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Offered by Geoff Nelson, Brighton Family Counseling

For some people, running the gauntlet from Halloween to New Years can be quite exhausting or overwhelming at the very least. This seemingly wonderful season filled with family, friends, food and gifts can be a recipe for feelings of frustration, discouragement and despair. Beating the blahs can be a challenge and when the usual efforts of more exercise, more friends and family, getting outdoors or eating less don’t seem to lift your spirit – you may need to take a deeper look. There is a simple assessment that is available to help you identify if you have something underneath the surface that may require some additional help. The Beck Depression Inventory II is a self-administered and self-scored assessment that can help you identify the level of your depression. Download the assessment for free at: The instructions and scoring are simple. If you prefer, you can also contact our office and we will do the assessment and scoring for you for free!

We toss the word “depression” around all the time and it is good to know that there is a simple way to know for sure. Here at Brighton Family Counseling L.L.C. we are available to come along side and help you through this process. There is lots of advice for beating the holiday blahs but if you sense that there is something else more deeply rooted then please seek us out and we will be glad to help.

Don’t try to tough it out by yourself, call us today and we will be glad to help you! 720.373.5731

Holiday Blahs or Depression

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Offered by Susan Chavez, Richard Lambert Foundation

The holidays are a time to gather and celebrate with those we love most. How can those grieving the death of a loved one feel like celebrating. Holidays can magnify the pain of loss and while nothing can remove the pain, awareness and understanding of grief during the holidays can lessen the impact.

Getting ahead of the holidays by creating a plan A and plan B is helpful. Plan A may be holidays as usual, dinner with friends and family. Plan B may be to cancel the holiday all together spending time in reflection. Yes, it’s okay to take a year off. The holidays will come back around.

Intentionally remembering and celebrating your loved one in some way is important. Light a candle for your loved one, write a post about a favorite memory, give a gift in their memory, volunteer to serve in a way that honors them. Remind others that acknowledging your loved one will be welcomed, tears or not. Grieving in a healthy manner is primarily about emotional expression.

We welcome you to join us for November 8th Support Group, focusing on Surviving the Holidays for people who are grieving a loved one’s death.

Or you may join us to honor your loved one at the Lights of Life Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 7th.

Holidays might prove the most difficult you will ever experience, but you will get through it and come out on the other side stronger than before.

Grief & The Holidays

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Offered by Rich Germaine, Owner, Joyful Noise Music School

Between soccer and scouts, your school-age kid’s schedule is loaded with fun activities. If you’re on the fence about adding music classes to the list, take note of the benefits that come with signing your little one up for violin or piano lessons. Maybe he/she won’t be the next Beethoven, but they may have an easier time learning math, practicing good manners (including patience!), and becoming a team player. Read on to learn more about the benefits of music education.

It improves academic skills.
Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns. It seems that music wires a child’s brain to help him better understand other areas of math, says Lynn Kleiner, founder of Music Rhapsody in Redondo Beach, CA. As kids get older, they’ll start reciting songs, calling on their short-term memory and eventually their long-term memory. Using a mnemonic device to do this is a method that can later be applied to other memory skills, says Mary Larew, Suzuki violin teacher at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut. Musical instrument classes also introduce young children to basic physics. For instance, plucking the strings on a guitar or violin teaches children about harmonic and sympathetic vibrations. Even non-string instruments, such as drums and the vibraphone, give big kids the opportunity to explore these scientific principles.

It develops physical skills.
Certain instruments, such as percussion, help children develop coordination and motor skills; they require movement of the hands, arms, and feet. This type of instrument is great for high-energy kids, says Kristen Regester, Early Childhood Program Manager at Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago. String and keyboard instruments, like the violin and piano, demand different actions from your right and left hands simultaneously. “It’s like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time,” Regester says. Instruments not only help develop ambidexterity, but they can also encourage children to become comfortable in naturally uncomfortable positions. Enhancing coordination and perfecting timing can prepare children for other hobbies, like dance and sports.

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Offered by: John (Jaytee) Tanguma, Box of Fun Photo Booth

We’d like to introduce you to Box of Fun Photo Booth, your reliable, experienced and high quality photographer in a box… So to speak! Our qualified staff is ready to meet your needs next time you or someone you know is having a wedding, corporate party, holiday event, school event, class reunion, church event and more!

Experience our passion for photography. Our strength lies in our dedication to excellence! No matter the size of your event, we’re here for you. Let our 30 years of being in the entertainment industry make a positive impact on your next event.

You can choose from two different styles of photo booths. We have a conventional enclosed photo booth that safely fits up to nine adults. We also have an “air booth” that uses a backdrop which is customizable to your liking. Also, you can be confident in the features of our equipment such as: studio quality lighting, premium software technology and professional cameras that will produce images that will create lasting reminders of the special times you had.

You just have fun, and we’ll capture the memories!

Box of Fun Photo BoothBox of Fun Photo Booth is a division of Jaytee Productions, a mobile music and media company. Please visit us on-line for more info:
Or Call: 303.408.1282

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Offered by Mountain View Family Dental

Mountain View Family DentalIt’s been a great year for the Mountain View Family Dental team as they celebrate their eighth year of service to the Brighton community, and an even more special year for Dr. Schmidt as he welcomed his second daughter with his wife Tessa. We have added two new hygienists and a billing & insurance individual to complete the team that has been with him for years.

Dr. Schmidt and the MVFD team continue to strive towards providing the highest quality dental care utilizing the latest in dental technologies and emphasizing the importance of education. Whether it’s a routine hygiene appointment or a dental implant surgery, Dr. Schmidt and his skilled team have made it their duty to treat every patient with the utmost professionalism and genuine care.

We look forward to seeing you at your next dental appointment!

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Offered by Thollot Jewelers

The holidays are just around the corner, but we just couldn’t wait to start putting smiles on your faces! Now through the holidays, we will be hiding goodie bags all over Brighton, Thornton and Denver, with a free Alex and Ani jewelry piece inside. There is no purchase necessary. This is just some good old-fashioned fun to help you smile and shine a little brighter this holiday season!

If you happen to find one, we would be thrilled if you would post a photo on one of our social media pages with #HelloThollot. Happy Hunting!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Instagram for hints and clues about hidden jewelry locations!

Good Luck Searching & Happy Holidays from Thollot Jewelers!

Thollot Holiday Scavenger Hunt

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Offered by Brian Margolis, The Margolis Team

On behalf of the hundreds of clients who have trusted the Margolis team over the past year, I want to thank you. With real estate being one of the most important and largest financial transactions a person or family may have, I am humbled by your trust in me and The Margolis Team.

2017 has been another intense year for real estate. Our local economy continues to be strong. More and more people are moving to our great city and state, and many of these people do not know a Realtor or anything about the local market. The greatest compliment I can receive is from a client who refers me to their friends, co-workers and family members. Again, thank you.

To show our appreciation, we will continue our yearly tradition of giving you a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Please stop by the office or contact us so we can order them up for you. Finally, like we have been doing for many years, we will have a food drive for a local shelter. I am a Rotarian and love giving back to our community. During this time of year, we love it when clients stop by and say hi and donate food for others.

From all of us at The Margolis Team, we wish you a Happy Holiday season!

Brian Margolis has an office next to Valley Bank on 4th and Bridge and an office next to The Ranch Country Club in Westminster with Keller Williams. You can reach Brian at 720-352-0454 or

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Offered by Susan Kline

Susan KlineThis message will be nothing new, but, hopefully, helpful. It’s funny how we know there are good things going on all around us, but, sometimes choose to hone in on the negative happenings. Most everyone I interact with is very busy. Their days are generally more full than time actually permits leaving a long “To Do” list for tomorrow. Is that a flaw in their planning, or could it be seen as a tribute to their desire to get the most out of their lives? Looking at being busy either way leaves one important step in each day that we should be sure to take. We need to spend time being grateful for all the wonderful things around us. Those things can be beautiful weather, beautiful scenery, beautiful interactions with others that mean so much. I have my doubts that life will slow down any time soon for the majority of our population, but, taking the time to feel the warmth in our hearts for the things we are grateful for makes all the difference between a life worth living and one that seems overwhelming. We can give ourselves a daily gift by feeling grateful for those good things around us!

As always, we want to thank our advertisers for their support of our magazine and all that we learn from our working together. These relationships are meaningful to us and, hopefully, bring powerful resources to our readers. We’re more than thankful when get feedback from our readers about the experiences they’ve had using our advertisers and how those connections have enhanced their lives. Each of our advertisers are unique unto themselves and we work toward bringing their best products/services into your homes. It’s a privilege and a pleasure to offer these valuable resources to our distribution.

We, at The Brighton Buzz, wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving! The joy this holiday brings is always memorable from the preparation and consumption of the great food to the time shared with our friends and family. We hope you make this Thanksgiving a very special day!

All The Best To You This November!


The Gift of Gratitude

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Offered by Michele Tuepker M.D., Premier Pediatrics

It is that time of year again, with Halloween quickly approaching. Keeping a few things in mind can help ensure a safe night.

Pick a well-fitting costume that is not too long or bulky. Bright and reflective costumes and trick-or-treat bags are a good idea, too. When picking a mask, chose one that is easy to see through, or consider non-toxic make-up instead. Make sure any accessories, especially swords, light sabers, etc. are not sharp.

When creating a jack-o-lantern, do not allow small children to do the cutting. Have them draw their design and let an adult carve.

Pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween. Trick-or-Treaters should be with a responsible adult. If older children are going alone, remind them:

  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

The above information is from the American Academy of Pediatrics Halloween Safety Tips 2016. Please visit their website ( for more great ideas to keep our kids safe on this fun night.

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Offered by Brighton Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

Although many cities such as Brighton and Commerce City have what is called Municipal Court, many citizens are not sure what Municipal Court is and how it might relate to their lives. This article will give an overview of these issues.

Municipal Court has jurisdiction over all violations of the municipal code, which can be quite comprehensive. These violations can include a wide range of offenses, such as traffic offenses, shoplifting, theft, trespassing, disorderly conduct, assault, and cases involving dog bites. For example, I recently observed a distressing hearing, at which I was not the attorney, where the Municipal Court Judge ordered a dog to be put down because the dog had attacked a small child, causing injuries.

What I want to emphasize is that if you are charged and ordered to appear in Municipal Court, you must take it seriously. While many of the cases are fine only, the maximum penalty in Municipal Court is one year in county jail plus a fine of $2,650.

I would advise contacting a lawyer if you are facing a charge that may carry jail time. If you are charged with a crime that carries potential jail time, you have a right to a jury trial of up to six people. However, you must pay the $25 jury demand fee within 21 days of your entering a plea of not guilty.

During your first appearance in Municipal Court, you will likely meet with the city prosecutor who may offer you a plea bargain to resolve the case. The decision to take the plea bargain is up to you, so be sure to understand what the plea bargain entails and what other options you might have.

This column is not legal advice nor does it constitute an attorney-client relationship. You may reach the author at 720.600.3269.

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