As a brewer details the inspiration behind his summery wheat brew, a group of fans lift sudsy mugs to their lips. The summer day has finally begun to cool, and rock music from a nearby stage adds a festive mood to the serious business of beer tasting. Now in its third decade, the Colorado Brewers' Festival hosts thousands of visitors, drawn like moths to a burning s'more, at the Civic Center Park Area every year. Over time, the festival has found ever more Colorado breweries to celebrate, including a large number from Fort Collins alone.
As Rocky Mountain National Park's nonprofit accomplice, the RMNA supports the park with educational excursions such as the seven-hour Hike with a Naturalist: Mills Lake tour. Expand your appreciation for the subalpine ecosystem by hiking through the twisting paths and scenic canyons of the Mills Lake trail, trudging through aspen groves and evergreen trees, and enjoying up-close views of the area's animal and plants. After the forest gets bored of looking at people, climbers will amble past the rushing waters of one of the park's most popular waterfalls and visit numerous glacial moraines, valleys, and cirques.
The Boedecker Theater is a new 60 seat state of the art cinema located at the Dairy Center for the Arts at 2590 Walnut in Boulder. Programming includes independent films, documentaries, live broadcasts of opera and ballet, and more. Talk backs facilitated by knowledgeable hosts are offered for many of the films.
CrossFit Julia’s husband-and-wife team takes a personal approach to fitness. Rather than set their clients loose in a jungle of workout machinery, they structure their daily CrossFit workouts around functional strength and cardio exercises in a supportive group setting. The classes themselves constantly vary; one day’s deadlifts and pushups are another day’s sprints and burpees. Success is determined not by any uniform standard, but by each student’s ability to meet or exceed his or her own fitness expectations. Just as CrossFit differs from normal workouts, CrossFit Julia’s facility differs from a normal gym. Ropes hang from the ceiling, and the rows of cardio machines found in typical gyms have been replaced with heavy tires lifted from cars illegally parked outside.
Forward Steps support teens transitioning out of foster care with housing, support services, and life-skills classes in financial literacy, resumé building, and nutrition. The organization also focuses on community, providing its young clients with a place to live in a communal environment and connecting them with successful program alumni who share experiences similar to their own. While Forward Steps' clients are working toward self-sufficiency, it supplements their limited incomes with a monthly stipend and assistance in applying for financial aid and scholarships.
More than 35 years ago, Boulder residents who were committed to environmental conservation formed Eco-Cycle, using the organization to help launch one of the nation's first curbside-recycling programs. Having grown into an internationally known recycler, Eco-Cycle now operates recycling drop-off points throughout Boulder County, provides more than 800 local businesses with recycling collections, and operates CHaRM, Colorado's first community recycling center for electronic waste.
To help teach children the importance of recycling and living sustainably, Eco-Cycle runs several educational programs in partnership with local schools. These programs reach more than 25,000 students from kindergarten through high school each year, and include the Green Star Schools program, which works to reduce waste in all aspects of school life. Through the program's Zero Waste training, schoolchildren gain hands-on experience recycling, composting, and conserving every day. Participating schools can reduce their landfill waste by an average of two-thirds through the use of reusable utensils and plates, handmade cloth napkins, and reusable storage containers.