Like an orchestra director using a homemade candle for a baton, Carmen Daumer conducts craft-making classes covering paper art, book folding, and coffee and tea. With only a few types of materials, a whole world of creation opens up—paper flowers, transformed mason jars, and folding arts outside of origami.
A relaxing trip to Colorado's high country is disarmingly full of nature's beauty. The scene is replete with birdsong cascading from the skies, trees rustling gently in the breeze, and the roar of a V10 engine and its 500 horsepower screaming from a pearl yellow Lamborghini Gallardo as it rips shreds through time and space.
That's a scene most familiar to Exotic Drives of Denver, which sends its customers swooping and soaring around curves behind the wheels of exotic cars. Along with the pearl-yellow Lamborghini, the company's fleet walks tall with a Ferrari and three Porsches whose motors purr in harmony to classic barbershop quartet songs after the last mechanic leaves for the night. Four routes—ranging from 11 miles to nearly 50 miles—give drivers plenty of opportunity to zip around different neighborhoods, including Denver's southeast metro area and the rural roads of Douglas County.
Sgt. Peppers Photography Studio employs the art of portraiture to capture personalities. High-school seniors strike poses in the Littleton location's contemporary indoor area or in the awe-inspiring flora of a private garden. On-location shoots backdrop family portraits—ideal for sending out with annual Groundhog Day cards—with the crystalline waters of Chatfield Lake and the Platte River or rocky faces of Castlewood Canyon. The seasoned snapshot wranglers consult with clients beforehand to hammer out every detail of the shoot, from flattering garb to complementary color schemes. Staffers also channel their expertise into photography classes that build up students' repertoire of info about readying workstations, tweaking preferences, and cropping out blurred high-speed car chases from the backgrounds of engagement photos.
On 10 a.m. on the first day of 2013, City Park's Great Lawn will fill with people ready to start the year off not with a resolution, but a commitment—a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. They'll run, walk, or jay-walk through the park and Marconi Drive on the flat, fast course, which it circles back to the Great Lawn where they started. After the race, runners can stick around for a post-race party to celebrate a successful first morning of the New Year.
In more than 30 cities across the nation, other runners will be participating in similar events as part of a movement that aims to stymie the rising rates of obesity and inaction in the United States.