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fall 2011

life in the ridge and the pointe

autumn: a mean pumpkin risotto book nook: kristina’s picks health: when your kid’s backpack is too heavy

glenn grassi: greener than green Denvhere magazine’s fashion week!


fall 2011

life in the ridge and the pointe

autumn: a mean pumpkin risotto book nook: kristina’s picks

health: when your kid’s backpack is too heavy

glenn grassi: greener than green Denvhere magazine’s fashion week!

Editor in Chief: Trisha Ventker Research Editor: Trisha Ventker Graphic and Layout Designer: Trisha Ventker Assistant Director and Projects: Tom Ventker

Cover models: Katie and Liam Leonard Cover photo by Trisha Ventker © 2011

Columnists: Cori Ehrhart, Robb James, Joe Wilson, Chef Trusan, Kristina Leonard, Beth Harbaugh, Danny Hoeft, Jen Hoeft, Sherri Barksdale, Tom Ventker, Trisha Ventker, Michelle Edwards, Danica Jardien, Tristan Lewis, Dr. Lou Cavallo, Georgez Dabit, Sondra Parker, Rachel Lefort vlife logo: Aaron Leonard

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The onset of Fall brings to mind cooler weather, yellow school buses, hot apple cider, pumpkins in the fields, bright red falling leaves and holidays around the corner. This Fall issue of vlife provides you with information about local talent, businesses and helps you plan ahead for an array of fun events. To highlight a few of our many informative columns; Sherri Barksdale’s Foodie column shares local Fall Festivals and great places to take the kids to pick pumpkins. Our new columnist, Sondra Parker highlights how to bring style into the home on a budget. You can ‘t drive past Erie without noticing Erie’s awesome airport. Robb James discusses how important our airport is for our economy and technology. Don’t miss the spotlight on Glenn Grassi, a humanitarian and true artist in every sense of the word. We also can welcome Rachel Lefort to our staff. Rachel, a fashion stylist provides easy ways to transform your summer wardrobe into Fall. Many think that the season Spring is about new beginnings, but in my opinion the fall represents a profound sense of renewal. In my column, Soul, you can read how powerful our subconscious mind is and how it constantly talks to and effects us. I am proud to provide this second issue of Erie’s own life-style magazine with the help of our local people who provide us with our informative and valuable columns and our business owners who are the heartbeat of the economy here. If you find this magazine helpful in connecting you to the many businesses, please let our advertisers know where you found them. Together we are constantly working to help strengthen our local economy and community. Look around at our amazing town and capture the beauty of it. It is so special on so many levels and perhaps take a moment to celebrate a true Western Autumn. Warmly, T!"a Ventker

photo by © Tom Ventker 2011

Editor in Chief 3


technology: erie airport - one of erie始s hidden gems 18


spotlight: glenn grassi, greener than green 30

foodie: picking pumpkins 36

nesting with style: with sondra parker 48



money: teaching kids to save early

real estate: best bang for your buck




book nook: a good book is like a good friend


chef talk: autumn..a hypothetical destination 38



word from the mayor: $10 million, spend it or spare it? 15


sports: a new season is upon us 92

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health: what heavy backpacks can do to your child始s spine 63

beauty: the smokey eye 76



kids: welcome back to school 56 kids: jobs for our kids, our future 58


soul: what is your subconscious telling you? 90

fitness: dance your way into shape 66

body: 5 ways to guarantee fat loss 64



fashion: on the runway 82


editor始s choice 60


business: the right way 24

style: the fall wardrobe 72



Message from Mayor Joe Wilson $10 million. Spend it or spare it? Do Erie’s Trustees and staff have access to news coverage? Are they sensitive to the national mood of citizens’ frustrated with the inability of government to simply live within their means? In a world where whole economies are being crashed by unchecked government spending, where immense subsidies have bankrupted whole countries and now no one gets anything, 2 burgeoning projects stand in front Erie’s struggle to balance her budget; - a $5million dollar request for a brand new police station, and another $5million for a state of the art skateboard park / recreation expansion. A Citizens Meeting will be held on October 13th to get input on these big capital projects. Baseline: Erie’s total (forecast) revenue for its annual General fund budget has been clocking in at a bit over $12 million for the last 4 years, steady as she goes. Department budget requests to maintain existing facilities (with no expansions) will exceed revenues by roughly 2million this year. Trustees will be asked to grow spending, regardless of income. This will set a precedent in which cash reserves are depleted in a few short years As our Municipal spending habits grow lavish. On that day, our absolute bare bones commitments may have grown beyond our ability to make our checks good. OOPS. The fix will focus on the two biggest factors on a budget; look for hefty property tax hikes & layoffs of all non essential town employees (if not a few essential ones, too). It ends like California, like Greece, like Portugal, New York state and Detroit… big hollow facilities with no means to support them. No one gets anything in the end, -they pretended the math wouldn’t matter, and it did. Here’s a thought- To their credit, a majority of the Town Board is aggressively cutting red tape and creating an environment for our economy to grow. If we level off our spending to match our revenue, we can maintain the facilities and services we now enjoy (sustainable budgeting). As opposed to spending then looking for a means to support it, -let’s grow our economic orchard 1st, then decide where to spend the extra fruit, (Broomfield and Firestone models). Two choices: 1) Dessert first and dam the torpedoes… -or2) Grow it healthy and harvest the fruit repeatedly. Let your Town Representatives know by dropping them a line, for or against balanced budgets and unfunded capital projects. The easy email is; Be heard, after all, it’s your money, future, burden or benefit. -Mayor Joe



OKTOBERFEST 2011 The Spirit of Flight Center invites you be a part of the INAUGURAL OKTOBERFEST Celebration. Come join the fun!!!

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Saturday, October 8, 2011, 9AM-2PM- Spirit of Flight Center Car Show/Fly-In, Pancake breakfast, Beer Garden, Brats, Chile Cookoff, Band, FUN! Prizes for best car/motorcycle/plane. Car registration & setup– 8:00AM

Over 1000 artifacts are on display at the Spirit of Flight Center representing the past, present and future of flight. Come see history!

Event admission is just $5.00 per person which includes museum tour. (SOF Members Free-Join today!)

*Bring a ROD or Exotic car and get in for FREE! *Car show participation will be limited to show quality automobiles, hot rods and motorcycles. To be ICSA judged, there is a $10 registration fee which includes museum tour and entry into door prize drawings. First 20 registrations also receive a FREE pancake breakfast . 2650 S. Main St., Bldg. A Erie, CO 80516 (303)460-1156 Admission- $5 per person. Spirit of Flight is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Museum, Simulator, Gift Shop and much more. Directions– Take HWY 7 to E. County Line Rd. (Erie), go North 1/2 mile to S. Main St.. Look for the Big Green Hangar. (Museum is on the West side of the Erie Municipal Airport). 16


tech n o lo g y Erie Airport – One of Erie’s Hidden Gems by Robb James New technology in aviation will enable more and more economic activity and opportunity at small, general aviation airports across the land. Although the Erie Municipal Airport has already been successful in generating significant economic activity for Erie, the opportunity that lies ahead is much greater. To better understand the evolution and potential of the airport, it might be helpful to provide a brief history. The airport was developed and opened in the mid-70’s. It was a private airport with homes on the East side and limited commercial on the West side. In 1990, the FAA took notice of the little private air park and realized that Erie had a great location right in the middle of the Front Range and they invested $2M in a new runway while the airport was private. The owners of the airport fell on hard times partly due to borrowing money for the FAA matching grant for the new runway and they ended up filing bankruptcy. In 1992, the Town of Erie was able to buy the airport out of bankruptcy for free since the FAA put up a grant for the purchase. The Town of Erie used an existing maintenance fund for part of the matching grant monies and borrowed some. The Hurd family ran the airport for the next 20 years paying the Town of Erie a fixed fee to run the airport which proved very successful for the Town of Erie. The Hurd family generated enough revenues


for the town to pay back the small loan so that the town could complete their free purchase of the airport plus also make positive income as well. Today the Erie Municipal Airport is home to 240 airplanes and has 90,000 operations (take offs and lands) per year. There are roughly 26 businesses now operating at the airport. One of the most recent businesses is a medi-vac business for emergency helicopter transport. The airport generates 160 full-time jobs and is collectively the 3rd largest employer in Erie, CO. The Erie Municipal Airport generates $12 million in economic activity for the local economy. More details are available via if you would like to read the detailed economic study. Most do not realize that the Air Park homes next to the Erie Municipal Airport only has about 15 of the 240 airplanes in Erie and only represents about 1.7% of the traffic at the airport. Most of the traffic is generated via hangars on the West side of the airport from people who live in Erie, Boulder, Broomfield and other cities and from businesses and via transient traffic from airplanes stopping through to get fuel from around the country. Okay, enough history. The only history that is applicable from here on out is the fact that the Hurd family ran the airport for 20 years and now Vector Management, led by Jason Hurd just

signed a brand new agreement with the Town of Erie to management the airport. Jason is also president of Vector Air the local FBO(Fixed Base Operator). Now let’s focus on technology and the bright future for small general aviation airports like Erie. Erie Municipal Airport is already well positioned to do well being in Colorado in the middle of the country and in the middle of the Front Range, a very popular destination and place to stop for fuel. Erie Airport is easy to get in and out of and is surrounded with busy metro areas like Denver, Broomfield, Boulder, Fort Collins, Louisville just to name a few. Plus Erie Airport has world class amenities with factory authorized service, brand new fuel tanks, crew car and great customer service. There is plenty more for Erie to be proud of including our beautiful views, nearby championship golf course, beautiful subdivisions and the hundreds of acres of developable land around the Erie Airport influence area. There is over 300 acres right around the airport and over a thousand acres further East on Highway 7 that will eventually be developed and it will be a great benefit to Erie. The 900 acre Denver North development will host biotech companies that will require executive hangars at the Erie Municipal Airport.

Okay, I forgot that I am supposed to be talking about technology. This is where technology comes in. There is a new generation of small aircraft that are enabling smaller general aviation airports like Erie to reach further. There are VLJ’s(very light jets) that are making some progress but slowly then there are small piston aircraft that are growing quickly. We call these plastic planes. They include Cirrus and Cessna Corvalis airplanes that are new, lightweight composite airplanes that are very fast along with greater range. The Cirrus and Cessna Corvalis airplanes are capable of reaching either coast from Erie. This is a big deal. Erie is starting to host more and more of these aircraft which is generating fuel revenue, sales tax revenue and service revenue as well. We have these aircraft flying in now from around the country for service or golf or for fuel and we are able to expose many of these people to Erie by meeting them with redcarpet, and map of Erie and a crew car.

Erie will undoubtedly see more and more of these next-generation aircraft which will either be based in Erie and/or will be used for a charter/ taxi service that flies in and out of Erie. The Erie Airport will be a shining star for Erie in the coming years and most town officials are embracing the opportunity knowing that the airport is a huge economic differentiator for Erie. If you are interested in seeing these nextgeneration airplanes or if you would like a tour of the Erie Airport, please call me. I would enjoy showing you and your family anytime. In addition, if you have interest in learning to fly and would like to do so right here in Erie, we can arrange to take you for a introductory flight to show you Erie from above and to provide an intro on learning to fly. Please share your comments with me via I look forward to sharing your ideas in future columns.

About Robb James Robb is married to Masako and just celebrated 10 years of marriage. Robb enjoys ‘being with Masako’, ‘being with friends and family’, technology, golf, flying, participating in the betterment of Erie, meeting new people. Professionally, Robb has helped to start several new technology companies and has helped telecom carriers build worldwide networks. Robb also started a chain of tax preparation stores which was later sold to H&R experienced in land development. More recently, Robb has focused on internet security and cybercrime, helping some of the largest cloud computing companies secure their networks.



Erie Municipal

Airport Did you know... The Erie Municipal Airport has an annual economic impact of more than

$12 million

on the local economy.* The Erie Municipal Airport annually brings in

$4.4 million

in wages and salaries to Erie.* The Erie Municipal Airport has the largest privately owned hangar complex

west of the Mississippi.

Fly Here! Erie Municipal Airport: Bringing jobs, businesses, tax revenue and families to the Erie area. Call 303.325.7300 or go to for more information on what the Erie Municipal Airport does for Erie, Colorado.


* according to 2008 CDOT Division of Aeronautics, Colorado Economic Impact Study 2008.


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The RODS & WINGS calendar highlights aircraft, cars, and great looking gals that have attended events at the Spirit of Flight Center, a non-profit air museum located near Denver, Colorado.  Your purchase of the calendar helps the museum SAVE AVIATION HISTORY .  Thank you! About the Spirit of Flight Center - Hundreds of rare aviation items and artifacts are on display in the Spirit of Flight Center representing the past, present and future of flight. Our mission is to save and display aircraft and flight memorabilia to honor all veterans, and to educate the general public on the significance of aviation and aviation history. Come see history at the Spirit of Flight! To order calendars, visit the website:

Spirit of Flight Center 2650 S. Main St., Bldg. A ● Erie, CO 80516 (303)460-1156 Ext. 21 ● Fax (303)464-7576 26


Top 5 Tools for Teaching Kids to Save Early By Michelle Edwards, CPA Debt is rising and savings are dropping. The statistics are sad and it's a scary truth. Kids are not learning how to save and spend their money wisely. Kids watch parents spending on plastic every day. Kids watch money falling out of ATM's. Kids are learning that if you have plastic, you have money. The problem is that this is not how money works, plastic does not mean you have money. Adults work hard to earn money, we have bills to pay, and just because we have plastic does not mean we have money. Personal finances are usually not taught in most schools, so it's up to the parents to teach their kids about money. Most parents struggle with the topic of money. Some parents might view family finances as a personal matter whereas others may struggle with money issues and don't understand how to manage their own money. If you're looking for some help teaching your kids about money, here are 5 tools to teaching kids how to save at a young age. You're Never Too Young to Save Teaching kids about money and the importance of saving can start as young as a toddler. Get your toddler a piggy bank, or simply use a jar. They will get so excited to drop coins into their piggy bank. After a few weeks, open the piggy bank and let them see how much money 28

they've saved. This is a great way for little kids to watch their savings grow. As your toddler grows up and heads to school, take them to the bank and help them set up a savings account. This allows you to teach the concept of interest (the bank pays you to store your money there) and gets your children started using and trusting banks. Check with your local bank, some banks offer savings accounts especially designed with kids in mind. Savings accounts are are the perfect place to save allowances, birthday money, and tooth fairy money.

teach your kids how to live within their means and not to live paycheck to paycheck. Yes, it might take longer to save for the special item but this is a valuable lesson to learn and will benefit your children for years to come! Time Value of Money Kids have the value of time on their side. They can invest a little bit of money today and with the awesomeness of compounding interest, this little bit of money will turn into millions when they are old. Learn this formula and teach it to your kids. It's worth more than you realize.

Spending within Your Means As your child continues to grow, they will discover that it's fun to buy things with their money. They will see something they can't live without and want to spend their savings. Instead of allowing your children to spend their entire savings on one purchase, teach them how to split up their money. Have a long term savings account (only to be used as savings and not for spending), a short term savings (an emergency fund or saving for their bigger purchases), and their daily spending portion. Lori Mackey created the 10/10/10/70 concept and it's an interesting and structured way to help your kids get started. The 10/10/10/70 concept states that for every dollar your child earns, put 10% into a long term savings plans that saves for financial security, put another 10% into your emergency savings account, donate 10% to the charity of your child's choice, and then your child can spend the remaining 70%. This model will

Time + Money + Compounding= Wealth Talk to your kids about starting a Roth IRA. My dad tried and tried to convince me this was a good idea when I was in high school. Retirement seemed way too far away so I was not to excited to invest my summer wages to benefit me when I was 65. However, looking back on it, I wish I had followed my dad's advice. I would be so much closer to my retirement goals! Dangers of Credit Money does not grow on trees or fall from the sky. Money does not drop from ATM machines. Money does not always come from mom & dad. Money is hard earned and we work hard for it. Unfortunately, kids today usually only see their parents buying with plastic. So they quickly associate plastic means money, which is not the case. Just because you have a credit card does not mean you have money. It is important to teach your kids about credit cards.

A simple idea to is to invite your kids to help you pay your charge card bills. Sit down and review the bills with them. Ask them questions and get them involved. How did they feel when they purchased the item? Do they still have the item? Are they still getting enjoyment from the item? How does it feel to pay for it after the fact? Don't forget to teach them about interest and that your purchases cost 20% more if you don't pay your bill on time. Credit is not always bad and for most people it's a way of life. Another important lesson is to teach your children how to borrow within their means. When your children need something right now and they can't wait, when you feel it's appropriate lend them the money. Keep in mind, the lesson only works if both kids and parents are in on this lesson together. Set up credit terms and have the children adhere to the terms - set up a payment schedule (weekly, monthly, etc.), pay parents back in full according to the payment schedule (plus interest if you'd like), and have the kids make timely payments. Sometimes you will have to tell your kids no. There will be a time they want an item they can not afford, even with credit. These lessons teach kids how to borrow within their means. Do not let your kids have credit cards. It doesn't matter that their friends have credit cards or debit cards. It does not matter that they feel they “need” it to buy things. Just say no. Borrowing from mom and dad allows the parents to be involved with their children's spending habits, allows parents to be a teacher, and it keeps

kids out of financial troubles at a young age.

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Let them Learn from You The best lesson of all is by watching mom and dad. Many people are reserved about sharing their financial situation. It's ok to tell your kids that they are not to talk about your financial position with anyone else. It's family business and does not get shared with anyone else. By showing your kids the family budget, how much money comes in, how much is spent on bills, how much goes to savings every month, how much is invested for retirement, etc. is a great way for kids to see a real world example of the importance of savings. Even if your personal finances are not pretty, your kids can learn from your mistakes. Talk to your kids about your financial goals, about your mistakes, about tips you've learned, etc. Maybe together you and your children can learn better ways to manage money. You have the power to teach them how to save and spend wisely. Whether you like it or not, your kids look up to you and learn from you. Don't be afraid to teach your kids about money. Money is important and everyone needs it. Teach your children that money does not buy happiness nor does it define who you are. Money is used to pay bills and can be used for entertainment and hobbies. Learning at a young age how to save and spend wisely will provide your children with some tools to help them have a better financial future.

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Michelle Edwards, CPA is a CFO turned consultant.  Her passion is helping small and mid-sized businesses with their day-today accounting, bookkeeping, QuickBooks, virtual CFO, payroll, and human resource headaches. As the owner of Trailhead Accounting Solutions CPA, LLC, an Erie, CO home based business, she enjoys teaching her clients a bit of accounting along the way. When she's not crunching numbers she enjoys hiking, remote camping, quilting, and hanging out with her family here in Vista Ridge. CIRCULAR 230 DISCLOSURE: Any tax information on this site is not intended or written to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of (i) avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer or (ii) promoting, marketing, or recommending any transaction or matter to another person. The Certified Public Accountant designation does not constitute any professional engagement between the reader and the writer and is not applied to information contained on this website.


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micro homes

Glenn’s self-sustaining micro homes are made out of upcycled materials and green technology. His first complete one measures in at 7’ x 12’. It sleeps 1 plus a large dog and has a wood burning stove, solar power and a composting facility. Each will have its own unique style and amenities and will be priced for the average person to own.

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him I wanted to highlight the amazing talent in our community. After a bit of smalltalk about the A few months back I was at the purpose of the magazine, Glenn Erie Balloon Fest helping out our agreed to let me interview him. mayor Joe Wilson I stumbled upon Glenn Grassi. Mayor Joe had His latest project is a self tapped my arm to get my sustaining micro home that can attention as he filled me in about function off the grid. His first this talented guy that I was about micro home measures 7’ x 12” to meet. Glenn was circulating and sleeps one plus a large dog..It around the Erie Coalition of Arts comes with a wood burning i n d o w n t o w n E r i e a n d I s t ov e , s o l a r p o w e r a n d a immediately felt at home with composting facility. Glenn. Not knowing why at first, I thought perhaps since he was an Last year he left a position as the artist, much like myself, until later Technical Director of Northglenn in the conversation I discovered Youth Theatre where he won two he was originally from New Jersey. awards for Outstanding Set What I appreciate about fellow Design for Beauty and the Beast and James and the Giant Peach. East Coasters is their directness. His sets were made mostly from Glenn at first wanted to know recycled materials. what I was selling. After chuckling, I informed him that I was not As we continued to chat, I found selling anything , but giving. I out that he also lived in LA at one mentioned this magazine and told point and had stage managed working with countless celebrities including Robin WIlliams, Drew Carey and Dan Castelanetta. He spent five years running shows and doing sets for movies. Glenn represents a modern day Robinson Crusoe mixed with Thomas Edison. He’s the type of guy you wouldn’t mind being on his team on Survivor. 31

altruistic art and outstanding set designs Glenn has been doing sets and props for various theaters around the Denver area for many years. He worked on the long-term show, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now change” at the Denver Performing Ar ts Center and for Disney’s “Lion King.” Grassi won two awards for Outstanding Set Design for “Beauty and the Beast” and “James and the Giant Peach.” His sets tend to be mostly made 32

stage managing and entertainment A move to LA brought Grassi to wor k in the entertainment field. He worked alongside countless celebrities and worked on productions at The Hollywood Improv and Second City, LA.




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FOODIE: FALL FARMS by Sherri Barksdale

Farm Festivals on the Front Range

lic Fall Fro horter days and cooler temperatures tell us Fall is here. It’s time for pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apple picking, and hay rides. Farms all across the Front Range offer Farm Festivals, with attractions and fun for all ages.


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Cottonwood Farms

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Anderson Farms is home to Colorado’s longest running corn maze and pumpkin patch Anderson’s Fall Festival is probably best known for its thirty-acre corn maze, but there is something here for everyone. Take a tractorpulled hayride out to the pumpkin patch. Watch the Pumpkin Launcher shoot pumpkins up to a quarter of a mile. Keep the kids busy with pedalkarts, a barrel train ride, face painting, or let them pet and feed the animals. Visit the Farm store for apple butter, home decorations, toys, and other novelties. Scare yourself silly at Terror in the Corn, a night-time haunted hayride through the corn maze to a deserted ghost town. Anderson Farms Fall Festival runs daily from September 24 – October 31, 2011. For the latest hours, pricing, and directions, see the farm website.

Even if you only have an hour to spare, you can enjoy everything Cottonwood Farms has to offer. Stop in to see the farm animals and vintage farm equipment, try the hay and corn mazes, and purchase fall decorations such as pumpkins, gourds, hay bales and corn stock bundles. Be sure your camera is fully charged because there are great photo opportunities everywhere you look. Admission is free. Weekend hayrides are $3 a person. Cottonwood Farms is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 24 – October 31, 2011. They are located at the corner of 75th and Arapahoe. See the website for more information.



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About Sherri: Sherri lives in Erie, Colorado with her husband Tim and their two children. She worked in the software industry for ten years, and is currently enjoying being a full-time mom. Sherri’s passions are writing, photography, and local food. Sherri earned a B.A. in Political Science and History from Seattle Pacific University.

Miller Farms Platteville, Colorado Visit a local Farmers’ Markets, and you’re sure to run into a Miller Farms booth. Their tables display colorful organic produce from Spring to Fall. During the Fall Harvest Festival, you can visit Miller Farms and pick your own vegetables. A tractor-pulled wagon ride takes you through 180 acres of fields. You’ll stop several times to fill your bags with potatoes, carrots, onions, beets, pumpkins, Indian corn, and more. Miller Farms has a large play area, a petting zoo, a corn maze, and several picnic areas. For the latest hours, pricing, and directions, see the website. Miller Farms Fall Festival runs from September 5 – November 15, 2011. Website: Facebook:

Rock Creek Farm Broomfield, Colorado If pumpkins are your priority, be sure to visit Rock Creek Farm. At the entrance, you will be handed a pair of pruning shears with a set of instructions. Then you are directed to over 100 acres of pumpkin patch, where you can cut your pumpkins off the vine. Many of the pumpkins are right along the road, providing an easy trip back to the car. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can walk further out into the fields to find your perfect pumpkin. There are three corn mazes, a hay maze, and farm animals. Stop into the store for gourds, Indian corn, caramel apples, and more. For latest hours, pricing, and directions, see the website. Rock Creek Farm opens September 24th; weather permitting. Website: Facebook: Twitter:!/rockcreekfarm

Sunflower Farms Longmont, Colorado Sunflower Farms is open for Kids’ Farm Fest during September and October. Attractions include pony rides, a horse-driven hayride, farm animals, giant tree houses, a tricycle and scooter riding area, a hen house and more. Kids can try out the extra long tire swings, the zipline, or the hay maze for some extra excitement. For latest hours, pricing, and directions, see the website. Website:


Autumn... A “Hypothetical Destination”*


After surviving a harsh cold winter that seemed to instantly turn into a blistering hot summer, Autumn balances out the seasons with warm days and cool nights. The air becomes brisk and crisp and the sun is rising later and setting earlier. Shorter daylight lends itself for family and friends to enjoy backyard fire pits and

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perhaps an occasional bon fire. (City and County permitting of course.) Here in Colorado, it is traditionally the last weekend in September when the Aspen leaves turn gold in which shortly after they flutter down to blanket the ground for the Winter.

Autumn is my favorite season. The hustle and bustle of Summer is coming to a close and it reminds me of a James Taylor lyrics: *“The frost is on the pumpkins and the hay is in the barn.” I spontaneously think of jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin pies and hay rides. So many pumpkins, so little time!

Pumpkin and Wild Mushroom Risotto by Trusan Serves 6

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Olive Oil Shallot (finely diced) Risotto (Arborio rice) Dry White Wine Chicken or Veggie Stock (hot) Pumpkin Portabello Mushrooms Unsalted Butter Fresh Grated Parmesan Salt and Pepper (S&P) Fresh Italian Parsley to garnish

Procedure: Pre-heat oven to 400f. Remove black gills from Portabello mushrooms and slice into strips. Coat with a little bit of olive and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast till tender (about 10-12 min.) Remove from oven and hold. Dice the roasted mushrooms when cool. Coat bottom of casserole pan with 2 TBS. Olive oil and heat to medium high. Add shallots and sauté till clear. Add risotto and roast in pan for approx. 2-3 min. Deglaze with wine. Add hot stock a ladle full at a time when all the liquid is absorbed by the risotto. Stir frequently with wooden spoon. Repeat this till the risotto still has the slightest crunch in the middle of the grains (Al Dente).

When risotto is al dente: Add the butter, Portabello Mushrooms, pumpkin and parmesan. Stir just till mixed and creamy. Add S&P to taste remembering that the parmesan is salty already. Garnish and serve.


Candied Pumpkin (Calabaza en Dulce) by

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Pie Pumpkin –NOT Jack-O-Lantern (after peeled and seeded and cut into strips) Cinnamon Sticks Cloves (whole) Orange (Zest and juice) Butter Piloncillo (brown sugar cones available in Mexican section of grocery store or Mexican Markets) or substitute with: 1 3/4cup dark brown sugar and 1/4 cup molasses. Fresh Cold Water

Procedure: Cut pumpkin in half, remove stem and scoop out seeds and stringy parts on the inside. Wash the seeds and dry on a sheet pan for roasting later. Don’t dry them on a paper towel, they will stick to the towel and will be a mess to deal with. With a sharp knife, lay the pumpkin cut side down on a cutting board and carefully cut off the outer skin. (Save the skin, stem and stringy part for your compost pile.) Now cut the raw pumpkin into bite size pieces and hold. Put all other ingredients in a deep heavy pot and bring to a boil. I use a cast iron Dutch Oven. You could also use something like a Le Creuset, or any deep casserole dish that you can put on the stovetop. After the piloncillos (or brown sugar and molasses) have dissolved, slowly add the pumpkin pieces and simmer for around 2 – 2-1/2 hours or until the pumpkin is tender and the sugar mixture has reduced to a thick glaze. You might have to add more water if it evaporates before the pumpkin is tender. You can bob the pumpkin pieces a bit at first to coat them, but do not stir, that will make the pumpkin all mushy. Let cool then place each piece (with tongs) on a wire rack that is suspended over a bowl so the excess sugary glaze drips off. Repeat until all the pumpkin slices are as goo free as possible. Refrigerate or bring to room temperature and serve.

* Lyrics from the title track of James Taylor’s 1975 album “Walking Man”


Meet Chef Trusan

Trusan has been involved in the culinary world since 1984. He has worked with world-class chefs including: Karen Johnson-Kennedy (Kilgore Trout’s -  Evergreen), John Schenk (J. Wms.-Denver / Evergreen), and Mark Ellman (Avalon, Maui Tacos, Penne Pasta - Maui).  In addition to being owner/chef of his own café - coffee house: “A Freudian Sip”, Trusan has worked at fine dining establishments such as J.Wms, Kilgore Trout’s, Café Ronchetti, Briarwood and Basils.  Currently, Trusan teaches “The Spirit of Cooking” and “Grills Gone Wild” at Colorado Free University, Denver and offers private, in-home cooking classes and personal chef services. Trusan believes that food, "done right" is a true sensual experience that nourishes and delights the mind, body, and spirit.  The main ingredients in all his dishes are Intention, Attention, and Inspiration. Trusan emphasizes inspiration, adding creative but sensible twists to traditional recipes, creating culinary delights around seasons and themes. Above all, Trusan insists on quality - by using fresh, local, seasonal, and organic ingredients whenever possible.  The outcome is always a delicious, nutritious and colorful culinary experience. For more information, contact Trusan at: Trusan Cuisines • 303-517-6225


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“You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” -Paul Sweeney With the summer coming to a close, it might be time to put away all those fun, lighter novels or…not. Is reading ever seasonal? Should summer be the only season filled with escapist fare? I am not sure all of my summer reading was lighter though I do remember a Janet Evanovich/Stephanie Plum novel being somewhere in the mix, but instead, this was a summer of re-reading many favorite books. Some withstood the test of time and others reminded me that my tastes have evolved a bit. Maybe I even gained some long overdue taste in reading materials. Without further ado, here’s a list of books to enjoy this fall: Those missing a good mystery will enjoy The Sherlockian by Graham Moore. In a nutshell, a leading Sherlockian expert is brutally murdered at (you guessed it) a Sherlock Holmes convention forcing one determined subject matter expert to solve the mystery. The modern day tale is interwoven with an engaging account of what might have transpired in the years when Arthur Conan Doyle dared to kill off his popular character before eventually resurrecting him. If you’re longing for a good readable young adult series in the manner of the Hunger Games trilogy or the Twilight series, Scott Westerfeld has more than one. First check out the Uglies trilogy of books (which actually consists of four books) where physical imperfections are summarily wiped away at age 16 years of age leaving the characters with a new set of problems once they are “pretties.” If the past is more your style, look over his fun, steam punk take on WW1 in the engaging “Leviathan” series, a far cry from All Quiet on the Western Front. 46

About Kristina Leonard Kristina Leonard, a professor of communication and English literature, has been teaching college for 18 years. Kristina acquired a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication; and another , a Master of Science in teaching English literature and composition. She’s also a sevenyear resident of Vista Ridge. She can be located at local coffee shops, Metropolitan State College of Denver and various bookstores in the Denver Metro area. Kristina is mom to two school aged children and is married to graphic designer, Aaron Leonard.

Historical fiction fans will enjoy Mary Sharratt’s The Daughters of the Witching Hill which demonstrates what cunning women did to survive in the early 1600s Pendle witch hunt, an event I knew next to nothing about. Thanks to Carol Mayfied for this suggestion. Suspense readers who have not yet discovered Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs will be rewarded with a great first person account of one man’s journey to learn more about his late grandfather’s past only to realize nothing is as it seems. Lost Generation lovers will enjoy The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles featuring smar t, snappy dialogue often uttered by twentysomething protagonist Katey Kontent as she navigates love and career during the pre-World War II years in New York City. Finally, I am looking forward to reading my first non-fiction title in w e e k s - - - L a u r a H i l l e n b r a n d ’s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption and thank you for the recommendation, Jen Curry. Whatever you read and whenever you read, please keep this quotation from Paul Sweeney in mind: “You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”


nesting with style by sondra parker We started looking for a house almost two years ago. It needed to be not too far from Denver, Boulder or the Ski areas.  We zeroed  in on a large area Longmont to WinterPark.  After almost a year of searching we zoned in on Lafayette and Louisville.  Our decision was definite that Erie was out of the running.  However a particular house in Vista Ridge kept me curious. Last September we made an appointment to see two houses in the neighborhood.  And the minute we walked in the door of the house I had my eye on we knew this was the one.  The next day we made an offer and closing was 40 days later.    We love it!  And know that we made the right choice.  The things we wanted: a community, caring neighbors,activities for the kids and house that worked for our family, we found here. Now, the challenge has been making our house our home; on a budget.  And creating a garden and a beautiful yard in clay!  In  Nesting with  Style I will share stories of how we have made this work and how I have helped others have upscale style on a budget.  I will also answer readers questions on design challenges.  If you have a question about the best color,furniture layout or even creative design solutions simply submit pictures along with your question to the editor and I will respond to10 readers a quarter and publish some of the solutions in my article.   A big dilemma for us the first year was how to design our vegetable garden.  I started by thinking big.  What was my dream vegetable garden.  I drew plans for a  partir garden with stone walls, sculpture, irrigation,  fruits and vegetables.  I had landscape companies come and bid the job and after the $10,000 average bids came in, I began thinking of alternate solutions.  By then I realized that the clay soil was not going to be our only obstacle in the path the the perfect tomato.  We discovered the rabbits!  However an affordable solution quickly came to mind and it did not even require HOA approval because it 48

was container gardening. Only the largest containers would work to allow a strong root system for our squash and swiss chard so we used horse troughs. And four months later, I can say they have worked almost perfectly.   This is how we did it:  We started by finding a level area in our yard that would provide full sun most of the day.  Then contacted the HOA to confirm we were not violating any rules.  We searched locally and online for the right size containers(which were ultimately purchased from Murdoch's).  When the troughs arrived we used a metal drill bit to drill holes in the bottom to allow for proper drainage.  Then ran the drip line hose through the existing large drainage hole on the side, filled the first 8” with gravel for more drainage and to ensure when the soil freezes in the winter the entire trough will not expand and break,then a layer of landscape tarp so the soil does not drain into the gravel, then soil, compost and drip line.    The result has been a harvest from 12 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, four batches of rainbow swiss chard each planted from seed a week apart, pattypan squash, zucchini, red beet spinach, strawberries and a full herb garden.  As you can see from the pictures, some plants did better than others.  But for the first season this experiment proved highly successful.  We have some changes to make for next year and many things we will do the same. However I would highly recommend this solution to anyone dealing with rabbits and bad soil.  We have not had one item with a nibble in it. And the garden is still accessible for the kids to eat a pear tomato while playing in the yard. While many might think the galvanized containers are very modern, I feel they look perfect with our traditional stucco home.  And our neighbors are happy to see our thriving vegetable garden.

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WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL Another school year has begun at Black Rock Elementary. It is going to be such an exciting year for the kids at the school as well as the entire Vista Ridge Community.


ABOUT BETH Beth Anne Harbaugh is a mother with two boys, a preschooler who attends Red Hawk Elementary and a 3rd grader who attends Black Rock Elementary. She is an experienced Marketing and Public Relations Professional with over fifteen years of experience. In addition, she spends the rest of her time volunteering at the boys school; on their PTO Board and in their classrooms. Throughout her career, she has been involved with all aspects of marketing, from media relations, event planning, promotions, strategic planning to creation and design of presentations, web sites and printed materials. Before embarking on her career, Beth earned a degree in Communications and Public Relations at Rowan University in New Jersey, where she worked as an event planner for student events, including concerts, multiple MTV TV programs, prominent comedians and various festivals.


St Vrain is so proud and excited to welcome new staff additions from China that have arrived to teach the kids Mandarin Chinese. Knowing that the world have become an international and global landscape, it is an exciting time for our community to have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the Chinese language as well as about the culture of China. Black Rock Elementary is pleased to welcome our Chinese teacher, Wu Jing! She arrived almost two weeks ago from the city of Chongqing and is excited to provide Chinese instruction for our children. Wu Jing teaches English to students in China, so she is very interested in perfecting her English and learning more about American culture and our school system, while teaching us about China and introduce us to Mandarin Chinese. Our school will offer both Spanish and Chinese instruction. There are currently more people in China who speak English than there are English speakers in the United States. Mandarin Chinese is projected to be a primary language of the business world in the near future. We are fortunate to be able to expose our students to the languages and cultures of both China and Latin America. Chinese and Spanish will play an integral part in preparing our students to face an increasingly global society and provide them with an advantageous social tool in the workplace while fostering their appreciation for cultural diversity.


UPCOMING READ-A-THON The Black Rock Elementary PTO is very excited to announce plans for our 3rd annual Read-a-thon! The Read-a-thon will run from Monday, September 12 through Friday, September 23, with pledges due by Friday, October 7th. The Read-a-thon is a program that brings students together with family and friends to encourage reading and to build literacy skills. With the power of being able to read, nothing is beyond your grasp. Reading can magically take you to faraway places, you can climb mountains, tame lions, sail a boat around the world, travel through time, or even learn to become a wizard! The main focus of the Read-a-thon is to raise funds for the Black Rock Elementary PTO. The PTO supports the school financially in numerous ways: technology, special in-school events, money for teachers to purchase much needed supplies, and more. For the 2011Read A Thon, we have set a goal of $12,000 raised! This goal can be achieved by securing sponsors who can choose to pledge per minute of reading time, or they can pledge a set amount for the Read-a-thon. Participants may read on their own or with family or friends. Listening to someone else read, in any language, or reading to someone else also counts. Would you like to support our kids? Please contact us through our website for more information and how to support the Read-a-thon. We understand that, we all hold high expectations for the quality of education our kids receive during the school day. By encouraging our children to participate in the Read-a-thon, we are expanding upon this learning and taking it into our home, increasing the school’s effectiveness. The Read-a-thon will help our children develop a lasting love of reading, and a lifetime of learning.

We would like to thank our community for supporting our school. Black Rock Elementary is a proud member of the St Vrain School System and joins the other Erie elementary schools; Red Hawk Elementary and Aspen Ridge Charter School. We are so lucky to have such good options for our kids’ education and appreciate the community support that we continue to receive. Your support helps us provide the outstanding education and unique opportunities that the Black Rock Students have the privilege to receive.


Jobs for Our Kids, Our Future

With the passing of genius and Apple architect Steve Jobs, I was faced with a surprising level of grief--and a serious ʻteachable momentʼ I could share with my two middle school kids. “Hand me the Kleenex, Emilie,” I sniffed, “And go get your brother, David. I want to talk to you two.” My daughter returned with her sibling, and an economy-sized bucket of tissues for me to rip through. I proceeded to have them sit, then I launched into my Version of How the World Began. “In the beginning, far far away in the land of California, there were only orange groves and redwood trees,” I told them. “This isnʼt the one about urban sprawl and the Silicon Valley again, is it Mom?” David asked. I shot him a look, blew my nose, and continued. “Fine, letʼs cut to the chase. Back in the day, er, my day, no one had computers. No one. Not even a cell phone. No texting, no Nintendo, no iTunes, no iPad-- the only ʻiʼs we had were in our head!” Both kids shivered audibly. “It gets worse. We had to use pen and paper and mail things through the postal system!” “Can I go to the bathroom?” David got up, “I think Iʼm gonna be sick.” “Sit down, will you. All of this leads me to a very critical point.” They looked at me, mouths open, as if I was showing them where fire came from--or how the lint trap worked-- and they wouldnʼt be far wrong. “Steve Jobs was one of the founding fathers of the technology revolution. The electronic devices that you take for granted everyday-- he, for sure, had something to do with them. If he didnʼt invent them, he certainly impacted the people who did. Itʼs something to think about.”


They sat there for a minute, staring, giving the impression of thinking, but at this point it didnʼt matter as much if they were thinking about Steve Jobs, what they were going to eat in an hour, or even what they were going to wear to school tomorrow. The fact is that Jobs had paved their lives in such a way that they didnʼt have to think-- his brand, his inventions, his contributions and sheer proliferation had afforded them the luxury of near-constant satisfaction. Like an intravenous drip. Theirs was Generation i-impulsive, intuitive, instant, integrated and with infinite possibilities. It felt important to me that they understand and appreciate the consequences of someone elseʼs hard work. More than that-- that they take this amazing ball of promise and run with it--what Jobs had set in motion they should continue to achieve. It was also a lesson in heroes. Jobs was not without his faults, but at his essence was a man who believed in... doing. Great ideas demanded no less in action, and his attention to detail made the difference between having good thoughts and “insanely great” accomplishments. Most every child is born with innate curiosity and the willpower to achieve those first steps of life; as parents, it is incumbent upon us to continue encouraging that creativity, that longing to explore our world and to help ensure that our youngsters donʼt lose sight of their own remarkable gifts. Steve Jobs was not born with a computer. He invented one. I got up, tossed the empty box of tissues into the recycling, and asked my kids if they had any questions. “Can I get on the computer, Mom, to research my science project about trees?” David asked. What would Steve Jobs do? “Not right now, honey. Go outside and take a walk-- look around you-- your answers are right there, youʼll see...” Britta Wilder


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It is back to school time, much to the chagrin of your children. For parents. this is this time of year that school supplies will be purchased. One of the most important back to school supplies is a backpack. Statistics say more than 40 million students carry backpacks. overloading and poor positioning of back packs is a leading cause of back and shoulder pain in children. According to the American Chiropractic Association, the following steps can help: 1. Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulders, by the straps. 2. The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.

3. A backpack with individual compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively. 4. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back. 5. Bigger is not necessarily better. The more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carry and the heavier the backpack will be. 6. Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as lowback pain. 7. Wide padded straps are very important. Nonpadded straps are uncomfortable, and can dig into your child’s shoulders.

Louis Cavallo, DC Cavallo Chiropractic 1930 North Main Street Suite B Longmont, Colorado 80501 p: (303) 678-8555


F I TN ES S 5 Ways to Guarantee Fat Loss Whilst Keeping Valuable Lean Muscle Today I wanted to give you five quick but essential fundamentals or tips to fully realizing your fat loss goals. But also as well as losing the stubborn fat and getting on the path to the body you want, these 5 also mean you preserve the valuable lean muscle that in effect is your body's fat burning furnace and the reason you actually blast calories at all. So below I give you the 5 that if understood and made a part of your fitness lifestyle will not fail to deliver you results. NUMBER 1:  Keep Your Fitness Sessions Short! (But Very Sweet) I am a big fan of Intensity Training.  My classes and bootcamps are structured around this.  You see the longer a person works out the lower the intensity level drifts.  During peak effort you are working in intensity levels that produce results, but as you move out of the zone you are at risk of injury, de-motivation and also a slide in your real results. Intensity training is the incorporation of high demand training in short periods of time.   You basically will make a bigger improvement on your body composition, fitness levels and overall appearance ñ and attain the goals you want ñ if you focus on shorter workouts, with high intensity. I do recommend mixing up these short intense sessions to allow your body to recover.  Don't do them every session.  But the facts are that an intense workout raises after burn (fat burning capability ñ burning calories at a higher rate during recovery). This type of workout is the way you need to be training if you want those results. NUMBER 2:  You Need To Weight Train. It is still prominent in today's society to hear people mention toning or long form cardio sessions as their staple fitness structure.  The fact remains and always has that to see change and results in your body every person must be incorporating weight training or resistance training. The goal of weight training is not to build huge muscle but maintain our lean muscle mass.  Because lean muscle burns calories better than anything else you can do. As a person ages muscle will diminish, so weight training is not just a young persons game ñ it is essential for everyone. The reality is that women will NOT get big and bulky, men will not find its just that young persons pastime and every person will shift their body into the zone where calories are burnt at optimal levels, lean and toned muscles will be structured and their body will perform as nature intended. Again, other types of exercise


are still fine to use but leaving out resistance training is like trying to drive a car with no wheels. NUMBER 3: Nutrition AFTER Your Workout. I've seen many people really get into the swing of worthwhile training.  They challenge themselves, they commit to a sensible program and they begin with an attitude that 9 times out of 10 will an attitude that 9 times out of 10 will lead them to stunning results.  BUT it is all too common to find that a lot of people do not really take seriously the need to replenish and re-fuel their bodies AFTER these new and challenging workouts they are committed to. Simply put:  we all need to put the right fuel into our system after a workout ñ within a window of around 30mins to an hour max. And that fuel is a good recovery drink or meal replacement with a mix of protein and importantly CARBOHYDRATES: Don’t think its all about protein at this moment.  You need carbs afterwards to protect the bodies protein from being used.  It also helps create the blood sugar and insulin response that helps move protein to the workout damaged muscle fibers and aid in repair of what you’ve just done to them! A good recovery drink is absolutely paramount.   You can have a look at this one because it is one of the best, if not the best. NUMBER 4:  Protein Is Essential In Your Diet. Carbohydrates and essential fats are important BUT protein is the building block of muscle.  You need to have adequate amounts in your system.  DO not neglect this, especially when you are breaking down that muscle in your intense new workouts, your job is also to supply your body with protein for repair and regeneration of new muscle tissue. Protein can induce satiety ñ a feeling of being full ñ if you have adequate amounts in each meal you consume.  Also dietary protein is actually harder to break down so you interestingly will burn extra calories doing so, (there ís a simple explanation we’ll go into this in detail in an upcoming post). Protein does not build muscle, it actually aids in repair due to the damage caused by your workouts.  Also you want protein to assist in the maintenance of your lean muscle especially during fat loss training or dieting when you desperately need to keep the lean muscle and not let it get broken down. Increase your protein levels with both a good supplement and lean meats, dairy protein and vegetable sources of protein and you’ll allow your muscles to remain protected as your metabolism controls fat loss.

F I TN ES S NUMBER 5: Please, Please, Please Don’t Starve Your Body.

Tristan Lewis is a World Traveler & Fitness Pro specializing in fat loss, weight loss, six pack abs workouts, abdominal training, lean muscle gain and total body transformation for men and women who want to lose weight and lose stubborn tummy, stomach or belly fat whilst creating their new physiques.

If a person starves themselves, because they assume this is the way to lose weight or fat, they simply put themselves into the territory of firstly only really losing water weight in the initial stages and also facing the reality that once they get back to a sensible eating schedule they will almost always gain back that weight 100% and sometimes they’ll gain back more. Starvation mode is not a method any person should consider or employ. To lose weight consistently and safely and keep it off a person needs to elevate their metabolism with proven exercise whilst maintaining a balanced, consistent diet that involves regular eating, a control of the amount of carbs eaten after 2-3pm in the day and a serious commitment to never starving or forcing the body into yo-yo eating schedules.

who will face more frustration after an initial surprise weight loss that is only that water weight loss. This road is not one you want to travel.  Period. Do it right and you’ll be on the road to being fit for life! Cheers. Tris

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dance your way into shape include Zumba fitness, Hip-Hop Hustle, and Hip Hop Fusion classes.

Tired of the treadmill? by Cori Ehrhart In the past 10 years, dance based fitness programs have become nothing short of a revolution, spreading like wildfire, and becoming the single most influential movement in the industry of fitness. You can dance your way into shape with a fitness workout that'll target key trouble spots like your abs, hips and thighs--all while burning anywhere from 500 to 1000 calories per hour (depending on the tempo). The routines used in these classes feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate our participants. Some of the most popular dance fitness programs attended today


Weight Loss: As with any exercise program, consistency and a sensible, well-balanced nutrition program will increase the likelihood of weight loss. Many students have reported a measurable loss in inches around their midsection within the first few weeks of attending classes several times per week.

Facilities like Synergy Fitness Studio located in Louisville Colorado, offer dance fitness classes 7 days a week at times that fit your schedule. They specialize in making fitness fun so you can look forward to joining these fun and effective classes each week. Imagine your regular fitness program High Caloric Expenditure: Dance becoming nothing short of your most fitness follows aerobic and interval anticipated social event! training methods to incorporate high levels of activity, therefore high To get you even more excited about caloric burn. One class can burn 500 starting one of these great fitness to 1000 calories per hour depending programs, we have put together a list on the individual, tempo, fitness level of some of the many benefits of and intensity level. introducing a dance fitness program into your exercise routine.   So get Great Dynamic Core Workout and ready for a dance workout that'll put a Sculpted Body: Dancing uses your old aerobics routine to shame. moves that require high control of

“Exercise in Disguise”: It is a GREAT SWEAT!! You will be having so much fun you won’t even realize you are exercising. Moreover, it breaks the mold by making fitness a fun activity you will look forward to and want to do

Easy, Non-intimidating Learning Environment: Learn the dance steps in an easy-to-follow, fun and party-like format. You don’t have to be a dancer or have previous experience to join these fitness classes. Just jump in and follow along.

the mid section of the body (abs and back) creating a tighter more defined torso. It will reshape all parts of your body, including upper body, lower body, midsection, heart, and mind.

Increased Heart and Body Function: Regular aerobic, muscular strength and interval training improves cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, and immune systems. Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol and increase your metabolism, strength, bone density, muscle mass and circulation.

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Positive Self Image: Fitness naturally increases the levels of endorphins in the brain, a chemical produced during vigorous exercise that improves your mood and lowers anxiety. You’ll love the way you look and feel after just a few weeks of regular exercise.

Cori Ehrhart is the owner of Synergy Fitness Studio which is located at 159 McCaslin Blvd. Louisville. 720.203.0395

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Extend your Summer wardrobe into Fall Fall is in the mall, the kids are back at school and the inevitable return of the cold weather is upon us. Well if you’re feeling that it’s too soon to switch your whole wardrobe over to fall, then perhaps it might be easier to think about stretching your summer wardrobe just a little longer to ease the transition. Here’s how:

LAYER, LAYER, LAYER! Your sleeveless silky blouse? So simple- take one of your beautiful, summery sleeveless blouses and add a cardigan, blazer or a cool leather jacket. Pair it with a skirt or a lightweight trouser for now, then as the weather changes, switch to a heavier wool trouser, add tights to the skirt or mix it with a fab pair of jeans.



Tee shirts? Nice ones, of course. Same rules apply and you can wear them year round paired with a cozy cashmere sweater and a light, gauzy scarf- a scarf will add instant chic and great mileage to your summer tees and tops. This is a great uniform for those who work from home and want to quickly get polished up for running to meet a client.

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weekend. (Just remember to buy for your figure and personal style first and foremost; not all trends will work for every shape.)

Peep toe sandals? Add tights to the skirt you’ve been wearing barelegged all summer. There’s a huge variety of hot hosiery out for fall. Then add boots, booties or closed-toe pumps- you get the picture. But once the snow arrives I’d hang up the cotton skirt until spring re-blooms, and switch it out for a fall fabric. And for the ladies who prefer it, the a-line skirt is making a comeback.

Be daring and don a stocking with it. But to do it right it has to be a stylish hosiery option and it should look very intentional.

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Add a long flowy cardigan to a flowy knee-length dress- even add a belt and boots to bring the look into fall.

If you’re going to invest in one signature piece this fall, make it fabulous outerwear! Capes and capelets are ultra chic with leather gloves, the trench is timeless, or add some spice over your classic wardrobe with a short leather moto jacket. A fitted blazer can do the trick, too- try a tweed that will go over your fall pants for work or with jeans on the

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As you hit the ground running, please remember this key rule of thumb: Build your collection of wardrobe basics in classic styles that will not be out of fashion next year. If you can afford to buy decent quality basic pieces, they will last much longer and will give you your money’s worth. Then next fall you won’t need to collect new basic black, grey and brown pants again (unless your figure has changed). Plus when you’re trying to get out the door in a pinch, your wardrobe basics will be there for you, easy to wear with just a little planning ahead. If you’re looking to update your wardrobe without spending a fortune, go for accessories. Bright colored shoes can add some punch to your classic look. So can a fun handbag, scarf or jewels, or a trendy new top paired with your classic basics. By accessorizing with fashion trends and fun colors, prints, patterns and texture you can instantly update your look for the new season. Before you head out on your next shopping excursion, be prepared. Take a brief inventory of what you already have and certain things that are needed. Then take the appropriate undergarments, shape wear and shoes along to the fitting room. You’ll get the full picture of how an outfit will look and whether things need to be altered or hemmed. Also, even if you’re shopping on your day off, head out wearing your usual makeup and hairstyle so that you get the full effect and have that extra boost of confidence.

About Rachel Fashion Stylist and Designer, Rachel Lefort, brings the world of fashion straight to the Boulder-Denver area, where she works closely with her clients to carefully craft the right look for their lifestyle. After more than 15 years studying and working in the global fashion industry of New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, Rachel moved to Colorado where she decided to channel all of her experience into a new venture: Personal Fashion Styling. Rachel’s business is designed to help individuals define their own distinctive image and style, and recreate their look in order to achieve this desired image. Rachel’s approach is positive and sincere, sensitive and honest. Rachel truly enjoys helping to empower her clients with the selfconfidence that comes with a new look, an individual style, and an enhanced, organized and stylish wardrobe.

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by Danica Jardien For about a decade now the term “smoky eye” has been ever so popular when describing a desired eye makeup look. As a Makeup Artist for these past 10 years, when I ask a client “Describe how you would like to see your makeup”, 99.9% of the time the client replies “I would like a smoky eye!” I may exaggerate a little! So what exactly is a smoky eye? I am going to break it down as plain and simple as I can! I have also created an easy to follow video tutorial for those of you who are visual.


smok·y (sm < ![endif]-->k < ! [endif]-->) adj. smok·i·er, smok·i·est: Resembling smoke; hazy; dirty; made dark; thick; murky. So with this said, a smoky eye is eye makeup that resembles smoke. As you know smoke is not a perfect line or one even tone. Smoke is usually dark, smudgy and as a makeup look portrays a sultry and sexy look. So how does a smoky eye appear? Below there are a couple examples of a smoky eye: As you can see from the pictures, the smoky eye does not always look the same. There are

many looks to a smoky eye which are done with many techniques, colors and products. A smoky eye can be worn by anyone of any age for any occasion. From day to night time, natural to dramatic, the smoky eye has many versions! You can smoke the entire eye, the top lid only or just the bottom… anything goes!

little drama to your look! Most women do not need to own hundreds of dollars worth of makeup or dozens or products and tools to create a flawless look for day or night time.

m so your makeup can stand out in the dim lights. This is the time to add a little drama to your look!

your makeup look at it’s most natural.

Here is a step by step of a very basic smoky eye look: 1. Prep your eye area. Try using an eye shadow base that is water resistant or crease resistant. This will help to smooth on your eye makeup easier, more evenly and you will see a truer eye shadow texture and color. Also, it is very important for a dramatic eye or for someone who has oily eyelids. Your eye makeup will last longer and look better! I really love Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC Paints. 2. Use the Stila Eye Kajal (My all time favorite!) to line your eye. This eye kajal is very creamy and pigmented, so use a light hand. Now don’t worry about your line not being perfect, because when using a pencil it rarely is! You can line the top lid, the bottom or both. This depends on your eye shape and your preference. 3. Now use a smudger or a pencil brush to gently smoke out your eye liner. Remember to use the tip of the brush and have a light hand. You want to keep women do not the darkest point around the lash line and blend or need to own hundreds of dollars out worth of makeup “smoke” or dozens or the outer edge of the liner. You want a gradual fade products and tools to create a from darkest to lightest. The darkest at lash line and the lightest the furthest from your flawless look for your day or night time.lash line. The 5 Minute 4. Face You can set your eye liner with a little eye shadow “set it”face for a longer wearing look. The basics for a 5tominute include concealer, powder, blush, 5. Finish mascara and lip gloss/ your smoky look by placing your eye kajal in your water cil (inner rim of the eye) and your favorite conditioner. mascara. You know have a sexy smoky eye! You want to create an even and natural skin tone, a pop of color on the cheeks, a little mascara to brighten the eyes and a sheer lip color to finish the lips. This is

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Fall Into Fashion

Denver’s Trendiest Fashionista, With a Bit of Erie! a tradition to run fashion shows in November. I can’t wait to start I am so excited for fall fashion coordinating this year’s shows! New models, new style, new this year! I can’t wait to start everything! wearing my super skinny jeans, along with my long sleeve shirts. I feel like I buy way more clothing Fashion Show Details in the fall then in the summer. In the summer I wear boring old flip I get excited coordinating flops that tend to get over-used many events, but the most and become so dull. This fall, I inspiring are my fashion shows. plan on buying way more shoes! The first time I stepped on a You can never have enough of runway was when I was 15 years shoes, right? The really exciting old. It was the best feeling in the thing about fall is, Fashion Week! world. It’s so great working with Although Denver isn’t New York; big brand names such as Roxy I still have to right to express my and Billabong, who have been so fashion taste for the year. Fall generous as to sponsor the Fashion Week usually starts in clothing for my fashion shows in 82 November for me. I have made it

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the past. I can’t wait to work with these companies again in future. This year, I will be running my own Fashion Weekend! DenVhere Magazine and Megafauna proudly present: DenVhere Fashion WeekND(not a typo)! Not only will I have huge sponsors by my side, I will have many people supporting this event as well. I’m very lucky to be working with people who love fashion just as much as I do. Megafauna,, and Seek Hair Lab, are huge contributors to DVFWND!


Our show will be extremely exciting because I plan to make this annual, and to hopefully encourage When: November 12, 2011 celebrities to come to Denver instead of New York Where: 27th and Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205 for fashion related events. Our theme is “Colorado Time: 6:00pm St. Fashion,” with the season/style being “Colorado’s Price: $10.00 Entrance Fee Each Crazy Seasons.” I will be choosing four exclusive Involvement: MegaFauna,, Seek Hair designers to showcase on the runway, as well as Lab, and many more! choosing the models that get the chance of a lifetime to walk the runway.

Two Major Events Event One: What: Front Range Community College Fashion Show 2011 When: Wednesday: November 9, 2011 Where: Front Range Community College (Westminster Campus 3645 West 112th Avenue • Westminster, CO 80031 Time: 6:00pm Price: $ FREE! Involvement: TBA

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Event Two: What: DenVhere Fashion WeekND- Ultimate Event 1

Fashionistas: Someone who expresses their fashion sense with world. A fashionista usually follows top trends and top fashion icons. Many fashionistas like to express themselves by looking different. Famous fashionistas to consider: Lady Gaga, Heidi Klum, and Tyra Banks. 2

Smize: The concept of smize or smizing is to smile with your eyes. This term was created by fashion supermodel and expert, Tyra Banks.

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Ceiling fans don’t matter. Finishing the garage walls won’t make a difference. Often times the money you’ve spent on those designer chandeliers will not come back to you dollar for dollar when it’s time to sell. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes - if you were buying a home today, what would be the most important features for you? Look around at what you have now, and think “Would I buy this house if I were a buyer?” Also ask yourself “What items are a must for me in the next house I buy?” So what can you do to get the best return on the money you put into your house? Here’s where your focus should be: The kitchen. Money spent on upgrading a kitchen will give you the best return on your investment. Most buyers prefer a gourmet kitchen, complete with slab granite (granite tile is ok, but spend the extra money and do it right); Stainless steel or black upgraded appliances-including double ovens and a gas cooktop; island; pantry and wood or tile floors. Custom paint and a decorative backsplash can really help give the entire kitchen a real WOW factor! (We always suggest you talk to an interior designer before you paint or modify designer finishes.) We just sold a house with a beautiful glass tile backsplash… it showed very stylish especially when accented with the right paint color. Master bath. Buyers have not only come to expect a private master bath when purchasing a house, but have also become pickier about their “must-haves” for this room. Most buyers want two sinks situated nicely in a high counter and tile (not carpet) on the floor. Anything you can do to make your master bath stand out will increase its appeal to buyers - Can you increase the size of your shower or add an additional shower head? Don’t go eliminating the “un-used” bathtub though... having one is still very important in a master bathroom. Again, designer paint colors and tile, chosen with the help of a professional, can really create a serene spa like room to impress potential buyers. Landscaping. Remember, the front of your house is your first impression area and as the saying goes “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression!” Are your trees alive, look like they are going to continue to grow, and are in well kept shape? Is your grass green, well mowed and edges trimmed? How about the flower beds - Are there weeds everywhere? Does your porch have cobwebs and dead leaves piled up in the corners? Small details, such as a striking front door color, can give homes a nice ‘POP’ and visually stand out. Home Office. Here is a new room getting more attention in the last few years. The trend and future of many jobs today allow people to work from home. Home offices are becoming the trend. This space must be inviting, bright and yet quiet and removed from the “action/noise” from the rest of the house. Many people will spend more time in this room than any other in the entire house. Upgrades such as built in desk, organization systems, and perhaps glass French doors will demonstrate to prospective buyers how the space will allow them to be efficient, organized and away from distractions.


So now that you know where to put your money – it’s time to talk about which items are the hardest to make back a dollar for dollar return on your investment. Time and time again it’s proven that money spent on things like finishing your basement, decking out a garage, and remodeling / altering rooms does not pay out when it comes time to sell. It’s important to remember there is a fine-line between adding features to your home for your enjoyment and getting a top dollar return on your investment if you have to sell in the near future. Many of those thousands of dollars you’ve spent on personal taste modifications simply do not pay off. If you find yourself considering selling in the future and/or making modifications you want a designer opinion about, we offer our interior designer free of charge when you list with us. Get a professional’s opinion on the areas you need to consider or focus on. We want to make sure you are getting the best return on your investment, and what is going to help make your home sell for the most money in the shortest amount of time.

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Ask Max

Mr. Manners

Fall 2011

First of all let me apologize to the neighbors in the hood. You see I tend to dig under the fence like a groundhog in my peep’s backyard. I squeeze my tiny body under the fence and make a mad dash down the street. Not sure where the hell I’m running to, but I feel like a super hero, especially when the wind flows through my hair. I think I’ll ask Santa for a cape this Christmas. Occasionally my mom runs after me down the street and finds me, but always at the wrong time (when she’s wearing a house coat or ratty pjs). I love the horrified look on the faces of the golfers at the tee. On the

In this Issue:

several occasions that she doesn’t notice I’m gone when she’s busy on facebook or something, some nice human finds me and scoops me up. They then call my mom, for her phone number is on a charm around my

Introduction to Max

collar. Perhaps I do this just to embarrass her ass or on second thought, my dad let’s me out in hopes I don’t come home. You see I’m a foo-foo


dog and he’d prefer some macho dog like a black lab or golden retriever.

Please send your questions regarding manners or social etiquette to Max c/o


Now that I spoke my little mind, let me introduce myself. My name is Max. I am 4 pounds and 6 years old. I’m a yorkshire terrier. I look cuter than I am and I absolutely HATE to dress up in ridiculous outfits. I think most of my friends would have to agree. Like the writing on a rearview mirror, “Object are closer

evite rules

than they appear,” I am smarter than I

facebook posting and tagging

appear. Matter of fact so smart that I now have my own advice column regarding manners. So shoot me an

party questions

email, send it to my mom with “Max” in the subject. I’ll try to take the time out

neighborhood etiquette

of my busy schedule of lying around and answer all questions.

Ask Max

I am looking forward to hearing from you and hey, throw me a bone sometime!


SOUL fall 2011

by Trisha Ventker

just ask for it

Last issue I discussed my VPS© mind. In easy terms: If you were to system. The V is to Visualize what go to a party and were talking to a


you want out of life Next, put

How much does it effect you?

group of people and suddenly as

together a plan to get to your vision. you were talking, you hear you The plan is the P in your VPS©.  The name mentioned in another S in your VPS© signifies the steps in which you must take to

conversation across the room, this is an example of RAS in play. It says

implement the change desired. If

to your conscious mind, “Listen out

you always do the same thing, you will always get the same results.

for anyone saying my name!” The RAS is the gatekeeper between the

You can visualize until you turn blue, subconscious and the conscious plan until your heart’s content, but if mind. Every second we have


you don’t execute your plan, then

millions of thoughts that enter our

nothing will change. Now I ‘d like to discuss the RAS

minds, the RAS decides which information gets to our conscious

(Reticular Activation System) that I have done months of research on.

mind and which info gets put away. Our brain distorts info as well. Your

The RAS is the bundle of nerves in

RAS cannot distinguish between the

the brain stem that converts information through the conscious

real events and make believe. It believes what you tell it.

What is your subconscious telling you?


health ,rewarding jobs, more meaningful relationships and

Napoleon Hill, an American getting closer to their personal author (1883-1970 ) who wrote goals by using these mentioned modern genres and personal techniques. success literature such as Think An easy first step to and Grow Rich said that we can implement this new way of achieve ANY realistic goal if we keep thinking of that goal and

thinking and to be in touch of

stop thinking any negative

how your subconscious and conscious communicate is to

thoughts about it. If we keep thinking that we can’t achieve a

become more aware of your surroundings. Examples of this

goal, our subconscious will help is: colors of your home, what us NOT achieve it. you watch on tv, do you have Although I am not perfect energy producing flowers and at this, I have practiced this way plants in your everyday realm? of thinking over the last few Also, pay attention to those years. We all have self doubt and negative thoughts that


whom you spend time with. Are

they caring and kind people enter our mind, it’s what you do who bring something positive to with them , that is KEY! I have your life? Or do they constantly accomplished what seems to complain and gossip about be the impossible professionally others and leave you feeling and it can all be attributed to empty and exhausted? Do they my VPS system and awareness always play the “victim?” of the RAS. Some of my clients First step is to simply have achieved improved become aware!

start with a vision

Trisha Ventker resides in Erie, Colorado with her 4 year old son and husband, Tom. Her award winning book, Internet Dates From Hell, has been recently optioned for a movie by Paula Wagner, producer of “Mission:Impossible” I, II, and III, etc. It is available worldwide and at and Ventker is currently on a book tour throughout the United States. In addition she is the founder and editor of vlife and elife magazines. Trisha Ventker is a Reading Specialist and holds a Master’s Degree in Literacy from Adelphi University. She is available for personal Life Coaching. She has beaten the odds in many personal goals and has followed her VPS system over the last several years. Ventker has appeared on several television shows and has been heard on a variety of radio shows throughout the country. In addition, she is a speaker for events at Universities, Forums and/or Churches.

photo: © Trisha Ventker 2011




A New Season is Upon Us with Plenty of Offerings School is back in session and Fall is upon us. This brings a big change in the sports we actively participate in and those that we are spectators of. We are no longer going to the pool or sitting in the stands at Coors Field. Seeing that the Red Sox and Braves are no better of than the Rockies, gives me some consolation. Hopefully “Rocktober” will return in 2012. Instead of worrying how to stay cool in the 90 plus temperatures we had for most of August, we will be able to keep the windows open and enjoy the wonderful Fall weather that Colorado has to offer. Except for those whose hometown team made the MLB playoffs, the focus is now on College and Pro Football. No matter if you are supporting the local teams of the Buffs and Broncos, or just enjoy 22 men fighting over a pigskin, this is a great time of year. There are also plenty of us who enjoy watching or playing real “Football”, the kind you


play with your feet and with a round ball, also known as “Soccer”. Play has resumed in the European Leagues and in Erie, where this Fall we now have 7 Teams. In last month’s issue of vlife I wrote about how this league was gaining momentum. I never expected it to grow this fast. After starting with 3 on 3 on Skyline Drive in Vista Ridge in the winter of 2009/2010, we are now up to about 100 players! Anyone who has a passion for their sport, whether it be Kickball, Volleyball, Tennis, or another sport, take notice and realize that there are probably a lot more enthusiast than just you out there. Take the initiative and form your own league and as it grows, promote it to the town and have them add it to their program. For those who aren’t sure what sport they might be interested in, take a look at the Fall Guide from the Erie Parks and Recreation department, which has quite a wide offering of Fall sports and activities.


We are fortunate to have such great weather and so many choices of Sports in the Fall. Whether you want to play golf, go cycling, mountain biking, running, fishing, hiking, the outdoor activities are endless. As the editor of vlife is pushing me to finish my article for the Fall Edition, I have decided to take the easy route and just provide some helpful links to websites for some the sports mentioned above: GOLF - Colorado National Golf Course CYCLING - Front Range Cycling Routes CYCLING - Denver and Front Range Cycling MOUNTAIN BIKING - Trails in the Front Range RUNNING - Map My Run

Our own Vista Ridge Community Center also has plenty going on this fall. Here is a link to their site and Calendar of Events. VISTA RIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER VRCC CALENDAR OF EVENTS

As I am thinking about all the outdoor activities that I am going to do this fall, has made me realize that I also like the satisfaction of enjoying a good beer after a good workout. Why not head over to the Lazy Dog, which is just a short walk for most of us in Vista Ridge or to the Cheeky Monk when you want to sample a great variety of Belgian Beers.


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why did the t!rkey cross the road"

to get to the

fo!rth ann!al


t!rkey day 5k/10k thursday, november 24th, 2011 parkside community center in broomfield at 9:00 am 5k Œ 10k Œ family division Œ kid’s race $4000 in prize money Œ Redline Gear tech shirts raffle prizes Œ breakfast bar a portion of race proceeds will benefit


photo Š Trisha Ventker 2011

vlife magazine - life in the ridge and the pointe - Fall Edition 2011  

vlife is a lifestyle magazine that celebrates local talent, businesses and people. It is chic, modern and stylistic.

vlife magazine - life in the ridge and the pointe - Fall Edition 2011  

vlife is a lifestyle magazine that celebrates local talent, businesses and people. It is chic, modern and stylistic.