Date Nights in the Cloud.

We’ve sent happy couples to some remarkable resorts, dinners and venues to celebrate our second year on the air in Colorado.

So far? The Cloud has introduced our listeners to the classic luxury of Golden’s Table Mountain Inn, Arvada’s Hilton Garden, The Belmar Hyatt House and Lakewood’s Sheraton Hotel.

Now as we enter our third year on-the-air, one happy couple is heading to one of the most unique resorts on the planet. Recently featured in the Sunday New York Times: Colorado’s Historic Chautauqua Retreat in the heart of the Boulder.

Located at the foot of the iconic Flatirons, Chautauqua has over 40 miles of open space hiking trails, cultural programming, dining onsite and no two cottages are alike.

The historic Pearl Street Mall and the beautiful University of Colorado campus are nearby—within a leisurely stroll or short drive.

Our lucky listeners are automatically eligible to win by liking the Cloud on Facebook.

We have featured some of Colorado’s best spots in the Cloud.

Winning is a simple Cloud click. Just like our Facebook Page and you are entered for our next Date-Cation.

Date-cations in the Cloud are proudly sponsored by Jim Smith’s Golden Real Estate,  Body in Balance Wellness Center,  Urban Motors in Lakewood and Hot Water Now: all in Jefferson County, Colorado.

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New in the Cloud: Make a Date Night at the all new Roller City in Lakewood!
Hot Water Now in Lakewood, Colorado: Stay warm and toasty this winter season!

Photo Credits from our friends at The Boulder Chamber of Commerce.

The Magical Wonders of a Breakfast Burrito.

Rain or shine there’s always a line at Tamale Kitchen on South Kipling and Belleview in Jefferson County.

It might very well be due to the ever tasty and always filling breakfast burritos and Mexican deliciousness served all day. For as long as anyone can remember there have always been breakfast burritos in Colorado.

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Cloud Pick: Tamale Kitchen in Jeffco

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.

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Happy Mother and Daughter at Tamale Kitchen

Tamale Kitchen on Kipling and Belleview is a local treasure and worth the stop anytime. As winter’s alpine season finally begins, its every snow ski or boarders first stop (perhaps after Starbucks) in Jeffco.

On warmer days it’s 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 Tamale Kitchen breakfast burrito on the number one tee.

All rolled in a warm fluffy flour tortilla, gently whipped farm fresh eggs and cheese with legendary green chili pork gravy.

Now, that’s a wrap.

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The Cloud Cares: The Beautiful Scar Event Was a Remarkable Family Adventure.

When you think about Colorado comfort food, there’s little wonder about what the harvest from magical places like Pueblo have been yielding for almost centuries: Colorado Green Chili.

More of a gravy actually, authentic Colorado Green (as it’s often reverently referred too) has become a staple to many a Fall meal (best served with a warm fluffy tortilla).

Comforting, calming and tasty.

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It also comes as no surprise that The Alley’s genuinely caring General Manager Tommy Scarbrough thoughtfully chose the backdrop of The Alley’s Annual Green Chili Festival to promote funds and awareness for The Beautiful Scar Project.

Now in it’s second year: The turnout was breathtaking.

From the The Alley’s Main Street patio through the authentically local restaurant and welcoming bar. There were families with children. Smiling couples, singles and just happy locals filling The Alley throughout the Saturday event. There was even face painting for children (and a few brave parents) and corn hole flats in The Alley’s wildly popular food truck back patio (actually in the Littleton Post Office alley).

Nothing Like a Nice Bowl of Green in the Cloud.

Within the crowd, dozens of local Chili Chefs we tending to a perfect formation of crock pots as far as the eye could see. Green Chili with Chicken, Green Chili with Pork (of every variety from pulled to roasted) and one adventurous batch made with Tofu.

At the end of the afternoon event, the room became peacefully silent as the seriousness of the moment became center stage.

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The Beautiful Scar Project is a non profit organization created by Scott and Kim Woods after their son, Caleb Calvin, was born still on December 12th, 2011.

The Beautiful Scar Project’s mission is to provide families grieving the death of their infant due to miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal death the tools to turn the loss of their much loved and desired baby into a beautiful scar.

As Scott and Kim thanked everyone for their support, it became clear that not only The Alley, but the City of Littleton cares about its people, its friends and community.

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New in the Cloud: Pedal of Littleton. Ride Bikes, Be Happy!

A Big Sound from a Small Town: Wildermiss

Freshly Picked New Music in the Cloud from Light Shade.

Right after 96.9 the Cloud signed on the air last year, it was clear to us that there was a need to seek out local bands that have what’s now known as “the cloud sound” that our listeners have come to expect.

We did not have to look far.

Right in are own backyard of Golden, Colorado we found the perfect local match for the Cloud.

Meet Wildermiss.

Emma Cole (lead vocal), Josh Hester, Seth Beamer and Caleb Thoemke. Now touring and appearing on i-Heart Media venues and recently on NBC-TV.

We are Cloud Proud of Wildermiss. Still heard daily on 96.9 the Cloud.

Courtesy: NBC Television

 

New in the Cloud: Music Go Round in Littleton.
New in the Cloud: Yamaha Silent Piano’s at Classic Pianos of Denver.
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Now Playing: Mamma Mia!

Join the fun at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Now playing through the end of the month:  Mamma Mia!

This fun production is a must see this fall. The Arvada Centers production is stellar and will thrill and delight you.

Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good experience that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the excitement! This smash-hit musical combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen” and “Take A Chance on Me,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship.

The magic of ABBA’s timeless songs and a delightful story of romance propel this charming musical to a paradise adventure you won’t want to miss.

New in the Cloud: Your locally owned Jefferson County Ace Hardware Stores.

Fahgettaboudit: There Is No Better Pizza in Lakewood!

Since 2004 Johnny’s New York Pizza and Pasta has been serving the area with hand tossed New York pizza, homemade pasta dishes and free delivery.

Just north of Mississippi and Wadsworth in Lakewood.

Located to the right along north bound Wadsworth and Mississippi Avenue, Johnny’s is a local fave to young and old alike. From pies to calzones, there’s none better than Johnny’s.

Perfect Pizza for family day, game day or fun day.

It’s charmed owner and operator Johnny (pictured) still hand tosses a pie or two with his inviting and friendly staff.

You can order online or call directly at 303-935-8818 or text JNYP for the best pizza not only in Lakewood, but possibly the whole planet.

Free delivery. Closed on Monday.

The official pizza of Jefferson County: Johnny’s New York Pizza & Pasta.

 

Healthy Eating in Jeffco is a Snap!

It’s summer time in Jefferson, County and time to take advantage of some of the amazing Farmers Markets in Colorado.

Our friends at Jefferson County Public Health have launched this years SNAP Program at Farmer’s Markets, and the Cloud is proud to be the official radio station of SNAP in Jeffco.

In her own words, here’s the remarkable and dedicated member of the SNAP team at Jeffco Public Health: Nikki Work (heard daily on 96.9 the Cloud).

Nikki Work from Jefferson County Public Health.

Tell Us About The SNAP Double Up Program in Jeffco?

Every time you go to a farmers market, you’re visiting a place that’s making a difference in your community. Farmers markets help tackle food insecurity by providing locally-grown food right in your neighborhood and, many markets in Jefferson County participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program.

Chelsea Situmeang (left), Market SNAP/Double Up Food Bucks intern, and Jenna Metzinger, Farmers Market SNAP Coordinator at Jefferson County Public Health.

How Does The Program Work?

When a customer spends $1 on any SNAP eligible item, they receive $1 to spend on Colorado-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s a $1 to $1 match so if you spend $5, you get $5. If you spend $10, you get $10 — up to $20 every visit.

This program helps those who need it most, and at the same time, it supports Colorado farmers and keeps our local economy strong.

Nathan Brix of Star Acre Farms at the Arvada Farmers Market in 2017.

To learn more about Double Up Food Bucks or to find a participating market near you, visit us online at: www.doubleupcolorado.org 

Please tune in daily to hear about SNAP in the Cloud!
It’s all about Jeffco in the Cloud.

Cars Remember When Autoplex Now Open.

There’s a very special place now open in Englewood and heard daily on 96.9 the Cloud.

Part auto museum, restoration center and auto dealership: Cars Remember When has been serving the south suburbs from it’s restoration plant in Littleton, is now open, with a new additional state of the art showroom and service autoplex on South Santa Fe in Englewood.

The all new Cars Remember When is a breathtaking opportunity for classic car lovers in Colorado.

It’s little wonder too.  Doug Schuck, its passionate owner, has created a remarkable, worth wild stop for car lovers old and young alike.

Now open at 4505 South Santa Fe in Englewood, Colorado.

The current inventory is a special selection of fully restored cars from a classic Ford Model A, Pontiac GTO’s, some vintage Mercedes-Benz and an exceptional selection of Chevy’s.

There’s something very special for the Colorado car lover at Cars Remember When, now heard daily in the Cloud.

 

Now in the Cloud: Cars Remember When.

 

Find A Happy Map Today.

Albert Einstein noted that logic will get us from point A to point B, but imagination will take us anywhere.

Today’s featured TED in the Cloud explores finding your Happy Map.

What exactly is a Happy Map?

It’s the little things we can all do to make big changes in our daily life.

For example, here in Jefferson County the difference between Wadsworth and the parks and local coffee shops along Garrison Street could be a Happy Map during your morning commute.

 

 

Another Happy Map might be the difference between leaving your home at 6:45, instead of 7:15 and capturing a breathtaking Colorado morning sunrise.

Morning View From Jeffco

Another, might be the simple choice between riding a bike instead of driving your car.

A Majestic View Trail in Arvada

In his own words here’s Daniele Quercia at TED from the other side of the planet (Berlin) about the discovery of Happy Maps.

Enjoy and welcome to the Cloud.

 

Just the two of us: Holding Hands Can Ease Pain and Sync Brainwaves.

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.

By: Lisa Marshall

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