In Lakewood, that can only mean one thing --; Cider Days are here again.
The city's signature fall festival returns to the Lakewood Heritage Center on Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2. This year's event is sponsored by the city's Heritage, Culture and the Arts division, the SCFD, Foothills Credit Union, St. Anthony Hospital, Cornerstone Home Lending, Sprouts Farmers Market, Auto Aves, Muller Engineering and Tedford Commercial Real Estate.
"Everything people enjoy, from apple bake-offs, apple pie-eating contests and tractor pulls are back again," said Justin Greenstein, community events coordinator with Lakewood's Heritage, Culture and the Arts division. "This year we have a new beer garden, featuring beers from Lakewood's own Caution, WestFax and Great Frontier Brewing companies."
Cider Days was created by the Lakewood Historical Society in the 1970s to celebrate the area's agricultural heritage and has grown to include live music and historic demonstrations, in addition to cider pressings. With the partnership of Rocky Mountain Tractor Puller's Association, Cider Days also hosts Colorado's largest antique and vintage tractor pull.
Hard cider, containing alcohol, has become very popular in recent years, and Cider Days is also home to the state's largest hard cider tasting, featuring more than 50 hard ciders. This year the tastings will be offered both days.
"The tasting and popularity has just grown of the years,' said Brad Page, manager of Colorado Cider Company, which has worked with the city for the past four years. "Cideries have a longa history that goes back to the original colonies, and that scene is being revived."
Organizers of the event say there's a lot to love about Cider Days, and things definitely not to miss this year.
The details of Cider Days are this: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St.
Admission includes all entertainment and children's activities, and is $7 for adults and $4 for children, ages 3-12.
For more information, call 303-987-7850 or visit www.Lakewood.org/CiderDays.
Justin Greenstein, community events coordinator with Lakewood's Heritage, Culture and the Arts division is a fan of the whole experience. "The pie-eating contest is a huge favorite every year. Competitors can't use their hands, and it's fun to watch. There is a children's bracket, too, so anyone can participate. It's a great way to celebrate all things apple."
Brad Page, manager of Colorado Cider Company, said he likes the venue. "The Heritage Center is just a great place, with a very folksy atmosphere. Cider Days and hard cider bring in a wide gamut of people, and we have experts coming in, so there will be a lot of cider opinions to discuss. It's just a nice fall festival," Page said.
Meghan Ruble, marketing and promotions coordinator with the city said she thinks the can't-miss feature of this year is the expanded hard cider tasting.
"Due to popular demand, we've expanded it to two days, making it the largest hard cider tasting in the state. It's the perfect way to usher in fall and get a greater understanding of how diverse and interesting hard ciders can be," she said.]]>
With 2.4 seconds left in the second quarter, the Gators (3-1 record) had the ball on Green Mountain's 27-yard line. Senior quarterback Jake Foutz heaved a pass into the end zone. Standley Lake senior Beck Halbiesen and Green Mountain senior Emery Schattinger battled for the jump ball. Halbiesen was able to tip the ball up in the air. Standley Lake senior Ty Webber caught the deflection in the back corner of the end zone to give the Gators a 13-6 lead at halftime.
"I saw the ball and everything stopped," Webber said about the Hail Mary catch. "I didn't hear the crowd or anything. I was so surprised."
Webber said Halbiesen told him before the snap of the ball to be prepared for a tipped ball.
"That wasn't the plan," Standley Lake coach Don Morse said after the Gators' third straight victory. "I just said throw it to the end zone and see what happens."
What happened in the end was Standley Lake taking a 20-12 victory. Foutz actually connected with Webber in the final minute of the third quarter on more of a conventional touchdown pass of 18 yards to give the Gators a 20-6 lead.
The Gators' other touchdown came on a 17-yard touchdown run in the first quarter by sophomore Brady Kizer that erased Green Mountain's early lead.
"Football is a game of inches. Sometimes the ball bounces your way and sometimes it doesn't," Green Mountain coach Matt Pees said. "You've got to overcome those things and I think our kids did in the second half."
Green Mountain took advantage of a Standley Lake turnover with less than four minutes to play. Rams' senior quarterback Dylan Jacob hit senior Justin Booher for a 29-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 20-12.
The Rams were able to get the ball back with 1:59 to play and on Standley Lake's 38-yard line, but a pair of sacks on Jacob eventually turned the ball over on downs to the Gators to seal the win.
"It was a shock. It was pretty stressful," Standley Lake defensive end Jack Anderson said of Green Mountain getting the ball back late with a chance to tie things up. "Any win is a big win. You have to take them when you can get them."
Anderson was in on a number of plays in the Rams' offensive backfield. The Gators sacked or held Jacob to zero yards on eight plays.
"I really think our defense played outstanding," Morse said. "We got a lot of pressure on Jacob."
Green Mountain jumped out to an early 6-0 lead when Jacob hit senior Kyle Clabaugh for a 74-yard touchdown on a slip-screen on the Rams' first offensive possession. Jacob finished 11-for-19 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
"That screen really opened our eyes. We had prepared for it, but we didn't read it," Anderson said. "We changed it up and we figured out how to beat it."
Clabaugh had four catches for 104 yards, along with 64 yards rushing to pace Green Mountain (2-2).
"We've got a lot to clean up before playing Battle Mountain," Pees said. "Our goal is still there to win a conference championship. That is what we're aiming for."
Green Mountain has its final non-league game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood against Battle Mountain.
Standley Lake is back at NAAC next Friday for another late-afternoon game against yet another Jeffco school. The Gators get a shot against Class 5A's Arvada West at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.
"You like to see your team progressing so once you get into league hopefully you've worked out some of those kinks," Morse said. "Each week you just kind of piece it together and see what you can do."
Dennis Pleuss is a communication specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go online at CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.]]>
The Newfoundland is primarily a dog of the sea. Long ago, he was the constant companion of fishermen, and sailed on vessels leaving the coast of Newfoundland. History is full of old tales recording heroic rescues made by these courageous animals. NCA Water Tests are not a competition; rather, they demonstrate natural aquatic ability and skills acquired through training, and they emphasize teamwork between dog and handler in simulated work and rescue situations.
Evan Crosby, Juliana Santarelli and Kailey Robb all participated as stewards who simulated drowning so the dogs could rescue them. They were multiple-person rescue victims, hidden victims, "take a life ring" victims and beach stewards for two days.
"We are so grateful that the Wildcats could help with our event," said Patti Pigeon, NCA test chair. "It can be hard for people to play drowning victim and we really appreciated their volunteering on the weekend."
The three students all enjoyed their experience.
"I thought it was really cool to see how the dogs interacted with their owners while they were instructing them," Crosby said. "It was so much fun being around the dogs."
Santarelli wanted to take all the dogs home with her. "Especially the puppy. He was so cute," she said.
Sue Raney, the principal's secretary at Arvada West and a Newfoundland owner, was proud to have students helping at the event.
"I was so proud of our Wildcats," she said. "They were super drowning victims and represented Arvada West with great poise. Many comments were made about how great it was to have our young folks volunteer to help others."
The Wildcats swimmers' volunteer commitment equals their excitement about the upcoming swim season. The Arvada West Wildcats swim teams are looking forward to a successful swim season, but the boys team still needs a coach for the coming year. If anyone is interested in coaching for the Arvada West swim team, contact Michael Mulvaney, athletic director at Arvada West, at 303-982-1303 or email@example.com.]]>
The first is hiring an ensemble company of actors, directors and designers who will put on all four of the season's Black Box productions. And the second is beginning the season with Moli re's classic comedy, "Tartuffe."
"'Tartuffe' is a great play to start the season, because every character in it has a moment to shine," said director Lynne Collins. "It's a fabulous play that is both very timely and timeless."
The show runs at the center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Sept. 30 through Nov. 6. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 1 p.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Audience engagement events, including insiders' talkbacks and chats with the cast, are held through the run of the production.
"Tartuffe," translated from French by Richard Wilbur, is a satire about frauds and the power they can manage to wield. It focuses on the wealthy family of Orgon (Sam Gregory), and what happens when fraudulent holy man Tartuffe (Michael Morgan) comes into their lives. Tartuffe professes he's there to show the pathway to salvation, but really he's out to wed Orgon's daughter Mariane (Emily Van Fleet), seduce his wife Elmire (Kate Gleason) and abscond with the family fortune. To counter this, Orgon's family launches a plan of their own.
"High jinks and hilarity ensues," Van Fleet said. "It's very farcical, and there are a lot of big, silly characters to laugh with."
The laughs will be coming at the audience fast and frequently, and many of the tropes and stereotypes will be familiar to modern audiences.
"It's been a very joyful room putting this together," Gregory said. "There are moments when we have to stop because we're laughing so hard."
The play is written in entirely in rhyming couplets, which makes for a lot of terrific wordplay and fun with the pacing. Collins said some language and references were slightly updated to better correlate with modern times, but the meaning behind the story cuts as deep now as it did in the 17th century.
"It feels shockingly modern," Gleason added. "It really speaks to what we can still see in the world today."
The play is also exciting, because it's the start of a relationship with the company and audience that will develop over the next productions.
"Working together on this show is going to carry on through the next shows," said Sean Scrutchins, who plays Damis. "We know how to communicate with each other, and that will help with all the other shows we do."
All the actors have taken to the stage at the Arvada Center before in a variety of roles, and that focus on showcasing local talent is one of the things that makes the center unique, said Josh Robinson, who plays Cl ante in the show
"The Arvada Center's commitment to hire locally is a great thing to see," he added. We've all worked together before, so we're starting at a higher level than a lot of production seasons."
The audience will also benefit from this arrangement, because they'll become familiar with the actors throughout the season. They will get to see them switch up characters and styles, develop a relationship with them.
"They'll have different experiences with us in each show and get to see different sides of us," Morgan said. "The audience really becomes part of our family."
For more information, call 720-898-7200 or visit www.arvadacenter.org.]]>
With the right music, these sights just sing.
The transition from summer to autumn heralds some big stylistic changes for me. I trade all the brashness of summer sounds for bittersweet acoustic guitars, pianos and vocal harmonies. Whereas summer is about brightness -- from big horn lines to danceable synths and rhythms -- autumn is more introspective and quiet.
This embracing of melancholy seems fitting to me, since autumn is often such a swift season in our state. It has barely arrived before branches are bare and we're shoveling snow. I have so many memories of Halloweens spoiled by the year's first snowstorm.
Of course, one of the most common complaints about the summer-to-fall transition is the cooling temperatures. It means winter is just around the corner, and you can't go outside in anything less than jeans, boots and a sweater. But these cooler temperatures and gray days are why the warmth and intimacy of an acoustic guitar is so welcome.
Records made by a small group of people in a room, notes you can actually hear being plucked always sound more like home. I can't imagine a better soundtrack to the season than Nick Drake or Fleet Foxes' staggeringly pretty approaches to folk music. They're like warm musical blankets.
It's easy to get gloomy this time of year, especially with the aforementioned weather and the desolate-looking scenery. Add in longer nights, and it's understandable why some people get seasonal affective disorder around autumn.
Many of us spend much time and money trying to avoid sadness, which, let's be honest, is an impossible task. Autumn shows us the incredible beauty and regenerative nature of sorrow. The right soundtrack does the same thing.
I have always loved sad songs more than any other -- I find solace in music that embraces life's somber moments. Put on songs like Bob Dylan's "If You See Her, Say Hello," or Zac Brown Band's "Cold Weather," and really snuggle into the sadness. There's a lot of beauty to be heard.
Music certainly won't cure you from any melancholy, but it's the best way I know to get through it -- and even, maybe, benefit from those feelings.
So, as you're putting away your summer clothes, my advice is to do the same for your summer music. Pull out what makes you feel warm and comfortable -- something that feels lived in and welcoming. It will have to last you through winter.
Clarke Reader's column on how music connects to our lives appears every other week. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he is more than ready for an autumn of sad songs. Check out his music blog at calmacil20.blogspot.com. And share your favorite autumn music at firstname.lastname@example.org.]]>
Mary Park, independent candidate for District 22 (Columbine and Ken Caryl), Chris Hadsall, Republican candidate for District 23 (Lakewood), Chris Kennedy, Democratic candidate for District 23, and Brittany Pettersen, incumbent and Democratic candidate for District 28 (Lakewood), shared the myriad ways mental health touches everyone's life.
"My mom suffers from mental illness and she has been suicidal and needed in-patient care, but there was really nowhere for her to go," Pettersen said, in response to a question about the lack of inpatient beds in the state. "Where she usually got long-term care was when she as in critical condition. Coverage is a huge issue."
The forum was hosted on Sept. 20 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, and candidates from House Districts 22, 23, 24, 25, 27 and 28 and Senate District 19 were all invited.
"This is our first-ever forum and we're excited to have people here," said Chuck Reyman, chair of Mental Health Colorado's board of directors. "We're pulling our questions from questions candidates have seen in advance, online questions and ones from those in attendance."
Questions ranged from topics like how the state can make mental health care more affordable, getting young people help when mental health symptoms often first appear, and decreasing the state's suicide rate.
"A good friend of mine killed himself, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Every 72 minutes a veteran kills themselves," said Hadsall, a veteran who served in Iraq. "We need to be talking about it in schools, and kids need to understand there's help available. It falls on all of us."
Colorado is seeing an increase in opioid addiction, and Parker tapped into her 10 years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer to share her experiences with the issue.
"The most surprising thing to me is most of the parents I worked with had mental health and/or addiction issues," she said. "The good news is, once the parents got into the system they were able to get treatment for their drug addiction and mental health needs."
All agreed one of the best things that could be done is increasing awareness of mental health issues and decreasing the stigma about seeking help.
"The best thing we can do is early detection and getting kids past the stigma, because mental health issues are common," Kennedy said, in response to a question about the best way to fill the gaps between the first appearance of symptoms and when a person finally receives treatment. "It's OK to seek help, in fact it's a prerogative to seek help. I've also been learning about mental health first aid, and the more we're able to train parents and teachers what the symptoms look like, the better."
Attendees at the forum included Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul, Edgewater Mayor Kris Teegardin, Jefferson County Commissioner Casey Tighe and District Attorney candidate Jake Lilly.
"I wanted to attend because there are so many people who are uninformed about mental health," said Lakewood resident Ann Cowie. "I've been a teacher, so I know that our schools just don't have the resources needed."]]>
I can't force people to pull ahead at a stoplight, for example. I can't physically move someone out of the fast lane who's puttering along at 10 miles under the speed limit. And I can't stop people from running red lights, which is happening with such frequency now that I don't even look for the green light, just for the people barreling across the intersection in front of me.
I'm not sure why, or how, but last evening I convinced myself to engage in mindfulness for my ride home ... you know, that process of being present, of being in the moment at the time that moment is happening.
I had my windows down as I headed home on the first day of fall, and the air was deliciously warm on my face and my hands. And the leaves - when had they begun to change into gold, rust, amber? Interesting ... at a certain bend in the road, almost exactly half of the people veered to the right, while the rest of us stayed left. And what's with all these license plates with Qs on them?
This simple exercise, in the time it took me to drive about two miles, actually worked. I found myself relaxed (really) as I queued up to the next traffic light. It became unimportant to me to beat the car beside me off the line, so that I could be in first position at the next light. And as much as I enjoy Drew Soicher on 9News, it would have been okay, truly, if I had missed his segment during the 5:00 newscast. (I didn't.)
It occurs to me now, after watching local and national evening news, after taking in the latest poll numbers, after reading editorial after editorial, that I get as wound up about the looming presidential election as I do about rush-hour traffic - with about the same feeling of powerlessness.
Very little of what I do today is, after all, going to affect the outcome on November 8. I can - and I will continue to - share my opinions with you here, and if this should cause you to look at something, or someone, just a little differently, I will have accomplished my objective. I'll continue to share these same opinions at cocktail parties and Saturday brunches, and I'll continue to wonder why how our politics could have gotten to this point.
But just as inching perilously close to the vehicle in front me fails to actually nudge it forward, so too will my impassioned discourse fail to nudge those who have already made up their minds.
I will vote on Nov. 8, and I will have done everything I could. And I'll be awaiting the outcome with a heart pounding pretty much as fiercely as it is now.
Until then, though, I will have to practice the art of mindfulness, of being in the moment to lessen my anxiety, my restlessness, frustration and irritation.
It's the only way I'll get through this ride.]]>
"We know that we have a lot of irrigation ditches that go up into the foothills, and that's a way that the young animals find their way into places like Arvada," said Jennifer Churchill, Colorado Parks and Wildlife representative.
Based on his location on Sept. 22, Churchill said it seemed as if the moose was heading further into town, so Parks and Wildlife employees assembled a team to tranquilize the moose and relocate him further west into a more successful moose habitat.
"It seems like we get one or two a year now," Churchill said of the animals wandering into the city. "We have a healthy moose population and we want to make sure they stay not too close to people."
The relocation not only ensures safety for the human population in Arvada, but it also provides safety for the moose.]]>
Their visits are among the 1 million that are made to the Apex Center each year, which celebrated its 16th birthday the week of Sept. 22.
"It means so much to myself and my staff," Apex Center Manager Terry Goldwater said of the birthday. "We've now been a fixture in the community for 16 years and able to enhance so many lives --; provide fun and health opportunities to people."
In 1998, a $25 million bond issue was passed for construction of the Apex Center, which opened in 2000. The center, located at 13150 W. 72nd Ave., houses two ice rinks; a rock climbing wall; and indoor water park with a water playground, vortex pool, activity pool, lap pool, adult and family hot tubs; three full-sized gymnasiums; an indoor track; an indoor playground; group exercise classes; and a cafe.
The Apex Center is one of 11 facilities managed by the Apex Parks and Recreation District --; a special district founded in 1956, not part of the City of Arvada or Jefferson County. With a few exceptions, the boundaries of the district run between Sheridan Boulevard on the east, Clear Creek and 52nd Avenue on the south, Highway 93 on the west and the Boulder/Broomfield county line on the north.
In May, a $25 million bond issue for the district was passed for construction of six projects: Secrest Center replacement; construction of the Fitzmorris Site Center/Pool; Arvada Tennis Center renovation of outdoor courts and creation of four new indoor courts; Lutz Sports Complex improvements; Apex Center renovation and splash pad addition; and Long Lake Ranch Regional Park improvements.
"A center like this brings the community together in so many ways," said Goldwater, who has been with the center 13 of its 16 years. "To socialize, to recreate, to get healthy, to improve fitness and reach new goals --; it's really a bright spot in this community."]]>