Author: Toni Lapp

Homeless Gear Changes Name to Homeward Alliance

June 22 — Homeless Gear is excited to report that it has changed its name to Homeward Alliance, effective immediately. Homeless Gear announced the new name on Saturday at Toast to Transitions, the organization’s ten-year anniversary celebration and annual fundraising event. “We have spent ten years building Homeless Gear into an organization that empowers thousands of individuals and families each year to survive, move forward and thrive,” said David Rout, Homeward Alliance’s Executive Director, “but the name simply no longer represents the scope of our work.” Homeward Alliance operates the Murphy Center, Larimer County’s hub of services for people facing homelessness, and an additional nine programs. Those nine programs provide dozens of services, ranging from housing assistance, to case management, to employment support and more. “The new name reflects both who we are today and who we want to be,” said Rout. “We value and rely on collaboration and believe that all individuals and families should have a stable place to call ‘home.’ This is not a job for one program, or even one agency. It is a job for an alliance.” So far this year, Homeward Alliance’s family of programs and initiatives has helped more than 80 individuals escape homelessness. Name Change Video: https://youtu.be/oxp3N7lFtc4 ABOUT HOMEWARD ALLIANCE Homeward Alliance was founded as Homeless Gear in 2008. The organization operates the Murphy Center, Larimer County’s hub of services for...

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Bird-friendly Gardens Arrive in Fort Collins and Loveland

FORT COLLINS, COLO. (June 18, 2018) – A new kind of flower has arrived in Fort Collins’s Old Town Square: native ones. This year, the City of Fort Collins partnered with Audubon Rockies to plant its first all native garden bed in Old Town Square. The garden is part of Audubon Rockies’s Habitat Hero Program, which provides Coloradans with the knowledge and resources to plant bird-friendly gardens with native plants. “Bird-friendly gardens beautify our community and connect it to nature,” says Jamie Weiss, Habitat Hero coordinator. “As northern Colorado’s population grows, it’s increasingly important to provide habitat for wildlife. Bird-friendly gardens are a great way to do so.” Visitors can see the new garden in the walkway between Ben and Jerry’s and Bondi Beach Bar and Grill. Additionally, the City of Loveland planted a bird-friendly garden last year at the Loveland Visitor Center. Now in full bloom, this garden aims to inspire people to welcome birds into their communities. Both gardens will have private ribbon cutting ceremonies in early July. Fort Collins will unveil its new garden on July 2 at Coppersmith’s Pub in Old Town Square. Loveland will do so on July 10 at the Loveland Visitor Center. About Audubon Rockies The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon Rockies is...

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MoA WANTS YOUR GARAGE!

FORT COLLINS, CO­­— A tour? Of garages? Where’s the art in that? The Museum of Art | Fort Collins maintains there are garages throughout Fort Collins that have been transformed into some of the most creative spaces, housing the finest works of art and innovation, in town, and has issued a call for entries for the 2018 Art of the Garage Tour. The Art of the Garage Tour will be an exclusive one-day peek into a select group of garages – all open for touring on Saturday, October 20. The entry deadline for garages to be considered for the tour is midnight on July 1. Are you the one who shifted gears to create a primo collectibles space? Did you master the man cave? Revamp the she shed? Tune up the band room? Orchestrate the storage magnum opus? Was your blank slate large, small or in between? If so, the Museum of Art |Fort Collins invites you to show of the genius behind your garage door on the first annual The Art of the Garage Tour. Nominate your garage by July 1 at www.artofthegarage.org. Sponsors for this event include Dellenbach Motors and Toolbox...

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Baseline Neurocognitive Testing for Concussion Management Offered at Local Orthopaedic and Spine Clinic

FORT COLLINS, COLO. (DATE) – Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies will offer baseline neurocognitive testing for concussion management using ImPACT™ (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). Starting June 1, The Fort Collins and Loveland clinics will accept appointments Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.   “Our team of sports medicine professionals has taken care of thousands of competitive and recreational athletes from the Rocky Mountain region, across the country and even around the world,” said Carli Taylor-Drake, Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies Director of Marketing and Practice Development. “With the ImPACT™ test sessions, our Regional Concussion Center will provide neurocognitive assessment tools and services that have been medically accepted as the best practices to assist with safe return to play/learn decisions following sports related concussions.”   Supervised by board-certified neuropsychologist and Credentialed ImPACT Consultant™ (CIC) Dr. Alissa Wicklund.  The ImPACT™ baseline testing takes approximately 30 minutes, ImPACT™ for kids 12 and up and Pediatric ImPACT™ for ages 9-11. The cost is $20 until August 1stand $30 thereafter.   “ImPACT™ is used by the vast majority of teams in the MLS, MLB, NHL and NFL.  It is also mandated for use in NASCAR, WWE and select US Olympic sports,” said Taylor-Drake. “More than 7,400+ high schools, 1,000+ colleges and universities, 900+ clinical centers, 475+ Credentialed ImPACT™ Consultants, 200+ professional teams and select military units...

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Fine Art and Frame Company Puts Finishing Touches on New Projects

Fort Collins, CO – The Fine Art and Frame Company is finishing up some large installations this month. In Newtown, PA, a 300 ft. long athletic mural has been installed. Denver, CO’s Hilton will have artwork in their public spaces installed – including a large backlit Plexiglas print, custom mirrors and metal artwork. Birch logs have already been installed. Additionally, the numbers of appraisals and restorations have been on the rise. Owner, Wendy Foster, is certified by IFAA (International Fine Art Appraisers) and continues to further her art knowledge. FAFC is also capable of cleaning vintage paintings to restoring holes in canvases. They can provide appraisals or Valuations on a wide variety of artwork, sculptures, paintings and more. Visit their showroom: 148 W. Oak St. Suite E, Fort Collins, CO Phone: (970)490-1001 Web: www.thefineartandframecompany.com ~~~ “The Fine Art and Frame Company is a woman-owned, Colorado-based art consulting firm that was founded 20+ years ago. With over 80 years combined art and design experience, its staff specializes in creating unique interior space, diversifying art selections and transforming an environment into an...

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Upcoming Events

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Bohemian Nights Thursday Night Live Concert

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - August 2 @ 9:00 pm
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“Equus” – Bas Bleu Theatre, Fort Collins

May 31 @ 7:30 pm - July 1 @ 7:30 pm
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Equus at Bas Blue Theatre

June 2 @ 6:30 pm - July 1 @ 6:30 pm
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2018 Summer Reading Challenge: Rock On! Morning Outdoor Series

June 4 @ 8:00 am - June 25 @ 5:00 pm
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2018 Summer Reading Challenge: Rock On! Music Lab

June 4 @ 11:00 am - June 28 @ 12:00 am
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