Author: Toni Lapp

Bas Bleu Pays Tribute to Deb Note-Farwell With Farewell Concert

“Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong in an Evening of Song, History & Anecdotes” October 23–Deb Note-Farwell was a cherished member of the Bas Bleu family. Her amazing talent captivated audiences on nearly every stage in our community and beyond. She was a shining light whose buoyant and generous spirit lifted the hearts of all who knew her. Note-Farwell and her husband Jonathan Farwell started the Readers’ Theatre program in 2006 at Bas Bleu Theatre. She was an actor and director on many stages in Fort Collins. She died of ovarian cancer on August 11 at the age of 64. Deb’s passion was music. She developed a deep and abiding friendship with Leonard Barrett Jr. during her years in Fort Collins. It is therefore fitting that we celebrate and pay tribute to Deb in an evening of song with Leonard and Rekha.  Tickets are $22. All proceeds will go to the Bas Bleu Endowment Fund at the Northern Colorado Community Foundation in memory of Deb Note-Farwell to support Bas Bleu’s Mainstage and Readers’ Theatre artists.  Call Bas Bleu Theatre to reserve a seat today. Space is limited. 970.498.8949 or go online to  Performed by Rekha Ohal and Leonard Barrett Jr. Come raise a glass to Deb, and join Rekha on piano and vocals, and Leonard on vocals, on the Tom Sutherland stage as they salute two of the most iconic singers...

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Loveland Winter Wonderlights Kicks off Nov. 16

Spinphony debuts Christmas album opening night; Djembe Jive celebrates Zimbabwe as top opening weekend acts LOVELAND, Colo. – Oct. 17, 2018 –  As the weather gets cooler, Visit Loveland Colorado has announced the return of its holiday light installation, Winter Wonderlights. This walkable lighting attraction situated in the award-winning Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra has moved to Friday and Saturday nights, launching the weekend before Thanksgiving. The event is set to kickoff 5 p.m. Friday, November 16, running through January 1, 2019. Guests of the attraction will be mesmerized as they stroll through the sculpture park, which has been transformed for this joyful time of year. Each night, visitors will revel in more than 60,000 holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, a 20’ LED mappable Christmas tree and a six-song music and light show each evening starting at 5 p.m. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming will run Nov. 16 – Dec. 15 featuring Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, prize giveaways and exceptional performances from dance and musical acts from across northern Colorado. The opening weekend celebration features: Entertainment/Performances Spinphony’s first holiday performance, debuting its new Christmas album. (Friday) Northern Colorado’s first look at Djembe Jive, bringing lively African drumming performances to Chapungu Sculpture Park. (Saturday) Community performances by Loveland Orchestra and Roosevelt High School Rhythm...

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The Fort Collins Passport Winter Edition Goes On Sale November 1

The Winter Edition is here to warm up the season with boozy drinks, coffee creations, more pop-up events, and expanded dates Fort Collins – Oct. 18, 2018 – Whether it’s imbibing on a festive cocktail in the coziest spot in town or sipping your favorite craft brew alongside a crackling fireplace, The Fort Collins Passport Winter Edition is here to heat up chilly nights with 2-for-1 libations. This pocket-sized book from The Passport Program brings you specials at the city’s best bars, restaurants, breweries and distilleries and this year the Winter Edition has an added perk – coffee. “The coffee scene in each of the Passport cities is rich and brimming with world-class, bean-based beverages and coffee purveyors,” said Justin Schaffer, city program manager for The Passport Program. “Nights and weekends of craft exploration require fuel, so why not showcase a few top local coffee spots as well?” The Passport Program is curated with the mission of highlighting the best of what participating cities have to offer, allowing locals and visitors alike to explore different neighborhoods and regions via 2-for-1 craft beverages. This year’s Fort Collins Passport Winter Edition features expanded dates, giving you 36 opportunities to score 2-for-1 deals until spring at establishments that range from tried-and-true favorites to specialty bars and coffee shops. The Fort Collins Passport Winter Edition is valid from November 6 through April 15. Passports...

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Pigskin Peanuts: Showing at the Museum of Art | Fort Collins

October 26 – January 6, 2019 While most readers might associate Peanuts with the game of baseball, other sports also figured prominently in Charles Schulz’s comic strip. Schulz created over 250 football-themed Peanuts comic strips and his “Fall Classic”—Lucy pulling the ball away from Charlie Brown just as he runs up to kick it—became a rite of autumn in American pop culture. Schulz’s other football-themed strips are equally memorable for Peanuts aficionados. Who can soon forget the “Mad Punters’” exuberant capers, Woodstock’s valiant gridiron efforts, Marcie’s total ineptitude at the game, or the passion and ferocity which marked Peppermint Patty’s play? The Sunday and daily strips in this exhibition demonstrate the fun Schulz had with the sport and explore his wonderful world of Pigskin Peanuts. Kick off your visit to see Pigskin Peanuts opening on October 26 at the Museum of Art | Fort Collins as part of the Eye Center of Northern Colorado Exhibition Series. Programming Highlights Include: GALLERY TALK Friday, October 26, Noon Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts by Benjamin Clark, Curator, Charles M. Schulz Museum. Admission fee applies, FREE to members. CARTOON CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN WORKSHOP Saturday, November 3, 1:00-4:00pm Developing your own simplistic characters is trickier than it looks. In this workshop we will explore using basic shapes in two-dimensional designs and adding exaggerated features and components to help create unique, appealing, and engaging...

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Sonny Lubick Steakhouse: Tenth Anniversary

October 11 — This October, Sonny Lubick’s Steakhouse in Fort Collins celebrates ten years in operation as one of the city’s premier dining destinations. Sonny Lubick attributes Sonny’s success to the staff and management team, “We have great people working at the restaurant who are committed to providing great service, food and drinks.” To commemorate this milestone, Sonny’s is offering a tenth anniversary wine dinner special, featuyring four courses expertly prepared and perfectly paired. This special will be available through November 10. Sonny’s also announces the appointment of general manager T.R. Shuttleworth. T.R. has served as executive chef since 2014, promoting a philosophy of progressive entree recipe design and artful presentation. His inspired entree selections have added a fresh dimension to the menu to provide a delightful dining experience in addition to the high-quality steaks customers have enjoyed for years. Chef Mike Gadwa, former sous chef at Sonny’s, takes Shuttleworth’s place directing the culinary program. Sonny Lubick Steakhouse is locally owned and is located in the heart of Downtown Fort Collins at 115 S. College Ave. The spirit and uniqueness of Sonny’s came from years of watching Coach Sonny Lubick inspire those around him on and off the field. For additional information, contact T.R. Shuttleworth at (970) 484-9200 or, or visit...

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Team Mikayla Benefit Golf Tournament Auction & Dinner

October 1 :: Fort Collins Country Club (FCCC) :: Fort Collins The 172 golfers came together to honor Mikayla Hanrahan, diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and also help raise more than $55,000 to assist with medical costs at what is believed to be the largest single benefit golf tournament ever at the FCCC. Golf was followed by a dinner for 250 which included a silent auction. Mikayla is the daughter of John and Connie Hanrahan of Fort Collins, and Mike and Wendy Fronapfel of Mead,...

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“Scrooge! The Musical” Returns to Candlelight

Johnstown —  A favorite Candlelight Holiday tradition returns! This festive musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel is a tale that has charmed generations with its tribute to the magic of the Christmas spirit. When miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by ghosts of the past, present and future on Christmas Eve, he is threatened with a bitter and lonely future or offered redemption if he changes his selfish ways. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his life and teach him the real meaning of Christmas along the way. Featuring hit songs such as “Thank You Very Much” and “I Hate People.” While Candlelight has produced “Scrooge” in the past, we have brought in an entirely fresh team of directors and designers to re-envision the show. Robert Michael Sanders will lead the creative team as the director. Robert has worked successfully in the entertainment industry for over 25 years in theatre, film, music and television, and is an award-winning songwriter, actor and director with 5 albums, many commercials and films to his credit. Robert has directed almost 50 productions and has been fortunate to have worked at most all of Denver’s Premier Theatre’s with amazingly talented actors and designers. He is excited to be back at Candlelight after directing Kiss Me Kate. Some favorite acting / directing credits include; The Producers, Murder Ballad,Forever Plaid, Tell Me on a Sunday,...

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Governor’s Art Show & Sale Announces Results of 2018 Event

October 9 — The Loveland Rotary Club and Thompson Valley Rotary Club, Founders and Presenters of the prestigious Governor’s Art Show & Sale, are proud to generously donate one-third of the net proceeds from the 2018 art show to the Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) Homeless Assistance Fund.  The total contribution being awarded is $12,755. The Governor’s Art Show & Sale is the largest juried fine art show to exclusively feature Colorado Artists. Both Clubs donate thousands of hours and funds in order to ensure the quality and freshness of the show.  The Clubs partner with the Loveland Museum Gallery where the show is presented each year. The goal of TEF’s Homeless Assistance Fund is to ensure education stability and success by providing support and assistance to students and families in homeless situations. Many of these families may not have a house or permanent residence but are working hard and making an effort to have their children educated and get them to school.  Both Clubs knew this was a “cause” to support. The Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Club cordially invite you to join them on Tuesday, October 16thfrom 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Loveland Museum located at 503 N. Lincoln Avenue as the Clubs present their donation to TEF for the continued support and assistance they provide to local youth in our community.  Both Clubs are honored for the...

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Outpost Sunsport Supports Respite Care Through Ski & Snowboard Swap Sale Oct. 4-7

Oct. 2, 2018 – Outdoor Sunsport, a premier patio furniture and winter sports shop in Fort Collins, is hosting a unique Ski & Snowboard Swap Sale from Oct. 4-7. The weekend will provide an opportunity for winter sports enthusiasts to trade in their gently used gear, and funds raised will benefit Respite Care in Fort Collins. “Outpost has always placed great emphasis on community involvement throughout the past 40 years,” said Randy Morgan, owner of Outpost Sunsport. “Respite Care is a valuable resource for families, and we are proud to support them in any way we can.”   On Oct. 4-5, patrons can bring in gently used ski and snowboard equipment and apparel to Outpost’s location at 931 E. Harmony Rd. along with a $2 donation for Respite Care. On Oct. 6-7, Outpost will sell the donated items, and donors will receive 100 percent in store credit if their items sell or 50 percent of the sold price in cash. In addition, representatives from the Ikon Pass, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Steamboat, Winter Park Resort and Loveland Ski Area will all be in attendance.   Respite Care, which will receive donations throughout the weekend, is a local nonprofit organization that provides support and resources for children with developmental disabilities. Its programs provide community engagement opportunities and activities to foster growth and positive learning experiences. Learn more at  ...

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‘Wing Walker’ and OCR Fly High to Raise $10,000 for RamStrength

FORT COLLINS, COLO. (September 20, 2018) – Extreme adventurist Dana Drake recently partnered with Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies (OCR) to raise money for RamStrength,™ a local non-profit that provides financial assistance to cancer survivors, through an aerobatic wing walk fundraiser. The wing walk fundraiser encouraged businesses and individuals to make monetary pledges supporting Drake in an attempt to walk on the wings of an airplane and perform stunts midflight. Pledges totaled $10,000 from various individuals and businesses, including a large donation from Fort Collins Dodge Chrysler Jeep, which donated $50 for every new car sold during  August. “Each time I walk on the wing, I think how blessed I am to have lived such a healthy life,” said Drake. “With the support of Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies, I dedicated this Wing Walk to RamStrength, a cause that is very close to both me and the physicians at OCR.”   RamStrength™ is the only local non-profit that provides financial assistance for all types of cancer survivors in Northern Colorado. The non-profit provides assistance with rent payments, car payments and unforeseen auto repairs, monthly bills for utilities and groceries, transportation to and from chemotherapy appointments, medical insurance premiums, prescription or lab co-pays.   “One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Cancer is a devastating disease physically, emotionally and financially,” said...

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