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2014 July
Pg 8 - The Sunshine Express
Area sites serving free summer meals
to Colorado kids & teens; Statewide
collaborative effort ensures fewer kids
go hungry this Summer
Denver, June 17, 2014: Summer should be a
fun and enriching time for all Colorado children,
but for many it represents a time when they
are at the greatest risk of hunger due to lost
access to school meals. A collaborative effort of
government agencies, nonprofit and commu-
nity-based organizations, and school districts
focuses on addressing child hunger through a
statewide summer food program. This summer,
more than 500 community sites across Colorado
will provide meals to children up to 18 years old
at no cost.
The Summer Food Service Program, funded by
the USDA, was established to serve as a nutri-
tional safeguard for children when school is not
session. It is administered by the Colorado De-
partment of Education and supported by Hun-
ger Free Colorado, with hundreds of Colorado
organizations providing meals in their communi-
ties and neighborhoods. Sites such as churches,
schools and recreation centers offer free, nutri-
tious breakfasts, lunches and/or suppers that
meet federal nutrition guidelines, as well as fun,
engaging activities for children. There are no
income or registration requirements for partici-
pation.
¡°All children should have access to the fuel
needed for healthy lives, so they can thrive in
and out of school,¡± said Kathy Underhill, execu-
tive director for Hunger Free Colorado, the
state¡¯s leading anti-hunger advocacy organiza-
tion. ¡°It¡¯s estimated one in five Colorado kids
experience hunger, but programs like this one
serve to ensure fewer kids go hungry. It fills a
nutritional gap and helps families stretch their
food budgets farther.¡±
Last year more than 1.34 million summer meals
were served to Colorado kids and teens, almost
double compared to summer 2009.
Colorado families can find nearby summer food
sites by calling the statewide, multilingual Hun-
ger Free Hotline toll-free at: 855.855.4626 or by
using an interactive map at:
KidsFoodFinder.org
(source: Hunger Free Colorado)
Food & Garden
Free Summer Meals For Kids
a craftsman, an inventor, a culinary artist or
an actor? Theresa will empower your creative
gift and wake up new areas of creativity in you.
Theresa is on staff at Bethel Church in Redding,
California and oversees the Creative Arts minis-
tries in both the church and in the Bethel School
of Supernatural Ministry.
The cost for this two-day event is only $44. You
can register at: www.eventbrite.com and search
¡®encouraging arts¡¯.
Conference Schedule:
Friday, July 18, 7-9p, The Orchard (doors open at
6:30p)
Saturday, July 19, 9a-9p, The Orchard
Sunday Service, July 20, 6p, Christ Community
Church.
Open to the public. For more information please
contact Sue Parker: sueparker@me.com
Encouraging
Arts
Conference
Brews & Bogeys Now Open
Newly Renovated Restaurant
at Black Canyon Golf Course
The City of Montrose and Horsefly Brewing Com-
pany are pleased to announce the opening of the
newly renovated restaurant at the Black Canyon
Golf Course, Brews and Bogeys.
The City of Montrose began operating the Black
Canyon Golf Course (BCGC) in early 2014 and
immediately began constructing improvements to
the course and BCGC facilities. The refurbished
restaurant represents the most dramatic of these
improvements.
On June 11th, Brews and Bogeys began serving
cool refreshments and tasty treats and is open
seven days a week. The menu includes a variety
of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, wings, sal-
ads, and a full bar to compliment the great food.
BCGC is a municipal golf course open to all, and
Brews and Bogeys has something for everyone.
The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor
patio dining. Views from the patio are spectacu-
lar, and indoor diners are entertained by several
large screen televisions continuously broadcast-
ing various sporting events. The venue is also
available for luncheons, meetings, special events,
parties, and catering.
Watch for upcoming events including Friday night
golf and Sunday brunch. Contact Steve Poland at
970.249.0252 to plan your next event.
For more information about the BCGC, call:
970.249.4653. The BCGC is a par 34, front 9
Palisade Lavender Festival
Come to the 4th Annual Lavender Festival,
July 11-13, Colorado¡¯s only lavender festival in
historic downtown Palisade. Located in Western
Colorado along the I-70 corridor, getting here is
a quick 4-hour drive or 1-hour flight from Denver
or Salt Lake City.
The Daily Sentinel and Wine Country Inn, dia-
mond sponsors for 2014, with the help of the
Palisade Chamber of Commerce, are planning the
best festival ever!
The Friday motor coach tours to lavender farms
in the North Fork Valley as well as the Palisade
area will kick off the event. In addition to the
all-day farm tour, there is a new half-day tour of
local lavender gardens. You¡¯ll learn about laven-
der varieties grown here and get a chance to talk
with the growers. There are a limited number of
tickets available for both tours so purchase your
tickets early at: www.coloradolavender.org
The Saturday Festival is in Palisade Memorial
Park. You won¡¯t want to miss the main event.
There will be demonstrations, seminars, and
workshops. Free entertainment including music,
horse carriage rides and art show at the Blue Pig.
Enjoy a variety of lavender inspired products,
cooking demos and the creative works of local
artists and artisans. Entrance to the park is free.
Experience a gourmet meal prepared by guest
chefs on Saturday evening at the Lavender Fest
Gala Dinner: ¡®Spike it with Lavender¡¯, at Wine
Country Inn. The feast will be served with lo-
cal wines. Purchase tickets in advance at: www.
coloradolavender.org
Extend your evening with a room at the Wine
Country Inn.
Sunday is the free lavender farms tour on the
Western Slope from Paonia to Fruita to Palisade
and points in between.
¡®park style¡¯ tree-lined
course with a pond
water feature, while
the back 9 ¡®links style¡¯,
par 36 course features
smaller brush, deeper
bunkers and longer
fairways.
The BCGC offers golf
instruction, special
rates, advanced tee
times, and yearly
memberships. Annual
passes are available
for purchase at City
Hall, 433 S First St.
Carbondale: The Or-
chard, Christ Commu-
nity Church and Bread
& Wine Ministries are
partnering together to
bring Theresa Dedmon
to the Roaring Fork
Valley for the Encour-
aging Arts Conference
scheduled for July
18-20.
Theresa Dedmon
has an international
ministry which focuses
on equipping and
activating people and
churches in how to
step into their super-
natural destiny, while
touching their commu-
nities through creative
expressions and love.
Are you a writer, an
artist, a photographer,
a dancer, a fashion
designer, a musician,
Eight ways to get the most out of your trip
to the farmers market
(BPT): This time of year is about warm weather,
vacations and relaxing afternoons. It also her-
alds the return of farmers markets. A trip to the
market is a great opportunity to indulge in fresh
healthy produce and to expand your horizons by
trying new items or preparing them in different
ways.
Here are eight tips to make the most of your visit
to the local farmers market:
* Note the hours and dates of your local market
on your calendar. Set reminders on your smart-
phone that will alert you when favorite items
such as tomatoes, peas, beans and strawberries
come into season.
* Prepare your refrigerator and kitchen for the
season¡¯s harvest. Clean out your fridge¡¯s produce
drawer, and stock up on items that complement
fresh produce, such as salad dressings and sea-
sonings that can be used to turn basic veggies
into delicious meals. Make sure to choose organic
options.
* While farmers market vendors will almost cer-
tainly have plastic bags on hand, take your own
reusable bags or baskets to carry your purchase,
they¡¯re better for Mother Nature. If you¡¯ll be buy-
ing perishable items, consider packing a cooler
as well. Remember to place heavier items (like
melons) on the bottom of the bag and lighter
ones (such as berries) on top.
* You¡¯ll find the freshest produce and best selec-
tion early in the day. Setting your alarm to wake
you a bit early could ensure you get the pick of
the day¡¯s produce.
* Leave the $20 and $50 bills at home. Smaller
Farmers Market Tips