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Offered by Erin Young, Young Montessori

March is here, and we have lots to do! We continue our studies of botany life cycles with solids, liquids, and gases, and how these three elements are essential to the life cycle of plants, as well as; human life. Many activities that incorporate identifying and classifying solids, liquids, and gases, and naming elements that can change from one form to another using our up and down spring weather patterns (solid to a liquid: ice to water). We are getting to see the life cycle of the plant happening with our indoor greenhouse where we have started some seeds, and we are enjoying the stages of growth happening before our eyes.

Summer is just around the corner, so we encourage you to visit our site or call today to receive an application packet and join us for some summer fun! We are now accepting summer enrollment and now accepting CCCAP!

Young Montessori offers two day, three day, and five day programs, both part time and full time under the guidance of experienced teachers in an authentic Montessori preschool environment. We also offer a before care program and an aftercare program during the academic school year. And, you are free to choose your child’s days of attendance as long as they are available, therefore; it is first come, first serve so enroll today! Centrally located in a quaint and charming schoolhouse, we provide a family feel and comfort level that is difficult to replicate elsewhere.

Please check us out online at: www.youngmontessori.com or follow us on facebook at: www.facebook.com/MamaMontessori76/

It's Spring at Young Montessori

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Offered by The Learning Experience®, Brighton

The Miracle of the Body
At The Learning Experience we not only concentrate on feeding children’s minds, but also providing them with the knowledge to ensure that their bodies are excelling as well. Teaching children at a young age about proper nutrition instills great eating habits and promotes good health for a lifetime.

Your preschooler’s eating habits play a big role in his or her growth or development. As preschoolers grow, they change physically, mentally and socially. These changes affect everything they do, including eating. Teaching them the importance of the latest food groups, portions and healthy guidelines will ensure proper progress.

The Miracle of Movement
Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle.

In combination with healthy eating, it can help prevent a range of chronic diseases. Physical activity helps control weight; builds lean muscle; reduces fat; promotes strong bone, muscle and joint development; and decreases the risk of obesity.

The Learning Experience provides children with the recommended 60 minutes of play each day to help them maintain a healthy weight.

The Miracle of Enrichment
We offer several exciting enrichment programs that introduce children to the arts and sciences as well as provide age-appropriate physical development. These programs enable children to engage in exciting activities that allow them to use their creativity. These programs tap into a different aspect of your child’s imagination and engage them in art, music, dance, physical fitness, performing arts, math, science, nutrition, and etiquette.

Visit thelearningexperience.com to learn more.

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Offered by Willy Strohmeier, Colorado Karate Club

I would not say it is an epidemic, but it is getting scary. I have been seeing so many posts on Social Media where people are affected by this disease, that I’d just rather not even look anymore.
Zig Ziglar coined the term PLOM disease, or the “Poor Little Ol’ Me” syndrome. It is terribly debilitating and paralyzing for those that suffer from it.

You know when someone has succumbed to PLOM because it is as if only bad things always happen to that person. They are also powerless, so it requires someone else to solve their problem, mom or dad, the teacher, a boss, the government, luck, God… but never the person himself.

My children would at times show symptoms with phrases like: “But that’s not fair…” or “Why is it always me?” But I have known better than to entertain their pity party. Instead I’ve been vaccinating them with a good dose of “ if it is to be, it is up to me ” attitude. And for the most part, it’s been working wonders. Like any vaccine, this one is a bit painful too, but it saves a lot of future aches.

As a parent and a Karate instructor, I have had the privilege to spend many years watching folks become more self assured, taking ownership of their own future. And it gives me great satisfaction to know that we are forming individuals who will never simply become victims of the circumstances.

It is well apparent that both children and adults who are accountable to themselves for what happens to, and around them, are happier and more successful than those who, instead, choose to blame their poor fortune on external factors. And while it is true that we cannot control everything that happens around the world, taking ownership and responsibility for how we react to it puts us miles ahead of those who allow themselves to be battered by the winds of fortune.

One of my favorite poems is “Invictus,” which concludes in this manner:
“It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.”
– (William E. Henley)

So why not vaccinate yourself against PLOM as you wake up every day; asking the person staring back at you in the mirror: Who is the master of your fate? And replying boldly – “I AM.” It may incredibly change your life for the better.

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Offered by Lauren Lombardi – Advanced Urgent Care

From telemedicine to mobile clinics, medical practices are consistently (and quickly!) adopting new ways to improve access to health services. Especially in rural communities with limited proximity to urgent and emergent health facilities, these methods of healthcare delivery have proven beneficial.

Long gone are the days when you had to physically drive to the doctor’s office for cold symptoms, or a small laceration. While that’s still an option, telemedicine services have made it much more convenient (and 100% HIPAA compliant) to receive diagnoses via webcam visits and even text messages. These are great options for treating minor injuries and illnesses, especially if you’re located too far from a doctor’s office (or you just don’t want to leave bed when you’re feeling icky).

Mobile clinics are also growing to bring health services directly to the patients, instead of the other way around. For employers, mobile clinics also provide the convenience of on-site drug screenings for a hiring event or treatment for work-related injuries. As an urgent care and occupational medicine provider, we continue to grow our presence, both virtually and through our new mobile clinic, to ensure access to health services far and wide.

For more information about our Virtual Visits and Occupational Medicine Mobile Clinic, visit: AdvUrgent.com

For more information about our clinics, visit www.advurgent.com.

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Offered by: Kelly Fausey, CPNP – Brighton Pediatrics

March is entering springtime in Colorado which can be a mix of snow or early blooming pollens. Towards the end of cold and flu season many children experience allergy symptoms due to the exposure to the blooming pollens. Many parents question the difference between a regular cold and allergy symptoms. Allergies are triggered by repeated exposure to an allergen (grass, trees, flowers, dust, mold, smoke, food) which sensitizes the body to produce an allergic response. Many children present with allergy symptoms such as runny nose, itching nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, itching eyes, large tonsils, snoring and/ or mouth breathing during the springtime months in Colorado.

Ways to help prevent allergies during the spring months in Colorado is avoiding repeated exposure to the allergens. Such preventive measures like dehumidifiers, controlling house dust, no smoke exposure, having your child bath/shower at night, not sleeping with ceiling fan on and removing pets from the bedroom are ways to decrease allergens to your child. Children over 2 years old can have antihistamines like cetirizine to help control allergy symptoms. Please contact your pediatrician if your child develops fevers, cough, a rash or is acting sick. Enjoy the springtime blooms in Colorado and if you have any further questions, please contact your primary care pediatrician or Brighton Pediatrics. For additional information, please visit our website at www.Brightonpeds.com

Springtime and Allergies

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Offered by Joseph M Smith, MD – Premier Pediatrics

At least 1 in 5 children have a diagnosable mental health condition. When these conditions are left unaddressed, this can lead to a decrease in quality of life or worse. Rates of depression and anxiety in children and adolescents continue to rise. Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death in adolescents in most states.

It is well known that early access to mental health services makes the greatest impact on these challenges. Yet, access to mental health services often seems to be beyond reach. Many barriers to these services exist such as insurance coverage, distance to a mental health provider, and time, just to name a few.

Premier Pediatrics, together with the Colorado State Innovation Model initiative, has decided to take on this challenge by doing what we can to make mental health services more readily available to those who need it. In addition to services that we have already offered, we have incorporated “telehealth” or virtual visits with a licensed therapist/counselor or a psychiatrist at our office. We will also be incorporating live counselors soon. These two services provide a close and familiar place to receive mental health services confidentially, right in your doctor’s office. Most insurances will cover one of these two services.

We are committed to eliminating the barriers to mental health by implementing these programs, and hope many of our precious children, adolescents, and young adults will benefit greatly. For more information, please call: 303-655-1685.

Mental Health
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Offered by: City of Brighton Public Information Office

The Brighton and Commerce City police departments are seeking highly motivated individuals to become volunteer victim advocates.

Volunteer advocates provide on-scene crisis intervention with victims and witnesses of crime, sudden death and other emergency situations. Volunteer victim advocates also provide support, information and referrals. Advocates provide assistance with the criminal justice system and victim rights information in both communities. Each volunteer is required to volunteer a minimum of four, 12-hour shifts per month, including evenings, weekends and occasional holidays. Volunteers are required to respond within 30 minutes of dispatch contact.

In order to participate, volunteers must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be able to undergo and pass a background investigation
  • Be a holder of a valid Colorado driver’s license with a good record
  • Have valid auto insurance
  • Be compassionate and non-judgmental
  • Be able to maintain confidentiality
  • Have strong interpersonal skills
  • Be able to perform under emotional and adverse conditions
  • Bilingual strongly needed, but not required
  • Be willing to commit to at least 12 months

Volunteer victim advocate applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 6. There will be a victim advocate training academy starting on Saturday, April 21.

In August 2014, the Commerce City and Brighton victim services units merged to better serve victims in both communities and help increase the amount of full-time advocates.

For information please contact Victim Services Volunteer Coordinator, Alexis Gutierrez at agutierrez@brightonco.gov or 303-655-2344.

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Offered by Arlene Castro, iGo Realty

Your children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a four bedroom home. Should you:

  1. Remodel your house to your current lifestyle and needs.
    – or –
  2. Sell your house and purchase the perfect home.


Based on the record of dollars spent on remodeling and renovations, it appears that many homeowners are deciding on option one. But, is that the best long-term solution?

If you currently live in a 3 to 4 bedroom home, you probably bought it at a time when your children were the major consideration in determining family housing needs. Along with a large home, you more than likely also considered school district, the size of the property and the makeup of other families living in the neighborhood (example: you wanted a block with other kids your children could play with and a backyard large enough to accommodate that).

Remodeling your home to meet your current needs might mean combining two bedrooms to make one beautiful master suite and changing another bedroom into the massive walk-in closet you always wanted. However, if you live in a neighborhood that historically attracts young families, you may be dramatically undermining the value of your house by cutting down the number of bedrooms and making it less desirable to the typical family moving onto your block.

Your home is probably at its highest value as it stands right now. Instead of remodeling your house, it may make better financial sense to sell your current home and purchase a home that was built specifically to meet your current lifestyle and desires.

In many cases, this well-designed home will give you exactly what you want in less square footage (and less real estate taxes!) than your current home.

If you are living in a house that no longer meets your needs, at least consider checking out other homes in your area that would meet your lifestyle needs before taking on the cost and hassle of remodeling your current house.

If you would like more information on what is the best option to meet your needs call iGo Realty for a FREE home consultation at (303) 862-5457 or visit our website at: www.igorealty.com.
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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

Purchasing a home in today’s ultra competitive home buying market where properties routinely receive multiple offers is stressful. There is a tool called an Escalation Clause that can make a difference in ensuring you don’t get outbid. But like all things, it has its pros and cons, and doesn’t come without a certain amount of risk to both buyer and seller.

An Escalation Clause is a strategic addendum typically added to a real-estate contract with an initial offer. It basically states that as the buyer “you will pay X dollars for this house, but if another buyer submits a verifiable bid that’s higher, you will raise your offer in increments of Y dollars to a maximum price of Z.” This method can save a lot of time in back and forth negotiations, but there are most definitely things to consider before using one, and it’s best to have a realtor who understands the ins and outs of real estate contracts before using one!

Before using an escalation clause, be sure to consider the fact that you may need additional cash towards a larger down payment, as well as the fact that the escalated price might not match the appraisal, and also affect the type of mortgage available to you as a buyer.

Before adding an escalation clause to your offer, you and your broker should discuss it with the seller’s real estate Broker because some sellers do not like them, and it could affect whether the seller will even consider your offer. Additionally, make sure any documentation you are asking the seller to provide for proof of higher bids is fully specified in the offer.

For proven expertise in buying or selling a home, call Jan at 303. 520.4340

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Offered by: City of Brighton Public Information Office

The City of Brighton has once again partnered with Resources Central to bring back the Garden In A Box program for our residents. Through this partnership, City of Brighton utility customers will receive a $25 discount off of the water-wise garden kits, while supplies last.

These Xeric, perennial flower garden kits deliver everything you need to install professionally designed landscape plans for sun, shade, and everything in between. Use less water, attract more pollinators, and bring colorful beauty to your yard. This year, residents can choose from six varieties that include between anywhere from 14 to 30 plants. Every plant put in a GIAB kit is locally grown in our state.

Regardless of expertise, the program provides a significant water conservation tool in the form of a plant by number garden kit. These professionally designed gardens improve the beauty and water efficiency of any landscape, especially when used to replace turf.

These kits are on sale now and will be available for pick-up May 17 from 4 -7 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Rd, Brighton. Due to last year’s popularity, the City has secured more GIAB kits at the discounted price; kits start at just $79. But you’ll want to get your order in before the rush, because when our discounts run out kits will cost more than $100. To purchase a kit, visit http://www.brightonco.gov/585/Garden-In-A-Box-Program.

The City is also teaming up with Resource Central to offer its annual Water-Wise Landscape Seminar. This free seminar, “The Basics of Xeriscape,” will be Thursday, April 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Brighton Recreation Center, 555 N 11th Ave.

Join us to learn the principles of Xeriscape and how to apply them to your landscape! This class will explore the “how-to’s” of conserving water while creating a functional and attractive outdoor space. Horticulturist expert, Eric Hammond of CSU Extension – Adams County, will discuss water-wise plant varieties, irrigating your landscape efficiently, cutting edge irrigation technology, and ways to modify existing landscapes to cut back on water use. Come out for an evening of empowering tips and tricks to improve your outdoor space and save water.

To register, please visit on-line at: ResourceCentral.org/seminars
Email: gardeninfo@resourcecentral.org or call 303-999-3820 x222 for more information.

Garden In A Box