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SWIM•FLOAT•SWIM! teaches children skills for life The following letter was written by a parent who enrolled her three children in Infant Aquatics at Swim Float Swim! Dear Judy, We live in Lafayette and our property is quite large and beautifully landscaped with a gorgeous water feature the kids love to splash around in during the summer. The pond, surrounded by rocks, drops to a depth of 4.5 feet. May 18th was a warm, sunny day. I was home with my two young daughters doing yard work. Saxon, my 16-month-old, had just completed her fifth week of lessons with Cynthia, but had yet to practice swimming in clothes. She and Stori, my 4-year-old, were playing on a large trampoline located next to the pond, while I was gardening. My back was turned pulling weeds in an adjacent garden when I heard Stori call for me. She said “mommy, mommy, Saxon needs you” I turned around to see Stori, standing by the water, but Saxon was nowhere in sight. My mouth went dry,

and my heart sank as I envisioned Saxon facedown at the bottom of the pond. I remember running about eight “Incredible Hulk” steps with no feeling in my legs. The pond came into view, and there was Saxon, not submerged on the bottom, but floating on her back on the surface of the water She was wearing overalls with a long sleeve shirt underneath. Her breathing was relaxed, considering the water temperature was 58 degrees. I felt calm as I made my way to where she was floating. I was so relieved; I cheered her as I laid down at the edge of the water. I continued to tell her what a great swimmer she was as I gently placed my hands under her head, re-enforcing her confidence in the floating technique she had been learning during her swim lessons. I was surprisingly very composed, and helped her float over to the side and then encouraged her to flip over and grab the edge, where I grasped her little hands and pulled her wet body out. During the entire episode, she never cried, never

even made a peep. I let her run around the sunny yard in her wet clothes and diaper for a few minutes while I regained the strength in my legs to actually take her inside to get fresh clothes and digest what had just happened. According to Stori, “Saxon fell in the water face first and rolled over to float.” Water safety has always been one of my greatest priorities, and all three of my kids have taken lessons at Infant Aquatics. I have always felt that educating children to be safe and respectful around water is paramount, because you never know when something like this might happen. Thank you over and over again Infant Aquatics Team! Sincerely, Carey Pardee Swim Float Swim! home of Infant Aquatics, Boulder County’s only dedicated swim school, is located in the Diagonal Trade Center, 795 S. Sherman St. in Longmont. Visit or call 303499-BABY.

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Dear friend, When I meet people in town, they usually say, “Oh, I know you, you’re Dr. Jessica. I’ve seen you in the Longmont Magazine for years!” Well, our office is going through some exciting changes in 2012! Before we get to that, let me introduce us. Let’s start with me, the gal on the right. 16 years ago I was introduced to chiropractic as a freshman in college after I developed chronic sinus infections and neck pain. My doctor had me on some really powerful drugs, but nothing was helping! The infections kept getting stronger and so did the doses of antibiotics. I was so sick for so long that my parents decided to take me out of school so I could focus on getting healthy. A friend of mine convinced me to give chiropractic a try, but I just didn’t believe in it! Out of desperation, I went to see him. The chiropractor did an exam, took some films, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustments (there was a series of them!) didn’t hurt, they actually felt good. They worked so well that I have never had another sinus infection in over 16 years. Brady is the gal on the left. She was introduced to chiropractic care in 2006 through a family friend. She had neck and back pain for most of her teenage years and needed some relief! Her chiropractor helped Brady to understand why she was in so much pain and how important it was to correct her spine while she was young! She jumped at the opportunity to work in a chiropractic office in 2007 and has been working in this field ever since! She loves being able to tell patients just how much chiropractic care has helped her! It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their sinus and allergy problems. Also they come to

me with their headaches, migraines, chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, sciatica, ear infections, disc injuries, allergies, tingling, numbness, and athletic injuries, just to name a few. Now about those changes I mentioned… We are expanding our Progressive Rehab Department! We have added Spinal Decompression Therapy, which is great for neck and low back disc problems and/or injuries. We also have added low level LASER therapy both for the spine and for any joint or muscle that needs it! It’s great for helping tissues heal from sports injuries, chronic pain, chronic stiffness, swelling, and overuse. We have also expanded our exercise and stretching areas and are adding another doctor to our staff in March.

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Our Offer to you to come check out our upgrades… If you bring in this article (by March 30th) you can receive my entire new patient exam AND a 30 minute massage for $59…there are no hidden fees here (normal value up to $315) Further care is very affordable and you’ll be happy to know that I have family spinal adjustment plans. “It Shouldn’t Cost and Arm and a Leg to Correct Your Health” You should know a little about my qualifications. That’s important so that there’s no misunderstanding about quality of care. I’m a graduate of both the University of Florida and Cleveland Chiropractic College (a prestigious 4 year program). I’ve been entrusted to take care of tiny babies to pro-athletes alike. I just have a lower initial fee so more people can be introduced to chiropractic to find out if it is what they need! My office is now called HealthSource Chiropractic and we are still in the same location at 1020 Ken Pratt Blvd in Longmont (on the west side of the Safeway plaza). My phone number is 303-772-8311. Please call Brady today to set up your appointment. We look forward to serving you! Thank you. -Dr. Jessica Thompson P.S. When accompanied by the first, I am also offering the second family member this same examination for only $39.

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et’s face it, most of us live in Colorado because of the weather. Days full of sunshine naturally promote wanting to get outside and do something! While some of my favorite things are spending time at the pool with my two boys, I also love the many choices available throughout the summer. From hiking all across the Front Range to spending an afternoon with a run around Lake McIntosh followed by a picnic – being outside just makes me feel good. An early morning visit to the Saturday Farmers’ Market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont is also a fun experience. It not only gets you outside to enjoy the fresh morning air, but it helps me promote and educate my two sons on being healthy and keeping things local. I also enjoy talking to the local vendors and farmers and getting new ideas and recipes of things I can do with their vegetables and fruit for purchase. If you ask, they are more often then not willing to offer a suggestion. The many summer events and places right here locally offer a plethora of things to do without traveling far. From the Strawberry Festival Antique Show (May 19-20), Rhythm on the River (July 13-14), the Boulder County Fair (Aug. 1-5) and the Festival on Main (Aug. 24) right here in Longmont and events in surrounding areas, such as The Fourth at Firestone (July 4) and the Lyons 20th Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival there is plenty to choose from and something for everyone. While I hope to catch some of the events throughout the community, I also hope to just get out with my boys on our bikes and explore on Longmont’s trails and greenways. Last year, I planned to run my first 5K (which I did, successfully) and immersed myself among fellow community runners. This year, it’s about including my sons, now that they are big enough, and our bikes. It’s going to be our healthy adventure. I hope that you follow suite and get outside and enjoy what we have right here in our community, too. While I’ve lived in the Longmont community for eight years, I admit I didn’t always partake in these events until a couple of years ago and am happy that I now do. A past coworker once told me, “You can’t just live in a community, Summer, but you have to be a part of the community you live in to really enjoy it.” And, you know what? He was right.

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Healthy Hydration The 411 on H2O BY DOMINIQUE DEL GROSSO

“Clink,” “glub, glub, glub,” “ahhh.” Take a moment to sip on some ice-cold water, allowing it to freshen the senses and ready you for the summer months. With so many cold, delicious drinks to choose from, water can rarely be the drink of choice. It’s easy to forget how important it is to drink enough of it on a daily basis, too. We know water is essential for the human body, but what exactly does it do for us? Christine Bennett, a registered dietitian with House and Heart Nutrition, LLC in Longmont, says water is essential because it helps our bodies to function properly. “We need water to transport nutrients and oxygen around our bodies (blood) and to remove by-products of metabolism from our bodies (urine),” she says. “We need water to make enzymes to digest food and for our metabolism, to moisten the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts and also to maintain body temperature.” Drinking enough water daily is worth the gain, not in weight, but in health. The benefits are endless from improved skin tone to weight management to supporting the conduction of electrical impulses that maintain heart function, Diana Bunker, a certified nutritionist in Longmont says. A large amount of calories consumed on a daily basis are from the fluids we drink from soda to juice to hot or cold coffee drinks. “Often these drinks don’t keep us feeling full for very long, so we have consumed the calories and are looking for another snack soon afterward,” Bennett says. The list of what water provides to the body goes on and on. With summer in full force, staying hydrated is particularly important. Because the body uses water to regulate body temperature, not staying adequately hydrated can put an excess amount of stress on the body, Bennett says. With so much information out there, it’s hard to know how much water we should drink, and what the benefits can be. Simply drinking water is one of the best ways to consume it. While we do consume a fair portion of our daily fluid intake through the foods we

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eat, gulping it down is just as easy. And everyone has heard the “eight glasses a day” requirement. Although that seems like the right amount for everyone, it’s actually not as accurate as we think. The best rule of thumb: When you’re thirsty, drink fluids. Bunker provides specific guidelines: “Ideally we should be drinking half of our body weight in ounces daily. For example, a 150 pound person should consume 75 ounces daily, which is a good rule of thumb for everyone.” Changing habits overnight is often unrealistic. Bennett and Bunker recommend starting with small, attainable goals. “Keeping a water bottle close by is a gentle reminder,” Bun-

“Ideally we should be drinking half of our body weight in ounces daily. For example, a 150 pound person should consume 75 ounces daily, which is a good rule of thumb for everyone.” – Diana Bunker ker says. However, the good thing about changing habits is that you can easily exchange one habit for another. “Strike a deal with yourself: ‘I can drink the soda after I drink a half cup of water,’” Bennett says. “Another way might be to think about all the fluids you’re going to consume that day and try to switch one or two of those to water. This might feel more achievable than cutting out juice or soda all together.” For the person who doesn’t enjoy drinking water, it’s most likely due to its taste. Fortunately, a water filter can make all the difference. In addition, because a lot of people have teeth sensitivity to cold, Bunker recommends drinking room temperature water, which can help water go down a lot easier. And if you drink juice or other flavored beverages, try mixing the flavored beverage with water so you achieve the increased water intake, while tricking your taste buds in the process. For all the things water does to keep our bodies healthy, think twice the next time you reach out to crack open the top of a soda pop can or flavored beverage. Instead, grab your water bottle or glass and take a swig – your body will thank you.

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AltaVita Memory Care Centre: A place to call home THE BEGINNING OF ALTAVITA MEMORY CARE CENTRE AltaVita Memory Care Centre in Longmont is more than a place where memory care patients and their families can call home, it’s a longtime dream of Medical Director and Geriatric Psychiatrist Dr. Haleh Nekoorad-Long. It was five years ago, when Nekoorad-Long partnered with the Macy family of Longmont for help in constructing and making this dream come true. “I realized in Boulder County there was a real need for memory care patients and their families,” she says. Nekoorad-Long knew that certain criteria was crucial, such as natural lighting, a secure open air patio with 24/7 access, wide hallways, tall ceilings, excellent food and a plethora of activities. At AltaVita residents will experience a home-like atmosphere and feeling as each neighborhood is structured to look like a home and residents dine among themselves within the neighborhood at dining tables, rather than in a cafeteria setting. Nekoorad-Long says this is one way to promote the center as being more like a home than a facility. The last step to making the community like home, was offering a place for residents’ families to come. Private dining is available for families to use for special events, as well as an ice cream parlor and bistro. “Every little detail has been planned for memory care and creating a home-like atmosphere,” says Nekoorad-Long. UNDERSTANDING THE NEED FOR MEMORY CARE In the United States every 69 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer, making Alzheimer the No. 1 cause of Dementia. Alzheimer effects 4.5 million people in the U.S., meaning one in every eight of all adults either have or will eventually have Alzheimer. The medical world predicts that a Silver Tsunami (baby boomers) will hit our nation in 2050 with more than 15 million people having Alzheimer. While Alzheimer is the most common form of dementia, other causes of memory loss are stroke, head injury and alcoholism. Dr. Nekoorad-Long saw a need in Boulder County

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when she moved into the community nine years ago, and her new business Colorado Mood and Memory Clinic hit its maximum number of patients within six weeks. While AltaVita will offer residents a home-like atmosphere by minimizing the need for residents to leave their homes. AltaVita will have a 24/7 nursing staff available, visiting doctors, podiatrist, acupuncturist, masseuse, hair stylist and in-house fitness program that will be tailored to each residents individual needs. Aside from the residents, AltaVita also hopes to give back to the community by offering a daycare and respite program to caregivers, support groups for families and educational programs. All open to the public. SETTING THE BAR IN MEMORY CARE The staff at AltaVita was handpicked to ensure that residents and their families are getting the best care available. From Medical Director Dr. Haleh NekooradLong, one of the few geriatric psychiatrist in the State, Executive Director Linda Berens, Activities Director Gemma Wilson, Wellness Director Bonnie Clark, Marketing Director Sandra Bateman and Food Services Director Anita McBee. Together they carry over 40 years of experience in memory care. “Safety is our No. 1 priority,” says Nekoorad-Long. “AltaVita will be a lasting legacy in the Longmont community and will set a new standard for memory care in the state of Colorado.” All photos courtesy Milk Money Photography




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Bella rotta. Italian for beautiful broken, it’s the term artist Rolinda Stotts has given to her style of cracked paintings. The term can also transcend art and describe the struggles that come into people’s lives, including Stotts’. Stotts, of Frederick, was born and raised on an Oregon dairy farm. From a young age she learned the value of working with her hands, and also developed a love for all things old and cracking, from the mud on the ground to old Italian walls. “I was introduced to a really cool wall treatment that has similar concepts to it in traveling over in Italy, inspired by all the frescos and warm colors,” she says. “Everything today is plastic and new and you’re afraid of hurting it. My artwork is already aged and people like that mystery.” Stotts’ paintings involve a 10-step process, which she created entirely herself through research and trial and error. She makes her own canvas. She paints an image with oils. She manipulates, sands and distresses the image, resulting in actual cracks, not simply the appearance of being broken. I can’t control it, I only manipulate it to a certain degree,” Stotts says. “I allow that grace to happen. It’s a sense of letting go and allowing it to be what it is.” Once the image is properly distressed, cracked and

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broken, she secures it to a wooden frame – as with the entire process, she builds all of her frames on her own using table saws, nail guns and glue – and then she cuts the edges with a knife and finishes and fills in the edges. The process – and subsequently the end result – has garnered Stotts much success. Stotts has a history of creating her own formula in a number of ways. As a child she enjoyed such things as exploring different coloring techniques and making wreaths out of barbed wife. When the art room at her small high school was converted into a taxidermy room, she experimented with taxidermy, including putting mallards on wreaths with cattails or thistle. As a young married mother, when money was tight, Stotts made cinnamon stick Santas and papier-mâché Christmas characters. A friend suggested she sell them, so Stotts walked into a shop in Kansas City, where she lived at the time, and walked out with a check for $250. “I knew how to work and create and also how to sell. Once I figured out the formula, it was beautiful,” she says. She expanded into more shops, and then ventured into acrylic painting on anything she could find – pillows, linoleum, wooden trays. She made a small income, enough to purchase new curtains or the like. Stotts’ husband landed a job with Quest and the family relocated to Highlands Ranch. The week before they moved, a friend introduced Stotts to oil paints. “It was like I had found my home,” Stotts says. “It was so unbelievably exciting to know about oil paints finally. So I moved that first painting wet to Colorado.” But before long her husband lost his job. Eighteen months of unemployment prompted Stotts – a mother to three young children – to turn to her oil paints. “I thought to myself, ‘well I can paint.’ Why don’t I make






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some prototypes and go out and sell them,” she says. “It took off. It was a miracle.” An art show led to wholesale accounts, and soon Stotts was making enough to support her family. And then she landed a shared retail spot in Cherry Creek. “Then I’m meeting people who live in Cherry Hills, all these wonderful places,” she says. “All of a sudden I start being invited into peoples’ homes and start doing these art consultant type of things. So I’m actually creating a piece of art for a specific space. I really got to see these homes and see what kind of sizes people needed over a sofa and over a fireplace. If you can make their dreams come true with a painting that’s specifically for them, it’s so rewarding. Not just financially, but creatively it was a thrill for me.” With her business taking off, Stotts set her eyes on what she deemed the grand prize: art galleries. She delivered a commission to Scottsdale, and landed her first gallery, she says, through faith, and by “learning to work the system.” And galleries are where she has re-

mained. Her work is currently housed in galleries in Vail, Beaver Creek and Aspen, Colo.; South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Park City, Utah; Whistler, British Columbia; Alexandria, Va.; Minneapolis; San Francisco and Napa Valley; Coeur d’Alene; and Canmore, Alberta. She currently produces approximately 100 paintings a year, and sells roughly the same. In her peak year, she produced nearly 700 paintings. Her artwork is displayed around the world, purchased by everyone from football stars to corporate CEOs to foreign dignitaries. And Hollywood actor Russell Crowe has a

Rolinda Stotts collection. “Russell Crowe found me in Santa Fe; he was filming a movie there. He had come into a gallery with his wife, and they’d picked out several pieces they liked. A week later he came in to make the purchases, but a lot of the paintings they’d picked were gone. So he had to pick new ones. He bought nine (paintings) and they were shipped to his private home in Australia. “We all deal with struggles in certain ways,” Stotts says. “I wouldn’t be here without struggles, my husband’s job struggles. The creative process healed me. “I’m trying so hard to create this peace inside of myself and pour it into my paintings and they give it back to me. I believe that spiritual connection then connects with other people and people relate to it. I’ve seen people cry when they tell me their stories about walking in the forest with their now-deceased father and the painting reminds them of that childhood memory. All of these experiences are a spiritual manifestation of the process of creation.”

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you focus on the feeling, for example, “I want to feel that I’m making a contribution, I want to feel good about the work I produce and I want financial security, etc.,” then the objective isn’t to land a specific job, narrowing the possibilities, the focus is broader, dynamic and reenergized in a positive way. In addition to adjusting your mindset, being creative about stress-management or ways to give back to the community can help your job attitude. Brian Dooley, office manager at Express Employment Professionals in Aurora and author of “Landing Your Dream Job, Real Secrets From a Headhunter,” says making an effort to focus your energy in and outside of the office is a key to professional happiness. “I encourage my own employees to volunteer or participate with nonprofit agencies. We’ve found that when we make an honest effort to help others and give back to the community, it helps to reframe our own frustrations and put them in perspective. Besides, you never know what doors might open when you diversify yourself,” he says. Now that you have applied, you are invited to interview for a new position. There are a few questions you need to ask the interviewer beyond the basics. .

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Gust suggests: • Why are you hiring for this position? • What is this company’s biggest problem? • How do you see this position helping to solve that problem? Gust says that once you know these answers, you can explore whether the feelings you want from a job align with the needs of a company. In doing so, she says you must determine two things: 1. Is this a problem I care about? 2. How do I help the company solve this problem? Because all companies are looking for the new hire to help run a successful business, identifying what strengths you bring to the position is essential in both party’s success. “Most companies are looking for employees that will grow and enhance the business, not just the dollar. By clearly identifying within ourselves what our core contributions are and how an applicant plans to contribute, can make or break an interview,” Dooley says.

Although we have little control over what job opportunities come available or whether we’re offered an interview, we can control the ways in which we approach the job search, our mindset and how we feel about the job we do have. Shifting focus from negative, frustrated and bummed to positive

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The feeling warms your skin, beads of sweat roll down your sun-kissed forehead and while smacking your lips together, suddenly realizing your mouth is drier than normal, you’re in need of something cold. Lethargically, mustering all the energy possible, you shuffle to the kitchen, flip the faucet to its “on” position and stare blankly as the clear liquid fills the glass. Plopping down on the couch, you take a gulp. “Ah.” Gazing back up, the ceiling fan hypnotizes your mind as it spins round and round, and the breeze it creates grants little relief. Sweltering temperatures – the summer heat is upon us. “Chilly to the bone” weather is a distant memory, as thoughts of how hot it feels consume your mind. Beating the heat entirely is tough, but keeping as cool as possible doesn’t have to be. EXERCISING COMMON SENSE Even though the summer heat can be brutal at times, exercising during the right part of the day, wearing the right kind of materials and fueling your body with healthy foods and fluids can make the temperatures more bearable. Being outside or exercising during the hottest part of the day is never the best idea, a no-brainer. Exerting energy during that part of the day can make any outside workout more challenging, less productive and potentially dangerous. Chad Parish, the sports performance director of an athletic training program called No Limits Sports Performance at Longmont Athletic Club, says exercising at any time other than early morning is hard on the body. “Morning would be the best because of the lower temperatures. Extreme heat taxes the body tremendously, especially in the typical dehydrated state that most people are in,” he says. Even early evening exercise is doable. Although the air may still feel a bit warmer from the day’s heat, once the sun starts to set, the sun won’t blaze directly on your body as you exercise, making it equally physically possible. In addition, Colorado weather cools off a bit starting in the early evening, so exercising during that time is a nice way to take advantage of some of those beautiful summer nights. Kim Walker, president of outdoor DIVAS in Boulder, says there are two important things to remember when it comes to the heat and exercise: “Drink plenty of water and listen to your body.”

DRESSING FOR THE HEAT It’s a scorcher, and getting dressed can be a nightmare, because no matter what, sweating is inevitable. Allowing the body to sweat, its natural cooling mechanism, Parish says, is essential to keeping cool. Knowing which materials to wear can make all the difference. “Lightweight clothing is ideal for summertime. And for any type of activity where you might be working up a sweat, synthetic, quick-dry apparel is mandatory,” Walker says. “Cotton will hold moisture, and once you stop aerobic activity, the wet material keeps that moisture right next to your skin.” Beyond the clothes, accessories can make a difference, too. “Sunglasses are essential. Our (Colorado) sun is so strong and keeping our eyes protected is essential,” Walker says. Opting for a face shielding, skin-protecting hat is a good choice as well. Any hat will do, but generally the lighter weight, breathable materials are best. The most important thing a hat can offer is to keep sunlight directly off your face.

HYDRATING IN THE HEAT Christine Bennett, a registered dietician with House and Heart Nutrition in Longmont, says watching for signs of dehydration are critical to keep safe in summer heat. “To understand the benefits of staying hydrated, we need to understand the negative effects of dehydration. Dehydration puts extra strain on your heart, because the blood is a bit thicker, your heart needs to work harder to pump that blood around your body,” she says. “In the summer months, this is particularly important. The body uses water to regulate body temperature, so without adequate water, you can increase your internal temperature and put additional stress on your organs to function.” Other signs and symptoms of dehydration include: headaches, dizziness, fatigues, irritability, weakness, cramping and constipation, Bennett says. The moral of the story, stay hydrated to stay safe. As the summer heat approaches, set your alarm clock for the early a.m., slather on sunscreen, throw on your lightweight clothes, hat included, chug some chilled water and hit the pavement. But most importantly, stay cool.

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Zumba is about finding your “flavor.” This is how Lindsey Macy, certified Zumba instructor, explains the different ways we as individuals move our bodies. For Macy it doesn’t matter if your hips move like you think they should, because all bodies are made to move differently. “Our bodies are all made differently and carries its own physical history and possible limitations. Consequently, we all move differently,” Macy says. “In Zumba we call this individuality your flavor, and we celebrate the fact that we don’t all look or move the same way.” As Zumba has gained in popularity, so has the amount of classes offered along the Front Range. Macy herself teaches classes at Orchards Athletic Club in Loveland and at Raintree Athletic Club in Fort Collins. Instructors and classes can be found any where online at So why the craze about Zumba? It’s simple. “Zumba is exercise in disguise!” Macy says. The first, and most obvious, health benefit to Zumba is that it is a great cardiovascular workout. Macy explains that Zumba is a “total body workout” as you are often using several different muscle groups at one time. In any given class you will use your legs, arms and core muscles. Because of its high energy, Zumba is also an effective method of weight loss. “In class we use intermittent training, which is a combination of aerobic and muscular strength exercises and intervals,” Macy says. “Participants should expect a combination of high-intensity songs and lower intensity songs, allowing the body to recover a bit before taking the heart rate back up.” Last, is Zumba benefits mental health. According to Macy, Zumba is a feel-good workout that helps improve self-confidence and self-image. “What’s more, the feel-good music and positive energy of class send people home smiling every time.” Zumba not only offers many health benefits, but it is fun. “People love to dance – so much in fact that in Zumba you can forget you are working out,” Macy says. “I had a woman in one of my classes comment that Zumba was like going to the night club but without all the garbage, like getting hit on and having drinks spilled on you. That made my day.” The Latin-based rhythms, easy-to-follow moves and positive energy during a Zumba class are .



addictive and make people want to come back for more. They are also geared toward anyone. Macy says, sometimes people are discouraged after one class, but that they shouldn’t be because it often takes people up to three classes before they become familiar with Zumba moves. After three classes the repetitive moves of salsa, merengue or cumbia become familiar, and the Latin rhythms start getting “under your skin.” A different instructor may also be the key to getting more out of a class, every instructor has a different teaching style and music selection, Macy says. While the most common class available in the area is a traditional Zumba class, which features mid-to-high intensity moves and sometimes a little jumping, there are other options out there. • Zumba – Is for everyone from kids to Boomers, women and men. • Zumbatomic – This class is geared toward children between the ages of 4 and 14. • Zumba Gold – Intended for Boomers and individuals seeking a lower-impact workout. • Aqua Zumba – While these classes are not currently available, Macy hopes they will be by this summer. Aqua Zumba takes place in a swimming pool and is easier on the joints and ideal for pregnant women. So just remember, Zumba is for everyone no matter your physical level. Many of the moves can be adjusted to be less physical by adding arms and tapping instead of jumping or turning. So get out, Zumba and have some fun. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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An Everlasting Memory Longmont resident, WWII veteran remembers his role in the nation’s fight for freedom BY MELISSA HOWELL

Summer kicks off with and then culminates with holidays designated to help us remember our nation’s beginning and those who have kept us free. For many Americans, the 4th of July is the pinnacle event in celebrating our nation’s freedom. But often for those who have fought for that freedom, the memories are ever-lasting. For World War II veteran Captain Donald I. Lawless, there are tangible reminders: photographs of fighter planes, destroyed German planes with flamelicked Swastikas, friends lost in battle, and scenes that depict young men shaving and in many ways trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in a land far from the one they call home. And there are the bottle of sulfa pills issue by the Army in case of enemy capture; maps of France, Italy and surrounding areas printed on silk, given by the British army as the Japanese stopped exporting silk to the United States following the attack at Pearl Harbor; and various medals bestowed by the United States and France. Lawless, a Longmont resident, still has a copy of the newspaper article about the German army’s large-scale offensive attack on Poland; the article first exposed Lawless and his family – who lived in Wichita, Kansas – to the looming conflict in Europe and convinced

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Lawless to enlist. In 1942 Lawless set out to be a combat pilot, and enlisted with the United States Army, eventually graduating from the Army Air Corps’ aviation cadet school. “If I was going to be in the service, I wanted as much as possible to pick what I was going to do,” Lawless says. “I enlisted because I wanted to beat the enemy that was abusing us and abusing the people particularly.” After a record Atlantic crossing on the U.S.S. President Hoover, at the time the U.S’s largest ocean liner that was converted for the military, Lawless arrived in Italy. It was July 1944, and he was a 20-year-old fighter pilot ready for war. He was the C squad leader in the 79th fighter group under the 85th squadron. They were known as The Flying Skulls. Years later, the commanding officer of the 85th squadron told Lawless that at the time he joined the squadron, the average life expectancy of a new pilot was two to four weeks. “I started leading the squadron when I was still 20 years old, then I was promoted to assistant. We had a lot of casualties, so somebody had to be promoted,” he says. By early 1945, Lawless became A squad leader and was promoted from 2nd lieutenant to captain. Lawless mostly flew a P47 Thunderbolt, a singleseat plane. Without a crew or medic onboard, if Lawless

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“Serving my country and helping others couldn’t be separated. It was larger than either one of those. We did what had to be done to stop the slaughter. And it was terrible.” and his fellow fighter pilots were injured they had to care for themselves until they could get back to the base – if they made it back. The P47s were very heavily armed, with four 50-caliber machine guns on each side of the plane, a thousand-pound bomb and three rocket tubes under each wing. “I flew 19 missions my first month,” Lawless says. “We usually dropped all ammunitions (on each mission). Our work was air-to-ground fighting. We seldom engaged in aerial combat, it wasn’t our purpose. The purpose of an air combat unit is to destroy the enemy’s capacity for making war, not to take prisoners.” From July 1944 through May, 1945, Lawless flew 101 combat missions, from Italy, France and Egypt. He was part of seven major military campaigns, including the Battle of Montelimar, France. That battle destroyed from the air the 19th German Army, which had stretched for 35 miles of bumper-to-bumper military traffic in the south of France and cleared the way for the U.S. Army to get north to Normandy to fight the Germans who were “trying to throw the allies back into the sea,” according to Lawless. “I stopped flying a month before the end of the war, they took me out because of combat fatigue, said I had done enough,” Lawless says. “Enough” resulted in a Distinguished Flying Cross, six Air Medals, a Medal from the French Government, and an award from a 3-star general. The memory of returning home to Kansas still elicits raw emotion from Lawless. “I don’t think my parents expected me to come home. I didn’t expect to come home from the war,” he says. Lawless went on to marry his wife, Eva Jean, after a friend from Wichita asked him to “check on her for him” when Lawless returned from the war. He got a degree in geology, and minor degrees in mathematics, physics and petroleum engineering. He and Jean had two children. He spent his career in the oil industry, at

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one point becoming president of Bishop Oil, which was later sold to Shell. He has lived all over the world, and traveled back to Europe extensively. He met President Richard Nixon four times and President Ronald Reagan twice. But it was years before he would talk about his experiences as a combat pilot in World War II. “For 50 years friends and family would ask me and I wouldn’t discuss it,” Lawless says. “My mother died – father had died earlier – and I was going through her things and ran across a box. She had saved every one of my letters I wrote during the war. I had promised to write once a week, and pretty much did. In reading those letters the thought that occurred to me is that it would make a fine enough story and that I would like for my kids and grandkids and generations beyond that to know what went on back then and what their ancestors had done, because I don’t know much about what my ancestors did. So I started writing individual stories. And eventually in 1990 I thought it could be combined and expanded into a book. I spent a couple of years writing and put a book together. “By writing these, it helps me to get the devils out of my head. It’s therapeutic. It’s enjoyable.” Four years ago Lawless’ wife passed away. And he subsequently joined the American Legion, “for camaraderie … and to drink beer. “I go there two, three times a week. We never talk about the war. It seems to be within each person verboten. There’s no rule and it’s not sought out. I don’t talk about it. We talk about where we served and when, and then change the subject.” While Lawless has a deep love for his country, he doesn’t like the publicity and parades and such, although many of his fellow veterans are a visible part of our 4th of July celebrations. “Serving my country and helping others couldn’t be separated,” he says. “It was larger than either one of those. We did what had to be done to stop the slaughter. And it was terrible.”

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Prepare your Pooch Enjoy local dog parks and make sure fido knows good social behavior BY RHEMA ZLATEN

Summer plans are materializing, and it is time to prepare for the most tantalizing of Colorado’s seasons. Just don’t forget the value of entertaining the most faithful and furry member of the family, Mr. or Miss Fido. Longmont is packed full of options for active puppies and people alike, from indoor trick classes and agility training to outdoor romps on open space land and urban dog parks. Before thrusting any animal into a public scenario, having some basic manners down is a must. Longmont’s Zoom Room owner and trainer Marnie Johnson’s goal is to encourage the bond between owners and their dogs to help build trust and help the dog know an owner is always a safe refuge. “We don’t train the dogs, we train the people who own them,” Johnson says. “We want to give owners the tools to make their dogs a better partner in their family.” Why training? Learning social skills will prepare dogs to interact both with people and other animals without feeling threatened as they stroll through the Boulder County Farmer’s Markets, outdoor concerts at the park or Rhythm on the River. “You just don’t want your dog to be rude,” Johnson says. “If dogs don’t have that early exposure, they want to play. Then the leash then becomes a threat.” Older dogs can still learn better behavior. Johnson’s favorite turn-around story is a shelter dog who couldn’t deal with the outside world. “At the beginning, this dog totally melted down and wouldn’t get in the door,” she says. “By the end of six weeks, the dog was doing some of the agility equipment. Now the dog is in the second agility class, and now the dog plays in dog groups and has gotten that socialization she missed out on


when growing up.” Once socialization is achieved, Zoom Room offers agility training and a tricks class for the entire family. “It is the most fun for families to do, because everyone learns how to make the dog think,” Johnson says. “Having kids in the class is fun, because they come up with ideas that adults don’t come up with.” Testing for the K9 Good Citizen test through the AKC is a great summer challenge. PetSmart dog trainer Sarah Schnedecker moves pups up to the advanced level needed to pass the test, something required for agility competitions and other dog-related events. “The K9 good citizen test is the gateway too if you want your dog to become a therapy dog,” Schnedecker says. “The test is to prove that the dog listens to you, and gets a long with people and other dogs. It is not too hard, but it is not just simple either. It is a good foundation for anything you want to do with your dog.” Schnedecker became a dog trainer after fostering more than 200 dogs. Many dogs could stay in their homes with a little bit of re-training and focus on family order. LONGMONT TIMES-CALL LONGMONT MAGAZINE

“The number one reason dogs end up in shelters or rescues is fear or lack of socialization,” Schnedecker says. “So much of that can be avoided when you get the dogs in a group at 10 weeks. They are the most open until 14 to 16 weeks of age. Fear is the No. 1 reason for aggression. Training to me is not so much that I train them to be army obedience level. My thing is to train family pets. Whatever works for the family is what I want the dog to do, so that they aren’t too far gone.” Behavior and safety open the door for dogs to move from accessory to functional family members able to travel everywhere, from camping to leashed walks through city parks and events. Longmont Animal Control Officer Robin Breffle recommends checking at each trail head to determine if the area is designated for off-leash use. Having a dog off-leash in a city park could procure a ticket for the lucky owner. “It is important that everyone in the park feels safe,” Breffle says. “So, to have your dog off leash in a park can put fear into people. Everyone needs to be able to use the parks.” Certain etiquette and leg work are .

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required for dog park use. Dogs must have proof of rabies vaccination, have a city license and not be overly-aggressive to use the parks around town. “Some dogs fit in the dog parks and some don’t,” Breffle says. “For some it is just too much stimulation. Someone going to the dog park for the first time needs to be cautious. If they don’t feel like their dog is reacting well, they need to go. But they are great tools for those who like it.” So, with some etiquette and health issues established, ready to adventure off and explore all the Longmont area has to offer for dogs? Make sure to bring along plenty of water. DOG PARK 1 – 21ST & FRANCIS This glorious expanse of in-town field real estate boasts several previously chewed tennis balls, a few pieces of agility equipment and some shade for owners who need a bit of a throwing rest. There is usually a steady stream of dogs of all sizes, which means people of similar heart can gather and chat about their furry children. There are two areas for big dogs and a separate area for tiny dogs if needed. However, some mighty tiny dogs have been seen in the big dog part, kicking puppy hiney and taking names. One downfall to the area is the limited parking space shared with the sports park down the road, and it is a bit of a walk from the parking to the doggy freedom zone. DOG PARK 2 – AIRPORT AND ST. VRAIN ROADS This park is a favorite among both owners and pups. A water spigot provides ample water breaks, and there is a separated area for small puppy friends. The park is nearly always packed with play time, with pups zooming after Frisbees and greeting

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The dog park along St. Vrain Road near the Vance Brand Airport features a water hydrant for canine visitors. (Times-Call files)

each other through the gates as new dogs arrive. The only downfall is that the park is not centralized, so those who live east of Airport have to drive a little further to visit. The extra miles are definitely worth the trip.

is the cost. At $8 a pop, frequent visits could add up. However, achieving a beach experience without paying to go to Hawaii will save money in the long run, and the dog can come without having to sneak into checked baggage.

PARKS IN REGULAR PARKS • Stephen Day Park, 1340 Deerwood Drive • Rough & Ready Park, 21st Avenue and Alpine Street • Blue Skies Park , 1520 Mountain Drive These dog parks at least offer some freedom for pups, but the gravel cover (instead of grass) creates a scenario for wrestling pups to need a bath pronto. Also, there are few owner amenities, such as shelter from the elements or pre-chewed balls to throw for chompy puppies. These parks are not inhabited as often as the primary dog parks, so they could be a great place to introduce dogs to the dog-park way of life.

JIM HAMM NATURE PARK The closest thing to the wild in Longmont, Jim Hamm nature park offers numerous sniffing pleasures. Although this technically isn’t a dog park scenario, at least the destination won’t cost a pretty penny in gas for those who live in Longmont’s city limits. Check out the picnic spots and make sure to bring plenty of puppy treats along.

UNION RESERVOIR This popular sailing and nature area offers a lot of summer fun for puppies, including a separate off-leash puppy beach. Pups are still expected to treat each other and people with respect. One big downfall to Union Reservoir LONGMONT TIMES-CALL LONGMONT MAGAZINE

COOT LAKE Located close to the IBM plant in Gunbarrel, Coot Lake boasts a magnetic quality for attracting happy puppies, especially those who love plunging into the several small lakes available on the walking loop. If off-leash status is desired, register every pup with the City of Boulder’s TAG program, certifying that the off-leash dog will respond to his or her’s owner. For more information on off-leash areas in Boulder, visit www.bouldercolorado .gov.



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Finding your inner fashion-ista BY DOMINIQUE DEL GROSSO

You know that woman, (and we all do); the one who it seems was born a fashion-ista. From workout attire to the office to happy hour or the casual Sunday, she always nails it. What is it exactly that makes her cutting-edge and more fashionable than most? Perhaps she’s more naturally creative or she lives and breathes fashion? But for argument sake, let’s just say that she has two key components ironed out: She learned how to dress for her body, accentuating her best physical features, and knows how to successfully translate trends from runway to reality. Let’s face it; every woman knows feeling put together can make all the difference in her attitude. And whether we like to admit it or not, feeling “of the moment” and fashionable is a major factor, too. But knowing how to bring it all together for flawless fashion moments time and again can sometimes feel intimidating and overwhelming. With some trends, just knowing where to start can be the hardest part. Fortunately, the latest color-blocking trend is surprisingly easy to decode, allowing any woman to “nail it” for seasons to come, just like that fashion-ista friend. Color-blocking is simply pairing complementary colors and pieces in blocks or color. It’s pairing a vibrant, solid-colored top with a complementary, solid-colored bottom, tied together with additional pops of color from accessories. Rebecca Effinger, assistant store manager at Dillard’s in Longmont, says this trend is actually not at all intimidating, being that you can use the clothing you already own, making it an everlasting trend from season to season. “Color-blocking is really a separates trend that works for every shape and size,” she says. The current color-blocking trend is all about mixing complementary bright colors and hues or pastels in blocks of color. “So, you can wear a vibrant blue top, pink pants and yellow or orange shoes. It’s actually really 80s,” Effinger says. “As long as it’s the same hue, as in bright colors or pastels, they’ll always go together.” Like most trends, what’s hot now is likely to fade in time. However, color-blocking could be here to stay. Whether it’s the current brightly colored clothes or pastel-colored denim pants, pairing different separates can update the age-old trend from season to season. “You can always mix earthy, neutral tones for later seasons to make the trend versatile,” Effinger says. She also says fashion can be accessible for any woman. To be fashionable even on a budget, women don’t have to go on a shopping spree every time there’s a new trend. “Go into your closet and figure out what pieces


you need to supplement the trend. Most people have fun-colored tops, but you can easily find bright colored pants that are inexpensive, especially when they’re so popular right now,” Effinger says. The best advice for any trend: Fit comes first. Effinger says color-blocking, like any trend, is OK for every woman, any size or shape. Placing emphasis on the best assets and drawing attention away from others is key. “Work with your body. If you want to draw attention to your top, wear bright colors on top. For the pear shaped-body, wear black bottoms to slim that area and bring the pop of color with bright shoes,” she says. “Basically, wherever you don’t want to draw attention, wear black or darker colors, and where you do, wear the brighter colors.”



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G’Knight Ride celebrates the Longmont community BY SUMMER STAIR

“It’s a community ride for the community by the community.” This is how Ryan Kragerud, of Bike Longmont and Longmont Bike Night founder, explains the G’Knight Ride in Longmont. Presented by Bicycle Longmont and with Oskar Blues as a title sponsor you know it is going to be a fun event. “It’s an excuse to get out with family and friends and ride bikes, drink beer and listen to some great bands,” Kragerud says. Kragerud explains that the G’Knight Ride simply came around as a fundraiser to help support community bike programs, such as the kids Holiday Bike

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program, bike safety classes and to work toward a nonprofit Longmont Bike Shop – and overall to just help get more people riding (bikes) more often. In it’s second year, the G’Knight Ride is planned for June 16 (Father’s Day weekend), and promises to be even bigger and better than last year, which to everyone’s surprise was a huge success. “We planned this crazy fundraiser and thought it would be a small turnout the first year. We had 1200 people show,” Kragerud says. “The success was overwhelming and humbling.” Events for the fundraiser event will include a kid’s festival, three ride routes (1, 23 and 10 plus miles), an



“The G’Knight ride is meant to celebrate Longmont in every way that we can. Longmont is an authentic community, and we are celebrating its neighborhoods.”

expo pavilion, food, music and a beer garden. The day of the vent cost is also extremely reasonable, with an individual riding for $20, and a family riding for $45. “The G’Knight ride is meant to celebrate Longmont in every way that we can,” Kragerud says. “Longmont is an authentic community, and we are celebrating its neighborhoods.” Other places community members can see Bicycle Longmont and fellow bikers is every Saturday, beginning today, at the Longmont Farmer’s Market where Bicycle Longmont offers Bike Valet for those who ride their bikes to the market. Last year Bicycle Longmont parked a total of 3,000 bikes throughout the Farmers’ Market season. Bike Night, a community-themed ride, also begins on May 23 and will continue with weekly neighborhood rides throughout the summer. For more information or to register for the G’Knight Ride visit,

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Spice It Up

Peppers add more than heat to your favorite dishes BY SUMMER STAIR

It’s vegetable season and this year it’s about spicing things up. Peppers, not only add flavor and heat to what you are cooking, but they are packed full of health benefits too. “The focus has really been on tomatoes the last couple of years,” says Anne Zander an extension agent of family and consumer science at the CSU Extension of Boulder County. “Now more and more people are focusing toward peppers in their home garden, because they are realizing their benefits.” Peppers, whether they are big, small, sweet or spicy, are rich in vitamins and minerals. These spicy vegetables are not only high in

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Vitamin C, but are a great source of beta carotene, potassium, folic acid and fiber. Aside from their many healthrelated benefits, they also offer flavor and color to dishes and are easy to use. This versatile vegetable can be eaten raw, cooked, baked, roasted, stewed, pickled and even stuffed. You name it or have a recipe – it can probably be done. And to add to their greatness. Peppers, all kinds, grow great in the hot, Colorado climate. Kim Jackson, annuals manager at The Flower Bin in Longmont, says peppers love the sun. “Our climate is known for the hot peppers, especially Anaheim and jalapeno,” she says. “They just love our hot summer days ... any kind of

pepper does.” With a little soil amending, a monthly fertilizer, regular watering and six to eight hours of sun, growing a pepper should be easy. Zander says like any vegetable, adding peppers into your diet is always a good idea. They are full of vitamins and minerals and are low in calories, while filling you up. But she cautions that people new to using peppers should work them into their diet slowly and try all different kinds to discover what you like best. It is also a good idea to make sure to wear gloves when cooking with hot peppers, because the oils can transfer to your hands very easily. “Be adventurous and start off with a small amount,” Zander says. “Usually the smaller the pepper, the hotter they are.” Zander says getting creative with peppers is the fun part. While they can easily be cut up and stored in the refrigerator for snacking and cooking, peppers can really be added to any dish. Ideas for fresh peppers include salsas , marinades, vinaigrettes for salads, flavored oils and vinegars. “Just remember the longer they (peppers) sit (in a dish) or in a flavored vinaigrette it will get stronger and spicier,” Zander cautions. “That is why the tasting part is so important.” While most who are new to peppers begin by adding bell peppers, which are often the least spicy and more sweet, it is easy to start trying other peppers by just substituting one in place of a bell pepper in dishes you like.

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Types of Peppers Invented by Wilbur Scoville, the Scoville Heat Index ranks peppers in order from mildest to hottest. It starts with zero being the mildest and goes over 1,000,000 to indicate the hottest peppers. Here’s information on more widely used types. BELL PEPPER Bell Peppers, which can be red, yellow, green or orange, aren’t hot peppers. They are very common sweet peppers. Since this type of pepper has no heat, its Scoville Heat Index is zero. CHERRY PEPPER Also known as pimento peppers, cherry peppers are heart-shaped and are about 4 inches long and 3 inches wide. These peppers are actually very mild, scoring about a 500 on the Scoville Heat Index.

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ANAHEIM PEPPER Another mild type of pepper is the Anaheim pepper. This pepper is usually maroon in color and has a long, skinny body. While the Anaheim pepper usually has a Scoville Heat Index around 1,000, some varieties can have a rating as high as 5,000. JALAPENO PEPPER The jalapeno is one of the most common types of peppers in the United States. Many people like this type of pepper because of its spicy yet not overwhelming taste. Jalapeno are usually either red or green and are about 2 to 3 inches long. Their Scoville Heat Index is typically around 5,000, however jalapenos can range anywhere from 2,000 to 8,000. SERRANO PEPPER The Serrano pepper is similar to the jalapeno in its look, but this pepper is much hotter. On the Scoville Heat Index, the Serrano Pepper can be between 10,000 and 25,000. This pepper is usually small (around 2 inches) and green in color.

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CAYENNE PEPPER The Cayenne pepper is another hot pepper (between 25,000 and 50,000 on the Scoville Heat Index) that is popular with those looking to add heat to food. Red in color, the Cayenne pepper is generally dried and used in powder form. Additionally, this pepper has been used in natural medicines for hundreds of years due to reported healing attributes. THAI PEPPER Grown in Thailand and neighboring countries, the Thai pepper is a type of pepper that can be classified as “very hot”. With a Scoville Heat Index of between 50,000 and 100,000, these peppers are sure to leave your taste buds wanting relief. The Thai pepper is one of the smallest peppers, measuring in at less than 1 inch. HABANERO CHILI PEPPER Of hot peppers that are commonly used, the Habanero chili is recognized as the hottest. This pepper, which can be any color from green to yellow to pink, is usually only around 3 centimeters in length. The Scoville Heat Index for the Habanero chili can range from 150,000 to 350,000. WWW.TIMESCALL.COM



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From July 27 through Aug. 2, eyes around the world will be turned toward London and the 2012 Olympic games. While watching the games can be a great family event, try taking it a step or two further and really bring the games to life for you and your family. A little planning and research can add some athletic and cultural dimension to your game viewing and end your summer on a fun note before sending kiddos back to class.

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CHEER FOR THE HOMETOWN HEROES Colorado has a long history of being well represented among Olympic athletes. And there could be athletes from the Longmont area and Boulder County at the 2012 games. Find a complete list of athletes’ bios at

GET CREATIVE Make your own Olympic rings, with the five circles of blue, yellow, black, green and red that signify the five major regions of the world: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Color them on paper, dip the end of an empty paper towel roll in paint and overlap them on paper or make them out of pipe cleaners.

TAKE IT TO THE BACKYARD Host your own Olympic games with your family and friends. Make Olympic torches out of white construction paper made into a cone with orange, red and yellow tissue paper glued into the cone to look like a flame. Organize a variety of athletic events – visit for a list of all summer Olympic sports – and hand out medals to all. One simple way to make your own medals is to cover medal lids, such as from jars of pasta sauce – with glue and dip in gold, silver and bronze glitter, let dry, set with hairspray or spray adhesive, then glue onto ribbons. Throw in a medals podium and


EXPLORE OTHER SOURCES FOR INFORMATION Go online with children to play games and learn about London 2012 mascots Wenlock, the Olympic mascot, and Mandeville, the Paralympic mascot. Kids can create their own mascot, play games, watch films, see photos and more.

TAKE A CULTURAL JOURNEY Take a cultural journey. Get to know the United Kingdom and/ or other countries well represented at the summer games. Check out library books about those countries; have children make the countries’ flags out of construction paper or paper and crayons; research recipes from different countries and create a cultural culinary experience; learn how to count or say a few words in different languages; research some games children in different countries play, and try to play them.



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Vertical with Vines

Gain backyard privacy, naturally BY CAROL O’MEARA If you’re looking to find privacy in the yard, but can’t wait until those trees grow taller, consider adding vines to bring your garden to new heights. These weaving wonders add dimension to gardens and cover up eyesores with fragrant flowers and luxurious foliage. Vines grip trellises several ways; those that twine around their frameworks need help getting the idea. When young, gently loop the leaders around cables or latticework to train them. Vines which clasp by tendrils don’t need help finding support; the trick is to keep them from throttling everything within their grasp. Encourage them to find the trellis by twirling tendrils and shoots about the frame. Suction cups and adventitious roots – those growing along stems – need walls or fences with texture to climb. But be careful, though these look good on houses, this type of vine often damages brick or adobe. What: Cardinal Climber (Ipomea x. multifida). Small, orange-red flowers with light yellow throats get hummingbirds to hang around your garden, happily visiting the blooms covering the vine. The deeply cut, lacy leaves turn bronze in fall and pair beautifully with other annual vines, such as Ensign Blue morning glory. Size: 6 to 20 feet How to grow: An annual, give the seeds a head start on sprouting by soaking them in water for 24 hours before planting. What: Black Eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata). Cheerful yellow blossoms cover this rapidly growing annual vine in late summer and fall. Ideal for pots with sturdy trellises, use this to give vertical interest to patios or balconies. Size: 6 to 10 feet How to grow: Pop this climber in full sun; it reseeds, so thin seedlings every

year. What: Golden hops vine (Humulus lupulus). For a fast growing garden bower, golden hops vine winds its way in chartreuse leaves and papery cone-like fruit. Define gardens by using this as a backdrop, or use for creating quick screens from neighbors. Size: 20 feet Zone: 3 How to grow: Full sun, a little water and something to entwine are all that it takes to grow the hops vine. May be plagued by aphids if fertilized too often, so feed sparingly several times per season. What: Wisteria spp. Classic, elegant wisteria drapes deep purple flowers on a woody, long-lived vine. Perfumed and showy, wisteria needs permanent support such as a dramatic arbor or doorway arch. Size: 30 feet Zone: 5 How to grow: Because the flower buds swell early, put wisteria in a protected location to keep late frosts from nipping blossoms. Once established, prune them twice per year: a light pruning in mid summer to remove wispy growth and a hard pruning back to two buds in winter. What: Silver Lace Vine (Polygonum aubertii). If you have a large area that needs screening quickly, try this rampant, sweet smelling vine. Coating the plant summer to fall, the sprays of white blossoms reach 6-inches long. Size: 20 to 30 feet Zone: 5 How to grow: Give this plant a sturdy support in a carefully chosen area, as it can easily swallow small arbors or trellises. Carol O’Meara is with the CSU Extension in Boulder County. Contact her at 303-678-6238 or



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The Flower Bins’s staff of experts help gardners go local Live green. Live local. Live Healthy. While these slogans are just now gaining a foothold in our social consciousness, their spirit has been embodied at the Flower Bin for more than 41 years and proves that the Flower Bin, nestled in Longmont, Colo., is Boulder County’s premiere garden center. Coupled with its steadfast commitment to customer service, the Flower Bin offers its clientele hundreds of years of collective experience for its outgoing and and knowledgable staff. Starting out with a small greenhouse in, then, rural Longmont, Don and Lee Weakland have grown their business exponentially while supporting the needs of the local gardening community and their loyal staff. Now First row: Mike, Don and Lee. Second row: Irma, Andrew, Jose, Luis, Jeanette, Ellie, Megan, spanning more than five acres with Martha, Corinna, Debbie. Third row: Laurie, Juan, Larry, Max, Maria, Amanda, Alyx, Lindsey, Beck, 50,000 square feet of indoor growing Joy, Kim J, Ann, Kathy, Isidra. Fourth row: Manuel, Michael, Laurie, Deborah, Cynthia, Rick, Barb, Tom. Not shown: Missy, Tara, Nancy, Kara, Kim M, Conner, Dylan, Carl, Irene. space, the Flower Bin has grown with the demands of its customers. In fact, goods section, where gardeners will discover either the the growth has been so precipitous right food for the right plant or the right tool for the right that the Flower Bin now owns and operates a 20-acre job. Flower Bin veterans Michael Morris and Luis Mendez farm with an additional 50,000 square feet of greenhouse specialize in nearly everything and can help diagnose space in Platteville. lawn and garden problems and prescribe the proper treatMany of the strikingly beautiful annuals at the retail ment. center started their lives at the farm under the watchful This year, customers can discover at the Flower Bin eye of Darren Weakland, Don and Lee’s youngest of five how to get the biggest bang for their buck with the Flower sons, and his staff, led by Miguel Mendoza. Once the Bin’s exclusive collection of vegetables that go “above and plants arrive at the Flower Bin, they join the flora that head beyond” in terms of their nutritional value. Each variety is grower Jose Gallardo and his brother Manuel have been proven to contain higher lebels of certain antioxidants than cultivating in the greenhouse. Mike Weakland, Don and their counterparts. Varieties available include: the Health Lee’s oldest, leads one of the most experienced teams Kick Tomato, Caro-Rich Tomato, of perennial masters in Colorado. Whether it’s a question Sweet Heat Pepper, Cheddar Cauliflower, Simply Salad about trees, shrubs, vines or groundcovers, Mike, Gourmet Greens, Tango Lettuce, Sweeter Yet CucumRick and the Flower Bin staff are eager and ready to ber, CaroPak Carrots, SugarSnax Carrots and BeSweet help. Edamame. Once inside the Bin’s big house, customers can Visit the Flower Bin and its team of professionals 362 browse a wide array of home and garden adornments days a year in Longmont, Colo., at 1805 Nelson Road. from local and international artisans. From there, folks can Please call 303-772-3454 with questions and concerns meander through a courtyard full of fountains, statues, about your plants and landscape. birdbaths and pottery before finding their way to the hard




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Logan Corcillius, 5, rides a bike around the water park area to cool off on a hot summer day at Sandstone Park in Longmont 2010. (Times-Call files)

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City Parks offer a variety of fun and relaxing opportunities City parks offer a variety of fun and relaxing opportunities throughout the area. Here’s a glimpse at the parks and some of the features they include. Numbers in parenthesis correspond to map locations. Affolter, (1), Holly Avenue and S. Judson Street. 5.3 acres, basketball courts, multi-use field, softball field, tennis courts, restrooms, shelter and playground. Alta, (2), 10th Avenue and Alta Street. A half-acre, picnic area and playground. Athletic Field, (3), 11th Avenue and Kimbark Street. Basketball courts, soccer/football field and picnic area. Carr, (4), 21st Avenue and Gay Street. 8.4 acres, basketball courts, soccer/ football fields, picnic area, barbecue pit, playground, restrooms, shelter, softball field, tennis courts and roller hockey rink.

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From left: Bryce Bachus, 4, Andrew Corcilius, 7, and his brother, Logan, 5, play at Sandstone Park’s water area during a hot summer day in Longmont in 2010. (Times-Call files)



Clark Centennial, (5), 1100 Lashley St. 48.5 acres, baseball field, basketball court, soccer/football field, picnic areas, barbecue pits, playground, restrooms, shelter, four softball fields, tennis courts, volleyball areas, concession stand and roller hockey rink. Recreation center/pool complex includes wading pool, indoor pool and fitness equipment.

St. 4.1 acres, shelter, playground, picnic area, restrooms, soccer/ football fields, barbecue pit, concession stand and softball fields.

Collyer, (6), Sixth Avenue and Collyer Street. 5.2 acres, picnic area, barbecue pits, playground, restrooms, shelters, volleyball and tennis courts.

Hover Acres, (11), 1361 Charles Drive. 9.2 acres, tennis courts, basketball court, playground, horseshoe pit, volleyball courts, soccer/football fields, picnic area, shelter and barbecue pit.

Dawson, (7), 1757 Harvard St. 12.9 acres, volleyball court, picnic area, playground, restrooms, shelters, barbecue pits and tennis courts. Flanders, (8), 2229 Breakwater Drive. 4.1 acres, fishing, soccer/ football field, shelter, barbecue pits, restrooms, playground, volleyball court, basketball hoops, picnic area and roller hockey court. Garden Acres, (9), 2058 Spencer


Golden Ponds, (10), 651 Third Ave. 94 acres with 56 acres of water surface, nature area with shelters, restrooms, trails, picnic areas, barbecue pits and fishing.

Izaak Walton, (12), 18 S. Sunset St. 21.5 acres, clubhouse, fishing, picnic area, barbecue pit, shelter and restrooms. Jim Hamm Nature Area, (13), 17th Avenue and County Line Road. 23.9 acres, fishing, nature trail, barbecue pit, restrooms and shelter. Kanemoto, (14), Missouri Avenue and South Pratt Parkway. 8.7 acres, ball fields, picnic area,

Local Greenways Greenways in the Longmont area provide a recreational opportunity for residents, as well as add to the environmental surroundings. Dry Creek Greenway is in the St. Vrain center, through Willow Farm Park and the Meadow View subdivision to Silver Creek High School. Lefthand Greenway runs from Kanemoto Park south to Pike Road and west to Hover Street. Longmont Supply Greenway begins south of 17th Avenue at Cambridge Drive and runs south to Hover Acres Park. Oligarchy Greenway runs from Airport Road to Hover Street, a section through Garden Acres Park, and from Mountain View Avenue to Rothrock Dell Park. Rough and Ready Greenway runs from Colo. Highway 66 to Ninth Avenue along the Rough and Ready Ditch east of the Ute Creek Golf Course. St. Vrain Greenway runs from Golden Ponds to Main Street to Left Hand Creek. Spring Gulch No. 2 Greenway runs from Colo. Highway 66 to Pace Street and from 17th Avenue to about Mountain View Avenue. For more information about greenways and to read about future expansion, visit and click on recreation.



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Take in a round of golf Bella Rosa Golf Course 5830 Weld County Road 20, Frederick 303-678-2940 9 holes, public Coal Creek Golf Course 585 W. Dillon Road, Louisville 303-666-7888 18 holes, public

Indian Peaks Golf Course 2300 Indian Peaks Trail, Lafayette 303-666-4706 18 holes, public Lake Valley Golf Club 4400 Lake Valley Drive, Longmont 303-444-2114 18 holes, private

Fox Hill Country Club 1400 E. Colo. Highway 119, Longmont 303-772-1061 18 holes, private Haystack Mountain Golf Course & Driving Range 5877 Niwot Road, Niwot 303-530-1400 9 holes, public

Saddleback Golf Club 8631 Frontier St., Firestone 303-833-5000 18 holes, public

Twin Peaks Golf Course 1200 Cornell Drive, Longmont 303-651-8401 18 holes, public

Sunset Golf Course 1900 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont 303-651-8466 9 holes, public

Ute Creek Golf Course 2000 Ute Creek Drive, Longmont 303-774-4342 18 holes, public

Children and teens play volleyball at Rough and Ready Park in northeast Longmont.

playground, restrooms, shelters, soccer/football fields, volleyball courts and wading pool. Kensington, (15), 100 E. Longs Peak Ave. 18.2 acres, fishing, basketball court, picnic area, playgrounds, restrooms, barbecue pits and shelters. Lanyon, (16), 19th Avenue and Collyer Street. 7.7 acres, basketball court, picnic area, barbecue pit, playground, restrooms, shelter and softball fields. Left Hand Creek, (17), 1800 Creekside Drive. 10 acres, playground, softball field, basketball hoops, volleyball court, picnic area, barbecue pit, restrooms, shelters, soccer/football fields and roller hockey rink.

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Golfers take advantage of a beautiful summer day to take in a round of gold at Twin Peaks Golf Course in Longmont.

Zane Sedlack, 4, look into a bucket full of crawdads while crawdad fishing at Hover Park in this Times-Call file photo.

Loomiller, (18), 11th Avenue and Sumner Street.15.3 acres, fishing, picnic area, barbecue pit, playground, disc golf, restrooms and shelters. McIntosh Lake, (19), located west of Longmont on Colo. Highway 66. 55 acres, fishing, basketball court, picnic area, shelter and restrooms. Pratt, (20), Baylor Drive and Ithaca Court, 4.2 acres, basketball court, picnic area, playground, restrooms, shelter, softball field, tennis courts and roller hockey rink. Quail Campus, (21), 310 Quail Road. 8.6 acres, skate park, picnic area, horseshoes, concession stand and recreation center with LONGMONT TIMES-CALL LONGMONT MAGAZINE

basketball courts, fitness center, climbing wall and indoor pools. Raber, (22), 24th Avenue and Sunset Street. 3.2 acres, shelter, picnic area and playground. Rogers Grove, (23), 220 Hover St. 10.5 acres, arboretum, outdoor learning center, picnic area, shelter/interpretive center, outdoor amphitheater, demonstration garden, restrooms and barbecue pit. Roosevelt, (24), 700 Longs Peak Ave. 21.7 acres, shelters, restrooms, barbecue pit, picnic area, playground, horseshoe pit, recreation center, rose garden and splash pool.


Rothrock Dell, (25), 700 E. Fifth Ave. 6.4 acres, basketball court, picnic area, playground, restrooms, shelter, softball field and roller hockey rink. Sandstone Ranch, (26), 2929 and 3001 Colo. Highway 119. Community Park, 103 acres, ballfields, soccer/football fields, volleyball court, shelters, restrooms, barbecue pits, picnic areas, playground, concession stands, 24,000 squarefoot skate park with in-ground concrete bowls and street course. District Park, 180 acres, 1880’s historic home and visitors center, scenic overlook of the Front Range, 0.7 mile trail with connection to St. Vrain Greenway, open space and wildlife area, cultural history and natural resource programs, tours and special events. Due to wildlife no dogs are allowed in the District Park. Spangler, (27), 200 Mountain View Ave. 5.1 acres, picnic area, playground, restrooms, barbecue pits and shelter. Sunset, (28), Longs Peak Avenue and Sunset Street. 7 acres, nine-hole golf course, picnic area,barbecue pits, playground, shelter, outdoor swimming pool

Dawson Park in Longmont.

and concession stand. Thompson, (29), Fourth Avenue and Bross Street. 5.4 acres, picnic area, barbecue pits, playground, restrooms and shelter. Valley, (30), 28 Troxell Ave. 2.5 acres, basketball courts, barbecue pit, volleyball court, horseshoe pit, playground and shelter. Willow Farm, (31), 901 S. Fordham St. 9.4 acres, basketball court, picnic area, barbecue pits, restrooms, playground, roller hockey, softball field, multiuse field and shelters. PARKS WITH DOG PARKS Blue Skies Park, (1), 1520 Mountain Drive. 11.4 acres, basketball court, volleyball court, skate park, shelters, restrooms, picnic area, playground, barbecue pit and off leash dog exercise area.

Jackson Roberts, 10, has fun taking pictures while at Left Hand Creek Park in 2009.


Dog Park I, (2), 21st Avenue and Francis Street.


2.5 acres, off leash dog exercise area, picnic area and shelter. Dog Park II, (3), Airport and St. Vrain roads. 2.5 acres, off leash dog exercise area, picnic area and shelter. Rough and Ready, (4), 21st Avenue and Alpine Street. 9.8 acres, skate park, basketball courts, sand volleyball court, bocce ball and horseshoe courts, multi-use play field, off-leash dog exercise area, playgrounds, restrooms, shelters, picnic area and barbecue pit. Stephen Day Park, (5), 1340 Deerwood Drive. 15 acres, skate park and BMX / mountain bike area, basketball court, sand volleyball court, multi-use play field, off-leash dog exercise area, water spray fountain for children to play in, playground, restrooms, shelters, picnic area and barbecue pits. Union Reservoir, (6), 461 Weld County Road 26. 736-acre lake, fishing, camping, picnic area, restrooms, shelter, volleyball, 24 barbecue pits, playground, horseshoes, wakeless boating, wind surfing and swimming beach. Dog beach for off leash and play and swim. Entry fee. Call 303-772-1265. For more information, call 303-651-8446, or visit www. ci. longmont. index.html.


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Happy Hour

Take a break and relax at these local hot spots BY KRISTINE SMITH

To celebrate the joy we feel as we leave work, many of us opt for a happy hour at a local and nearby establishment. Longmont is full of options and the trouble, it seems, is where to go and for what. In an effort to narrow the choices a bit, listed below are ten bars and restaurants offering a quality happy hour in our area, where one can appreciate an appetizer and/or drink special and not feel like their wallet or purse is three pounds lighter. Where: Dicken’s Tavern, 300 Main St. When: 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday What: Offering $2.50 20-ounce Bud

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Light, $1 off well, wine and drafts. $4 appetizers include the cheese bites, fried pickles or the delicious pub shrimp. With the 12 beers on tap and a generous patio area, this is a great place to unwind after work. Also, stick around on Wednesday and Friday nights as they usually have live music. Where: Pumphouse Brewery & Restaurant/Red Zone, 540 Main St. When: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. What: $3 pints of their own brews and $3 wells and wines. They also offer $3 off their appetizers and have daily specials in addition to this. Their popularity is well deserved with beers


that taste this good and the ample seating, both inside and out. The service has never disappointed either. Where: Sugarbeet, 101 Pratt St. When: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday What: $3 drafts, $4 wines and $5 small plate appetizers. While the hours are a little limiting, the appetizers make this a worthwhile stop. Where: Basil Flats, 1067 S. Hover St. When: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday What: Serving up $3 regional microbrews, $4 glasses of wine and $15 bottles off select wines.


Where: Martini Bistro, 543 Terry St. When: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. What: While they are taking the ‘happy hour’ concept very literally, their martinis are the best around. $2 off the house martinis and $5 for the Beefeater or Absolute martinis make this a pretty good deal! The bikini martini is a fruity delight.

2012 Rock N Rails Summer Concerts in Niwot begin June 21 !

Where: Praha Restaurant and Bar, 7521 Ute Hwy When: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. What: Their drink specials are priced at $3.50 for the house wines and $4.50 for the tasty Czech beer, but it is the sliders that are worth taking a bite of. They offer a variety of sliders, including the sweet chili crispy chicken for only $4.25. Other apps at this time range from $3.50 to $6.25. Where: Fusion: Food & Spirits, 1940 Ken Pratt Blvd. When: 2 to 8 p.m., almost the lengthiest happy hour in Longmont. What: $1.25 for light drafts, $1.75 Coors, $2.50 Shocktop, $2.75 wells and $4 wines with a variety of daily food and drink specials added onto these already great deals. The patio is one of the nicest around and with the $3 margaritas on Mondays, I have now become their biggest fan.

What: Oskar Blues Homemade Liquid and Solids, 1555 S. Hover St. When: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. What: Half off house wines and wells, with excellent options for appetizers during this time. No discounts on their beers, but the appetizer deals make up for this. Try the spicy fish taco option at only $2 a taco, and check out the plentiful patio area. Where: 7West Pizzaria & Pub, 526 Main St. When: 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. What: It includes $1 off beer both bottle and draft, well and house wine. Great rooftop patio and better service. Where: City Star Brewing, 321 Mountain Ave. in Berthoud When: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. What: $1 off fresh brews in a new brewery in a quaint small town. While Berthoud may not seem to have much to offer in terms of happy hours, if you are out that way, stop by and check this new brewery out. There is a considerable amount of happy hour activity in and around Longmont. It is just a matter of narrowing down the selection. Cheers! WWW.TIMESCALL.COM

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All Aboard ! Rock N Rails is a non-profit fundraising event so please bring your own chairs and pack-out your trash to make these events Zero Waste. Bike Niwot: We’d like to promote attendance by bicycle: Bicycle Valet Onsite; Pedicabs are available from select parking areas; RTD Bus Park & Ride at Niwot Road & the Diagonal (right next to Rock N Rails); use to plan your route. Ni-wot Prairie Productions is a non-profit 501c3 org supporting the Entertaining Arts (like Rock N Rails), Film (like the Niwot Native American Film Festival), and Fine Art (like Eddie Running Wolf’s tree sculptures).

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Where: TGIFridays, 125 Ken Pratt Blvd. When: 3 p.m. to close, the lengthiest happy hour in Longmont. What: $3.75 margaritas, mojitos and Long Island Iced Teas, $2.50 domestic drafts and $4 glass of the wine of the month. Half off selected appetizers.

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Balloons launch at Rhythm on the River. (Times-Call files)

Explore area festivals, events COMPILED BY SUMMER STAIR

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER July 13 and 14, Roger’s Grove in Longmont This zero-waste event in Longmont is definitely one of the largest in the area. It’s about celebrating art, music and, yes, the environment. This event encompasses a little bit of everything for everyone in the family, from a balloon launch, a 5K run, a duck race, live music, art and a discovery area. Get out and celebrate Longmont and its community in style. BOULDER COUNTY FAIR Aug. 1 to 5, Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont If you are looking for some fun, farm animals, and fantastic familyoriented events the Boulder County Fair might just be what you are looking for. Running now through Sunday, you can now get more rodeo, carnival rides, 4-H competition and fair royalty than

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in pervious years. FOURTH AT FIRESTONE July 4, Miner’s Park in Firestone The 4th at Firestone has become not only Firestone’s premier annual community event, but also a regional attraction to celebrate America’s birthday. This event has continued to increase in participation, drawing thousands of people to Firestone for family-oriented fun and entertainment throughout the day. For this year’s 10th Annual 4th at Firestone celebration, the day will kick off with a parade.The event will include a showcase of business, children, nonprofit and art vendors; delicious food items; children’s activities; face painting; caricature artist; a chance to walk on water with WOW Bubbles; mini golf; horseshoes; a carnival; preLONGMONT TIMES-CALL LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Fourth at Firestone. (Courtesy Town of Firestone)

sentation of the colors; and servicemen recognition. ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL August 17 to 19, Lyons Lyons locals often look forward to the Folks Festival as their time to finally relax and enjoy summer. In contrast to the hot licks and hyper tempos of RockyGrass, the mellower moods of Folks Fest are the perfect antidote for


the warm Colorado sun. Claim your space with a blanket or tarp, set down your low-back chair, and settle in for unforgettable days of music.

FESTIVAL ON MAIN Aug. 24, Downtown Longmont Expect the same from previous years, along with fun for the whole family. From a small business expo and offerings, to entertainment in the form of live music and street performers. Come celebrate Downtown Longmont and get to know your community and neighbors.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL ANTIQUE SHOW May 19 and 20, Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont The Strawberry Festival Antique Show was started almost forty years ago to help raise funds for Society projects. Once again, the Society chose to commemorate a unique Longmont historical event in naming this show. In 1871, Longmont’s founding year, New York philanthropist, Elizabeth Thompson, donated the land and books for a library in the Chicago Colorado Colony’s new town. She visited Longmont only once when she came for the dedication of Library Hall in June 1871. It was billed as a Strawberry Festival and was a gala event reported in all the Denver newspapers of the day. Library Hall served as Longmont’s first town hall, community center, school and place of worship. It still stands today at 335 Pratt Street in Longmont. The Society has held the Strawberry Festival the third weekend in May each year since 1970. Like Pumpkin Pie Days it has grown in size and reputation and each May thousands of visitors come to browse among the antiques displayed and sold. Everyone enjoys the strawberry short cake with freshly whipped cream dished up by Society volunteers.






Spear Lodge Man by Eddie Running Wolf. Watercolor by Jane Langdon.

Summer unofficially comes to a close at the 10th annual Festival on Main on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, where performer Cate Flaherty of Denver juggles three dangerous objects: a machete, a flaming torch and a stuffed animal all while balancing. (TimesCall files)




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Discover local hiking, walking trails STORY AND PHOTOS BY KRISTINE SMITH

The Longmont area is home to countless hiking and walking trails for all skill levels. What follows is an easy to read guide of a few of my personal favorites, ranging in skill level from easy to difficult based on the terrain, elevation gain and distance. Also of note is whether the park is dog-friendly or not. I rarely travel anywhere without my trusting puggle, Dylan, and have, on occasion, driven quite a distance to hike a trail with her only to find the park is not open to dogs at all. For the wildlife and bird watchers, there is mention of what parks are noted for their variety. 1. Sleepy Lion Trail in the Button Rock Preserve. To get there: U.S.36 North of Lyons to CR 80, left 2.8 miles to parking lot. The Sleepy Lion Trail is a back door entry to the Hall Ranch Open Space, connecting with the Nighthawk and

Above: Union Reservoir. Previous page: Button Rock Preserve.

Nelson Ranch Loop trails. As you walk along the service road, paralleling the North St. Vrain Creek, about 1 mile up,

the Sleepy Lion trail is on the left and climbs rather sharply into a wooded area. At 1.25 mile from the start, the

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trail crosses an open meadow, home to much of the Button Rock Preserve’s wildlife, which include bear, rattlesnakes, deer and coyotes. Go about another half mile to see the Sleepy Lion rock formation. Also, the Hall Ranch’s Nighthawk trail connects in at this point, ideal for taking a side trip to see the Nelson Ranch. This old road with broken pavement, will take you to the base of the Ralph Price Dam. Follow the service road back to the parking lot. Rating: Moderate to Difficult climb. No bikes or horses allowed in Button Rock Preserve but it is a dog friendly hike. 2. Hall Ranch Loop. To get there: U.S. 36 South, just past Lyons on the right hand side of road. Multiple hikes here in varying degrees of difficulty. This park has ample parking but is busy during weekends with mountain bikers. This dog friendly park links up to two trails in this park so the mileage

possibilities are endless. 3. Union Reservoir. Located on CR 26 in Longmont, this park charges an $8 daily fee but offers camping, fishing, concessions in the summer and a beach and playground area. There is an easy hike around a portion of the lake which would be good for those looking to get outside but who may not be physically able to hike some of the other options listed here. 4. Rabbit Mountain. U.S.66 between Longmont and Lyons. With 5.6 miles of trails easily accessible to any range of hiking skill, Rabbit Mountain is a popular stop. It is friendly to bikers, horses and dogs but has little shade regardless of the trail chosen. Also, beware of loose rocks that can cause problems for those with bad knees or hips. 5. District Park Trail in Sandstone Ranch. Access from Ken Pratt Blvd/ Hwy

119 at the eastern entrance to the Sandstone Ranch Park. Travel south along Sandstone Drive and follow signs to the District Park trailhead. The park is also accessible via the St. Vrain Greenway trail. The distance from Golden Ponds to Sandstone Ranch is slightly more than 8 miles. Due to wildlife concerns, no dogs are allowed on the trail east of County Line Road. This is a quiet area with a moderate hike that gets easy once on the St.Vrain Greenway itself. Deer, fox, coyote and a wide variety of birds are found along this trail but as you near the center of Longmont, it becomes more urban in feel and thus, less wildlife to gaze at. Living in the Longmont area, we are blessed to have multiple trails, both urban and rural, to enjoy. These five are some of the easiest to access and range in the level, and from paved path to a rocky climb in elevation. There is, most definitely, a trail to suit all of us.

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An eye exam could help you get to the root of the problem. Annual eye exams for seniors are also important in the early detection of eye disease, an important part of preventing vision loss. If it’s been more than a year since your last eye exam, call us today to schedule your consultation and comprehensive eye exam. Eye Associates of the Rockies strives to provide the best care possible. Dr. Stewart is board-certified and fellowship trained in glaucoma, cataract, and LASIK surgery of the eye. We provide medical and surgical eye care and work extensively with community optometrists. Dr. Stewart has expertise in the use of premium intraocular lenses for cataract surgery, including the Tecnis Multifocal, ReStor, and Crystalens implants. We accept most insurance plans, including those from Secure Horizons, United Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, Aetna, Great West, Humana, Medicare, and others. We also work with worker’s compensation claims. We have three offices for patient convenience. For information about our offices, services, or locations, please visit For information about LASIK or to schedule a free LASIK consultation, please visit

Richard Stewart, M.D.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist Fellowship Trained in Glaucoma, Cataract, and LASIK Surgery

1332 Vivian Street, Longmont 303-485-1516

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