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Offered by: Promenade Horsemanship Academy

For years I have wanted to create videos to help new students expedite the learning of horsemanship and horse behavior. Last spring, the pandemic gave me some down time to put together Part 1 of these lessons. The Horsemanship at Home online class has become a way for students to learn theory to help them understand why things are done the way they are done as well as “how to” reminders they could review before coming to a lesson. Students can review halter tying before they come so when they get here they remember how to tie it on the horse.  This enables a student to get the horse out before their lesson so their paid lesson time is spent learning new skills. I was pleasantly surprised at students who purchased and watched Part 1 could move quickly through skills that normally take several lessons.

Part One of these classes go over safety, haltering, grooming, and horse psychology. It will also help a new horse owner get through some of the struggles of horse ownership and help develop the start of a great relationship with their horse. Text Kim at 303-941-2037 or email Prostable@aol.com to ask for information. We are also doing lessons,
private and groups, as well as our summer camp program.

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Offered by: Richard W. Martin, M.D.- Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.

Many dangerous accidents can be avoided by “baby-proofing” your home. Drowning is the most common cause of accidental death of children in the United States. Pool safety was discussed in the June issue of The Brighton Buzz. For the safety of infants and toddlers, buckets should be stored empty. Young children should always be constantly supervised while taking a bath.

Ingestions and choking on small objects are another type of avoidable accident. Button batteries are especially dangerous and should be safely stored. Avoid any purchases with small, strong magnets, which can also be especially dangerous if swallowed. Corrosive cleaning products such as toilet bowl cleaners, drain cleaners, and oven cleaners are also especially dangerous, as are laundry detergent pods. It is best not to have them in the house at all if possible. Medications should be safely stored, out of sight and out of reach, in their original containers. Keep in mind that some children may be able to open “child-resistant” containers. The telephone number of the Poison Control Center is 800-222-1222.

A large amount of research consistently shows that infants are safest sleeping on their backs in a crib or bassinet. Because of the risk of suffocation, the parents’ bed is not a safe place for infants to sleep.

Take precautions to avoid burns. Make sure that you have working fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide and smoke detectors on each floor of the house. Make sure that sleepwear is made with flame-retardant materials. Set the water heater below 120 degrees F.

If there are any firearms in the home, they should be stored in a locked case with ammunition locked up in a separate place.

Falls are another common type of childhood injury. Falls from furniture are common in infants. Toddlers and young children are at risk of falling downstairs or out of windows. Securely fastened safety gates, window stops or guards, and furniture corner covers can all reduce injuries. Do not count on a window screen to prevent a fall. Heavy furniture should be secured so that it cannot tip over on a child.

Finally, keep in mind that even with the best precautions, young children still require constant supervision.

Please visit our website at www.brightonpeds.com

Brighton Pediatrics

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Offered by: Melissa Rippy – Rippy Insurance Agency / Allstate

Summer is officially here! Be on the lookout for more teen drivers on the road since they’re out of school. The number of car accidents involving teens increases exponentially during the months of June 1st to August 31st, also known as the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer. During this time, teen drivers are about 25% more likely to be involved in a car crash than the rest of the year. On average, each day of summer sees 10 teen drivers involved in fatal car accidents. Text the Rippy Agency at 303.219.1470 and ask for a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement. We’ll mail that along with some other literature about safe driving to discuss with your young drivers.

The Fourth of July is a time to get together with family and friends and enjoy the history of independence in our country. This has been a federal holiday in the US since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and American Revolution. There are many ways to celebrate the birth of American Independence, and fireworks is one of them. Please leave the fireworks show to the pros. A family we insure was displaced from their home after it caught on fire after leaving fireworks in the garage they thought were extinguished. Pets and Vets are also two groups to give consideration to as the sounds and sights can trigger fear and anxiety. Please be considerate to your neighbors and have a fun and safe July 4th!

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Offered by: Integrity Insurance of Brighton

Some people with limited resources and income qualify to get assistance with Medicare prescription drug coverage.
Anyone on Medicare Part A or Part B can get prescription drug coverage, this coverage usually involves, monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. Late enrollment penalties may also apply, however with the Extra Help benefit the penalties may be waived.

The Extra Help program is estimated to be worth about $5,000 per year. Many people qualify for these big savings and don’t even know it. To qualify for Extra Help, resources must be limited to $14,790 for an individual or $29,520 for a married couple living together. This would include the value of things like bank accounts, real estate (other than your primary home), stocks, bonds, mutual funds, IRAs, or any other financial resources.

In addition to the resource limit, the annual income limits are $19,320 for an individual and $26,130 for a married couple living together. If you support others that live with you, or you have earnings from work you still may qualify if your income is above these amounts.  There are several levels of Extra Help.

The application for Extra Help can be completed online or through Healthfirst Colorado. The information provided here is available in a publication from SSA.GOV. If you would like assistance with this program or other savings options, I am glad to assist with getting you the information and/or completing the application online.

Call today with any Medicare-related questions, 303-887-8584, Lisa Asmussen is an independent Medicare Broker, services are always no cost.

Integrity Insurance

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Offered by: Enhanced Glamour Day Spa

Enhanced Glamour Day Spa would like to personally invite you to our facility to give you a better idea of our services. We have an array of fun and therapeutic treatments designed to ignite your passion for self-care. This month of July, we’re highlighting a unique therapy that combines the science and nature of cooling technology. We introduce cold therapy to your targeted problem area which safely contours your body allowing you to lose inches while toning and improving the texture and elasticity of your skin.  This procedure is non-invasive, requires no downtime and many clients feel like they are receiving a massage and enjoy the relaxation.  This technique can be used for facial and body treatments to help you achieve an even more beautiful vision of yourself.

We also offer B-12 Lipotropic injections that can be offered alone or combined with procedures to help boost metabolism, burn fat, aid in digestive and nerve health and create an overall better mood.

Another great way to keep your younger-looking glow is with a quick Dysport Injection….similar to Botox. We all know “The best Wrinkle is the one you never get!”

We love partnering with our community. Be sure to let us know about your next fundraiser.

We invite you to come in and Explore our Possibilities!

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Offered by: Iris Fern Boutique

A new, unique boutique was opened early June in Brighton at 617 E. Bridge Street with the name of Iris Fern. Three generations of women including Iris Boss, Brenda Wilking, and Eleanor Madsen are fulfilling a long-held dream of opening a family-owned store in that would afford a delightful shopping experience as well as become a community gathering place and a safe space to obtain information on mental health resources. Brenda’s career as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Addictions Specialist has spanned 32 years, to include serving as the City of Brighton’s Coordinator For Victim’s Services. Her connections in this area have grown her desire to create this welcoming space for our community.

Iris Fern offers an array of products that will provide a shopping experience that gives spirit-lifting items to enhance whatever stage of life you are in.  The products offered range from bath and body goods to teas…. even make your own tea bags…. to home decor, baby clothing, accessories, and woman’s clothing. Get inspired as you read stories and see products created by local Brighton and Fort Lupton individuals who have dealt with mental health issues. Find items created by local vendors selling their goods at Iris Fern in an effort to promote local commerce.

Stop by today and enjoy this wonderful, new addition to Brighton’s business community!

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Offered by: Colorado Karate Club

It is one of my favorite times of the day, my first Karate class is starting to walk into the school, the Pre-Karate Class, our three, four, and five-year-olds are taking their places on the mat. Before class starts, I come in a few minutes early to talk to the students and learn about their day. They are always very excited to tell me all about it.

Today, the first one to raise his hand was Mark, a lively  ve year old with sparkling eyes. He excitedly calls out to me: “Sensei, Sensei…”, I turn my attention to him and say, “yes Mark?” He goes on and relates to me the latest game he has been playing on his grandma’s phone, some alien shooting game. He is talking so fast that I have trouble keeping up. Mark’s eyes shine with excitement as he relates how he shot the aliens and how he maneuvered around them.

As I listened to him, I found myself sharing his joy just from his sheer enthusiasm. For some reason that stuck with me, and that evening, after classes, I thought about how happy he was to be heard, and how happy I was to listen. I also thought about all my daily interactions, and how I feel when someone listens to me intently… or conversely, how I feel when someone doesn’t.

For a child, and actually for adults as well, being listened to builds up their confidence and self-esteem, it tells them that what they have to say matters to us, that we value them, and that they are important to us. However, contrary to what most of us believe, listening is not quite that easy, it takes work and practice. So I wanted to share with you a few tips to help us all listen better. I hope you will give them a try.

  1. Refrain from giving advice – most people are not asking for advice, they just want to be heard. Giving advice implies judgement, and we all hate to be judged.
  2. Stop thinking about what you are going to say next – We all have done that, the person is still talking and we are already thinking about our reply. Stop yourself right there, and simply immerse yourself into what the other person is
    trying to tell you.
  3. Avoid the “Me too” response – Keep the focus on the other person. We always want the world and the conversations to revolve around “me”, but stop yourself from inserting “me” into the conversation. It is about them, so keep it that way.
  4. Be sincerely interested in the other person – try to truly understand what they are thinking and feeling as they speak. Dare to care.

Making the effort and taking the time to listen is one of the best gifts we can share with those around us. When someone talks to you, they are telling you that you are important enough to them to share their experiences with you. So take the time today and give someone the gift of your undivided attention. You will both benefit from it.

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Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

Even as restaurants and entertainment venues open back up and we explore what shape our “new normal” may take going forward, home improvement and design trends towards making our home space(s) more workable and enjoyable for our lifestyle continue to climb.  at includes our outdoor spaces too since this past year and a half has shown that life outside is an important factor in our overall health and wellbeing.

Thus far, according to Google search results and leading landscape and home improvement experts, transforming outdoor spaces to feel more like an extension of our inside living space, complete with year-round usability, are continuing to gain in popularity. From covered outdoor living areas to open-air rooms and home extensions, fully functional outdoor kitchens to high-tech connectivity and audio/visual functionality, these trends show no sign of slowing down through the end of this year and into at least the first part of 2022.

If updating your outdoor space to accommodate your family and friends is on the horizon, don’t forget to consider beyond the cosmetic additions to what will not only help maximize the usability of the space but could also add
perceived value to your home. Adjustable lighting, electrical outlets, plumbed outdoor kitchen functionality, connectivity, hard-wired all-weather audio/visual systems, and outdoor heating and cooling/misting systems are all at the top of the trending requested amenities.

In a nutshell, the trend is towards shifting outdoor spaces from solely entertainment-focused to an extension of the living space, complete with the comforts of inside for more of a resort like feel.

For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at (303) 520-4340.

Hepp Realty

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Offered by: T. Lloyd Worth

There’s a subjective uncertainty associated with  nancial wellness. Are you financially fit? And if so, how fit are you?

While there is no clearly defined threshold for answering affirmatively, much less grading your level of fitness, there are baseline elements associated with financial fitness. To make sure that you’re on the right track, develop a financial plan that lays out clear goals and timelines. Below are steps to consider to get you started:

Budget Crunch
As a first step, make a reasonable and practical budget, assessing your income and expenses (by month, if possible), to understand your cash flow, identifying areas where you can trim costs. Revisit and revise your budget regularly to make sure it aligns with your personal circumstances.

Save for Unexpected Expenses
Expect unexpected expenses, such as a medical emergency, major car repair, and an appliance replacement, establishing an emergency fund that can pay for these costs. (Ideally, you want to keep three to six months’ worth of living expenses in the fund.) Without such a backup source of payment, you may have to incur credit card debit, which can be unwise.

Stay Credit-Worthy
Check your credit report periodically, making sure that there are no errors, while using it as a tool to make sure that you’re paying your bills on time and staying within your established credit limits. Such actions will help increase your credit score. NOTE: You are entitled to a free copy of your credit report annually from the three major credit reporting
companies, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion.

Establish Long-Term Financial Goals
Saving for your retirement is a personal decision that will help shape your lifestyle during your Golden Years. It’s never too early (or late) to work with a  nancial professional to strengthen your retirement plan.

Review Your Plan
Establishing a  nancial plan is not a one-and-done proposition. Review your plan at least annually, revising it as necessary to align with your financial goals.

Increase Investments Potential Faster With Early Contributions
Investing early and often, such as a small recurring investment over a long period of time, has the potential to produce greater returns than investing a larger amount over a shorter period of time.

For instance, If you invest $75 a month beginning at age 25 and continue until you are 65, your earnings will be greater than the 35-year-old who invested $100 a month until reaching 65 (assuming an equal rate of interest for each).

It’s never too late to get started! Contact T. Lloyd Worth at 303-558-0214 or Lloyd.Worth@LPL.com

Worth Financial Partners
This is a hypothetical example and is not representative of any specific investment. Your results may vary. Securities and Advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC. Tracking # 1-05124610.

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC

Many of us, including me, enjoy meeting people face-to-face. I am such a people person it’s crazy. I love people!!! Not everyone is though, and I appreciate our differences.

Lately, I have been reflecting on the pros and cons of the COVID-19 time we have been living through. As much as it was a “rug pulled out from under our feet” moment, it allowed a lot of us to look at our daily activities in a different light.

I have always been one to think that the face-to-face appointments were the only way to go. I think this comes from my desire to be around people. One thing that I did learn from forced isolation was that we could actually accomplish
a lot over Zoom or the phone. It was such an eye opening experience for me.

I wanted to bring this up this month because as people are getting back into what might feel like a more normal lifestyle, there could be some who are still a little hesitant to go full on. It’s good to be reminded that even with something as complicated as Medicare, we can accomplish a good understanding over the phone or with a virtual video appointment.

If you happen to be the type of person who prefers a phone call or Zoom/Facetime call versus meeting in person, please know this is completely fine. You can still understand the Medicare transition through either of these means.

As always, whether you have been in Medicare for a number of years or if you’re new to it, I am happy to help you navigate the complexities or just answer a few questions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out: 720-626-6524.