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For better or worse Weddings are generally the biggest, most important party you’ll ever have to plan. So much work goes into even the smallest of events. Couple that with the commitment of a lifetime and all of those involved can go from zero to screaming ball of stress in no time at all. The term ‘bridezilla’ didn’t just pop up out of a five-layer, fondant Weddings are work, even if you get married on a mountain. Photo by Cliff Grassmick.

covered cake with a fresh orchid cascade in an antique lace veil all by itself. In an attempt to help Longmont brides keep the craziness to a minimum, we’ve assembled a collection of

tips, ideas and advice from professionals in the industry. With the right amount of time and preparation, you can keep the focus on the most important thing; the beginning of a new life together. My personal advice, having been there in the not too distant past, is; 1) Make your day say something about you as a couple. Pick a location that you really love, even if it’s a bit unorthodox. It will be one of the few days you will look back on for a lifetime, and the memories should stand out. 2) Prioritize your spending. Weddings can be insanely expensive. Agree ahead of time where you want to put your money and talk to the pros about ways to conserve. They are full of ideas you probably haven’t even entertained yet. 3) Don’t sweat the small stuff. Misplace the dishes for the reception? (That actually happened to me. Tears ensued.) Forget your ‘something blue?’ Don’t worry about it. It will come together and most likely, no one will notice the slip-up but you. 4) Find a place and a moment after the ceremony to be alone with your new spouse. You can get so caught up in the planning and execution that it’s really easy to forget exactly why you’re doing it all. Remind each other before the party is over.

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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Flowers

It all started with a simple question, a lady entering a florist shop and saying “I want to do my friend’s wedding flowers and am planning to do a cascade bouquet. Can you tell me how to do it?” But though the question was simple, the answer was not. Building the dramatic, draping floral design By Carol O’Meara takes skill and experience, and Cherrie Colorado State University Extension Silverman, owner of Cherry Blossoms Florist, 9975 Wadsworth Parkway in Westminster, gently explained to the well-intentioned but inexperienced client that what she was asking for could lead to trouble. “I told her cascades typically take me two to three hours to make; do you want to take a chance it’ll fall apart as she walks down the aisle?” said Silverman, Certified Professional Florist with 31 years of experience and member


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Her D-I-Y Wedding Flower Class is a three hour workshop on how to envision, and fulfill, your bridal flower dreams. “It’s the way trends are going, not just because of cost but because girls get a kick out of doing it themselves,” she said, “Girls like to feel they have a vested part of their wedding. They don’t want to just hire it done; they’re making it their own.” Though the internet has information on how to do arrangements, learning from a skilled instructor ensures the bride gets the personal attention, tips, and tricks for gorgeous flowers that last through the ceremony. Participants learn to grid a vase for placements, correctly cut and process flowers, then create and refine flower plans, customizing the colors and flowers for their big day. The plan includes amounts of flowers to order, something notoriously difficult to estimate by novices. Purchasing flowers from Cherry Blossoms is optional for the bride, who can shop sources once they

know their plan. But Silverman offers competitive pricing on flowers that are pro quality and conditioned to last. “I buy direct from California at good prices, this allows me to resell to the Do-it-yourself brides at less than they can get wholesale.” Anyone can make a hand tied bouquet that’s lovely, even if you’re not gifted in creativity, says Silverman. Making something classy with roses, hydrangeas, and lily grass is fun. But if your dreams mean the more complicated cascades, consider hiring a pro. “If you want something harder, that’s when you go to a florist. They do the tough work, then you fill in the pieces you feel comfortable doing.” Get a group to join you to share in the fun; classes are perfect for bridesmaids’ parties. They’ll leave the class with bouquet, centerpiece, and boutonniere, plus the confidence to make their day special. Colorado State University Extension provides unbiased, researchbased information about consumer and family issues, horticulture, natural resources, agriculture and 4-H youth development. For more

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Americana Electronica —this a genre I believe that Lyons resident, Arthur Lee Land created all for, and by, himself. He uses a technique called Live Looping which allows one person to create their own samples on the spot layering sounds, chords, instruments and vocals one or two at a time until it sounds like there’s a whole band up there. The technique isn’t new. Radiohead uses it, Beck uses it, I’ve even seen Dave Grisman use it. What IS new is the style of music he uses it with and the elements he combines. His style is distinctly Americana heavy on the guitar and storytelling, but there are definite elements of electronica; largely beats and samples that could come from any dance music drawer of tricks. It sounds strange, but it works. Seeing Arthur Lee Land up on stage mixing as he goes is really something else. Treat yourself to something that’s one of a kind at the Dickens Opera House. - Misty Kaiser


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Self-termed gypsy folk music, Esther Sparks puts together a picture of what it is to live and love in the working class in these vast United States. Nothing is too high-brow and she swaps any lofty idealism for realistic expectations. Esther has gone through several incarnations, as have most musicians just starting out, but her latest album, Back to Life, sees her paired with two other talented musicians on various instruments of Americana from banjo and cello to a steel slide. Somewhere between Natalie Merchant’s simple lyricism and the more intimate moments of the Indigo Girls, Esther carves out a little niche and settles comfortably in. Still, it makes me think of something you might find in the tiny random West Texas bars you stumble into on a really good road trip. Fortunately, you won’t have to go that far. You can spend time with Esther Sparks at many local venues, so grab a whiskey and settle in for the night. - Misty Kaiser


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The first thing I noticed about this band was that there were so darn many of them. I believe in the last edition I reviewed a guy and his laptop and this time I’m going to the opposite extreme. If you see Typhoon on stage, it had better be a big one— there are currently 11 full time members and a few others that occasionally come and go, they’ve been known to have up to 17 people performing at once. Shockingly, that doesn’t mean that their music is overly complicated or loud. Instead, it clings to simple roots style harmonies that swell like a gospel choir on Easter Sunday. It also means that they don’t have to fake it or use filler in any way. Those horns are real, as are the violins and the occasional ukulele. There’s a lot to hear, but it’s as if the cinematic instrumentation only serves to emphasize Kyle Morton’s everyman vocals, if only by contrast. And speaking of contrast, there’s an optimism to the music that’s deceiving. Their lyrics contemplate frail faith, the speeding passage of time and even our own mortality, but not without some sage advice - Count down the time you have left / In a jar, try to catch, try to capture it. Typhoon - all of them - will be playing at the Bluebird Theater in Denver on April 10. I can’t wait to see if the place is big enough to contain them. - Misty Kaiser






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ONE MORE PLEASE SAVVY (SAVVY SERIES NO. 1) The major deciding factor in this edition’s choice of Colorado title was time. I didn’t have a lot of it. I thought the first in the Savvy series for junior readers would be the work of an afternoon. Little did I know it would be such an enjoyable afternoon. If you have young ones that maybe aren’t quite ready for Harry Potter, this is a fantastic stepping stone and just as magical. Twelve-going-on-13 year-old Mibs (Mississippi) Beaumont is anxious about her rapidly approaching thirteen

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birthday party and with good reason. When the Beaumonts turn 13 secret, strange, and sometimes dangerous, things happen. At 13 each Beaumont child is granted a secret called Savvy, an X-men like talent that manifest differently for each individual. But Mibs doesn’t get the same chance at privacy that her siblings, Rocket and Fish had. (Their names should give some clue as to the nature of their Savvy.) The week of her thirteenth birthday, her father is in a life threatening accident and when her mother and oldest brother leave the rest of the siblings under the care of their grandfather, things start to go a little haywire. Savvy embraces that awkward turn into teenagedom complete with mean girls and first crushes, new friends, rebellion and the fear of being

different, all played out in the microcosm of a big pink bus. Reading this book, kids get to see that what makes us different, makes us special and grown-ups get to remember that. I don’t have a daughter, but if I ever do, this one is going on the family bookshelf. And since I did check this out at the library, I will definitely be going back to trade it in for the next in the Series, Scumble. The language was fun and little bit country, the story is sweet and heartwarming and very real despite its dip into magic. Author, Ingrid Law, lives just down the road in Lafayette, where she is working on the third in the series, Switch, tentatively set to release in the Summer of 2015. - Misty Kaiser


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by Deborah Harkness

Building off of Savvy above — if as an adult, you read and loved Harry Potter, then you might want to give A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness a once over. It’s a little bit Harry, a little bit Twilight and a little bit DaVinci Code, but definitely not written for tweens and teens. I realize that none of that adds up to laureate level literature, but as I found myself stranded on the couch with the crud that’s been flying around all winter, it sure was a pleasant distraction for a few days. Main character, Diana Bishop, is a alchemical scholar and a witch who has turned her back on her ancestry and power until she accidentally causes an ancient and long disappeared manuscript to resurface. Through this discovery, she sends ripples across a subculture of witches, daemons and vampires, including local scientist and vampire Matthew Clairmont. The historical mystery surrounding the manuscript and the obsession of those hunting it grows, along with the relationship between Diana and Matthew, both to dangerous conclusions. Clearly, this is not going to be a book for everyone and I’ve heard criticisms of its slow pace and romantic overtone, but for those of us into generous character development and the mystery and don’t mind a little romance now and then, it’s a wide and welcoming door into an engrossing trilogy. Since these reviews are about unresolved series, I obviously haven’t finished it, but I’ve already plowed through the second (Shadow of Night) and pre-ordered the third and final, called The Book of Life, which comes out on July 15, 2014. - Misty Kaiser

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Book CluBs and EvEnts The Longmont Book Club There are three groups of the Longmont Book Club. All book clubs meet at 10:15 a.m. at Barbed Wire Books, 504 Main St. in Longmont. First Editions Meets every first Saturday of the month March 1: “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Nagozi Adichie

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Longmont Librar y Festival By Adam Martin

When Judith Anderson became Director of the Longmont Library, one of her goals was to find a way to support readers and local writers, while simultaneously showcasing all the library has to offer. As a result of that goal, she and the library staff hosted the first Longmont Library Festival two years ago. Now approaching its third birthday, the Longmont Library Festival is still going strong. As described by Anderson, the purpose of the festival, which is scheduled for April 6 through 12, is “to support readers and writers in Longmont.”

Last year, the festival lasted a full two weeks. “This year we’ve shortened it to one week,” Anderson said. “But, we’re doing almost as many events.”

Local Author Suppor t The festival kicks off on April 6 with the release of the annual anthology. Colorado Authors, Delka Beazer Local authors have been and Christine Bodine at the 2013 Longmont Library Festival. encouraged to submit original works by Feb. 14, including fiction, personal She and the library staff accomplish narratives, poetry, essays, this by featuring reading and writing children’s stories, illustrations and phoactivities and events over the course of tographs. The Friends of the Longmont the week. The emphasis is on readers Library review submissions and select works from each genre to be featured of all ages, as well as authors, both in the anthology. The end result is a established and emerging.


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singularly unique book that highPoet, Bill Keys, writes poems for those willing to wait. lights local talent in breath-taking fashion. During the kickoff reception, the anthology is released. Some of the authors will also be present to read selections from their works. This year, the anthology will include a special section featuring submissions related to the natural disaster that impacted Longmont and so much of the surrounding own written family history, allowing area last fall: Reflections From the 2013 you to preserve those stories for genFlood. erations to come.

David Mason, Poet Laureate of Colorado David Mason, Poet Laureate of Colorado, will deliver the keynote speech on Monday evening, April 7. In addition to sharing his thoughts on poetry and reading from some of his own works, Mason will also conduct a poetry writing mini-workshop, giving attendees the opportunity to compose their own poems under his guidance. Even if you’ve never written poetry before, this is an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of the craft from a true master.

Write Your Family Histor y Writing happens at all levels, and one of the goals of the festival is to support emerging professional authors, as well as amateur writers. One valuable form of writing that is often done for personal fulfillment, without any plan for publication, is the creation of a written family history. Many of us know the verbal history of our families, having grown up hearing stories passed down from grandparents, to parents, and eventually, to us. However, there may be no written account of those narratives. On Wednesday, April 9, the festival will feature a workshop entitled “Writing Your Family History”, hosted by Linda Weaver. During the two-hour workshop, Weaver will walk participants through the basics of penning your


Stories a la Car te The following evening, Thursday, April 10, Northern Colorado Storytellers and Longmont Eateries will host a night of storytelling, complete with a variety of delicious foods from around the world. Several storytellers will be present, located throughout the library. Participants will move from one storytelling station to the next, enjoying tasty treats along the way. The art of storytelling is powerful, making this a night worth attending. Like all festival events, there is no cost for admission, though anyone planning to attend is required to RSVP in order to facilitate food preparation.

Colorado Authors Open House The final day of the festival includes two exciting events. First, over 70 authors will be on-hand for the Colorado Authors Open House. There will be books for sale and plenty of opportunities to visit with authors from all over the state, as well as some other unique treats, like while-you-wait “typewriter poetry” by Bill Keys. Participants will have a short conversation with Keys, who composes a personal poem right there on the spot, making this an uncommon form of a caricature. You don’t want to miss it.

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tailored specifically for teen readers. Several Young Adult Fiction authors will be on-site, and there will also be pizza, games and crafts. This is the first year the festival has included an event aimed at teenage fans of young adult fiction. Anderson, along with the rest of the library staff, is exited to offer something designed specifically for younger readers.

Not Just One Week The Longmont Library Festival looks to be an exciting week for both readers and local writers, but it’s worth noting that the Longmont Library hosts events and activities year-round. For example, the library staff plans to unveil an exciting new program during the festival, itself. Additionally, the annual Summer Reading Program has undergone a significant change, morphing into the more aptly named Summer Learning Program. Unlike traditional summer reading programs, which typically only emphasis reading, the Summer Learning Program will continue to encourage summer reading while also placing a healthy emphasis on overall learning, following the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) model. The goal will be to facilitate a full learning experience throughout summer break, making it easier for kids to transition back to school in the fall.

When and Where The Longmont Library Festival will be held at the Longmont Public Library during the week of April 6 through 12. All events and activities are free of charge, though some do require an RSVP. More information about each event, as well as instructions for reserving a spot if needed, can be found on the library’s website at ci.longmont. .

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By L. L. Charles Photos by Jonathan Castner Longmont’s Paul Kasemir can do something we can’t. In just two minutes. That’s because he’s an American Ninja Warrior – and we’re not. Have you seen NBC’s American Ninja Warrior? As a crowd cheers wildly, competitors jump, swing, climb and zip line through an incredible obstacle course of giant wheels, rope nets, a spinning bridge and the dreaded Warped Wall, racing against the clock to hit the big red button at the end. One bad move and you’re in the drink, game over. It’s fast, it’s unforgiving, and it’s addictive to watch. Kasemir, 27, has been a finalist in the past four seasons and has quite a following on Facebook. And now he’s getting asked for autographs. “I was in Sprouts the other day and a lady stopped me in the doorway, and said,

‘You’re the Ninja! You’re Paul!’ She got an autograph for her children and took a selfie with her cell phone. But I don’t care that much about the hype and attention. I do this for myself, to have fun.” ANW completed its fifth season in 2013, but added something new: a competition between a USA team and a team from Japan, where the series originated as “Sasuke.” Paul Kasemir

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and four other team members competed against Japan’s finest, including two-time grand champion Yuji Urushihara. Although the competition was filmed last summer, the show wasn’t aired until January – and participants had to sign an agreement to not disclose the results: USA shut out Team Japan, 6-0. “Actually, I almost forgot about it,” says Kasemir, who works at Qualcomm as a software engineer. “Then I remembered… ‘Oh yeah, that’s coming right up. It’ll be fun to watch what I actually did six months ago. “Being one of the top five Americans was a pretty cool honor. It’s awesome, because I don’t really feel like I’m that good, but I guess I was good enough to be chosen. It gave me a lot of pride.” Although the actual courses take competitors just minutes to complete, filming each show takes hours.

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Athletes may be sitting around for extended periods before they get into action. “The show is taped at night,” Kasemir explains. “We’d get there around 6 or 7 p.m., and wait for it to get dark. Then around 9 or 10 p.m. they start taping. Usually they have the less experienced guys go through first. That way we can see how well they do on the course. The more experienced guys like me typically run the course between 2 and 4 a.m.” The challenge is to keep your muscles warm and stay ready, he says. “In the Denver regional competition, it was really cold, so I brought a sleeping bag and a coat and hat to keep warm and conserve my energy.” Once he’s on the course, everything else fades away. “I’m so focused. It’s almost like a meditation, like a zoned-in type feeling. Which for athletes is fun, because you’re so in the moment, nothing else matters.


“Most of the time when I’m running, there’s the whole crowd there in the bleachers all along the course. Everyone is screaming and cheering and clapping, and I almost never hear them until I’m at the end. I completely zone out everything. Sometimes when I’m between the obstacles I’ll hear someone shout something, but usually I just don’t hear any of it.” To keep in top Ninja condition, Kasemir spends an hour-and-a-half on the climbing wall at Spot Bouldering gym in Boulder, twice a week. “I also take one Parkour class every week, and sometimes I get out for a hike, mountain biking or snowshoeing. I like being outdoors; I don’t really think of it as training, it’s just fun.” Paul Kasemir also enjoys a less conventional form of physical training: he’s an avid fan of Argentine tango dancing. What’s the connection? “You learn very fine body control and balance,” he explains. “When you’re

dancing with a partner, they can feel if you’re off balance. Learning to dance tango well means you can control very finely which way you move, and maintain balance.” Competition for a slot in the new season starts soon, and it begins with submitting a video entry. Everyone has to start each year from the beginning – newbies and veteran Ninjas alike, Kasemir says. “They haven’t told us where the regionals will be held yet. It would be great if they held them in Denver again, of course.” Wherever the regional competitions are held, Paul can count on his family’s avid support. “My parents came to Las Vegas to watch last season’s competition. They are of course very proud of me. But at home… I’m just Paul. I have dinner with them; I borrow tools from my dad… I’m just Paul.” Spoken like a true American Ninja Warrior, we say.

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County Bombers (BCB) league is actively recruiting skaters, referees and volunteers! Courtney MacArthur aka Bev O’lution (skater name, more on that later) founded BCB after a move here from Highlands Ranch. Previously involved in derby, the move found her too far from an active league to regularly participate. “I knew it was up to me to do something if I wanted to skate again,” she says. Courtney and her friend Jordan handed out fliers on their weekly jog for a Recruit Night meeting. Thirty-five people showed up. “That fall we moved to an indoor space near the old Sugar Mill that we dubbed the ‘Bomb Shelter,’ complete with bullet holes, cracked concrete floor, and a leaky roof, that we were ecstatically grateful to find in our price range.” The league remained in the Bomb Boulder n, founder of Bev O’lutio ry. er ren Thor nb Photo by Dar

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and others. No experience? No problem! The league does not require tryouts or even previous skating experience. The veterans value and mentor the newbies. In Phase 1, participants learn how to roller skate. One only moves on when she is ready. Phase 2 is all about learning roller derby. There are distinct rules and regulations. There is strategy and etiquette. Successfully pass the required testing in Phase 2 and you’ve got your laces to skate in actual bouts. You also now get to partake in roller derby’s coolest rite of passage: choosing your derby name. A few standouts from a recent visit to the BCB practice facility: Catastrophoebe, Jenitellya, Muscle Leanie, and Skinny DipHer. Although people do their best to avoid injury, it’s a

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As little girls, many of us dream about that special day when we’ll walk down the aisle to say, “I do.” And, whether you’ve fantasized, obsessed or have only given a few passing thoughts to what you’ll don the day of your wedding, the gown you choose will likely be the single most significant of your lifetime. Sure, some brides experience an idyllic moment when a dress drives tears of joy to spill forth—while others don’t experience such an overt emotion. But no matter, your wedding dress is a big deal. Photographs and memories last a lifetime, and although your gown isn’t nearly as important as “the one” you marry, it certainly enhances your moment when two become one. Bridal gown options abound in bridal boutiques, magazines and online—and like dating, the choices are endless, and perhaps even overwhelming. Regardless, you have to try


again and again before discovering the best fit. In the end though, finding your gown takes patience and an open mind, and it’s a sure bet—that in time—every bride will find that single, perfect gown to wholly accentuate her shape, style and taste.

Gown 101: When

Fitted, empire-wasit, a-line, ball gown, mermaid, cathedral train, white, ivory, cream, silk, satin, lace and tulle are only some of the words we associate with wedding gown bliss. And, countless options grace magazine covers or the catwalk from season to season, making it seemingly impossible to narrow down that one special gown. However, knowing when to start your dress hunting process is half the battle. Cate Malone, owner of Little White Dress Bridal Shop in Denver, says brides should look for a wedding gown as soon as possible. “Ideally


brides are shopping for their wedding gown approximately six months to one year before the wedding date to avoid potential rush fees and worries about the dress arriving in time,” she says. Starting the gown hunt early also allows time for the bride to potentially research, shop around, think about her gown before purchase and simply enjoy the process. And, browsing through blogs or Pinterest and other online resources to familiarize yourself with bridal options will help pinpoint what draws you to specific silhouettes, fabrics, shapes, or textures. Malone says it can be helpful— and not to mention, fun—for brides to research various gowns while taking note of appealing gown styles or gaspworthy details. “Researching is great, and super fun, but you don’t really know what you are going to feel most comfortable in, are happy about or love the most until you try on a variety of gowns,” she says. “A bride may find


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‘the one’ at her first shop or her fifth shop, but once she has found the dress she loves, she should stop.” And once a bride has selected her gown, Malone says it takes months to create and have shipped back to the store. “Wedding gowns take approximately three to six months to be made, (it varies by designer), and one to two months are needed after your dress comes in for any fine tuning alterations for fit and length that may be needed.” So, it’s clear shopping early will save you both money and headaches.

though bridal gown research can be helpful, it’s not a prerequisite. It’s just as okay to simply go shopping. In fact, making an appointment with a local bridal boutique is a relaxed and strongly suggested option. She recommends no more than three bridal boutique stops, but some brides need only one, making it entirely personal preference. Schlagel says it’s in a bridal boutique where everything comes together for the bride. In the appointment, brides receive a one to two hour slot of designated one-on-one assistance from an industry expert who can provide invaluable gown education and feedback. The bridal stylist assists the bride with any showroom dresses

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and suggests styles and silhouettes that will flatter her figure. Because the stylist is an expert about the gowns her boutique carries, she can also provide options otherwise not considered.

Gown 101: Cost, Alterations And Opinions

The cost of bridal gowns varies significantly. Whether you choose a high-fashion designer or opt for budget-friendly, there’s something for every bride. The type of material used, where it’s created and who designed the gown will affect price. However, there are stunning gowns at any price-point, and another bonus when working with a bridal boutique stylist is they will show what’s possible in your price range, making it that much easier to find the right fit. Keep in mind; however, a bridal gown industry standard is a bridal store requires half of the gown’s cost at the time of purchase. Upon completion, the remaining half is required. Also, alterations come at an additional cost. So, it’s important to factor in the total, big-picture cost before moving forward to ensure you won’t break your budget or be


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surprised by the extra costs. But, before getting too stressed about the gown budget, remember the process should be enjoyable. And, there’s no better way to rev-up the excitement than inviting your closest circle to help find your gown. Both Schlagel and Malone suggest bringing a few people who are dearest and most trusted to your bridal gown appointment. “A bride should bring the people whose thoughts matter the most to her,” Malone says. “Too many people sharing their opinions and thoughts can be confusing and frustrating, so ideally one to three people.” Now, once you find your gown, place the order and make the first payment, all you have to do is wait. Then, after months of construction, the dress will finally find its way back LONGMONT TIMES-CALL LONGMONT MAGAZINE

to the bridal boutique where it will be ready for fittings and alterations. Schlagel says brides should expect at least two to three additional appointments for alternations to achieve an ideal fit. Schlagel and Malone encourage their brides to return for fitting and alteration appointments with—perhaps not the same crowd from the original appointment—but again, with people she trusts most. Having people the bride relies on for opinions can help ease stress and ensure she feels comfortable with the overall look and feel of the dress. “It can be helpful to have one other person along with you during your alterations appointments. Having one other person with you during your final fitting can be helpful, so that they can learn how to bustle your train after the ceremony,” Malone says. Above all else, Malone and Schlagel agree their best advice is to shop with an open mind. Focus on the joyous occasion. And, have some fun in finding “the ‘other’ one”—the bridal gown meant for you. .

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Heading outdoors, she says the architecture at Hoverhome embodies the classic “Tudor Revival,” with its simple, rustic characteristics and cottage style. Step inside and you notice handcrafted embellishments, burlap walls and exposed wood beams; décor reminiscent of the “Arts and Crafts Movement” which evokes “traditional craftsmanship” with medieval, romantic and folk

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influence of the1860s to early 1900s. The floor plan allows people to flow indoors and out with doors cleverly situated to bring elements of the outdoors in, says Davis, a concept prominent in Frank Lloyd Wright architectural spaces. Historic properties may sound dreamy, but Davis admits, “they aren’t for everyone,” noting the limited seating and plumbing capacity. “But the bride and groom can use the indoor bathrooms,” she adds. Renting Hoverhome runs $150 per hour and requires an eight hour minimum. For indoor weddings, it accommodates 50 guests; 150 guests as an outdoor venue.

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Money Saving Tips Weddings dip into savings account whether it’s a big or small, traditional or casual. But with a few simple ideas you could save cash, which later comes in handy for that honeymoon getaway. When planning for your big day, Professional Wedding Planner Autumn Kozimer, of Lyons says, “Sometimes you make significant changes along the way,” and it’s hard to remember everything. So keep a notebook close by. Write everything down, from the caterer and venue, to flowers and table décor, she says. Keeping track of small details becomes a simple matter of opening the book to reference the prices and promises made by enthusiastic vendors eager for your business. Katie James of Dickens Opera House says another way to save, instead of a mile long buffet table, choose “passed Hors d’oeuvres ” where wait staff in white shirts and bowties serve guests. Plus, it adds a touch of elegance to the reception. Consider an off day and time, like Sunday afternoon. James says some couples serve an “appetizer and dessert only” spread to cut down on costs. “But make sure to put that on the reception invitation,” she says. Cajka says booking a wedding Monday through Wednesday saves on average, two grand. Reader Tip: Want to jazz up the BBQ? Ask the chef to incorporate shrimp into the dish. [Source : Kozimer]

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The average cost of a wedding in 2012 was more than $28,000, reported and in their annual survey. For couples on the frugal side, that big


tab could pay their rent for a couple of years. So how can engaged couples – or their families, if that’s who is paying the bills – create a splendid celebra-

tion they can afford? Easy. Ask wedding professionals, who have seen it all. Bridget Nannen is an owner of Greens Point Catering, a Longmont fixture for 22 years. Greens Point caters Tasting and constultations at Greens Point Catering help determine to a variety of venexpectations and budget. Photo courtesy of ues along the Front Range, including some in Denver and the mountains. When it comes to budgeting, she has seen a lot. “There are families that try to stay on a more conservative budget, but it’s a mix – from people with no budget to those with a more conservative budget.”



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In any case, she says, first the and their vision. Choose a caterer family has to have a vision of what who can do that. Or get a wedthey want to do. Then, what will ding coordinator if your budget the budget be to achieve that viallows them to be at the rehearsal sion? “For example, if it is $10,000, and wedding; they make everytake part of it first for the location, thing more efficient and smooth.” or venue. By the way, doing the Here are some of Nannen’s wedding at home may not be any money-saving tips: Cut back on cheaper; you need a tent because the cost of centerpieces. Have of the weather, and you have to two-thirds of the cake you serve rent china, linen, tables.” be a sheet cake and the remainAfter you settle on the locader a small beautiful cake, and tion, then book a caterer; this is have the caterer bring a cake the next big chunk of the $10,000. server (so you don’t have to buy Get an estimate on what the caone). Don’t spend on knickterer will charge for going into the knacks and other little things. venue you chose, or for staging it Always ask for a “budget menu” at your home. – the caterer duplicates that menu “To keep it simple, the budget at other weddings and saves is divided in a few more areas after money, so you get a better deal. A small cake to cut, paired with cupcakes of petits venue and caterer. That’s when For the champagne toast, have fours is a money saving trend. you shop for the bridal dress, the the guests use the wine or other Photos courtesy of Romana Cake House. music, cake, party favors, photogdrinks that are at hand, and just rapher, and more.” pour champagne for the bridal With so many elements that party. make up a wedding, what can be Chris Cockcroft of Longcut? “For families that want to be mont’s Tip Top Music Entertainconservative and stay within budment has been a wedding DJ for get, they can be creative with the 20 years and started Tip Top 11 centerpieces, choosing something years ago. He has noticed some that can be reused and not thrown cost-cutting trends. away – like framed pictures of “Couples are getting creative the bride and groom, or pots with and are searching for venues off fresh herbs. Don’t spend a lot on the beaten path – at a friend’s party favors; make something yourhouse if it’s a larger property, for self. Pinterest has a lot of ideas.” example. Instead of a sit-down A key point to remember dinner, they do a buffet with food when allocating the money: stations; from the DJ’s perspec“Anything that is going to be in tive, it’s more lively.” a picture you will look at in the For couples who like the future – the bridal bouquet and idea of locally sourced farm-towedding cake, for example – table fare, an option might be spend money on that. And money setting up the event at a local that we include with every client; should go where it can save work for farm, eating outside or under a tent. they bring the whole day together the family.” They can still enjoy music. “From the and keep the time line in check, and So besides saving money, saving technical side, I have battery poweverything in the family’s vision of work for the bride and her family, esered speakers, so I’m OK in a rural the wedding. They work with the pecially last-minute chores, is crucial. area,” he says. “We have event coordinators family for months; they know them “I’ve seen a lot of clients lately

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and beverage, people like lots of different

“I’ve DJ-ed weddings where the bride and groom have chosen to have a food truck or two to three different food trucks show up to serve appetizers, main meal, and even ice cream for dessert. “I have seen where they book a photographer who can leave early, instead of staying until the end of the

things, and the couple wants to please every-

Preparing for the wedding well in advance makes for a less stressful and more affordable wedding.

evening, and save a little money.” Raluca Ioan, owner of Romana Cake House in Longmont, has been making wedding cakes and decorating them as works of art for 10 years. “I have noticed couples working on a budget,” she says. “A wedding is an expensive project.” She has some budget-worthy ideas.

cake, or petits fours, or cupcakes in

addition, and the price will be much lower than having one big elaborate cake.” That small cake also is a standout for photographs. Early in the process the couple should contact all the wedding

one – especially those close to them – and have a perfect wedding.” Offering a lot of choices inflates the bill. As to the iconic champagne toast, Magley cautions: “Don’t overpurchase champagne. You’re not pouring as much of it as other beverages. It’s just a toast – only two or three ounces per person.” He urges the couple to find out ahead about returning liquor, and about delivery. “With any big purchase, like a wedding, we want to be sure they have enough and don’t run out. So they should ask if they can return what they didn’t use and

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Wedding Expos Can Be a One-Stop Planning Shop or Step in the Right Direction By Jolie Breeden Photos by David Jennings As the glitter and fanfare of holiday festivities begins to subside, the astute observer will notice a healthy supply of sparkles still abound—it’s the shine from the hundreds of engagement rings that were proffered during the winter months. There are many reasons the holiday season inspires couples to head down the matrimonial road. Some might want to share the moment with already-gathered family and friends. Others could be giving that special someone just what they always wanted. Whatever the reason, though, it’s not uncommon—some estimates say 25 percent of couples get engaged over the holidays. And that phenomenon has given rise to another: spring bridal show season. If you’re among the many brides (and increasingly, grooms) that are scratching their heads over how to get the ceremonies started, one of the many local wedding expos could be just the thing to help the creative juices flow. Even couples with firm ideas about what they want can benefit from the one-stop shopping and the many freebies and giveaways. “Everyone’s different in the


way they think and they plan, and it shows,” said Kaitley Davis, the event co-chair for the Estes Park Wedding Association’s Bridal Crawl and Bridal Bash. “If they’re new at this, they’re going to learn the dos and the don’ts and the frequently asked questions of hiring an officiant, or a florist, or a caterer, etc.” Not all shows are created equal, though. So how’s a busy bride to know what’s the best event for her event? There are few things to consider. Cost might be a guide for some couples. Although many shows are free, others might have more offerings for a price. The Estes Park events, for instance, cost $40 per person to attend both the Bash and the Crawl. But for that amount, soon-to-be spouses will attend a dinner showcasing catering, florists, and fashion; get ferried to various venues; and are guaranteed to walk away with at least one prize. A flash drive containing all the vendor information available at the two-day event is in itself worth its weight in planning gold. “We send them home with everything they need,” Davis said. “We know it can be stressful [planning a wedding], but here you have dinner, LONGMONT TIMES-CALL LONGMONT MAGAZINE

you have entertainment, and you can get your questions answered, too.” There’s also plenty to be found at free shows. The Front Range Special Event Show held at The Plaza Event Center on February 9 (after this article went to press) featured nearly 40 Boulder County caterers, hairdressers, photographers, DJs and musicians, florists, and others vendors to help facilitate big days of all types. Many of the vendors offered door prizes, discounts for attending the show, and The Plaza gave away an event for 200 people. Wedding priorities might also be a factor in picking the show with the best fit. Some shows are focused on venue and feature the vendors they prefer to work with. Others showcase vendors and ideas. Some, like the Estes Park event, combine a variety of elements, so the planning stage each couple is in can play a big role in how valuable a show is to them personally. Alli Borszich is a super-organized bride-to-be whose wedding was mapped out before the ring was even on her finger. Still, she planned on attending The Plaza event in the hopes of finding local folks that could help actuate all the great ideas she found on Websites such as .

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Wedding expos are a great place to gather ideas and get a little taste of your options.

Etsy and Pintrest. She was also in the market for someone who could make a custom bridesmaid gown for a very pregnant bridesmaid. Even with those unambiguous goals, though, Borszich remained open to finding some great unknowns. “I definitely know how I want my wedding to feel. We figured out a lot of what we wanted before we got engaged,” she said. “But I’ve never gotten married before. I want to go and make sure I’m covering all my bases.” While wedding priorities, show perks and prizes, and admission price can all point couples in the direction of a show that works for them, perhaps the most important element is location. Shows either at your venue or in the general area where you’ll be getting married can offer a lot of site-specific experience—and that can translate to less stress when those wedding bells finally ring. No bride wants to be

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See venues in action at the Estes Park Bridal Crawl. Photo courtesy of

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tapping her foot while she waits for the caterer to find the event hall or her maid of honor to pick up the linens. “I tried to think about how that day was going to come together and what I didn’t want to be worried about,” said Caitlin Frantz, an upcoming bride who knows first hand from friends’ weddings what far flung merchants can mean in real time. “For me, what felt like needed to be done first was pick the venue. That guided a lot of what I chose when picking vendors.” Wedding vendors with knowledge of the area can come in handy when dealing venue limitations or special needs, such as getting the necessary permits to get married in Rocky Mountain National Park. They can also be clued in on big events in the area at the time of the nuptials, which can help avoid hitches in travel arrangements or lodging. Regardless of type or price or location, thought, it’s probably a good idea for most couples to drop by a show or two. Whether its finding that adorable cake topper you didn’t know you needed or getting a deep discount on a honeymoon lodgings, the shows are filled with a little something for every kind of




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ents with children to fall in love and marry,” said Amy Smart, a therapist

By Mark Collins and clinical social worker in Longmont. “When single parents date and then fall in love, it is the next logical step. And there’s the power of two. I see many couples with blended families, and having children was a major consideration for them in how they decided to navigate dating or choosing a partner.” Smart urges single parents to move gradually when it comes to introducing their children to a romantic partner. “Children should be brought into new relationships slowly and over time,” Smart said. “Typically, parents are way ahead of their children in terms of bonding with and trusting of their new partner. They’ve had the luxury of dating and

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intimacy, so that by the time parents have decided that the relationship is serious and want to include their children, the parents and the children are at different emotional points on the wheel.” Building good relationships with the children involved in a new romantic pairing is important to the success of a blended family. “It’s important that those relationships get off to a good start,” said Adam Woodruff a marriage and family therapist in Longmont. “It’s important that those relationships get off to a good start and that the adults are spending a bit of one-onone time with one another’s children,” Woodruff said. “I think that when you go to blend households, if the children already feel a sense of ease, that they already know this adult is a safe person, is somebody that cares about them, that sets the stage for an awful lot.” After the important work of building strong relationships between adults and children, and between potential step-siblings, has been done, and nuptials are on the horizon, consider involving the children in a wedding ceremony. “The involvement of the children in the wedding ceremony may emphasize that the child is important to both the bride and groom,” said Katie James, an event planner who runs Little Bird Celebrations in Longmont.

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“They need to know that they are not losing a parent, but gaining a new special someone.” James was quick to point out that the following tips apply to same-sex unions, as well. There are many ways to include a child in a wedding ceremony, she said. Different duties or involvement may depend on how old the child is. A wedding ceremony can be an opportunity for children with special skills to display their talents said Autumn Kozimer, owner of Events by Autumn in Pinewood Springs. If a child sings or plays an instrument well, consider having them perform at the wedding. “Giving them a moment to shine is good,” Kozimer said. “The day seems like it’s all about the bride

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and groom, but if you get the child to feel like he (or she) is important, too, that’s always memorable for them.” If a child has gifts in the visual arts, a piece of appropriate artwork could be displayed during the wedding, or it could even be incorporated into the wedding invitation or program handout, she added. Younger children, of course, can be involved as flower girls or ring bearers. “Giving them some sort of a role in the ceremony makes them feel important, makes them feel like they actually are a part of the marriage,” Kozimer said. “It can be something small, but it’s something that you practice with them, and so spend time with them.” Children of all ages can take

part in special in-ceremony rituals, some of which are popular of late. Each family member has a small vase of differently colored sand, which is then poured into one larger vase to symbolize the blending of a new family in a sand-pouring ceremony. “This makes for a great keepsake,” James said. She also suggested involving the kids in a saltcovenant ceremony (similar to a sandpouring ceremony, only with colored salts) or a time-capsule ceremony. In that ritual “each family member writes a letter to each other ahead of time and places it in a locked box to be opened some time down the road, together, maybe on an anniversary,” James said. Including the children in the exchange of vows can have a positive impact on the kids, as well. “Written vows including the children are a low-key way to involve the children,” James said. “Each parent should include a promise to love and support

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“It can be a long day, and when you get to the end of the evening, make sure you have someone to take care of the kids,â€? Kozimer said. Including children in a wedding ceremony can be a way to let the children know they are an important part of the new family. Make sure you ďŹ nd ways to incorporate them into the new blended family after the nuptials, too, said therapist Smart. “I also encourage couples to look for other less formal ways to create new rituals around this transition: things such as a vacation or camping trip as a new family, a new family photo, or new coffee table photo album with both new and old pictures of every-

the child, not only the other partner.

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Defining a healthy relationship Dear Dr. Beth, I grew up in a family where my parents didn’t really seem to love each other. They didn’t have a lot of open fights but neither did they ever show affection to each other or say “I love you”. This has left me feeling like I’m in the dark about relationships. In your opinion what are the ingredients of a happy satisfying love relationship? challenges of life together and operate as a team. Your partner is someone you know has your back in tough situations or when you are feeling weak or ill and you do the same for them. These qualities are called loyalty, trust and commitment. Healthy love involves two individuals who each have parts of their lives that remain individual and parts of their lives that they choose to share with one another. In healthy relationships there is a balance of separateness and togetherness and each person is okay with time apart as well as the joy

That is a great question and many, many books, poems and talks have been devoted to this subject over the centuries. Even philosophers, poets and psychologists have trouble defining the word “love”; it is easier to talk about the ingredients that make for a healthy, loving relationship. A relationship consists of two people who choose to spend time together and wish to share all of the fun, difficult and meaningful experiences life has to offer. Ideally you face the

of time spent with their partner. Their partner may have interests and friendships that are separate from theirs and they support and appreciate each person’s individuality. Respect is another word frequently associated with healthy loving relationships, but what

does respect really mean in a relationship? One of the essential elements of respect is recognizing, accepting and celebrating the fact that your partner is an individual person who is different from you in many ways. This doesn’t mean you will like and celebrate everything about your


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partner. Some of what they do will annoy you and make you angry. What respect does mean is that there is room for each of you to have different opinions without trying to bully each other into one person’s perspective. It also means truly supporting the other person’s right to make their own decisions and minding the line between legitimate efforts at persuasion vs. attempts to manipulate or control their partner. Healthy partners also learn how to fight and disagree without “hitting below the belt”. You can disagree with your partner without going

for the jugular or trying to criticize them in their weakest and most vulnerable areas of personal insecurity. Obviously, the better you are able to communicate both positive and negative feelings in a respectful and diplomatic way, the healthier the relationship is likely to be. Finally, in healthy relationships people support their partner in achieving her or his personal goals as well as working toward shared goals for the relationship. The ideas I present here are just a starting point. I encourage you to talk to your friends, especially those that appear to be in satisfying relation-

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family Searchers, Seekers and Settlers campers build a small log cabin while learning about Longmont History. Photo courtesy of Longmont Museum and Cultural Center.

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By Melissa Howell

For the past five years, Carrie Mescall’s son, Aaron, has started and ended his summer break with a week at Sunflower Farm. A classmate’s parent told Mescall about Sunflower Farm’s Summer Camp, touting the advantage of kids “coming home filthy and tired.” Mescall, of Longmont, thought it would be a good challenge for her son, who at the time didn’t enjoy getting dirty. Now, his filthy camp shirt is a badge of honor each summer. Longmont is rich in a variety of summer camp opportunities for children, whether they want to get dirty, sporty, educated, cultured, musical, creative, or a combination of these. Several Longmont-area farms offer children summer camp experiences that allow them to experience farm life, work with animals, and learn the

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basics of growing food. Sunflower Farm’s Summer Camp offers weeklong, half-day camps for kids ages 3 to 10, and recently started offering camps for older kids, ages 10 to 14. “It’s a little bit of everything (at Sunflower Farm Summer Camp),” Mescall said. “They are out there doing things. (They) go on hikes, climb things, zip line, constantly on the go. They experience animals in ways LONGMONT TIMES-CALL LONGMONT MAGAZINE

most kids never would; they’ve seen baby animals born, been chased by turkeys, handle baby chicks, do arts and crafts and create things. They are let go to do things, and counselors are there to keep them safe.” Colette Dervan, summer camp director at Sunflower Farm, says parents should value word of mouth – including talking to family and friends – and also consider the staff when choosing a summer camp for their children. “We try to give kids experiences they don’t normally have,” Dervan said. “Being outdoors is great; our program is not incredibly structured, it’s self-directed, animal- and agriculture-based. We have an incredibly experienced staff that returns every year, and we have one of the lowest child-to-counselor ratios in Colorado, and tons of returning staff.”


Ann Holley, curator of education at the Longmont Museum, said parents should choose a camp that aligns with their children’s interests. “It’s never a good idea to force a kid to do something in a group setting that they’re not interested in,” she said. Holley also recommends parents make sure a summer camp is a quality, reliable place to go. “You want a camp that is fun, and it’s also a great idea to throw in education, something that has productive play,” Holley said. The Longmont Museum has offered summer camps for more than a decade. These half-day, week-long camps will be held throughout June and half of July this summer, focusing on arts, music and culture for campers ages 5 to 13. Two new camps this summer include Camp Archeology, with hands on activities like working with Native American materials and building a teepee, and the Music


Menagerie camp, where campers make instruments, and play games and music. One of Longmont Museum’s most popular camps, said Holley, is its Searchers, Seekers and Settlers camp, which examines Longmont history. This camp is held at Old Mill Park; with its original cabins and building, it’s an ideal location for the camp’s pioneer activities, which include making butter and root beer, listening to storytelling, and a visit from a mountain man who teaches such things as how to set a beaver trap. In addition to the Longmont Museum, the City of Longmont also runs the Longmont Recreation Center, which offers a 10-week summer camp program, June 2 through Aug. 8, with flexible attendance and weekly themes for ages 5 to 12. Drawing on its many years of providing quality programs, the Longmont YMCA offers all-day youth camps, with


three different camps every day for first through fourth graders. The kids choose their camp each week, from themes of fine arts, healthy living and STEM (science technology engineering math). The highly specialized and trained staff members provide all-day activities that include field trips, along with the “values of a traditional day camp,” said Krystle Codrey, youth development director at the Longmont YMCA. The Longmont YMCA also offers a summer-long Leaders in Training Camp, for fifth through ninth graders. This camp teaches leadership skills, career skills and service opportunities, and is targeted to kids interested in giving back to their communities. “We have 150 years of providing quality programs; we are known for our summer camps,” Codrey said. “It’s about kids, and the community; we facilitate our community’s needs. Kids learn their social skills and how to


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interact with kids in our camps. It’s very outdoors, (kids are) on the go each day.” Half-day, week-long sports and adventure camps are another summer option at the Longmont YMCA. When considering a summer camp that fits their children’s needs, Codrey said parents should consider such things as how a child interacts in small versus large groups, whether he or she is happier inside or outside, a child’s interests, how much structure verses open time a child requires, and whether a child is more interested in leadership or learning a new skill. Many elementary schools throughout the St. Vrain Valley School District offer summer camp options, including Black Rock, Burlington, Fall River, Hygiene, Legacy, Niwot, Red Hawk, Sanborn at Northridge, and SPARK! Discovery Preschool. SVVSD summer camps are run through the Community Schools department, and are open May 28 through Aug. 1 this year. Parents can choose their dates, although earlier registration increases chances of parents getting their chosen dates. The summer camp runs 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes themes, learning and two field trips each week. While the community school’s mission and vision are the same across the district, the summer camp themes vary from school to school. “It’s lots of fun and learning,” said Susan Zimmerman, community school district coordinator for SVVSD. “The benefit is it’s the continued staff from the school year. It’s high quality, it’s in the schools, kids are having fun and don’t know they’re learning. It’s safe, well supervised, and extremely affordable.” Prices and registrations for summer camps vary; many registrations begin in January or February and run through the spring, although earlier registrations are more likely to result in parents securing their top choices for programs and dates.




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Let’s face facts. Most yearend proclamations fade as life gets in the way. A few will get results while most will forget or quit in frustration. Yet those holiday pounds aren’t going to shed themselves, and that wedding dress, tuxedo, sundress, or new suit can’t be expected to make you look like a million bucks. That’s up to you! Good news, then, as we turn the corner into spring. This season is all about renewal. Why not adopt this theme for your health and fitness goals, too? Perhaps an upcoming event like spring break, a class reunion, a business trip or a wedding could be just the impetus you need to avail yourself of a local boot camp, fitness class, or gym. Longmont is blessed with a lot of fitness

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Fit Chick Express Boot Camp Fit Chick’s 30-Minute Boot Camp program is by far its most popular, providing its clients with not only an amazing workout, but also an entire group of women that help to encourage, motivate and push them beyond what they would normally attempt to do on their own. “It’s the camaraderie that brings women to our studio and keeps them there,” says owner Angie Schumacher. Fit Chick bases its programs on a three-month timeline to ensure that women get the results they want. The 30-minute boot camp is for all the busy women out there who say they don’t have the time to workout. “In just 30 minutes we squeeze in a warm up, a lot of hard work with little rest and a cool down and stretch,” says Schumacher. “If you are committed to the program and use all

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Scornavacco Martial Arts Boot Camp Whether you’re looking to drop 20 pounds or increase your overall physical strength, and no matter how strong or skilled you are when you begin, Scornavacco’s eight-week boot camp can help! “Pounds don’t magically come off,” says Scornavacco’s Michelle Jensen. “People have that glow when they have worked hard. Most people that come to martial arts realize the art form requires dedication. When they see others in class plugging away, it helps them know they are not alone.” In the boot camp, the trainer focuses on form. Participants learn to use their body correctly before starting incremental weight training. In a matter of weeks, they may find themselves moving a larger kettle ball than they would have previously imagined.

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Bar tender, Sherry Will, chats with patrons across the bar as Michael Riberdy relaxes

After seven years of late hours, cutting up limes, stacking glassware and recycling empty bottles, bartender Sarah Carrillo knew what she wanted: more of the same. Only this time, she was going to be the boss. “I’d always wanted to do my own thing, really,” she says, “and after being around the nightlife scene for so long, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what Longmont needed.” Carrillo followed her dream and created The Speakeasy, an intimate lounge where friends can get together for a pool game, lively conversation or live music from some of the area’s best bands. The venue celebrated its first anniversary recently with free champagne and dancing to a rocking blues band. Located in the basement of the old Imperial Hotel at 301 Main Street in Longmont’s historic downtown district, Carrillo was inspired by the Prohibition-era speakeasies where night owls gathered for clandestine

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cups of hootch and partied like it was 1919. Today, walking down the stone stairs provides a sense of transition and you actually feel like you’re entering a different time and place. “When I saw this space for the first time, I could see my vision working out here,” Sarah Carrillo Live music is one of The Speakeasy’s specialties.


recalls. But first came hours of clearing, cleaning, sanding and painting. Chandeliers were hung, mirrors adorned the walls, a local artist added a mural. Her pride of ownership was hard earned. “I designed The Speakeasy to be the kind of place my parents would have gone to. My father was a musician, and my mom used to love to go out dancing with her girlfriends. You know you’re going to hear good music every time you come here, and there’s plenty of room to sit down and relax.” The rambling layout is divided into separate areas that let you pick your own ambiance, perfect for couples’ date nights, dancing your butt off to the blues, or even playing some cards with your friends. “We get a really diverse crowd here… college students, jazz fans – even my 90-year-old grandmother comes in sometimes and has a great time,” Carrillo says with a laugh. Most weeks feature karaoke on


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Tuesday, Texas Hold’em on Wednesday, a jazz jam on Thursday, and live bands on Friday and Saturday. Occasional comedy nights or a burlesque show liven up the mix, too. “Our crowd just keeps growing for the jazz jams,” Carrillo reports, with a rotating lineup of musicians taking turns on the drums, piano and upright bass. Many of the weekend headliners are Denver bands playing their first time in Longmont. What has Sarah Carrillo learned during her first year as a business owner? “Having all my bartending experience really helped, for sure,” she says. “And you have to stay true to your vision. There are doubters, and some people are going to question your ideas. Just stay on course. For example, some people

didn’t get my reason for having a dress code. I wanted to have a safe, comfortable environment, not just a crazy crowd of intoxicated people.” When you think about how you dress, you’re more likely to think about how you act, she says. “We’re really not that strict, but on weekends, we ask people to not wear sports attire, t-shirts and ball caps. That’s all. “We’re really proud of our first year here, and we’re just going to make it better and better. I have an amazing staff, a new pointof-sale ordering system, and great new bands coming in.” Sound like fun? It is! Ditch that ball cap, put on a real shirt and come on down. “If you see the blue light on over the stairwell, we’re open!” Carrillo says.

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Winter isn’t quite done with us, but it won’t be long before the mercury begins to rise. When it does, it will be time for those of us with green thumbs and a passion for home improvement to roll up our sleeves and get to work. What better way to prepare than the Boulder County Home and Garden Show?

The Show The Boulder County Home and Garden Show is a tradition in Longmont, going back almost 20 years. Each spring and fall, the show, a three-day affair, gives home owners and gardening enthusiasts opportunity to learn, explore, stock up and gather ideas. “It’s unique,” Gary Krayn, organizer of the show, said. “There’s nothing like it, really, in Longmont.” Krayn spoke with obvious enthusiasm as he described the show. With approximately 125 vendors from all over Colorado featuring a wide variety of classes, demonstrations and products, there’s something for virtually everybody. When asked who should consider attending, Krayn was quick to answer. “Homeowners. Anyone doing any kind of home improvement project.” This isn’t an event purely for those with a deep passion for horticulture or home owners planning the most elaborate of


projects. Exhibitions run the gamut—from small, inexpensive starter ideas to more involved landscaping projects, and everything in between. A number of different home improvement and renovation techniques will be featured, as well. Even if you aren’t planning an immediate home improvement project, the Boulder County Home and Garden Show is a great way to see what options are available, and even gain an idea of what that potential project will set you back. Additionally, the show provides attendees with the rare opportunity to visit in person with home and gardening experts from across the state, making this a can’t-miss event for those seeking help, advice or guidance. No matter where you are in your home and gardening projects—just beginning or well into the process—you’ll find a wealth of information at your fingertips throughout the exhibition areas. One of the highlights of this spring’s show is the Gardening Area, sponsored by Home Depot. The Gardening Area will feature seasonal starter plants (weather permitting), landscaping ideas, fire pits, water features and an assortment of outdoor power equipment.

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special significance for Krayn and other show organizers, as it’s the first show since flood waters devastated the area just a few months ago. The 2013 fall show was, unfortunately, cancelled. “FEMA needed the space to manage emergency issues,” Krayn said, referring to the Boulder County Fairgrounds, where the show is held. Naturally, the show’s organizers didn’t hesitate to step aside, giving emergency personnel a much needed place to set up their operations. However, Krayn is excited to be back this spring with a show that is even, in his words, “bigger and better”. In a way, the show is representative of the spirit of the people of Longmont and the surrounding areas. After the flood waters receded, the community bounced back, taking to the tasks of rebuilding and repairing with tenacity. In like fashion, this spring’s show is certain to be among the best yet.

When and Where The Boulder County Home and Garden Show is scheduled for the weekend of March 21 through March 23 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. Admission and parking are free, making it a wonderful weekend option for those interested or engaged in home and gardening projects of all shapes and sizes. .

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Progress in the Parks Longmont has been hauling a long wet road since September. When floodwaters basically cut the city in half, the first repairs that followed were to major roadways and bridges. Though some were completed quickly other will take more time yet. A full recovery could be years in its realization. In the meantime, the City of Longmont has been plugging away at the city’s parks and greenways, working to reopen those that have been cut-off or closed.

According to a press release issued by the city, “the Golden Ponds Park areas, the St. Vrain Greenway west of Hover Street, the Lykins Gulch Greenway, and Left Hand Greenway from Hover Street to Main Street” were set to officially re-open to the public on Feb. 14 with Roger’s Grove Park and Fairgrounds Lake soon to follow on Feb. 17. In light of the continuing work, here is a listing of the status of Longmont parks and greenways, courtesy

of the city’s flood information page, The page also contains information on roads and bridges, golf courses, water drainage and supply, and sewers. Though this information is current at the time of publication, it is subject to change, so be sure to check for updates.

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NOW OPEN. Extensive damage around the eastern pond in Golden Ponds will keep this por tion of trail closed until the spillway at the southeast corner is rebuilt - likely in 2015.

Roger’s Grove Park

Temporary closure beginning January 24 and lasting 10-14 days for construction (depending on weather) to restore soft-surface trails and edging, as well as re-set an Ar t in Public Places piece, “Waterline”. The Discovery Trail path will be repaired April - Sept. 2014.

Izaak Walton Park

Many areas of the park are open. The nor th and south sides of the fishing pond are closed. Repairs include fishing pond, soft surface paths and the irrigation system. The repair of the pond will occur in conjunction with the St. Vrain River Channel Rehabilitation.

Kanemoto Park

Many areas of the park are open; however, the pool, Tower of Compassion and pedestrian bridge to Left Hand Greenway are all closed. Additional areas will be closed when needed for repair work. Flood recovery work at the park will occur in phases and includes the design and rebuild of the irrigation pump station in a new location, repairing irrigation lines, restoring path lighting, replacing concrete paths, replacing the water feature, and stabilizing the creek banks (par t of overall creek channel repairs). The irrigation pump station design and lighting repairs are currently underway.

Button Rock Preserve Trails and Recreation

The preserve is completely closed to public access while crews continue essential work to restore water supply infrastructure in the area. Replacement and repair of hiking trails and recreational facilities (restrooms, signage, parking lot, fishing pier) will follow critical water supply infrastructure repairs.

Dickens Farm Park

Closed. Due to impacts to the river and ponds at the park site, the design will need to be redone. This work will occur in conjunction with St. Vrain River Channel rehabilitation.

Willow Farm Park

NOW OPEN. The play structure next to creek is closed. Work includes stabilizing the creek bank and restoring the surfacing under the play structure.

Valley Park

NOW OPEN. Repairs to the concrete path around the playground will occur in Jan. - June 2014.

Left Hand Creek Park

NOW OPEN. Repair and reseeding of the multi-use field will occur star ting in Q2 2014. Repairs to the discovery trail will occur in April - Sept. 2014.

SHELTER REPAIRS: Kanemoto South 119th Street Trailhead County Line Road Trailhead Boston Avenue, west of S. Pratt Parkway

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These shelters will not be available for rental until fur ther notice. To see a list of available park recreation shelters, visit




St. Vrain Greenways Golden Ponds to Roger’s Grove

NOW OPEN. This section is open west of Hover Street. The Hover Street underpass will remain closed until repairs are complete at Roger’s Grove, east of Hover Street. Users should expect future temporary closures of this re-opened area as flood repairs and restoration effor ts continue.

Roger’s Grove at Pedestrian Bridge to Sunset Street


Sunset Street to Boston Avenue


Boston Avenue to Pratt Parkway


East side of Pratt Parkway to west side of Main Street


Main Street to Harvest Junction Shopping Center

Closed. This section of trail will be repaired with the Main Street Bridge Upgrade.

Harvest Junction to Left Hand Creek


Left Hand Creek to Dry Creek/County Line Road


Dry Creek/County Line Road to Sandstone Ranch


Left Hand Greenway Longmont-to-Boulder (LoBo) Regional Trail

The LoBo Trail begins at the west end of Left Hand Greenway, upstream from Hover Street. The LoBo Trail is managed by Boulder County. They are currently working on redesign of this damaged section connecting to Left Hand Greenway. For more information, email

Hover Street to Main Street

This section is on schedule to open early February 2014.

Main Street to St. Vrain Creek

Design and re-construction of concrete path, irrigation and landscaping.

Lykins Gulch Greenway Golden Ponds to Airpor t Road


A goose swims in a pre-flood Golden Ponds waterway.




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