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Monday, August 1, 2011

Educate!’s 3rd Annual Hike for Africa: Joining Forces Across Continents is Aug. 27

Saturday, August 27, 2011
8:30 am (registration begins at 8:30 am, hike begins at 9:45 am)
at Green Mountain in Boulder

Educate!'s 3rd Annual Hike for Africa celebrates the powerful connection between Educate!'s U.S. supporters and its Ugandan students as participants in Boulder and Kampala, Uganda trek to the top of a peak, symbolizing the common goal of empowering the next generation of socially responsible leaders. The money raised will go directly to support education programs in Africa and empower Educate!’s 1,400 students in Uganda to transform their communities.

For those who are not up for the hike, feel free to join Educate! just for breakfast and live music. Socialize with fellow Colorado supporters, hear updates about Educate! students’ work in Uganda, and enjoy live music by Lost Angel Station. There will be coffee, snacks and refreshments, as well as face-painting and coloring for kids. Dogs welcome but must be leashed at all times. Educate! is going Green this year so please bring your water bottles.

WHERE: Flagstaff Mountain to Green Mountain and back. Family-friendly hike with a two-mile option or challenging four-mile option.

COST: $15 Pre-sale and $20 after August 1st. Free for kids 12 and under. Pre-registration necessary.

REGISTER: http://www.experienceeducate.org/hike-for-africa

This event is sponsored by Vic’s Espresso, Lost Angel Station, Eldorado Water, Honest Tea

ABOUT EDUCATE!

Educate! unlocks the potential of African youth to solve the greatest challenges facing their communities. Educate!'s model is exponential empowerment––investing long-term in youth so they can positively impact many others. Educate! provides a proven mix of a social entrepreneurship and leadership course, long term mentoring, and an alumni program that helps high school students start enterprises. Today, Educate! is working with 1,400 diverse youth across Uganda and developing a model that can be replicated across Africa.

Visit the Educate! website for more information about this and other events.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Theater Review: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

AfterThought Theatre Company
at Dayton Street Theatre, 1648 Dayton St., Aurora

Plays through Aug. 6
Fri. & Sat., 7:30pm, Sun. 5:30pm
Tickets online or at 303-856-3797

When I think back to the wonderful production of FOR COLORED GIRLS . . . , a lot of "S" words come to mind: sinuous, sexy, slithering, sophisticated, scintillating. Seven beautiful African-American women take the stage confidentally and speak the words that make Ntozake Shange's poetry come to life. They walk the walk, tell the stories, dance the dance, and live the life of Shange's women. In their slinky (another "S" word) black gowns, each adorned with an identifying color accessory, they explore the world of the contemporary black woman. Although the show was written in 1975 and originally performed on Broadway in 1977, its stories and emotions are as real today as they were 35 years ago.

The amazing ensemble consists of Juannean Young (Orange), Ebony Booth (Red), Devonne-Lee (Purple), Stephanie Hancock (Brown), Kenya Pollard (Green) and Joi Phillips-Daniels (Blue), with Renelda Snell, the artistic direcor of Afterthoughts, as the Lady in Yellow. They work together like a finely tuned machine, supporting one other in the telling of the stories, and sharing the moments of each woman's experience. There are short poems and longer essays; there are stories set to music and stories set to the stark color of life. There are funny stories about losing your virginity in the back seat of a car, and finding a playmate that has the same name as your hero, Toussaint. There are poems about strength—like the woman who chastises her man for walking off with all her “stuff” and how she wants her personal “stuff” back so she can continue life as a free, independent sister. And the group poem about women who are tired of hearing “Sorry” from their men. And the heartbreaking story of "A Nite with Beau Willie Brown," a tale of extreme spousal abuse that comes to a tragic end. From beginning to end, it's a stupendous, shattering evening (see what I mean? More “S's”).

This show has a very short run, so you've only got two more weekends to catch it. For all you Boulderites, it's worth the drive, and one of the best Mexican restaurants in town—La Cueva—is across the alley. Make a date night of it!

A wow factor of 8 1/2 for COLORED GIRLS!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Golden Oldy Cyclery Open Houses to tie in with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the Golden Fine Arts Fair

Golden Oldy Cyclery Open Houses
17224 West 17th Place, Golden, Colorado
720-497-1100
August 20, 21 & 27, 2011



With a focus on the role of the bicycle in a Sustainable Lifestyle, this year's Golden Oldy Cyclery Open Houses offer a timely message from the Victorian Cycling Culture and Early Cycling Racing. Museum Sustainability will also be discussed at these events which include art, photography, poetry, the technology which early cycling inspired, and the social change which it precipitated.

Saturday, August 20 from 2pm - 6pm
The museum will be open to visitors 8 years old and up for viewing of the Victorian Bicycles and Ladies Victorian Tricycles as a part of the broader issue of Sustainable Transportation. The special focus of the day will be the Art and Photography associated with the Victorian Cycling Culture. The photo gallery from Colorado Cycling in the Victorian Period will be highlighted. Museum Sustainability will also be discussed and highlighted and the bike will be considered as a part of a Sustainable Lifestyle.

Sunday, August 21 from 2pm - 6pm
The museum will be open to visitors 8 years old and up for viewing of the Victorian Bicycles and Ladies Victorian Tricycles as well as the photo gallery from Colorado Cycling in that period. The special focus of the day will be the Poetry associated with the Victorian Cycling Culture which manifested in 16 sub-genres of Victorian Cycling Poetry.

Saturday, August 27 from 2pm - 6pm
The museum will be open to visitors 8 years old and up for viewing of the Victorian Bicycles and Ladies Victorian Tricycles as well as the photo gallery from Colorado Cycling in that period. Early Cycle Racing in Colorado will be highlighted. Additionally, Museum Sustainability will be discussed and highlighted, and the bike will be considered as a part of a Sustainable Lifestyle.

The museum is a smoke free and shoe free environment. Learn more at the Golden Oldy Cyclery website.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sunrise Anglers Named Orvis Guide Service of the Year

Owned by Thomas Schneider, Sunrise Anglers of Boulder is the successor to Kinsley Outfitters, the Orvis Company store that served Boulder for 60 years. Schneider "got addicted" to South Boulder Creek as a CU student, and says that because of the profusion and diversity of its hatches, it would still be his choice if he could only fish one river.

Most of Schneider's 14 guides are also CU-Boulder graduates, long familiar with the waters of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Western Slope and the Front Range, as well as private water. Their mission is to bring clients from experts to beginners great fishing in beautiful locations around Colorado and beyond. Their gourmet riverside meals leave clients begging for the recipes.

"While there are many great places you can go to fish," Schneider says, "there is no better place than Colorado."

Photo: Thomas Schneider, owner of Sunrise Anglers. The local fishing-guide service won the coveted title of 2011 Guide Service of the Year in the Orvis Company’s national competition.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Screening of BAD BLOOD: A CAUTIONARY TALE

Presented by National Hemophilia Foundation Colorado

What if your life-saving medicine contained deadly viruses – and the drug manufacturers, the government, and your own doctors knew and failed to warn you?



The Colorado Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) is hosting the screening of Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale followed by a panel discussion from experts in the field. The screening will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on June 29th, 2011 at Buntport Theatre Company. Join us for this incredibly important documentary about the victimization of those with bleeding disorders.

Through the eyes of survivors and family members, BAD BLOOD chronicles how a “miracle” treatment for hemophilia became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans. Faced with evidence that pharmaceutical companies and government regulators knew the product was contaminated with deadly viruses from the 1960s through the early 1990s, the hemophilia community launched a powerful and inspiring fight to right the system that failed them and to make it safer for all.

“The Colorado Chapter is honored to have the opportunity to share this riveting and devastating story with members of the Colorado community. Whether you have been affected by a bleeding disorder directly, indirectly, or are not familiar with bleeding disorders, this is an essential documentary for every person to watch. “While the results of this negligence are devastating, there is something here for everyone to learn from” shared Emily Davis, Executive Director of the Colorado Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation.

Sponsored by the Colorado Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation with in-kind support from Buntport Theatre Company, the screening of Bad Blood: A Cautionary Take will include panelists from the Colorado Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center (HTC) and special guest, Susan Kocik.

The price for single tickets is $10 and $25 for families or groups of three or more. Registration is limited to 80 registrants. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Street parking is available. All proceeds to benefit the Colorado Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation. Individuals interested in attending are asked to register as soon as possible by visiting: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1624517977 or by calling (720) 626-1263. For more information, contact Emily Davis, Executive Director of Colorado Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation.


About the Colorado Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation
The National Hemophilia Foundation Colorado Chapter is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for bleeding and clotting disorders and to preventing the complications of these disorders through education, advocacy and research.

For more information:
~ Colorado Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation website
~ The National Hemophilia Foundation website

Friday, May 13, 2011

Boulder County Summer Camps for Kids

Arts, Music, Adventure and Educational Summer Fun Abounds

Kamp Kutandara offers a unique, cross-cultural program for ages 4-12.

Kamp Kutandara, June 6-17 and June 20-July 1

This is summer camp with a twist! Kamp Kutandara is a unique cross cultural program that gives children an in-depth opportunity to explore a wide range of music, dance and art from Africa in a day camp setting. Kids play by ear and build their musical confidence on all levels. If your kids are already doing music, this is the perfect match. If your kids haven¹t yet had success with conventional music - you'll love this! No prior musical experience necessary.

Activities include African Art, Drumming and Dance, Songs and Games, Zimbabwean Marimba (Ages 6-12 only).

Ages 4-5, 9-11:30 am
Ages 6-12, 9 am-1 pm

Learn more and register online: http://www.kutandara.com/learn/camps.htm

Renaissance Adventures, May 27-August 19

Since 1995, Renaissance Adventures™ has offered quality educational and recreational youth programs - outdoor summer day quests, year-round after-school enrichment classes, workshops and presentations in schools and other children’s organizations, and performances and interactive events at birthday parties and festivals. Of the variety of programs offered, the primary one is a unique experiential learning game called Adventure Quest. Summer Quests are "a remarkable blend of imagination, creative problem-solving and artistic expression."

Full and half-day programs are available for ages 6-16.

Visit the website for more information and to register online: http://www.renaissanceadventures.com

Science Discovery, May 31-July 29

Science Discovery offers a wide variety of classes for ages 4-16. Math, science and technology are taught with hands-on activities that are fun and informative. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced teachers utilize university and community resources to produce a stimulating environment, both indoors and out, and a variety of field experiences. New classes are offered each summer. This year, Science Discovery will offer more than 200 classes, including 30 new classes, over their 9-week summer session.

Classes are offered 9am-4pm for ages 4-14.

For more information and to register online, visit http://www.colorado.edu/sciencediscovery/classesSummer/index.html

Hanuman Yoga and Music Festival Comes to Boulder, June 16-19

Boulder’s White Swan Records Celebrates 20 Years With
Music Festival Offerings

MC Yogi will perform at the Boulder Theater on Friday, June 17

It's been 20 years since White Swan Music first opened as a small music distributor in Boulder, Colorado. Two decades later, they're still small, but they have earned a big reputation as one of the leading record labels and music distributors in the yoga music market.

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, White Swan is joining forces with Hanuman Festival to stage a four-day Yoga and Music Festival in Boulder, running June 16-19, 2011. This will be the first major yoga festival held in Boulder, with concerts, workshops, kirtan and other events taking place all over town.

The main anniversary celebration, a Friday night concert at the Boulder Theater, features yoga hip-hopper MC Yogi bringing his unifying and uplifting stage show to Boulder for the first time along with Donna De Lory, longtime member of Madonna’s touring ensemble. Elevation Celebration, a Saturday night dance party at the Boulder Theater, features globehopping Globesonic DJ Fabian Alsultany, trance/chill trio Desert Dwellers, acrobats, yogis and other special guests.

MC Yogi’s exciting new sound combines his knowledge of yoga with his love for hip hop, bringing the wisdom of yoga to a whole new generation of modern mystics, truth seekers and urban yogis. Elephant Power, his eye-opening 2008 debut, still occupies the Top 15 on the iTunes World Music Chart. His first Boulder appearance features his new full band lineup, including stunning visuals programmed by MC Yogi’s wife and creative partner Amanda Giacomini, with whom he co-founded Yoga Toes Studio in Pt. Reyes Station, CA.

Music has always been a catalyst in Donna De Lory's life. “It's my yoga,” she says. “It connects me to the divine.” The daughter of legendary producer Al De Lory, Donna has done six international tours with Madonna as a back-up singer and dancer.

A dedicated student of yoga, Donna is inspired by Indian devotional music, Western pop, Sanskrit mantras, North African grooves, psychedelic arrangements and dance beats – all of which find a place in her devotional pop sound. She has charted several Billboard dance tracks and has released five albums, the most recent being Remixes (White Swan Records).

“World Music Impresario” GlobeSonic DJ Alsultany is a DJ and producer, an entrepreneur and composer, a ritual connoisseur and all around music man. A first-generation American of Iraqi and Cuban descent, Alsultany has DJed at festivals, nightclubs, conferences and yoga and retreat centers across the globe. He has a series of compilations coming out with White Swan Records, beginning with Yoga Lounge.

As an ongoing collaboration between music producers Amani Friend, Rara Avis & Craig Kohland, Desert Dwellers draws on deep threads of electronic, world, dub and yogic influences. Prolific in the studio, they have released dozens of albums and remixes with several labels, including Boulder’s White Swan and Sounds True. Skillfully blending deep bass, earthy percussion and culture-crossing instrumentation, Desert Dwellers offers a spellbinding music beyond borders with echoes of our tribal past and future.

Here is a listing of the other music events taking place in Boulder during Hanuman Festival. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.HanumanFestival.com.

Thursday, June 16: Opening Kirtan-Trance-Dance with Suzanne Sterling & Brenda McMorrow (St. Julien Hotel)

Friday, June 17: NoonTunes on the Pearl Street Mall featuring Brenda McMorrow, flautist Gary Stroutsos, percussionist Duke Mushroom and hang master Masood Ali Khan.

Saturday, June 18: Bands on the Bricks with Desert Dwellers and special guests.

Saturday, June 18: Elevation Celebration Dance Party at the Boulder Theater. GlobeSonic DJ Fabian Alsultany brings his booty-shaking bag of music to Boulder, spinning a deep and wide set of global music with some special guest appearances.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Town of Eagle kicks off season with GET OUT EXPO May 14-15

Two days filled with events including:
Party for the Planet, Boneyard Boogie 10k run, Recreational Demonstrations, Art Show, Contests, Beer tasting, and much more

May 14-15, 2011

The Town of Eagle kicks off high season with a 2-day Get Out Expo filled with some of the Country’s leading bike manufacturers with their demo fleets along with fun and activities for the entire family. Spring is here and the opportunities to get out and play in Eagle are endless! Events take place throughout the two days in multiple locations within the Town of Eagle including Brush Creek Park and Eagle Ranch village. The Get Out Expo gives residents and visitors a chance to learn about the health of their planet, health of themselves and the health of their community. Guests are welcome with a special $99 hotel rate which includes a 3 course meal through the AmericInn and The Dusty Boot/Luigi’s Pasta House.


“This is a great opportunity to showcase all of the fun that the Town of Eagle has to offer. We have activities for everyone and welcome people to stay with a great $99 deal for a hotel and three course meal,” says John Shipp organizer of the two day event and owner of The Dusty Boot and Luigi’s Pasta House.


For the third year, demos of the latest gear will be a big draw. Representatives from the hottest bike manufacturers will be on hand to show off the latest and best bikes. Reps from Ibis, Maverick, Kona, Marin, Rocky Mountain, Orbea, Ellsworth, Parlee and more will be available to answer questions, offer bikes to ride and tempt you with the latest and greatest styles. In addition, Lakota Guides will be offering free rafting trips down the Eagle River. Street Swell and Honey Skate Boards will be on hand to show off their latest styles of boards. The event promises to be a who’s who of the latest gear!


“Our goal with this event is to become the premier outdoor lifestyle destination on the Western Slope, if not the state. Eagle offers great activities for the active person and the Get Out Expo is designed to showcase the latest and coolest gear and let you test drive almost any sport,” says Gabrie Higbie organizer of the event and Director of Sales at KZYR radio.


A big draw this year will be the “Chro-Moly”, Iron Chef –style bike making competition. 2 person teams will have 60 minutes to build a bike from parts. The bike then must be ridden 50 yards around a pylon and back. Teams will be scored based on ingenuity, speed and style. One winning team will receive $500 cash.


On Sunday morning- Bloody’s, Bikes and Boards will debut. A course will be set out for a parade in which participants are invited to ride anything with wheels. Bring out the cruiser bikes, skateboards or rollerblades and enjoy a spectacle. The Dusty Boot will be offering a bloody mary bar- sponsored by Finlandia Vodka and brunch will also be served.


Sunday afternoon will feature a “Green Bike” build. This program, introduced several years ago in Eagle, offers recycled bikes around town for anyone to borrow – and they are easily recognizable because they are painted green. More bikes are needed and current ones need to be maintained. So, bring your bike tools and join in the fun of learning how to maintain your bike while supporting the “green bikes” program.

The two days are jam packed with activities including:

SATURDAY

8am-noon
~ Eagle Town Clean Up

9:00am
~ La Sportiva’s Boneyard Boogie 10k run presented by the Dusty Boot
~ Willow and Cottonwood tree planting along Brush Creek in Eagle


10:30am - 3pm
~ Vail Honeywagon’s Party for the Planet featuring exhibitors and activities about mother earth – benefitting the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability and Walking Mountains Science Center
~ Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability presents the Recycled Art Show in the Brush Creek Studio
~ Copters for a Cure helicopter rides - benefitting Round-up River Ranch

10:30am- 11am
~ Inyodo Martial Arts Demonstration

11am-4pm
~ Get Out Expo featuring outdoor recreation vendors, bike rides, free rafting trips, kids activities provided by WECMRD
~ Beer Garden opens at Party for the Planet
~ Yoga in the Park with Yoga off Broadway

11am-noon
~ Tricycle Races for Kids offered by WECMRD at Get Out Expo

11:30am
~ Street Swell longboard slalom race

12 noon
~ Walking Mountains Science Center guided hike along Brush Creek Featuring a study of Macroinvertebrates

1:00pm
~ Kids scooter races at Get Out Expo brought to you by WECMRD

1:00pm-2:30pm
~ DJ Weez spins on stage at Party for the Planet

1:30
~ Chro”moly” competition begins

3:30pm
~ Rob Drabkin rocks at The Dusty Boot. Rob is a multi-year Westword winner for best singer and songwriter (Often compared to Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson)

SUNDAY

9am
~ Outdoor Spin Class offered by the Eagle Ranch Fitness Center

10am
~ BB&B Bike Parade (Bloody’s, Bikes and Boards)

11am-3pm
~ Get Out Outdoor Expo
~ Ride the latest bike, check out the latest gear

12 noon
~ Cruiser slalom

1:00pm
~ Green Bike build with the Community

12:30-2:30pm
~ Live music on the deck at The Dusty Boot


For more information, visit the Get Out Expo website and Facebook page. Party for the Planet can be found on the Party for the Planet website and also on Facebook. For more information, visit the Town of Eagle website.

ABIDE at Dougfest 2011

A benefit show for Nederland's favorite "dude," Doug Guthrie.
15 bands for $15 bucks!

WHERE: The newly renovated Nederland Community Center
WHEN: May 14, 2pm-12am



This showcase of Nederland's world class talent features the reunion of Runaway Truck Ramp, Vince Herman and friends, Ethereal Plan, Black Dog, the Zydecoasters and many, many more. With the NEDER-HAZE PERCUSSION PROJECT, a giant drum experiment to be recorded and produced by Sweetwave Audio. So, if you have a drum "Brang it-Bang it". Family friendly (kids 12 under free), parking lot bowling, great raffle prizes, dude look alike contest, white russians and be on the look out for an impromptu percussion parade.

A STORY OF SURVIVAL

Doug Guthrie (an on and off again resident of Nederland) was paralyzed in a car accident last August. His story of survival is miraculous. He died twice on the scene of the accident and then awoke from a coma hours before he was to be taken off life support. With the abiding love and tireless efforts of friends and family, Doug made his way from a mangled car wreck in Texas to Craig hospital in Denver, one of the top spinal injury facilities in the world.

He did not have insurance, though, and desperately needs funds to continue his therapy. For more information on Doug's story go to www.thedougabides.com.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Hosts World-Class Climber Conrad Anker on May 11

Anker will share his experiences summiting Everest, discovering the body of George Mallory, and being featured in the IMAX Film, The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest


American rock climber, mountaineer, author, and environmental activist Conrad Anker will speak first-hand about his remarkable experiences during an event at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Anker’s intrepid adventures have led him to challenging terrain all over the world including Alaska, Antarctica, Patagonia, and the Himalayas. He is featured in the IMAX film currently playing the Museum, The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest.

Anker has summitted Everest twice, and one of his expeditions resulted in the discovery of the body of George Mallory, the preeminent Everest explorer of the 1920s. In The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest, Anker retraces the journey of Mallory to determine whether he succeeded in summiting Everest before he died—making him the first to conquer the world’s highest peak.

An Evening with World-Class Climber, Conrad Anker will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 in Phipps IMAX Theater. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Anker will be available for book and DVD signings. For IMAX showtimes and prices please visit, www.dmns.org/imax .

ABOUT THE DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain Region's leading resource for informal science education. A variety of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum visitors celebrate and understand the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. To learn more about the Museum, visit the Denver Museum of Nature & Science website or call 303-370-6000.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

CU-Boulder Experiments Rocketing to Space Station on April 29


Thousands of K-12 students to take part in CU-Boulder Spider, Fly & Seedling experiments



Thousands of K-12 students will be paying close attention when NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour rumbles off the launch pad April 29 from Florida on its final flight, which will be toting a payload containing spiders, flies and seeds as part of a national educational effort spearheaded by the University of Colorado Boulder.

The three experiments--involving the web spinning and feeding abilities of spiders, the behavior of fruit flies and the germination of seeds in the low gravity of space--were designed and built at BioServe Space Technologies in CU-Boulder’s aerospace engineering sciences department. With the help of thousands of elementary and middle school students across the nation, CU-Boulder faculty and students will compare the behaviors of spiders, flies and seeds in the low gravity of the International Space Station with their corresponding activities on Earth.

“To be able to use a facility like the International Space Station for these K-12 experiments and involve thousands of teachers and students is tremendously exciting,” said BioServe’s Stefanie Countryman, principal investigator on the project. “There is no other educational program like this in the world, and we are convinced it’s a great way to inspire students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math.”

The CU-Boulder payload is made up of habitats designed and built by BioServe to house the spiders, flies and seeds. The experiments will fly on BioServe’s Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus, or CGBA--a suitcase-sized payload that has been used to carry out BioServe experiments in space since the early 1990s, said BioServe Director Louis Stodieck, a project investigator.

Roughly 1,500 K-12 teachers representing more than 90,000 students have received or downloaded official classroom teaching materials for the experiments and many additional teachers and students around the nation are expected to participate informally, said Countryman. She said many students have built their own classroom habitats, and that spiders, flies and seeds are being provided directly to more than 100 classrooms by educational organizations supporting the project, dubbed CSI-5.

Countryman is particularly interested in the abilities of the banana spider, a type of orb-weaving spider that spins intricate webs in three dimensions. While previous educational experiments by BioServe on the space station indicated space spider webs were slightly more symmetrical than Earth webs, the new experiment will allow young spiders to mature in near-weightlessness to see if their web-spinning abilities change over time.

The second experiment that also takes place in the spider habitat involves measuring the movements and behavior of fruit flies in low gravity. The flies serve double duty as spider food, and the spiders and flies are also provided with water in the habitat.

The third experiment focuses on the characteristics of successful seed germination in space. The project involves shining different wavelengths of light on germinating seeds from a mustard family plant to see if the roots and shoots that develop can be directed to grow in particular directions in the absence of gravity. In addition, some seeds will be germinated in plant growth gels with different densities to see which direction germination occurs in space, “which has no up or down,” said Countryman.

A number of teachers and students in the greater Denver area will be participating, including classrooms in the Jefferson County School District, the Aurora Public School District, the Brighton School District and the Douglas County School District.

Data, images and video will be downlinked from the space station to the BioServe Payload Operations and Control Center and provided to educational partners in near real-time. Study results could help scientists better understand how different organisms are affected by microgravity. The BioServe payload is the fifth CU-Boulder educational experiment to be launched by a NASA space shuttle to the space station since 2006.

BioServe is collaborating with a number of institutions, including the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colo., the National Space Biomedical Research Institute at Baylor University, the Biomedical Behavior and Performance Lab at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., the University of Basel in Basel, Switzerland, North Carolina State University and a private facility in Gainesville, Fla. The International Space Station National Lab Education Office helped to fund the effort.

BioServe has designed, built and flown over 50 different payloads on 40 space flight missions, including NASA space shuttles, the International Space Station and Russia's MIR space station and the Soyuz spacecraft, said Stodieck.

Teachers can download free educational guides for the BioServe experiments and followers will be able to view data, images and video of the spiders, flies and seeds online at BioEd Online website, a science support and teacher training site of the Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Education Outreach.

More information on the experiments is available at the Orion's Quest website, which provides spaceflight educational opportunities to K-12 schools. “This project would not be possible without the help and support of all our partners,” said Countryman.

President Barack Obama will be attending the launch of Endeavour, which also will deliver a $2 billion astrophysics experiment to the space station. U.S. Rep. Gabriel Giffords, D-Arizona, who was wounded in a January shooting incident, hopes to attend the launch of Endeavour, which will be commanded by her husband, Mark Kelly, a longtime NASA astronaut.

BioServe is a nonprofit, NASA-funded center founded in 1987 at CU-Boulder to develop new or improved products through space life science research in partnership with industry, academia and government. For more information, go to the BioServe website.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Athlete Dave Scott at Boulder Conversations with Extraordinary People


Tuesday, April 12, 2011
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Chautauqua Community House, 301 Morning Glory Drive



Join the Boulder History Museum at this month's program with special guest, Dave Scott. Scott is a 6x Ironman world champion and was inducted to the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2011. He currently lives in Boulder and continues his athletic and business endeavors through his involvement in presentations, coaching, instructional DVDs and more. Enjoy his inspiring and motivational personal and professional stories during the last program in this series of Boulder Conversation with Extraordinary People.

COST: $15, pre-purchase online at Chautauqua Box Office, or call 303-440-7666. Tickets sold at the door, if not sold out prior to event.

For more information: Visit the Boulder History Museum website or call 303-449-3464

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Mother's Day Portrait Days" Photography Sessions Benefit Boulder Non-Profits

Michelle Maloy Dillon, a Boulder-based photographer who has been documenting the moments and events of people's lives through photography for over 20 years, has announced Mother's Day Portrait Days. Proceeds from the session fees will be donated to Boulder non-profits Mothers Acting Up and Educate!. The donation days will take place on Sunday, April 3 at Washington Park in Denver, and Saturday, April 9 along Boulder Creek in Boulder.

Session fees are $70 and include a 20-minute outdoor photo session and a private website of photos for individuals to choose an exclusive Mother's Day Black and White Photo Collection. 100 percent of the session fees will be donated to Mothers Acting Up (an organization dedicated to engaging mothers to act on behalf of the world's children) and Educate! (an organization working to educate and empower Africa's youth to become socially responsible future leaders.)

"I have worked in the Boulder and Denver community for many years, taking photos of special events and portraits of kids," said Dillon. "I feel honored to have the opportunity to use my photography talent to help such wonderful, locally-based, non-profit organizations that work to empower women and children. It’s important to me to give back to my community.”

Exclusive Mother's Day Black and White Photo Collections are available starting at $275. Contact Michelle for more information and to make an appointment. Email: michelle@mmdphotography.com or Call: 303.499.0787.









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About Michelle Maloy Dillon Photography

Specializing in people photography in an unobtrusive and photojournalistic style

For nearly 20 years, Michelle Maloy Dillon has been documenting the moments and events of people's lives through the meticulous craft and creative art of photography. Based in Colorado, Michelle is a photojournalistic event and portrait photographer, working in a candid and unobtrusive documentary style. Versatile and experienced at her craft, Michelle is very active in the Boulder and Denver area, shooting portraits on location and in environments that her client's feel comfortable in and speak to who they are. Although she has shot in the digital format for years, she worked for more than a decade in traditional fine art, black and white film photography, and brings that experience to the pictures she takes.

She has traveled all around the state of Colorado and beyond to photograph weddings, bar mitzvahs, parties and special events and has been awarded The Knot Best of Weddings for the last three years.

Clients include: Denver's Mayor Guillermo “Bill” Vidal, John W. Hickenlooper and his family, former presidential candidate Howard Dean, University of Colorado, BSW Wealth Partners, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, KGNU Public Radio, Heart Center of the Rockies, National Business Officer's Association, Arapahoe/Douglas County Mental Health Network, Starz Entertainment and Sunflower Preschool. For more information and a portfolio visit: www.mmdphotography.com

About Mothers Acting Up (MAU)   


Mothers Acting Up is a movement of mothers* stretching traditional mothering roles to include advocating for the world’s children. Why mothers? Because we’re already passionate, committed and potentially the most powerful lobby for children on earth. Why the world’s children? Because our own children’s future is inextricably linked to the wellbeing of every other child. Collectively, you, she, we, can create a world where every child—and the planet itself—thrives. Mothers Acting Up engages mothers on behalf of the world’s children in three ways: Identity—seeing our role as public and powerful; Community—learning together and uniting around critical issues; Action—taking effective action to effect direct relief and systems change. For more information visit: http://www.mothersactingup.org


*mothers and others who exercise protective care over someone smaller

About Educate!                                                                                                                                 

In Africa nearly 50% of the population is under the age of 18 and youth face problems of poverty, disease, and environmental degradation. But there won't be sustainable solutions without a new generation of African leaders to create and drive those solutions. That's where we come in. Educate!, founded in 2002, unlocks the potential of African youth to solve their communities' greatest problems of poverty, disease and environmental degradation. Our model is exponential empowerment - investing long-term in a few so they can positively impact many others.

Educate! provides a proven mix of a leadership and social entrepreneurship course, long-term mentoring, practical experience solving a community problem, and an alumni network for high school aged youth. Today, Educate! works with 830 youth across Uganda and is developing a model of education that can be applied across Africa. For more information visit: www.experienceeducate.org

Educate! has been backed by Echoing Green, the leading venture philanthropy fund, won the Ashoka Changemakers Quality Education in Africa award, received first place in the Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education, and was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 100 Brilliant Companies of 2009.

FluteMoon2 - A multi-media experience at Fiske Planetarium

Dr. Chris Potter presents a multi-media presentation about the many faces of the moon as seen by scientists, composers, painters and poets at Fiske Planetarium on March 12 and 13. She will be performing on eflat flute, c flute, alto flute, bass flute and conta alto flute. Pieces to be performed include Clair de Lune by Debussy, Moon River by Henry Mancini and Blue Moon of Kentucky as performed by Elvis Presley. Tickets are $7.50 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. Saturday's performance is at 7:30pm; Sunday's at 2pm. Fiske Planetarium is located on Regent Drive on the CU Boulder campus. For more information, visit www.altoflute.net.

Dr. Potter, an international performing artist, has a teaching studio in Boulder. She is also a frequent contributor of teaching related articles to national flute magazines and Chair of the Low Flutes Committee of the National Flute Association. Several of her students have performed at National Flute Association conventions and for the Colorado Flute Association of which she is a founding member.

Chris Potter with a contra alto flute

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Theater Review: Map of Heaven

Stephanie Janssen in the world premiere of Map of Heaven at the Denver Center Theatre Company. Photo by Terry Shapiro.

Map of Heaven
Through Feb. 26, 2011
The Ricketson Theatre
Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Performances:
Mon-Thurs 6:30pm
Fri & Sat 7:30pm
Sat matinee 1:30pm
Run time: 1 hour 37 minutes, no intermission
Tickets start at $10


By Rebecca Jessup

“Oh! what a tangled web we weave/When first we practise to deceive!”

So wrote Sir Walter Scott, and that truism has been the wellspring of endless dramas, novels, poems and songs. Playwright Michele Lowe, with the support of DCPA’s New Play Summit, has now added her latest play to that collection. Her small cast of characters is led by Stephanie Janssen as Lena, a New York artist who paints maps of imaginary places; she is about to have her first big show at a gallery owned and run by Rebecca, played by Angela Reed. Lena’s career seems about to take off just when her doctor husband, Ian (Quentin Maré), has lost the all the idealistic passion he once had for medicine, and can focus on nothing but his zeal for flying. His quirky, smart, impractical sister, Jen (Jessica Love), is a former lawyer who now works as a waitress. When we meet her, she is proud, even thrilled, that she saved the life of a customer who was choking at her restaurant.

Evan Cabnet’s casting and direction are excellent. The set and lighting, through sleight-of-hand shifts in emphasis, evoke by turns Lena’s downtown Manhattan studio, the entrance to Rebecca’s gallery, and the balcony of Lena and Ian’s apartment.

The creation of four well-defined main characters by both the playwright and the actors is one of the strongest and most promising aspects of the work. But despite uniformly strong performances, weak links in the plot keep us from being held enthralled. The main story line involves the disruption of Lena and Ian’s marriage, the consequence of an untruth that is revealed some two-thirds of the way through the play. This revelation would explain a great deal if it were more plausible in itself. Given that the characters are all decent people with whom we can identify, the deception revealed becomes too hard to credit, eroding our belief in the characters and their lives. The healing and reconciliation that begin, or are implied, by the end of the play do not quite restore our faith, since no accounts have been settled, no wrongs righted, except that the truth has outed.

Nevertheless, the play is worth seeing for the questions it raises and the way it explores relationships. In addition to the central deception-and-revelation, all the characters are holding something back from one another, until some pressure forces a release, and these releases usher in a sense of hope and possibility at the end.

Rebecca Jessup (jessupr@comcast.net) is a Latin teacher and a freelance writer.
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Lovers, Split, Strangers
Annual Valentine Follies
At the Mercury Café
2199 California Street, Denver

The Mercury Café presents the annual Valentine’s Follies “Lovers, Split, Strangers” February 5 - 25. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. with a special Valentine's performance on Monday, February 14 at 7:30.p.m. Tickets are $10 and available by calling the Box Office at 303-294-9258.

A perverse romantic comedy for the politically astute and pissed off. Billed as a sexy, political, romantic comedy “Lovers, Split, Strangers” takes wide aim at the long list of public figures including, Tom and Jaquie Trancredo, Gayle and Ted Haggert, Julian Assange, Mary Cheney, Linda Chavez, Rush Limbaugh, Christine O’Donnel, Glen Beck and the whole Palin crew.

“Lovers, Split, Strangers”
Sat., Feb. 5; Thurs., Feb 10; Fri., Feb. 11, 18 and 25
Mon., Feb 14 Valentine’s Day, 7.30 p.m.
$10
Reservations: 303-294-9258

Monday, February 7, 2011

Time to Gear Up for The Women's Wilderness Institute's 2011 Gear & Cheer Fund-raiser


Gear & Cheer to benefit
The Women's Wilderness Institute
Dairy Center for the Arts
March 16, 6-9pm

The Women's Wilderness Institute is gearing up for its 9th annual Gear & Cheer fundraising event to be held March 16 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. The event benefits The Women’s Wilderness Institute’s Girls Wilderness Program, and is traditionally one of Boulder’s best parties of the year for outdoor enthusiasts and Front Range residents who value supporting programs that improve self-esteem, self-efficacy, and leadership skills in today’s girls.

Gear & Cheer features live entertainment, local beer, wine and food tasting, as well as an amazing auction of high performance outdoor gear, great local services, and excit¬ing trip packages. The Women’s Wilderness Institute’s goal is to raise $40,000 from the event.

“We are thrilled to begin ‘gearing up’ for our 2011 Gear & Cheer, and are eager to welcome Front Range outdoor enthusiasts and trendsetters to this fun-filled event,” said Laura Tyson, executive director of The Women’s Wilderness Institute. “Our Girls’ Wilderness Program is the heart of the Institute’s mission, and we have never turned a girl away due to financial reasons. Community, corporate and private support, as well as our fundraising events such as Gear & Cheer, are all imperative to continue to provide girls with these nurturing experiences.”

For 13 years, The Women’s Wilderness Institute’s Girls’ Wilderness Program has used the challenge of wilderness experience to help girls discover the power of their own voices and build the personal and interpersonal skills to successfully navigate the challenges of their lives. Girls’ Wilderness Program courses are designed specifically to help build progressive wilderness skills and outdoor techniques that lead to a lifetime of adventure for girls. Courses are fun, challenging and full of discovery. Last year, 93% of The Women’s Wilderness Institute’s girls' program participants reported improvement in self-esteem, self-efficacy, or leadership skills.

Gear & Cheer is sponsored by Rally Sport and the Boulder Daily Camera. For more information, and to register for Gear & Cheer, visit The Women's Wilderness Institute website.

About The Women’s Wilderness Institute
The Women's Wilderness Institute (TWWI) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of strengthening the courage, confidence, and leadership qualities of girls and women, through the support and challenge of wilderness and community-based experiences. Girls are taught to make thoughtful, life-enhancing choices – the basis for a fulfilling and empowered life.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Highly Recommended! CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION

Erica Sarzin-Borrillo plays Marty, who teaches the class and is also James’s wife. Photo by Michael Ensminger

Curious Theatre Company continues its 2010-2011 season with Annie Baker’s acclaimed new comedy Circle Mirror Transformation, playing through Feb. 26 at Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma St. in Denver.

Company member Christopher Leo directed this touching comedy about a group of five misfit strangers in an adult Creative Drama class in the mythical town of Shirley, Vt. The ensemble cast includes Denver all-stars Mark Rubald, Barbra Andrews, Bob Buckley and Erica Sarzin-Borrillo and newcomer Meredith Young—all in their first appearances on the Curious stage. The New York Times called the OBIE-winning show “absorbing, unblinking, and sharply funny,” and joined The New Yorker and Time Out New York in naming it one of the top 10 plays of 2009.

All performances except closing are followed by a talkback discussion with the cast. Boulder audiences may know Buckley as a Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company regular. Rubald has appeared in many Arvada Center shows, and Young is a CU-Boulder graduate.

Performance times are Thurs-Sat at 8pm (Friday, Feb. 18 show at 7:30pm for Girls Night Out), and Sundays at 2pm.

Tickets ($18-$42) are available at curioustheatre.org; 303-623-0524; or at the Curious Theatre Company box office.

Special free events related to Circle Mirror Transformation include:

Sunday, Feb. 13, 1-1:45pm; cash bar.
Backstage at Curious
FUNNY VALENTINE
Colorado Chamber Players presents the romantic music of Bruch (viola/clarinet/piano) and Rebecca Clarke (viola/clarinet), interspersed with comedic literature of love, read by Curious actors.

Friday, Feb. 18, 5:30-10:30pm
Girls Night Out

Sunday, Feb. 20, 1pm; cash bar.
Backstage at Curious
FOREWORD
Discussion with Circle Mirror Transformation director Christopher Leo

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Free Community Snowshoe hike led by Fitness Company is Jan 29

Local Fitness Company offers Free Snowshoe
‘Fun-Fit’ Adventures to Community

Fitness For Living, a health and lifestyle company that offers five-week Fitness Boot Camps is offering a series of snowshoe ‘Fun-Fit’ hikes open to the public. The company created their year-round Fun-Fit Adventures to help inspire, educate and support adults to get fit, get outside and get active. Their series of one-day outings are free and open to the community. Their next Fun-Fit Adventure features a snowshoe hike to Brainard Lake on Saturday, January 29.

Snowshoeing is one of the fastest growing winter sports and for good reason. It requires little skill and minimal equipment; if you can walk you can snowshoe. “Snowshoeing is an ideal group activity,” explains Fitness For Living’s Director David Clair. “Those that are more fit lead the group and pack down the snow making it easier for those that follow.”

Each Fun-Fit Adventure includes an educational component that can vary from outdoor skills to fitness training and nutrition tips. On the upcoming snowshoe hikes, participants will learn to use a GPS to navigate off-trail to find a hidden cabin for a relaxing cocoa and tea break.

Fun-Fit Adventures are appropriate for adults of average fitness level. Outings have a casual, social pace and are focused on meeting others and having fun. To register or to learn more about Fitness For Living’s free Fun-Fit Adventures call 303-550-3491 or visit the Fitness for Living website.

Space is limited; be sure to register in advance!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Fourmile Canyon Relief Fund to benefit from Whole Foods Market Pearl Street celebration

January 22nd fundraiser aims to donate $25K

To celebrate the opening of the newly expanded Whole Foods Market Pearl Street the store will host a fundraiser for Foothills United Way’s Fourmile Canyon Relief Fund during the community party Saturday, January 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The goal is to raise $25K through a silent auction, donation station and pancake breakfast. Whole Foods Market will kick off the donation drive with a $5,000 contribution and will match another $3,000 of shopper donations.

The Community Party and fundraiser will feature:
  • Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
  • Silent auction, pancake breakfast and donation station to raise funds.
  • Activities for children such as face painting, caricature artists, and craft-making station.
  • Sampling and cooking demonstrations in each department with over 20 local vendors and non-profit organizations.
  • Live music from Boulder-based Spring Creek Bluegrass Band.

WHEN: Saturday, January 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ribbon cutting at 10:00 a.m.

Boulder residents and the Fourmile Canyon Fire and Rescue Team still need our help!

“Even though the fire was a few months ago, many Boulder residents are still displaced and the Rescue team is in need of replenishing their supplies,” said Jennifer Rudback, Pearl Street store team leader. “We designed the store’s expansion with our community in mind – a comfortable gathering place, a retail outlet for our many local vendors and continued support for nonprofits and those in need.”


A silent auction and donation drive to accompany fun and festive activities throughout the day.

  • Special Fourmile Canyon Relief Fund items available for purchase at each of the new venues, 100 percent of the cost going to the fundraising efforts.
  • Silent auction featuring items from five local non-profits, who are competing to be selected as the store’s 5% Day recipient in the fall.
  • KIMN radio hosted donation drive 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.

For more information shoppers can contact the store at (303) 545-6611 2905 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80301.

About Whole Foods Market®

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 55,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 13 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2009, the company had sales of $8 billion and currently has more than 280 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Snow Meets Hip-Hop at the UnderArmour 3rd Rail Jam, January 29


Hip-hop, urban edge and art hit the slopes

The UnderArmour 3rd Rail Jam, a grassroots snow competition, is making a stop at Echo Mountain, Colo., January 29. The 3rd Rail Jam is a winner-take-all rail jam event where up to 150 amateur riders compete for cash prizes and limited edition prizes in four divisions: 15 and under, all girls, best of breed, and skiers.

The event also features a freestyle MC bunker battle, live graffiti art by some of North America's notorious graffiti crews, and hip-hop music.

The afterparty (and MC battle) in conjunction with the Echo Mountain event will take place at Summit Music Hall (1902 Blake St., Denver) at 9 p.m. Admission is $20.

EVENT DETAILS

Mashup the nation’s best amateur skiers and riders with an unleashed hip-hop influence and you’ve got the renowned Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam. Making the rounds again for 2011, the Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam will offer three additional resort stops for a total of eight across the nation. This tour will showcase some of the best in snowsports with a series of winner-takes-all rail jams, slopeside graffiti art, MC battles, hip-hop music and off-the-hook after-parties.

The grassroots snow competition series comes to Echo Mountain in Colorado on January 29. The afterparty will take place at Summit Music Hall (1902 Blake St., Denver) at 9 p.m. Admission is $20.

The Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam draws aspiring amateur riders to resorts nationwide. Up to 150 riders per stop will compete in a winner takes all competition conducted in true jam format. Judges are present at all features to provide the best scoring coverage possible. Each division will be competing for cold, hard cash and additional prizes.

Hip-hop culture reigns supreme at the Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam where notorious graffiti crews offer up live painting demos and a freestyle MC competition pits eight local MCs against one another in “The Battle Below Zero.”

On tap again this year is the tour’s popular MC Battle Below Zero, where rappers compete to win a $500 cash prize, a featured performance at the event’s after party, and an interview on Slacker Radio, www.Slacker.com/3rdRailJams.

The Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam has been part of artist trajectories such as Kay M who won in 2009 and later toured with Jay-Z. Additionally, last year’s champ, A-class, is now a mainstay in the Grind Time battle circuit. We are looking for eight MC's from each one of the Under Armor 3rd Rail Jam tour stops to test their skills in this competition. The rules are simple, send your best track to battlebelowzero@gmail.com. It cannot exceed four minutes and must be clean, edited music with NO PROFANITY. Each MC will perform this track to the massive crowds at 3rd Rail Jam and be judged on creativity, crowd reaction, lyrics and vocal delivery. Judges include a local hip hop writer from your city, 3rd Rail’s event producer, Timmy Grins, and the official tour DJ's, DJ Image and DJ Dolamarx. And hip-hop star, Wu-Tang’s Raekwon, will make a special appearance!

AFTER PARTY AT SUMMIT MUSIC HALL

The event’s energy continues as each rail jam is followed by pulsating after-parties that feature the hottest DJs, break dance crews and live hip-hop performances. Events sponsors include some of the biggest names in fashion, action sports and technology such as Under Armour, Kangol, Bern, Beats by Dr. Dre, 33Third, Grenade and Launch Snowboards, Ninthward Skis; additionally, the United States Marine Corp has recently signed-on as a full tour sponsor. At each stop of the tour, sponsors will have a presence to showcase their latest product lines and conduct giveaways for attendees.

3rd Rail has partnered again with Slacker to create a customized online radio station for the tour. The 3rd Rail Jam station is filled with original hip-hop, rock, funk, and soul taken completely from DJ Image’s impressive 20,000-plus record collection. Listen at www.Slacker.com/3rdrailjams. 3rd Rail’s non-profit partner this year is Amped4aCure. Five dollars of every registration will go to this beneficiary.

The competition is open to four divisions: 15 and under, all girls, best of breed and skiers. For more information, or to register for the 3rd Rail events, go to www.3rdrailjam.com. Registration is $20. There is no admission to be a spectator. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and the competition begins at 12 p.m.

This year, Under Armour is also going to give fresh new jackets to the park crew with the sickest build on this year’s tour.

See video: http://www.youtube.com/user/The3rdRailTV

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bon Jovi to Perform Exclusive, One-Night Show to Support the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation – CeDAR - On January 21



2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame nominee Bon Jovi will come to Denver on January 21, 2011 to perform an exclusive, one-night show to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) and raise funds for its important mission of rebuilding lives.

For ticket information, visit www.uch.edu/cedar5years.

The Evening with Bon Jovi will be held at the Colorado Convention Center and will include a silent auction, dinner and the Bon Jovi concert.

“The Evening with Bon Jovi is a wonderful opportunity for the community to support CeDAR – a leader in the treatment of dependency and addiction – while enjoying the intimate performance of an American music legend.” says Bruce Schroffel, President and CEO of the University of Colorado Hospital, to which CeDAR is affiliated.


The event is being produced by Chuck Morris, president of AEG Live Rocky Mountains, who is honored to have one of the greatest bands of all time play for the cause. Morris promises that the silent auction alone will be as “spectacular” as the show – featuring international concert tickets, rock and roll memorabilia and other exciting bid items. “Many of my friends both inside and outside of the music business (myself included) have worked tirelessly to overcome addiction problems and I’m honored to be involved in putting this wonderful event together for such a great treatment center,” says Morris.

*****
Evening with Bon Jovi

Friday, January 21, 2011
Colorado Convention Center
Korbel Ballroom
Starting at 6:30 PM

• Spectacular Silent Auction
• A Colorado Dinner
• Exclusive Bon Jovi Concert

In support of the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation CeDAR – one of the nation’s leading residential addiction treatment centers, located on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

For ticket and table information go to www.uch.edu/cedar5years.

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About CeDaR

CeDAR’s fifth anniversary marks its emergence as one of the country’s leading residential treatment facilities, its success in part attributable to its unique affiliation with an academic medical center – the University of Colorado Hospital.

“We are passionate about helping patients and families find and stay on the road to recovery,” says CeDAR Director, Frank Lisnow. “We are honored that AEG has chosen to recognize CeDAR by partnering with such an esteemed artist to raise awareness about our work.” Each year, one in four deaths in the United States can be attributed to alcohol, tobacco or illicit drug use. CeDAR has helped more than 2,000 individuals and family members deal with addiction and begin to rebuild various aspects of their lives. At CeDAR, treatment includes individual therapy, group counseling, 12-Step study, daily exercise and spiritual guidance. CeDAR also includes state-of-the-art pharmacology in its treatment.


In addition to its 30-day residential treatment program, CeDAR specializes in support programs that help cement and sustain sobriety including the Family Program, Residential Extended Care, Alumni Program and Support. Patients struggling with chemical dependencies may also suffer from co-occurring disorders, such as bi-polar disease, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress or compulsive gambling. CeDAR is the only facility in Colorado that works with co-occurring disorders and has two addiction psychiatrists on staff.


In recognition of its excellence, the Colorado Employee Assistance Professionals Association named CeDAR the 2008 “Provider of the Year.” For more information about CeDAR, visit: www.cedarcolorado.org.

About Anschutz Medical Campus

The Anschutz Medical Campus is the nation’s newest health care campus and fosters collaboration among students, researchers and clinicians. Campus architecture and state-of-the-art technology bridge education and research with two world-class hospitals: University of Colorado Hospital and The Children’s Hospital. The Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora is the world's only completely new education, research and patient care facility and the largest academic health center between Chicago, Texas and the West Coast.

About University of Colorado Hospital

The University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region's leading academic medical center, and has long been recognized as one of the United States’ best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and most recently was cited as the nation’s 8th best academic hospital by University HealthSystems Consortium. It is best known as an innovator in patient care and often as one of the first hospitals to bring new medicine to patients’ bedsides. Based at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the hospital’s physicians are all affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system.


About Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi was formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. The band consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres and bassist Hugh McDonald. Throughout its career, the band has released twelve studio albums, two compilation albums and one live album, and has sold over 130 million records worldwide. It has performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans, and was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006. The band was also honored with the Award of Merit at the American Music Awards in 2004 as songwriters and collaborators, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. For more information on Bon Jovi, visit www.bonjovi.com

About AEG Live Rocky Mountains

AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring for a variety of programming and multi-media production. AEG Live, the nation’s second largest concert promotion and touring company is comprised of special event, broadcast and exhibition divisions, fourteen regional offices and numerous state of the art venues nationwide. AEG Live Rocky Mountains promotes Colorado’s Mile High Music Festival. They produce events at the 1STBANK Center, Bluebird Theater, Ogden Theatre, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Pepsi Center and more in Denver, Colorado as well as produce shows in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.

A Cappella "Zing for Zonta” A Gift of Song for Women and Girls, January 23

On Sunday, January 23, Zonta Foothills will bring some of the best a cappella singers from Boulder County and beyond together on one stage to benefit women and girls. Boulder’s own Three Story Limit, The New Wizard Oil Combination, CU Extreme Measures, Wonder Voice and the Princeton University Footnotes will be among the groups singing a Cappella from Cole Porter to Duke Ellington to Squeeze. Doors open for a silent auction at 1:30 pm and the performances will begin at 2:00 pm.

Music brings people together, and the sounds of these talented singers will raise money to benefit local and international service agencies that advance the status of women in Boulder and around the world.

Where: Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 3485 Stanford Court, Boulder, CO.

Ticket Information
Tickets are $20.00 per person and can be purchased at www.zontafoothills.org or calling

About Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County
Zonta Foothills awarded nearly $15,000 in grants to local organizations and over $7,600 in international projects and scholarships in both 2009 and 2010. A local chapter of Zonta International, Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County is an all-volunteer non-profit organization committed to improving the status of women and children in our community and around the world. In 2010-2012 Zonta Foothills is partnering with Boulder Valley School District Teen Parent Program, Care Connect and There with Care to provide needed grant money and service hours. In addition, Zonta supports American Association of University Women (AAUW), Attention Homes, Boulder Reads! and Imagination Library. Zonta established and endowed the Bev Hackbart Scholarship for single parents attending the University of Colorado and supports international efforts to promote women’s economic stability and health, end violence against women and prevent HIV/AIDS.

Monday, January 17, 2011

CU’s Week of Jewish Culture continues through January 25


The Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder presents the Third Annual Week of Jewish Culture, which began January 11. This year’s series is presented in conjunction with two community series: Movers: Do You Speak Jewish? and Czech Point Denver. CU’s Annual Week of Jewish Culture is an exciting series of events that is dedicated to the exploration of more than 3500 years of Jewish culture including its current, most cutting-edge manifestations.

This year’s series incorporates the theme of the community-wide series Movers: Do You Speak Jewish? with authors, scholars and artists from around the globe examining Jewish culture through language and literature.

The week began January 11 with a celebration of the Reb Zalman Archives, which will be housed in CU’s Library Archives. Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi is considered the father of the Jewish Renewal movement, a recent movement in Judaism that works to reinvigorate modern Judaism with mystical teachings and contemplative practices influenced by Hasidism. Until recently, these materials were in the care of Naropa University which was working closely with the Reb Zalman Legacy Project of the Yesod Foundation, whose mission is to preserve, develop and disseminate the teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.

The Week of Jewish Culture concludes with two events in Denver that are also part of Czech Point Denver, a festival celebrating Czech cultural arts with programs hosted by Denver and Boulder non-profit arts and cultural organizations, and educational institutions throughout January and February. This cooperative project, led by Opera Colorado, will include classical music, theatre, visual arts, film and multimedia experiences.

CU’s Week of Jewish Culture is an annual series produced and presented by the Program in Jewish Studies at CU-Boulder and generously supported by the Program’s donors. “As we have every year, CU’s Program in Jewish Studies is proud to be highlighting the most cutting edge forms of Jewish culture – from Renewal Judaism’s archives and soccer in interwar Czechoslovakia to a series of programs on Yiddish culture in East Germany, including a concert with the world renowned performer Jalda Rebling,” said David Shneer, director of the Program in Jewish Studies at CU-Boulder.

Events will take place in venues on the CU-Boulder campus and in Denver. Complete details can be found at the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder website. All events are free and open to the public but RSVP’s are suggested as space is limited. For additional questions, contact the Program in Jewish Studies at 303.492.7143 or via email at mailto: Jamie.Polliard@colorado.edu.

The 2011 calendar of events includes:

In Front of the Iron Curtain: Yiddish in East Germany
with David Shneer
Tuesday, January 18 @ 7 PM
Atlas 100 on the CU Campus

Over the course of her 35 years as the Yiddish diva of the Communist world, Lin Jaldati sang for large official Stalin-era concerts and inspired Yiddish folk music collectives in East German factories. Professor David Shneer will present the life story of Jaldati and her daughter, Jalda Rebling, who picked up where her mother left off, and suggest what it says about Jewish life in Europe, in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust and today.

Kafka, Sports, and Czechoslovakian Jewish Identity
with Professor Robert Adler-Peckerar
Wednesday, January 19 @ 7:30 PM
SOBO 151
151 S. Broadway, Denver

"...snad teď footbal vůbec přestane... [perhaps now, soccer is really over]"

With these enigmatic words, famed soccer fan Franz Kafka ended a 1923 postcard to his brother-in-law after reading a series of articles railing against the fastest growing sport in the world. Join Robert Adler Peckerar, assistant professor of Jewish Literature and Culture at CU-Boulder, for an interactive evening that examines the phenomenon of Jewish soccer in central and eastern Europe at the start of the last century – its controversies, politics, and importance in understanding the birth of a new European Jewish culture. And do it while enjoying a refreshing Czechoslovakian beverage in Denver’s favorite Czech sports bar. (21 ID required). This event is part of a community-wide series celebrating Czech culture, Czech Point Denver.

Czech Insights from Music and Literature Opera Colorado with Betsy Schwarm and Davide Stimilli
Tuesday, January 25 @ 7 PM
Tattered Cover LoDo
1628 16th Street, Denver

From Dvořák to Kafka, Czech cultural figures have had a lasting impact on the arts. In this program with live music, we’ll consider the world-view of three generations of Czech artists and how they have affected the arts even beyond their own borders. Includes presentations by Metro State College music historian, Betsy Schwarm, and associate professor of German and Comparative Literature, Humanities and Jewish Studies, Davide Stimilli. Young Artists from Opera Colorado will also perform. This event is part of a community-wide series celebrating Czech culture, Czech Point Denver.

Many of the artists and scholars participating in this series are available for interviews. Please contact Jamie Polliard at 303.492.7143 or via cell phone at 303.961.0894 for information.

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The Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder provides an interdisciplinary curriculum for students who wish to learn more about Jewish culture, history, society, and religion. Under the guidance of a distinguished faculty, the program offers a wide range of courses on the Jewish experience in the global arena. For more information, visit the website.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Flatirons Habitat for Humanity Bowling Event Aims to Strike Out Poverty Housing



Flatirons Habitat for Humanity will hold its first Bowl-n-Build Event on Sunday, January 16, 2011, to excite and motivate the Broomfield and East Boulder County communities about its local projects for the new year.

The event is from 3 to 5:30 pm at Chippers Lane in Broomfield. All team registrations are sold out but guest tickets (for non-bowlers) are available at $5 per person and can be purchased at the door.

A ticket price includes delicious food from Carrabba’s Italian Grill plus a chance to win fun prizes. The event is sponsored by Carrabba’s Italian Grill and the Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James & Associates. “We are proud to team up with Carrabba’s and Flatirons Habitat for Humanity to help strike out poverty housing. Everyone involved with Habitat works very hard during the week and it will be fun to take a day off to raise money and bowl for a great cause,” Greg Evans, Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James and Associates.

Proceeds from the event will go towards helping Flatirons Habitat continue to build decent affordable homes for low-income families in need of housing and stability. Flatirons Habitat returns to Broomfield after four years and returns to Lafayette after fifteen years with two new housing projects. Thanks to a partnership with the City and County of Broomfield, Flatirons Habitat is rehabilitating two previously foreclosed homes in Broomfield. In addition, construction will start in March on the first four homes of an eight home project in Lafayette’s Coal Creek Village. Volunteers are needed for both projects and can sign up to volunteer on the Flatirons Habitat website (www.flatironshabitat.org) by hitting Volunteer Now.


The community has come forth with support for this new event. In addition to the event sponsors Carrabba’s Italian Grill and the Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James & Associates, many other businesses and groups have come forward as lane sponsors, gift donors and/or in registering a team. Just some of the event partners are Citywide Bank; Donaldson, Chiancio and Goodwin; Composite Technology Development; FISH of Broomfield; Flatirons Crossing Mall; Hunter Douglas; Prime Industry; Restoration Specialists and Sill-Terhar Motors.

About Flatirons Habitat for Humanity:
Flatirons Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Its goal is to transform lives and communities by building simple, energy-efficient, affordable homes for low-income families living in Boulder Valley and Broomfield communities. The affiliate, founded in 1993, has built 57 homes in Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville, Nederland, and Superior, directly impacting 248 individuals. It has also funded 102 homes internationally, in South Africa, Mexico and Guatemala, through its tithe to Habitat for Humanity International.

Habitat believes in a “hand up, not a hand out” philosophy. Habitat homeowners invest 225 hours per adult family member of their own labor — called sweat equity — into building their Habitat home and the homes of others. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at zero profit with a zero percent interest mortgage. The families also receive training in homeownership, financial planning, and home maintenance. In addition, the “Getting Ahead” program offered by the Flatirons affiliate helps break the cycle of poverty by working with families to develop a plan for sustainable change. Graduates are then surrounded by community volunteer mentors trained by Habitat.

Habitat has built more than 350,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.7 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. The most recent City of Boulder housing needs assessment indicates 10,734 families have unmet housing needs in Boulder. These families are often paying more than 50% of their income on housing expenses, living in overcrowded conditions or living in substandard housing.

Photo by Mike Neville