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Food trucks redefine food on the go ...................................12


Vegetative roofs take ‘Green’ to a whole new level .......................30


Makers/Hackers bring DIY tech to mainstream....................22


STEM schools aim high..............45



Fall home improvement ............. 10

Fireball run comes to Longmont .................................... 57

Tips for winterizing your garden ................................... 8


Reviews, area book clubs and events ................................... 18 Local music scene and where to watch it live ................. 21 Picasso’s brings specialty gourmet to Longmont................................ 36


Quilters bring comfort ................ 61 Day trips that won’t break the bank............................. 62


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What’s Trending Now? Trends come and trends go by their very nature. Ironically, the word ‘trending’ has become a trend of its own. One that’s likely to stick around awhile by the looks of things, and I did look at things. Enter ‘trending’ into your favorite search engine, the number of entries is kind of astounding. Every major news entity has a section devoted to it. Social media will tell you all about it, just ask those ubiquitous hash tags. There are even stand alone websites devoted to what’s trending and where. If you’re a culture junkie or a marketing magnate, it’s a way to stay on top of what’s hot; the topics, products and events du jour. In this edition, we take a closer look at some of the more lasting trends that have popped up nationwide and how they’ve made an appearance in Longmont. From food to art to urban planning, trends affect our retail and social habits, some of them becoming ingrained in the threads of our lives. Look at ‘smart’ phones, Facebook,Twitter, Netflix...the cronut. (You’ll want to look that last one up if you haven’t seen it yet. It may be wishful thinking on my part, but I’ll probably be the first person in line if it arrives here.) For most of us, our mobile devices are like a noisy little electronic appendage that enable our sick facetwit and Candy Crush habits. I congratulate those holdouts among us. Fight the good fight brothers. Some of the trends I’ve tried to cover here, much like the smart phone, have become implanted in communities and lives nation-wide, some are just coming into their own and some are just burgeoning ideas, but all have found a place in Longmont. You’ll be hard pressed to find a city without at least a handful of food trucks, but smaller communities are just beginning to realize their potential. Vegetative “green” roofs are just beginning their march across the country, and Longmont is already preparing to take part. In education, STEM is the word of the hour and the St. Vrain Valley has an incredibly innovative approach that’s ahead of the curve in many ways. Complementary of the STEM movement, Maker/Hacker groups are encouraging the general public to get immersed hands first in creating technology, offering instruction, resources and feedback. Longmont is lucky in that while most hacker/maker groups are centered around highly populated urban areas, we have one right in town. So then I encourage you to take a look at what’s new, Longmont. Don’t be timid - get out there and jump right in. Maybe you’ll start a trend of your own. - Misty Kaiser CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Finally, frost is threatening the garden, and we can turn our thoughts to putting it to bed for winter. But like an overactive toddler, getting the landscape ready for bed involves more than a few minutes of your time. The last half of October is a crucial time to do a few chores, prepping the plants and sprinkler systems for chilly, dry days. Here is a short list of a few tasks for you to put on the “must-do” list before the ground freezes and winter arrives.

Mulch your trees and perennials. To keep moisture in the soil and prevent frost heaving, a bit of mulch goes a long way. Use organic mulch such as shredded bark or wood chips, spreading it in a three- to fourinch layer in a two-foot area around the plant. More is not better; avoid piling it up by the mound against tree trunks. Such “mulch volcanoes” encourage varmints to nest against the trunk, where they gnaw the bark, or it holds water against the tree and encourages disease. Keep a two-inch


Just as proper hygiene helps ward off colds and flu, a good cleaning will keep gardens healthy. Many pests spend winter in old plant debris, ready to attack in spring. Thwart these unwanted guests by getting rid of garden debris, whisking away hiding places that protect them from the cold. Some fungi survive on diseased plants or weeds through the winter, especially viruses. Remove as many weeds as possible, clean out the dead plants, and pick up fallen leaves.

Blow out sprinkler lines. Keep your system safe, follow these tips from the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado ( • Wrap your backflow preventer for as long as you keep your system operational. If you haven’t winterized your system when temperatures are due to dip, swaddle the backflow device with R13 building insulation or towels, three to four inches thick, wrapping the pipe all the way to the ground. Cover it all with plastic, then secure it with duct tape. • Once you put the landscape to bed, winterize the system by shutting off the water and draining the lines. Most systems in Colorado require blowout, but a few have manual or auto drains to remove water. Should you have one of these, consider blowing out the system anyway, since lines settle over time and low spots often develop that hold water. • Have your system blown out by LONGMONT TIMES-CALL LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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professionals with an air compressor; most home compressors don’t get enough pressure, leaving lines filled with water. Make your appointment soon; as the month wears on, companies get busy, especially when the temperatures start dropping. The $50 to $100 service can save you problems during the deep freezes of January and February.

Winterize the lawn. Disease-causing fungi invade the turf early in the season, living off food made by the grass. Colonizing the soft new growth of lawns in spring, late summer problems actually begin just when the plant starts actively growing. Research at Colorado State University has shown that early season fertilization of lawns encourages both diseases by pushing growth of young leaves. Before you can worry over your first mowing, the fungi have invaded the plant. One way to cheat the diseases is to change how you manage the lawn by giving it a shot of late season fertilizer in early November. Because it slowly feeds the grass and lasts through spring, a winterizer should be used now. Then go with your regular-strength balanced fertilizer once in early May, once in June, and again in early September. Carol O’Meara is with Colorado State University Extension in Boulder County. Colorado State University Extension provides unbiased, researchbased information about consumer and family issues, horticulture, natural resources, agriculture and 4-H youth development. For more information, visit the web site at www.ext.colostate. edu/index.html.



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Home care projects to give you peace of mind this winter By Emma Castleberry With colder days and the first snowfall fast approaching, it’s time to put some preventive work into your home in order to avoid costly winter problems later in the season. Simple tasks such as adding cleaning gutters, adding weather stripping, and insulating pipes can prevent much more expensive damage down the line, as well as the difficulty and inconvenience of dealing with them after the snow begins to fall. According to Home and Garden Television (HGTV) ( html) one of the first steps is an important, but widely disliked, task: clean your gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to “ice damming” which in turn causes gutters to overflow leading to possible water seepage into the ceiling or walls. In addition to exterior home preparation, there are several small indoor tasks that can save you grief this winter. Caulk cracks in the siding of a home and use outlet seals (which you can find at any hardware or home improvement store) to stop small leaks around your outlets. The importance of functional weather stripping cannot be 8 SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2013


overstated. Check all windows and doors for worn out weather stripping and add or replace it as needed. Don’t forget the garage door. A rubber seal on the bottom prevents melting snow, as well as icy drafts, from entering the garage. Butch Vernon, owner and CEO of Budget Home Center in Longmont, says windows should be at the top of your priority list this fall. “The main idea is to save energy costs,” Vernon said. “Your biggest energy eater for heat in fall, winter and early spring is leaky windows.” Vernon offers several solutions to this problem. “There are several things I would suggest that you look at,” he said. “One is possible replacement. The new windows that are available now are a lot more energy efficient. If you can’t afford new windows, the next best thing is storm windows.” Storm windows are mounted on the front trim of your house, over the existing window. This creates dead air space and insulation in between the storm window and the original window, explains Vernon. “The third thing you can do that’s less expensive is a stretch film that you can put on the trim of the window,” he adds. Vernon warns that with the decrease in cost comes a decrease in effectiveness for preventing leaks. A concern many homeowners have with the approaching winter season is pipes potentially freezing and cracking or bursting. Vernon says this is one of the most



common problems he’s encountered in home care. “The most common thing that breaks in a house is the outside spigots or faucets,” he said. “It just takes a pinhole

type area to cause a little cold air to get into that faucet and freeze it up and it splits and causes a water leak.” Vernon advises thorough caulking around the faucet and potentially covering the faucet with a foam cap or electric heat tape. Keeping your home’s interior temperature at 65 degrees and above will also help keep pipes running smoothly during the winter. Outside the home, lawns and gardens will need a lot of care in the fall if they are to fare well over the winter. Colorado lawns can be a little tricky to maintain with our wildly fluctuating temperatures and unpredictable weather, but winter distress can be combatted by spreading fertilizer, aerating, raking and winter watering. Be wary of the fertilizer; it should be spread evenly and only in the recommended amount. Though it is important to follow the given instructions, Vernon of Budget Home Center also emphasizes the importance of fertilizing at this time of year. “It’s the best time of year to feed your grass,” he said. “Most of the research finds that fall fertilization is probably the most beneficial.” Aeration, or removing evenly spaced plugs of soil, provides an easier pathway for air, water and nutrients to reach tender grass roots. Aerating can be one of the most beneficial and affordable types of fall lawn care. Vernon says aeration is particularly important in Colorado. “In our clay soils around this part of the country, aera-


tion is a big deal,” he said. “If we get a lot of snow, the moisture will go into the soil instead of running off.” You can rent a motorized or manual aerator at Budget Home Center or your local home improvement store. Aerators that remove a core of soil are preferred over options that just drive holes into the ground. There is little difference in the results acquired with manual equipment when compared with motorized. While the motorized aerator might save you a little time, it is also heavy equipment and requires a bit more upper body strength to control. However, if your yard is very large, it might be a better option. Speak with the professionals before you choose to determine what best suits your situation. Another thing most homeowners don’t consider when it comes to fall/winter lawn and garden maintenance is winter watering. During very dry winters, plants may require supplemental watering to prevent root damage. The Colorado State University Extension (www.ext.colostate. edu/pubs/garden/07211.html) recommends the following; • Water only when air and soil temperatures are above 40 degrees fahrenheit with no snow cover. • Established large trees have a root spread equal to or greater than the height of the tree. Apply water to the most critical part of the root zone within the dripline. The timing should be exactly opposite of what is advisable during the summer months; water at the peak warmth of the day to prevent ice build up and excessive freezing. Just be sure to disconnect water hoses before nighttime temperatures fall. From windows to faucets to lawns, there are many areas of the home that need tending to prepare them for winter. Whether you decide to complete one or all of these projects, your home and garden will be better off for it, now and in the coming spring.





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Food Tr ucks in Longmont Ser ve Up Good Eats and Good Times

Story by Jolie Breeden Photos by David Jennings


Once upon a time, the lowly food truck was the bastion of construction workers, city dwellers, and others with limited time, but no more. These days food trucks are more fun than functional and for folks looking for a moveable feast, Longmont is heaven on wheels. The appeal of food trucks has been has been on the rise for more than a decade and with good reason. Across the nation, many of the rolling kitchens have transformed from greasy to gourmet and gained a following of foodies along the way. It was perhaps no surprise, then, that the love of food trucks eventually parked itself in Longmont. It all

started about three years ago with the griddled tacos and gorditas of the Comida truck. “I was literally the first food truck when I started,” said restaurant entrepreneur Rayme Rossello, who helped start Proto’s pizza before she bought the hot pink truck. “I really did want to start a restaurant. I thought a food truck would be more manageable. I had no idea it was going to make me cry for the first year.” The tears were tears of frustration. Rossello had a great food, an amazing truck, and—as a native of New York—a good sense of the business. What she didn’t have was Boulder County’s blessing to operate it. “The biggest challenge was having a food truck and no way to license it,” Rossello said. “They didn’t know what provision to put food trucks under, so they just said no.” If Rossello had taken that no for an answer, Longmont might have a

very different food truck ratio today. Instead, she worked through the bureaucracy and about a year later, she—and everyone else—was ready to hit the road. In what may have been a turn of food truck karma, it wasn’t long before Rossello found an opportunity to open a stationary version of Comida in Prospect. Soon she’ll have a Denver location, as well. Even with two brick-and-mortar businesses, however, the truck is still cruising—and more likely to keep heading down the road because of them. “The food truck alone didn’t work,” Rossello said. “We really had a to make a living $3 at a time. Now the restaurant feeds the food truck and the truck is this really great extension of the restaurant.” Oskar Blues gets similar roamingrestaurant use out of its truck, the Bonewagon. The difference is that the Oskar Blues brand was firmly in

Everything from green chilé to peanut butter makes an appearance at the Twin Peaks Food Truck Festival.

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place before they began pounding the pavement. That helped their barnstormin’ smokateria, as the truck is called, avoid some common the pitfalls of the food truck business—especially trying to build brand recognition while constantly on the move. “This was basically an up and coming thing and we wanted to throw our hat into the ring,” said Bonewagoneer Bart Dickerson. “That’s been a big blessing, having the OB label on there.” The Bonewagon makes about 21 stops a week and can also be found anywhere from weddings to golf tournaments to festivals. Because it’s everywhere, it’s great advertising for the brick-and-mortar locations too, Dickerson said. “You’re basically driving a big billboard around,” he said. “It helps us reach out to people.” For smaller vendors without storefronts, though, reaching out is just one of many roadblocks to running a food truck. Others include gasoline and generator fuel costs, commissary fees, truck maintenance, event fees, and finding places to set up shop. Owners also have to get creative when the weather starts to cool off. “We make a lot of money with


the festivals in the summer, but that’s only a short time.” said Tracy Ray, who started the pork-centric A Savour Affair earlier this year. “Right now, I’m Prospect Eats always draws a crowd.

trying to get into beer dinners at local breweries. That’s my winter plan.” Obstacles aside, a food truck can be on the road for about a quarter of the cost it takes to open a traditional restaurant. Perhaps that’s why Boulder county mobile vendor permits jumped from just over a hundred in 2011 (when they were first offered) to more than 150 at last count just this year. “We have seen an increase in the number of mobile units over the last several years,” wrote Lane


Drager of Boulder County Public Health. “It would be fair to say that the number in Longmont has grown during that time.” Not surprisingly, it’s hard to pin down just how many trucks are operating in Longmont on a given day. Longmont, though, is a better place than most to hitch up a food wagon. Not only does the have a wealth of mobile food vendors, it also boasts two weekly truck-centered events—Prospect Eats in the Prospect neighborhood and the Food Truck Fest at Twin Peaks Mall. Both events feature live music and a fleet of trucks dishing out everything from tacos to falafel to outrageously topped waffles. With throngs of people eating and having fun, it’s like a


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culinary fair twice a week. “It’s great, everybody is smiling and it’s a great vibe,” said Kevin Curtis, who coordinates the Prospect event with his wife, Sarah. “It’s like having a big family picnic every Monday.” Prospect Eats, which is held in the neighborhood’s Downtown Park, was blazing a food truck festival trail when it started three years ago. Then it was to way to bring people into the community and call attention to businesses, Curtis said.

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Today it draws anywhere from 900 to 1,500 people in good weather and provides a service to both customers and vendors. “[Food truck owners] are always trying to find a good venue, and its not easy,” Curtis said. “We’re lucky we have the location we do, it’s kind of idyllic.” Jeremy Easton, who owns the Waffle Cakes truck with his wife Robyn, couldn’t agree more—that’s why he decided to start the Twin Peaks Food Truck Fest. While Waffle Cakes is a staple of the Prospect event, there’s still a need for Longmont vendors to keep it local, he said. “I love Prospect,” he said. “But it’s only one night a week. We’re Longmont residents but at one point we were doing 80 percent of our business in Denver.” Easton, who runs Waffle Cakes in addition to his full-time job, began looking around for another venue that would keep his waffles closer to home. He got clearance to rally the trucks on mall grounds earlier this year. Response has been good, and Easton said the event will continue—possibly elsewhere—even when the mall revamp begins. He doesn’t profit from his organizing (vendor fees go toward the costs of hosting live music and other expenses) so it’s as much a labor of love as anything else—and in that he’s not alone. “It truly is heart and soul that make these trucks run,” said Dickerson. “It’s about people believing in making great food. They were once known as roach coaches. They’re not that anymore.”





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Patrons take in dinner and a show at the Twin Peaks Food Truck Festival.



Follow that Truck! These days, social media makes it easy to find the food truck you crave.The following is a sampling of just a few of many food trucks in town and how to find them:

Oskar Blues Bonewagon @OBboneWagon

Comida @eatcomida

A Savour Affair A-Savour-Affair/469006633134590 @A_Savour_Affair

Sesame Seed @SesameSeedTruck

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The Replacement

By Brenna Yovanoff

Mackie Doyle lives among the residents of Gentry, but he knows he isn’t one of them. He walks, talks and breathes normal teenage anxiety, but he’s always aware of something more. Something that makes him a stranger. He reacts violently to iron and thus blood and he can’t take a step onto consecrated ground, making his life as a preacher’s son tortuous. When his sister, the only person that makes him feel normal, slips him

a mysterious concoction from a shady source, Mackie is drawn into the world from which he came. A world filled with walking dead girls, freaks like him and The Morrigan, a tattooed little girl who unifies and leads them all. Accepting his origin means learning dark secrets about the town he grew up in and its history of sacrifice for the greater good. As Mackie tries to find his place straddling both worlds, he finds himself in the middle of other conflicts as well. A power struggle between The Morrigan and and her sister, The Lady, plays out in the Underworld, while above ground, he finds himself fascinated by Tate and her strange grief for her dead sister. When he learns that the two problems may be related, what side will Mackie be on and will he decide

FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury

in time? Denver author Brenna Yovanoff has definitely taken some liberties with the lore of the fae, but since the lore itself isn’t often clear, especially where The Morrigan is concerned, it doesn’t really detract. She explores exactly what are people willing to give up to be prosperous, to be happy, to be ‘normal.’ Mackie has a balance of dark and light to his character that underlies the whole story. The dark provides for the light, but does that make it right? Yovanoff deftly handles the delicate ground of the teenage years, emphasizing the human relationships over the fantasy elements. It’s a wonderfully absorbing read, especially as Halloween approaches and you’re looking for something a little spooky. -Misty Kaiser

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Every year in September the American Library Association promotes a week of Literary debauchery known as Banned Books Week. It’s a small way to celebrate our freedom to read books that have been deemed objectionable by one institution or another over the course of the previous year. Of course, this being America and all, they aren’t really banned, so much as frequently challenged, but the point remains. There are books have been on the list since its inception in 1982; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, all favorites of mine, but every year new titles are added to the list based on the number of challenges they receive. Here’s a little factoid for the curious; in the number one spot, earning the dubious title of the most challenged book in America 2012, is the Captain Underpants series. I probably won’t go so far as to pick these up, (though I have provided them to my nephews) but I do try to read at least one book from the list annually. This year I chose Fahrenheit 451. Now, as a fan of both science fiction and Ray Bradbury, I’m ashamed to admit I’ve somehow missed this one, but since I miraculously found a copy at the library, I snatched it up. When I say ‘miraculously’, I’m not exaggerating, this book always seems to be checked out or on hold, which is a statement on its continued resonance. In this fireproof version of our future, firemen are charged with burning books. When fireman Guy Montag begins to question the job, he gets swept up in a personal rebellion with far reaching consequences. Though at first glance it may appear to chastise censors, Bradbury’s real fear isn’t censorship, but that people won’t care when it happens. Citizens will be conditioned to pursue nothing but vapid happiness, for down the path of knowledge “lies melancholy.” The contrast between the decisions of Beatty, the fire chief, and Montag present the extreme ends in a diverging path. On the less challenging path, Beatty lives with his informed but limited definition of happiness, while on the rocky path less chosen, Montag eschews conventional happiness for truth and knowledge. Both have their own problems and virtues, but which is right in the end? There are two sci-fi books that I recommend everyone read; 1984 and now, Fahrenheit 451. Both paint a bleak worstcase picture of what happens when we forfeit our own power as citizens, willingly or not and both have been on the Banned Book List. See them, read them or don’t, the beauty of the celebration is in the choice.

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BOOK CLUBS AND EVENTS The Longmont Book Club

Sept. 28: “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie Part Two

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.

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Sept. 07: “Continental Drift” by Russell Banks Oct. 05: “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner

Third Rocks! Meets every third Saturday of the month at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 21 : “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb

Fourth Edition Meets every fourth Saturday of the month Aug 31: “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie Part One


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I don’t know what FoCo is putting in the water lately, but they should bottle it and sell it. There’s so much talent brewing up there it’s a little hard to believe. In fact, even though I typically try to write about bands that are playing locally, this one is worth the little jaunt out of town. Hearing Fierce Bad Rabbit, you would think there are more than four people involved, the sound is so full and well developed. Even though they’re still prodding around for their place in the indie rock genre where what you leave out is as important as what you leave in, they obviously know how to craft a hook. Alana Rolfe’s viola is a beautiful touch, adding just enough mournful nostalgia to dull the sweetness, like a toothache under sugar. With so many bands today playing out largely on laptop, it’s nice to hear a combo with such a masterful handling of real, solid instruments and good old fashions song craftsmanship. -Misty Kaiser

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And now for something completely different. Gypsy Zombies? Undead polka? I’m kind of at a loss for words with this one, but behind the alter-egos and macabre painted faces, lies some truly enjoyable, if bizarrely themed, music. Like Gogol Bordello, and other local favorites Devotchka, an overdeveloped sense of flair for the theatrical delivers a unique show experience. And I do have a soft spot for a well handled accordion. The band is fronted by the Governor Mortimer Leech who, along with his fellow band members, miraculously manages to bring polka back from the dead and make it more timely and relevant than any polka I’ve ever heard. The album is a mix of pirate-plunder, drunken waltz, and gypsy parade. This is not your mama’s polish polka record, but you will want hop around to it just the same. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this won’t be for everyone, but for the adventurous, the upcoming show in Longmont will also be a release of their new music video, filmed at The Dickens Opera House, as well as an art exhibit. As for me, I’m definitely intrigued enough to make an appearance. -Misty Kaiser

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Story by L. L. Charles Tinkermill photos by Paul Litman SparkFun photos provided by Sparkfun Electronics There’s a grassroots movement going on here. Have you noticed? While the majority of us appear to be obsessed with celebrity bling and baby bumps, there are groups of hobbyists, tinkers, students and visionaries who are getting together and reclaiming the idea of “making things” for themselves. They are challenging our status as mere consumers and becoming handson producers. They are the Makers, and this is the Maker movement. From London to Longmont, these free spirits are making us rethink how innovation happens, and how things – the objects we use every day - are made. The Maker community has been a cultural phenomenon since the first hackerspaces, workshops and fab labs

d around d 2006. 2006 These Th appeared community work spaces have become the hubs for a growing number of “hackers” who are innovating off the grid, in a new collaborative model that is all about sharing ideas, resources and knowledge. The movement embraces new technologies along with the traditional, resulting in intriguing hybrids, such as textiles with embedded digital components.

Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Fe Festival in 2010, Dale Dougherty, the fo founder and editor of Make Magazine an the first Maker Faire, said that and “m “making things” and shaping the world ar around us was part of our national cu culture. “We need to teach kids to be makers of things instead of just co consumers of things,” he said, extolling th virtues of discovery through playful the ex experimentation. He recalled thinking th with all the different technophiles, that, ar artists, hackers and crafters who were re reading his magazine, “Wouldn’t if be fun to put all these people together” to see what happens? Thus was born the very first Maker Faire in 2006 in San Mateo, California. Now in its eighth year, the flagship Faire brings in tens of thousands of attendees each year. There are now over 120 Maker Faires internationally, including this fall’s local debut of Mini Maker Faire in Loveland on Saturday, October 5.

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There are Maker meetups all across the nation. At Nerd Nite Detroit, they call it Hacknologic (“Nerd It, Make it, Wire It, Smash it, Glue It.”) In Dallas, they are presenting a Space Hacker workshop for people interested in working in the emerging citizen space industry. The Denver Makers group, which started in 2009, sees up to 50 people at its regular meetings. Co-founder Mike Stanczyk, a programmer by profession, says that the Denver Makers has even had an economic impact on the community. “We’ve seen many new com-

panies get started with makers and the Club Workshop (Denver hackerspace). We also have seen many products launched on Kickstarter, successfully and not. Many people can’t find a service or product they want, at a price they can afford, so they make it themselves and offer it.” Longmont’s maker community is coming together at Tinkermill, a new 3,000-square-foot hackerspace in the Twin Peaks Mall. The group has only been together for a few months and is in the early stages of building out its workspace and taking tool donations. Tinkermill hosts an open house

every Tuesday night from 7 to 9 pm to introduce the new space and meet future members. Lindsay Levkoff, who co-founded the group with tech executive Scott Converse, says, “Right off the bat, we had ten people coming to our meetings, then fifteen, then twenty. So we said ‘Let’s get going.’” Levkoff is also the Director of Education for Sparkfun Electronics, a local company that employs up to 140 people “and 40 dogs,” she says with a laugh.

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SparkFun is a fascinating online retail store bursting with all the electronic pieces and parts you need to make a frequency generator, a robot or a cool LED thingamajig. Product information, pictures and instructions are easy to find. Buyers can be anybody from a six-year-old beginner to a NASA-level engineer who is prototyping a project. What they all share is the drive to learn and create. “People feel empowered. They find an inspiration and they want to do something about it,” says Lindsay Levkoff. “It used to be difficult to even get a project started. We are helping to level that playing field by providing the pieces and the knowledge.” Down on the production floor, a robot nicknamed Marvin Starscream is placing miniscule electronic parts onto a pre-printed circuit board at dizzying speed. When finished, the circuit board will be packaged as a kit with instructions and shipped out to customers as

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he next frontier in green building is higher than the eye can see – on the tops of buildings. Roofs are sprouting vegetation, and it is helping the environment. Two Longmont companies are involved in the green, or vegetative, roof movement: Roof Check Inc., and Colorado Materials, Inc.

Roof Check Inc. of Longmont Tina Cain is Project Manager/Estimator, of Roof Check Inc., a roofing company her parents started almost 30 years ago. They favor products considered to be sustainable solutions for roofs, such as solar shingles and reflective materials that help save energy. “We are fairly new to the vegetative roofing market,” Cain says. “We have a team of certified green installers and are educating our employees how to install it and to bid on green roof projects.” The installers are certified by LiveRoof, a vegetative roof system provider with years of experience. LiveRoof installers are trained by LiveRoof licensed growers who are horticulture specialists in the area.” While awaiting the opportunity to install a large LiveRoof system in Colorado, Roof Check Inc. has experimented with vegetative roofing through community projects. Last year they created for the Colorado Green Building Guild and donated to


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the Boulder Peace Garden a children’s playhouse like no other. It was constructed with a green roof and other environmentally friendly features, like a PVC membrane made from 100 percent recyclable content, sheet metal completely fabricated inhouse using Energy Star rated metal products, and a Grey Water System on the side of the playhouse taking the rain from the gutters down the installed rain chain feature to a bucket. There the kids could pump the water out of the bucket and back up to moisten their vegetative roof system. “We have many resources available to the public here at our office, if they are interested,” she says. “Green roofs are increasing in LONGMONT TIMES-CALL LONGMONT MAGAZINE


Colorado Materials. Inc. of Longmont Colorado Materials, Inc. is a supplier of landscape materials for homeowners, landscapers of all sizes, and municipalities. They produce their own nutrient-rich compost on site with no artificial fillers. President Chris Kerr announced in July that his company is now an authorized blending facility for Skyland USA’s Rooflite certified green roof media, serving Colorado and part of Wyoming. These Rooflite products have been installed in more than 800 projects and seven million square feet of green roofs across North America. .

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The days are long gone of only being able to purchase classic kitchen staples at your local grocery store, thanks to specialty shops like Longmont’s own Picasso’s Olive Oil Company. Opening in April of this year, owner Sonja Giglotti brings an eclectic and worldwide selection of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, sea salts, healthy teas, and a variety of other similar products to the local community through her

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2055 Ken Pratt Blvd Suite B storefront. No stranger to the industry, Giglotti relocated to Longmont from her home in seasonal Pinetop, Arizona once she discovered the northern Colorado town was lacking a store of this kind. In the market for an area that would bring in business year-round, Giglotti has been in the olive oil business for nearly four years and continues to to attend seminars and take classes to

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more than a century surely has its benefits, as Giglotti’s store offers a bold selection of gourmet oils (like the heavenly truffle oil), dark balsamic vinegars, wine vinegars, and over 60 extra-virgin olive oils from around the world. Something else that sets Picasso’s products apart from your standard grocery store selection is the fact that Giglotti chooses her oils and vinegars based upon testing results performed by the University of California - Davis’ Olive Oil Center. One of the largest testing labs in the nation, the Center has high standards for testing the sensory quality of olive oil and only certifies those that are the cream of the crop, so to speak. For that reason, Giglotti confidently states “the olive oil and vinegars carried in my store are the finest quality you will find in the U.S.” Perhaps one reason for the increasing demand for shops that focus on olive oils, vinegars, and other similar products like Picasso’s is the

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a healthy nervous system, reduce bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, lessen the risk of breast cancer, aid in good digestion, moisturize the skin and strengthen fingernails. Giglotti’s Longmont storefront

offers more than just a wide selection of the finest and top-quality oils and vinegars from around the world. She also carries pestos, Italian sea salts, a selection of dipping spices, gourmet mustards, locally made salsas, chut-

neys, soaps, health-conscious chocolates, and relishes. A personal hobby of the shop owner is raising Alpacas, in which she carries handmade, readyto-wear items made directly from their beautiful fiber. For the olive oil enthusiast, or those just interested in seeing what the hype is all about, Giglotti will be putting on several events and classes in the near future that will offer people tastings and an inside look at the industry. For more information check her website or send an email to Although only a Longmont presence for four months, Giglotti is succeeding in bringing the community into the world of gourmet olive oils and vinegars through her diverse, universal selection and personal interest in the products.

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By Dominique Del Grosso As summer vacation—a time for family trips, relaxation and soaking up the sun—wanes, it’s that time of year again: back to school. Changing up your family’s schedule to master the early morning rush, homework woes and bedtime battles can be daunting. And, knowing how to execute the steps of creating a routine that will work for your family may seem impossible. But, taking charge of the back to school routine doesn’t have to feel like a battle. In fact, with a bit of prep, organization and focus, you’re bound to experience a smooth transition into the fall months.

PARENTAL CONTROL Kids follow their example, so it’s up to parents to set, reevaluate if necessary and stick to the back to

school routine. Kim Wolinski, (“Dr. DeClutter”), an author, speaker, priority coach and professional organizer based in Longmont, says for a successful transition like back to school, it’s essential that parents set expectations, timelines and most importantly, follow through. “Routines are paramount for all of us, but especially for children. You have to set the schedule, that becomes ‘routine,’ for time to get up in the morning, breakfast time, off to school, after school activities, homework, dinner preparation and cleanup, chores and bedtime to make sure that they get all of their ‘to dos’ done and get the sleep they need to function effectively throughout their busy, learning days,” she says. Some big mistakes parents make when helping their children transition from summer break to the

school year grind is by not providing structure to each day, being inconsistent, insufficiently preparing, and not encouraging independence in the wake-up/bedtime routine, Wolinski says. When setting the back to school structure for your child, simply talk with them first. Talk through what the week will be like, what to expect or the upcoming day’s schedule and explain to them what events will take place. “If a child is told ‘the plan’ for the next day each evening, to ready their mind for the next day, it helps them get ready internally, so, no major surprises occur,” she says. Talking it through can help with consistency, as it sets the stage for what’s to come. Routine and consistency go hand in hand, and getting your child in the routine of talking about daily expectations will encourage their level of interest and active

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participation. Beth Firestein, a psychologist based in Loveland, agrees that talking with children make a significant impact on their back to school attitude. “For young students, it is helpful to talk in positive and excited ways about the upcoming school year beginning about one month prior to the start of school,” she says. “Don’t go overboard, but present the return to school as something the kids can look forward to.” Consistency can also encourage independence. Teaching children to ready their school supplies the night before, select their school outfit if necessary, pack their lunch, etc., will also contribute to the easy flow of the transition. Once a child knows what is necessary to ready for the coming day, they can execute these tasks on their own. Wolinski encourages parents to use these transition tips, too: • Have frequent family meetings to discuss weekly schedules, homework rules and updates, expectations and chores, etc. • Purchase a family calendar or planner so there can be a visual reference, too. • Create time charts: homework, (list of assignemtns with reward sections), after-school chart (expectations for activities or how time should be spent after school) and chore chart. • Schedule a get-acquainted meeting with your child’s teacher. • Visit the school. Ask to see the classroom and help your child find the way to restrooms, the

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lunchroom or cafeteria, gym, playground, etc. • Talk positively about their school and their upcoming school experience. Share your positive learning experiences and let your child know that you value education.

MORNING AND NIGHT WOES Getting out of bed in the morning isn’t always easy. Sleeping always feels like the more comfortable option than dragging our bodies through the early morning routine. And, children generally feel no different. “When kids have trouble getting out of bed on their own in the morning, are grouchy, and/or have irritable or moody behavior during the day, it’s very likely that they need more sleep,” Wolinski says. “Ideally, children should consistently go to bed at the same time every night and rise the same time every morning.” Helping your children wind down can be a challenge. But, using the tactics of consistency and preparation can help you and your children achieve the necessary calm to drift into a peaceful sleep. Sticking to a consistent bedtime and can be tough to manage in the throws of daily life. But, it is possible. Adjusting a child’s internal clock from summer break to LONGMONT TIMES-CALL LONGMONT MAGAZINE

early morning routine can be done abruptly, but it won’t be pretty or in anyone’s best interest. “Make the transition back to early to bed and early to rise a gradual process,” Wolinski says. To ease children to the school year sleep schedule, Wolinski recommends: • Move bedtime up by 15 to 30 minutes one week before school starts. • Consistently wake up earlier during the week before school starts. • Motivate children to get out of bed by creating fun reasons for them to get going. • Help children to have homework complete at least an hour before bed. • Prepare supplies for upcoming day. • Have a consistent bedtime that everyone knows. • Warn children five to ten minutes before they need to get ready for bed so they can wrap up what they’re doing. • Have quiet activities before bed. (Limit television, video games and computer time). • Avoid caffeinated and sugary drinks and foods in the late afternoon and evening. • No cell phones at bedtime. Keep them out of the child’s room all together. • Teach your children relaxation techniques to help them relax and fall asleep. For more tips and information about how to declutter your life, routine or transition, please visit: drdeclutter. com


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with careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and to effectively solve tomorrow’s problems, St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) has emerged as not only a player in the field of STEM education, but a national leader.


“When you look at predictions, they’re saying in 25 years, 75 percent of new jobs will be STEM-related,” said Regina Renaldi, assistant superintendent of priority programs, SVVSD. “You don’t have to tell (students) what (they’re) going to be, but if we at least expose them to those kinds of

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future job opportunities, we’re helping kids to be ready for their futures. I am looking to make certain the kids in St. Vrain have every opportunity and then some that kids would have in the world around us.” With forward-thinking vision and plans, SVVSD has landed some significant federal grants that have al-

Academy at Skyline High School. STEM Academy’s mission is to “help students realize their potential for success in STEM careers by supporting their exploration of STEM related fields, by encouraging the development of 21st century skills, and by providing them with a head start in pursuing their post-secondary educa-

Another piece of the STEM puzzle aims to more smoothly bridge the gap to career and college readiness through the new Innovation Center at Skyline, where students do actual work and get paid for it, bringing together industry and education, a relationship that has proven and continues to prove vital to STEM growth

lowed the district to open its doors to offering STEM opportunities throughout an entire feeder system within the district, and even beyond. When SVVSD was awarded the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant in 2010, it was the top scoring applicant, placing first of the 49 grant recipients (out of 1700 applicants), giving the district what Renaldi calls “a big start” in growing STEM in the district. The i3 grant led to the much larger, $16 million Race to the Top (RTTT) federal grant, a four-year grant effective January 2013 through January 2017. RTTT is completely STEM-focused. The focus school/school of choice initiative has been strong in SVVSD, and includes a STEM

tion.” Through RTTT, the entire Skyline feeder system – from preschool on up – is in the process of adapting a STEM-based curriculum, with STEM coordinators at each school. “Not just any student, all students in all of our elementary schools in the whole Skyline feeder,” Renaldi said. “Kids will be exposed all the way through the system and staffs will be aligned all the way through so that they’re promoting and extending the thinking for those kiddos.” STEM curriculum is also being introduced to Indian Peaks and Northridge elementary schools, with plans to expand STEM through those feeder systems as well.

and success in SVVSD. Through the Innovation Center, students can apply what they’ve learned in a real-world setting. “We’ve hired some current Skyline High School students to do some summer work and that’s the exciting piece, is now they’re really getting exited – they can work within the Innovation Center and get paid and now they’re using their intellectual property and their understanding of this process to really solve some problems,” said Patricia Quinones, executive director, Innovation and Race to the Top. “It’s really meaningful and relevant. They can put in on their resumes.” “I think this is happening in

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other schools, but I don’t think it’s as systematic or as intentional as it is in the Skyline feeder,” Renaldi said. “I think we’re engaging kids we may not have engaged and gotten to the table.” Among its business relationships, SVVSD has found a strong, like-minded partner in IBM; this partnership prompted a recent visit from the White House. “Business has been looking for a way for years to give back to education,” Renaldi said. “All we’ve asked for is a check, and while I’m certainly not turning down those resources, there is certainly more to this relationship…there are brilliant experts out there that we’re not tapping, and education has to be better at that if we’re going to be successful in a changing world.” “This is a partnership of equals,” said Bradford O. Brooks, Ph.D., IBM Fellow, Corporate Environmental


Affairs & Product Safety Manager, Toxicology and Chemical Management. “IBM and SVVSD are equally passionate and innovative about the future of education. The best way to determine the future is to create it. There is a very innovative teaching

When you look at predictions, they’re saying in 25 years, 75 percent of new jobs will be STEM-related.

- Regina Renaldi, assistant superintendent of priority programs, SVVSD. staff at SVVSD; we have found some of the most innovative and committed staff. The education of our future workforce is vital.”


Dr. Brooks has been involved with Innovation Academy for a Smarter Planet, a unique, multi-year partnership between IBM and SVVSD that brings in young elementary students and middle school students for two weeks during the summer to work on design process challenges; he also was one of three IBM executives to serve on the design team for the new Spark! Discovery Preschool, a comprehensive STEM preschool program in the Carbon Valley area. “An introduction to STEM early on changes the expectation of the students themselves, what their expectations are for the future of their education,” Dr. Brooks said. “STEM teaches critical thinking skills, disciplined thinking that is clear and concise.” Dr. Brooks notes that while children and parents are viewed as the primary consumers of education, “business is also a consumer.


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Spark! Discovery Preschool is housed in the old Frederick Elementary building. Photos by Jonathan Castner.

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Spark! Discovery Preschool head of school Paige Gordon.

We want students who are able to be instantly integrated. We will consume the deliverables of that education. We can get involved with educational content and delivery.” In collaboration with IBM, Skyline will house a P-TECH (pathways to technology careers), making it the first “school within a school” west of Chicago, and the first P-TECH that IBM is going to open. Within the Innovation Center, there will be a P-TECH in three years. If a student chooses to take the P-TECH route, he or she can earn two years of college credit while in high school and then land an internship, preparing them to walk out the door either ready for a job, or well positioned for further college education. “We’re trying to say to every student, ‘if you want to go to a four-year college and take the STEM Academy pathway, or if you want to take the P-TECH pathway and work with your

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local community college and us to get you an internship, your needs can be met in our community of learning,” Renaldi said. SVVSD also works closely with the engineering programs at the University of Colorado. PhD fellows work within the Skyline feeder schools, creating STEM lessons and working with students. Skyline has a guaranteed agreement with CU College of Engineering that dictates if a student graduates with a high school diploma and a STEM certification, applies to CU and gets admitted, that student has a guaranteed spot in a school of engineering or computer science program. SVVSD also works with CU on curriculum and professional development; the collaboration and backward planning have impacted some of the things CU does with freshmen because of the skills and experience freshmen are bringing with them out of high school. LONGMONT TIMES-CALL LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Administrators, educators and business professionals agree that the benefits of a STEM education from an early age are many, regardless of whether a students plans to become an engineer, an artist or a physician. “We have a responsibility to introduce our kids to this concept,” Renaldi said. “It’s not about ‘you have to be an engineer,’ it’s about the fact that we’re giving you a problem solving tool in the design thinking process that you can use for anything. This will make you a successful citizen more than it will make you an engineer.” “STEM prepares them to look in a problem-solving way,” Dr. Brooks said. “It teaches them a framework to solve tomorrow’s problems. It contributes to a unique world view, a can-do attitude.”



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Choosing an After School Program

By Dominique Del Grosso Photos courtesy of The Place

With a vast array of after school activities, it’s easy for your child’s schedule to quickly fill up. As children grow, the number of activities may decrease as the intensity in one specific activity increases, leaving little room for variety. Sometimes, you might not know where to start when selecting an after school activity for your child. Luckily, you know your kids best. You are keyed into your child’s interests, strengths and talents, and

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to a variety of academic topics, some artistic, scientific, athletic, musical, etc., but many after school programs that foster potential, can come at a steep financial, time and commitment cost. With these factors at stake, knowing how to direct your child’s attention after school hours can be tricky. However, in the Longmont community, after school programs through local recreation services or youth pro-

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grams are being offered more readily. Karen Pierce, youth program leader for recreation services in Longmont, oversees an after school program called The Place for students who attend Sunset Middle School and Longs Peak Middle School. The Place is a program offered by the city of Longmont recreation services and is an after school program starting within minutes of the school day’s close and ending at approximately 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. This program provides daily activities, specific clubs and field trips, geared toward students’ preferences and personal interests. “Whether students are interested in attending only specific programs or are interested in being involved on a daily basis, The Place is THE Place to be,” according to The Place website. “We hope to provide our youth with a safe and fun environment that ultimately nurtures their character development and leadership potential,” Pierce says. “By building relationships with kids, we hope to give them


a place where they feel valued and encouraged to achieve success as they experiment and engage with new and unique activities… maybe even to inspire a new life’s passion or two.” At The Place, the children can generally choose to participate in two to three clubs each day. The clubs

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- Karen Pierce, Youth program leader are focused on student interest and range from Sports Club, Arts Club, Community Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Outdoor Club, Cooking Club, Science Club and Hip Hop Club. “These clubs and activities are LONGMONT TIMES-CALL LONGMONT MAGAZINE

largely driven by student interest and feedback with the hope of cultivating new passions and hobbies among our students,” Pierce says. The focus of the clubs may change from week to week, as Sports Club may offer soccer, basketball, volleyball, etc., and not stick with only one sport. “Community club will involve volunteer trips around the city or visits to venues such as the art museum or public library,” Pierce says. “Arts club seeks to bring out the inner artist in all students. This year we are working with Art in Public Places to have students showcase their work throughout Longmont on bike racks or electrical boxes.” In addition to the regular club offerings, each Friday, The Place program takes its students on an offsite field trip. Some of the excursions in the past have included: hiking, ice skating, trips to the skate park, highs ropes courses, the movies, corn mazes and museums. “This year we are striving to cultivate partnerships with businesses .

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around the Longmont area in order to provide as many authentic opportunities for students to engage in their community and showcase their talents as possible,” she says. These students have to be accountable to their studies first and foremost. They’re required to provide progress reports to participate in the activities. If the students need additional time or attention to their homework, they partake in the Study Club offering, which is held three times each week and supervised by The Place staff who work closely with school teachers and administrators. Ultimately, no matter what type of program or extracurricular activity children are enrolled in, it’s essential to get them involved outside of school, too. And with programs like The Place, which is offered to the Longmont community at no cost, it can have a significant impact on the lives of each student.

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MEETUP: Connecting Communities

By Dominique Del Grosso Getting and staying connected to our friends and the world around us has never been easier. With a slide, flick and tap of one finger, we can browse, “like” and share our thoughts about a myriad of photos, news and updates, making us feel instantly connected to and an integral part of our social circle. However, once we dim the lights on our devices, is it possible we don’t feel as authentically “connected” after all? Social networking websites allow us to virtually communicate and stay up to date within seconds of our logged-on status. But sometimes, it can be difficult for those connections to sustain us in every day life.

Because after all, conducting friendships and relationships virtually is hardly ever as great as the real thing, face to face. Keeping hold of close friendships or fostering new ones can become increasingly difficult as we age, professional demands build and families grow. And, making the actual effort to expand your network of support and friends with similar interests can feel nerve-wracking or just plain exhausting. But, (meetup) has made connecting to your community and like-minded people as easy as typing in keywords and your location. Meetup specializes in fostering community connections offline. In fact, according to the website, “Meet-

ups are neighbors getting together to learn something, do something, share something…” In short, meetup is a website that facilitates in-person group activities or events all around the world. Membership is free, and the objective is to join groups of people in your local area who share common interests: fitness such as running, hiking, walking, etc., trying out new restaurants or bars around the city, book lovers or even just a simple chat over coffee, for example. Each group has a designated group organizer or sometimes multiple people fulfill that role. The group organizer/s are people from your community—who like you—just want to socialize and get connected


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in-person. The group organizer takes care of all planning and logistics. They may ask for input, but generally, members simply show up and have a good time. As a member, all you have to do is join the specified group, look through their upcoming events and click the RSVP button to secure your spot. In Longmont, there are a variety of meetup groups, activities and events offered all the time throughout the city. There are specific meetup groups for new mothers, fitness aficionados or novices, new friendship seekers of all ages or specific age groups, moviebuffs, and generally anything else you can think of. Moms Club of Longmont is part of a worldwide organization for mothers, but houses its local chapter through meetup. Melissa Klos, president of Moms Club of Longmont and a stay-athome mom herself, says this meetup group is a great way for local moms

to get out of the house to meet other mothers for support. “This is a fantastic opportunity for women to socialize with other moms, discuss the highs and lows of parenting full-time, learn from each other, and give your kids much needed socialization time with other children,” she says. Other meetup groups may be geared toward the athletic-minded member. Longmont Ladies Losing to Live is for “Any woman who is looking for someone to workout with. We will be your workout buddies. Please join if you are looking to lose weight, get fit and stay fit,” their group organizer, Shannon Mitchem, writes. This group would be a great fit for Longmont women in need of that extra fitness push, socialization and support. And, for the recreation, environmentally conscious meetup member, the Small Planet E Bikes group can take you places, literally. “This is a

group to promote electric bikes for fun, fitness, commuting, recreation. Park your car,” writes the group organizer, Tom Wilson. No matter what type of group you choose, meetups like these can have a significant impact on your everyday social life. They’re bound to keep your social calendar buzzing with conversation and shared interests. And, with a support network like this at your fingertips, tap in and meetup. For more information about meetups in your area, please visit: And, for more information about the meetups mentioned, please visit:

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Not Reality TV

by Adam Mar tin Photos courtesy of Fireball Run

While the webcast (both the live show, during the race, and the recap, viewable one year later) is a lot like The Amazing Race, J. Sanchez, one of the show’s producers, states, “We’re not a reality show.” While many reality TV shows focus on the drama between contestants, he says, “Fireball Run is all about the destination.” Sanchez, who is clearly passionate about the run, also explained that the show has three goals: one, to promote the destination cities, paying particular attention to local history and local attractions. Two, to engage local leaders from each city; contestants must be business leaders, elected officials or local industry celebrities. (The waiting list to be a contestant is long, as the show is booked for the next several years.) And, three, to aid in the recovery of missing children. More on number three in a bit.

The Fireball Run is a week-long road race and live webcast that takes contestants through eight cities, highlighting local trivia and history along the way. Longmont is this year’s “Green Flag City” and the star t of the race.

Why Longmont?

In order for a city to be selected as a host for the run, the city must submit a request, which the Fireball Run team then reviews. Sanchez explained that the selection committee suggested Longmont as a host city three times, and three times Longmont was passed over. Finally, after the selection committee insisted that the producers take a closer look at all Longmont has to offer, a site visit was arranged. In Sanchez’s words, the producers were “blown away.” Joe Ward, the Executive Director of the Longmont Area Visitors Association, along with Doug Bene, the city’s Economic Development Manager, hosted the site visit. “The city sold itself,” Ward said. “When you get here, you’re, this is a place headed in the right direction.” The show’s producers were particularly impressed with Long-

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The race festivities will begin on Friday, September 20, with a reception at Roosevelt Park. The reception coincides with Longmont’s annual Oktoberfest, featuring local breweries, Left Hand Brewing, Oskar Blues, and the Pumphouse. The official start of the race will be Sunday morning, following the Tiny Tim Center’s 5K Family Fun Run/Walk. Race participants will then make their way from Longmont through seven additional cities, ending in Riverside, California. Along the way, they will complete missions which highlight local tourism and business. Each mission is designed to cast the host city in a positive light, making viewers aware of all the unique things each town has to offer. Contestants drive their own vehicles throughout the race, and some interesting automobiles have been featured

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“ this child?” as they complete missions in each city. Since its start in 2007, the Fireball Run has helped to recover 38 missing children. Also, each host city selects a local children’s charity to benefit from the run. Mayor Dennis Coombs Race cars and celebrities frequently selected the Tiny Tim Center, make appearances. which provides pediatric therapeutic services and a in years past, including the 1966 “fully-inclusive” preschool Batmobile and a 1977 Smokey & The for ages 2½ through five on behalf Bandit Firebird Trans Am. One of this of Longmont. As the selected charity, year’s teams will be driving a Back to they will receive donations of cloththe Future Delorean Time Machine. ing, toys and other useful items. Mark In order to assure safety and fair Cowell, the Executive Director of the play, all vehicles are equipped with Tiny Tim Center, explained that the GPS devices to monitor speed. center aims to push all kids to reach their highest potential, working with Finding Missing Children special needs children side-by-side Not only is Fireball Run a fun, with children without special needs. family friendly event and web-show, Mayor Coombs must have “a it’s also a great cause. In addition special place in his heart to select to the competition and the host cit[Tiny Tim] out of all the non-profits ies, the run focuses on the tragedy [in Longmont]”, said Cowell. It is of missing children. Each team is particularly fitting that the Tiny Tim assigned a missing child before the 5K Family Fun Run/Walk happens to race begins. The child’s image is fall on the same weekend as the start displayed prominently on each car, of the race. “We’re happy to be a part and contestants are required to hand of it,” Cowell concluded. out fliers and ask “Have you seen

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“We try to leave every destination a little better than when we arrived,” Sanchez said toward the end of our interview. Indeed, the Fireball Run sets the mark high, delivering wholesome, educational entertainment hand-in-hand with a genuine effort to recovering missing kids. It is a notable complementary nod to Longmont that it was selected as the “Green Flag City” since the start and end of the race tend to occur in the cities the Fireball Run team has been most impressed by. Be sure to swing by Oktoberfest on September 20 for the Fireball Run reception, and bring the whole family to the Tiny Tim 5K Family Fun Run/ Walk on Sunday, September 22. Participation in the 5k costs $25 dollars, and includes a t-shirt. 10,000 RPMs will be playing after the 5k, and the Fireball Run will kick off later in the morning.


Quilts Bring Comfort and Smiles When Downy’s ‘Touch of Comfort’ program partnered with Quilts for Kids, Inc. their goal was to underwrite the cost of 10,000 quilts for children in hospitals around the country. Today, over 20,000 quilts have been created through Downy’s program, and the numbers continue to grow. But, they are only part of the story. Quilts for Kids (QFK) was founded in 2000 by Linda Arye, whose desire to save discontinued fabrics from landfills resulted in an international non-profit organization with a mission to transform those unwanted fabrics into quilts that comfort children in need. By partnering with fabric manufacturers and corporate sponsors QFK provides kits that contain a pattern, finishing instructions and pre-cut fabric. Volunteers create the quilts, returning them for distribution to children in hospitals. In 2013 QFK is working toward a goal of donating 30,000 quilts that will bring smiles and comfort to children around the world. The Longmont Quilt Guild began their association with QFK in 2010, first working with the national organization, then switching to QFK’s Northern Colorado chapter, ensuring that all quilts made by guild members are donated to children in Colorado. Most of the quilts have been donated to hospitals, although in 2012 many were sent to children who were victims of the Waldo Canyon fire. Since 2010, Longmont Quilt Guild members have created and donated 112 quits through the QFK program, and an additional 30 quilts are currently in process. “Our members love making these cheerful quilts, and are glad that their efforts can bring some happiness to sick children,” states Paula Stout, the Guild’s QFK Coordinator. Several of the QFK quilts will be on display during the Guild’s Sixth Annual Quilt Show and Boutique taking place on Friday, October 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Barn A at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont. The quilt show will feature over 130 quilts made by the Guild’s talented members, a boutique of items for sale, antique quilt bed turnings, demonstrations, and viewer’s choice voting. The show will also feature the Guild’s many outreach activities. Quilt Show admission is $5 for adults; free admission to the Boutique. Additional information and a discount admission coupon are available on the Guild’s website,




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Feel like getting out of the Denver area for a day? A short 1 ½ hour drive to Garden of the Gods, outside Colorado Springs, may be in order. Pack a picnic and head south to enjoy this free scenic park full of red rock formations and enjoy some of the dozens of trails offered. This is a good day trip for the whole family itching to get out of the city.


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Coors Brewing Company

Adolph Coors established the Coors brewery in Golden in 1873 on the banks of Clear Creek. Today, MillerCoors is the second largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of US beer sales. The Coors Brewery Tour attracts 300,000 visitors to Golden each year, explores the world’s largest single-site brewery and includes a self-guided tour as well as samples of their brews at the end of the tour. Tours are free of charge as is parking.


Swetsville Zoo

This outdoor sculpture garden is not a “real” zoo with live animals but instead showcases metal animals made from scrap metals and car parts. The pieces are comedic and charming making this a must see for children and adults alike. The price can’t be beat either. No admission fee as this is strictly a donate-as-you-can establishment.


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Forney Museum of Transportation

For a nominal $8 fee for adults, one can see a one of a kind collection of over 500 exhibits related to transportation. Antique cars, buggies, bicycles, motorcycles and even locomotives can be found here. ‘Big Boy’, one of the world’s largest steam locomotives is one display at this unique museum. With hours now including Sundays, this is a must see, inexpensive stop for the whole family to enjoy.


The Forney Museum is located at 4303 Brighton Boulevard in Denver. Visit or call 303.297.1113 for more information.

Celestial Seasonings

Don’t miss your chance to see the world’s most advanced tea production plant. They offer free tours every day (except major holidays) so you can see first hand how the finest all-natural ingredients from around the world become a Coloradoans favorite tea. You also have the chance to enjoy free samples of every tea they make, and to browse the extensive display of original tea box artwork in their gallery.


4600 Sleepytime Drive in nor th Boulder. Their tour hours are Monday-Friday 10am4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-3pm. For more information on their tours and samples, call 303.581.1202 or visit

Oskar Blues

Looking for live music to enjoy after a hike on the trails west of Longmont? Stop by Oskar Blues for a reasonable live music venue always sure to please with bands ranging from bluegrass to blues. While the beer and food may not be free, this is a better alternative to the pocketbook than shelling out hundreds of dollars for a Red Rocks concert.


The original Grill & Brew location is in Lyons at 303 Main Street (303-823-6685), Homemade Liquids & Solids is in Longmont at 1555 South Hover Road (303-485-9400). Call for more information or visit and click on ‘events’ to see a listing of when and where bands are scheduled to play.

South Platte River Bike Trail

This paved bike trail follows the South Platte River for almost 30 miles, connecting a network of riverside parks. Since much of Denver’s early history occurred along this river, the Colorado Historical Society has erected more than 20 large historic signs that use photos and illustrations to tell the story of the area. There are markers alongside the trail describing the Native Americans who once lived here, as well as a variety of plaques informing riders about the wildlife and birds that can be seen along the way. For an inexpensive stop for lunch on the way down this trail, go to My Brother’s Bar, a historic landmark offering a family friendly atmosphere and reasonably priced food items.


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Colorado has an endless amount of reasonably priced activities to try out. It is not necessary to head to an overpriced resort in Aspen to enjoy your valuable time off. This is but a small sample of nearby places to visit that will not leave your wallet empty.


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The gold rush is still going strong in Colorado, it’s just not a quest of the mineral kind. We may not have the red/orange/ gold color explosion of the east coast, but they don’t have our back drop. There’s something that drives locals and visitors alike to the mountains to cavort through the many veins of golden aspens every single year. Maybe it’s the welcome clear chill in the air after the long fire fueled summer, or maybe it’s just the way residents celebrate the

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For a Sunday drive… PEAK TO PEAK SCENIC AND HISTORIC BYWAY Estes Par k to Blackhawk A staple for the city crowds, the Peak to Peak Highway has some of the best views to be had from behind a windshield with plenty of real estate to share. Ubiquitous fields of aspens line almost the entire length of it from Estes Park to Blackhawk. Bring along the last of your summer visitors, roll the windows down for a sniff of the mountain air and watch fall roll on by. For directions and more information: byways/2114/travel.html

For a quick leisurely stroll… PELLA CROSSING near Longmont

With a wide flat trail meandering around a series of ponds, Pella Crossing is perfect for a Saturday afternoon amble. On a still day, the ponds reflect back the peaks and sky on their mirror glass surface. The trees here are more cottonwood than aspen, but the scene is stunning nonetheless. If you want to just pick a spot and drink it all in, fishing might be just the thing. Small boats and tubes are allowed. For directions and more information: pages/pellacrossing.aspx

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For day hike close to home…

Wide and gently graded, this trail (also known as the Meyers Gulch Trail) is easy enough to bring the family along, though maybe a bit challenging in spots for younger or beginner cyclists. As more than just a nature trail, Myer’s Homestead is a historical site with the remnants of building, informative signs and stopping points along the way. The in and out trail completes at 5.2 miles total. For directions and more information: guide/meyers-homestead-trail

Hessie Trailhead to Lost Lake, is a beautiful hike year round and short enough, at 2.7 miles round trip, to accommodate even inexperienced hikers. Not only does it pass waterfalls and beaver dams, it also climbs through aspens and other color-changing foliage to a lovely alpine lake. Due to its accessibility and ease, the trail can be fairly populated, but the scenery is worth putting up with the extra foot traffic. For directions and more information: rec_dayhikes.html


For a challenge…

HELL’S HOLE TRAIL near Idaho Springs If you’re the type that wants to earn your views or at least feel like you’re the only one seeing them, Hell’s Hole Trail clocks in at a hefty 8.2 miles round trip with a 1600 foot elevation gain. Trek through the colorful aspen groves and reward yourself with a picnic lunch in the open basin meadow at the end. It’s recommended that you start early if you want to have leisure time as it can take the better part of the day to hike in and back out. For directions and more information: Aspen leaves glowing in the afternoon sun


For a family picnic… C ARIBOU RANCH OPEN SPACE near Neder land There are picnic tables, restrooms and plenty of wide open trail space that allow a family to relax, spread out and enjoy the scenery for the day. The bright red DeLonde barn and open meadow make for some breathtaking photo ops and you might just catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. Easy walking loops wind around through the trees and to nearby Mud Lake. Bring your horses but leave the bikes and dogs at home. For directions and more information: http://www.bouldercounty. org/os/parks/pages/caribouranch.aspx Timing things just right can be tricky but different places changing at different times gives us ample opportunity to enjoy them all. Just be sure to check The Forest Service Fall Foliage Hotline at 800-354-4595 if you want to catch your particular destination at its peak.







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offer a variety of fun and relaxing opportunities

Here’s a glimpse at the parks and some of the features they include. Numbers in parenthesis correspond to map locations.

football field, shelter, barbecue pits, restrooms, playground, volleyball court, basketbll hoops, picnic area and roller hockey court.

Affolter, (1), Holly Avenue and S. Judson Street. 5.3 acres, basketball courts, multi-use field, softball field, tennis courts, restrooms, shelter and playground.

Garden Acres, (9), 2058 Spencer St. 4.1 acres, shelter, playground, picnic area, restrooms, soccer/ football fields, barbecue pit, concession stand and softball fields.

Alta, (2), 10th Avenue and Alta Street. A half-acre, picnic area and playground.

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.

Athletic Field, (3), 11th Avenue and Kimbark Street. Basketball courts, soccer/football field and picnic area.

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.

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.

Izaak Walton, (12), 18 S. Sunset St. 21.5 acres, clubhouse, fishing, picnic area, barbecue pit, shelter and restrooms.

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.

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, playground, restrooms, shelters, soccer/football fields, volleyball courts and wading pool.

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

Kensington, (15), 100 E. Longs Peak Ave. 18.2 acres, fishing, basketball court, picnic area, playgrounds, restrooms, barbecue pits and shelters.

Dawson, (7), 1757 Harvard St. 12.9 acres, volleyball court, picnic area, playground, restrooms, shelters, barbecue pits and tennis courts.

Lanyon, (16), 19th Avenue and Collyer Street. 7.7 acres, basketball court, picnic area, barbecue pit, playground, restrooms, shelter and softball fields.

Flanders, (8), 2229 Breakwater Drive. 4.1 acres, fishing, soccer/

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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. 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 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 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, multi-use field and shelters.


Local Greenways

Kanemoto Park

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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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. Dog Park I, (2), 21st Avenue and Francis Street. 2.5 acres, off leash dog exercise area, picnic area and shelter.

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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.

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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.


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