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Rocky Mountain National Park Series - December 3rd Full Moon Hike

by Cory Dudley

Bask in the light of the full moon in Rocky Mountain National Park this Sunday 12/3.

What better a way to get into the holiday spirit! 


Photo Credit: NPS/Russell Smith

The Rocky Mountain Rangers lead Full Moon Walks in the winter months, the first one this coming Sunday. Groups leave from Beaver Meadows at 5 pm. Reservations are required and can be made in person or you can call the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at 970-586-1223. Maybe there will even be a little fresh snow from the system that passes through Sunday - fingers crossed!

The Infamous Gondolier is Now Open in Longmont!

by Christa Marsh

I just had the chance to get over to the NEW Gondolier in Longmont! Those of you who are long-time or past Boulderites know the Gondolier for the "All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Special" which turned the Gondolier into a Boulder institution for hungry college kids and families.


Judging from the packed parking lot last night, I'm thinking it'll become a Longmont staple too!


Photo Credits: The Gondolier Italian Eatery

A little fun history on the Gondolier: Gary Kugel opened the restaurant in 1960 with his army buddy, Warren. All of the recipes came courtesy of Warren's Italian "Auntie Lou". In 1960, a full spaghetti dinner with a meatball or sausage, salad, an anitpasti, cup of minestrone, bread and a drink cost just $1.50!!! The prices have risen a bit, but it's still a great value for a hungry family.


Photo Credits: The Gondolier Italian Eatery

I intended to photograph my Ziti Bolognaise, but all of sudden the plate was empty :/   I do highly recommend it though! Classic Bolognaise flavor, served with the yummiest garlicky bread! The House salad is perfect and simple - just go with the creamy Italian dressing. And you may as well finish with the Spumoni, like me - it's probably the best I've had and it's topped with their house-made maraschino cherries. I hear the Tiramisu is amazing too, but I'll just have to do more research.

The new location is just south of Ken Pratt on South Main - Longmont Gondolier

Yay Gondolier!

 

Local Longmont Ballot Issues

by Cory Dudley

 

There are 3 ballot issues that have been approved by the Longmont City Council for inclusion in the 2017 election. Before it's time to cast your vote, get the 4-1-1 on each issue and make a truly informed decision.

 

No matter what your stance, be sure you participate on Election Day, November 7th!

 

Water Storage Bond - Ballot Question 2J

 

 

What is it all about? The City of Longmont is requesting the issuance of bonds to fund construction of a water supply reservoir for Longmont's use.

 

Why? Currently, Longmont is one of several cities that have water rights in the Windy Gap Project; water diverted from the Colorado River that is at this time held in Lake Granby. During wet periods when the lake is full, there's nowhere to store the excess water! The goal is to have additional storage space during wet periods, and a surplus available during dry times.

 

How will it be built, and where? Construction and management of the project will be managed by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District on behalf of 12 different participants. The reservoir would be built just west of Carter Lake and would be approximately the same size (90,000 acre feet). 

 

What would this cost residents? The proposal is to increase water rates by 13% in 2018 and 10% in 2019. For example, if someone's water bill is currently $36.07, it would instead cost $37.39. 

 

Arguments FOR....

* Significant opportunity for Longmont to secure both the current and future water supply for the city

* Bond financing has initially lower user rates than if cash were used to fund this project

* Costs are more equitably distributed among current and future Longmont residents 

* Continued contributions will come from fees paid on building permits

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Arguments AGAINST....

* Longmont doesn't have a need for this much water now or in the future 

* Alternative funding sources should be involved rather than the city itself 

* There are other options available out there to address the issue of city water

 

 

Public Safety Tax - Ballot Question 2H

 

 

What is it all about? Did you know that the Longmont community has grown by over 10,000 people in the past 10 years? As a result, the City is asking voters to approve an increase in the public safety tax. 

 

What effect does the growth in our community have, from a public safety perspective? Some of the most obvious effects are recorded increases in service calls, violent crime (increased by 20%), traffic volume, accidents and traffic-related fatalities, and computer fraud and technology-related crimes. 

 

What would the increased tax be used for? It will be used to hire more police officers, dispatchers, firefights and necessary support staff, as well as all the equipment and facilities needed to provide public safety services.

 

What would this cost residents? The increase to 0.255% is approximately 2.55 cents for every $10 spent on taxable goods. 

 

Arguments FOR...

* This tax increase is necessary to properly align police and fire services with the safety needs of Longmont

* In order to better address 9-1-1 demands, emergency dispatchers must be properly supported

* Longmont is currently behind the ball on providing these critical services to the community, despite its undeniable growth

 

Arguments AGAINST...

* Shouldn't the growth within the community pay it's own way for increased needs?

* It's the duty of the city to prioritize city services as needed, not simply increase taxes

 

 

Marijuana Tax - Ballot Issue 21

 

 

What is this all about? This particular issue is two-fold. 1.) The city council is considering allowing 4 retail marijuana stores within Longmont city limits and 2.) Put in place an additional tax on the sales in said stores.

 

Are you saying that all residents will pay this tax? NO. Only people who purchase trail marijuana within Longmont city limits will pay this tax! 

 

How much would the tax be? 3%, or 3 cents per dollar spent on marijuana products. 

 

What would the proceeds be used for? Half of the tax collected will likely be used for various expenses related to the retail marijuana sales; licensing, inspections and public safety services. The other half will be used to fund affordable housing. 

 

Arguments FOR... 

* An additional cost will be incurred by allowing retail marijuana stores to open shop within the city limits, and an additional tax will be necessary to support that

* Tax revenue will be used for affordable housing

* There is an opportunity to collect revenue from other Colorado residents surrounding Longmont from other communities in which retail marijuana sales are prohibited

* Currently, Longmont is losing out on revenue collection because Longmont residents are traveling to nearby Boulder, Lafayette and Louisville and contributing taxes to those communities instead

 

Arguments AGAINST...

* There is no clear use guarantee that the funds will go directly to affordable housing

* Other communities along the Front Range have lower tax rates than this proposal, meaning Longmont won't be able to compete anyway

* Additional taxes specifically target marijuana users to pay for city services, and why should marjiuana use be taxed any differently than clothes, food and other products?

 

NEW LISTING.... Modern Meadowview Townhome!

by Cory Dudley

 

Welcome home to 635 Gooseberry Drive #1404!

 

 

This is a beautiful townhome located in the highly sought after Meadowview neighborhood, and is arguably one of the nicest locations within the community. Meadowview is the perfect area for families and people of all ages, and boasts close proximity to schools, coffee shops, microbreweries, restaurants and boutiques! 

 

 

You'll be 'Colorado Living' on this private corner lot, surrounded and secluded nicely by mature landscaping and Evergreen trees. The neighboring greenway provides enjoyable walking trails for everyone in the family (two and four legged members alike...)

 

 

 

A centrally located kitchen creates an open feeling through the living and dining area, perfect for entertaining dinner guests. Lots of natural light to be enjoyed, and a feeling of seclusion from the 2nd floor. 

 

 

All the kitchen appliances are included in the sale, making for an especially simple move-in. Adding to the comfortable feel of this area in the home are the vaulted ceilings and generous kitchen island!

 

 

The south-facing balcony off of the dining area can be enjoyed during any season, especially for the seasoned Coloradoan! Admire the snow falling, sip coffee on a fall morning or soak up the sun during summer months. 

 

 

 

Head upstairs and you'll find the master bedroom, complete with a large walk-in closet. The attached 'master retreat' could be your next yoga room or office space/study....

 

 

Two full bathrooms match the bedrooms, with one on each floor, and simple finishes give a bright feeling. 

 

 

Keep the car dry during the winter months in the 1 car detached garage...

 

Showings begin on 9/30 at 11:00 am but if you can't wait till then to get a closer look.... Click below for the virtual tour! 

 

 

CALL US if you want a 'SOLD' sign in your front yard! 

 

 

Cory feels blessed and honored to be a top producing, full-time real estate broker and business owner in  beautiful Colorado. He gives everything he has to fulfilling his client’s dreams of home ownership - and it’s a privilege he doesn’t take lightly. 

Cory can be reached by mobile at 303.641.8597 or email at cory@justlistedcolo.com.

 

 

Local Events this Holiday Weekend

by Cory Dudley

 

Pick and choose from the list below to create the perfect weekend, full of fun in the sun! 

 

 

Friday, September 1st 

 

2017 Rotary Fundraiser Peach Sale - High Plains Bank, 600 Kimbark St - All Labor Day Weekend 

Peaches from Palisade, CO will be available all Labor Day weekend at the High Plains Bank in downtown Longmont. Prices are $35 for an 18lb box or $20 for a 9lb bag. Proceeds benefit Longmont Rotary programs. 

 

Summerland Sun - The Dickens Tavern Patio, 300 Main St - 5:30 to 8:30 pm 

Enjoy the tunes of Summerland Sun; an acoustic group from Colorado. 

 

The Roost Block Party - The Roost, 526 Main St - 6:00 to 10:00 pm

This is The Roost's 3rd block party of the summer, this time around featuring Lionel Young and Augustus. Come hungry & enjoy street tacos from Hefe's! 

 

The Hop Mobile Vintage Boutique - St. Vrain Cidery, 350 Terry St - 5:00 to 7:00 pm 

If you love everything vintage, do not miss this! The Hop is a new online and mobile boutique that sells apparel, accessories and decor from the 40's t0 60's. 

 

Saturday, September 2nd 

 

2017 Rotary Fundraiser Peach Sale - High Plains Bank, 600 Kimbark St - All Labor Day Weekend 

Peaches from Palisade, CO will be available all Labor Day weekend at the High Plains Bank in downtown Longmont. Prices are $35 for an 18lb box or $20 for a 9lb bag. Proceeds benefit Longmont Rotary programs. 

 

Free Saturday Chalk Art Course (Ages 5-8 & 9-12) - Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave - 12:00 to 1:00 pm 

Send the kids off to learn from Mr. Marion and train for the Longmont Chalk Art Street Fair! 

 

Cuba - Food Lab, 1825 Pearl St - 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Learn, create and sample some of the most delicious cuisine from Cuba. Dishes will include Spanish rice, marinated pork shoulder in OJ, black beans with cilantro and fried plantains for dessert. 

 

Sunday, September 3rd

 

On the Rise Open Mic Night - St. Vrain Cidery, 350 Terry St - 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Calling all high schoolers dreaming of open mic opportunities! This event is for locals currently attending high school. Contact Kennedie Ferguson for more info and to sign up at kferguson23.kf@gmail.com. 

 

Restorative Cider Yoga with Kevin Flynn - St. Vrain Cidery, 350 Terry St - 10:00 to 11:00 am

Who doesn't enjoy yoga followed up by a delicious cider! Please bring your own water bottle, yoga mat and blanket. Cost is $8 per person and includes a 4 oz pour after the class. Well ages are welcome to yoga. 

 

Monday, September 4th

 

​Rats Woodshack BBQ Food Truck - Wibby Brewing, 209 Emery St - 5:00 pm 

Grab a bite to eat from the food truck parked out front and a cold brew from Wibby!

 

Transmission Meditation - The Meditation Place, 324 Main St - 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Participate in a worldwide service that enhances any meditation practice you're currently doing in your day to day life. There are over 600 transmissions groups in 40 countries worldwide that meet on a regular basis. 

 

Local Events this Weekend

by Cory Dudley

 

We've compiled a short list of activities that you can dive into over the weekend, in Longmont and Boulder. The forecast is showing lots of rain in the upcoming week, so you may want to keep things flexible.

 

 

Friday, August 4th 

 

2nd Roost Block Party - The Roost - 6 to 10 pm - FREE

Head to The Roost for their 2nd block party event! Bonnie & the Clydes will be performing alongside Francis and the Wolf. Adults can enjoy the beer garden and the whole family can grab dinner while the music plays.

EcoCreations8 - Arts Longmont, 356 Main St - 11 am to 5 pm - FREE

The open reception for Arts Longmont's current exhibit is tonight from 6 to 9 pm. At 7 pm their will be an artist talk with drinks, snacks, and like minded company. 22 artists from around the country have submitted art that showcases discarded items such as pine cones, plastic bags and bicycle chains. Come and be inspired!

Mediterranean Tapas - Food Lab, 1825 Pearl St - 6:30 to 9:30 pm - $79/person

Join Food Lab for Mediterranean cuisine! On the menu will be dolma, cauliflower rice greek salad, carrot tahini slaw and kefta. 

The Grant Daniel Reed Band - The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St - 9 to 11 pm - $5 tip encouraged

See the Grant Daniel Reed Band as they play a mix of covers and originals at the Laughing Goat in Boulder. The $5 tip is encouraged but not required; a portion of the donations help to bring fresh water to African villages.

 

Saturday, August 5th

 

​Leftapalooza Mile High Tribute Band Competition - Roosevelt Park - 12 to 10 pm

Back for the 7th year, 8 of Colorado's best tribute bands perform for the masses! Left Hand Brewing Company creates a music and craft beer experience like no other, right in the heart of local Longmont. There will be plenty of food and craft beer for everyone, and a Kid Zone for the younger members of the family.

Thin Air Burlesque: Comedy Cabaret - Dickens Opera House - 7 pm - $12 tickets

Whether you've been to a burlesque show or not, this is one you shouldn't miss! Burlesque meets stand up comedy for a unique experience. Due to content, the show is for 18 years and older.

Boulder Saturday Farmers Market - Central Park - 8 am to 2 pm - FREE

Shop various artisan and farm booths while enjoying live music. Make a day of it but please, leave the four-legged family members at home. 

 

Sunday, August 6th

 

"Footloose: The Musical" - Jesters Dinner Theatre - 6 pm - ​$15 or $30/person

The Jesters Dinner Theatre offers show-goers the opportunity to either enjoy just the show or dinner first and then the show. The student production of "Footloose: The Musical" promises to be a great show - don't miss out!

Restorative Cider Yoga with Kevin Flynn - St. Vrain Cidery, 350 Terry St - 10 to 11 am - $8/person

Bring your yoga mat, blanket and a preparedness to restore your mind and body. This class offers a practice for people of all ages, bodies and levels of yoga experience. Hidden perk - the price includes a 4oz pour of cider!

 

Coming Soon to Main Street...

by Cory Dudley

 

 

Many shops and restaurants have come and gone from Longmont's downtown Main Street over the years, while others have remained steadfast longer than the rest. But these upcoming months promise to bring about more variety than we've seen in quite some time! Arrivals include...

 

Cheba Hut Sandwich Shop - 635 Main Street

Operating Office Marc Torres says that the themed sandwich shop chose Longmont for it's next location because of the growth in the downtown Longmont area. The location will have an outdoor covered patio and an open area with yard games and ping pong tables. Approximately 30 people will be hired.

 

Ivy Rose - 520 Main Street Unit A

"We really need something cool, hip and fun for all women", says Ivy Rose owner, Girard Bieker. The store will be located adjacent to another new women's clothing store. 

 

Longmont Bicycle Company - 314 Main Street

The folks here can sell you cycles and gear, as well as provide full service maintenance and repairs. Hang out afterwards and at the coffee lounge and get your cycling chat on. 

 

 

SNOW Apparel - 520 Main Street Unit B 

The grand opening for SNOW Apparel is scheduled for September 1st, if you want to be there for the big moment! SNOW Apparel will feature made-in-American and fair trade clothing, gifts and accessories. 

 

Kitchen Company - 464 Main Street

Since Miller Music closed down after 42 years, this location has sat empty. Dan Gust, owner and operator of local Ace Hardware, plans to renovate the upper floor into 3 one-bedrooms lofts, about 800 square feet each, and open Kitchen Company down below. They plan to carry much of the same merchandise as Ace Hardware, with a more upscale and modern feel. 

 

Rockin' Robin's Retro & Resale - 233 Main Street

The vintage consignment shop has been up and running for a couple of months now after relocating from it's longtime location in Niwot, CO. Complete with the entire inventory of closed-down Candy's Vintage Clothing and Costumes, Longmont now has a more unique option in town. 

 

 

Local Events for the Long Weekend!

by Cory Dudley

 

For many of us, we're headed into a long 4 day holiday weekend! There are plenty of local activities going on over the next few days, and we've collected a short list for you below. 

 

 

Saturday, July 1st 

 

Free Giant Beer Pong, Shuffleboard and Giant Jenga - Breakers Grill, Longmont - 4:00pm to CLOSE

Breakers Grill now has a dedicated game room, complete with activities like giant beer pong and jenga, or even shuffleboard. Join in on the fun and check it out! 

 

Hair of the Downward Dog Yoga - Wibby Brewing, Longmont - 9:30 to 10:30am 

Work on your flexibility without sacrificing your patio time! Join instructor Keri for an hour of yoga and enjoy a beer afterwards - the class costs $10 and includes the cold one. 

 

Saturday Art Experience - Firehouse Art Center, Longmont - Various times

SAE classes are led by certified art instructors, and available to children ages 5-8 and 9-12. Their goal is to help children gain a true appreciation for art, and work on honing on their own skills in a fun and interactive setting.

 

 Boulder Art & Jazz Fest - Boulder Civic Area - Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Celebrate 4th of July at the Boulder Art & Jazz Fest! Over 100 of Colorado's artisans with be on site selling their handmade arts and crafts, all with live music playing in the background. Kids will enjoy the bounce castle and face painting while parents find a moment to themselves in the beer garden. 

 

Boulder Farmers Market - Central Park, Boulder - 8:00am to 2:00pm

​At the Boulder Farmers Market you'll find fresh produce of all kinds from local farms, quality artisan goods and home decor, as well as live music and friendly people. Make a day of it!

 

Sunday, July 2nd 

 

Boulder Art & Jazz Fest - Boulder Civic Area - Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Celebrate 4th of July at the Boulder Art & Jazz Fest! Over 100 of Colorado's artisans with be on site selling their handmade arts and crafts, all with live music playing in the background. Kids will enjoy the bounce castle and face painting while parents find a moment to themselves in the beer garden.

 

Family Day Paint "American Flag" - POSHSPLAT, Boulder - 2:00 to 4:00pm

​Time for the whole family to get creative... Follow step by step instructions and leave with a picture that is truly unique! No experience or supplies necessary. Adults are $30, kids are only $10.

 

All Levels Flow Yoga - St. Vrain Cidery, Longmont - 10:00 to 11:00am

$8 will get you an hour of yoga, taught by Jordan Metzler of Metta Yoga & Healing Arts, followed by a 4 oz pour of delicious cider. BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat).

 

Monday, July 3rd 

 

Meditation and Relaxation -  422 Main St, Longmont - 6:30 to 7:30pm

Unwind and destress in this class that focuses on using meditation techniques for relaxation. Combine breath work, inner awareness, meditation and more from various disciplines. Open to all ages for a $10 drop in fee. 

 

Transmission Meditation - The Meditation Place, Longmont - 9:00pm

​Join a group of like-minded individuals in meditating at the same time as many others in 40 other countries worldwide. Meditating in this way is both a world service (karma yoga) and personal development (laya yoga). There is no charge for this and no request for donations. No experience? No problem. 
 

Boulder Art & Jazz Fest - Boulder Civic Area - Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Celebrate 4th of July at the Boulder Art & Jazz Fest! Over 100 of Colorado's artisans with be on site selling their handmade arts and crafts, all with live music playing in the background. Kids will enjoy the bounce castle and face painting while parents find a moment to themselves in the beer garden.

 

Music on Pine Street - Hotel Boulderado, Boulder - 5:00 t0 8:00pm

Enjoy free live music from a different local group each week at the Pine Street Plaza of Hotel Boulderado. Outdoor games, hot dogs, cocktails and soft drinks will be available, too. 

 

4th of July Celebrations & Events

 

Folk Dancing on the Plaza - Central Park, Boulder - 7:00 to 10:00pm

Have a twirl at Central Park across from the Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder. No experience or partner is necessary, and the program is free for all ages. A lesson is put on from 7-8pm and then open dance goes from 8-10pm. 

 

July 4th Concert in the Park - Thompson Park - 11:30am to 2:00pm

​Partake in the community concert that has become an annual tradition for many in the Longmont area. The Longmont Symphony Orchestra plays patriotic music, and attendees can participate in the picnic contest. 

 

Christa's HOT PICK of the Week!

by Cory Dudley

 

My HOT PICK for the week is 902 5th Avenue in Old Town Longmont, Colorado.

 

 

 

The Historic Earl Sprague House was built in 1905. Earl Sprague was a local builder and contractor in the area and built many homes throughout Longmont that are still standing today! 

 

 

 

You'll find all the original charm in this home, from the layout to the wood trim

 

 

Despite it's older age, this home has plenty of space for everyone and their hobbies. With over 3300 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, you'll have room to grow!

 

 

 

Lots of light floods the kitchen, thanks to plentiful windows throughout. Enjoy taking your coffee at the quaint breakfast nook if you have time to relax in the morning. 

 

 

 

The backyard is beautiful, complete with flower gardens and a nostalgic, white picket fence. A patio area provides space to host friends and family during the summer months. 

 

 

 

 

This home's proximity to Thompson Park and downtown Longmont shops and restaurants means that you'll never be bored! There's plenty to do, see, sample and enjoy.

 

Call me if you'd like a private showing of this home, or others in the area!

 

(Listed by RE/MAX Traditions,Inc) 

 

 

Christa is a Licensed REALTOR for The Winning Team Real Estate Group at Old Town Real Estate in beautiful Longmont, Colorado. Christa is The Winning Team's Buyer's Specialist. Her business background gives her the experience and expertise a Buyer needs and wants in today's competitive market.  Christa can be found spending her free time outside trail running, mountain biking and playing in the mountains with her dog, Whim. It's all that Colorado has to offer that keeps Christa happy, healthy, and enjoying life to it's fullest. 

Christa can be contacted via email at christa@justlistedcolo.com or mobile at 303.913.9698

 

Longmont Pools to Dip Into This Summer

by Cory Dudley

 

Summer brings hot weather, and where better to find relief than in the cool waters of a swimming pool!? Longmont has several that are open to the public, as well as natural bodies of water to wade in and relax next to. We've collected our favorites so you can have all the info readily available this summer. Pack up your sunscreen and snacks - it's time to splash! 

 

Sunset Swimming Pool - 1900 Longs Peak Avenue - 303-651-8300

Sunset Pool is a heated outdoor pool with six lap lanes, a wading area, three different diving boards and two water slides. With many large and small areas of grass and sand, everyone can find a spot to lay out the towel and relax when it comes time for soaking up the sun. Depths range from 6 inches to 11 feet. 

 

 

Centennial Swimming Pool - 1201 Alpine Street - 303-651-8406 

Centennial Pool is an indoor pool with 6 lap lanes, a wading area and a deep end with two diving boards. In addition to the pool, visitors may also take advantage of the fitness room. No membership is required here. 

 

 

Roosevelt Activity Pool - 903 8th Ave - 303-651-8406 

Roosevelt Activity Pool is a heated outdoor pool ideal for toddlers or little ones, because it's maximum depth is a mere 2 feet 8 inches. The kiddos will find endless entertainment with zero-depth entry and geysers, tumble buckets, a water cannon and a spray garden - all while you relax in the sun nearby! This particular pool is best suited for those 8 years and younger. 

After the pools close to humans for the summer, Roosevelt Activity Pool opens it's gates to our four-legged family members by hosting End of Summer Dog Swims (August 15th)! Pool chemicals are neutralized in preparation for the winterization process, so it's safe four the pups. Balls and bags will be provided, and all friendly dogs (and their human companions) are welcome. 

 

 

Kanemoto Activity Pool - 1151 S Pratt Parkway - 303-774-3784

Kanemoto Activity Pool is a heated outdoor pool geared for children 10 years or younger. Kiddos will enjoy the zero depth entry, water slide and 4 foot deep end area that is perfect for canonballing in or practicing the 'doggy paddle'. 

 

 

Union Reservoir Nature Area - 461 County Road 26 - 303-772-1265

Union Reservoir allows for many outdoor and water activities in it's 736 acres of water. Originally created during the last glacial age, it is one of the only natural lakes in Colorado. Activities include boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, camping, open water swimming, sunbathing and wind surfing. 

 

 

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