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WestFax Brewing Marks Three Years With Two-Day Festival

WestFax Brewing Company celebrated its three-year anniversary with a two-day brewery party that included seven beer releases, ax throwing, anniversary glassware, and a free concert inside the 6733 W. Colfax Ave. brew house, March 8 and 9. The staff did 1,800 pours for about 700 patrons – the biggest weekend of the year for the establishment.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase your brewery,” said Brian Haitz, the brewery’s Marketing and Operations Manager. “It’s almost your own little brew festival … it’s definitely the biggest event of the year that we host.”

Haitz said the brewery has staged an anniversary party each year since opening, and plans to continue.

Of the barrel-aged beverages brewed up for the event, there were no survivors.

“The small batch (draft) beers are gone, but we still have some four packs and bombers,” said Haitz. The Raspberry Berliner and Irish Thin Mint Nitro Pastry Stout sold out in an hour and a half.

Pastry Stout?

“That is a newer style,” Haitz explained. “Jagged Mountain did one with powdered donuts…”

WestFax collaborated with Westbound & Down and Woods Boss Brewing to create a Brut IPA for the event.

New to this year’s celebration was the “Concert in the Kettles,” featuring local bands The Kinky Fingers and Larry Nix playing live music inside the brewery’s production area – another first for the brewery.

“We opened up the back, roped off area – full of barrels, kettles, a ton of big shiny equipment – and built stage out of pallets,” said Haitz. “It was really well received, and the sound, surprisingly, was really good.”

The brewery would like to continue doing the concerts, but he said they don’t know if they will be quarterly, or two or three times a year.

The party also featured food trucks, axe-throwing and free beard and hair trim by Crisp Barber Shop.

For more information, call 303-233-3742 or visit westfaxbrewingcompany.com.

Edgewater Partners With SilverSneakers And Silver&Fit To Provide Programs To Older Adults

The City of Edgewater Recreation Department this month launched their new relationship with both SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit, insurance-based programs for individuals 60 years and older.

The programs give older adults access to countless facilities related to health and fitness without having to pay for a membership. The cost is associated to participants’ supplemental insurance plans – specialty classes at the Edgewater facility only, do have an out-of-pocket fee, over and above beginner spin and yoga.

Participation is open to all, in and out of Edgewater and Jefferson County. For those older adults that are not interested in using the traditional facilities to live a healthier life (weights, cardio, stations) Edgewater welcomes and encourages them to come by and sign up for their Senior FREE Walk pass. This allows older adults not wanting to use weights or other equipment to solely use the indoor walking/running track at your leisure, as often as they would like, for free.

Like most facilities serving the older adult population, visitors will be able to access the City of Edgewater’s Fitness Center amenities including weights and cardio, the indoor walking/running track, various free-standing fitness stations, basketball courts, open gym times including pickleball courts, beginner yoga and spin, and universal locker rooms and lockers.

To obtain a pass, check in at the Fitness Center desk located on the second floor of the new Edgewater Civic Center, 1800 Harlan St. (two blocks south of 20th Avenue), and present your SilverSneakers or Silver&Fit I.D. card with your 16-digit I.D. number, bring a statement or letter with your number on it or show us another facilities I.D. card that may have your I.D. on it. Edgewater will collect your general contact information and take your picture for your new Edgewater I.D. card.

The City of Edgewater’s Fitness Center is open Monday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to  5 p.m.

For more information about the City of Edgewater’s Fitness Center and available classes, visit www.playedgewater.com or call 720-763-3011.

In Memoriam: Edgewater’s Catherine Potter

Catherine “Cathy” Potter passed away March 14 at her home at age 75. She was born in Colorado on Oct. 3, 1943, to Benoit Bourg and Ruby (Noel) Bourg. She grew up in Edgewater and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1962.

Cathy was married to Robert “Bob” Potter in 1964. They were together for 52 fantastic and loving years before Bob's passing in 2017. They moved to Longmont in 1969, where she actively participated in PTA and Girl Scouts. Cathy loved the out-of-doors, traveling, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Cathy is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sister Patty. She is survived by her son Bill Potter, daughter Michelle Phillips (Mitch Gieber), her granddaughters Heather Phillips and Amber (Kris) Piltz, her great grandson Greyson Piltz, her brother-in-law Gary Potter and sister-in-law Sally (Rob) May.

The family invites all friends to join them for lunch and a celebration of Cathy's life. It will be held Sunday, March 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Memorial contributions can be made to The Inn Between in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.

Free Talks On Historic Elitch Theatre Offered At Tenn Street

Save the date for upcoming Saturday afternoon Historic Elitch Theatre Talks with Pamela Nowak held at Tenn Street Coffee and Books, 4418 Tennyson St. The free, public talks start at 2 p.m. and end around 4 p.m.

On April 13, “How the Garden Grew: A History of Elitch Gardens” describes the original park, its first attractions, and how it evolved over its 129 years, from a quiet family destination to one of America’s most celebrated amusement parks.

For more information on the talks and other offerings, visit www.historicelitchtheatre.org.

Provide Ideas And Feedback To Edgewater’s Sustainability Committee At Open House, April 9

Edgewater's newly formed Sustainability Committee is looking for feedback as they work to create a Sustainability Plan. On Tuesday April 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the committee will host an Open House at Edgewater Civic Center, 1800 Harlan St., where they will also be gathering ideas and looking for feedback. Republic Services and the Edgewater Library’s Sustainability Seminar will also be available to answer questions. Come and enjoy refreshments and treats while sharing your thoughts about sustainability.

A survey is now available to gather information on where Edgewater is currently with sustainability efforts and where the community would like to head into the future. Save paper by taking the survey online or pick up a copy at the Civic Center and drop it off there as well.

For more information visit www.edgewaterco.com.

Family Tree Renames Women In Crisis Emergency Shelter To Roots Of Courage

Family Tree has changed the name of Women In Crisis, its domestic violence emergency shelter, to Roots of Courage.

“We felt it was very important to rename the shelter because our previous name, Women In Crisis, did not accurately represent the services we provide and the population we serve,” said according to shelter director Tirzah Stein in a March 7 press release. “We recognize the significance of having a name that is not only aligned with Family Tree’s mission and philosophy to be inclusive of all gender identities, but one that shares a positive, powerful and uplifting message.”

The purpose of Roots of Courage (ROC) is to help keep survivors safe from domestic violence by providing a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, safety planning, advocacy, community resources, health care and other supportive services, according to Stein.

“Providing a confidential place to stay is just one component of the ROC shelter program. Food and shelter are the most basic needs addressed by what we do. As important, and sometimes more important, are the emotional needs that are addressed during a survivor's stay in the shelter. Advocacy, support, information, and community resources all provide the foundation that survivors need to make courageous decisions to be safe. Through one-on-one advocacy and support groups, survivors are given the opportunity to learn about domestic violence, the effects it has on their lives, and how to plan for their safety.”

Stein hopes the name change will empower survivors to seek services and help them feel welcome and accepted.

“We know not everyone experiencing domestic violence, relates to ‘being in crisis,’ and not all survivors are female identified.”

Family Tree works alongside people affected by child abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness throughout their journey to safety and economic independence, according to Stein. It provides emergency residential services, case management and advocacy, therapeutic services, outreach support, housing search and placement, education and employment support, among many other services.

For over four decades, Family Tree has provided innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and homelessness. As one of the only non-profit organizations in the Denver metro area working to address the interconnectedness among these issues, Family Tree is changing how individuals, families and communities see, respond to, and overcome these challenges.

For more information, visit www.thefamilytree.org.

Stop In For Memory Café, April 17

The Wheat Ridge Memory Café at Ye Olde Firehouse, 3232 Depew St., is a welcoming place for people living with memory loss and their caregivers, held Wednesday, April 17, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

This ongoing monthly series presented by the Alzheimer’s Association invites you to gather to relax and socialize with others while enjoying a cup of coffee, a fun activity, or a brief presentation. It’s suitable for adults, 60+.