CASA Volunteers Make a World of Difference!

   Niwot-based Debra Reed Fowler Real Estate (DRF) has been an active supporter of VFC’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program for three years. In March, her team donated $1,000 to help the organization continue to advocate on behalf of neglected and abused children.

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Gillian Marie, DRF’s Team Administrator explained that CASA is important to Fowler because;

“She talks often about how one person in your life, who believes in you, can change your life and she believes in giving children the best start they can have.“ 

Each year, hundreds of youngsters in Boulder County enter the child welfare system. It’s a complex and fraught system, but Voices for Children (VFC), a nonprofit organization based in Gunbarrel, helps children and their families find a path out.

Gillian Marie, DRF’s Team Administrator explained that CASA is important to Fowler because, “She talks often about how one person in your life, who believes in you, can change your life and she believes in giving children the best start they can have.“

CASA’s executive director, Jacob Harmon, said, “We serve abused children in Boulder County by providing qualified, trained volunteers to advocate for them throughout the court system. The work we’re doing is really building a healthier community. There’s recent research that has shown that the kids we’re serving live an average of seven years less than their peers.”  They also have higher levels of substance abuse and incarceration, but with the help of CASA volunteers, that dynamic is changing.

While social workers are assigned to each child, they may have a caseload of 20 to 30 kids at once, and there’s frequent turnover. But CASAs are assigned to just one child or one family at a time, allowing them to be more detail-oriented and available for the children.

Harmon said, “CASAs create better outcomes for our most vulnerable citizens. The CASA is that objective, independent, and constant presence in the kid’s life.”

Children most often enter the welfare system, because their parents are struggling with substance abuse and their home environment has become unsafe. Or parents may have mental health issues, the child may have been physically or emotionally abused by family members, or they may have experienced sex trafficking.  As a result, the child is placed in a foster care situation while their parents are getting their lives in order.

Any time a child is removed from a home in Boulder County, there’s an emergency hearing and CASA is called into action.

Harmon said, “The magistrate of Boulder County has decided that the service CASA provides is so valuable that she now automatically appoints a CASA to every new case. “

Two years ago there were 125 CASA volunteers, but today there are 267 in the ranks. The organization’s goal is to serve every child in Boulder County’s child welfare system, which means 100 more recruits are needed in 2019. So far this year, they’ve brought on 30 new CASAs.

CASAs are prepared for their roles with 40 hours of training, which covers how the child welfare system operates, the psychological ramifications of trauma and ways to support children experiencing it. VFC has attorneys and social workers on staff to support CASAs in their efforts around the clock.

“CASAs can be really effective and transformational in kids’ lives in about 20 hours a month, that’s just four to five hours a week,” Harmon said, dispelling the myth that volunteers have to be retired or independently wealthy to participate.

The most fundamental role of a CASA is to build a relationship in which the child feels heard and trusted unconditionally.  “So many of the kids in the child welfare system have been ignored to the point where they feel they have no ability to advocate for themselves because no one listens to them and nobody trusts them,” Harmon said.

CASAs and their kids often spend time just hanging out together, going to museums, playing games, or taking a walk. Many of the children in the program haven’t been given an opportunity to enjoy these types of experiences so that time together solidifies a relationship.

Reuniting families may take up to 18 months, and during that time it’s essential for children to know they are not going it alone; they have a mentor, a friend, and an expert to help them, so they stay in school, pursue their interests, heal emotionally and feel valued.

The role of a CASA is also to coordinate with other parts of the system – social workers, attorneys, parents, and foster parents – to make sure the child’s needs are met. Given what each CASA knows of the child and the child’s situation, their advice to the court is critical in deciding what is best for the child.

“The courts really rely on the CASA volunteer to get a sense of where the kid is in the process. They know what the child needs in order to succeed and thrive,” Harmon said.

While governmental funds provide 40 percent of their operating revenue, VFC primarily relies on the community’s generosity to offer their services. This year’s annual operating budget will come to more than $500,000.

Donations to CASA fall under the Colorado Child Contribution Credit and may qualify for a 50 percent tax credit on state taxes.

CASA will be holding its 6th annual Light of Hope luncheon at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at Folsom Field. This event is one of two critical fundraising events held each year.  During the event, highlighting the compelling work of the organization by profiling CASAs and the children they’ve worked with will bring home the importance and success of the organization.

To learn more about CASA, to volunteer or donate, and to attend the upcoming fundraising event, visit:

CASA volunteers make a world of difference


Four Boulder County Easter Egg Hunts for 2019!

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 – Easter is late this year, on April 21, so Boulder’s Easter bunnies have better odds of getting their eggs to stay above the snow—though during Spring in Colorado, nothing is guaranteed. We’ve done our research and gathered four public egg hunts for you and the kiddos to try out! – 

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Grandrabbit’s Easter Egg Race (2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder)

  • Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • The spectacular Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe hosts this free event, which includes prizes and giveaways. Hunts will take place at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. for ages 1 to 3; 10:20 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 1:20 p.m. for ages 4 to 6; and 10:40 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:40 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. for ages 7 to 10. Arrive at least 5 minutes before start time, one race per child.  

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White Fields Easter Egg Hunt and Festival (St Vrain Memorial Building, Roosevelt Park, Longmont)

  • Saturday, April 20, 10–11:30 a.m.
  • This free festival claims to be the biggest hunt in Boulder County. Additional activities include face painting, bracelet making, a puppet show, and bounce houses/obstacle course. 

The Well Easter Egg Hunt (Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill, 1346 Pearl St., Boulder)

  • Saturday, April 20, 10–11:30 a.m.
  • This free downtown Boulder event begins promptly at 10 a.m., and will provide plenty of candy hidden all across the Boulder County Commissioners’ Lawn. All elementary ages welcome. 

Calvary Bible Church Easter Egg Hunt (3245 Kalmia St., Boulder, and 615 Evans St., Erie)

  • Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.–noon.
  • An annual church ministry event, the free hunt is open to kids through 5th grade and includes crafts, food, games and a special surprise. 


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First of the Season Saturday Boulder Farmers Market!

   Come Enjoy Colorado’s Largest Farmer’s Market 

   The Boulder Farmers Market was named the #1 Farmers’ Market in the U.S. by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice.

     Experience Boulder like a local. The Boulder Farmers Market has become a weekly ritual for Boulderites. Established in 1986 by a handful of local farmers looking to sell farm-fresh produce directly to the public, the Boulder Farmers Market is now the largest in Colorado. As a grower-only market, shoppers are guaranteed the best selection of locally grown, seasonal produce, eggs, cheeses, meats, herbs, flowers, wines and gourmet food products available in Boulder County, most of which is organically or naturally grown/produced. They also get to meet and learn directly from the farmer how their food was grown, when it was picked, how to keep it fresh and, in many cases, new ideas on how to prepare and enjoy it.

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  Serious foodies and local chef’s shop early to get the best selection, especially during the summer when the leafy vegetables, corn and Colorado-grown fruits arrive. The outdoor food court is a popular meeting place for breakfast and lunch. The combination of freshly brewed coffee, baked goods and a variety of prepared foods by local chefs — together with live music and shaded seating — provide a place to relax and meet up with friends before or after shopping at the market. Market vendors stop selling at 2pm sharp, except in the food court, which continues serving until 2:30 p.m.

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   As if this wasn’t enough reason to visit the Boulder Farmers Market, a fine arts and crafts fair featuring 25 jury-selected artists and artisans is held one Saturday each month in Central Park adjoining the farmers’ market. This highly competitive market attracts some of Colorado’s best artists and crafts people. It’s the perfect place to find that unique gift or memento of your visit to Boulder.

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Also read the Insider’s Guide to the Boulder Farmers Market.


“We are a nonprofit organization operating producer-only farmers markets in Colorado since 1987. Our mission is to support, promote and expand local agriculture, making fresh products accessible to our community and strengthening relationships between local food producers and food consumers.”


When: Every Saturday 8 am – 2 pm 

Where: Pearl Street Mall – 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302  

Phone: 303-910-2236

10am – 2pm: live music weekly 

   Downtown Boulder has parking garages, parking lots, street parking, and parking available at Boulder High School. Learn more about parking for the farmers market on:

No pets at the market, please. 

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Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival


 Come help Boulder celebrate Spring and welcome the Tulips, have some fun and enjoy the sun on the beautiful Pearl Street!

Dates: April 7, 2019

Times: 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Phone: (303) 449-3774

Admission: Free

Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, CO, 80302 Pearl Street Mall Suite 301 
Boulder, CO 80302

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   Spring officially arrives in Downtown Boulder when the vibrant Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, parade around the Pearl Street Mall ‘welcoming the tulips’. This beloved springtime tradition features performances and activities for girls and boys and celebrates the more than 15,000 tulips that adorn the world-renowned Pearl Street Mall throughout the spring season. Rain Date: April 14, 2019

Boulder Arts Week

 Did you know that according to a recent study conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts Boulder has the third largest concentration of artists in the country?

 The 6th annual Boulder Arts Week will take place on March 29–April 6, 2019 at venues throughout the city. Celebrating Boulder Artists, the Week is Boulder’s only large-scale, inclusive celebration of our community’s vibrant arts and cultural offerings, promoting and celebrating our city’s thriving creativity. Join us to celebrate the city’s excellent artists and arts and culture offerings such as FREE AND DISCOUNTED art walks , exhibitions, performances, dance, music, theater, public art, artist demonstrations, lectures, readings, and workshops.  

 Below is the website for all of the incredible events! Detailing locations and times through out the week. Go enjoy all the beautiful colors, music and culture of Boulder and it’s fine artists! Happy Spring!  


Vintage Tiles Add Pop, Color and Movement

Written By: Jules Marie, 33Words PR
Article provided courtesy of Porcelanosa

Sometimes the simple addition of a pop of color is the answer to how to begin a kitchen or bath remodel. Look around the room you want to upgrade. What’s missing? Color? Movement? Texture? Homeowners and designers alike agree that kitchen inspiration often begins with something as beautiful as a section of vintage tiles which add a touch of class to the room and become the centerpiece for an updated room.


The Porcelanosa Nazari and Sevilla collections may be just what you’re looking for—the lustrous sheen of Nazari tiles lends warmth, personality and comfort to every kitchen. Nazari ceramic tiles offer irregular textures that stand out for having asymmetrical surfaces. While a combination of matte and glossy surfaces are available in the Nazari Collection, choosing a glossy surface has the ability to produce reflections which adds movement to a room. A splash of lovely warm gold will be achieved when using Sevilla Mostaza tiles as a wall covering or backsplash. Designers have added Sevilla Mostaza tiles with their rich color to kitchens, bathrooms, entryways and even in shower areas.


Sevilla Rose adds a vintage look with its glowing pink hues and is the ideal vintage backsplash to use for blending into a contemporary look. We can thank First Lady Mamie Eisenhower for introducing America to the color pink as she used so much that the White House was referred to as the Pink Palace. Though pink tiles were the color of choice for entire bathrooms and kitchens in the 50s and 60s with over 90 “shades” of pink to choose from, today’s use of this faint color is generally used sparingly and as an accent color to other décor choices.


If you’d rather tone down the color and ramp up the sheen, then consider Nazari Ifrane with its shimmery pale silver and grey hues. Porcelain tiles withstand stain and water damage and are easy to clean and maintain due to the dense and non-porous finish. The beautiful silky finish will bounce light around the room and add a warm dimensionality to the room. Choosing a tile from the Nazari collection will yield a more traditional or rustic look within the home.


Surround yourself with the color of the sea with the gorgeous emerald green Sevilla Aqua tiles. Whether used as a backsplash or for an entire wall in a kitchen, bath or family room, Sevilla Aqua tiles uplift a room’s décor immediately with their rich, jewel-tones and 3D effects.

The versatile and durable Nazari Collection, with its vintage tiles, is designed to add personality and warmth to every room with its unique handcrafted tiles inspired by traditional North African traditional ceramics with a Mediterranean flair.

Friday’s Featured Listing – 15675 Deer Mountain Circle, Broomfield, CO



Price: 1,150,000

2 Beds/ 3 Baths

Square Feet: 5,320

Built: 2018

MLS # 861123

Listing Agent: David Scott – 303-588-8358

Colorado Landmark, Realtors

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This is your Move-In Ready home in Anthem’s 55+ Active Adult Community with countless amenities. Soak in the sweeping mountain views from the entire West side of your home, including the eat-in kitchen, family room, and luxurious master bedroom. Enjoy coffee or wine and beautiful sunsets over the Continental Divide on the expansive covered decks overlooking open space behind your home or cozy up inside by the fireplace on cold winter nights. You have an open palate in the light and bright walkout basement. Welcome home! 

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: 2 Fireplaces, 3 car garage attached, street and garage parking, central air Conditioning, forced air, expansive covered decks, 

INTERIOR FEATURES INCLUDE: Cathedral vaulted ceilings, wood floors, light and open floor plan, pantry, kitchen island, walk in closet, multiple fireplaces, eat-in kitchen, walk out basement

AMENITIES INCLUDE: Health club, bike trails, walking trails, indoor community pool, tennis court, clubhouse, common recreation/park 



Quick Fixes to Boost your Homes Curb Value

By: Claire Marie, Staff Writer

In a world where ‘what you see is what you get’ is quickly becoming the norm, it’s increasingly important to make sure that the exterior of your home is giving off a great first impression to potential home buyers.

Things that may seem inconsequential, such as the color of your door, or the shape of your doorknob, could be costing you.

A study recently conducted by Zillow, published in Time Magazine, found that painting your front door black or charcoal gray could increase your sale price by as much as $6,271. Caution was urged when changing the color of rooms like your kitchen- the same study found that homes with red kitchens sold for $2,300 less than those with traditional lighter tones, while having a muted tone like taupe or light blue in the bathroom could raise your home value by as much as $2,800.

Painting your front door isn’t the only way to increase your home’s value; you can also install an eye-catching doorknob that will set the tone for the furnishings on the interior of the home. For example, if you have a home where everything inside is very modern and clean you could install a doorknob with an electronic lock, or if you have a Victorian styled home you could get an ornate door knocker. It’s all in the details.

One of those details is the address of your home. This is obviously very important when selling your home as you want to make sure that potential buyers have an easy time spotting your house from the street. A great way to do this is to buy new numbers that complement the exterior of your home and will be instantly eye catching.


Another great way to boost curb appeal is to add a stone, or brick path which will draw the eye straight to your doorway. This is an especially nice touch if you are trying to show off your newly painted door!


The final touch is landscaping. You may think this doesn’t apply to you- maybe you don’t have a yard at all, let alone the money to spend on planting a garden. Instead, consider buying a few potted plants or installing window planter boxes- these will quickly brighten up and add a cheerful quality to any home. If you do have a yard make sure that you give it the same consideration as you would the interior of your home- mow the grass, prune the bushes, rake up any dead leaves, and pick up any kids’ toys that may be laying around.


Remember – the exterior of the home sets the tone for what people expect to find on the interior so make sure your home is making the statement you want both inside and out!

Friday’s Featured Listing-6590 Lakeview Road, Boulder, CO




3 Beds / 2 Baths

Price: $4,125,000 USD

Square Feet: 2,927

Listed By: Meghan Bach – 619-955-2788

Colorado Landmark, Realtors

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This is quintessential Boulder, outperforming in every facet. Stunning contemporary masterpiece perched on a full acre. Endless wow views synergistically converge with exceptional Craftsmanship, Architecture and Design. An avatar of Efficiency, Sustainability and Automation. Shimmering lake, verdant Foothills and graceful Flatirons embrace us at every turn in this high IQ, NetZero home. Symbiotic outdoors-in floor plan engaging every square foot. Retreat to your private dry sauna and steam spa then soak in the sunrise and sunset views on the deck.

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: 1 Fireplace(s), security system, music system, attached, 3 space garage, carport, central air conditioning, forced air, hot water, multi-zoned heat, radiant heat, electric air filter

INTERIOR FEATURES INCLUDE: Solar domestic hot water, solar hot water heat, southern exposure, high efficiency furnace, solar pv owned, sauna, wet bar, kitchen island, media room, steam shower