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.

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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Once in a Blue Moon.

Dr Steve Lee

(Denver, Colorado): For most of us the moon has always been pretty cool. We watched in wonder as Neil Armstrong landed on it.

As children, the cow jumped over it and we were all convinced that it was made of cheese.

Tonight the moon will turn to a Blue Moon.

You might say we are a curious Cloud, so we turned to our friends and experts at Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science.

The Museum is also home to Gates Planetarium and Dr. Steve Lee.  Dr. Lee is a Space Scientist in the Adult & Children’s Programs Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and is a Senior Research Scientist at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in Boulder, CO.

He is a science advisor to the Museum’s Space Odyssey exhibition, and frequently participates in the development and delivery of Museum programs – helping to bring the latest discoveries in planetary and space sciences to many of the nearly two million visitors seen at DMNS annually.

He received a PhD in Planetary Geology from Cornell University, joined the Museum in 2001, and joined SSI in 2006.  Dr. Lee knows a thing or two about the moon.

So what exactly is a Blue Moon?

A Blue Moon is the second full moon to happen in a calendar month.  The next one of these will occur on Jan. 31, 2018.

Is this how the expression “once in a blue moon” came about?

This expression has been around for about 400 years. It’s akin to “When Pigs Fly” though in reality “Blue Moons” are not all that rare, happening about a dozen times in the last twenty years. A second full moon in a month is not regularly spaced.  It happens roughly once in two years.

Will we be able to view this event in Colorado?

Yes!  Although strictly speaking, the full moon happens instantaneously.  So, sometimes we’ll miss seeing the moment when the moon is fully illuminated by a few hours (it’ll be full before moonrise or after moonset on that day).

Photos courtesy of Denver’s Museum of Nature & Science and NASA.

It Was A Fun Snow Day!

(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!

It’s no doubt: a privilege to Live in Colorado.

Snap, Crackle & Shop.

(Arvada, Colorado): The Cereal Box in Olde Town Arvada is a very special and charming place. In fact, it could be described as a Special K and Lucky Charmed place! Lori Hofer and Michael Emmerson are the founders of a remarkable new find in Olde Town.

It’s bright and colorful. The Cereal Box is something to experience for children of all ages. The Cloud discovered The Cereal Box on its fourth day of business. It is a wonderful discovery. There’s a unique selection of toys and lots of perfectly chilled whole milk and tasty bowls of Americas favorite breakfast: Cereal!

In his own words Michael chatted in the Cloud this week.

What inspired you two to open a restaurant committed to well, Fruit Loops?

We opened The Cereal Box for nothing more than a smile. We just wanted to do something that makes us feel good everyday. The cereal aisle always made me smile. The smell is amazing and the package design is some of the best in the biz. Cereal brings back so many memories for people. Nostalgia is a huge part of The Cereal Box. Cereal and Saturday morning cartoons and of course toys.

Who would not want to work in a cereal box?

 

What inspires you personally?

Good people. Great friends. My amazing family and the support that got us to this point and beyond.

Tell us please about you both. Prior to The Cereal Box, what did you both do?

I was born in Carlisle, Cumbria in the United Kingdom. I’m an artist, designer, husband and father. Before The Cereal Box I was with The Interger Group in Lakewood for over a decade, as creative director focusing on designs for the MillerCoors Brewing Company. Lori is from Atlanta. She’s an experienced manager with a focus on operations, workflow process development and financial management. She was also a vice president of operations at Support 1 in Golden and she also was a manager of client services at Interger.

The Cereal Box is located in Olde Town Arvada at 5709 Olde Wadsworth Blvd at a location that used to be of all things? A Yoga Studio.

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.

(Golden, Colorado): There’s a big difference between being alone and being lonely. Tonight begins the official Christmas Week-end in Colorado. Candlelight worship services, romantic dinners for two and family gatherings with all the trimmings. From the Alpine Resorts, to our excellent shopping and dining districts, there’s something for everyone in our Colorado backyard.

But for some, the holidays are a trigger point for loneliness.

For many, holiday season becomes a mirror of loss. Lost loves. Lost family. Lost time. In a recent study published by The New York Times, Jane Brody highlighted the potentially harmful effects of loneliness and social isolation.  In short, all sorts of medical mayhem, in perfectly healthy people, can be triggered by the effects of loneliness.

Be Caring + Kind

There’s a covenant of kindness at the alter of family, love and friendship. It’s promise is to be caring and kind. If you experience any degree of holiday blues, rest assured you’re not alone. One step toward reversing this feeling, is being present at family and social gatherings. Engage in conversation. Make eye contact, smile, listen and learn.

Lastly, remember the telephone works in both ways. You might catch someone before they fall.

A simple phone call or text might be the prescription to reversing some holiday blue, into a merry shade of red and green in someone’s life this Christmas.

There is magic in music too!

 

Firefly Voices in the Cloud.

(Denver, Colorado): If you’ve tuned to 96.9 the Cloud recently, you’ve heard a new set of friendly voices. These voices are from Firefly Autism in Denver. Firefly is a premiere autism center providing therapy and behavioral support programs.The center features Applied Behavior Analysis techniques, in the classroom and in the home. Executive Director Jesse Ogas has shepherded an effective program for families of Autism in Colorado.

Miranda Foley and Dave Sevick

The voices include members of Firefly’s clinical staff. Miranda Foley (MS-BCBA), Center Clinical Director. Dr. Amanda Kelly (PH.D. BCBA-D) Director of Home Based Services and Dave Sevick, Director of Marketing & Development.

Sheryl Crow – from the original Motion Picture Po showcasing Autism in American family life

The program airs daily on 96.9 the Cloud and is now streaming worldwide in the Cloud. The Radio that Matters series is part of the Cloud’s ongoing health and wellness radio series that has included Jefferson County Health, Natural Grocers of Golden and Mile Hi Church in Lakewood.