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Offered by: Traci Serna – Pinnacle Gardens

If warmer spring weather has you trying to decide how to design a backyard landscape, we are here to help. Backyards have become a true extension of the home. With good planning and design your backyard can become a place for relaxing, entertaining and playing.

First, you will want to create a focal point. Start with a great patio, fire pit or possibly an outdoor kitchen. Next plan your vegetation, trees are the best way to start. Adding in shrubs and perennials to compliment the design. Consider your neighbors and how you may want to create privacy. Pinnacle Gardens staff is very knowledgeable and can help with the design, placing the right plant in the right spot. When you place the right plant in the right spot you ensure plants establish a healthy root system and steady top growth.

Some things you may want to consider are specific soil conditions and the type of sun exposure your yard receives. One of the best things you can do for your new vegetation is to amend the soil. You will need to add a good tree and shrub mix and possibly some compost, especially if you are living in a new home where construction has recently been completed. It’s also important to understand the water needs of your trees, shrubs and perennials. Make sure you have an adequate irrigation system with adjustable drip lines to your plants. Planning is the key to success. With the proper ground work and a little digging in you can create an outdoor living space for years of enjoyment.

If you need additional assistance in creating the perfect outdoor space for your home this year, please visit Pinnacle Gardens and speak with one of our landscaping professionals. Don’t let another Spring and Summer go by without making the very most of your outdoor living!

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City of Brighton offers Garden In A Box program.

Offered by: City of Brighton Communications Office

It can be tough to garden in Colorado’s arid environment, so make things easier by selecting the right plants for your landscape! The City of Brighton has partnered with Resource Central again this year to offer residents two opportunities to bring the idea of an affordable and low maintenance garden to life.

The Garden In A Box Program has returned and through this partnership, City of Brighton utility customers can receive a $25 discount off of the water-wise garden kits, while supplies last. For 2019, residents can choose from six Xeric Garden In A Box kits with the $25 discount, or a Xeric Greatest Hits garden along with the Homegrown Harvest Vegetable Garden In A Box kits (ineligible for discount).

Garden kits will be available for pick up from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22nd at Riverdale Regional Park & Fairgrounds (formerly known as the Adams County Fairgrounds), 9755 Henderson Rd, Brighton CO, 80601.

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.

Additionally, the city will be hosting its fifth annual Water-Wise seminar. The “Great Plants for Colorado Gardens” water-wise seminar will on April 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Brighton Recreation Center, 555 N 11th Ave. This is a free event and attendees can expect to learn all about native and non-native trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, perennials, and annuals. At the seminar, you will also meet Alison O’Connor, CSU Extension agent for Larimer County. She will be providing general maintenance guidelines and tips and offering suggestions to make gardening in Colorado a bit easier to tackle!

Find the perfect garden for you and your landscape by visiting online:

When coupled with Resource Central’s Water-Wise Landscape Seminars, community members across the Front Range can gain valuable expertise that will strengthen their conservation practices and benefit them for years to come. Learn more by visiting online: or by calling 303-999-3820 x222.

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Tips and tricks for showcasing your home in the best possible light.

Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

It’s spring, and you’ve decided to put your home on the market. In part one of this series we talked about disassociating, decluttering, and depersonalizing your home as much as possible to eliminate distractions and help potential buyers envision themselves and their own belongings in the space. Continuing in that vein, what DO you do with the stuff you’ve packed up, and what comes after that?

Once you’ve decluttered and boxed up the “keep” items and called ARC (or some other charity) to come pick up the stuff you aren’t keeping, it’s best to get temporary off-site storage so you don’t have stacks of boxes around, even in the garage or basement. And while you’re on a roll with the “packing up process,” it’s best to go ahead and stage rooms with the least amount of furniture possible to give the appearance of roominess. That includes storing the shelves you’ve emptied, or the extra leaves and chairs for your dining room table.

The next step is making sure your closets, cupboards, and drawers are organized and clean – little things such as hangers faced the same direction, clothing sorted by colors or like items, linens stacked neatly (yes, you can count on prospective buyers opening doors and drawers depending upon the room) can give the appearance of being more spacious. And, while this may seem a bit on the “OCD” spectrum, the little details can make a big difference and give potential buyers the sense that you are on top of the home maintenance as well.

Best case scenario, potential buyers are able to move around the space unencumbered by stuff, and things don’t fall out of over-stuffed closets when the door is opened. It’s also a very good idea at this point to remove anything appearing to be “attached” to the home if you intend to keep it—things like built in appliances, light fixtures, or window treatments that could potentially cause a dispute between you and the buyer down the road. If it’s not there for them to see, they won’t miss it, and it won’t be a point of contention that might blow your deal.

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

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Offered by: Advanced Urgent Care

Although more common in children, strep throat is a bacterial infection that affects the throat and tonsils. Whether you are a child or an adult, it is always important to seek medical treatment if you have strep. Left untreated, strep can progress to scarlet fever or rheumatic fever.

Do I Have Strep Throat?

One telltale sign that you might have more than a sore throat is if you have pain in your throat and a fever, but do not have a cough. Symptoms include:

  • Sore throat
  • Pain when you swallow
  • Fever
  • Red, swollen tonsils that sometimes have pus patches
  • Tiny, red spots on the roof of the mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes on the neck

Children with strep may also experience headache, stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting. A medical professional, like the ones at Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine, will evaluate your symptoms and perform a rapid strep test or throat culture if necessary. Antibiotics are typically prescribed to treat strep. Keep in mind that strep is highly contagious. If one member in the household has strep it is likely to spread to all members of the household.

Don’t Wait for Symptoms to get Worse

Stop by Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine in Brighton, Northglenn, or Fort Lupton, Colo., if you think you or your children might have strep throat. Our medical providers can assess your symptoms and get you feeling better sooner.

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Offered by: Michael A. Dolan – Dolan & Associates, P.C.

Susie battled her breast cancer for more than two years. The uninsured medical expenses destroyed her financially. Overwhelmed with debt, she liquidated all of her assets in an attempt to pay the huge bills. It was not enough. Sadly her parents died just as she received the news that she was in remission. Her parents left her a substantial inheritance that would allow her to get back on her feet. Then she learned the bad news. Her creditors could attach her inheritance as soon as she received it. Even if she filed bankruptcy she would lose what her parents left her.

Then, came the surprise. When she met with the attorney, she learned that her parents left her inheritance to her in trust. While she would receive the benefit of the assets, her creditors could not touch them. She was thankful that her parents had taken the time to plan their estates effectively, rather than just taking the simplest course.

Bill and Jane thought they did not need estate planning. Why not just put a beneficiary on everything, because “it is simple and avoids probate.” Thinking about protecting their daughter, they sought guidance from a counseling-oriented attorney who took time to learn more about them, their estate, and their goals. Their primary objective was to protect their daughter after their death. Even though they never anticipated she’d get cancer, under their estate plan, their savings, life insurance, and home would be put in trust. As it turned out, the plan protected the inheritance from her creditors, and provided the opportunity for a fresh start following her battle with cancer.

If you would like to learn more about an effective estate planning process that is producing great results for families, visit: to sign up for a complimentary educational workshop.

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Offered by: Melissa Rippy – Rippy Insurance Agency / Allstate

For some, March is a month to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness. To me, March has always been a month to honor my dad. March 22nd was his 67th Heavenly Birthday and we held a fundraiser at Big Choice Brewing & Pizzeria. Thanks to our attendees, we raised $1,440 in just three hours. With the funds collected, Ripbeams will send 607 beanies to kids with leukemia, all across the United States. Since Ripbeams began in February of 2018, we’ve collected 2,893 beanies and given them to kids in 30 states, plus Washington, D.C.

We also collected donations of 36 new Ripbeams and two large boxes of yarn. Another special thanks to KWGN Denver Channel 2 News who featured Ripbeams and Brighton DECA on their March 18th morning show to help us spread the word about our mission and fundraiser. Brighton DECA earned 1st Place with their “Warming Hearts and Heads” campaign at state competition and are on their way to Nationals at the end of April. You can learn more at

The Rippy Agency is holding a collection drive to benefit Brighton Youth Association Baseball. Drop off your new or used baseball/softball gear at the Rippy Agency and while supplies last, you’ll receive a free ice cream coupon, thanks to Cold Stone Creamery of Brighton.

Don’t forget the 7th Annual Raptor Run is coming up at Barr Lake, Saturday April 13th, where funds will go to support future projects at the park. We are providing the runner’s goodies bags. See you there!

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Offered by: Scott & Lora Nordby – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Buying a home can be stressful, even when everything goes smoothly. While looking and finding a home can be very exciting, the stress of There are some things you can do (and things you can avoid) to ensure a streamlined loan review and an on time closing.

DO NOT make any major purchases. Financing a car, appliances, or furniture will alter your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio and may affect the appearance of your ability to repay your loan.

DO NOT open new credit lines. This may also negatively affect your DTI ratio and may harm your ability to qualify for a loan.

DO NOT move money around. This may appear as an attempt to hide debt or large balances.

DO NOT use untraceable money. Using large amounts of cash or other untraceable money may hinder underwriters from understanding your spending habits and cash flow.

DO NOT make a career change. Income stability is important. If something changes, it’s important that you immediately disclose the change.

DO complete your application thoroughly. The process will be faster if we don’t have to contact you for missing information.

DO respond to all questions and requests quickly. Additional information may be needed to help the underwriter make a decision. Fast responses will help your loan close on time.

DO disclose all loans and credit. Be transparent so your application won’t get delayed.

DO be available as your closing date approaches. Allow time to review and sign documents and to pay your closing costs, as well as your down payment.

Despite the stress, moving into a new home is a worthwhile accomplishment. If you haven’t bought a home before, or if it’s been a while, consider attending one of our First Time Homebuyer Seminars, on Saturday April 20th and Saturday May 18th from 10:00am-11:30am. RSVP by registering online. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Offered by: Brian Holley – Farmers Insurance

Many people have questions about their family’s auto insurance and teen drivers. And with good cause:

  • According to statistics (gathered by 33% of deaths among 13 to 19-year-olds in 2010 occurred in motor vehicle crashes.
  • 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.
  • 56% of teens said they talk on the phone while driving.
  • Talking on the cell phone can double the likelihood of an accident as well as slow a young driver’s reaction time down to that of a 70-year-old.
  • 1 in 5 of 16-year-old drivers has and accident within their first year of driving.
  • Crash risk for teens increase incrementally with each mile per hour over the speed limit.

What can be done? One-way Farmers Insurance has tackled this problem with technology. Our new SIGNAL© App not only discourages distracted driving, but also gives parents and guardians the ability to monitor a teen’s driving habits. And Best of all, when used by a teen-driver, the SIGNAL© app can give the family an additional discount of up to 30% off auto insurance premiums! Call to find out how to help protect your family AND get great discounts!

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Offered by: Chris Fushimi – A Mattress & More LLC

Do you have persistent sniffles and sinus headaches? Do you often wake up with scratchy eyes? Do you sneeze repeatedly first thing in the morning? Well, the answer may be found in your mattress!

Dust Mites

Dust mites, close relatives of ticks and spiders, eat skin cells shed by people, and they thrive in warm, humid environments like your mattress. It has been said that half of the weight of an 8 yr. old mattress is from your dead skin, dust mites and dust mite feces. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but there could be some truth here.

If you do have some of the health symptoms listed above, it is not the dust mites that cause allergic reactions. It is the dust mite feces and the skin that the mites shed that is the cause of the reactions. Dust mites leave droppings – as many as 1,000 over the course of their 60 – 80 day life cycle and over the course of 8-10 years, that is a lot of droppings. (I apologize if you are reading this article in the middle of your morning breakfast!)

Dust mite allergy symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, itchy/red or watery eyes, nasal congestion, cough, facial pressure and pain, asthma related difficulty breathing, chest tightness and wheezing.

What can we do to reduce the spread of dust mites?

  • Replace your mattress every 5-8 years. The longer you own your mattress, the more chances you have for dust mites and their baggage.
  • Use a quality mattress protector. This will help prevent the accumulation of human dead skin in your mattress. It also helps perspiration from soaking through to the mattress as dust mites are also attracted to sweat. Mattress protectors also help prevent the dust mites from entering the mattress itself. A good, quality pillow protector is just as important.
  • Use a dehumidifier. Since dust mites thrive in humid environments, keeping your bedroom dry will make your bed a less desirable place to live.
  • Wash your bedding (including comforters) weekly in hot water and use a hot dryer.
  • Replace your foundation or box spring when you get a new mattress. Dust mites live in your box springs as well so replacing your mattress but not your foundation could lead to rapid recontamination of your new, expensive mattress.

Dust mites are just a fact of life, but by following the above steps you can reduce the number of them in your bedroom and their allergy causing side effects.

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Offered by: Thollot Jewelers

Thornton, CO – Thollot Diamonds and Fine Jewelry offers their customers a variety of possibilities when it comes to just what to do with their unworn jewelry. For those looking to simply cash out on their valuables, Thollot Diamonds offers expert gold and diamond buying services, paying top dollar to their customers. Another popular option is to restyle an existing piece into something new and exciting through Thollot’s custom design services. And for this month only, customers will receive an additional 20% on all precious metals when they choose to trade their old pieces and apply their credit toward a new purchase at Thollot.

Thollot’s Trade in Trade Up event is the perfect time for customers looking to participate in exchanges like diamond upgrades or simply hoping to disencumber themselves of their unworn jewelry. The restyling of old jewelry is done beautifully by the expert custom jewelers at Thollot and should be considered by anyone looking to breathe life into an old heirloom or estate piece. No matter which avenue is chosen, Thollot customers get the most value for their pieces by spending their returns in store on a wide selection of new and custom jewelry.

In order to find out what your valuables are worth, visit Thollot Jewelers at 3790 E 104th Ave, Thornton, CO 80233 all month long. For more information or any questions, please contact: Thollot Jewelers at: (303) 280-3374 or visit

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