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9 Enjoy what Harvest Junction South has to offer.

24 Volunteering during the holidays can make a difference to those in need.



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BOOK CORNER 10 A glimpse at local readings, upcoming happenings and editor’s pick. 13 Children’s book created for real life events.

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PETS 38 Spaying, neutering can be beneficial to animal’s lifestyle.

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When I meet people in town, they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Jessica. I’ve seen your ad with that picture of you and that cute little girl.” Well, perhaps I should tell you a little more about that photo, and why I use it in my ads. Let’s start with me, the gal on the right. Fourteen years ago when I was a freshman in college taking pre-med courses, I developed allergies which led to chronic sinus infections. My medical doctor had me on some really powerful drugs, but nothing was helping! The infections kept getting stronger and stronger and so did the doses of antibiotics. I was so sick for so long that my parents decided to take me out of school so I could focus on getting healthy. A friend of mine convinced me to give chiropractic a try, but I just didn’t believe in it! Out of desperation, I went to see him. The chiropractor did an exam, took some films, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment didn’t hurt, it actually felt good. I finally got relief from the terrible pressure in my sinuses! It worked so well that I have never had another sinus infection in over 12 years…and I went to chiropractic college instead of medical school, as I had planned. Madi, the little girl in the middle of the photo, used to be plagued with ear infections. Her mom Tara, the gal on the left, was constantly taking her to the pediatrician for the first 6 months of her life. After I started to adjust Madi, the ear infections started to subside, and now, years later, she has never had another ear infection. She is a happy, healthy, lively toddler now, not a sickly little girl. Copyright 2000, KA



It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their sinus and allergy problems. Also they come to me with their headaches, migraines, chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, just to name a few. A large percentage of Americans no longer have health insurance and those who do have it have found that their benefits are being reduced as each year passes. Deductibles are rising, and restrictive HMO’s are now common. That’s where my practice comes in. I have found a way so that more people are able to afford the care they need, people with or without health insurance. A whole week of care in my office could cost what you’d pay for just one visit elsewhere.

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still remember the joy I felt as a child when it would snow. I grew up in Grand Junction where it is just warm enough that it didn’t snow often, and when it did it never stayed around long. However when it did snow, my sisters and I would anxiously watch the snow falling, creating a white blanket over the field that runs behind and along the side of the house. We watched to see if there was going to be “enough.” Because, when there was “enough,” we just knew my parents would bundle us up, load up the snowmobiles and we would head to my grandparents’ house. Once there, we would jump on our giant-sized sleds and race them through my grandparents field. Sometimes we would even tie an inner tube to the back of one and pull one of us on it throughout the field. I guess this is what we did instead of downhill sledding. The power and freedom of operating such a powerful machine was exhilarating. The wind would whip at my hair and the chill of the breeze would slightly frost my cheeks. We would go until we were made to stop and dragged into the house whining. Afterwards, the fun would continue. Exhausted, my mom would sit us down in front of a mug of hot chocolate (with marshmallows of course!) and then shoo us from the table to go and get in our flannel pajamas. We would then wind up around the wood stove warming ourselves. While Longmont gets more snow then I did growing up, I know that each family and individual has their own fond memories of how they spent or spend their snowy days. I know just recently when it snowed in Longmont, a simple snow ball fight with my kids left me smiling and appreciating the snow even though it was cold outside. In this edition of Longmont Magazine, we have tried to help you discover what Longmont has to offer its residents during the winter months. From basketball camps to backpacking and snowshoeing I hope you get the chance to get outside and explore. Summer Stair Specialty Publications Editor


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PHOTOGRAPHERS Lewis Geyer, Richard M. Hackett, Joshua Buck


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It’s true that community residents like to read stories by local authors. Kathe Heinecken, owner of Barbed Wire Books in downtown Longmont, says she is always looking for works by local authors to share with her customers. With the holiday season approaching, she shared her top holiday books. “I’m excited about these local authors and their new Christmas books and new releases,” she says. – SUMMER STAIR

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‘The Winter Witch’

By Clay Bonnyman Evans Illustrated by Robert Bender Niwot resident, Clay Evans, entices readers with a story that focuses around Stephen, a young boy who is dreading Christmas now that his parents are divorced. A misunderstanding sends Stephen out for a walk with his dog, Dewey, where he encounters an elderly neighbor who teaches him an unforgettable lesson about family and the true meaning of winter holidays.

‘Niwot Colorado: Birth of a Railroad Town’

By Anne Quinby Dyni The History Press, 2011 Ann Dyni’s new novel releases just in time for the holidays and focuses on Niwot and how it grew from being Boulder County’s first railroad town to what it is today. Local residents can once again enjoy Dyni’s accounts of this charming town and what it has to offer.

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High Crimes Mystery Bookshop – Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Ann Parker will be signing "Mercury's Rise;" Beth Groundwater will be signing "A Real Basket Case;" and Michelle Black will be signing "A Seance in Sepia." Free. The Oriental Navajo Rug Gallery, 927 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-9964.

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I was somewhat skeptical when I decided to read “The Mill River Recluse.” As my first venture into eReading, I just didn’t know if I’d be able to read a whole book without actually turning a page. But this feelgood novel was an easy read that I enjoyed, and by the end had me wanting to believe that there still is good in people. Chan’s greatest strength in the novel is the character development, storylines and twists and turns along the way. I felt like I had been to the small town of Mill River, Vt., and perhaps may have run across some of the characters who live there. The novel focuses on Mary McAllister, a widow who was disfigured by the blow of an abusive husband, and who has suffered her entire life with a severe social anxiety disorder. For almost 60 years she has secluded herself in a white marble mansion overlooking the town of Mill River. Most people in the town find her to be peculiar and it’s not until a father and daughter who are newcomers to the town show some interest in the widow that things could change for the residents of Mill River. A story of triumph over tragedy, one that reminds us that the value of friendship and the ability of love can come from the most unexpected of places. – SUMMER STAIR







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‘The Mutt & the Mustang’ Children’s book the happy culmination of several sad stories BY EMMA CASTLEBERRY

The animals in Judy Archibald’s picture book, ”The Mutt and the Mustang,” are more than just furry, kid-friendly characters. “It was rescuing Raven (a mustang) that really brought me back to peace after my husband died,” Archibald says. Twenty years ago, Archibald moved to Estes Park with her husband, who died of cancer in his forties. “I had been widowed,” Archibald says. “It was only after getting back into horses and all my pets that I again found joy, with ‘The Mutt & the Mustang.’” Archibald speaks warmly of all of her pets, several of whom make an appearance in her book. In addition to Raven the mustang, readers meet Rio the paint horse, Cloud the cat, Cheyenne the German shepherd and the little mutt Kody. “The Mutt and the Mustang” tells the story of Kody, the primary character, discovering his selfworth when the otherwise unruly Raven

allows Kody to ride on his back. Yes, the title is literal and the story is true. “It was only last year sometime, as I was leading the horse around the pasture with Kody on his back, that I thought, ‘Gosh, I wish kids could enjoy this,’” Archibald says. “It was always a cute kid’s story.” Archibald’s book is the happy ending to many otherwise sad stories. Cheyenne came from a breeder but has had several physical problems, including surgery to insert a 6-inch metal plate in her back leg. Rio was rescued from an Indian reservation in

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New Mexico before he came into Archibald’s care. Raven worked as a stable horse in Estes Park and would often escape into Archibald’s pasture to eat grass because he was underfed. Cloud, who is missing an eye, was adopted from the Boulder Valley Humane Society. Kody was rescued from a puppy mill. The animals have built relationships among themselves since coming to their new home. “Each horse seems to like their dog more than they like each other,” Archibald says. “Rio nuzzles Cheyenne and Raven nuzzles Kody. They've each bonded with their own dog.” Archibald takes pleasure in her animals’ happiness, particularly Raven’s. “It's fun to see Raven have another buddy, because he’s had a hard life,” Archibald says. Archibald says she benefits from her animals and their story as much as they benefit from her care. “It's fun to share the story with other people, because it is so strange the way it happened,” Archibald says. “It’s very socializing for me.” The story meant so much to Archibald that she started her own publishing company, Pet Pals Publishing, in order to maintain control over how the book was illustrated. Archibald says it was important to her that the animals in the book resembled the pets they were based on. After taking several submissions from illustrators, Archibald says Patricia Greenberg’s drawings were the obvious choice. “I liked Patricia’s drawings the best,” Archibald says. “I really thought she captured their personalities well.” The book that inspired a new career for Archibald is featured in 30 Colorado stores and carried by four distributors. Since its publishing date, “The Mutt and the Mustang” has sold more than 1,000 copies, and Archibald already has plans for a sequel since discovering more about Raven’s history as a wild horse in Colorado’s oldest mustang herd. “He got taken there when he was just a foal,” Archibald says. “I think the next story will be about his life from that time until he got here.” WINTER 2011




Enjoy traditions of the past with a sleigh ride BY KENDALL SCHOEMANN

Although winter may be known for harsh, cold weather, the special pastimes of the season are what keep the wonderment and excitement of winter alive. Curling up next to a roaring fire, watching classic holiday movies, sipping hot cocoa after a day of sledding and the notorious scene of a horsedrawn sled in a breath-taking, snowcovered field. Just out of an old black and white film, sleigh riding is an activity that compliments the winter season by appreciating the calm, beauty and joy of the season. Today, you don’t have to travel back to the era of Dickens to be a part of the adventure, as sleigh rides are offered less than an hour away. Sombrero Ranches, a Longmontbased operation, exists to preserve the natural beauty of the Colorado Rockies and share it with guests at their Snow Mountain Ranch location in Fraser Valley. “We are one of the only places to still offer sleigh rides year-round,” says Jessica Murray, a Snow Mountain Ranch TIMES-CALL / LONGMONT MAGAZINE


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wrangler. The ranch offers two different sleigh rides: a hot cocoa ride which runs four times a day or the dinner ride which departs in the evening. “During the hot cocoa ride, the sleigh stops midway through to allow passengers to warm up and roast marshmallows,” Murray says. For the dinner ride, guests are taken to a warm dining room after their adventure. “Guests can choose from a dinner of steak, chicken or trout along with all the fixings and dessert,” Murray says. The sleigh ride season at Snow Mountain Ranch starts and ends depending on the amount of snow on the ground.

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“We need at least 18 inches of compacted snow to bring out the sleds,” Murray says. The sleighs hold about 16 people and a driver and are pulled by two horses. The sleighs run everyday and reservations are required. “We are already booking up for the holiday season,” Murray says. Perfect for a unique, family experience, sleigh rides allow passengers to experience the beautiful Colorado winter and all it has to offer. “Depending on the time of day, riders see a lot of wildlife from the sleighs,” Murray says. 15



Front Row: Kris Briggs, Tracy Sampson, Ashley Cox and Rebecca Vavla. Back Row: Becky Eland, Carli Siders, Talise Chandler, Carolyn Turner, Dianne Hedahl and Emily Larson. Not pictured: Joy Wheeler (Courtesy Take Note)

TAKE NOTE of local singing group BY MELISSA HOWELL

It might be the beautifully blended voices that catch your attention. Or perhaps it’s the fun, catchy or touching music that draws you in. Most likely, it’s the enthusiasm for performing that makes you stop and take note. Nearly 30 years ago, Becky Eland of Berthoud, along with some friends, put together a singing group to perform at a church talent show. They had so much fun rehearsing and performing that they decided to meet weekly. They named themselves Triple Trio,


and aimed at sharing their gift and talent for music and singing with the community. Three decades later, that singing group remains intact. Eland is the only remaining original member of the group, which recently changed its name

to Take Note. Currently consisting of 11 members from Berthoud, Longmont, Mead, Frederick, Firestone and Ft. Collins, their ages span several decades. They are all stay-at-home moms or empty nesters, for whom mothering and family life comes first; together,



“It’s a great balance between family, church, and being moms, but still using our talents and being challenged.” they have a combined 37 children. But music has always remained a shared passion. And Take Note provides the outlet for that passion. “We have become more polished over the years,” Eland says. “But our purpose is the same. We love to sing and give back to the community.” Eland grew up in a home with music; her parents were both soloists, and she started accompanying them at age 14. She has a minor in music and currently plays the piano for all of the choirs at Heritage Middle School in Longmont. Like Eland, approximately half of the Take Note members have music degrees; all of them have a history of singing and performing. They perform three- and four-part harmonies, a capella and accompanied, at nursing homes, and community and church events. When there is an opening, it is filled through word of mouth. “It’s a great balance between family, church and being moms, but still using our talents and being challenged,” says Take Note member Carli Siders of Firestone. Siders is the self-described “prefect” of the group. Other members fill such roles as secretary, treasurer and public relations contact. Talise Chandler of Longmont serves as stylist, collecting paint samples from The Home Depot to coordinate outfits for performances. Their joy for their music is palpable, and their commitment is unwavering. They meet to rehearse every Monday morning for one and a half hours, and then there is time spent at home learning and rehearsing parts. Take Note offers two performance TIMES-CALL / LONGMONT MAGAZINE


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seasons. They practice from January through April for shows in April and May, which are centered on a different theme each year; last spring’s theme was “Girl Power,” and included such songs as “Respect” and “Dancing Queen.” Fall rehearsals prepare them for their holiday performances. “We love it,” says Ashley Cox of Frederick. “We’re willing to make the sacrifice. I love the Christmas performances; ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ always puts tears in people’s eyes.” For Take Note member Carolyn Turner of Longmont, the group has provided more than a musical outlet. “We had a challenging summer,” Turner recalled with much emotion. “My husband lost his job and had back surgery that didn’t solve his problem. Our youngest daughter was born with Down syndrome. My husband said, ‘Maybe you should take a break (from Take Note).’ I said, “No, this is the only thing that keeps me sane. I look forward to it every Monday, being with people who love music.” Siders says the nursing home performances are her favorite. “When we sang ‘If Ever I Would Leave You,’ a married couple in the nursing home were giving eyes to each other that broke my heart. When we put the work in to make it excellent, it connects people.”

Take Note’s December concert schedule includes a performance at the City of Longmont Community Service’s Longmont Lights, the third year they will perform at the community festival. “I think that their enthusiasm for music comes through in their music, and they’re a local group, and that’s what Longmont Lights is all about,” says Michele Waite, supervisor of Longmont Senior Services. An October rehearsal included music as varied as the Take Note members, from a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” to be performed as a Longmont City Council debate to an upbeat medley of holiday songs. But it ended with a song that unites them all as moms who love to sing. “How Can I Keep from Singing” includes such lyrics as “I keep on singing;” “my life flows on in song;” and “how can I keep from singing?” and sums up their dedication to being moms, their shared love for music and their desire to share that with those around them.

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Immigration is often a volatile topic. Everyone has a different opinion, and so addressing the issues that go with it can be daunting. For immigrants themselves, it sometimes feels as though immigration can close as many doors as it opens. However, attaining citizenship can be an uplifting occasion worth smiling about. It was because of these reasons that Lee Shainis, co-founder and executive director of Intercambio Uniting Communities in Longmont, began a nonprofit organization to help immigrants unite with their community and those who live in it. “Intercambio has provided English classes and cultural integration programs to 7,000 residents in 45 countries in Boulder and the St. Vrain Valley for a decade,” Shainis says. “Many struggle to maintain a decent standard of living and provide for their families, and Intercambio has helped to ease that stuggle.” Through workshops, classes and new programs, Intercambio finds itself offering help in places they didn’t find themselves before. Through Intercambio and School TIMES-CALL / LONGMONT MAGAZINE


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Together, Intercambio and its volunteers help immigrants integrate themselves into the school system. “The problem is the parents don’t know each other because of the English barrier. So we have English speaking parents talking and helping the other parents,” Shainis says. “They can talk a lot about the cultural differences and find out how to interact with the schools.” Another program Intercambio has incorporated is building cultural awareness training. In this program, Intercambio speaks with the English-speaking community and discusses culture as a whole and how it impacts everyone in the community. Intercambio holds monthly events free of charge, in addition to offering dance and fitness sessions at the Boulder office and the YMCA in Longmont. The programs are unique, because they go beyond the classroom and directly reflect the needs of the students.

For 29 year-old Longmont resident Dave Marvin working as a volunteer teacher at Intercambio just made sense. “I realized there’s a lot of people out there who need the help, and with my skills I could help people,” Marvin says. “I had no agenda, I just wanted to help.” It was in April that Marvin first started training to be a teacher at Intercambio, and by late May he began teaching a level 5A (intermediate) class. While being able to help people is a good feeling, Marvin says for him it was also about getting more involved in the Longmont community. “It’s my life, my community.” Before beginning volunteer work at Intercambio, Marvin felt that the Longmont community was something he just slept in since his work takes him to Boulder on a daily basis. By volunteering at Intercambio and immersing himself in the community, he hopes to gain more of a connection to Longmont and its residents. While Marvin mostly follows the curriculum provided to him by Intercambio, he likes to change it up some and keep the material interesting for the students.”I encourage them to call me and do things in English,” Marvin says. “As long as they’re going to be invested in this, I am too.” – SUMMER STAIR

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Thirty years ago in Longmont at Mike O’Shays Restaurant and Ale House, you could order Corned Beef and Cabbage for $3.50. A prime rib dinner cost less than $15, and Shepherd’s Pie went for $6.99. In October, as part of the restaurant’s 30-year anniversary, owners Mike and Nania Shea offered throwback pricing for their most popular menu items to express their gratitude to the customers of the Longmont community. While a lot has changed in 30 years for O’Shays, including a patio expansion, renovation and continuously evolving menu selection, one thing has remained the same: great tasting entrees, a wide selection of drinks and a fun,

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personable atmosphere. O’Shays has excelled on the basis of offering fresh ingredients, house-made desserts and daily specials that give regulars and new-comers something new and unique to experience. Mike is a personable host and knows how to keep his customers coming back. “We are thrilled to be celebrating 30 years,” Mike says. “Fortunately, we are in a great community that appreciates quality food and a community atmosphere. It is the people of Longmont that make this restaurant.” When Mike O’Shays opened in 1981, it was owned by a core of investors, including the Sheas. After two years, Mike and Nania bought out the investors and took full control of the restaurant. Thirty years later, the couple still has the reigns. Nania makes all of the desserts — creating delicious layer cakes, pies, torts, tarts and now homemade ice cream, Mike says. Mike participated in a question-and-answer interview for the Times-Call, shedding light on what it’s like to be in the service industry, a typical day in his shoes, and why he is continually challenged and motivated as a restaurant owner in Longmont. Question: What has changed at Mike O’Shays since 1981? Answer: Our facade, some of the renovation of the inside. We’ve been non-smoking now for 12 years. I feel that what we accomplished by our approach was to have high quality ingredients with classic to contemporary items on the menu. We’re not locked into a real strict theme food-wise, so we’re able to offer a wide selection on our menu. We really appeal to a wide customer base because of that variety.



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Another change is that my wife, Nania, makes all of the desserts now. She has done that for three years. Question: What are some dishes that you tried and then decided to leave out? Answer: Unfamiliar species of fish. Chicken liver patte because people health-wise don’t eat it that much. Question: What are some of the menu items that have remained since the beginning? Answer: At the top of the list would be the fish and chips. Our New England Seafood Chowder. French Onion Soup — we have people who come in just for the onion soup. Other items, the HalfPound Burger, French Dip Sandwich, Potato Skins, Artichoke Cheese Dip, those have all been on the menu since the beginning. And we’ve always done fresh fish of the day. Question: Have you always wanted to be a restaurant owner? Why do you like it? Answer: I don’t think I always necessarily thought I wanted to be a restaurant owner, but I always gravitated toward that kind of work. It suited me well. I like the fast pace. I like food. I like the interaction with so many different people. I love the immediate satisfaction of being busy and having it go so well. It’s really hands on — management is heavily involved with the service. We’re doing 600-plus meals a day here. Question: What are some of the things that have made O’Shays a success? Answer: We weren’t pigeon-holed or segmented to one theme. It’s always had the connotation of being a pub, but I never called it a pub because I wanted to be able to offer a wide selection of food. We are flexible in our concept to be able to do a wide variety of things and do them well. Contemporary things reflected in the menu. I change my menu twice a year, not a lot, I just tweak it. Question: What have some of your biggest challenges been over the years? Answer: Many years ago it was finding good, reliable employees. Back then it was a well-known fact that 22

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restaurant positions had high turnover. And that might hold true today for some places, but we have a very tight core of reliable employees and virtually no turnover in kitchen and service staff. We have employees who have been here 15, 20, 25 years. When we first came here there were very little restaurants to compete with. So it was a challenge and a concern when the chain restaurants started coming into Longmont, but we’ve been able to maintain our market share. We’re as busy today as we’ve ever been. Question: What is your favorite item on the menu? Answer: Anything with shrimp. Our fresh fish that we offer daily is probably one of my favorite things about the menu. Question: How will O’Shays change in the next few years? What are some of your long-term goals with the restaurant? Answer: One thing that will change is the back entrance. We’ll be updating that in conjunction with the alleyscaping project the city is doing downtown. Our goals now are the same as the initial goal, which was to evolve and change with our customers, adding some contemporary trends while staying true to what customers have

come to expect. Question: What is a typical day like in the shoes of Mike Shea? Answer: I try to start my day with some type of exercise — yoga twice a week, spinning class, working with a trainer, bicycling — as many days a week as possible. Then I come in in the morning and meet with the chef about the specials of the day. I write up the description of the lunch specials, open the front of the restaurant and make sure we’re totally ready. I meet with the staff about the startup and the specials. Then I work lunch, greeting customers and seating them. Afterward, we get ready for dinner. Honestly, I work roughly five days a week now. I don’t work the 70 hours a week that I used to. The good thing about it is that after all these years, I still really enjoy coming to work, and I enjoy not coming to work, too. Sometimes I feel like a fireman putting out fires all the time. I spend a lot of time maintaining the facility — there are so many things that can break. Also updating the restaurant. I never want it to look tired. I want it to be clean and fresh looking, which is the way it looks now. WINTER 2011


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help us give them a good holiday.” To serve inside or outside the building, volunteers must be at least 15 years of age. However, children can get involved by decorating community areas or donating baked goods or other gift items to be distributed to residents. “Any opportunity for children to go through their closet and find things to donate or buy new toys to donate is excellent. The younger children are exposed to the benefits of volunteering and serving others, the better,” Dr. Howell says. “There are so many people alone at the holidays, we forget and get wrapped up in our own families,” Zietz says. “Just having someone reach out and say, ‘I care – here’s some cookies and cocoa,’ is a warm fuzzy. I can’t explain how much it means when someone remembers them and brings them something.” The Longmont Humane Society offers year-round opportunities for volunteering, ranging from event help and shopping at its thrift store, to hands-on work with the animals through the TLC programs. TLC volunteers receive thorough training to work one on one with the animals in walking, holding and playing with the animals. “Thanks to our volunteers, we can ensure that the dogs get out for three walks a day, seven days a week,” says Carrie Brackenridge, development coordinator at the Longmont Humane Society. “When it gets colder, we still need to get (the animals) out each and every day. “In general, volunteering provides the opportunity to get outside of yourself and help another being, person or animal. It can

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be a real gift. The holidays can be emotionally charged. Volunteering can help you with whatever you are struggling with and provides a different perspective.” Howell says, “Often for people who are depressed or feeling like they don’t have anything meaningful to do, an animal shelter is a great place (to volunteer). Animals can be less scary and don’t require as much interaction.” The often-harsh winter season provides opportunities to help seniors through the city of Longmont Senior Services. The Snow Chaser volunteer program pairs up elderly or disabled citizens who qualify and are unable to shovel their own walks with volunteers who will take their time to help others comply with the city’s snow ordinance and keep sidewalks safe. The Bill Payer program provides an opportunity to monetarily contribute to help seniors and disabled citizens pay their bills. “Neighbors helping each other, it makes such a big difference,” says Kari Grotting, volunteer coordinator at the Longmont Senior Center. “A lot of

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times people are afraid to talk to each other. It can be a way of breaking the ice.” Outreach United Resource Center, Inc. (OUR Center) helps thousands of people in need throughout this region move toward self-sufficiency by unifying community resources. The OUR Center provides vital services, including a food pantry, daily hot meals, a clothing bank, a day shelter, a warming center and homelessness prevention programs. Additionally, the OUR Center operates Aspen Center for Child Development, which offers excellent childcare and school readiness programs to children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. The OUR Center has one-time or ongoing volunteer opportunities, and specific needs during the holiday season and winter months. Volunteers help in the warming center, serve as holiday bell ringers, “adopt” families for the holidays by providing cash or new

items of warmth, or help with fundraising events. “The OUR Center would never be able to provide all of the services it provides to the community without our volunteer corps,” says Christine Marckesano, communications director for the OUR Center. “We have as many as 1,000 volunteers a year who donate their time and talents to the OUR Center – some of whom have volunteered with us since the beginning (for 25 years). We believe that people feel good when they do good – and that is what volunteering is. Volunteering helps people feel connected to their community, and helps to give them unique perspective and compassion for others. For our volunteers, it is also uplifting for them to know that they are making a difference both in the lives of individuals and in the community as a whole.”

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The small, neat living room is softened by nervous laughter and introductions. Entering someone’s home sometimes feels invasive or disrespectful, but Tadege Gabrua and his wife, Tekabo Tewolde, express a comforting gratitude toward everyone they meet. “The people of Longmont are extremely nice,” Gabrua says. “We appreciate their hospitality.” Even after five years of living in Longmont, Gabrua and Tewolde still consider themselves beneficiaries of hospitality. They moved to the city from Ethiopia in March of 2006 to join their daughter, who had lived here with her Ethiopian-American husband for 10 years. Gabrua and Tewolde left their parents, three children and several siblings in Ethiopia. “My relatives are there,” Gabrua says. “I don’t think I miss them very much because we go to Ethiopia very often.” Tewolde smiles quietly as her husband talks. She interjects occasionally in her native language, but her English is limited. Gabrua’s English is perfected from his career as a high school geography teacher in Ethiopia, where English is the primary language of instruction. Though he retired before he moved to the United States, he currently volunteers once a week as a teacher at the St. Vrain Adult High School. He was laid off from his job at a turkey processing plant in 2008, at which time he decided to seek help. “An idea came into my mind: if I went to the senior center, then they could secure me a job or give me advice,” Gabrua says. “And I went there. They facilitated all this.” Gabrua is very specific about how the senior center helped him improve his family’s quality of life. WINTER 2011

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David Nazeri of Longmont learned to ice fish the hard way while living in South Dakota. Unfamiliar with the sport, but eager to learn, he fashioned a handmade chisel by attaching a screwdriver to a dowel, spending hours drilling through four feet of ice before reaching water. “It was a practice in digging more than fish catching,” says Nazeri, who’s been ice fishing now for more than 25 years. But those long hours on the ice are at the core of the sport. “I think ice fishermen are seeking solitude, I think that’s the heart of it. I’ve thought about this many times. Why is it that you go sit in the middle of no-man’s land?” It’s quiet, peaceful and provides a sense of freedom, he says. “It’s so fun.”

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the sport. “I enjoy it because it’s so much different than during the summer,” says Tim Sauer, of Longmont, who has been ice fishing for the past 65 years, continuing a tradition that started with his father. “It seems to be a different group of people, more comradery, less, I don’t know, me-for-me attitude. On a nice sunny day sitting out on the lake on the ice, it’s pretty quiet, pretty isolated.”

Eventually Nazeri moved from his handmade chisel to a hand auger, an ice fishing tool that looks like a giant corkscrew, then later invested in a power auger and sonar equipment when he moved to Minnesota.

Sauer has fished throughout over Colorado and now mainly fishes at Foothills Reservoir, west of Hygiene. He is the president of the Foothills Fish and Game Club, a private recreation club, which leases the reservoir from the Highlands Ditch Company.

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fish there at least once each winter. Ice fishers get close to their fishing, Sauer says, with shorter fishing rods and a seat looking right over their fishing hole. Shorter rods make it easier to WINTER 2011


detect a bite as fish are generally slower that of the winter and less aggressive. Ice fishing equipment is lighter than in summer fishing, Nazeri says. Winter water is clearer requiring a thin line so the fish won’t see it and a lighter sinker (the weight that drops the line) because the water is calmer. “Once you get to know how to fish in winter, you are a lot better in summer, because you get to know the habitat. You get to know the finesse involved with catching fish. Fly fisherman are very good at that. They know that colors have a direct impact on fish biting. So they change color, they change the pattern. It’s the same with ice fishing.” The Colorado Department of Wildlife holds ice fishing clinics in various locations each winter, including St. Vrain State Park in Firestone. Times and locations have yet to be scheduled; check the Upcoming Events calendar at for updates. St. Vrain State Park is full all winter long with ice fishers, says Linda Richards, the park’s administrative assistant. Park improvements in recent years have upped the number of summer visitors, and with them, more ice fishers each winter. Some regulars get pretty competitive, she says, bragging about how fast they hit their limit on online forums like, which Richards likes to follow. The park is stocked with trout each year in the fall and, depending on the cold, stocked again in winter. Ice conditions on Front Range lakes like St. Vrain State Park can change quickly, especially in the spring. Ice fishers should be aware of currents that can change the ice and leave a pond or lake partially frozen over and partially ice free, Richards says. Four inches of good ice is the Department of Wildlife’s rule of thumb for walking on the surface, if less than two inches, stay off. They caution that ice is never safe and an ability to identify strong ice and various risk factors is ideal. Visit and search for “ice fishing” to find ice safety information, stock reports and ice fishing opportunities, or call the main customer service line at 303-297-1192. Fishing licenses are required for individuals 16 and older and can be purchased at Wal-Mart and sporting goods stores for $35.



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Some recommended ice fishing locales nearby ... • St. Vrain State Park in Firestone • Milavec Lake in Frederick • Gross Reservoir west of Boulder • Lone Tree Reservoir in Berthoud

• Lon Hagler Reservoir, Lake Loveland and Boyd Lake State Park in Loveland • Red Feather Lakes north west of Fort Collins • Jackson Lake State Park east of Greeley in Orchard, Colo. And far ... • Williams Fork Reservoir, east of Kremmling, Colo. in Grand County • Green Mountain Reservoir in Silverthorne • Dillon Reservoir in Dillon • Blue Mesa in the Curecanti National Recreational Area, near Gunnison • Eleven Mile State Park and Spinney Mountain State Park in Lake George • Georgetown Lake in Georgetown


Winter Sprinter

Athletes stay in shape, compete during the cold months by swimming and participating in the Winter Sprinter in Longmont







Winter Sprinter at Centennial provides fitness, competition With cold weather putting the freeze on many fitness activities, some Longmont athletes are staying in shape and competing by swimming. Novices and experienced swimmers alike will have the opportunity to compete at the fifth annual Winter Sprinter, kicking off at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 27 at Centennial Pool in Longmont. As a fitness activity, swimming offers many advantages over other typical activities, such as running, because it can be intense yet less bothersome to joints and physical limitations. “You can get a very good cardio workout by swimming,” says Sara Stewart, aquatics specialist at Centennial Pool. “Swimming is really great because it is low impact.” The Winter Sprinter was created when Longmont swimmers voiced an interest in competing in a less competitive tournament, as opposed to the existing Masters Swimming meets that are available year round. Stewart took the opportunity to create a fun, recreational meet that would give swimmers of all abilities the opportunity to compete. “A lot of people use it as a stepping



The Winter Sprinter What: A swimming meet for both Masters and non-Masters swimmers. Meet will feature a variety of relays and distance events including freestyle, back stroke, breast stroke and butterfly. When: Check-ins begin at 7:15 a.m., Jan. 29 Where: Centennial Pool, 1201 Alpine St., Longmont Cost: $20 if pre-registered, $25 day-of-registration Contact: Visit

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Above and below: Swimmers compete in last year’s Winter Sprinter in Longmont. (City of Longmont)

“Less than one-third of USMS swimmers identify themselves as "competitors" — but we all swim because we love swimming and want to be fit,” noted the United States Masters Swimming website ( “Swimming is one of the most popular forms of aerobic exercise, and it is an excellent activity for anyone who wishes to get fit and stay fit. USMS provides resources and activities to help swimmers maintain a lifelong interest in swimming.” For those interested in participating in the Masters Swimming program at Centennial Pool, visit for a list of classes and additional information. Masters Swimming programs in Colorado, along with more in-depth details, can be found at


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Animal overpopulation is a major concern in the United States, as evidenced by the four million cats and dogs euthanized every year in shelters across the country, according to the Humane Society of the Unites States, or HSUS, website. Fortunately, there is a solution to the problem, says veterinarian Jeff Peila of Valley Veterinary Hospital in Longmont. “We have way too many unwanted cats and dogs in the United States,” Peila says. “Spaying and neutering decreases that number.” Spaying is the term for abdominal surgery to remove the ovaries and uterus in female animals. Neutering is the removal of a male animal’s reproductive organ. The colloquial term for both of these operations is “fixing.” Fixing a pet is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, according to the HSUS website. Furthermore, spaying and neutering can have important health benefits, says Peila. “Dogs show the same incidence and kinds of breast cancer that women do,” Peila says. ”We know that spaying a female dog before their first heat eliminates that risk.” The effectiveness of spaying in eliminating breast cancer risk is greatly reduced after the third heat cycle, so it is important to do the surgery early in life. In addition to preventing breast cancer, spaying a female dog eliminates the risk of uterine and ovarian cancers. Both male and female dogs are more likely to roam when unfixed, which increases the risk of trauma from car accidents or fights with other animals. Phyllis Holst, Longmont DVM and author of “Canine Reproduction: The Breeder’s Guide,” says spaying and neutering is important but pure breeds also need to be protected. “There’s a real desire and need for 38

“We have way too many unwanted cats and dogs in the United States. Spaying and neutering decreases that number.” Jeff Peila, Valley Veterinary Hospital in Longmont

pure bred animals and the only way to have them is to breed the best ones, to perpetuate what you have,” she says. “There are 400 breeds in the world and about 200 different pure breeds of dogs in the U.S. They need people looking after them, taking care of them and keeping the breeds alive.” Peila also recognizes a person’s right to breed their pet if they so choose, but urges all pet owners to seriously consider this commitment. “I don’t expect all dogs and cats to get spayed and neutered,” Peila says. “There are breeders. I do spend a lot of time talking to them about the work that’s involved in raising a litter: vet costs, time and the need to find them a home.” Peila also encourages breeders to consider that pet overpopulation is already a problem, and there are shelter animals who need homes. “That dog that’s going to a home,

took away a home from a shelter animal,” he says. Though spay and neuter surgeries are low-risk, they are not risk-free. Some concerns are post-surgery weight gain (which can be combated with a healthy diet and exercise) and urinary incontinence issues later in life, among others. “There is a risk of hemorrhage, infection and aesthetic risks,” Peila says. “We’ve minimized those risks to a small, small percentage.” Both male and female dogs will need a few days of reduced activity after surgery, and females will have to return to the vet to have their stitches removed. Holst says the risks shouldn’t be a deterrent for spaying and neutering. “Dogs that aren’t pure bred and don’t have somebody totally committed to them for their life shouldn’t be reproducing,” she says. WINTER 2011


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Kim’s little girls play on the “jumping pillow ” at Miller Farms east of Longmont. (Photos by Jade Cody)

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Midway through our date at Miller Farms east of Longmont, Kim and I were on our hands and knees, digging up potatoes. Kim’s oldest daughter was right next to me, flinging dirt like she was on her way to China. Who says dating has to be stale, or for that matter, at a place without live chickens? Maybe it’s because I am the world’s worst dinner conversationalist. Maybe it’s that my neural activity resembles a litter of puppies. But for me, dinner and a movie just doesn’t cut it. Conventional dating, especially first and second dates, can be so boring. There is just such a lack of imagination and spontaneity in the typical date. Snapping beans and jumping off stacks of hay bales? Sign me up. Dates don’t always have to be planned on a premise of the Andy Griffith show (although wrist corsages really are the best). What Andy Griffith

got right, though, was to invite his dates to drink iced tea on his porch swing. Cause porch swings are fun. And, it’s an action that you and your date are doing together — with the same goal — to swing.

took a girl on a road trip. We drove all over the country, kissed at a truck stop and just had fun talking and listening to bad music. It’s romantic to fly by the seat of your pants. One of the best dates I’ve ever had Now, when I plan dates with Kim, I’ll was when I was a high school kid, and I normally have a few things in mind

This is Kim racing a pedal tractor. She was so fast. Her six-year-old is passing her in the background. TIMES-CALL / LONGMONT MAGAZINE


We took the opportunity to strike a pose in front of the port-o-potties.


that we can do, and then we’ll just go and wing it. She does the same. She recently took me to Breckenridge, and we spent the weekend exploring and relaxing. So for this edition of Save the Date, Kim and I decided to visit Miller Farms east of Longmont. Romantic, right? Right. We picked green beans. We raced pedal cars on a dirt track. We wandered through a corn field harvesting the last of the season’s fresh sweet corn. Kim’s girls (there are three of them, which, if you aren’t aware, is a large number) came with us and absolutely loved it. They helped dig, wander and pick at each field. Miller Farms is enormous, and the deal they had was $15 per person to

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made pumpkin bread, froze the corn and beans, and then the next day we had a huge feast. For me, this was the perfect date. I grew up on a corn and wheat farm, so things like crops, tractors and wheel We came back with piles of fresh barrows make my soul glow. corn, potatoes, green beans, onions, And just because it is winter, that celery, pumpkins, carrots and cabbage. Then we spent the afternoon preparing doesn’t mean dating has to go indoors. There are plenty of ideas for dates in and freezing the food. The girls and I and around Longmont. Go for a hike, sat outside, talking about who was ice skate at the Ice Pavilion or build a strongest and who found the biggest snowman (see page 50). worm in the corn, and we shucked, Just remember to bring that corsage. peeled and chopped the crops. Kim enjoy the farm, the corn maze, peruse the farmer’s market and then go on a wagon ride to each crop, filling plastic bags with as much produce as we could stuff in our bags.

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A cacophony of songbird melodies fills the surrounding woods, lakes, fields and ponds during the warmer spring and summer months. While their chorus is largely silenced during the winter months, there are still plenty of local birding opportunities during the winter. “This is the most popular sporting activity in America,” says J.D. Birchmeier of Longmont, member of the Boulder Bird Club and executive board member for the Boulder County Audubon Society. “It has more people doing it. Most are strictly looking out the back window at what comes to their birdfeeder. So there’s no such thing as a true beginner, because everybody knows a robin. And there is no one who will call themselves an expert, just some might know more than others.”

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Birchmeier says a typical bird trip in the summer nets a sighting of approximately 60 different species, while a winter bird trip yields about 30 species. Golden eagles and bald eagles stay in Colorado year-round; according to Birchmeier, there are five pairs of bald eagles that nest in Boulder County: one pair west of Longmont, one pair south of Longmont, one pair east of Boulder, one pair west of Boulder, and the other pair’s location isn’t widely known. “Nobody wants them to be bothered,” Birchmeier says. “Unless everyone knows about it – like the osprey at the fairgrounds – no one will tell you about it.” While the osprey migrate to Texas for the winter and the Swainson’s hawks winter in Argentina, a number of hawk species reside in the area throughout the year: Ferruginous,

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red-tails, Cooper’s, Kestrel, sharpshinned and rump-legged, while rough-legged hawks come to Colorado from Canada in the winter. Another year-round resident is the great horned owls. Like eagles and hawks, great horned owls start breeding around the first of February, and they can often be found in old hawk or heron nests. Xcel Energy has an owl cam installed at the Valmont power station 260 feet up, where viewers can observe great horned owls raising their young. Visit the owl cam at owl.html. Around the Longmont area, Birchmeier says Birch and McCall lakes off of Highway 66; Lagerman Resevoir; Golden Ponds; Roger’s Grove across from the fairgrounds; Union Reservoir; and the woods on the south side of town are some of the best birding areas. Birding can be done alone, but birding with a group of people optimizes the chance of seeing a wider variety of species. Several local birding groups offer field trips and events throughout the year, including the Boulder Bird Club, the Boulder County Audubon



“This is the most popular sporting activity in America ... It has more people doing it. Most are strictly looking out the back window at what comes to their birdfeeder. So there’s no such thing as a true beginner because everybody knows a robin. And there is no one who will call themselves an expert, just some might know more than others.” J.D. Birchmeier of Longmont

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When Dena Blackburn had the need for a guest bedroom in her home, she turned to her 3,000-square-foot unfinished basement. In need of a quick fix that wouldn’t cost a fortune, Blackburn, with the help of her mother and coworker Judi Supplee, came up with a plan to not only make a guest bedroom, but a living area that would include a sitting area for TV watching and a small office. As the owners of Encore Home Staging and Redesign in Longmont, Blackburn and Supplee had a natural instinct toward design. To get started the duo decided on an area and partitioned off about 900 square feet for their project. “The key is to keep it really simple, don’t try and do too much,” Supplee says. “You have to really focus on functionality.” Once the area was defined, Blackburn and Supplee started looking for inexpensive products to cover the walls with and to help The living area is separated from the define the space. Since putting up drywall bedroom with tan sheets that were on wasn’t an option, they decided on reed fenchand. Oversized rugs on the floor also help define the areas. Top: Looking from ing. Not only was reed fencing less expensive the bedroom you can see the living than drywall, from a design standpoint, it room and beyond that the office, which provided texture for the area. is separated with a screen and the Pam Lampe, an interior designer for Home positioning of the couch. (Summer Stair) Matters in Loveland, says texture is impor48

tant when designing an area, especially in a basement where it might feel empty and cold. Another important aspect is to keep color choices neutral with pops of color, Supplee says. With this in mind, Blackburn defined the bedroom area by hanging from the rafters tan sheets she already had on hand. From there, inexpensive curtains helped define the other areas of the makeshift basement apartment. “Neutral colors always look good and classy,” Supplee says. “Then use pops of color and texture. Keep it toned down. Don’t junk it up.” According to Supplee and Lampe other tricks to help define the separate areas include throw rugs, screens, carpet tiles and the positioning of furniture. Once the spaces are defined, Supplee recommends looking around your home and seeing what you have that you are not using. “Sheets, curtains, large statements pieces, bookshelves...whatever,” she says. “Just make sure everything has a dual purpose.” Since space is limited, making sure everything has a purpose helps in functionality. “It’s about really being able to bring things together and keep the same feel and theme together,” Supplee says. WINTER 2011


Quick, Inexpensive Design Tips A basement can often feel cold and dank since natural light can be limited. Pam Lampe, of Home Matters in Loveland, gave these tips when looking for pieces to include in a basement redesign. • Throw rugs, carpet tiles or even remnants from a carpet store can help define spaces. • Fabric or wrapping paper can help cover up unfinished walls. • Bring in patio furniture from outside. Buy some fun new cushions that offer a pop of color. • Floor lamps and throw will offer light and warmth. Both are important to give warmth to a basement environment. • Include greenery in your design. Living things help bring life and warmth to an area. • Make your own art on stretch canvases. Lampe suggests having your kids paint them or do solid colors and hang them from light to dark. •If a wall is needed for privacy, use fabric, a screen or curtains. • Look for cheap furniture at garage sales or discount stores, and recover it with a slipcover. • Mirrors can help make a space feel larger and lighter. – SUMMER STAIR

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For children along the Front Range last year, snowman-building wasn’t in top form. “Last year was a very unusual year along the Front Range,” says Ashton Altieri, meteorologist for 9News in Denver. Snowfall totals were nearly half that Ashton Altieri of the norm, he says. Based on snow that has already fallen, Altieri felt comfortable forecasting more snow, and with that more of those precious snow days, this winter. The basic ingredients for snowfall are cold air and moisture, he says. Along the Front Range, which is a high desert, 50

“we don’t always get big snow because of a lack of moisture.”

ideally “in front of the house, so people can see it.”

Good snowman-building snow has to do with how much moisture is in the snow, he says. “The more water that is in the snow, the more sticky it will be.” He recommended waiting for awhile after snowfall, because it gets wetter and better suited to become a snowman.

Vomacka said it is important that you roll up three snow balls, each smaller than the last, to construct a snowman. Once stacked together, snowmen should be decorated with buttons for the eyes and mouth, a carrot for the nose, sticks for the arms and a scarf for good measure.

Local professional snowman builder Grant Vomacka, an 11-year-old Berthoud boy, has already taken advantage of the big snow in October. He says the basic snowman materials needed are as follows: buttons, scarf, a couple sticks, a carrot, a good pair of gloves to keep your hands warm and a good old fashioned snow day. According to Vomacka, who has several years of experience in the snowman industry, it is important when planning a snowman to choose an ideal location,

The Berthoud snow pro is also a skilled snowball fighter, and had some additional tips for winning snowball fights: • Build a fort or a wall using snow. This will give you coverage for incoming snowballs. • Stockpile snowballs, each constructed roughly the size of a baseball. • Wait until your brother is making a snowball, then launch your snowball supply. WINTER 2011




Make it Pop! Colors, patterns to wear this winter involve shades of red BY KENDALL SCHOEMANN

Colors to wear this season contrast the dull, gloomy pallet of winter. Light colors with pops of dramatic fabric is the way to stay warm and fashionable this season. According to the fashion week runways, maroons and deep reds are the must-have pieces. Jessica Helson, owner of Boulder boutique Chelsea, says the most popular shades this season are wine and raisin. “We are seeing those colors as a pop of color in the outfit, against lots of neutrals,” she says. “Adding a bright scarf, piece of statement jewelry or a handbag can really enhance outfits this winter.” Maya Klembort, sales associate for Boulder store Weekends, says the colors this winter were not commonly seen in past seasons. “We’re seeing a lot of light and neutral colors along with bright florals and digitized prints,” she says. Digitized prints are constructed on a computer in order to look less organic. Contrasted with these bright, bold colors and prints, outerwear trends are neutral this season. “Simple silhouette coats and jackets in camel, black, brown or cream compliment the burst of color on other apparel,” Klembort says. A simple, warm and fun way to polish a winter outfit is by adding a scarf. They work outside with a bundled coat and inside with a comfortable sweater. “Scarves provide instant sophistication to any outfit,” Helson says. Classic boots are also staples for completing the ideal winter look. “Tall boots and ankle boots are the lengths to wear,” Klembort says. “Look for an ankle boot with a thick heel and not a stiletto.” Regardless of your style or budget, a few bright pieces of red shades are ideal for adding warmth and life to your winter wardrobe this season. TIMES-CALL / LONGMONT MAGAZINE


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Gear Up for Winter Fun Get out the snow boots and winter coat, and bundle up for some winter fun. Whether it’s the thrill of flying down a hill on a sled or the peaceful serenity of cross country skiing, there are plenty of winter sports for everyone to enjoy. Here’s what Longmont Magazine found to be the top local spots for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. – SUMMER STAIR

Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing • Brainard Lake, Boulder – Not only does Brainard Lake offer some of the best site seeing, it also is one of the best spots to snowshoe. • Peaceful Valley – Located 15 miles west of Lyons, near Roosevelt National Forest, on Colo. Highway 72. Great for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. • Eldora Ski Area – Explore the Front Range in northern Colorado’s only operating ski area. Sledding • Sunset Middle School – by the old cemetery at the top of the hill, across from Ken Pratt Boulevard. • Skyline High School – 1600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont. • 21st Avenue by Garden Acres Park – small hill on the ditch side.

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Longmont children will have the chance to show off their hoops skills in the upcoming Denver Nuggets Skill Challenge at 1 p.m. on Jan. 7. Kids ages 7 to 14 (as of April 30, 2011) will be able to compete for free in three categories: passing, dribbling and shooting. According to Rene Kingsley, recreation specialist for the City of Longmont, there were almost 100 children participating in last year’s Nuggets Challenge. This year’s hoopsters will compete for various awards and prizes. Girls and boys compete in separate divisions, and winners of the competition have the opportunity to compete in a sectionals tournament, Kingsley says. Sectional winners will be invited to participate in the finals at the Pepsi Center. Those who are interested do not have to pre-register. Entry forms will be available at noon at the Longmont Recreation Center on Jan 7. The event is co-sponsored by the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Beef Council. For more information, contact Kingsley at 303-651-8398.

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See the beauty of winter by snowshoeing BY KENDALL SCHOEMANN

When winter days are spent cooped up inside, the rows of perfectly untouched, glistening layers of winter snow go unappreciated. Beyond the comfort of a roaring fire, bundled blanket and cup of tea, the charms of the winter season create an ideal recreational platform. With a little creativity and determination, one can pick up a winter activity or sport and personally experience the allure of winter. Perfect for every age and skill level, snowshoeing is one of the best ways to experience the beautiful winter backdrop of Colorado. The sport’s flexibility allows for a peaceful stroll or a strenuous workout; a solo activity or a great way to catch up with friends; and is exciting for all ages. Jake Thamm, president of The Crescent Moon Snowshoe Company in Boulder, says there are many idyllic trails for a breath-taking scene of the Front Range from the use of snowshoes. “There are endless places within an hour drive for all levels,” he says. “Snowshoeing is perfect for a short morning, long afternoon or a weekendlong excursion.” Snowshoeing beginners tend to pick up the sport quickly once the pace becomes comfortable and natural. According to Thamm, the first thing beginners need to do to ensure a successful and enjoyable outing is secure proper snowshoes. “Selecting the right shoe is essential for an optimal experience,” he says. “Look for one that fits well, feels comfortable and is easy to get in and out of.” Because beginners usually stick to TIMES-CALL / LONGMONT MAGAZINE


well established trail systems or hard packed snow, users should select a smaller shoe. “You don’t need too much of a snowshoe,” Thamm says. “It will help make the adventure less strenuous.” Shoe bindings are also important. Make sure to find one that will not stretch, freeze or come out of adjustment. Although not necessary, hiking poles are a great accessory that improves balance and comfort, especially when wearing a backpack. “Personally, I am a fan of poles,” Thamm says. “You can go farther, do more and be less tired.” Thamm recommends adjustable poles so users can shorten the length when going uphill and increase the length when descending. The next thing to consider before heading out on your first snow-covered trail is basic winter safety.

“Because Colorado weather can change very quickly and drastically, it is important to be prepared for all outdoor conditions,” Thamm says. “Pack layers that will stay warm and dry, bring a water bottle and be aware of altitude levels.” There are an endless amount of trails and spots for snowshoeing in the area. Books and online resources offer rankings and descriptions to help users decipher ideal areas of every skill level. “I’m a huge fan of the Nordic trail system in Eldorado,” Thamm says. “It is fantastic, well marked and in an area where you won’t get lost.” As you get more comfortable with trail systems, you can begin to try other snowshoeing endeavors. “The great thing about snowshoeing is the skill evolution,” Thamm says. “You can always explore a new off trail area and see incredible views.” 59

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Winter Backpacking: How to survive (and enjoy) camping in the cold BY EMMA CASTLEBERRY

Snow is a game-changer in the world of backpacking. But Boulder REI employee and outdoor survival teacher Tim Joynt says the experience is worth the extra challenge. “Snow absorbs a lot of sound, so there is this eery calm,” Joynt says. “It’s absolutely beautiful to get out and see the mountains and trees covered in snow.” With a little extra preparation, you can be one of the few to experience the mountains in the heart of winter. Joynt says planning is paramount and can even be part of the fun. “A key thing is spending the time to prepare and enjoying it,” Joynt says. When planning, The Lightweight Backpacker website says to remember that hiking will be slower in the snow and cold, so you will need to reduce the mileage of your daily hikes between camps. Joynt says good trips can be found in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, as well as Brainard Lake and Buchanan Pass. He also says it’s important to contact someone who knows the area before your trip. “I always recommend talking to someone who knows the area and getting in touch with the forest service,” Joynt says. “They can get you a lot of information you wouldn’t normally have about water, closures and restrictions for fire.” Joynt says the most important factor for winter backpacking is gear. Without the appropriate cold-weather clothing, sleeping bag and fire starters, your trip can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. “You can have a lot of skills, but if you go out and you don’t have a warm enough sleeping bag, you can enjoy the day while you’re hiking but then you’ll find yourself in trouble,” Joynt says. The Lightweight Backpacker says cotton clothing should be avoided and layering is key when it comes to your winter backpacking attire. Cotton loses its insulation when damp and takes a long time to dry, so synthetics and wool materials are preferable. You will be colder at night when stationary and warmer while hiking, so layer your clothes to allow for adjustments. Try to adjust your layers before you are too hot or cold so that your body doesn’t have to exert extra energy to regulate. As with any camping trip, it is imperative that someone TIMES-CALL / LONGMONT MAGAZINE


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La Fiesta An annual multicultural social event, La Fiesta, sponsored by Intercambio Uniting Communities took place on Oct. 22 at the Boulder Elks Lodge. Approximately 1,300 people attended the event which included live entertainment, music, dancing and cultural exchange. All of the proceeds from the event went toward furthering the mission of Intercambio Uniting Communities. (Courtesy Jess Prince)




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Firestone Fall Festival The Town of Firestone hosted the Firestone Fall Festival at the Firestone Regional Sports Complex on Oct. 15. More than 2,000 people came out to enjoy the festivities, which included local vendors, food, live music, wagon rides, face painting, caricatures, balloon animals, a petting zoo, a corn shucking contest, a pumpkin hunt and much more. 1. Darrell Walsh helps kids guess the weight of the pumpkin. 2. Corn shucking contest. 3. A child strikes a pose. 4. A young child on the new playground. 5. 3 Rock Liquors sponsored wagon rides. 6. Julian Gomez, Julie Pasillas, Darrell Walsh and Kristi Ritter. (Courtesy Town of Firestone)

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City parks offer a variety of fun Here’s a glimpse at the parks and some of the features they include. Numbers in parenthesis correspond to map locations. Affolter, (1), Holly Avenue and S. Judson Street. 5.3 acres, basketball courts, multi-use field, softball field, tennis courts, restrooms, shelter and playground. Alta, (2), 10th Avenue and Alta Street. A half-acre,

picnic area and playground. Athletic Field, (3), 11th Avenue and Kimbark Street. Basketball courts, soccer/football field and picnic area. Carr, (4), 21st Avenue and Gay Street. 8.4 acres, basketball courts, soccer/ football fields, picnic area, barbecue pit, playground, restrooms, shelter, softball field, tennis courts and roller hockey rink.

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. Collyer, (6), Sixth Avenue and Collyer Street. 5.2

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


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acres, picnic area, barbecue pits, playground, restrooms, shelters, volleyball and tennis courts.

McIntosh Lake, (19), located west of Longmont on Colo. Highway 66. 55 acres, fishing, basketball court, picnic area, shelter and restrooms.

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

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.

Flanders, (8), 2229 Breakwater Drive. 4.1 acres, fishing, soccer/football field, shelter, barbecue pits, restrooms, playground, volleyball court, basketball hoops, picnic area and roller hockey court.

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.

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

Raber, (22), 24th Avenue and Sunset Street. 3.2 acres, shelter, 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.

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.

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. Izaak Walton, (12), 18 S. Sunset St. 21.5 acres, clubhouse, fishing, picnic area, barbecue pit, shelter and restrooms. Jim Hamm Nature Area, (13), 17th Avenue and County Line Road. 23.9 acres, fishing, nature trail, barbecue pit, restrooms and shelter. Kanemoto, (14), Missouri Avenue and South Pratt Parkway. 8.7 acres, ball fields, picnic area, playground, restrooms, shelters, soccer/football fields, volleyball courts and wading pool. Kensington, (15), 100 E. Longs Peak Ave. 18.2 acres, fishing, basketball court, picnic area,



Roger's Grove in Longmont during A cold snow spell, December 2009.

playgrounds, restrooms, barbecue pits and shelters. Lanyon, (16), 19th Avenue and Collyer Street. 7.7 acres, basketball court, picnic area, barbecue pit, playground, restrooms, shelter and softball fields. Left Hand Creek, (17), 1800 Creekside Drive. 10 acres, playground, softball field, basketball hoops, volleyball court, picnic area, barbecue pit, restrooms, shelters, soccer/football fields and roller hockey rink. Loomiller, (18), 11th Avenue and Sumner Street. 15.3 acres, fishing, picnic area, barbecue pit, playground, disc golf, restrooms and shelters.

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.

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. Dog Park II, (3), Airport and St. Vrain roads. 2.5 acres, off leash dog exercise area, picnic area and shelter.

Clark Centennial Park. Rough and Ready, (4), 21st Avenue and Alpine Street. 9.8 acres, skate park, basketball courts, sand volleyball court, bocce ball and horseshoe courts, multi-use play field, off-leash dog exercise area, playgrounds, restrooms, shelters, picnic area and barbecue pit. Stephen Day Park, (5), 1340 Deerwood Drive. 15 acres, skate park and BMX / mountain bike area, basketball court, sand volleyball court, multi-use play field, off-leash dog exercise area, water spray fountain for children to play in, playground,

restrooms, shelters, picnic area and barbecue pits. Union Reservoir, (6), 461 Weld County Road 26. 736-acre lake, fishing, camping, picnic area, restrooms, shelter, volleyball, 24 barbecue pits, playground, horseshoes, wakeless boating, wind surfing and swimming beach. Dog beach for off leash and play and swim. Entry fee. Call 303-7721265. For more information, call 303-651-8446, or visit park_list/overview /index.html.

Golf Courses Bella Rosa Golf Course 5830 Weld County Road 20, Frederick 303-678-2940 9 holes, public Coal Creek Golf Course 585 W. Dillon Road, Louisville 303-666-7888 18 holes, public Fox Hill Country Club 1400 E. Colo. Highway 119, Longmont 303-772-1061 18 holes, private Haystack Mountain Golf Course & Driving Range 5877 Niwot Road, Niwot 303-530-1400 9 holes, public


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Indian Peaks Golf Course 2300 Indian Peaks Trail, Lafayette 303-666-4706 18 holes, public

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

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

Lake Valley Golf Club 4400 Lake Valley Drive, Longmont 303-444-2114 18 holes, private

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

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Nov. 12 • 37th Longmont Turkey Trot. Sign up for either the 10K or 2 mile run/walk on our fast, flat courses around Altona Middle School. Proceeds assist the Longmont Recreation Services’ Youth Scholarship Fund. 9 a.m. $20 adult; $18 youth/ senior. Altona Middle School, 4600 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont. 303-651-8406. Email • Taste of Therapy Wellness Fair. Try massage, acupuncture, energy work and more for only $5 per 15 minute hands on demonstration. Appointments are taken on a first come basis and spaces do fill quickly. Doors open at 9:45 a.m.; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Izaak Walton Clubhouse, 18 S. Sunset St., Longmont. 303-651-8404. Email • Jus Goodie. Reggae, Funk, R&B, Soul. 8 p.m. $6.00. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont. 303-834-9384. • Cat Jerky. 5-8 p.m. Free. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont. 3037720258 ext. 110. • Longmont Symphony Orchestra. The Longmont Symphony Orchestra presents flamenco dancer, Salli Gutierrez, featuring a Night in Old Spain. 7:30 p.m. $16/adult; $14/senior; $12/youth. Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont. 303-772-5796. Email • The Wolftones. Concert Americana. 4:306:30p.m. Free. Tasty Weasel taproom, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont. 303-776-1914. Email • Gasoline Lollipops offer alt-country concert. 8:3012 a.m. $5. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-485-9400. Email • Paula Nelson Band. Willie’s daughter. 8-11:30 p.m. $10. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-823-6685. Email • Candlelight Walk - Suicide Awareness & Healing. The Longmont Police Department Victim Services, Boulder Police Department Victim Services, the Suicide Survivors’ Support Group of Longmont, Heartbeat Boulder and Steve’s Circle – Sibling Heartbeat would like to invite you to join us in a Candlelight Walk and Raising Awareness Gathering which is free to the public. A special invitation is extended to those bereaved, including their friends and family. If you feel ready, please join us in a candle lighting ceremony to honor loved ones lost to suicide. The evening will include readings, as well as time for quiet contemplation. Representatives from local organizations will be present to provide community resource information and answer your questions. 6 p.m. Free. Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. 303-651-8855 . Email • Dearly Departed. Comedy about the Turpin family, which proves that living and dying in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt is seldom tidy and always hilarious. The Turpins turn to their friends and neighbors for comfort, and find an eccentric community of misfits who somehow help them pull together in their hour of need. 7:30 p.m. $10, adult and $8 for students and seniors. First United TIMES-CALL / LONGMONT MAGAZINE


Enjoy Science Discovery Days at WOW! Children’s Museum. Methodist Church, 820 Ninth St., Berthoud. 720-438-0892. • Objects of Inspiration. Art Exhibit featuring Leah Bradley, Annette Coleman, Linda Gleitz, Jody Madson, Marco Montanari, Marcela Ot’alora, Mark Rossier, Pete Wysong. Free. Old Firehouse Arts Center, 667 Fourth Ave., Longmont. 303-6512787. Email Nov.12-13 • Boulder Potters’ Guild Holiday Show and Sale. There will be a wide variety of functional, decorative and sculptural work in clay. Daily drawings for artist pottery and daily demonstrations of work in clay. Free. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont. 303-447-0310. Email • Louisville Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival. Items for sale include oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic paintings, photographs, sculpture, cards, bin art, jewelry, scarves, holiday decorations and much more. All crafts are hand made, reasonably priced and will make great gifts. Art, food, wine and music will be provided and all are welcome to attend. Free. Louisville Recreation Center, 900 W. Via Appia Way, Louisville. 303-666-7400. Email • Our Town Silver Creek Theater Company presents Thornton Wilder’s classic, "Our Town," the pulitzer prize-winning three-act play about daily life, love, and eternity in small town America at the turn of the last century. Quality theater performed by the youth of your town, Longmont. 7 p.m. $10 adults/$8 students. Silver Creek High School, 4901 Nelson Road, Longmont. 720-494-3721. Email Dweir— • WOW!’s 15th Birthday Celebration. WOW! Children’s Museum is celebrating its 15th birthday! Help us blow out our birthday candles and enjoy a musical performance by Boulder Bach, crafts, face painting, refreshments and more. 11 a.m. Included with Museum Admission. WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. 303604-2424. Nov. 13 • CU Presents Artist Series: Vienna Boys Choir. With its broad repertoire encompassing Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop songs, holiday favorites and medieval chant,

Vienna Boys Choir performances delight music lovers of all ages and from all walks of life. 4 p.m. Single tickets start at $16. Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, University of Colorado, Boulder. 303-492-8008. Email • Scott Von. Colorado’s Scott Von writes music at the crossroads where Roots Music meets American Folk. Stomping boots and stirring grooves from the Roots tradition, stripped down songs from the Folk tradition, and a stage show that inspires. 5-7 p.m. Free. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont. 303-772-0258 ext. 110. • Jeri Jorgenson and Cullen Bryant concert. The piano and violin duo will perform in this Sunday afternoon presentation from the Estes Park Music Festival. 2 p.m. $5 adults; child., students free. Stanley Hotel, 333 W. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-5179. • Gadzukes!. concert. 6-9 p.m. free. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-823-6685. Email • Giddyup Kitty Bluegrass band. concert all female bluegrass band. 6-9 p.m. Free. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-485-9400. Email • Dearly Departed. Comedy about the Turpin family, which proves that living and dying in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt is seldom tidy and always hilarious. The Turpins turn to their friends and neighbors for comfort, and find an eccentric community of misfits who somehow help them pull together in their hour of need. 2 p.m. $10, adult and $8 for students and seniors. First United Methodist Church, 820 Ninth St., Berthoud. 720-438-0892. • Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week. Front Range Christian Fellowship is serving as a drop-off location in Longmont for Operation Christmas Child – the World’s Largest Christmas Project of its kind. Right now, local volunteers are busy preparing to receive some 7,800 gift-filled shoe boxes, packed by caring Longmont residents with toys, school supplies and necessity items for hurting kids in 100 countries. 10 a.m -6 p.m. Free. Front Range Christian Fellowship, 10667 Parkridge Ave., Longmont. (303) 651-1476. • Longmont Movement for Mamas - . The "Be Fit for Baby" Class cares for your body and mind during pregnancy and beyond. Join us for meditation, dance, yoga poses, tai chi and mindfulness exercises. Meet other moms-to-be and new moms in this beautiful and uplifting space. 7:30 p.m. $10. The Meditation Place, 940 Kimbark, 4, Longmont. 303-641-0963. Email Nov. 15 • Bluegrass pick. all levels welcome. 8-11p.m. Free. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-8236685. Email /storytimes.htm. • Science Discovery Days. Drop-in and explore our monthly informal hands-on science sessions. This month, learn about fun ways to play with numbers. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Included with Museum Admission. WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. 303-604-2424. 67

events Nov. 16 • Tribute to Gram Parsons & Ryan Adams. local musicians going songs of Ryan Adams & Gram Parsons. 7-11 p.m. free. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-823-6685. Email Nov. 17 • Dave Davis. Dave Davis guitar/vocal performer with many years of band action throughout the area. 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $5 donation requested. Larry’s Guitar Shop, 508 5th Ave., Longmont. 720-3404169. Email • Acoustic open stage with K.C. Groves. all welcome. 8-10 p.m. Free. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-823-6685. Email • Steve Manshel. dinner music downstairs. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-485-9400. • Annual Hospital Gift Shop Sale. 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.. Longmont United Hospital, 1850 Mountain View Ave., Longmont. 303-651-5111. Nov. 18 • Funkiphino. Colorado’s 12 piece funk sensation. Funk, R&B, Old School Rap. 8 p.m. $10. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont. 303-8349384. • David Richey. Country & bluegrass. 5:30-7:30 p.m. free. Tasty Weasel taproom, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont. 303-776-1914. Email • Renaissance Project in Concert. The Renaissance

Project, led by Arthur Hampton Bragg, is a Boulder, Colorado-based choir that focuses on Renaissance motets, other Renaissance pieces, and music of a similar aesthetic. 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder. 303-494-0195. Email • Bonnie & The Clydes. Real country. 8:30-12 a.m. $5. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-4859400. Email • J. Shogren band alt-country. Concert. 8-11:30 p.m. $5. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 3038236685. Email • Images Dancing. Photography by Del Hope is featured in this opening reception for the exhibit that continues through Dec. 24. 5 p.m. Free. Art Center of Estes Park, 517 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-5882. Nov. 19 • Holiday Craft Fair. Holiday Craft Fair hand sewn, hand knitted, hand carved, handmade. 10-3p.m. free. The Vista’s, 2310 9th Ave., Longmont. 303 532 4946. • Tree Lighting Ceremony. Carolers, pony rides and an early visit from Santa Claus are all part of the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Headquartered in the centrally-located downtown Bond Park at the intersection of MacGregor Avenue and Elkhorn Avenue (Estes Park’s main street) the switch will be thrown and the lights on the trees in the park will come on, a scene replicated from the early days of tree lighting in Estes Park more than 60 years ago. The lighted trees will be added to the

175 decorated trees throughout the downtown area. Afternoon activities begin at 1 p.m.; the lighting ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. Free. Bond Park, Elkhorn and MacGregor avenues, downtown, Estes Park. 970-577-9900; 800-443-7837. Email • The Congress. Jam-Rock. 8 p.m. $5. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont. 303-8349384. • Boulder Children’s Chorale: Venus and Adonis. In 1683 John Blow composed an inventive masque for the entertainment of the king, history’s first English-language opera. This witty tale of gods and mortals, love and loss, comes alive in BCOC’s concert version, the latest in their series of 17thCentury Treasures. Guest Concertmaster: Allison Edberg Guest Artists: Amanda Balestrieri (soprano), David Farwig (baritone), Robert Sussuma (countertenor) With the Boulder Children’s Chorale, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Chorus and additional soloists. Frank Nowell, conductor. For tickets: 7:30 p.m. $5$24. First Congregational Church, 1500 Ninth Ave., Longmont. 303-889-1012. • Felonius Smith. Good ol’ fashioned Blues. 5-8 p.m. Free. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont. 303-772-0258 ext. 110. • The Clamdaddys. acoustic blues. 4:30-6:30 p.m. free. Tasty Weasel taproom, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont. 303-776-1914. Email • David Williams. David Williams is an Emmy winning songwriter (for his work with PBS), cartoonist, writer, and multi-instrumentalist, who

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events plays a variety of string instruments. His musical influences include everything from gypsy jazz to delta blues, bluegrass and folk. As a singersongwriter, he is known for his way with words and melodies, which conjure up the American musical landscape. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. The Stone Cup, 442 High St., Lyons. 303-823-2345. Email • Off The Tracks band. Local rockers. 8-11:30 p.m. $5. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 3038236685. Email Nov. 19-20 • Mollie McGee’s 31st Annual Holiday Craft Market. Mollie McGee’s Craft Market is one of Colorado’s largest, highest quality, and friendliest juried craft shows! Featuring a huge variety of mostly handcrafted items with some unique, not-found-inany-mall, selections for your shopping enjoyment. There are delights for everyone in over 160 craft booths. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3 re-entry free. Boulder Country Fairgrounds, Hover and Nelson roads, Longmont. 303-772-0649. Email Nov. 20 • Neil Ross Trio. 5-7 p.m. Free. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont. 303-772-0258 ext. 110. • Winter Music Series: Sandra Wong and the Thyme Quintet. Violin, flute and cello. 2 p.m. $5. Stanley Hotel, 333 W. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9519. • Idlewhile band. Americana & rock. 6-9 p.m. Free. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-485-9400. Email • Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s Nutcracker Tea. Reservations required. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 303.466.5685. 2-4 p.m. $30 per adult $25 per child. Aloft Hotel of Broomfield, 8300 Arista Place, Broomfield. 303-466-5685. Email Nov. 21 • Ales 4 Females. Come socialize with like-minded women as we learn about craft beer and food & beer pairings. 6:30-8 p.m. $11. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont. 303-772-0258 ext. 110. Email Nov. 23 • Catch the Glow. Visit with Santa and enjoy hay rides and pony rides. Whimsical characters and festive carolers will entertain throughout the downtown area. At dusk, the Catch the Glow Parade begins. Noon; Parade at dusk. Free. Elkhorn Ave., Downtown Estes Park, Estes Park. 970-577-9900. Email Nov. 25 • Catch the Glow Celebration and Parade. Visit with Santa, hay rides and pony rides. Whimsical characters and festive carolers will entertain throughout the downtown area. At dusk, floats from the Catch the Glow Parade will feature thousands of tiny twinkling lights and storybook figures, angels, snowmen, marching bands, entertainers, wildlife characters and Santa. Noon. Free. Downtown Estes Park, Estes Park. 970-577-9900. • Enchanted Evening & Santa’s Visit. Tree Lighting Ceremony in Old Town Niwot at 6 p.m. Local TIMES-CALL / LONGMONT MAGAZINE


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Merchants will be open late with In-store Specials & Refreshments Banjo Billy Bus rides between Old Town and Cottonwood Square. Live Music all around town including Ptarmigan String Quartet (in the Emporium) and Christine Tulis at the Harp (in the Niwot Inn). Local Artisans and Vendors showing at 124 Second Avenue Santa will make an appearance. 6 p.m. Free. Downtown Niwot, 300 Second Ave., Niwot. 303-652-0944. • The Quiet American. Aaron Keim from Boulder Acoustic society. 5:30-7:30p.m. free. Tasty Weasel taproom, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont. 303-776-1914. Email • Lionel Young Band. award winning blues band. 8-11:30 p.m. $5. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 3038236685. Email • The Nutcracker Ballet. America’s favorite ballet is brought to life by the Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. times vary; call for details. $15-$82. Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder. 303-449-1343, ext. 2. Email • 9th Annual Holiday Art Exhibition. Exhibit features the work of Cultural Arts Center visual artist members. Noon. Free. Cultural Arts Center Fine Art Gallery, 453 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9203. Email Nov. 26-27 • Christmas Begins at The Flower Bin Open House. The Flower Bin will be hosting their Annual “Christmas Begins at The Flower Bin” open house. Live entertainment will be Saturday and Sunday: Dr. Kathy B. Moore has been a professor at UNC in Greeley for more than 30 years, where she has taught music theory and harp. She is the principal harpist in the Greeley Philharmonic. In addition, she has written several harp books and arrangements. She has also recorded CD’s with and for Jackson Berkey, keyboardist with Mannheim Steamroller. She will perform by playing the harp on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. free. The

Flower Bin, 1805 Nelson Road, Longmont. 303-772-3454. Email Nov. 26 • Holiday House Christmas Bazaar. The Estes Park Medical Center’s annual fundraising event offers handmade gifts, knitted wear, decorations and baked goods. Business and private people donate other items. The bazaar sells out quickly so go early. 9 a.m. $1 admission. Estes Park Conference Center, 201 S. St. Vrain Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-7205. • Dan Wright. Rock, folk, country, and blues. His set list contains more than 300 well known songs. 5-8 p.m.. Free. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont. 303-772-0258 ext. 110. • Kort McCumber. Americana. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Tasty Weasel taproom, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont. 303-776-1914. Email • Spring Creek bluegrass band. local bluegrass band. 8-11:30 p.m. $5. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-823-6685. Email • The Big Motif. Young rockers from Denver. 811:30 p.m. $5. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-485-9400. Email Nov. 27 • Sugar Plum Tea Party. Longmont Dance Theatre presents the Annual Sugar Plum Tea Party at a new venue. This amazing event includes a high tea, Mini-Nutcracker performance and your picture with a Sugar Plum Fairy. Call to make reservations. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. $25 per ticket. The D-Barn Reception Hall, 136 S. Main St., Longmont. 303-772-1335. Email • Bonnie and Taylor. Good ol’ fashioned Bluegrass with the voice of an angel. 5-7 p.m.. Free. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont. 3037720258 x 110. Email • Winter Music Series: Peggy Lyon/Gregory Dufford. Piano and clarinet. 2 p.m. $5. Stanley Hotel, 333 W. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9519. 69

events • Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen. Acoustic blues duo. 6-9 p.m. Free. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-823-6685. Email • Ruined Nation band with Dave Richey. bluegrass & country. 6-9 p.m. Free. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. 303-4859400. Nov. 29 • Wine Tasting and Jewelry Trunk Show. Join us for a food and wine pairing and jewelry trunk show while you help support the Longmont Council for the Arts. Local artists will have holiday gifts for sale including jewelry, holidays cards and ornaments. Tickets are limited and include delicious food and wine pairings with proceeds going to the LCA. 5-8 p.m. $40 per person; $75 couple. Sugarbeet, 101 Pratt St., Longmont. 303-651-3330. Email Ongoing November Events • Through Nov. 18 – Itty Bitty City. Snow or Shine, our toys are divine. Kids ages 6 months to 5 years have a lot of room to run and play. Parents must supervise their children. Please, no older children. No fee for babies.

9-11 a.m. Fridays. $2 per child; 10 visit pass $17. St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Long Peak Ave., Longmont. 303-651-8404. Email • Through Nov. 19 – Frost/Nixon days and times vary; call for details. $15-$17. Longmont Theatre Company, 513 Main St., Longmont. 303-772-5200. Email • Nov. 25-Dec. 31 – Holiday Food and Fund Drive. Longmont Humane Society will be collecting monetary and food donations, for the pets its care. Canned food donations are most welcomed and strongly encouraged. Any donations received before Jan. 1, 2012, will be eligible for 2011 tax deductions. all day. Free. Longmont Humane Society, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont. 303772-1232. Email • Though Nov. 27 – And Then There Were None. In this mystery statuettes of little soldiers fall off the mantel and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten "soldiers" m


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et his death until there were none. Eight guests who have never met each other or their host are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead, poisoned. One down and nine to go. 5:30 p.m. $10-$22. Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont. 303-682-9980. Email • Through Nov. 27 – Art quilts and mixed media by Sara L. Broers Brown. Art quilts and mixed media by Sara L. Broers Brown. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. free. Cafe Luna, 800 Coffman St., Longmont. 303-702-999. • Through Dec. 3 – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This one hour children’s musical creates more laughter than fear and is ideal for all ages. 3 p.m. Saturdays. $5. Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont. 303-682-9980. Email • Through Dec. 4 – Forever Plaid. This deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950s on the way to their first big concert, and now miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. $15-$35. Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont. 3036829980. Email • Through Dec. 16 – Hix ’n’ Chix Square and Round Dances. Dances are held on second and fourth Wednesdays. 7:30 p.m. rounds, 8 p.m. squares. $7 members, $8 guests. Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. 303-678-7711. Email • Through Dec. 19 – Women’s Chorus. Colorado Spirit Chorus, a member of Sweet Adelines International, invites you to join them for singing, friendship and fun. 4-part, a cappella harmony in the Barbershop style. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. Free. Boulder Christian Church, 7100 S. Boulder Rd., Boulder. 303-460-8651. Email • Through Dec. 31– Open Studio at the CAC. The Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park presents this series of free form work sessions and encourages artists to bring their own projects from home. Individual instruction is provided and focused to guide personalized growth as an artist. Beginner to intermediate level. 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays. $10. Cultural Arts Council; Fine Art Gallery, 423 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9203. Email • Through Jan. 2 – Art Opening: Colorado Cascade. large-scale abstract western landscapes of Joan Mangle. The Colorado Cascade series presents dynamic oil paintings of the foothills, mountains and peaks of the Front Range. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, 1421 Pearl St., Boulder. 970-4938424. www.JoanMangleStudio.


Dec. 19 • Ballet Program with Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Put on your dancing shoes and join our friends from BNC for a special ballet program.Ballet program is included with Museum admission!. 10:30a.m. Included with Museum Admission. WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. 303-604-2424.

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events Dec. 1 • Craig Satterfield. Craig Satterfield is a long-time performer with a night of guitar/vocal original music. 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $5 donation requested. Larry’s Guitar Shop, 508 5th Ave., Longmont. 720-340-4169. Email • Family Movie Night. Join us for our monthly movie night. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own movie snacks. In this PG movie, the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kindhearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes. When Griffen decides to leave his job to find a lady, the animals decide to reveal their secret - they can talk - and take it upon themselves to teach him the rules of courtship, animal style. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave., Firestone. 720-685-5100. Email Dec. 1-2 • Lyons Lights in Sandstone Park. Bring family and friends to enjoy a color full Holiday light display synchronized to music. Brought to you by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Events and a host of local sponsors . Thursday & Friday 5-8:30 p.m. Free. Sandstone Park, 350 Broadway, Lyons. 303-823-8250. Email Dec. 2-3 • CU Presents: Holiday Festival 2011. 7:30 p.m. Single tickets start at $12. Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, University of Colorado, Boulder. 303-492-8008. Email Dec. 2 • 1st Friday Art Walk in Niwot. New art, kids’ activities and live music along Second Avenue and in Cottonwood Square. Several shops stay open late for browsing. 5-8 p.m. Free. Downtown Niwot, Historic Old Town and Cottonwood Square, Niwot. 720-272-9299. Email . Dec. 3 • Andy Eppler. Andy Eppler is an artist from West Texas who, using the canvas of American Folk music, makes waves in the desert. 5-7 p.m. Free. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont. 303-772-0258 ext. 110. • The Nutcracker Ballet. The Nutcracker Ballet

The five-bedroom Thompson House, owned by Scott and Cee Dolenc at 537 Terry Street, sits decorated Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004 and is part of the 39th Annual Christmas Home Tour. The 45th annual Home Tour will be this year will be Dec. 3 and 4. (Joshua Buck) TIMES-CALL / LONGMONT MAGAZINE


The Nutty Nutcracker is a fun take on the traditional ballet. This year’s program will be on Dec. 17. (Joshua Buck) presented by the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and the Boulder Ballet. 7:00 p.m. Reserved Seating: $12-$30. Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont. 303-772-5796. Email • Santa Saturday. Get ready to tell Santa your Christmas wish! We’ll have a craft for you to make while you wait. Numbered tickets will be handed out at the door and cameras are welcome. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave., Firestone. 720-685-5100. Email • Santa Claus Special. Trains have been in the backdrop of the holidays for generations…but this year, Santa has decided to replace his sleigh and reindeer with Colorado Railroad Museum’s locomotive and a team of historic passenger cars all decked out for the holidays. The train departs every 30 minutes between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children will want to bring their wish list to share with Santa and Mrs. Claus and then enjoy hot chocolate by the Depot General Store. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $5 children, $12 adults. Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden. 303-279-4591. Email • Lyons Holiday Parade of Lights and Fireworks Show. Spectacular annual event including Parade, Fireworks and Live Music in Sandstone Park. Brought to you by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Events and a host of local sponsors. 6:30 p.m. free. Sandstone Park, 350 Broadway, Lyons. 303-823-8250. Email • Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas. Love it or hate it, graffiti never fails to catch the eye. Graffiti artists in recent years have turned their attention from walls and underpasses to more traditional gallery and museum formats. This exhibition features prominent Los Angeles graffiti artists such as REVOK, PUSH, and CRAOLA. Additional work by Colorado graffiti artists including GAMMA and EMIT appears inside and outside the Longmont Museum. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. - Sat., 1 -5 p.m. Sun. $5 adults, $3 students/seniors. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. 303-651-8374. Email • LDOTY. 5-7 p.m. Free. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont. 303-7720258 ext. 110. Email • Winter Music Series: Jubilate. Choral. 2 p.m. $5. Stanley Hotel, 333 W. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9519. Dec. 3-4 • 45th Annual Christmas Home Tour. Homes decorated in 1900, 1920’s and 1940’s vintage holiday style. Includes complimentary Christmas tea at the church. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.5 p.m. Saturday. $10 in advance; $15 day of show. First Congregational United Church of Christ Longmont, 1500 Ninth Ave., Longmont. 303-6516546. Email Dec. 8 • Giant Bake Sale. 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Longmont United Hospital ArtWalk, 1950 Mountain View Ave., Longmont. 303-776-2869. Dec. 9 • The Delta Sonics. Harmonica blues. 8 p.m. $5.00. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont. 303-834-9384. • CU Presents Artist Series: A New Orleans Christmas. 7:30 p.m.. Single tickets start at $12. Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, University of Colorado, Boulder. 303-492-8008. Email • Second Friday in Downtown Longmont. Art openings, live entertainment and retailer open houses. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Longmont, Main Street, between Third and Sixth avenues, Longmont. 303-651-8484. Dec. 10 • 2nd Annual 40s & 50s Big Band Christmas Bal . 40s and 50s holiday party that will bring back all the warmth and nostalgia of a more simple time! Experience an enchanting evening of dancing with your sweetheart (or meet one!), amidst movie set lights and props, re-enactors, sleighs, Christmas trees, a canopy of lights and The Hot Tomatoes, one of the most sought after big bands! 6 p.m. $40. Boulder Elks Lodge, 3975 28th St., Longmont. 720-924-1945. • Carbon Choir w/ Churchill. Alt Rock. 8 p.m. $5.00. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont. 303-834-9384. • Felonius Smith. Good ol’ fashioned Blues. 5-8 p.m. Free. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont. 303-772-0258 ext. 110. Email • Kirsten’s Christmas Tea. Please join the library for a Swedish Tea. Learn what it was like for a young 71


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girl to come to America from Sweden in 1854. We will also talk about what a Swedish Christmas was like. Be sure to bring your favorite tea cup. This event is intended for children in first grade and up, and a parent, grandparent or caretaker. Seating is limited. Pick up your ticket at the Carbon Valley Regional Library. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave., Firestone. 720-685-5100. Email Dec. 11 â&#x20AC;˘ Kort McCumber. 5-7 p.m. Free. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont. 303-772-0258 ext. 110. â&#x20AC;˘ Winter Music Series: New Wizard Oil. Vocal Jazz. 2 p.m. $5. Stanley Hotel, 333 W. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9519. â&#x20AC;˘ Ales 4 Females. Come socialize with like-minded women as we learn about craft beer and food & beer pairings. 6:30-8 p.m. $11. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont. 303-772-0258 ext. 110. Email Dec. 13 â&#x20AC;˘ Candlelight Concert. Join the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and soprano Maureen Sorensson, in celebration of the holidays. 7:30 p.m. $17/adults; $15/senior and youth. First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder. 303-772-5796. Email Dec. 15 â&#x20AC;˘ Finger-style Frenzy. Finger-style Frenzy features three talented finger-style guitar players..Rob Chirico..Kevin Garry...and Frank James. 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $5 donation requested. Larryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guitar Shop, 508 5th Ave., Longmont. 720-340-4169. Email â&#x20AC;˘ Finger-style Frenzy. Three very strong finger-style pickers putting on a real treat. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation requested. Larryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guitar Shop, 508 5th Ave., Longmont. 720-340-4169. Email Dec. 16 - Dec. 17 â&#x20AC;˘ Longs Peak Chorus Christmas Concert. Two Christmas Concerts featuring many traditional Christmas songs as well as some contemporary holiday songs sung in four-part a cappella barbershop harmmony by the 40 man chorus and chapter quartets. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. $12; free to children 12 & under. First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder. 303-678-9967. . Dec. 17 â&#x20AC;˘ Morgan Drive. Morgan Drive is a four piece acoustic bluegrass band based out of Boulder. 5-8 p.m. Free. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont. 303-772-0258 ext. 110. Email â&#x20AC;˘ 7th Annual Nutty Nutcracker. Our seventh annual Nutty Nutcracker will be FREE again this year due to generous corporate sponsorship. Join Clara on her journey in this retold story of the Nutcracker mixed with the classic elements of the Christmas Carol. Clara learns from her Uncle Ebenezer that Christmas is a wonderful time of year full of friends, family and magic. You will see a ballet and jazz battle scene, tap dancing Spanish Senoritas, flipping Chinese dancers, and ghosts from Christmasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Past, Present and Future, plus much, much more. Not your average Nutcracker. 2-7 p.m. Free. Vance Brand Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont. 303-651-1456. Email Dec. 17-18 â&#x20AC;˘ The Nutcracker Ballet. Experience the magic! Make Longmont Dance Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of The Nutcracker Ballet an annual tradition. Under the baton of Brandon Matthews, LDTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chamber Orchestra performs Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s astounding score. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to an enchanting place filled with adorable children, a glowing Christmas tree, marching toy soldiers, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes beautiful diverts from the Land of the Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth. Your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. 2-7 p.m. $12 Students/Seniors & $18 Adult. Niwot High School Auditorium, 898 East Niwot Road, Niwot. 303-772-1335. Email Dec. 18 . â&#x20AC;˘ Adam Bodine Trio. Jazz trio. 5-7 p.m. Free. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont. 303-772-0258 ext. 110. â&#x20AC;˘ Winter Music Series: Krimmel/Leachman. Vocal and harp (Celtic). 2 p.m. $5. Stanley Hotel, 333 W. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9519. â&#x20AC;˘ Miracle on 34th Street. The duo will perform on vocal and harp music in this presentation from the Estes Park Music Festival. 2 p.m. $5 adults; child, students free. Stanley Hotel, 333 W. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9519. WINTER 2011


events Dec. 22 • Father Al Muniz. Father Al Muniz is a treasure full of vintage songs from gospel to western with a strong voice and guitar accompaniment. 7:30 p.m.9 p.m. $5 donation requested. Larry’s Guitar Shop, 508 5th Ave., Longmont. 720-340-4169. Email Dec. 27 - Dec. 28 • Do You See What I See?. Learn all about lights and mirrors in this informal drop-in science program. This program is in correlation with LEAP Into Science, an educational partnership between WOW! and the Lafayette Library. 11 a.m. Included with Museum Admission. WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. (303) 604-2424. Dec. 31 • WOW!’s Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. Ring in the New Year (a few hours early!) with WOW! Children’s Museum! Musical performance, noise maker crafts, parade around the Museum and special countdown at noon. Refreshments compliments of Whole Foods Market in Superior. . 10 a.m.-Noon. Included with Museum Admission. WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. 303-604-2424.


• Through Dec. 3 – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This one hour children’s musical creates more laughter than fear and is ideal for all ages. 3 p.m. Saturdays. $5. Jesters Dinner Theatre,

Runners set off on the 2K Fun Run in the 35th Annual Turkey Trot run at Westview Middle School in 2009. This year’s event will be Nov. 12. (Times-Call files) 224 Main St., Longmont. 303-682-9980. Email • Through Dec. 4 – Forever Plaid. This deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950s on the way to their first big concert, and now miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their

dreams and perform the show that never was. $15-$35. Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont. 3036829980. Email • Dec. 8-31 – The Ride With Santa. What happens when the kid who wins the Ride with Santa on Christmas Eve Contest is not the compassionate


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events kind of kid Santa was hoping for? Santa has a tough road ahead, trying to nudge Eddy into sharing and giving, through their journey together as they fly around the world on Christmas Eve. Joining in the fun are Mrs. Santa,(who eases her stress with chocolate), the elves, the reindeer and kangaroos, and the dancing clock who tries to slow down time. The whole family will enjoy the world premier of this fun, rollicking musical with a message. Runs through December. Varies. Call for dates and times. $10. Longmont Theatre Company, 513 Main St., Longmont. 303-772-5200. Email • Through Dec. 16 – Hix ’n’ Chix Square and Round Dances. Dances are held on second and fourth Wednesdays. 7:30 p.m. rounds, 8 p.m. squares. $7 members, $8 guests. Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. 303-678-7711. Email • Through Dec. 19 – Women’s Chorus. Colorado Spirit Chorus, a member of Sweet Adelines International, invites you to join them for singing, friendship and fun. 4-part, a cappella harmony in the Barbershop style. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. Free. Boulder Christian Church, 7100 S. Boulder Rd., Boulder. 303-460-8651. Email • Through Dec. 31– Open Studio at the CAC. The Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park presents this series of free form work sessions and encourages artists to bring their own projects from home. Individual instruction is provided and focused to guide personalized growth as an artist. Beginner to intermediate level. 10 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays. $10. Cultural Arts Council; Fine Art Gallery, 423 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9203. Email • Through Jan. 2 – Art Opening: Colorado Cascade. large-scale abstract western landscapes of Joan Mangle. The Colorado Cascade series presents dynamic oil paintings of the foothills, mountains and peaks of the Front Range. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, 1421 Pearl St., Boulder. 970-493-8424. www.JoanMangleStudio.


Jan. 5 • Family Movie Night. Join us each month to view a recently released movie appropriate for family viewing. This month’s movie is Rated PG and is 103 minutes long. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own movie snacks . 6-7:45 p.m. Free. Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave., Firestone. 720-685-5100. Email Jan. 7 • Lyons Old-Time Community Dance. Old time Dance with a Live Band. 7-10 p.m. $7 Adults; $4 Children & Seniors. Oddfellows Hall, 4th and High streets, Lyons. 303-823-0816. Email Jan. 8 • Winter Music Series: Kruger/Bunin. Duo pianos. 2 p.m. $5. Stanley Hotel, 333 W. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9519. Jan. 8-9 • CU Presents Takács Quartet: Encore Series. Edward Dusinberre, violin; Károly Schranz, violin; Geraldine Walther, viola András Fejer, cello. 7:30 p.m. Single tickets start at $35. Grusin Music Hall, 18th Street and Euclid Avenue, Boulder. 303-492-8008. Email 74

Enjoy winter and holliday events throughout Estes Park this season. (Courtesy Estes Park) Jan. 13-16 • Estes Park Winter Festival. Combine a group dance, ice skating, snowshoeing and chili and you’ve a perfect recipe for family fun. Moved to a new, larger location at the Fairgrounds at Estes Park, the heated Barn W is perfect for the chili cookoff, and wine and beer tasting. Outside you’ll find ice skating, a Candyland ice village for the youngsters along with an ice maze and slide. Festivities kick off Friday, Jan. 13, with a Ceilidh (Kaylee) Irish barn dance with Scottish & Irish folk music, singing, folk dancing and storytelling. Throughout Saturday and Sunday, nationally known Coyote Grace, who has toured with Indigo Girls, will headline during the chili cookoff and wine and beer tasting. General admission to the event which includes chili tasting is $5; wine and beer tasting tickets are $20. Now in its third year, organizers anticipate 6,000 will attend. The festival event over the Martin Luther King weekend is held in conjunction with the free Winter Trails Day in Rocky Mountain National Park that includes snowshoeing demos, outdoor educational sessions and igloo making. 11 a.m. $5 . Fairgrounds at Estes Park, 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park. 970-577-9900; 800-443-7837. Jan. 14 • Boulder Philharmonic: French Impressions with Benj. 7:30 p.m. $13-$70. Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder. 303-449-1343, ext. 2. Email Jan. 15 • Winter Music Series: Fred Peterbark and Anthony Green. Tenor and piano. 2 p.m. $5. Stanley Hotel, 333 W. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9519. Jan. 17-18 • January Discovery Days. Discover your inner scientist! Drop-in and explore our monthly informal hands-on science sessions. This month, learn about the science of snow. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Included with Museum Admission. WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. 303-604-2424. Jan. 18 • Free Business Resource Workshop. Come explore the free resources available through the library and online that can be utilized to improve any business. The workshop will include a tour of the library’s print resources and hands-on demonstration of databases and websites that can assist you in starting or expanding a business. Please register beginning December 18. 1-3 p.m. Free. Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave., Firestone.

720-685-5100. Email Jan. 22 • Winter Music Series: Tesla String Quartet. 2 p.m. $5. Stanley Hotel, 333 W. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9519. Jan. 28 • Longmont Symphony Family Concert. Bring the family and join the Longmont Symphony Orchestra in music featuring our feathered friends and concerto for a cat! Performance also by the Longmont Youth Symphony and the LSO Young Artist Competition winner. 7:30 p.m. $16/adult; $14/senior; $12/youth. Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont. 303-772-5796. Email Jan. 29 • Winter Music Series: Rampart Winds. U.S. Air Force free concert. 2 p.m. Stanley Hotel, 333 W. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9519.


• Jan. 2 -Feb. 11 – Fools. Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic. He has landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives, he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and milking cows upside down to get more cream. It seems the town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and now Leon must break the curse in less than 24 hours lest he, too, become an idiot. Cost and time varies. $15/ $16/ $17. Longmont Theatre Company, 513 Main St., Longmont. 303-772-5200. Email • Through Jan. 2 – Art Opening: Colorado Cascade. large-scale abstract western landscapes of Joan Mangle. The Colorado Cascade series presents dynamic oil paintings of the foothills, mountains and peaks of the Front Range. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, 1421 Pearl Street, Boulder. 970-493-8424. www.JoanMangleStudio. Onoging Events, Clubs and Happenings • Hix ’N’ Chix Square Dance Lessons . Beginner Square Dance lessons every Wednesday. 6 p.m. $5 per lesson payable monthly . Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. 303-702-0555. Email ONGOING EVENTS, CLUBS AND HAPPENINGS Music • Potluck Bluegrass Open Jam every Monday. WINTER 2011


events 7-9:30 p.m. Ziggi’s Coffee House, 400 Main St., Longmont. 303-682-5120. Email • Live Music Wednesdays and Fridays at Haystack Mountain Golf Course. 5-8 p.m. Free. 5877 Niwot Road, Niwot. 303-530-1480. Storytimes • Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Storytimes at the Longmont Library. Lap-sit storytime – children from birth through 2 years. 10:15-10:35 a.m.; 11-11:20 a.m. Preschool storytime – ages 4-6. 10:15-10:45 a.m.; 11-11:30 a.m. Toddler-Parent storytime. 10:15-10:35 a.m.; 11-11:20 a.m. Free. Longmont Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. 303-651-8477. • Thursdays – Bedtime Storytime. Stories and sons for all ages, with 3-6 year olds in mind. Wear pajamas if you would like, and bring a favorite stuffed animal to add to the fun. 7-7:30 p.m. Free. Longmont Library, Children’s Craft Room, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. 303-651-8477. Classes • Crackpots pottery painting. Weekday and weekend classes, parties. Prices and time varies. Crackpots, 501 Main St., Longmont. 303-776-2211. • The Art of Beading. Weekday and weekend classes. Prices and time varies. Bead Lounge, 320 Main St., Longmont. 303-678-9966. • Saturday Art Experience. Art classes for children

age 5 to 12. Pre-registration is required. Second and fourth Saturday of the month. Free. Old Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave., Longmont. 303-651-2787. • Blue Egg Arts art classes. Mobile art classes for children. 303-652-3383. • Wednesdays 2011 – Open studio at the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park. Free form work sessions for artists to bring their own project from home. Individual instruction is provided and focused to guide personalized growth as an artist. Beginner to intermediate level. 10 a.m.-noon. $10. Cultural Arts Council; Fine Art Gallery, 423 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-9203. Clubs • Longmont Genealogical Society. Second Wednesday of the month. 1 p.m. First Lutheran Evangelical Church, 803 Third Ave., Longmont. 303-678-5130. • Interfaith Quilters. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Lutheran Evangelical Church, 803 Third Ave. Longmont. 303-684-9796. • Ales4FemAles: Beer Club for Women. Meets at 6:30 p.m. once or twice throughout each month. Left Hand Brewery, 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont. 303-772-0258. Email • Longs Peak Barbershop Chorus meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1303 S. Bross Lane, Longmont. 303-678-9967. • First Tuesday of the Month – Grey Havens Group. All are welcome to come and discuss Tolkien’s work The group can be reached at 6-7:30 p.m. Free.

Barbed Wire Books, 504 Main St., Longmont. 303-827-3620. • The Hoe and Hope Garden Club meets from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 803 Third Ave., Longmont. 303-485-0208. • Tri-Town Toastmasters meets at 6:25 p.m. every Monday at American Furniture Warehouse, I-25 and Colo. Highway 119, Firestone. 800-851-8643. • MOMS Club of Longmont-East. Offering support and activities for moms and their children of all ages, last Friday of the month. Longmont. 303-682-9630. • MOMS Club of Longmont-West, a nonprofit organization for stay-at-home mothers, meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. 303-827-3400. • Foothills Audubon Club meeting. Local birding club meeting. Public welcome. First Monday of the month. 7 p.m. Berthoud Community Center, 248 Welch Ave., Berthoud. 303-652-2959. • Fun With Flowers Workshop meets from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Natural Resource Building at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson road, Longmont. Cost is $3. 303-684-9759. • Night Speakers Toastmaster meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Vrain Valley Credit Union, 777 21st Ave., Longmont. 720-652-7117. • The Longmont Artists’ Guild meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at The Great Frame Up, 430 Main St., Longmont. 303-828-3453.

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Dear Judy, My husband and I are avid sailors, and our children have spent a lot of time on boats. Our family went on a two-month sailing cruise and island hopped our boat from Antigua down to Trinidad in the Caribbean. Charlie, age 5, and Camille, age 2, loved living on their floating home. Although they both began swimming with you as babies, we insisted that they wear life jackets whenever they were on deck and sent them below in rough seas and for sail changes. When we reached Trinidad, my husband and I were very busy “putting the boat to bed” — preparing it for hurricane storage out of the water. The marina where we worked had a wonderful pool, but the water in the marina was black, oily and rank — teeming with tennis ball jellyfish. Every day we scrubbed the boat in the morning



and swam in the pool in the afternoon. To get to the pool, we walked on a series of wide concrete docks built 5 feet above the water. Perhaps due to the familiarity of our routine, I began to be less vigilant and allowed my children to walk along the docks without holding my hands, which were loaded down with pool toys. On one of these typical days, 2year-old Camille turned to tell me something and slipped off the edge of the dock, falling 5 feet into the oily water. Instantly, she disappeared beneath the surface of the black water. I was paralyzed with fear, unable to move. At that instant, I was consumed by thoughts of my daughter being stung by the multitude of jellyfish. It seemed like hours before she popped up to the surface, safely floating on her back, breathing normally. Before I could react to the accident, a man working on a neighboring boat did a perfect swan dive into the ocean

(over the concrete dock), swam over to Camille, picked her up and handed me my shaken but very much alive, little girl. Camille likes to tell us how she went straight to the bottom and how the jellyfish told her that they wouldn’t sting. She still loves swimming in the ocean. We enrolled both of our children in your program to prevent a tragedy from occurring. I believe that the survival skills Camille received from Infant Aquatics and your excellent teaching saved my daughter’s life. We’re looking forward to having our children continue swimming with Infant Aquatics for many years to come. Sincerely, Amy Britton Swim•Float•Swim! home of Infant Aquatics, Boulder County’s only dedicated swim school for children age 6 months and older, is located in the Diagonal Trade Center, 795 S. Sherman St. in Longmont. For more information, visit or call 303-499-BABY.


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