ll put the lives. Be on the lookout for this refocused “unity” back into community schools. direction sometime in September. Thank you! While shaping community input into Jason E. Glass, Ed.D. a collective way forward, it’s important to Superintendent & Chief Learner acknowledge the political situation in Jeffco Jeffco Public Schools and how that impacts our schools. For the If you have a question for our new Supast few years, Jeffco Public Schools has perintendent or member of the Board of been a national example of drama, partisan Education, please submit it to guy@Nospolitics, and a flood of outside money or call it in to 303 999working to influence our schools. One of the 5789. reasons I chose to come to Jeffco is that I

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o you've just enrolled your child into a Jeffco School. Now what? Jeffco has created a network of websites that will facilitate paying bills, ordering services and even checking on attendance. This eliminates the need to take any time off from work and stand in line. Simply log on and navigate to the service you need from the comfort of your living room, kitchen or even your desk at work. One link will get you started for all your needs: Once there you can click on the orange “Families” tab which will take you to the “Family Portal.” This is the starting line for paying school fees on “JeffcoConnect.” Grades, homework and attendance can be checked using “InfiniteCampus.” Visit the “Nutrislice” to see the menu at your school’s cafeteria. You might also want a direct link for emergencies and school closures. “Schoology” is one of my favorites. Training tutorials to help students with their classes. Also a venue for parents to ask questions on specific issues. This is a new but really great resource. I know it's a departure from the face-toface interactions. This does not eliminate the options you have in going to the school


office and asking your questions in person. Principals usually pride themselves on having a great front office staff. After all, they are the first people you meet at every school. But when you start to have multiple kids in more than one school at a time, all the driving, parking and walking becomes a little old. “Jeffco SchoolMessenger” allows you to sign up for how you want to be communicated with: text, home or cellphone and even email. This, by the way, is offered in multiple languages. “MyPaymentsPlus” is a service that allows parents to pay for school meal fees online. “InfoFinder” is a fun one. Type in your address and school and get the bus route that is designated for your student. Or on a more serious note, we have “Safe2Tell,” a way for you to anonymously report issues or incidents that concern or pose harm to you, your friends or your community. No, it doesn't mean that you can report your parents for bad lunches – I had to endure 10 years of making disgusting peanut butter lunches. The district has done a great job in making these important services available online. They are breaking down language barriers, technology preferences and just making the overall process user-friendly. Take a deep breath, let it go and smile, it's going to be an awesome year!

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SCHOOL VISITOR PASS Please Sign In At Office responsibility for their lives and futures, while mastering the content from their he new school year is here! I hope your coursework. Dr. Glass is creating a shared summer included the sounds of children culture of reflective, constructive feedback playing, laughing, and having fun! As our to help all of us - board members, educators, teachers, principals, and staff prepare students, parents, and community members for another enriching academic year, I - foster these competencies in each student hope they all enjoyed a wonderful, restful, in Jeffco. I assure, everyone will feel his strong vision and leadership, from our relaxing summer break. I am as excited as I’ve ever been for a buses and kitchens, to our classrooms and communities. new school year and honored Last year our students, to serve as your District 3 staff, and schools brought School Board director. Our new Jeffco many points of pride; superintendent, Dr. Jason Glass, from first place finishes in is equally enthusiastic. Since debates and hydrogen fuel car July 1, Dr. Glass has visited races, to distinction as John several Jeffco schools, held Irwin Schools of Excellence, an eight-stop district-wide state championships and more community meeting tour, talked than $80 million in earned with community leaders and college scholarships. This year groups, and engages regularly brings new faces to the Jeffco with all stakeholders through his Ali Lasalle leadership team. Here in the My fellow Wheat Ridge Articulation area, board members and I have heard from many leaders, educators, and join me in welcoming new principals Josh community members who are excited about Cooley - Wheat Ridge HS, Jeena Williams Jeffco’s next chapter. Again and again, - The Manning School, Michael Heffernan people tell us they feel heard, valued and - Mountain Phoenix Community School, inspired. As Dr. Glass implements his entry Trina McManus - Stevens Elementary, and plan, we see his deep commitment to our Janace Fischer - Wilmore-Davis Elementary. district, the benefit his experience brings, Jeffco’s future and success will be bigger and the opportunities Jeffco now has with the more we work together. Please take any opportunity to engage, provide constructive him at the helm. Recently, our board and Dr. Glass feedback, and work with us toward an even gathered at our annual board retreat where better, stronger Jeffco! As a board, we look we discussed strategies and goals for the forward to the challenges and opportunities coming year. By prioritizing the successful, ahead. And we always welcome your strategic, implementation of the Jeffco thoughts. Email us anytime at board@jeffco. 2020 Vision, we’re committed to ensuring Jeffco grads are strong communicators, Ali Lasell is 1st Vice President of the think creatively and critically, value Jefferson County School Board. and contribute to their communities, Questions for this guest writer should explore leadership and take charge of and be sent in to n By

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ASK THE SCHOOL BOARD Eagerly Anticipating This School Year As our pursuit of educational excellence continues, Jeffco faces real challenges. More and more working- and middle-class s a parent and school board member, families are facing competing expenses I am eagerly anticipating the 2017-18 that stretch already tight budgets. Jeffco is Jeffco school year. Jeffco students are the firmly focused on making sure all students reason. Our dedicated educators, leaders come to school ready to learn, while and support staff aim to prepare all students creating opportunities for students to to achieve a life of learning, connection and customize learning around their passions success. and pursuits. The Jeffco graduating Jeffco’s school facilities senior class we celebrated last and budgets are stretched spring has earned more than tightly as well. Through careful, $80 million in scholarships, difficult work, our board including 80 percent of the supported the reallocation of graduating class of Jefferson $10 million to competitively Junior/Senior High Saints compensate teachers. As our receiving scholarships to realize state faces a teacher shortage their dreams. The growth of a crisis, it is imperative that the “community schools” model will best teachers choose to come coordinate excellence in learning and stay in Jeffco, so that with strong support services, so Amanda Stevens students in every classroom that students and families in learn and grow. Finally, as Edgewater and surrounding neighborhoods buildings age, technology advances and may overcome barriers to their best futures. learning opportunities must diversify, Beyond Edgewater, Jeffco’s 2020 Vision Jeffco school facilities need an investment. has provided an inspired future direction In the days and years ahead, this will be an based on equipping students with strong issue our community will need to address. knowledge levels and opportunities to learn I will continue to share the story of skills they will need to be successful adults. the great things happening every day in These skills include entrepreneurialism, our schools, and the great next steps our creative and critical thinking, and students deserve to build bright futures. communication to complement a strong Our community is critically important in academic foundation. that effort. Thank you for considering what I am excited to welcome Jeffco’s your place in that effort might be. superintendent, Dr. Jason Glass, Amanda Stevens is the District 4 Direcwho is already laying a foundation of tor of the Jefferson County Board of Eduprofessionalism, innovation and community cation. partnerships so that all students – and as a Questions for this guest writer should result our entire community – may thrive be sent in to now and into the future. n By

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ow many of you had a teddy bear when you were younger? How many of you have one now? At our house, we have a substantial collection and our excuse is that our grandchildren still play with them. There is a story that the Teddy Bear Tradition started here in Colorado when the staff of the Hotel Colorado (Glenwood Springs) made a cloth bear for President Teddy Roosevelt when he came to Colorado to hunt bears. Hence, the name: Teddy Bear. But a stuffed bear is quite different from a bear in the back yard. Colorado cares about bears. Colorado has several laws that deal with bears. The most recent is a 2015 bill that called upon the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to study the issue of bear-human conflicts. They reported what they found in December 2015, in a report entitled, Human-Bear Conflicts. This report, if you are interested, can be found on the CPW website: www. The report explains: Within the last several decades in Colorado, an increasing number of humanblack bear encounters and conflicts have generated media headlines, alarm from some citizens and concern from local governments and the Colorado State legislature… Along with the rapid expansion of human development and associated changes in land use in Colorado, black bears have learned to forage on a variety of widely-available human-provided food, including garbage, livestock, crops, fruit trees, bird seed and pet food… Human injuries caused by bears remain rare in Colorado when compared to the overall size of human and bear populations. However, as humans continue to encroach on bear habitat and bears continue utilizing human food sources, CPW believes the number of conflicts and encounters will increase, as well the likelihood of human injuries and deaths. In the past couple years, bears have been spotted in Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Parker, Centennial, and Boulder. A scholarly male bear cub even made it to the University of Denver. CPW research shows that when these bear invasions occur, only you can prevent problems with bears. So, it helps if you are informed about bears: 1. Because bear populations are hard to keep track of, people may assume that increases in human-bear conflicts are caused by increases in the number of bears. However, research shows that as bears gain experience with human food, they pass it on to their offspring. This behavior is probably the source of additional conflicts without an associated increase in the number of bears. 2. Bears are smart. They are curious, adaptable and have good memories. With a nose that is over 100 times more sensitive than humans, they can smell possible food from as far away as five miles. And once they find food, they will be back for more. Most bears are naturally shy. While not particularly nocturnal, they may travel at night to avoid people. They are very wary of people and unfamiliar things, and they tend to run away from what they think is

dangerous. 3. Bears are hungry. Keep in mind, bears only eat about six months each year. And the closer it is to winter and hibernation time, the more desperate they are to find food. In order to survive hibernation, a bear must consume over 20,000 calories per day during late summer and early fall. Over 90 percent of a bear’s natural diet is grasses, berries, fruit, nuts and plants. But they are opportunistic omnivores that will eat whatever they can find. Bears, attracted to human food sources, may damage property, vehicles and even homes to get to that food. They don’t know they are doing anything wrong. They are just following their nose to the most calories they can find. For instance, a 50-pound bag of bird seed, stored where a bear can get to it, has almost 90,000 calories. A bear feast that is worth the effort of burglary. 4. Bears that find food around homes and campgrounds often lose their natural wariness around people. Even though black bears are not naturally aggressive and seldom attack, they are still strong, powerful animals who don’t like being cornered. A bear on its way to food doesn’t like anyone or anything getting in its way. Mothers trying to feed both themselves and their cubs will go to extraordinary lengths. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is the agency charged with protecting and preserving the state’s wildlife. Bears that get comfortable around people can destroy property or even threaten the safety of people. These bears are called habituated bears and often must be destroyed. Every time CPW must destroy a bear, we lose a little piece of the wilderness that makes Colorado so special. If bears show up in your yard, take a picture from inside your house and then find a way to make them very uncomfortable. So here is what CPW suggests to avoid conflict with bears: The biggest attraction is garbage. Most of what we think is trash, smells like food to a hungry bear. Most trash cans are easy pickings for a bear. Once a bear figures out how easy it is to empty our trash, they will come back on a regular basis. Never leave trash or recyclables out overnight. One study reported that putting trash out in the morning, as opposed to evening, can reduce the likelihood of bear visits from 70 percent to 2 percent. If you must leave trash outside, get bear-proof containers, build a bearproof enclosure or install an electric fence. Clean out your containers regularly with ammonia or bleach. Bears hate these strong smells. Bird feeders are a big attraction for bears. After all, seeds are a natural part of their diet and the seeds in, on, and below the feeders seem like an open invitation to bears. CPW recommends that you not feed birds during the months that bears are active, which is mostly late spring, all summer and early fall. If you don’t want to stop feeding birds, then bird feeders need to be 10 feet off the ground and 10 feet away from anything they can climb to get to the seed. Clean up regularly under the feeder and do not leave Continued on page 14


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nyone currently looking for a place to live in the Denver area can be the first to to tell you, it’s not as cheap as past years. The increase is a byproduct of Colorado’s economy continuing to grow and stay strong. I thought it would be interesting to look at the dwelling market in surrounding states to help set a perspective on Colorado’s. To compare the situations in various neighboring states,, I decided to look through a somewhat narrow scope. Only the most populated city of each state is listed, and only the median rent of one- and twobedroom apartments is being compared. I accept all of the lurking variables because this is just to gain an idea of other markets. All of the data is courtesy of which not only lists apartments nationwide, but also has significant data resource, including a monthly rent report breaking down the rent growth/decay of the nation's most populated cities. Denver: Our Mile High City is leading off, because our apartment climate is what we are comparing to everyone else. The median one-bedroom rent is $1,060, while the median two-bedroom rent sits at $1,430. These numbers add to the year-over-year growth in rent price of 2.7 percent (ranked 50th out of 100). Salt Lake City, Utah: The core municipality of Colorado’s western neighbor had the closest numbers to Denver

than any other city on this list. The median one-bedroom rent is $840 followed by the median two-bedroom rent at $1,040. Salt Lake did have a 5 percent, year-over-year growth (tied for 19th). Phoenix, Ariz.: Down in the hot corner of the nation, Phoenix sits at $820 for median one-bedroom rent and $1,020 for median two-bedroom rent. Both numbers are rather close to the previous listing of Salt Lake City, so it’s fitting that both cities are tied for 19th highest for year-over-year growth at 5 percent. Albuquerque, N.M.: The most populated city in the state south of Colorado continues the decline in median rent from the start of the list. Median one-bedroom rent is at $700 accompanied by median twobedroom rent at $860. It also managed to grow higher than national average for yearover-year growth at 3.6 percent (ranked 41st). Wichita, Kan.: The 10th most populated city in the midwest is slated last, which makes sense because it posts the lowest median one-bedroom rent on the list at $560 and the lowest median two-bedroom rent at $750. It also has the lowest yearover-year growth of cities mentioned at a 2.1 percent (ranked 66th). Denver ranked to be the most expensive when measuring median rent for both oneand two-bedroom apartments of all cities listed. If this any indication of other housing markets in Colorado, departure could become a legitimate option for some if the price outweighs the desire to live here.

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ring your business cards and a solid handshake to a special networking and information opportunity next month. The Third Annual Jeffco Business Resource Expo, presented by the Jefferson County Business Resource Center, is a collaboration with county and neighborhood chambers of commerce, community and area business groups, state and local public services, agencies and other various resources serving small and large businesses operating in Jefferson County. “Jefferson County is a business favorable community,” said Amira Watters, executive director of the Jeffco Business Resource Center. “There are so many resources here, and many business owners just don’t know about them,” said Watters, on the impetus behind the Expo. “They have a lot of support and resources here, and we want them to know that.” With libations and door prizes to make the evening even more attractive, Watters explained the numerous vendors and representatives, all together for an evening, presents not only an exceptional networking experience, it also offers attendees insight into the commercial growth and economic vision within Jeffco, and direct access to the expansive breadth of free and lowcost services offered by Jeffco agencies – such as the array of business, education and research tools available through the Jefferson County library network, connecting with an internship coordinator from a local school, making in-person introductions and connections, or exploring the multitude of programs and workshops provided through the Jeffco BRC. The free event, said Watters, “is invaluable.” Initiated three years ago, the event also kicks off Small Business Resource Week – a proclamation made last year by Jeffco Commissioner Donald Rosier, which Jefferson County intended as a way “to promote the cost-effective training programs and education resources for small businesses to access throughout the county.” The Expo continues to grow each year. Last year, more than 300 owners, entrepreneurs and those still considering whether to make that leap attended the event, gaining access to more than 30 area agencies. With Colorado’s continued robust economic climate, unemployment rates historically low and already nearly 30,000 new business filings statewide, in conjunction with the countless advantages to living and doing business in Jeffco, Watters expects this year’s turnout to be just as strong. “I think Jeffco is thriving more than ever before,” she said. The Jeffco BRC is not a county government office, but rather a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created as a resource hub for all cities and towns of Jeffco, from Arvada to Buffalo Creek, offering the new and existing business community a wealth of affordable, relevant programs and services, including business advising, workshops, classes and mentoring programs. As a nonprofit, it depends on strong relationships with established businesses and other entities for support and sponsorship. “It’s a smart use of taxpayer dollars,” said Watters, “and it’s expanding constantly and evolving as the business environment evolves.” Those relationships also happen to provide for some attractive Expo door prizes. While Watters is keeping the this year’s slew of prizes under wraps, last year’s included a Grand Lake cabin getaway package, business coaching services, hotel packages, health club memberships, symphony tickets, dry cleaning, and Broncos tickets. Sponsorship opportunities for September’s event are still available Attendance to the Monday evening event on Sept. 18 is free to all Jefferson

County business owners, or residents contemplating a new venture, by invitation or advanced registration. The executive director emphasized the organization’s commitment to helping business achieve success. “If we can’t personally help you,” said Watters, “we can connect you with someone in the community who can.” The event takes place at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Avenue Frontage Road in Golden from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18. To register, inquire about sponsorship or any educational programs offered by the Jeffco BRC, contact Amira Watters at 303-996-8976 or

September Pizza in the Park The Wheat Ridge Business Association will hold a networking-focused luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The event, which take will take place at Anderson Park at the Pavilion (4355 Field St.), goes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 for WRBA members and $18 for nonmembers. The speaker will

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September 2017 Membership Luncheon Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Time: 11:00am-1:00pm Location: Wheat Ridge Recreation Center – 4005 Kipling St. Cost: $15 for WRBA Members, $18 for Non-members SPEAKER: Penny Brenden TOPIC: “Wheat-in-Go” Networking with Pizza in the Park – session two

Jeffco Business Resource Center Presents Start-up 101 On Aug. 24, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., the Jeffco BRC will present “Start-up 101: What You Need to Know BEFORE You Consider Starting a Business.” This class covers the questions that you need to answer before considering opening a business. The class will cover: • Entrepreneurial Characteristics • Feasibility - Will your business idea work? • Business Structure - Which is right for your business? • Business Connections - Who do you need to know? • Business Planning - Why this is crucial for your success? • Business Financing - Financing Options, Banking, Bookkeeping & Taxes • Business Liability

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WHAT’S HAPPENING Wheat Ridge Historical Society Offers a Variety of Fall Activities Open House & Tours at the Baugh House

Tour a log cabin encapsulated within a Victorian 1900s house on the second Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The remaining open houses and tours will take place Sept. 9, Nov. 11, and Dec. 9 (their Holiday Party). Join the WR Historical Society for rocking on the chairs and reminiscing about Wheat Ridge "back in the day.”

Apple Cider Day

Bring your own apples and containers to hold the cider pressed on the WR Historical Society’s presses.There will also be craft demonstrations. Cost is $5, and lunch is served for a nominal fee. Listen to or join in on the live music. Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Quilting Circle

The WR Historical Society’s Quilting Circle meet s the fourth Thursday of each month in the Red Brick house at Historic Park, 4610 Robb St. Quilting Circle dates for the remainder of the year are Aug. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29 (fifth Week due to Thanksgiving) no meeting in December. Note the new time – 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Risas Dental and Braces to Donate Free Dental Care Labor Day Risas Dental and Braces will hold its annual Labor of Love by providing free dental care. The event takes place on Labor Day, Sept. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. Wheat Ridge residents can visit the Risas offices at 3815 N. Wadsworth Blvd. Patients can select from one of four free services, including: basic teeth cleaning, cavity filling, tooth extraction, or complete exam with X-rays.

are needed to assist with check-in and guide guests at each house. Volunteers will receive a personal tour ticket and an event goodie bag. For more information on assisting with the Home Tour, email Jon Genova: genovaj@ Learn more about these events and how you can join the fun by visiting www.

Dream Dinners Fight Against Hunger a Huge Success Dream Dinners, along with Friends and Family Community Connection, hosted a Fight Against Hunger event on Saturday, July 29. At the gathering, 350 volunteers packed healthy nonperishable meals for the local and international food insecure community. The organization raised nearly $20,000 in donations, and more than 52,000 meals were packed. (Approximately one-third of meals will stay local and go to the Action Center’s Prosperity Project. The remainder was sent to Haiti.)

League of Women Voters of Jefferson County Kicks Off on Aug. 24 Learn what the League of Women Voters Jefferson County is all about at a free, public meeting on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 W. 20th St., Lakewood. All current and prospective members are encouraged to attend. LWV is not for women only. Activities for the year will include local Voter Service Outreach and topics such as the Jefferson County School Board elections, Money in Politics, Climate Change, Demographic Impacts and Homelessness

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Volunteers Needed for RidgeFest and Home Tour Do you enjoy meeting new people and giving back to your community? Localworks has two upcoming events in need of some wonderful volunteers. Each event has different volunteer duties, shifts, and benefits. RidgeFest is a family-friendly day celebrating Wheat Ridge and its unique charm. The event will take place on Sept. 9 from 3 to 9 p.m. RidgeFest includes bluegrass music, cottage foods contests, a classic car show, kids activities and much more! There are many different volunteer assignments and shifts at this event. Volunteers will receive an event t-shirt, a beer ticket, and a shift meal. The Mid Century and Modern Home Tour is a tour of six amazing examples of mid century and modern architecture in Wheat Ridge. It will take place on Sept. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. This tour is an event highly anticipated by architectural enthusiasts around the state and you can help make it a success. Volunteers

Echter’s Garden Center Announces Fall Classes for Gardeners Echter’s Garden Center has posted its September schedule for classes. Whether you’re interested in landscaping, orchids, succulents, terrariums, or if you want some helpful tips for gardening in the fall, there is a class for you. All classes are free. For more information, visit www.echters. com.

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and Hunger in Jefferson County. Also, the League’s newly designed website, www., will be presented. There are six convenient meeting locations throughout Jefferson County with both daytime and evening meeting options. LWV Jeffco will continue to offer the nonfiction book club for league members, as well as anyone interested in learning more about politics today. LWV Jeffco supports new citizen voter registration and offers ongoing voter education efforts.


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Explore Martial Arts in Wheat Ridge Regional Instructor at Body Mind Systems and 5th Degree Black Belt, George Alajjouri, wants to share the benefits of martial arts with Wheat Ridge residents. Body Mind Systems is a training facilty to help people increase their confidence, patience, discipline and willpower. Their fitness classes help their clients improve their strength, mobility, and overall health. They use martial arts as their main tool to help students challenge themselves at a high level to achieve results. The trainers employ various martial arts styles including Bagua Zhang, Kung Fu, Tai Chi & Qigong, Weapons and Self Defense. Each martial art requires different skills and offers particular benefits. Body Mind Systems utilizes all of these styles over the course of training so clients gain balanced physical and mental development. Body Mind Systems’ main clientele are those ready to take their fitness to a new level and explore the physical and mental benefits of martial arts. According to Alajjouri, “Our main goal is to create leaders that apply their training to strengthen their relationships, increase their career opportunities and just ‘feel good!” Alajjouri and his team teach both adults and children. The youth courses help children develop confidence, focus, listening skills and patience. Because of their passion for increasing community safety and wellbeing, Body Mind Systems holds free seminars on self-defense and family safety throughout the year. Body Mind Systems has been operating since 2002 and has locations in Arvada, Lakewood, Littleton, and Wheat Ridge. The location in the Chase Plaza at 5455 W 38th Ave in Wheat Ridge opened in May of 2015. Alajjouri loves being part of the Wheat Ridge community because of the vibrant energy and sense of community involvement around the city. “We have also found that the other local business owners are very supportive,” said Alajjouri, “Businesses around town work well together to continue to make Wheat Ridge a ‘go to’ town for people to visit.” This autumn, Body Mind Systems is running a few specials for new clients. Alajjouri and his team want residents to give martial arts a try and see the results that can be gained quickly. Body Mind Systems is offering an unlimited week of classes on their Adult Program for $20. They also have a Kids Back to School special for ages 5-14, which is one month of training for $50 along with a complimentary uniform. For more information about their classes, call Body Mind Systems at (720)446-8418 or email Alajjouri at COURTESY OF



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udy Maxfield is a Colorado native with beautifully-styled silver hair and fashionable, ladylike attire. She is, also, an indispensable volunteer at the Wheat Ridge Police Department. Sara Spaulding, Public Information Officer, says Judy is so valued because, “Judy has such willingness to step in and do whatever is needed. She lends a hand with so many things and is a vital part of WRPD. Her smile lights up the department.” She and her husband raised a family in our area. After the children grew up, began their own families, and Judy retired, she began to look for something to do with her time. She noticed that the police department was offering a Citizen Police Academy (C.P.A.). All the police departments in our area offer these academies, one evening a week for about 12 weeks. The Academy provides adult citizens with firsthand understanding of how the police department works including topics from court procedures and code enforcement to ride-alongs and ID theft. Many engaging activities and demonstrations are part of

the Academy: firearms demonstration, law enforcement history, ethics, elder abuse, sex offender registration, SWAT, and a Taser demonstration are only a few of the topics covered. Judy explained that the firearms simulator training is the same simulation the police use. “As you watch the screen things happen and people appear. You have to instantly decide to shoot or not,” she explained. This fall, crime scene analyst, Beth Daniels, presents crime scene investigation activities. If you are a fan of CSI, this is the real world version. Judy and a friend attended their first Citizen Police Academy. They enjoyed it. So, they attended one at every police department in the area. Judy decided after attending the C.P.A. to volunteer at a police department. Wheat Ridge Police Department was looking for volunteers and Judy signed up and has been volunteering for the Police Department since 2014. The Wheat Ridge Police Department has a core group of volunteers and Judy Maxfield is one busy volunteer. She began in Records. Wayne Hammond, Records Supervisor shares that “Judy was wonderful during a period of time when we were short

due to retirements and staff seeking other types of work. Thank goodness, Judy was able to spend some of her volunteer hours in Records with data entry, filing and helping citizens at the window. She truly provided the help we needed as we rebuilt our team in records.” She has removed patches from old uniforms and organized closets - whatever job needs to be done. Sergeant Brian Wilkinson says, “Judy is an extraordinary person and is a wonderful volunteer. We depend on dedicated volunteers and don’t know what we’d do without them. Judy is one of those people who work hard behind the scenes, never expecting any kind of recognition, despite how much she is appreciated.” Judy is now often found smiling in the window answering questions and directing people when they first enter the Wheat Ridge Police Department. Wheat Ridge has many community gatherings; like the Criterion, Ridge Fest, and the Carnation Festival. At these community activities, she is found in the WRPD booth providing information on crime prevention. Right now, Judy Maxfield is busy with organizing the upcoming Citizen Police Academy beginning on Wednesday,

WHEAT RIDGE POLICE VOLUNTEER JUDY MAXFIELD is often at the window at the Wheat Ridge Police Department, greeting everyone with her winning smile. PHOTO BY NANCY HAHN August 23. “The police,” Judy says, “are delightful.” She does have one rule though, “I can work whenever I’m needed, but never ever on Friday. Friday is for my grandchildren!”

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solo and ensemble music. Information about the Foothills Music Teacher Association will be available as well at this family-friendly musical event. Later that afternoon, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Chef Yosuke Suzuki will teach a “Slice and Dice” Japanese cooking class.

Sept. 23 Colorado Honey Festival

TheColoradoHoneyFestivalwilltakeplace at Four Seasons Farmers & Artisans Market on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Sept. 30 Slice and Dice Japanese Cooking Class

Chef Yosuke Suzuki returns for another session of this popular cooking class. Register early for your space. These classes fill up fast!

Oct. 7 and 8 – Upcycle Fest

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2017 Election and Ballot Issues Forum Oct. 3 The Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce is holding a forum to discuss upcoming election and ballot issues. It will take place on Oct. 3 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Wheat Ridge City Hall in Council Chambers, 7500 W. 29th Ave. All Wheat Ridge residents and businesses are encouraged to attend. For details, visit

Lutheran Medical Center Selected as Finalist for Industry Innovation Award Congratulations to Lutheran Medical Center for being selected as a national finalist in the category of Data Analytics/Business Intelligence for Fierce-Healtcare’s Innovation Awards. Lutheran was selected for use of its innovative, industry-leading product, Biovigil, a hand hygiene monitoring system that was implemented in 2016. Finalists were recognized in five distinct categories designed to highlight products and services that have the potential to make the greatest impact on savings, healthcare delivery and patient engagement. Winners of the national Fierce Innovation Award will be announced and published in the Innovation Report on Aug. 28.

Neighborhood Gazette – August 2017  

The August 15 – September 18, 2017 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Wheat Ridge, Applewood, Mountain View & Lakeside Colorado.

Neighborhood Gazette – August 2017  

The August 15 – September 18, 2017 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Wheat Ridge, Applewood, Mountain View & Lakeside Colorado.