BAS1S Architecture's Estes project celebrates

A culmination of many years of planning, BAS1S Architecture celebrated the opening of The Harmony Foundation, Inc.'s $5 million detoxification center in Estes Park.   “We began this process over 7 years ago with a Master Plan vision” states Principal Architect, Steve Lane.

“It’s very powerful to see the plans come to fruition. In a detox facility we wanted to ensure we were providing the healthiest building possible.” Lane added. “We also wanted to create a very intuitive and peaceful space for people’s first interaction with Harmony’s treatment program.”

The 10,500 square foot detoxification building includes 20 beds, intake center, staff offices and nursing rooms to allow for the initial 24-hour medical supervision. Also included in the project, The Harmony Foundation has a new 8,000 square-foot dining hall and multipurpose pavilion to serve their entire campus - also designed by BAS1S.


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Samples World Bistro’s Executive Chef, Darrell Jensen, won the 2015 People’s Choice Best Chef Award at the Denver Pairsine Chefs Fine Food & Wine Competition on July 15, 2015 at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, CO.

Samples World Bistro’s first dish was the Chili con Carne & Cheddar Arancini, a spicy, Southwest chili inside a fried risotto ball.  It was served over an herbed, spiced sour cream and garnished with curled green onions.  The second dish was Le Kit Cat, a chocolate mousse served on a crisp, peanut butter wafer  dusted with espresso, cocoa powder and garnished with beer infused whipped cream and vanilla sauce.

Pairsine is hosted by the Wine Country Network.  250 people attended the event.  The chefs’ food and beer pairings were scored by the judges and attendees.

Samples World Bistro opened on June 8, 2015, featuring an international a la carte menu so guests may customize their dining options.  Samples World Bistro offers 28 craft beers, wines, and ciders on tap.  Samples World Bistro partners with Sample Supports to provide real world job experience and long-term employment options for adults with Intellectual Disabilities.  For more details please visit, or

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Construction has started on AltaVita Assisted Living, an upscale assisted living community in Longmont. The community will be located next to the existing AltaVitaMemory Care Centre, 800 South Fordham St., as part of their planned continuing care retirement community.

The 66,939-square-foot, two-story community will feature four residential wings with 67 rooms and 2 guest suites, as well as a common great room, tavern, large central fireplace, bistro and ice cream parlor, in addition to a main dining room with outdoor seating. A private dining room will also be available to residents.

Other amenities will include a large fitness center, spas, residential laundry rooms, a salon, lounge areas, a 2,500 square-foot general purpose room and an outdoor deck located on the second story to grill and enjoy sweeping views of the mountains. Both floors will feature wellness offices for caregiving staff and room for residents’ physicians to complete their reports and filing. Outdoor amenities will include a bocce ball court, a gazebo with seating inside, walking paths, benches for resting, a waterfall and extensive landscaping and lighting.

Residential rooms will include a kitchenette with granite countertops, stainless steel refrigerators and microwaves, with vaulted ceilings on the second level. The rooms also feature accessible vanities with motion-sensor lighting and roll-in showers in each bathroom. The community will feature 34 studios, 29 one-bedroom units and four companion suites.

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In 1971 President Nixon signed into law Clown Week, a week to recognize clowns and the work they do for our communities around the nation. National Clown Week takes place every year from August 1st through the 7th.

As a Planetree Designated Hospital, one of Longmont United Hospital’s patient-centered initiatives is arts and entertainment which includes therapeutic clowning as an inspirational and powerful tool to promote the healing process. LUH’s Caring Clown program was created in 2000 after world renowned physician, comedian and clown Patch Adams visited the City of Longmont and assisted with the dedication of LUH’s new hospital tower. LUH’s Caring Clowns are volunteers dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of hospitalized patients, their families, friends and caregivers. Our clowns complete a comprehensive clown training course on the art of gentle humor.

In celebration of National Clown Week 2015, all nine of the LUH Caring Clowns will be at the hospital on Wednesday, August 5, starting at 11:00 am to visit with as many patients and visitors as possible. On Friday, August 7th the clowns will head up to the Carousel of Happiness, located at 20 Lakeview Drive in Nederland, CO for an hour of good times, 9:30 – 10:30 am. The Carousel is a magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ. The Colorado Clowns will be joining in the festivities. The Carousel opens to the public at 10:00 am and the clowns invite as many people as possible to come and ride the carousel with them.


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Crayons to Calculators encourages community members to pack backpacks for St. Vrain Valley Students

There are over 9,000 children in the St. Vrain Valley School District on the federal lunch assistance program, a common indicator of family poverty.  Many of these children routinely start school without basic school supplies for learning. 
Last year, through the Crayons to Calculators program, the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley provided approximately 5,000 backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies to ensure that an increasing number of our students have the supplies they need to succeed.  This year’s goal is to surpass that by the start of school in August.
Crayons to Calculators invites businesses, organizations, and community members to volunteer throughout the month of July organizing school supplies and packing backpacks for elementary, middle, and high school students in the St. Vrain Valley school district.  Volunteers can sign up alone or with a group of up to 20 people. Sign up is done through VolunteerSpot at or by going to the Crayons to Calculators page on our website, .  We encourage volunteers to sign up as early as possible.  Any inquiries or questions should go to our 2015 Summer Intern, Alexis Nehls.  She can be reached by email at or by phone at 720-652-8208.

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Longmont Dance Theatre to host Murder Mystery Fundraiser

Longmont Dance Theatre will host a Murder Mystery fundraiser on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at the historic Dickens Opera House in Longmont, CO. The plot of the story will be based on the real-life events surrounding the location’s namesake, W.H. Dickens, whose murder in 1914 remains unsolved to this day.

▪ WHO: Longmont Dance Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing classical ballet performances for the community.

▪ WHAT: Longmont Dance Theatre is proud to present “Murder at the Dickens Tavern.” This interactive event will feature a performance of La Sylphide by Longmont Dance Theatre Academy Students and guest artist Matthew Helms, as well as a murder mystery event. W.H. Pickens is a wealthy entrepreneur and philanthropist, eager to bring culture to the sleepy town of Longmont. His Opera House is built to satisfy just such a need. It becomes the hub of culture in Boulder County, until an unexpected tragedy turns Longmont upside down. Help Sheriff Booter put together the clues to the unsolved murder. Join the saloon girl, the attorney, the businessman, the fortune teller, the convict, and the relatives of W.H. Pickens for a night of drama, based on a real-life event that occurred in 1914. Tickets include entrance to the event, appetizers, and a silent auction with numerous items donated from area businesses. The Dickens Tavern will provide a cash bar throughout the event.

▪ WHY: Longmont Dance Theatre kicks off its 18th Season with this fundraising event. LDT maintains operations via local business sponsors and individual donors, ticket sales from performances, and various fundraisers throughout the year. As a $250 sponsor of the event, individuals are eligible to receive a role as a character in the Murder Mystery event. Please contact LDT for further information or to advertise in our upcoming 2015-2016 Season Performance Programs.

▪ WHERE: Dickens Opera House, 300 Main Street, Longmont, CO 80503.
▪ WHEN: Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
▪ TICKETS: Visit to purchase tickets in advance. Ticket prices range from $25.00 - $150.00. Seating is limited.
For further information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Studio at (303) 772-1335.

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Laura Zavala, Business Development Officer for Elevations Credit Union, has been selected to attend “Crash the GAC” by The Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association (CUNA).  The Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association (CUNA), for a second consecutive year, received record applicants for the annual Crash the GAC, with 220 applications.  For the first time ever Crash the GAC received applications from all fifty states and Washington D.C

Each year, at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), hundreds of some of the brightest and most influential minds in the system descend on Washington DC to network, meet with political leaders, and affect change around the economy’s hottest issues.  “Crash the GAC” will bring young credit union professionals together, running a tailored program alongside the main event and allowing for mentor sessions with key individuals; previously from the likes of National Credit Union Foundation, Credit Union National Association, Filene Research Institute and CUNA Mutual Group.

“The commitment from both CUNA and The Cooperative Trust to the “Crash the GAC” program says a great deal about the importance of young adults in the credit union system” says James Marshall, Manager of The Cooperative Trust.

For more information contact Elevations Credit Union at 303-443-4672 or visit


Longmont Startup Week June 1-5th


The inaugural Longmont Startup Week is scheduled to take place June 1st - June 5th.  The theme of the week,  “LSW15: The Heart of Startup”. 
Event Director Jennifer Ferguson explained, "LSW15: The Heart of Startup is a way of expressing that innovation is central to Longmont's future, in the same way that our town is central to Colorado's success. It also reflects a slightly different take on the Startup theme - we are not a cold, technical environment: the community in Longmont is incredibly supportive, and we are extremely welcoming to new business. We really do have a lot of heart." Startup Longmont is expected to attract some of the country's top speaker talent to share their knowledge and experiences.
The event is organized by Startup Longmont, a volunteer group comprising almost 300 members and founded by TinkerMill (, Colorado's largest makerspace.  TinkerMill founder Scott Converse said, "It's a true community effort that is already pulling together entrepreneurs, businesses, non-profits, government and residents of the city."
Marketing Director Jon Rice added, "It is simply a group of like-minded people who believe that Longmont has the right location, the right spirit, and the right entrepreneurial blend: high quality-of-life and low cost of doing business."



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Apex Shredding recently opened a drop off location at 912 2nd Street Unit C Berthoud, CO. Call 970-532-5007 or e-mail to schedule an appointment.   The cost is $5.00/standard box with a $10 minimum.


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