Offered by Jim Peters, Art Academy of Colorado
Homeschool Moms played an integral role in the initial development of The Art Academy of Colorado. The neighborhood Homeschool Moms where I lived sought me out knowing that I was the Art Director for KDVR FOX31 in Denver. It was March when that knock came at the door. They said, “We know what you do, could you teach our kids Art?” I wanted to help but never considered teaching, though I mentored and instructed my staff artists every day. I gave it some thought but did not commit. In July, another knock on my door. Again, “Would you consider teaching the kids art?” This time I said yes.
I wrote my curriculum based on knowledge needed by those getting into the field of graphic arts. I was also a traditional artist and wrote for fine-art instruction.
Things were going along well. I enjoyed the kids and loved the wonder and excitement at the development they achieved and the process of learning. During the courses, I had many adults who approached me to teach them. I needed to seek out someone who could assist. Then along came an incredible fine artist, Judith Dickinson who found me by way of moving into Brighton. After getting to know each other and seeing common ground in many areas, I asked Judith if she would partner with me to teach adults. She graciously obliged, and so, it began. Then the news; about two weeks after we established our arrangement FOX sold KDVR. In short, they moved me away to KMSP in Minneapolis. I was forced to leave the school behind. Judith continued in my absence. She found the eyes and ears of city officials who admired the learning possibilities of the Academy as well as the contribution of art and culture.
At the end of my tenure with FOX; I was Art Director for 21st Century FOX overseeing 22 artists covering all of FOX owned and operated stations from New York to Los Angeles. I continually felt a calling back to youth and teaching design and fine arts. As I made plans for early retirement and my return to Colorado, I thought much about starting another school. Little did I know Judith had kept things going in Brighton. And then, incredibly, within a couple of short weeks of my return to Brighton, Judith found out via a familiar acquaintance that I was back. It was a chance conversation between my daughter and a friend who also knew Judith. As we met up again and reminisced about the old days, to my surprise, she invited me back to continue where I left off at the school. So now, amazingly, I am back in the throes of relaunching The Art Academy of Colorado with aspirations of bringing up future artists whose home is right here in the Arts Community we know as Brighton, Colorado!
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Offered by Dolan & Associates, P.C.
Estate planning can be a confusing subject. Its blend of tax mystery, probate formalities, dealing with disability and numerous different types of documents can be overwhelming for people considering addressing the subject. It is only human nature for us to look for an easy solution or a quick fix.
Television and Internet experts are all too happy to offer those solutions. People like Susie Orman, Oprah, and Dave Ramsey regularly offer poignant advice about how best to deal with your future death or possible disability. While they are well-intentioned and often well-educated individuals, we should think carefully before accepting their advice as gospel.
Just think, they are speaking to an audience of a hundred thousand, or 500,000, or maybe even 1 million people. Does it really make sense that their one size fits all approach would be the appropriate strategy for all 1 million families? Let us be realistic. Your family, your assets, your situation, your relationships, are all different than every one of those other 1 million families. Thinking that a canned approach to estate planning will provide the best solution for your family is simply unreasonable. While they offer a quick fix (some will even sell it you for a nominal fee), those of us who have a little experience, have probably learned that the quick easy fix is usually not the best answer. And frankly, in my experience it often ends up creating more problems than it solves.
Let us stop looking for a quick fix and look for an estate planning process that custom designs a plan for our families and assures that our unique situation is addressed most cost efficiently and appropriately.
There is a better process available for those who take the time to seek it out. If you would like to learn more about an alternative estate planning process that is producing great results for families, please visit www.EstatePlansThatWork.com to sign up for a complementary educational workshop.
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Offered by Janine Lechleitner, CPNP, Premier Pediatrics
Family, mistletoe, peppermint cookies, giving back… Just a few of my childhood Christmas memories. Sadly, Christmas has become more about “stuff” and less about the true meaning of Christmas and family. How can you make this Christmas one that your children will remember forever? Instead of showering your children with “stuff” that will all too soon be tossed aside, give them the gift of memories! Whether you are baking cookies, decorating the house, watching a favorite Christmas movie, or looking at neighborhood lights, don’t underestimate the value of family time and making memories.
Below are a few ideas to make Christmas more meaningful:
1. Attend holiday events together – Look for Christmas themed events such a parades, concerts, plays.
2. There’s no place like home for the holidays – My most special memories were made at home. From dinners with the good china to game nights, making memories can be done at home at no cost.
3. Don’t set your children up for failure – Kids will be kids, even on their best days. Review expectations if you are going somewhere. Explain consequences of misbehavior.
4. Make meaningful conversation – Talk with your children! Share your childhood Christmas memories. Discuss the true meaning of Christmas.
5. Give thanks – Teach your children to be thankful. Point out all your family blessings!!
6. Give back – Whether it’s buying gifts for a child on an Angel Tree or it’s baking cookies for an elderly neighbor, teach your children how to give back!
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Offered by Cheri Simmons, Simmons Shooting Academy
Ladies Only Holiday Package, While Supplies Last!
Bundle & Save with our 2017 Basic Holiday Pack $200 includes:
- 1 Pistol 101 or Concealed Carry Class Gift Certificate
- 1 Packin’ Neat Handbag Insert with holster, any size
- 1 Pepper Gel with key ring, pink or black
- 1 pair of Ammo Ears
Upgrade to the 2017 Pro Holiday Pack $300 includes:
- BOTH Pistol 101 and Concealed Carry Class Gift Certificates
- 1 Packin’ Neat Handbag Insert with holster, any size
- 1 Pepper Gel with key ring, pink or black
- 1 pair of Ammo Ears
- 1 box, 50 rounds of ammo for her handgun (22 – 45cal)
- 1 pink MADI “Save a Life” compact folding knife
Looking to score major points? Add a handgun of her choice – How about a Sig P238? The top rated Ladies CC semi-auto pistol. I’ll give you my best quote based on the model she selects.
No shipping costs and no overhead affords me the luxury of beating most store prices and some online prices. I offer full FFL Transfer Services – only $20 plus $6 CBI Background fee.
Save even more with low 4.75% sales tax!
Call Simmons Shooting Academy at: 303-990-3644 or email Sherri at: email@example.com
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Offered by Melissa Rippy, Allstate Rippy Insurance
There is one gift under the tree that can last a lifetime. Life insurance is not for you, it’s for those you leave behind. Did you wrap your gift yet?
Whether you are a high school or college student, single, a single parent, married, have children, or have a partner, the day you or your loved one don’t return home will affect everyone.
Are you leery of needles and blood draws, but want to make sure your loved ones will be ok the day you don’t come home? Set your fear aside because Allstate has a life insurance policy tailored just for you if you are between the ages of 18 – 45 and looking for a 15-year term with death benefits from 50k up to 150k with no medical exam, no needles and no bloodwork. We can usually have an answer and policy issued in less than a week and can afford additional savings on your home and auto policies. We are here to assist you with assessing your life insurance needs. We are open six days a week, M-F from 8:30 – 5:30 and on Saturdays from 9:00 – 1:00. If these times don’t work for you, let us know and we would be happy to schedule an appointment outside of these hours at the agency, your home or a convenient location.
Until December 31st, 2017, all life insurance appointments with Melissa or Jessica will be entered to win a baker’s dozen EVERY MONTH to the world renowned, VooDoo Doughnuts of Denver. This prize is valued at $250 and can be yours just to make an appointment and discuss the circle of life.
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Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS, Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center
A common question I am asked is: “Which hearing aid is best?” As with many things, that depends. Hearing aids come in many different forms/styles and technology levels. The best device for one patient might not be appropriate for another. Some patients could benefit from multiple types and styles, while others may only be successful with one specific style.
What most people think of as a hearing aid is just the shell or case. All hearing aids essentially consist of the same components: A power source; a microphone, for picking up sound; a processor (computer chip), for manipulating and amplifying incoming sounds; and a receiver (or speaker), for sending amplified sound into the ear canal. Each style from the smallest custom in-the-ear hearing aid to the largest behind-the-ear hearing aid has its own features and benefits. Each is designed to help with specific problems including type and severity of hearing loss, ear canal size, and dexterity.
Typically, each style of hearing aid comes in multiple technology levels. Technology levels differ in multiple ways, such as clarity, fine tuning, background noise reduction, and tinnitus management. Other components that vary include telecoils for phones; internal antennas for wireless connectivity to cell phones, TV streamers, remote controls, and other assistive listening devices; multiple microphones for directional hearing; and rechargeable batteries.
There is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” hearing aid. At Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center we are dedicated to your best hearing, so we customize every hearing solution to each individual patient.
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Offered by Arlene Castro, iGo Realty
The month December is not only a time to gather with family and friends, but it is also a time of year to reflect and be thankful. Here are 5 reasons why being thankful is good for you.
- You will have a healthier heart. A study of 186 men and women with heart damage was conducted in correlation with general gratefulness. The study rated the people’s levels of gratitude and spiritual well-being. Men and women in the study were asked to write down things they were grateful for over an eight week period. After 8 weeks, higher gratitude scores were linked to better sleep, better moods and less inflammation around the heart.
- It will help you get more sleep. Simply writing down a few things you are thankful for before bed each night can help with difficulty sleeping. A 2011 study of college students who struggled to fall asleep due to worry and racing thoughts found that those who underwent a gratitude intervention session by spending 15 minutes in the evening writing about a positive event that happened or was anticipated to happen in the future, were able to quiet their minds and sleep better.
- It makes you more positive. Being thankful can help create a healthier outlook. In a 2003 study, a study was conducted with three individual groups. One group was instructed to write down what they were grateful for during the week. The second group wrote down their week’s hassles and the third group wrote about neutral things that happened to them. After 2 weeks the results clearly illustrated that the group that recorded their grateful thoughts measured far more optimistic and felt better about themselves.
- It helps you make new friends. Having gratitude is a great way to build new relationships. People are more drawn to an individual that is grateful rather than one who is complaining all the time. This is not only good for building friendships and maintaining them but also helpful if in the future in the event that you move or change careers or are simply looking to meet new people.
- It improves physical health. In a study of 1,000 Swiss adults published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, researchers found that higher levels of dispositional gratitude were correlated with better overall physical health.
It certainly seems to make sense. Being thankful is putting positive energy into the world, which in turn is a reflection of you. We at iGo Realty are extremely thankful to be able to sell homes to our customers while at the same time be a part of a wonderful community. No matter how you spend your holidays, we wish you Peace, Joy and Love!
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Offered by Wes Bear, Owner/Instructor – Concealed Carry Workshop
I want to wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Peace on earth and goodwill toward man are lofty goals to work toward, but in the meantime…
In these uncertain times with shootings occurring in so many places, what we once thought of as “safe places,” like schools, churches and stores, are not necessarily so any more. With concealed carry, there is a degree of comfort in knowing you have the ability to defend yourself and those you care about when you are at home or away.
Have you, or someone you know, talked about getting a Concealed Handgun permit? Is there someone on your list that is difficult to shop for?
How about giving the “Gift that Keeps on Giving?”
Having a Permit to Carry can and does provide peace of mind, not only for the recipient of the gift, but for anyone that cares about the recipient. It’s also piece of mind for those the recipient cares for as well. It truly is a gift that keeps on giving.
I provide the required training that is necessary to apply for a Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit at a time and place that is convenient for you or the recipient of a CCWorkshop gift.
To find out more you can call me on my cellphone at 303-548-4646 or visit my website at: CCWorkshop.CO
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Offered by: Libby Smith, ATLAS CPAs & Advisors PLLC
Although AWM CPAs LLC name is changing, the Brighton office will continue to operate with a local team and deliver the same caring service that clients deserve. Combining resources with other ATLAS CPA offices on the Colorado Front Range and Phoenix area allows the Brighton firm to expand and deliver the types of personal, integrated services clients appreciate.
Kyle Bullock is the tax manager of the Brighton office. Kyle recently joined the team after being a contract Chief Financial Officer and controller for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in personal and corporate taxation, residential and commercial construction, heavy equipment, trucking, solar energy, as well as in the securities and investment industry.
Partner Loni Woodley CPA explains, “ATLAS stands for Advisors That Listen And Serve. As CPAs, we want to hear where people are going in their personal and business lives. We have so many resources for them and lots of expertise. Whether a client needs bookkeeping, tax work, or ways to grow their business, we can guide them where they want to go.”
The ATLAS CPAs & Advisors office is located at: 21 North 1st Ave., Suite #200 in Brighton. You can also reach Manager Kyle Bullock by phone at: 303-659-3951.
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Offered by Brian Margolis, The Margolis Team
Each year at this time, we all get to reflect on what this year has meant to us. Some of us had a wonderful year and some of us have had a difficult year. The best part about this time of the year is that we get to catch up with family and close friends and slow down a little bit. It is a time when we can learn from one another.
The things I hope to share with my family is to listen to their triumphs and their difficulties. It is the time of year to listen, to give more of ourselves to those who are less fortunate. Sometimes those people can be people we see every day, live under the same roof with, or share the same building where we work. Whomever it may be, a simple Happy Holidays greeting or an opening of a door can make a difference in someone’s life. Maybe, most importantly, we can spend extra face time listening to those we love.
Who knows, maybe children will put down their cell phones and talk with their family members and ask a grandparent about their year. Even better the children can teach the older generations how to use the technology of how they communicate today. We can all share something this Holiday season.
All of us on The Margolis Team want to share a big Thank You to all our clients, friends, vendors and other Realtors who work so hard in helping you enjoy the warmth of your family underneath your roof this Holiday Season.
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