Loveland Art Studio Tour

Art_studio_tour_LovelandLoveland loves art–all kinds of art.

The Sixth Annual Loveland Art Studio Tour is taking place on October 11 and 12 and again on October 18 and 19.  It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Go to The Loveland Art Studio Tour website for the details including the artists by geographic location and artists by medium.




Loveland Center for Business Development event


The Loveland Center for Business Development does a lot of good for the new and upcoming businesses in the Sweetheart City.  I talked to Robin and Mary Ann at this past weekend’s NoCo Mini Maker Faire.

They told me about an upcoming event that needs your attendance.  This is the LCBD’s Silent Auction to be held a on Friday, October 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.   This NCBD fundraiser takes place at The Armory–411 North Railroad Avenue in downtown Loveland.

Here is what the NCBD website says about the event:

The Loveland Center for Business Development will be holding a Silent Auction during Loveland’s October Night on the Town. This event is being hosted by The Armory – 411 North Railroad Avenue in Loveland. Auction items include gift certificates for local restaurants, breweries, massage therapists, oil changes, food cart dinner for 10 from Chaulkboard Gourmet Express, jewelry from local artists, artwork, sculpture, hand-tooled items, and a ton more.

Here is the website to register for the NCBD upcoming silent auction.

I will be out of town that day, but I encourage anyone in northern Colorado to consider attending.



Loveland crunches GMOs

I just got this press release from Loveland’s Crunchy Grocer.


Katie Auman
The Crunchy Grocer
(970) 581-9365 (mobile)
(970) 292-8199 (store)

For Immediate Release

LOVELAND, Colorado – October 6, 2014 – This October,  The Crunchy Grocer, Northern Colorado’s emancipated food market™, will join more than 1,500 grocery retailers across North America participating in the fifth annual Non-GMO Month. Created by the Non-GMO Project, this month-long celebration puts a spotlight on a person’s right to choose food and products free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

“I talk to our customers every day and they are worried about the spread of GMOs in our food supply. With GMOs now contaminating as much as 80 percent of conventional packaged foods, we are more committed than ever to helping people find safe, healthy non-GMO choices,” says Jonas Buehl, co-owner and founder of The Crunchy Grocer. “We believe people have the right to know what’s in their food, and we will be celebrating that right throughout Non-GMO Month this October.”

The non-GMO category is one of the fastest growing sectors in grocery, with 80% of shoppers seeking out non-GMO products and 56% saying non-GMO was key to brand buying.  This growing awareness is sparking major change in the industry:  a labeling ballot measure here in Colorado; food manufacturers refining ingredients; retailers announcing their non-GMO purchasing policies; and food service companies inquiring about verification. To date, over 22,000 products have been Non-GMO Project Verified, with annual sales of these products topping $7 billion.

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Loveland counseling service

What a busy week it has been in Loveland, Colorado.  All week, I have planned to write about the open house I attended at Liberated Living, LLC.  With meetings, working a BIXPO both for the Quid Novi conference.

Liberated_Living_Lovelandand other things, I did not get it done yet.

Liberated Living is at a counseling service dealing with children.  The owner, Michele Yarberry, is very knowlegible and energetic.   This is the first time my wife and I have met Michele.  I know her husband Jeff since we both taught at CollegeAmerica in Fort Collins together.

Here is what Michele Yarberry says about herself on the Liberated Living website:

 My Master’s Degree is in Community Counseling, from the University of Northern Colorado. I am a National Certified Counselor, and actively working toward licensure. My client-centered approach integrates Solution-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and/or other evidence-based modalities, according to your needs.

Michele continues:

My professional services include crisis counseling, assessments, group and individual sessions. I am a trained Biblical Life Coach and also avail faith-based counseling, for those of you, who prefer integration of Scripture and prayer, in your sessions.

Michele also is the director of Koolrageous Kids. This program has the potential to equip all children (including those with ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome) with healthier  coping, communications and relationship-building skills.

The office located at 150 East 29th Street, Suite 200A (Palmer Gardens), is a homey and full-looking place with couches, chairs and lots of toys used during sessions.

The Liberated Living telephone number is 970-619-8332.


Loveland nonprofit losing a leader







Loveland, CO has many great and worthwhile nonprofits.  I was surprised to see the announcement that Mary Carraher made on her Facebook page today.

It seems the longtime (25 year) leader of Project Self-Sufficiency will be moving on.

Here is what she said on Facebook:

Facebook Peeps – big changes ahead for me as I transition from Project Self-Sufficiency to the Colorado State University School of Social Work. I will be half time with both organizations for a while, beginning October 6th.  My role at CSU is coordinator for the Master’s level distance learning students. My soapbox about this transition was published in the Coloradoan today.  Every word is true! Not sure if you can read it here.  Page five today.

As Mary said, go the the site to see the letter she wrote there.

From my time working at United Way and also doing a little volunteering at PS-S, I can tell you that there is no more dedicated person than Mary Carraher.  This organization has been her life.  She truly cares about the women and children in northern Colorado who are trying to better their lives.

As Mary states in the newspaper article, PS-S has a great staff and the agency will continue but it is going to be hard to fill her shoes.   I will Mary Carraher well, and know that she will be successful in her new career at C.S.U.