Long a Colorado favorite at area Farmers Market’s, Dirt Coffee Bar is now open in Historic Downtown Littleton.
The converted and equally charmed mid-century home of Dirt Coffee is located at 5767 South Rapp Street (on the same block as the original historic home of the Littles).
As soon as you pull into the drive, you can feel that you’re in for something very special.
You’ll soon find out why.
Dirt is on a very special journey, creating tasty handcrafted food, exceptional coffee and employing & empowering individuals with Autism.
In our opinion, Dirt Coffee will soon become the piazza of Historic Down Town Littleton.
Dirt Coffee is a warm environment with skilled and friendly baristas, blended with the fine aroma and flavor of freshly ground + brewed coffee that matters.
The Cloud sat down with Executive Director, Lauren Burgess (M.Ed) to learn more about this very special place in the heart of our community.
Tell us about your inspiration to launch Dirt Coffee?
I’ve been working with individuals with Autism for over a decade and continue to be surprised at just how difficult it is for them to find a job.
With 90% of people with autism either unemployed or underemployed, it’s time for a change and I figured a coffee shop is the perfect place to begin making that change.
How’s it going?
So far, incredible. The community has been very supportive and is doing great keeping us busy!
Our internship program is set to launch next month and we hope to bring on about 10 individuals with autism to come in and learn new job skills.
Throughout her career, Lauren has founded organizations, like Dirt, with a mission to empower individuals living on the spectrum though community.
She has served on a number of boards including Colorado’s Coalition of Autism Professionals, Autism Society of Colorado, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and Alliance.
In 2016, Lauren was elected to serve as City Commissioner on Denver’s Commission for People with Disabilities. While advocating for public policies that positively impact individuals with disabilities.
Treat yourself soon and find out why coffee matters in Littleton.
The Cloud salutes this savory creation that begins with these key ingredients and ends with a nice warm tummy.
First, creamy rich chili, gently whipped and scrambled fresh eggs, nicely diced and roasted potato, shredded monterey jack cheese, all delicately wrapped in a warm fluffy flour tortilla.
At this point of culinary bliss your only real dilemmas: red or green chili, smothered or wrapped in foil.
Happy Mother and Daughter at Tamale Kitchen
Tamale Kitchen is a Colorado treasure. As winter’s alpine season finally begins, its every snow ski or boarders first stop (perhaps after Starbucks).
On warmer days in Jeffco its also the first stop (okay, maybe second after Starbucks) of every golfer and mountain biker in the Colorado.
You have not loved and lost until one of the many pesky magpies at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Jefferson County steals your breakfast burrito on the number one tee.
The historic origins of the breakfast burrito are as smothered as who invented the classic Martini or Caesar salad.
Historical accounts of the breakfast burrito point far south of Belleview Avenue.
In Santa Fe, New Mexico, Little William Harm’s Burrito Shack, claims to have invented the original breakfast burrito in 1975, filling a rolled tortilla with bacon and potatoes, served with chili and cheese.
Other aficionados believe the creation was a little to the north in Taos, New Mexico. Where Michaels Kitchen created a breakfast dish with both red and green chili that same year.
That colorful creation became the Christmas Burrito (red + green).
Reach for the hand of a loved one in pain and not only will your breathing and heart rate synchronize with theirs, your brain wave patterns will couple up too, according to a new study.
The study, by researchers with CU Boulder published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week, also found that the more empathy a comforting partner feels for a partner in pain, the more their brainwaves fall into sync.
The more those brain waves sync, the more the pain goes away.
“We have developed a lot of ways to communicate in the modern world and we have fewer physical interactions,” said lead author Pavel Goldstein, a postdoctoral pain researcher in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at CU Boulder.
The study is the latest in a growing body of research exploring a phenomenon known as “interpersonal synchronization,” in which people physiologically mirror the people they are with. It is the first to look at brain wave synchronization in the context of pain, and offers new insight into the role brain-to-brain coupling may play in touch-induced analgesia, or healing touch.
Goldstein came up with the experiment after, during the delivery of his daughter, he discovered that when he held his wife’s hand, it eased her pain.
“I wanted to test it out in the lab: Can one really decrease pain with touch, and if so, how?”
He and his colleagues at University of Haifa recruited 22 heterosexual couples, age 23 to 32 who had been together for at least one year and put them through several two-minute scenarios as electroencephalography (EEG) caps measured their brainwave activity. The scenarios included sitting together not touching; sitting together holding hands; and sitting in separate rooms. Then they repeated the scenarios as the woman was subjected to mild heat pain on her arm.
Merely being in each other’s presence, with or without touch, was associated with some brain wave synchronicity in the alpha mu band, a wavelength associated with focused attention. If they held hands while she was in pain, the coupling increased the most.
Researchers also found that when she was in pain and he couldn’t touch her, the coupling of their brain waves diminished. This matched the findings from a previously published paper from the same experiment which found that heart rate and respiratory synchronization disappeared when the male study participant couldn’t hold her hand to ease her pain.
“It appears that pain totally interrupts this interpersonal synchronization between couples and touch brings it back,” says Goldstein.
Subsequent tests of the male partner’s level of empathy revealed that the more empathetic he was to her pain the more their brain activity synced. The more synchronized their brains, the more her pain subsided.
How exactly could coupling of brain activity with an empathetic partner kill pain? More studies are needed to find out, stressed Goldstein. But he and his co-authors offer a few possible explanations. Empathetic touch can make a person feel understood, which in turn – according to previous studies – could activate pain-killing reward mechanisms in the brain.
“Interpersonal touch may blur the borders between self and other,” the researchers wrote.
Don’t underestimate the power of a hand-hold.
You may express empathy for a partner’s pain, but without touch it may not be fully communicated.
It’s our first birthday broadcasting from Look Out Mountain in Golden. To celebrate, the Cloud is giving away our second Date Night at the Table Mountain Inn.
This package includes a romantic dinner for two, a special guest suite and breakfast the next morning. Like our first Date Night in Olde Town Arvada, this night should be a very special evening.
It’s a Date’cation from your friends at 96.9 the Cloud.
Feel the spirit of the West, the splendor of the Rocky Mountains, and warm western hospitality at Table Mountain’s adobe-style boutique hotel.
Traditional southwestern décor, spacious accommodations and modern amenities provide an ideal home away from home in historic Golden, CO.
Golden is breathtaking this time of year and a perfect escape for a couple in love.
Entering is a simple click. Just like the Cloud on ourFacebook page and you are automatically entered for a random drawing on April 1, 2018.
All active likes are eligible too.
Date’cations in the Cloud are brought to you byBody and Balance in Golden, Golden Real Estate and The Table Mountain Inn.
Located in the heart of Golden, the leading health professionals at Body In Balance Wellness Center are dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives – combining skill and expertise that spans the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum.
When it comes to real estate in Jeffco, there’s none better than Jim Smith’s team of dedicated professionals atGolden Real Estate. Jim Smith writes a column, “Real Estate Today,” which is published on page 3 of the Denver and Jefferson County editions of the Denver Post’s YourHub section each Thursday, as well as in four Jefferson County weekly newspapers.
This is our second Date-cation in a series that will send several lucky likes in the Cloud to target destinations around the state.
Official Rules: You must be a fun person. Like the Cloud on Facebook. Be at least 21 and did we mention fun? Random drawing to be held on April 1, 2018. Winner will have 48 hours to redeem prize. All applicable taxes and gratuities not included. Welcome, to the Cloud!
There’s a new band in the Cloud that has been getting some attention from our listeners.
The band is The Corona’s and their distinctive alt-pop sound grabbed our attention late last year and we have been showcasing the bands music ever since as a featured new music pick from Lightshade in the Cloud daily.
The Coronas are an Irish rock band that originated in Dublin.
They release their unique blend of music through their own independent record label, but can also be found in i-Tunes.
It’s lead singer can also be heard in the Cloud introducing the bands latest single (it’s kind of cool how that came about).
The bands manager had heard the Cloud was featuring its music and one thing led to another.
The band just appeared at Denver’s Larimer Lounge in February. It was a great show.
Hopefully, they will back soon. In the meantime, you can hear them daily in the Cloud and anytime right here!
We live in a very caring society in the west and The Golden Christian Action Guild is a key part of our community.
It might be due in part to its energetic and compassionate director Kelly Ivan. She started first as a volunteer, and in 2016 became the first compensated employee in the Guild’s 50-plus year history.
One measure at a time, the Guild provides food, affordable clothing and hope to those in need from its humble and charming location at 1401 Ford Street in Golden.
This week, the Cloud sat down with Kelly to learn more about the work of this very special place in the county seat of Jefferson.
In her own words, meet Kelly Ivan, Operations Manager of The Golden Christian Action Guild.
Tell us about your history with CAG:
The CAG has been in business since 1966. I have been with the CAG since October 2014. Started out as a volunteer and was hired as their first-ever paid employee in October 2016 as the Operations Manager. We are very busy at the CAG providing food and other services to an average of 350 Golden residents a month. This includes families, veterans, homeless and seniors. Thanks to our thrift shop and donors we are able to purchase food and other supplies to serve our Golden community. We are always looking for volunteers to help out.
Tell us about some upcoming events for people that want to help?
One upcoming event is our Postal Food Drive. We partner with the local post office and Lions Club. We will need volunteers to help sort and stock approx 25,000 pounds of food that will come in from the post office in May. The date is still to be determined. Every year we host a Santa Shop for our clients and their families. The parents will be invited to attend the Santa Shop and shop for free from new toys, clothes, books, games and much more for each child in their family. We reach out to our local merchants and have a toy drive and/or a monetary partnership to help purchase items for the Santa Shop.
If you’d like to help or make a donation, we encourage you to contact Kelly at 303-279-5674 or visit them online: www.christianactionguild.org
(Golden, Colorado): Sunday was a great snow day in Colorado. From Golden, to The Golden Triangle, the city was bursting with life. In spite of the slippery roads in every corner of the state: families made it to church, the market and the movies. Even the nice little workout of clearing the sidewalk before nightfall proved to be a nice outing between NFL Championship Games. By sunset, The National Weather Service reported as many as 8 inches of measurable snowfall in Boulder and 6 inches in Jefferson County.
The pictures shared on social media tell the story best: It was a fun day!
From family fun to happy dog owners frolicking in our parks, the snow made way for a great day. By early week, we are back in the 40’s and most likely a nice blanket of sunshine will turn this years first real snowfall into much needed moisture. Make sure and take a little extra time to be safe and prepared for what might be a tricky commute this week and please take us with you!
Mr. Murray recently shared his genius at The Bellco Theater and last week was back on Saturday Night Live for a guest shot in it’s cold open. So, what’s the story with his appeal? We did a little digging and it turns out, the world loves this guy because he reminds us of a better version of ourselves, without having to.
In his own words, here is some of the Art & Zen of Bill Murray.
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE BILL MURRAY
Nothing prepared me for being this awesome. It’s kind of a shock to wake up every morning and be bathed in this purple light. There’s a wonderful sense of well-being that begins to circulate . . . up and down your spine. And you feel something that makes you almost want to smile. So what’s it like to be me? Ask yourself, ‘What’s it like to be you?’ The only way we’ll ever know what it’s like to be you is if you work your best at being you as often as you can, and keep reminding yourself that’s where home is.
From a 2014 Q&A during Canada’s Bill Murray Day, via Rolling Stone
HE LIVES HIS LIFE
I live a little bit on the seat of my pants, I try to be alert and available for life to happen to me. We’re in this life, and if you’re not available, the sort of ordinary time goes past and you didn’t live it. But if you’re available, life gets huge. You’re really living it.
From an interview on CBS This Morning
ON BEING RELAXED
The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything. The better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself.