Sylvia Chan loved painting when she was a child, but the only formal training she received was in high-school art classes and while studying fashion design. Her love for the art stayed with her later in life, though, and she eventually founded Picasso and Wine, creating a supportive, stress-free environment where guests could exercise their passion for painting while getting guidance from local artists. These highly social art parties remain open to any skill level, and the studio provides all the paints, canvases, and brushes. Each session presents attendees with an original work—such as a city skyline or a fall landscape—and tasks them with creating a faithful rendition of the piece while using sips of wine, beer, or gourmet tea to jump-start their creative impulses. The instructors offer helpful tips for capturing the light or painting anti-theft symbols into the background, and they allow partygoers to take their pieces home afterward.
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Trek Bicycle Store of Loveland outfits pedaled chariots and their masters with sleek accessories and clothes and heals sick cycles with tune-ups and repair services. Feeding nearly every biking need, Trek Bicycle Store hosts a plentiful buffet of shoes, cargo bags, energy snacks, tire pumps such as the Bontrager TurboCharger, and accessories that include Serfas Force 5 sunglasses ($50). The Bontrager Circuit helmet is super strong without acting as a head anchor; its lightweight design allows air to pass freely while preserving the cranium's tough candy shell ($99). Comfort and style await lower halves in the durable and baggy Endura Firefly shorts in black or titanium gray ($59.99). Training devices, such as the Bontrager Node 1 computer ($79.99), keep track of land speed, heart rate, and cadence on a single screen, ensuring hearts are monitored with a focus normally reserved for puppies yet to be housebroken.
Cloz to Home furnishes shoppers with boutique apparel and home goods in a potpourri of styles. Colorful tees and blouses ($24–$65) culled from its racks can swathe both adult and teen torsos, uniting intergenerational tastes even more successfully than Puccini’s Leif Garret: A Libretta. Customers can also don quirky accessories such as rubber watches ($18) or a patchwork jacket to complete an eclectic outfit, or adopt a piece of vibrant local art ($30+). Shoppers can meander at a relaxed pace through Cloz to Home's living-room-like space, absorbing the homey ambiance as they seek out wearable wares and scavenge for rare crossbreeds of quarters and bubble gum hidden under couch cushions.
By 7 a.m. each day, the kitchen staff at Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud is already hard at work preparing the day's meals. Along with the typical protein, vegetables, and starch, plus bread, fruit, and a freshly baked dessert, the crew also makes several dozen specialized meals each day to accommodate dietary needs and restrictions. Volunteers chip in around 8 a.m. to bag and package the food, and when the volunteer drivers arrive at 11 a.m., the food is ready for delivery. But the drivers do more than just deliver hot meals to the organization's homebound elderly, disabled, or ill clients—they also serve as friendly visitors, providing wellness check-ins and company in addition to hot, nutritious meals.
Although Meals on Wheels' history stretches across the country, every chapter has its own story. In Loveland and Berthoud, local Red Cross volunteer Dorothy Morin, philanthropist Helen Erion, and a group of concerned individuals first prepared and delivered meals for homebound residents out of the local Elks Club kitchen in January of 1968. More than four decades later, a team of 11 volunteers serves more than 567 clients and delivers more than 60,000 meals for homebound seniors every year.
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Colorado Life’s contributors scour the plains and peaks of their state, regaling readers with tales of quaint vacation locales, stunning natural vistas, and unique area residents. Articles on local history connect present-day residents to the distant past, and pieces covering cultural topics acquaint readers with aircraft museums and Colorado’s tradition of Spanish folk music. Rich writing and colorful photographs bring the Centennial State’s hidden treasures to life, such as tucked-away bed and breakfasts, windswept canyons, and the secret fifth corner along the border with Utah. Elsewhere in the magazine’s pages, rustic comfort-food and breakfast recipes brighten up potlucks and family meals.