Halloween, Candy, and Pumpkin Seeds!

Smashing Pumpkins“What do you think about this one, Dad?” asks my son after picking his prize pumpkin at Bartle’s Pumpkin Patch in Fort Collins, CO only a couple of weeks ago.

And now the sugar high is here.  Candy wrappers are plentiful.  And what to do with all of those pumpkins and pumpkin seeds?

Smash the pumpkins!  At least that’s what my kids want to do.  But I just wanted to share a blog from Whole Foods Market in case you need some ideas for making the best out of your pumpkin seeds.

But seriously, you’re probably still eating all of that Halloween candy, aren’t you?!

What is Cycle Quest Racing?

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Just another cycling team in Colorado?  Not exactly.  Together Klara Rossouw and Michael Nichols, founders of Cycle Quest Racing, have twelve years of bicycle racing experience between them.  After racing for various teams over the past five years, they created Cycle Quest Racing to fill the void they found in their prior organizations.

Michael began cycling when he was in high school.  His goal was simple:  to lose weight. Michael’s father introduced him to mountain biking, and before long Michael lost over 100 pounds!  He has had the opportunity to race both professionally and collegiality for his previous school, Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina.  Klara started cycling when she was 14 years old.  Nearing the end of high school she competed in national level events in her home country of South Africa with a dream of receiving a cycling scholarship to America.  She began her schooling at Mars Hill College in North Carolina in the spring of 2010.

Klara and Michael met through collegiate cycling.  From the beginning they shared the same views on the complexity and exclusivity of the sport.  Long story short, they decided to live in Fort Collins, Colorado and are currently students at Colorado State University.  They are still inspired by the healthy lifestyle and organic living in Fort Collins.

Cycle Quest Racing will be in its first season in 2014 to face a daunting yet exciting schedule filled with seasoned veterans.  The type of racing the team will focus on is what is known as endurance mountain biking.  This discipline of the sport calls for mental and physical endurance due to the length of each race.  The values Michael and Klara have instilled into this program are integrity, honesty, and respect. It is important to them that the team be involved in their community and give back to a sport that has given them so many opportunities.  These two hope to make an impact that is bigger than just cycling.  They strive to go beyond competition and show people they can be passionate about what they love.

You can see Cycle Quest Racing around the Rocky Mountains next summer – most notably at the legendary Leadville Trail 100, and Endurance Mountain Bike Nationals.  If you would like to keep up with the adventures of Cycle Quest Racing and their continued growth you can ‘Like’ them on Facebook at Cycle Quest Racing or follow them on Twitter
@Quest4Shred.

 

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Golf Classic

MCSF Golf ClassicThe Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Golf Classic and Fund Drive takes place on Monday, September 30, 2013 at the Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club.  Registration begins at 10:00am.  Shotgun start at 12:00pm.

Lunch is provided. Participation in the golf classic entitles each golfer to (1) one playing spot in the tournament, cart fee, range balls, lunch, goodie bag, foursome picture, and a 10% purchasing discount in the ProShop.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three foursomes based on net scores.

Golf sponsor (foursome) – $600

Individual golfer – $150

For registration and sponsorships opportunities, contact Mike Boian at 678-763-4820.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization), honors Marines by honoring their children.  Since 1962, the Foundation encourages deserving children of current and former Marines, or Navy Corpsmen who served with the Marines, to develop themselves intellectually, spiritually, and physically through a college, vocational, or technical education by providing financial assistance to qualified applicants.  Since its founding, the MCSF has granted over 32,000 scholarships valued at more than $77 Million.  So far in the 2013-2014 academic year, 51 students in Colorado have received MCSF assistance.

Our favorite photos so far of the Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest 2013 Festival!

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Everything You Need to Know! (Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest 2013)

Well, it’s that time of the year again: the weekends are jam-packed with a variety of outdoor activities, the sun still goes down after 8, the temps are cooling off just a tad, and the biggest musical festival in Northern Colorado is just a few days away!

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest started 25 years ago this weekend, as a way to celebrate the birth of this great city we call Fort Collins. Bohemian Nights was also a festival to put Fort Collins on the map, literally. The Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce wanted Fort Collins to be a bigger dot on the maps Rand McNally was making. Also, all the signs North of Denver just said, Cheyenne __ miles. The original idea for Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest was called, “Big Dot Days”. While it had the right idea, it didn’t have the allure that it needed from the committee members of the Chamber. So local designer, Richard Askew, came up with the name, “NewWestFest”, and it stuck a little better with the Chamber of Commerce members.

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NewWestFest was really popular from the get-go, as it brought together all things local. And so, a festival was born…

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Here is a great quote from Downtown Business Association Executive Director (and director of first two NewWestFest Events), Maggie Kuntz, ““The festival has grown as Fort Collins has,” she said. “A true expression of our Fort Collins personality, this event celebrates our artists, businesses, craft beer scene and, most prominently, our Colorado musicians. With the help of Bohemian Nights, NewWestFest has been able to stand the test of time and put Fort Collins on the map, as the originators had hoped. We’re a big dot now.” [Quote from the Coloradoan]

 

In order to stay up to date with all the fantastic musicians playing this weekend, here is a schedule of the 2013 Lineup and 2013 Festival Map.

And for smart phone users, make sure to download the app! (Don’t forget to use the lighter and hold it up high during those special songs, it’ll make for some great photos!) 😉

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NoCo Lifestyle will be your one-stop electronic destination for all photos, videos, and interviews Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest related! See you out there this weekend!!

 

 

Larimer County Fair and Rodeo

 

Larimer County Fair

Larimer County Fair

 

The 2013 Larimer County Fair and Rodeo was held at The Ranch in Loveland, CO from August 2nd through August 6th.  My brother and his wife recently moved to Colorado from southern California, so this was the first year that we attended the fair with family.  Whether you go to the fair with family or friends, it’s always a good time.  Parking and entrance are free, but as always we expect to spend some money on ride tickets, carnival games, and fried food.  The kids enjoyed the games, rides, and animals, especially the horses and pigs.  Some of the main attractions included the Splash Dogs competitions, the 5th Annual Gnarly Barley Brew Festival at the Budweiser Events Center, evening movies, and fireworks.  Click here for the schedule of events: http://www.larimercountyfair.org/schedule.html.

 

Here are some pictures from the fairgrounds on Sunday, August 4th.  All smiles!

 

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Colorado State University Flower Garden

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NoCo Lifestyle took a walk around the breathtaking Colorado State University Flower Garden shortly after a fresh rain. This was what we saw through the lense…

Pianos Around Old Town Fort Collins

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Ever catch yourself walking around Old Town and stopping to admire one of these lovely, artistic pianos?

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Well, it’s a collaborative project among Bohemian Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Fort Collins. The idea is intended to be a fun experience that creates an additional element of whimsy and surprise to Old Town Fort Collins.

The concept behind Pianos is two-fold: (1) for residents and visitors to experience seeing art in action as the pianos are painted in public by local artists, and (2) for residents to have the opportunity to both play the pianos and enjoy them as works of art as we rotate the finished pianos about town.

The inspiration for Pianos About Town in Fort Collins came from British artist Luke Jerram who created a 60-piano installation that has toured the world since 2008. The Jerram pianos have been on display as works of art for people to play in several major cities including New York City, London, Sydney and Sao Paulo. Bohemian Foundation approached the Downtown Development Authority to seek their thoughts about creating a similar project here, placing painted pianos in downtown Fort Collins. From these discussions, the Art in Action component of the project was added with the idea of local artists painting the pianos in public.

The project evolved into a collaboration among Bohemian Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority’s Art in Action Program and the City of Fort Collins’ Art in Public Places Program. The first pianos were placed in Fort Collins’ Old Town Square for the 2010 holiday season and were an instant hit with the public. The program now is in operation throughout the spring, summer and fall months. We are proud that Pianos About Town brings spontaneous art and music discoveries that contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Fort Collins.

For more information on the Bohemian Foundation, click HERE

For more information on the Downtown Development Authority, click HERE

For more information on the City of Fort Collins, click HERE